READ: The Towns To Visit And Places To Eat On Your Road Trip To Splendour In The Grass 2019

Words by: Alia Lievore

Yep, it’s time for yet another Splendour In The Grass! We thought what better way to contribute than by pulling together a few of our favourite pit-spots to help break up the horribly long drive.

Stop 1: Crank the tuna’s. Take advantage of Splendours very own Spotify playlist, featuring all the 2019 artists on show.

Stop 2: Take the right move early with Brunch at The Boathouse Hotel, Patonga.

We recommend going light on brekky before you take off for the annual pilgrimage to Splendour and make an early rest stop at the new Boathouse in Patonga. With Pip and Andrew Goldsmith recently throwing a casual $5 Million into the ring to revamp the Patonga Pub; The Boathouse Hotel, Patonga is a sure fire way to guarantee your pallet is moistened (but not too moist, remember you’ve got to drive) and your tum is full before you get into the thick of the trip. With a reputation for fancying things up the Goldsmith’s were prudent in assuring the community that they wouldn’t be turning Patonga into an extension of the North Shore and assured punters the venue is still very much a pub, albeit a little bit brighter. 

Stop 3: Get your Insta content sorted with a stop in Forster.

How will everyone know you’re on a road trip unless you show them? Make sure you turn off the Pacific Highway just after Nabiac to have a look around Forster and snap some pics next to the Crystal-clear water at the river mouth. Brave the brisk July weather for a dip in the rock pools at Burgess Beach (anything for the gram) or go one better and grab a coffee from Beach Bums at Forster Main Beach and watch the surfers freeze on your behalf. 

Stop 4: Settle in for a late lunch The Burger Rebellion Port Macquarie 

By the time you get to Port you’ll be more than ready for foodie destination number two; The Burger Rebellion. This one is a banger. Opened in 2015 by local Chef Matt Conway and recently being named by Trip Advisor as one of Australia’s top 10 Burger destinations, this groovy family owned joint has quickly become a local institution. Serving nothing but the good stuff, these guys know what you need: old school cheeseburgers, loaded fries, local beers (from the lads at Moore Beer Brewing) and of course milkshakes in aluminium cups, just the way Nanna used to drink them. Make sure you try some of the house made hot sauce, it’ll keep you lively for the rest of the drive. 

Step 5: Walk it all off with a hike in the Dorrigo National Park 

Make your last stop on the trip a little different with a hike (or a stroll is probably more realistic) in the Dorrigo National Park. Just an hour from Coffs Harbour, you’ll forget that you’ve been cramped in the car between a pringles can full of vodka and your Dad’s old tent for the whole day. The World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest is packed with breathtaking waterfall walks, picnic spots and more wildlife than you can poke a stick at (definitely don’t poke any animals.) Once you’re done here, you’re on the home stretch to Byron so make the most of the serenity. 

Finally, safe travels fellow Splendourians. Enjoy the journey!