Welcome to the second and final post on our recent road trip to the Hunter Valley. Here you will be able to check out some of the stops on the way that we felt were worth the mention and a visit! If you missed out on our first post about the Hunter Valley, check it out here.
First stop – Brunswick Heads
For brunch – Footbridge
Footbridge is about 200m from the gorgeous clear blue river at Brunswick Heads and a short walk from the Coast. It has a cool and relaxed vibe with bearded friendly faces behind the counter and nice fresh produce.
For threads – Sunshine Trader
Sunshine Trader is exactly what you would imagine. It’s a bright, beautiful store full of fun. I listened to the gorgeous and charismatic owner Sheridan talk to her new customers like they were all old friends. The store has been open only a couple of weeks and stocks local fashion, home wares, kid’s goodies and all manner of unique bric-a-brac. If you’re passing through Brunswick Heads, this one is a must-stop!!
(side note: we did actually stay at Coffs Harbour overnight but were kind of disappointed with the accommodation and food so won’t be reporting on that!)
Next Stop – Newcastle
For coffee and cake – Frankie’s Place
This retro little cafe was a good call to start our morning in Newcastle. We indulged in French toast with bacon and maple syrup, chai lattes and lemon cupcakes. It was like stepping straight into nana’s place with an eclectic collection of vintage chairs and decor.
For Gluten-Free Treats – Ma Belle
This sweet café specialises in all things gluten free. THE WHOLE CABINET WAS GLUTEN FREE. That is super duper rare! Even better yet, if you call ahead they will make you a delicious loaf of gluten free bread. Get on this my gluten sensitive friends!
Scout and Abicus are technically the same company from what I can gather. They are directly across the road from each other in Newcastle’s trendy Darby Street. I think they have a big sister – little sister type thing going on, with Abicus being big sis. I bought a gorgeous pair of Sol-Sana white leather sandals but could have bought much, much more. This place is definitely worth a look for threads. Abicus also has a fantastic music collection, where every album is worth taking home.
For threads & home – Blue Star Elements
I was somewhat hesitant as I walked through the front door of this little shop but I emerged half an hour later with it being an all time favourite. Blue Star sells labels like Elk for attire and plenty of Aussie designers of jewellery and home decor. Walk through to the back of the store and you enter a sun-filled outdoor area piled high with gorgeous plants, succulents and greenery potted in vintage and new pots, not one the same. This sweet store is a definite must-do in Newcastle. I WANTED ALL OF THE THINGS.
Thanks for tuning in to the final post on our road trip adventure. Plan your own and make some of these stops along the way!
Images courtesy of the amazing Gabriel Veit Photography.