With interstate guests visiting for my birthday last week, I was after good quality north coast venues to impress my big-city friends. Their favourites were a long lunch at the excellent Fleet in Brunswick Heads, and also a lovely Friday afternoon spent drinking rosé on the deck at Harvest in Newrybar, where I was surprised to find that only one of our vehicles had successfully made it to Harvest by the shortest route.
Embarrassingly, as a 50-year-old bloke coming from Mullumbimby, I had confidently ignored the absurd suggestions from my onboard navigation to turn left for Newrybar at Ewingsdale onto something called the Hinterland Way, preferring to barrel directly through the tunnel and take the ‘southbound Bangalow exit’.
Of course there is no such thing – I would saved 4–5 minutes and 11km of driving if I had taken the Ewingsdale exit, then driven to Harvest through Bangalow and then along the old highway.
Instead, I had to drive south to the Lennox turnoff and backtrack, but the sting of my shameful blunder soon faded once I realised that almost everyone else had done the same thing. Jess Howard from Harvest says that she spends a fair bit of phone time each week giving directions!
Other Harvest news
Harvest have also changed their cafe weekday opening time to 9am. The takeaway coffee counter has been relocated to the Harvest deli and is open for takeaway coffee and bakery treats from 7 till 11am. As of this week, Harvest will also be very proud to call their wine list Australian. The bar team have worked hard to find the best that our country’s most exciting and conscientious growers have to offer, and look forward to sharing this with you.