QUICK TRAVEL GUIDE: CABARITA BEACH, NSW AUSTRALIA
After travelling around Europe for over a month in July and August for our honeymoon, Jason and I plan to have our feet firmly planted in Australia for a while. And with that comes some local adventures I’m super excited to share with you over the coming months. First up, Cabarita Beach.
Whilst we live in one of the most beautiful pockets of Queensland, at Sunrise Beach in Noosa Heads, we genuinely don’t feel like we need to go anywhere to holiday. We have it pretty good here. Beautiful sunny days, pristine beaches, excellent restaurants and cafes, stunning hinterland trails and lots more.
However we are adventurers at heart, and we love to get away for a few days here and there. One place we always gravitate to is Cabarita Beach in New South Wales; we like to stay here a few times a year. The beautiful thing about staying in Cabarita is that it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay but oh so accessible if you want to drive down for the day. Cabarita is uber relaxed, so don’t expect heaps of people, tourists or traffic. It’s not as busy as Brunswick Heads (we stayed there last Christmas holidays and the crowds and parking was intense!) and it’s not as hectic or popular as Kingscliff.
For us, Cabarita is the perfect getaway where you put your feet up and enjoy lazy days by the beach with a good book. Read on to find out where you can stay, what you can do and where you can eat and shop.
How to get there
Cabarita is about a 3 hour drive from the Sunshine Coast, a 90 minute drive from Brisbane, a 45 minute drive from the Gold Coast and a 9 hour drive from Sydney. If you’re arriving by plane it’s best to fly into the Gold Coast over Ballina, as there are more flights, and the flights are cheaper. Then you would simply drive a hire car south to Cabarita.
Where to stay
Cabarita has managed to hold onto its nostalgic 70s and 80s coastal charm, something we love. We love staying at Diamond Beach Cabarita – expect ocean views and old school, self-serviced holiday apartments.
If you want to splash out, there is always Halcyon House.
What to do
Take a sunrise and sunset walk up Norrie’s Headland. If the season is right, you may spot a pod of whales.
Explore the many bays at Cabarita Beach, wander in between the rock formations and don’t forget to check the surf at Back Beach.
In the main street there are lots of cute shops and a Woolworths if you need to pick up groceries.
Cabarita is all about slowing down and spending lazy days at the beach.
Down the road you’ll be in Casuarina so make sure you stop into my favourite boutique Nikkou Store.
Enjoy an afternoon drive through the back of Cabarita into the hinterland. We love going for drives and looking at houses, especially modern cabins tucked into the remote wilderness! And there are a few behind Cabarita we love!
Where to eat
Cabana Cabarita is a cute little caravan café in front of a house next to Diamond Beach Cabarita, so this is where you’ll find us getting our holiday coffees in the morning. We always make our own cold drip at home so it’s fun when someone else does it for us!
There is a bakery in the main street, which is popular for its pies and sweet treats like custard tarts and lamingtons (but not nearly as good as the Bruns Bakery in Brunswick!).
If you feel like splashing out, you have to experience lunch at Paper Daisy at Halcyon House. We often find ourselves stopping into the bar of an afternoon for cocktails and to enjoy the bar menu.
The Caba Cafe recently got taken over by new owners and Jason had the best burger of his life there recently. I ordered carrot, corn and zucchini fritters which were super delicious.
Down the road you’ll find my favourite place to eat in Casuarina – Tucker. I could eat here every day on holidays, easily. Plus it’s super kid friendly, which is really nice. If you’re there for lunch make sure to order the Market Fish of the day, the chef changes this dish regularly which I love. Dusty also loved the banana and cocoa smoothie.
Another café that does great coffee in the main street of Cabarita is Riff Raff Espresso.
If you feel like getting out of the Cabarita bubble, we love Taverna and the Kingscliff Beach Hotel in Kingscliff. We are also yet to try Bombay Cricketers Club (the sister restaurant to Taverna) and we’ve heard great things!