This is an award winning destination cafe that is worth the effort. Tucked away at Newrybar, just off the Pacific Highway in the Byron Bay Hinterland, Harvest Cafe (and Deli) provides a relaxed gourmet experience for locals and visitors to enjoy. The cafe itself occupies an historic 1900s cottage full of characteristic country charm. A 99 year old bakery has been renovated next door, which serves as a unique function space.
In winter, there is a welcoming log fire, and in summer, seating on a breezy, spacious verandah. As the name suggests, the highlight is of course, the amazing seasonal, organic food, all sourced locally and some even sourced from the owners own veggie patch. You can taste the love in every plate and eat safe in the knowledge that your meal contributed a rather low carbon footprint. They have a well stocked kids corner and high chairs to keep the little diners entertained. Older diners will appreciate the boutique wine and cocktail lists. Personally, my favourite part of the menu was the desserts and cakes - freshly baked on site daily.
The location (around 2 hours south of Brisbane, and only 15 minutes from Byron Bay), makes Harvest Cafe the perfect spot for a meal or light snack on the road. There are a cluster of antique and nick knack shops around the cafe, so a bit of retail therapy after lunch is highly recommended.