The kids needed to stretch their legs and the car needed to rest, so we pulled into the small, country town of Nabiac, which means "Place of the Wild Figs" in the local Worimi Aboriginal dialect. As we drove into town, we found the streets to be dotted with many vintage style shops filled with unusual bric-a-brac, and it felt a bit like we had found a hidden gem.
The Wallamba River flows through Nabiac, and there is a quiet, shady park to sit there, however we chose to have our lunch at The Greenhouse Cottage Cafe. This cafe was a welcome surprise, with plenty of indoor or outdoor seating to choose from, excellent Merlo coffee to keep our driver going, and the kids definitely loved their mini milkshakes. We sat in what must have been the old farmhouse kitchen and had a good look at the large disused woodfire stove. Many patrons were purchasing beads from a large rainbow collection and the walls were covered in local art works for sale. After lunch, we pottered around several nick-nack shops before hitting the road for the next leg of our journey.
Nabiac also proudly houses The National Motorcycle Museum, which contains Australia's largest collection (around eight hundred) of veteran, vintage, and classic motorcycles, so that gives all you motorcycle enthusiasts another excuse to visit this country town.
Located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, just off the highway, between Newcastle and Taree, Nabiac is a great place to rest should you be suffering a little driver fatigue, and find yourself in need of some refreshments. It is certainly a convenient and entertaining spot to stop en route along the Pacific Highway, but be prepared to buy some unique souvenirs.
Bugger I stopped at the same cafe a couple of weeks ago and had a great morning tea. Didn't have time to get any photos and was planning on going back but you have written a fine review. Hope it will get more people to have a break here.