When it comes to exploring your own backyard, it’s great to get off the beaten track but how do you know where to go? Well, it’s best to leave it to an expert and Jodie from Tasting Plate Tours is a real pro when it comes to the Tweed Valley.
First stop of the day is to Ground Control Coffee and Espresso Bar in Tweed Heads. Here, you can view the coffee making process from raw bean to cup.
Learn the secrets to that perfect cup of coffee and sample the reward at the end.
Special mention goes to the Major Tom blend… that’s right, there is a David Bowie link in there.
Next up, lunch and when it comes to the combination of food and view, Paper Daisy at Halcyon House is hard to beat.
This award-winning hatted restaurant is a celebration of the region, as most of their produce is sourced locally. Jodie is all about taking her guests to those spots that do support local farmers, and showcase the best of the best when it comes to Tweed Valley produce.
So where does coffee and tea come into it? The amazing coffee cocktails of course! A must-try for any coffee lover and the beans are again, locally sourced.
Also, it’s worth noting that Paper Daisy was recently voted best regional restaurant by well-known hotel website, Mr and Mrs Smith.
The final destination for the day is Madura Tea Plantation. Starting in 1978, Madura was born from the realization that northern New South Wales is the perfect climate for growing tea. Two hundred and fifty thousand tea plants later, this fifty-acre property welcomes guests to enjoy their tea amongst the plantation, and view the whole process from leaf to cup.
Jodie offers up several different tours with Tasting Plate Tours, and can even custom design tours.