Cabarita Beach is nestled on the stunning coastline of Northern NSW, surrounded by protected wetlands and rainforest. With its uninterrupted ocean views and frequent whale sightings, the quiet beachfront community provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed weekend getaway. The small village-like town is home to just 3000 residents who had the smarts to pack up and escape the urban grind in favour of a more chilled lifestyle. Many of the residents operate the town’s boutique stores that accommodate tourists and surfers alike.
Stay: Halcyon House
Recognised as one of Australia’s most unique beachside properties, Halcyon House is a 4.5 star boutique hotel that offers all of the luxury one would expect to find in a grand resort. Highlights include reclining by the pool with a cocktail in hand and sinking toes into the sand from the comfort of a personal lounge chair and beach umbrella. Best of all, the bar provides beach service and the kitchen can pack a picnic lunch full of fresh local produce. The hotel also offers complementary bikes perfect for evening rides along the beachfront cycleway.
The dining experience is the onsite restaurant Paper Daisy with food that expresses the very best of the region’s unique produce and thriving culinary reputation. The ethos that drives the restaurant is one of sophisticated simplicity, producing dishes that are satisfying, thoughtful and deeply memorable. Leading the kitchen is one of Australia’s most promising young chefs Ben Delvin who was awarded Queensland’s Chef of the Year in 2014.
Things To Do
Renowned for its surfing culture, Cabarita Beach offers one of the countries’ best surf breaks and plays host to many carnivals throughout the year. The surf is not the only draw as the annual charity event The Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition attracts hundreds of competitors from NSW and QLD. The newly built skate park equipped a 6ft drop is perfect for the twenty-somethings who remembered to pack their boards. For a change of pace, the Border Range National Park is an amazing place to explore by 4WD or it’s less than an hours drive to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
Drive: Holden Colorado
The redesigned 2017 Holden Colorado boasts car-like refinement and improved drivability while retaining the power and performance of a rugged truck. Australia has a lot of diverse roads so Holden built the Colorado to be versatile enough to handle them all. First and foremost, the Colorado is a 4×4 and it would be a waste not to take it off-road. Wherever ends up, the electric power steering and revised suspension make for a smoother ride. Under the bonnet, the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine delivers 147kW of power at 3600 revs. The crew cab model has an impressive 3.5 tonne towing power, perfect for a caravan or trailer full of bikes. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. It’s also available as a six-speed auto with Active Select.
Seven airbags, electronic stability and traction control, park assist, collision alert, reversing camera and hill start assist are just some of the features that led to the Colorado being awarded a 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto transform the Colorado into a smart car. Placing and answering calls, Spotify and all the other modern trimmings are available from the eight inch colour screen and through voice recognition.
Even without phone reception there’s embedded satellite navigation and a digital radio. Plus the remote start function lets you warm up the vehicle using the key fob, perfect for those cold winter mornings. In the back, the spacious tray is perfect for the surfboards, camping gear and anything else required for the weekend away. The 2017 Holden Colorado will help you get more out of life and is seriously one of the best vehicles in its class.