Are you looking for the best boutique distilleries to visit near Byron Bay NSW? The Progressive Traveller has found the TOP 3 Distilleries worth visiting in Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.
Each of these three NSW distilleries offer a behind the scene experience as well as an opportunity to taste their award-winning micro-distillery Australian made spirits.
Hidden in the stunning Tweed Valley, Husk Distillers tops the list. The North Tumbulgum farm distillery is the newest craft gin and rum distillery in the region. Husk rose to international fame in December 2016, when Australian actress Margot Robbie was spotted drinking Husk Distillers’ Ink Gin’, the day before her Byron Bay wedding. The actress’s Instagram post went viral and introduced gin lovers to an exceptional gin from Down Under.
In June 2019, after years of planning and construction, Husk Distillers opened their cellar door café and hit the ground running, attracting thousands of excited visitors. The new distillery is tastefully incorporated into the lush landscape with stunning backdrop views of Mount Warning and surrounding cane fields.
Visitors to the distillery can book a guided tour and indulge in an original Husk Ink Gin, or Rum cocktail encapsulated by the views from the cellar door or take home a bottle to appreciate later.
Tumbulgum’s Husk Distillers launched its newest craft gin – Sloe & Berry, a vibrant red floral infused Australian gin that has everyone talking. The small batch gin sold out within days but expect the shelves to be restocked soon.
Address: 1152 Dulguigan Road, North Tumbulgum NSW 2490
In the lush hinterland of Byron Bay, you will find Cape Byron Distillery in the heart of a large 96-acre macadamia nut farm. The remaining farmland has also been transformed into a spectacular subtropical rainforest, where many of the native botanicals found in Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin and Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin are sourced.
MAC Liqueur by Brookie’s is the newest addition to the Cape Byron Distillery range. Crafted from premium roasted Macadamias and toasted Australian Native Wattleseeds, the nutty, smooth liqueur is great on the rocks or the perfect cocktail ingredient.
Tours of the Cape Byron Distillery and rainforest are a fun sensory experience and available Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment or online booking service. Visitors can enjoy a tasting at the cellar door bar made from recycled materials and locally sourced Norfolk Pine. But, the best place to enjoy a Byron Bay boutique crafted gin or Brookie’s MAC liqueur is from the deck offering breathtaking views over the rainforest farm and Northern NSW hinterland.
There are no catering facilities on-site; however, there are loads of trendy restaurants, cafes and country-style pubs just a short drive from the distillery.
Address: 80 St Helena Road, McLeods Shoot, NSW 2479
Lord Byron Distillery is also located in beautiful Byron Bay, a popular travel destination. But not everyone visits the beachside town of Byron Bay for its beautiful beaches and stunning views from the world-famous Cape Byron Lighthouse. Locals and tourists flock to Lord Bryon Distillery to sample Australian premium craft spirits.
Visitors to the micro-distillery can take a distillery tour and see how the ‘Spirit of Byron’ range of premium rum, silver rum, vodka, limoncello and bespoke gin are produced at Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Park precinct.
The Restall family farm at Billinudgel source the ingredients from their farm as well as from local producers including Northern Rivers NSW sugar cane. The tour and Cocktail and Bespoke Gin Blending Masterclasses are an excellent group experience to do with friends, family and lovers of Australian craft spirits.
Products are available by the glass for sampling, online or purchase your bottle from the bar to take home.
Address: 4 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Tintenbar’s Hidden Gem |Tintenbar Distillery
Tintenbar Distillery does not have a cellar door or distillery tour available but this hidden gem in the small town of Tintenbar should not be overlooked. Most of the grains and botanicals come from their own certified organic farm.
The pot distiller special house edition ‘Tuckombil Dry Gin’ is a blend of locally grown and sourced botanicals to create a traditional dry gin. Tuckombil Dry Gin is best served with a splash of tonic, slice or two of lime or lemon over large chunks of ice.
Flinders Island Gin is crafted with Tasmania native botanicals found on Flinders Island. This limited-edition gin is pot distilled in small batches can be purchased online or you can pick up a bottle from the Tintenbar General Store. The label includes a scenic illustration of Mount Strzelecki on Flinders Island, Tasmania.
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