Miz Lizzie Adventures: a food safari

It was our last day here at Nambucca Heads, and we’ve tried to make the most of it.

This morning we took off into the wilds and went to Eungai Creek Buffalo Farm. Wilds is an exaggeration, of course, but it’s unspoilt bush and farmland, reached by a partly unsealed road. They raise water buffalo for milk and meat, show visitors around the farm and have a rather nice little café where you can sample both. I’ve come away with a tub of buffalo mozzarella in brine, and we enjoyed a coffee and a small scoop of buffalo gelato, flavoured with Davidson plum, spice and chilli. I have to say, it was luscious and the flavour was outstanding. I don’t regret the subsequent tummy ache at all (being lactose intolerant means no ice cream, mostly). The view from the café is peaceful, and beautiful so long as you’re not looking at the muck spreader in action in the yards! Still, on a working farm, you’ve got to expect some rural-type activities, haven’t you?

On the way back, we nipped into Macksville, and visited MacNuts, who process and roast locally-grown macadamias. They sell about 10 different flavours, including my personal grand champion, the dark chocolate coated ones, plus macadamia oil, macadamia butter and macadamia oil-based personal care products. You won’t be surprised to learn that we came away with samples…

We decided to treat ourselves to a final lavish lunch overlooking the sea and the V-Wall, a rock sea wall which has been made available by the local council for decoration by the public. It’s surprisingly tasteful and harmonious, given the human propensity for ugly graffitti, and has become a bit of a tourist destination, both to look and to leave your mark 🙂

We’re mostly packed up, just a few things left to put away in the morning, ready for our first 500+ km stage on the long journey home. It’s starting to get a bit chilly here, so heading north to Mackay’s warmer climate is looking fairly attractive!

It’s been a lovely holiday, peaceful and restful. Such a pity we have to get back to harsh reality!


30 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: a food safari

  1. What a lovely food trail. So glad you tasted the buffalo milk gelato, took away a yummy souvenir, and didn’t resist the temptations of Macnuts… they’re good for you.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Husband would have thought I was ill if I’d failed to stock up at MacNuts… That Davidson’s plum gelato is amazing, with the spices and gentle hint of chilli, you were so right to recommend it. We’re packed and good to go in the morning once we’ve unhooked everything and let down the legs. Sad to be going, but it’s good to know we’ll be back with Miss Scarlett and the trailer in October 🙂

  2. tialys says:

    I LOVE macademia nuts but they are soooo expensive here. Did you leave your mark on the wall at all?

    • katechiconi says:

      Maccas are the ultimate of all nuts, aren’t they? Equally wonderful sweet or savoury, and the nut oil is fabulous on salad. I wonder how much postage to France would be, and if they’d be confiscated at the French border for being unfeasibly delicious for a foreign food…?

  3. rutigt says:

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip and are seeing so many nice and great things. And the food…………it all looks delicious!

  4. claire93 says:

    this camping trip sounds like an excuse to eat ^^

  5. Sounds like you are having the perfect holiday. Going home is always with mixed feelings. Glad to be home but sad the new experiences are done for the moment. I’d bet this has become a favorite way to travel. Safe journey.

  6. dayphoto says:

    Terry says he is ready for restful and peaceful, this retirement is seems to be all work and worry. I think I have a secret…the joy of life is the everyday of work and yes worry. BUT….
    BUT….it is vital we have those times of rest and peaceful and lush wonders to our palette, eyes and thus our souls.
    Your trip has been delightful!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the change of scene and thoughts, the views, the food, the people, the change of pace. We weren’t doing anything so very different from everyday life, but the change truly was as good as a rest!

  7. kathyreeves says:

    YUM! But lunch looked the BEST!

  8. kymlucas says:

    Hey! I’ve actually been there, albeit 14 years ago.

  9. anne54 says:

    It is such a long time since I have been up that way. The Fella and I are definitely going to get there…..sometime! Enjoy the warmth of home, and not just the temperature warmth. xx And travel safely.

    • katechiconi says:

      You definitely must! We have just completed the first leg of the homeward journey, through the lavishly gorgeous autumn colour of the New England plateau. The reds, oranges and golds are incredible, like fires against the muted greens and faded grass. I think you’d go a little crazy with your oil pastels!

  10. Lynda says:

    Coming home is always strange. You’re sad to have to stop traveling and exploring, yet grateful for the familiarity awaiting your return.

    We had macadamia trees in our yard in California. I miss them.

  11. Some great eating adventures there Kate.

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