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1. TOAST THE TWEED Dis­cover the re­gion’s spir­ited side with Tast­ing Plate Tours. The com­pany’s The Dis­tiller tour de­parts every Friday and Saturday at 9am from Os­te­ria at Ca­sua­r­ina. Start at Aus­tralia’s new­est gin dis­tillery, Cape By­ron Dis­tillery. Ex­plore the rain­for­est plan­ta­tions, home to 18 of the 26 botan­i­cals used to make Brook­ies Gin, be­fore join­ing the team in the dis­tillery to try the tip­ples at their purest and in cock­tails. Next, make a bee­line for By­ron and lunch at the By­ron Bay Brewing Co and a tast­ing-pad­dle tour of Stone and Wood Brewery. The af­ter­noon is spent on the Tweed swap­ping sto­ries and swill­ing cock­tails with the crew from Husk Dis­tillery, home of the now fa­mous Ink Gin and the pad­dock-to-bot­tle Husk Rum. It’s a day you won’t for­get … or maybe you will. The $199 cost cov­ers all tast­ings, tour­ing and meals. Tast­ing Plate Tours: tast­ing­plate­

2. THE POP­CORN PLAN Kingscliff’s charm­ing art­house cinema cap­tures the movie magic of a by­gone era. From heavy cur­tains to plush red seats it’s an at­mo­spheric set­ting for catch­ing the clas­sics or one of the reg­u­lar spe­cial screen­ings. Up­grade your pop­corn to some­thing more sub­stan­tial from the ex­ten­sive menu. Movie­go­ers can munch on ev­ery­thing from steamed pork dim sims to half a kilo of beef ribs slathered in spicy sauce. Cine­max: 17/60 Marine Pa­rade, Kingscliff

3. SOAK UP THE SCENERY Perched high on a hill at nearby Mur­willum­bah, the Tweed Re­gional Gallery is beau­ti­ful inside and out. Lose your­self for hours ex­plor­ing art-lined hall­ways, be­fore soak­ing up the scenery from the cafe. The out­door bal­cony of­fers the best van­tage of the Green Caul­dron, with the Mt Warn­ing Shield Vol­cano punc­tu­at­ing the dra­matic sky­line. Tweed Re­gional Gallery: 2 Mis­tral Road (Cnr Tweed Val­ley Way), Mur­willum­bah

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