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Best places to eat & drink in Gladstone

Gladstone is coined the ‘cultural heart of the Macleay’ and with that comes some great cafes, a heritage pub and some amazing variety at the local markets on the third Sunday of every month. 

Steam & Cedar

Old Bank Gladstone

This gorgeous café exudes a community vibe and produces next-level coffee and home-made food, created with love and lots of local produce.

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The Old Bank is set in a perfectly restored historical bank overlooking the river. Book early, the food is so good it’s hard to get a seat!

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Old Lodge Gallery, By the River

The Heritage HOtel

Housed at the back of the Old Lodge Gallery, By the River looks out onto the majestic Macleay River and serves delicious lunches and amazing cakes.

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For a hearty pub meal, try the Heritage Hotel, a splendidly restored historic pub with plenty of character. The hotel is also a great place to linger over a drink or catch a band on a Sunday afternoon. And the best thing…its dog friendly!

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The Garden Bar & Kitchen

Fredos Pies & Cafe

Take a five-minute drive from Gladstone to The Garden Bar & Kitchen in the little town of Frederickton. Book early for seats outside to enjoy sunset drinks on the deck overlooking the river while you dine in style. If you’re lucky, you might catch an acoustic band serenading diners on the deck.

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Fredos Pies in Frederickton has become a local and international attraction with locals and visitors coming in their droves to try the famous croc pie.

Then you can pop next door to pick up your local fresh produce at the Macleay Valley Farm Store. 

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Macleay River Hotel

The Macleay River Hotel, known to the locals as ‘Fredo Pub’, offers some of the best value meals on the North Coast of NSW. The perfect atmosphere to enjoy a meal or cold beverage when catching up with family and friends.

The ‘Fredo Experience’ is not one to be missed.

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Hat Head

Hat HEad Bowling Club

Holidaying in picturesque Hat Head? Don’t cook tonight and go and join the friendly crew at the local bowling club. Beers always cold, delicious food, friendly people and great atmosphere!

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Smithtown Riverview Hotel

Nestled in the sleepy little town of Smithtown, this pub is the perfect place to stop off for lunch or drop in for dinner. Guaranteed there will always be happy faces, cold drinks, delicious food & great vibes waiting for you here.

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