Stone & Wood Brewery Tour

Brewery tour of Australia's most refreshing craft beer.

Stone & Wood Brewing Company produce some of the most refreshing beer we've ever tasted, and we say that with no hesitation. Brad, Jamie and Ross, the guys behind this great beer, grew tired of the corporate beer world and decided to take brewing back to basics. Using water from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, their aim was to create a refreshing beer that was your go-to when relaxing after a day of surfing, watching a gig or hanging out with friends.

So, in 2008, Stone & Wood was born. The heart of Stone & Wood lies in its original brewery in Byron Bay. Building the site here was a conscious decision by the founders. The Stone & Wood boys envisioned a business that would support the people who support them and in a small community like Byron Bay, that's what it's all about. 'Ingrained' became their official community-focused initiative providing support to local charities who are involved in sustaining the local area, both socially and environmentally.

The Stone & Wood Brewery Tour runs for about an hour and gives an interesting insight into the history, philosophy and brewing process of this delicious beer. For just $12, you receive a beer on arrival, a tour of where the magic happens, and a tasting paddle of all five beers (Pacific Ale, Green Coast Lager, Garden Ale, Jasper Ale, and Cloud Catcher) to finish. This brewery is also where a lot of experimental and seasonal brews are made, so be sure to check if any are on tap when you go.

In the words of Stone & Wood, 'take things slowly and keep it simple'.

www.stoneandwood.com.au

4 Boronia Place, Byron Bay, New South Wales, 2481

 

The Grampians

Hiking adventures only 3 hours from the city.

Three hours drive away from the city of Melbourne lies an incredible and rugged mountain range - the Grampians. This National Park boasts an array of adventure, hiking, camping, and even some food and wine from local producers and nearby vineyards. At the heart of the Grampians lies Halls Gap, a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat before a day of exploration begins. We recommend Harvest, a cute little cafe (come provedore and accommodation) delivering a number of hearty brunch choices and, of course, coffee.

No matter how long you spend at the Grampians, the trip is not complete without hiking the Pinnacle. This trail is an easy 2.1km with a short 2 hours return time. Starting at the Wonderland car park, follow the signs and walk over the bridge. The start of the trail is predominantly bushwalking and stairs. As you ascend, steep sandstone walls with spectacular layers will tower above you on both sides - this is Australia's very own Grand Canyon but, obviously, much smaller in scale. As you reach the top of the canyon, a green sea of Australian forestry as far as your eyes can see will be on your right. On your left, a trail leads you further up to the peak (aka pinnacle) where you'll find a magnificent 360° panoramic view of the Grampians. 

For more awesome views, head to Boroka Lookout. For some waterfall scenes, check out Mackenzie Falls. Both of these are only a 10 minute drive from Halls Gap.

Wild kangaroos are aplenty in the Grampians, so you'll be sure to see some hopping about.

Grampians National Park, Victoria

www.visitgrampians.com.au