Legends in the Baking

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Exploring regional bakeries in NSW: A Sweet Adventure

Looking for legends in the baking world across NSW, has been a sweet adventure, and our choice of award-winning establishments are definitely worth the road trip. The secret to exploring regional bakeries in NSW is watching the locals. They know exactly where and what makes a great bakery and they ensure only the best survive. Many vakeries and patisseries have stood the test of time with ovens churning out delicious baked goods for generations of regional families.

NSW’s finest country bakeries not only boast exceptional recipes but also pride themselves on using the highest quality Australian ingredients sourced, most frequently from local organic farmers. With real butter, fresh produce, and locally-sourced meats, these bakeries offer a taste experience that is second to none. Indulging in their creations is a celebration of community, tradition, and the very best that local farming has to offer.

A Baker’s Dozen of the Best Bakeries and Patisseries in NSW

Calling all travellers and foodies! If you’re gearing up for a journey through NSW and crave the aroma of freshly baked treats, this guide is your ticket to baking bliss. From the fertile Hunter Valley to the picturesque South Coast, NSW boasts a treasure trove of award-winning regional bakeries and patisseries guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. We’ve combed the countryside and curated a baker’s dozen—a collection of 13 irresistible spots you simply must visit.

Here’s our delectable itinerary…A dozen you ask? Thirteen coming right up!

1. Flour Water Salt: The Artisan Bread Specialist in Milton

Located in the picturesque town of Milton and also at Kiama and Berry Farmers Markets, Flour Water Salt is a paradise for bread lovers. Their artisanal sourdough loaves, painstakingly hand-stirred and baked with organic ingredients, are a culinary must-experience. Sink your teeth into a slice boasting a crisp crust and a tender, tangy interior that simply melts in your mouth. Beyond their renowned sourdough, Flour Water Salt tempts with an array of handcrafted cakes and biscuits (try their popular spiced honey jumbles), as well as delectable pastries and seasonal jams and marmalades—all crafted with genuine care and a deep passion for quality ingredients. It’s no wonder Flour Water Salt enjoys a stellar reputation among both locals and visitors alike.

Located at 87 Princes Hwy, Milton NSW 2538

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Flour, Water, Salt, Milton NSW

2. Milkwood Bakery: A South Coast Gem

Milkwood Bakery in the idyllic town of Berry, has a plentiful assortment of delicious, heart-warming bakes and exciting pies, such as the unexpected cauli- pecorino pie. The beef bourguignon, beef and pork sausage rolls are seriously good too with generous fillings. Indulge in their exquisite flaky pastries crafted with a perfect balance of flavours in their irresistible Portuguese tarts, blueberry custard tarts and heavenly vanilla slices. Each bite promises a delightful culinary experience that will leave you craving more.

Located at 109 Queen St, Berry NSW 2535

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Milkwood Bakery, Berry NSW

3. Gumnut Patisserie: Proud Pastry Chefs in the Southern Highlands

There’s a queue of Akubra hats stretching down the main street of Bowral outside Gumnut Patisserie. Located in the scenic Southern Highlands, Gumnut is dedicated to preserving the art of traditional pastry making and their award-winning pastries and special occasion cakes and flans are crafted with the finest ingredients. All we can say is yummo as this busy patisserie certainly delivers!

Located at 310 Bong Bong St, Bowral, NSW 2576

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Gumnut Patisserie Bowral, NSW

4. Baked Uprising: Eco-Friendly Excellence in the Northern Rivers

What began with Alice’s as a humble home-based micro bakery in 2010 is now a community-focused bakery with over 50 staff. Baked Uprising stands out for its delicious baked goods and eco-friendly practices. Their bakers nurture the bread over three days, understanding the nature and rhythms of the fermentation process to create the perfect loaf. Their pastry chefs assemble an assortment of sweet treats highlighting the fruit, nuts or chocolate that inspire their creations. Try their famous rye loaf, with its rich, nutty flavour and dense texture. It’s absolutely delicious!

Located at 21 Downie St, Maryville NSW 2293

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Baked Uprising Bakery Maryville, NSW

5. Honorbread: Coastal Delight in Bermagui

Honorbread in Bermagui is a true coastal delight, celebrated for its artisanal bread and pastries crafted from locally sourced ingredients which have garnered numerous awards. Known for their innovation, their menu is constantly evolving to delight customers. A standout favourite is their olive and rosemary savoury loaf, a staple that has enhanced countless seaside picnics in Bermagui. Be sure to check out their popular Sourdough Classes too, where foodies can learn the secrets of perfecting their own loaves in these fun classes! Everyone’s welcome here.

Located at 8 Bunga St, Bermagui NSW 2546

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Honor Bread Bakery Bermagui, NSW

6. Kneading Ruby: Culinary Innovation in Wollongong

Kneading Ruby in Wollongong is a unique fusion of bakery, pizzeria and bar offering a delightful blend of freshly baked goods and savoury pizzas. Their wood-fired bread and inventive pastries have quickly become favourites among locals and visitors alike. One standout bread is their rosemary and sea salt focaccia. Imagine warm, fluffy bread infused with aromatic rosemary and a delicate sprinkle of sea salt, a combo that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds. Hungry yet?

Located at 5 Crown Ln, Wollongong NSW 2500

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Kneading Ruby Wollongong, NSW

7. Fredo Pies: The Savoury Pie Specialist in Frederickton

Fredo’s is located on the Mid North Coast and is a must-visit for pie lovers. They’ve dreamed up 25 pies with very inventive fillings like crocodile and venison, and melt in your mouth flawless pastry, it’s no wonder they’ve received so many awards. This place is a pie lover’s dream! Don’t miss out on their iconic steak and kidney pie, a hearty blend of flavours we love and the perfect comfort food to enjoy. Exploring regional bakeries in NSW brings out the best in country hospitality!

Located at 73 Macleay St, Frederickton NSW 2440

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Fredo Pies crocodile and venison Frederickton, NSW

8. Bens Patisserie: Murwillumbah’s Ode to France

Ben’s Patisserie in Murwillumbah is renowned for its award-winning pastries – genuine buttery, beautiful things. Ben’s a master croissant maker, notably hailed for having some of the best croissants outside France. Alongside his acclaimed croissants, he also excels in crafting delicate macarons that are hugely popular because of their exquisite flavours and precise execution. These accomplishments have earned Bens Patisserie accolades at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This place is small but it sells world class goodies and run by a very friendly team. It’s no wonder that both locals and tourists flock to this little gem.

Located at 1/5 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah, NSW

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Bens Patisserie Murwillumbah, NSW

9. Racine Bakery: Gourmet Treats in Orange

The hype is real – they really are that good! Shaun and Willa Arantz & Co of Racine, offer a gourmet selection of bread, pastries, and cakes that have earned Racine Bakery a place among the best bakeries in NSW. Specialties include their killer Rueben toasties, delicious croissants (try their hazelnut or lemon meringue twice baked croissant) plus their famous sourdough bread, morning buns, fruit cakes, pies and sausage rolls with a cracking butter pastry, are all show-stoppers. In chilly months, they’ve added locally grown delicious cauliflower soup to their repertoire and it’s been a hit!

Racine say that “in tough times a bit of delicious pastry can make you feel like royalty.” And all we can say is that Racine Bakery truly delivers on that promise.

Best entry via Woolworths carpark, 166B Summer St, Orange NSW 2800

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Racine Bakery Orange, NSW

10. Haydens Pies: Where Pies Speak Louder Than Words

Back in 2003, Hayden Bridger and his mum created a pie shop and today, Haydens Pies in Ulladulla, is a must-visit south coast destination for all pie lovers. Hayden is genius when it comes to pies. You can indulge in an assortment of fresh, handmade mouthwatering pies beyond the classics and sink your teeth into innovative, gourmet creations like their Thai Green Chicken Curry pie bursting with aromatic spices and tender chicken, or for a taste of India, their Butter Chicken Pie served with mint yoghurt which delivers a creamy richness in every bite. Other great pies on the menu include a sublime Honey Roasted Pumpkin with spinach and feta, a Roast Mushroom pie with creamed spinach and goats cheese and other Weekend Specials, Chicken Specials, Lamb Specials and Game Specials! Whether you’re craving traditional comforts of the Classic Chunky beef and chicken or adventurous flavours, Hayden’s Pies hits the spot and brings sunshine to your day every time.

Located at 2/166 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla NSW 2539

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Haydens Pies Ulladulla, NSW

11. Heathfire Bakery: Crafting Community through Local, Sustainable Bread

Hearthfire Bakery, originally founded in Bellingen, NSW in 2000 expanded to Sawtell in 2016, and is all about great bread and strong community values. Owners Sally & Dave are passionate about sustainability and supporting local farmers. You’ll love their crusty sourdough loaves that capture the essence of the Coffs Coasts’ flavours. They also whip up mouth-watering pastries, fruit loaves, sourdough and cakes using ingredients straight from nearby markets and growers. Make each bite a celebration of local goodness and community support.

Located at 73 Hyde St, Bellingen NSW 2454

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Hearthfire Bakery Bellingen, NSW

12. Bangalow Bread Co: A modern twist in the Byron Bay Hinterland

Roll on over to Bangalow Bread Co, the delightful new kid on the block (well, since 2019 anyway), nestled in the stunning Byron Bay Hinterland. Once you discover this little gem of Jess and Tyson’s, you’ll be hooked. Their freshly baked gourmet sandwiches, award-winning pies and delectable modern sweets are crafted with love daily. From tangy lemon meringue slices to indulgent raspberry crumble muffins and hand-rolled pastry and flaky crust pies of all sorts (the steak, chorizo and jalapeño is amazing). It’s all testament to their passion. So whether you’re craving their travel-worthy sandwiches, artisan breads, sweet treats, or seeking a made-to-order custom cake to elevate any special celebration, Bangalow Bread Co promises a culinary journey worth the road trip.

Located at 12 Byron St, Bangalow NSW 2479

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Bangalow and Co Bangalow, NSW

13. Icky Sticky Patisserie: The Sweetest Surprise

Lastly, exploring regional bakeries in NSW led us to Icky Sticky Patisserie in Lorn. It has quickly gained a reputation for exquisite cakes and pastries and known for their visually stunning and delicious creations and has received several awards, including the prestigious Hunter Valley Food Awards. Their signature lemon meringue tart is a crowd favourite and so is the rich chocolate mousse cake and their decadent éclairs, delicate macarons, and luscious tarts. Don’t miss their caramel éclairs and raspberry macarons either, which have won top pastry awards. Walk in and discover a display case full of beautifully crafted pastries to choose from. And choosing can be difficult as it’s all so good! Icky Sticky Patisserie promises a sweet experience you won’t forget.

Located at 2/27 Belmore Rd, Lorn NSW 2320

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Icky Sticky Patisserie Lorn, NSW

It’s no secret that Australia boasts some of the world’s best bakeries and top-notch chefs. In fact, after exploring regional bakeries in NSW, there’s definitely more than a baker’s dozen Down Under! We’re on a mission to uncover more of these culinary treasures. These bakeries are where regional locals and city slickers unite, often seen lining up outside the best spot in town. Here’s a pro tip from Travellarks: arrive early because the top sellers fly off the shelves! And if you’re staying in one of the local Collection of WOW Stays, you’ll get the inside scoop on Australia’s best bakeries in our “Things to do in Australia,” guide, so you won’t miss a single crumb.

What’s YOUR favourite country bakery? You know, the one that makes you brush pastry flakes off the car seat and swipe icing sugar off your face before anyone sees… Spill the beans on your top country bakery! Exploring regional bakeries in NSW isn’t an indulgence, it’s a discovery worth road tripping and salivating over.

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