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Meet a Local: Gary Wall, Bastion Lane Espresso

04 August, 2020

Bastion Lane Espresso’s owner and director Gary Wall had long hankered to be part of the coffee industry. After completing an MBA in 2017, Gary purchased a working post office – his plan to run it in tandem with a coffee roastery was regarded by some as mildly bonkers!

The large restoration project commenced and once the beautiful 1909 post office building was restored and the La Marzocco Strada espresso machine and Diedrich coffee roaster installed, the Bastion Lane Espresso Bar opened its doors in January 2018.

Word quickly spread around Uki and beyond that great coffee was being served in the old Uki Post Office, which goes hand-in-hand with Gary’s vision to create the best coffee experience for our customers.

I love:

The location aspect, it really is second to none. Living in Uki, at the bottom of Mount Warning Wollumbin, we are only 35 mins from an international airport, the same distance from the beach, and just 45 mins from Byron Bay. It’s the perfect mix of work and play.

Wollumbin Mount Warning

I unwind by:

Exercising and swimming at one of the many beautiful beaches in our region, Wooyung is my all-time favourite.

Eating out:

Without question, Mavis’s Kitchen is my favourite. Owners Charlie and Peter have created a magnificent setting paired with a delicious food and wine menu. Saturday night dinner sitting on one of the balconies is my all-time favourite time to visit.

Must-do:

Take time to pay a visit to the small quaint towns in the region. They have so much character and our ‘off the track’ experiences give you the opportunity to engage with locals in a more intimate setting.

Did you know:

Mount Warning Wollumbin is the first place in Australia to be touched by the sun as it rises each day. Even in winter, we can experience beautiful warm days of 23 degrees.

Our tip:

A bonus experience when you call in to Bastion Lane for a coffee is a browse at Art Post Uki, a sweet art gallery featuring the work of local artists of all ages, including Uki local and respected Australian painter and printmaker David Preston.

Why not fully immerse in Uki and surrounding towns with a country getaway staying in warm and welcoming accommodation in and around the town.