We sat down with local business owner Allan Foster of Granite Highlands Maxi Tours to see what he likes best about the Downs …

What do you like most about the Downs region?

Love the cool climate and the people.

Who inspires you?

No one inspires me in particular — I just love doing what I do, touring people around our beautiful region.

Favourite foodie haunt in the Downs region?

When I get time, I love going to the Aussie Beef Steakhouse — actually I love all the restaurants around the Granite Belt.

This summer, I will be spending more time …

This summertime I will be spending more time with the grandkids.

The best way to unwind after a busy week?

Going out for lunch somewhere and leaving the phone behind and/or having a beer at one of the micro breweries.

Ultimate holiday destination?

Coffs Harbour and the Mid North Coast area.