Visit Byron Bay!
I’m getting all the happy feels thinking back to my trip to Byron Bay in September. The beach, the hippy town, the NRL final atmosphere, our cute beach house, the lazy beers… aah. If you’re planning a trip to New South Wales in the new year, hopefully this will inspire you to visit one of the coolest destinations where it feels like everyone’s on a permanent holiday!
If you’re looking for more than a day trip to Byron Bay, take a look at their events, trips and tours.
Rather than be in the bustle of the main drag, we decided to stay in Suffolk Park, just 25 mins by bike/10 by car in a cute Airbnb called Breezy by the Beach. We were right next to Tallow beach (the one where I shot a racey number in this post) but loved that we could make day trips into town. There are loads of Airbnb’s in the area so do take a look!
We did a pretty comprehensive reccie of the public houses in the area when trying to find a spot to watch the Rugby League Grand Final. There are several pubs in the centre of Byron but The Railway Friendly Bar was our stand-out fave.
This first spot ended up being the nicest of all the venues with a chilled local feel, charming decor inside and surprisingly good food in the evening served up with a dose of hoe-down-enducing live music. It was the first time I mustered up the courage to ask for a ‘schooner of IPA’ in an Aussie accent too as it was the only way the waitress understood me. Embarrassing times!
We didn’t get the chance to eat much in Byron but one thing you’ll be sure to find is raw and vegan options. I was tempted on many occasion by some devilish chocolate offerings from open cafes on the street but gave in to a far less healthy pecan ice cream and macadamia cheesecake. NB: stock up on macadamias here, they’re far cheaper!
For lunch we went in for some refreshing sushi at Kinoko which hit the spot but there are loads of cute gritty places down laneways nearby too for you to explore. If you can muster the effort, take your bangers down to one of the BBQs on the beach and ‘sizzle’-up your own lunch!
Indie boutiques are rife in Byron so are worth a good afternoon’s wandering. Unlike others who have been to Byron, I wasn’t totally in love with the town but it’s still fun to snoop around. If you’re looking for souvenirs, a collection of stubby coolers (beer bottle insulators) are an Aussie home staple and a colourful woven mat will brighten up your beach!
TO THE BEACH!
Byron is all about the beach so once you’ve covered the town, it’s time to head here! Spot the lighthouse in the shot above? Head to the beach on the left hand side of it and you’re more likely to find a peaceful spot to perch. Take a snoop at the look out point to spot the quieter Wategos Beach over the bank. When we walked over to it we got caught up in an open beach wedding, casj!
Byron beach is the spot for Aussie surf dudes to let their hair down! You’re sure to see their impressively kitted out vans parked up along the roadside. Look out for groups of them wandering around too, pretty beach babes in tow. Oh the surf life.
Whilst it’s tempting to sit around in the sun and dive through waves all day, try to shake off the heat and head up to the lighthouse for a round view of the headland of Cape Byron. It’s quite a way up and down hill but worth it to say that you’ve been to the most easterly point in Australia! You might even catch a glimpse of a whale or two if you’re luckily. Grab an ice cream at the top to reward yourself but watch out for the crows!