The groovy, chill, vibing town of Byron Bay. Just over an hours drive South of Gold Coast you come accross the beautiful bay. Full of hippies, buskers, surfers, yogis, lovers of live and cool AF people – the whole spirit of the town oozes chill vibes.
Wanna know all the best spots to eat, surf and have fun? Good call because here we go…
Where to stay:
With so many accomodation types for a range of prices in Byron, I’ll link a couple to give you an over all feel for what to expect.
High end –
We booked our most recent stay through Byron Bay Luxury Homes and just as the names sounds, the houses on this website are total luxurious. We stayed in the Byron Bay Beach Bure house which was an epic location, right in town which fit the whole fam perfectly.
Mid Range –
The Bower Byron Bay looks like the absolute dream for a couple, of two friends on a girls weekend. Stylish as hell and located next to the yummiest Cafe (The General Store), this will be our pick of choice for next time.
Low end –
There are a fair few hostels in Byron Bay which is epic for you backpackers and budget travellers like we were throughout Europe! Check out Nomads Byron Bay Backpackers, Byron Bay Beach Hostel or Aquarius Backpackers Resort
Where to eat:
Wowza we ate at some really amazing little cafes and eaterys. Byron Bay is well known for its organic and fresh produce so you’ve got to get amongst some of these cafes during your stay:
– Bayleaf Cafe – My favorite cafe in Byron! Locally produced food that really captures the spirit of Byron Bay. Order and enjoy the Tuna Salad with the Coconut Cold Brew and thank me later!
– The Farm – An experience I”m yet to have, but my brothers girlfriend Chels tells me it’s her fav thing to do in Byron. Definitely take the short drive out of Byron to eat here & let me know how it is!!
– The Balcony – Amazing food + sit out on the balcony if you can.
– Bang Bang – Asian fusion in a restaurant full of people, music, cocktails and stylish interiors. Book this one in advance.
– The Mez Club – Enjoy a cocktail or 5 in a minimalistic/boho styled restaurant with yummy food to enjoy too.
– The General Store – Such chill and colourful vibes here + the burgers were dope!
– Miss Margaritas – Yum Mexican food, cool interior and fun vibes. Always busy but who cares when you’re on holiday
– Byron Fresh – Right in town, perfect for breaky, always busy and for good reason.
– The Suffolk Bakery – One of the best finds while driving back from Broken Head beach into Byron. The famous BLAT was out the gate delish.
– The Roadhouse – If you have a car or are happy to jump in a taxi, go out for lunch or dinner at The Roadhouse. Really rustic and chic interior, serving creative brunch and dinner dishes
– Top Shop – Perfect coffee stop on route for a morning surf. Brunch is YUM too
– The Loft – Spend a late afternoon here with a cocktail in hand and yummy food on the table. All of us thought our meals were 10/10.
What to do:
Hit the surf –
Renowned for its surf, Byron Bay and the beaches next door really know how to turn it on! Perfect for every level there’s room for kids, beginners to advanced surfers. I’ll hand it over to Bryn to run you through the best surf spots:
– The Wreck – Great for a beachy surf while the Mrs gets a tan, the shipwreck of Wollongbar not only is good fun for all, but has that Pirates Of The Caribbean feel to it.
– The Pass – Hire a longboard and head straight for the Pass. This is great for learners most of the year but also gets some really decent swell. Leah spent everyday surfing here and loved it.
– Watergoes – 5 minute drive from the Bay and you’ve got a right hand point which breaks almost to the Pass. Mint for the longboard or fish, this bay turns it on in and out of the water, with BBQ areas for that dusky surf party.
– Tallohs – A bit more secluded round the lighthouse point, this beachy breaks right and left, giving you a variety of waves keeping the crowds at bay. This is a dolphin magnet which makes the experience a little bit more surreal.
– Broken Head – My personal favourite of the trip, a right hand point, 4 ft perfect barrels on the incoming tide. Time the drop in and it’s on YEEEW!
– Take a road trip and head to Snapper Rock – One of the most famous surf breaks in the world, we timed it right! Go on a weekday around 8:30am when everyone goes to work and you’ll be set. Sit right on the point, pick up your nuts and take that drop, you wont regret it. Surf it all the way through Rainbow Bay and enjoy the sunshine as you paddle back into the lineup.
Board shops are everywhere in the bay…from new boards, second hand and rentals so if you’re keen to buy a board, Byron is the place. I’ve now bought two boards in Byron Bay. A board for $500 from The Board Warehouse in 2016 and the latest purchase, a DHD Fish from Boards In The Bay.
Byron Bay Lighthouse trail –
You didn’t visit Byron Bay unless you hiked up to the lighthouse at cape Byron. A super scenic walk, the lighthouse is Byron Bays beaming icon. You’re bound to see dolphins, whales, maybe even sharks as you look down the steep cliffs into the sea below so keep your eyes peeled. You can walk from town, or park at the Pass and go from there. Epic way to start your day.
Shop, Shop, Shop –
So many boho, stylish shops in Byron, so if your budget allows it, check out the shops! Spell is an all time favourite for us ladies who love colours, patterns and everything boho. Another amazing sustainable gypsy shop is Arnhem. Afends has dope gear for both girls and guys. My mum, brother, his girlfriend, Bryn and I all bought new gears from here. If you want a trendy hat, something to make you feel super cool in Byron Bay, check out the Byron Bay Hat Co. Byrn fits right in with his Brixton Fidora. The town centre is full of mainstream shops, boutique stores and vintage markets so make sure you wander around.
Watch the surfers from the platform at The Pass –
Another iconic Byron viewpoint is The Pass. Stairs leading up to a large platform allows you to watch the surfers carve it up down below. The view back towards Byron is so pretty with rolling waves and clear blue water.
Watch the buskers –
Wandering through town watching the buskers is a cool way to get into the spirit of Byron Bay. Either before or after dinner, stroll the streets, find someone you like and enjoy the show. Tourists and Byron locals are seen dancing without a care in the world and the whole vibe is alive and fun. A busker called Romi was our favourite street performer, could have stayed and watched for hours.
Hang at the beach –
Part of being in Byron is allowing yourself to just chill and do nothing. There’s nothing more relaxing then hanging at the beach, book in hand, swimming or just watching the ocean roll by. You’ll find groups of friends beachside, morning through night so join em!
Sounds chill doesn’t it? If you’ve never been, Byron Bay is a must. Til next time’
Leah | FREE & ADDICTED
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