I recently escaped cold, grey Melbourne and went on a short trip to Byron Bay. I normally crave sun and warmth this time of year, so Byron Bay was a great place to travel to without crossing an entire ocean.
Winter in Byron Bay is nothing like winter in Melbourne. The weather is mild, humid at times and the sun is out most days. I packed with the Melbourne winter in mind. Needless to say, nothing in my suitcase was suitable so I ended up having to buy a couple of items.
Byron Bay is a place to relax, swim and of course eat. There are so many awesome places to eat, and you’ll find a huge array of cuisines to choose from. It’s also a great place if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan (a throwback to its hippie days).
We flew into the Gold Coast airport on Friday morning, picked up our rental car and made the one hour drive to Byron Bay. Our first stop was breakfast at 100 Mile Table.
100 Mile Table
100 Mile Table is tucked away in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate, and is nestled amongst unique galleries, craft shops and the famous Spell Designs headquarters. It has a very comforting, country style vibe with very friendly staff and excellent food. I ordered an earl grey tea and avocado on toast (my favourite breakfast of all time).
|100 Mile Table|
We ate here on our last morning, on the recommendation of our hotel manager. We got there around 8am, and there was already a line at the front. After a brief wait we were seated, and proceeded to have a great breakfast. It was the perfect way to end our Byron Bay trip.
Three Blue Ducks
We woke up early on Saturday morning, got into our rental car and drove to the Three Blue Ducks property. This eatery sits on a huge farm which includes a florist, produce store and a whole range of animals. We sat outside, enjoying the sun (I was very happy about this). The muesli bowl I ordered was so, so good, probably the best I’ve ever had. I’m still thinking about it now to be honest. After eating, we had a wander around the property.
|The toasted muesli with Barambah organic yoghurt, poached pear, blueberries & rhubarb compote
|Our breakfast at Three Blue Ducks|
|The Three Blue Ducks produce store|
|The outdoor florist Three Blue Ducks|
This tiny store tucked away on a side street is no ordinary fish and chippery. The fish is grilled and served with your choice of rice or chips, and salad or vegetables. All of the food is very fresh and tasty, and the place has a really laid-back, friendly vibe. We ended up eating here a couple of times just because we liked it so much. It’s a healthy alternative to regular fish and chips.
|Dinner at Fishmonger|
The Top Shop
We came across this place while on our walk to the Lighthouse. It’s a tiny little place on a hill that serves breakfast, burgers and juices. It has a really nice vibe and was filled with Liam Hemsworth-style surfie types. We didn’t try the food, only the juices and smoothies and they were so good. I had a kale and almond milk smoothie, which was really tasty. If you’re into smoothies and juices I highly recommend this place.
|The Top Shop smoothies|
Main Street Burger Bar
This is a retro style burger joint with very friendly staff and great tasting food. There’s a pretty big menu selection and also a couple of vegetarian/vegan options available. The drinks list is extensive and you can add alcohol to any of the sodas. I had the beef burger and the Outback Passion soda (alcohol free), which was really good.
|Main Street Burger Bar|
Byron Bay has a great food culture and there truly is something for everyone. Many of the restaurants source their produce locally, and not only does this help out the local economy, the food is fresher and tastier.
I am planning to go back early next year, so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!
Thank you for reading!