Byron Bay is the ultimate destination for relaxation, good food and even better weather. It has all the things that Australia is known for but can lack
in other parts of the country; laid back locals, a surfie culture, healthy living and a strong emphasis on mind, body and spirit. I recently went back for a short getaway and have complied a few things that are a must-do if you ever visit. If you are ever visiting Australia I highly, highly recommend stopping in at Byron Bay, you will not be disappointed!
Find the hippiest,
healthiest eatery. Way
before other places jumped onto the health food bandwagon, Byron Bay was where it all started. Walking down the main street in Byron Bay, it’s
easy to see that it’s simply a way of life. Here you’ll find lots of healthy treats, vegan meals and organic ingredients. Of course, there are just as many
regular eateries if that’s not your thing. A new place I discovered during the trip was a little café
called Folk, which offers gluten free, paleo and vegetarian food options. It’s everything you’d expect a Byron Bay café to be: nestled amongst trees, friendly, down to earth staff and a menu that is completely
nourishing and healthy. I tasted the muesli with nut milk and fruit, a nourish
bowl filled with quinoa, vegetables and coconut eggs and a healthy version of a
chai tea. Everything was so delicious without being pretentious. You can sit
inside or outside, and Folk even provide crochet blankets if you get cold. Other cafes I can recommend are Leaf and Grain, The Bay Leaf (the breakfasts are works of art!), Fresh (amazing food all day and night, with live music),1000 Table and The Farm (you can read here for more of my Byron Bay recommendations).
Folk, Byron Bay
|The food at Folk|
|Leaf & Grain|
|Breakfast burger at the Leaf & Grain|
Go to a market or two. There is so much creativity around
Byron Bay, and it is the place to find handmade items that are one of a kind and
nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Byron host a bunch of markets, but they
aren’t just limited to the Byron Bay area. We went to the Bangalow market
and it is hands down the best market I have ever been to. There truly is
something for everyone, with stalls selling food, clothes, beauty products,
beautiful handmade pottery and much more. There is also the Byron Bay night
markets, Mullimbimby farmers markets and the Bangalow fashion markets.
|The Bangalow craft markets|
Book in for a pamper session. One noticeable aspect about Byron Bay
are the sheer amount of spas and wellness places. It’s the perfect place to
have a relaxing massage, facial treatment or pedicure. There are also beauty
therapists who can come to your hotel room, so you don’t even need to leave
your accommodation. I recommend the B Salon Byron Bay for a facial and massage,
and many of the bigger hotels offer spa experiences.
Pick up some boho clothing. Byron Bay has a style all of its own;
vibrant, easy and comfortable. It has almost a 70’s style vibe, with flowing
skirts, lots of crochet and lace and leather sandals. You won’t see high heels
or restrictive clothing here. That’s not to say that the fashion is
conservative; there are plenty of midriff bearing tops, ultra short skirts and
some women seem to have ditched their bras altogether. Spell Designs in a must
if you’re after some quintessential Byron Bay style; they sell everything from
maxi dresses to shirts, bags to shoes and are known for dressing some famous
celebs. I also found the markets sell some
great, unique pieces at a cheaper cost. Also try the Bangalow markets for one
of a kind pieces.
Take a long walk along the
beach. Of course,
visiting the beaches in Byron Bay is an absolute must. Like most Australian
beaches, they are clean, dog friendly and a great place to sunbake, take a dip
or surf. I went for a long walk every morning and it is honestly a great way to
wake up and feel energized. My favourite part of the trip was packing a towel
and book, and reading on the beach. It was so relaxing, and you can also watch
the surfers out in force (and dolphins too if you’re lucky!).
Visit the Byron Bay
If you are after a ‘Round the Twist’ experience, take a walk to the famous
lighthouse. You won’t find any wacky family members or come across
mermaids or tree spirits but you will enjoy the scenic walk up to the tower.
There is a walking track or you can drive up (there is a fee).
I really did see Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky. We were driving
along in our rental car, on our way to Nimbin when I noticed a couple walking
with prams alongside the road. I remember thinking to myself ‘wouldn’t it be
funny if that were Chris’, because I had heard he lived around that particular
area. I looked at the male who did bare a strong resemblance to Chris but then
again, a lot of Australian men look that way. I then looked at the female and
immediately recognised Elsa. She is stunning in real life and looked very glamorous,
even in casual clothes. So yes, now I can say that I’ve seen two Hollywood
celebrities, I just wish I had the opportunity to take a photo with them both (evidence and all that).
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