BYRON BAY

5 days, 5 nights

DAY TWENTY EIGHT

DAY TWENTY-NINE

We drove to Byron Bay - my favourite place on the East Coast. A completely different vibe to the rest of the coast, resident to a lot of hippies, quirky cafes, and yet again more beauuuutiful beaches.

 

Via the Captain Cook Lookout, we walked to the easterly point of the Australian Mainland -- suuuuper duper windy so watch those hats and sunglasses! We then headed to the Cape Byron Lighthouse to see the stunning views of Byron Bay. Continuing the walk round, you reach Tallow Beach which is stunning - this 3.2km of stretched sand has hardly anyone on it which is a perfect place to relax and take in the beauty.

 

In the evenings, there's always extremely talented, street performers who are fab. Hard to miss due to the mass crowd that surrounds them!

 

Stayed: Discovery Parks, Byron. $$ A family resort campsite with pool, great facilities at the backend to the campsite - the other side is rather hippie/rundown. They offer free yoga classes on Monday, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings.

DAY THIRTY

Brunch at The Folk. (Linked with our campsite - delicious!) A day to take in more of Byrons fabulous quirky wonders and the gorgeous beaches. Go to Wategos Beach where many of the locals go which is stunning and never busy. In the late afternoon, I recommend heading to the grassy patch at the top of Byron Bay's main beach where there's always an acoustic performer playing whilst the sun sets. Super relaxing with a cider in hand. We did this multiple times.

DAY THIRTY-ONE to THIRTY TWO

As it was the third Sunday of the month, we headed to Bangalow Markets which was an extremely hippy scene with such a variety of stalls: from fresh homemade lemonade, to jewellery, body oils and your own personal meditative massage for up to 120 mimutes! There were some interesting positions I saw whilst walking past... But the best Sunday Market I have been to!

 

Nimbin is a popular place for tourists to go - most commonly known as the town that legally sells Australian Weed. However, this is quite far out so if you want to experience a similar hippie vibe but closer to Byron Bay, head to Mullumbimby which is less touristy too!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - so a lot of drinking, a lot of barbequeing and a lot of beaching.

 

Travel: Burleigh Heads to Bryon Bay - 1hour drive.

 

Eating Byron Bay:

Breakfast

- Combi. $$. Acai Bowls are to die for.

- Sunday Sustainable Bakery. $$.

- The Folk. $$. Organic, plant based cafe with excellent coffee outside campsite.

 

Lunch

- Byron Corner Store. $$. make your own salads. mmm. Roasted pumpkin and eggplant, roasted almonds, spinach, beetroot, balsamic glaze... yum.

 

Dinner

- Byron Fresh $$ - the BEST dinner I had! (their brunch looked amazing too!) Try the Balinese Vegan Curry with roasted eggplant, chickpeas, sweet potato, peanut crumble... Absolutely delightful. Their local bakery of pastries are also renowned to be incredible - their signature is the double chocolate croissant. (ask them to heat it up, wow). The evening is topped off with a live performance.

- The Balcony Bar & Oyster $$-$$$ - buzzing atmosphere offering brunch, cocktails and tapas.

 

Drinks

- The Mez Club. $$-$$$. exotic choices of G&Ts.

- The Loft. $. Such a great vibe with a beachy atmosphere and cheap drinks all night.

Rhiannon Bailey