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The Byron Bay Guide

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The Byron Bay Guide

Byron Bay has been somewhere that I’ve been visiting a fair bit over the past 15 years. Shane’s parents used to live there, so we’d head up a few times a year to stay and visit family. Fast forward to over four years ago now, and we moved to be under an hour from Byron Bay, a place I consider to be one of my favourites in Australia.

I’d like to think that I loved Byron before it was cool, but I think it was cool before I even knew it was cool, so I would probably be wrong. ? Byron Bay is located in Northern New South Wales, just an hours drive from the Queensland border. It’s a beach-side town, with loads of beautiful spots to eat, shop, drink, stay and explore. I find it charming because there’s so much to do, but it also feels quite untouched. No big chain food eateries have been allowed in, so it’s filled with lots of great little spots that you might not have ever heard of before. Each time we visit there’s something new to try out.

Late last year Shane I took a little mini-break down the coast. I had some points to use on my American Express Card, {I have the Platinum Edge Card and had accrued points just by buying groceries and petrol} so I thought what better way to spend them than with a hotel stay at one of my favourite places, Byron Bay. The options of places I could have redeemed my points with on the American Express travel site were good, so it was a hard choice. All it takes as simple search and you can see which hotels take American Express points as payment, and then how many points a night of accommodation costs… and then select. I had to go back to my favourite, Byron at Byron. I’ll share more about why I love it below, plus some other great options for accommodation.

BYRON BAY : THE GUIDE

WHERE TO STAY

There are loads of great accommodation options for those wanting to stay in Byron Bay. There are camping areas to set up a tent, caravan or hire a cabin {I love the Clarkes Beach Holiday Park}, or you could rent out an apartment for your stay, or if you want to have a one or two night experience you could spend some money or use your reward points and choose a beautiful hotel to stay in.

The Byron Bay Guide

THE BYRON AT BYRON RESORT AND SPA

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to stay in the middle of nowhere, but I’ve never been brave enough to try it because I get bored easily, and I want to shop, eat all the delicious food, and get busy having fun. The thing I love about Byron at Byron is that it’s set on 45 acres of rainforest, so it FEELS like it’s in the middle of nowhere but the reality is you’re just a walk from the beach, and a short drive from the bustle of the town. And it’s definitely not roughing it, like a cabin in the bush might feel, the rooms are large and airy, with multiple {ours had three!} sitting areas.

There’s a restaurant on site, a luxurious day spa, a huge infinity pool plus a wading pool for children, free shuttle buses into town, tennis courts, sauna, but my favourite would have to be the beautiful paths that take you throughout the property so you can really get lost and relaxed.

The Byron Bay Guide
The Byron Bay Guide


The Byron Bay Guide

THE ATLANTIC BYRON BAY

Doesn’t this place look dreamy? The interiors are to die for, and I’m sure it would feel like you were staying smack bang in the middle of a beautiful Interior Design magazine. The Atlantic is located right in the middle of town, and consists of beautiful, individually styled guest cottages overlooking a rainforest reserve.
The Byron Bay Guide


The Byron Bay Guide

VICTORIA’S AT WATEGOS

If you like fancy, then you’re probably going to love Victoria’s at Wategos. Located just minutes away from the town of Byron is the fancy area known as Wategos. It’s quiet and surrounded by drool-worthy mansions, and is definitely a more chilled out part of the coast.


WHERE TO EAT

There are so many delicious places to stumble across in Byron Bay, that you definitely will not go hungry. We love Kinoko Japanese, and have been stopping in for sushi there for years, and the Hot Bread Bakery is open 23 hours a day {they’ve got to rest at some point!} and they do a mean Hedgehog slice.

The Byron Bay Guide

ASIA JOES

Nestled in a laneway behind the Beach Hotel is an array of tiny little eateries begging to be discovered. We stumbled across Asia Joes which was was super popular, which of course meant we had to try it too. It’s super fresh Thai-inspired food, served on tiny little tables. The vibe is cool, the spring rolls are SUPER crunchy and awesome and the decor is fun.

The Byron Bay Guide

BEACH HOTEL

A trip to Byron without a stop in at the Beach Hotel doesn’t really feel like a trip to Byron at all. The beach hotel is located right across from the beach, and if you take a seat outside you’ll be able to watch the waves roll in as you munch on something delicious from the menu. We went for the Beach Burger and the Spicy chicken.

The Byron Bay Guide

BEACH CAFE

Tucked away, on the beach and a little stroll out of town is a beautiful cafe that has recently undergone a little nip and tuck, Beach Cafe. The food is fresh and beautiful, just like the surrounds it sits in.

The Byron Bay Guide

THE FARM

Oh man, for months people were telling me that I NEEDED to get to The Farm and try their food. I don’t like to be told ?, so I resisted for a short while and then instantly regretted the time I had wasted. The food is amazing, and the surrounds are gorgeous. There’s a flower shop, a bread shop {BEST EVER} and an area to buy amazing produce too. Don’t be like me, just go there and EAT THE FOOD.


WHERE TO SHOP

The beauty of Byron, for all of those non-fitness queens like myself, is that it’s completely flat so strolling from one store to the next is a joy, and easy to navigate. You can spend hours, and thousands on lots of beautiful things. Which should also come with a warning because you will spend money on ALL OF THE THINGS.

The Byron Bay Guide

SPELL & THE GYPSY COLLECTIVE

I love Spell! Oh how I love them. Think gorgeous prints, flowing dresses and beautiful style… and that’s it. Spell & The Gypsy Collective is located a little away from the bustle of the main streets of Byron but it makes it even more special.

The Byron Bay Guide

TINY PEOPLE

I find shopping for the little people, or should I say TINY people, in my life is often more fun that shopping for myself. I’ve been shopping at Tiny People since Lacey was a bub, I love their cute designs, fun colours and special pieces.

The Byron Bay Guide

AHOY TRADER

This is a new discovery to me, and a potentially dangerous one. Ahoy Trader is started by a local designer this store is filled with beautiful pieces, including those stunning crosses which have become a much coveted item for many interior types. I’ve hinted to Hubby that he can definitely gift me one of those anytime he pleases.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO BYRON? WHAT DO YOU LOVE? NEVER BEEN? USE YOUR POINTS AND GET THY BUTT THERE!

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  • I’ve not been to Byron Bay, which being a Kiwi, is awful, bloody slack. I blame the fact I’ve been in London the last 5 years. I’ve been to other parts of Aus, but Sydney and Byron Bay are top of my list for when I move back to NZ this year.
    The Atlantic house looks a dream! That’s exactly the house I’d buy should I win lotto or manage to rob a bank. Asia Joe’s and Beach CafĂ© look amazing! So delicious. Adding them to my list of cafes/restaurants to sample!

    • You’re gonna love it when you get there. I am dying to stay at Atlantic. It’s super dreamy!

  • Akinyemi Mujeeb

    Hello Chante,

    These Pictures of Byron bay already swept me off my feet, I’ve added it to my list of places to visit this year. Thanks

    Akinyemi M.

    http://www.bluewafflesguide.com

  • Georgina Moon

    Wow! This brings back memories! In 2000 I took my son with me to Oz. We flew to Sydney then drove to Brisbane, then flew to Cairns and went to Port Douglas. We stopped at Byron Bay, it was amazing! My son remembers the Hog’s Breath Cafe, I wonder if it is still there?

  • Debbie Lawrence

    You left out my favourite place, treehouse cafe. Great vibe, live music, cute decor and some delicious food.

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