Mention Byron Bay to most Australians and they conjure up images of all things hippie – kombi vans, dreadlocked surfers, lassies, a gypsy wardrobe and a lifestyle for those who prefer sand, surf, tofu and dream catchers.
However, on a recent trip to Byron Bay and stay at both the gorgeous Byron at Byron Resort and Spa and The Bower, I quickly learnt that this once boho beachside town is fast becoming a lucrative place for the rich and famous, the aspiring r&f, instagrammers, designers, influencers and bloggers.
An hour from the GoldCoast
Using Byron Bay as a base to commute to and from the GoldCoast 2018 Commonwealth Games, I fell in love with this piece of east coast Australia.
Byron Bay is where the rainforest meets the beach. It is a place where you can be guaranteed to meet Australia’s favourite creatures (no not the Hemsworth brothers – however you may bump into them as both have properties in Byron Bay). I’m talking about snakes, spiders and sharks! (It is true – I encountered all three within a week)!
Byron Bay still has everything hippie however, there are some amazing things to see and do even if you’re not the hippie type.
The 10 hippest things to do in Byron Bay
Here’s my list of the 10 hippest things to do in Byron Bay.
1. Byron at Byron Bay Resort and Spa
Stay at the luxurious Byron at Byron Resort and Spa surrounded by lush rainforest or at least pop in to have a cocktail overlooking the beautiful azure blue pool.
2. Cape Byron Lighthouse
You can walk to Australia’s most eastern point and do like everyone else, and take a selfie!
The Wategos to Lighthouse walk is approximately 20 minutes one way, on a moderate incline upward. The walk is easy to do with kids but not stroller or pram friendly.
3. Visit the Spell and Gypsy Collective
For all my fashion friends, you will be delighted at the range of boho fashion at the Spell and the Gypsy Collective
What started as a small Byron Bay designer has become a world wide hit.
4. Dine at the Three Blue Ducks
Dine at the Three Blue Ducks located at the Farm. If you are a lover of good food, you won’t leave disappointed.
The Farm is a 32 hectare property situated in Ewingdale, just off the Pacific Highway when entering Byron Bay. The Three Ducks has a relaxed dining feel and plenty of space for the kids to run around. It is a perfect meeting spot for families and groups.
If you only have time for a snack, make sure to try some of the home made ice cream. I think Mirabella Plum was on the menu when I was there. Delicious.
5. Contemplate in The Farm’s macadamia orchard
Head through the Farms orchards to sit on the contemplation bench and crack some macadamia nuts fresh from the tree.
6. Coffee at “The Beach”
Grab a coffee and watch the surfers from the beachside cafe ‘The Beach’. If you have young children, they will love the nautical themed playground.
7. Celebrity spotting at the “Treehouse”
Eat and spot a celebrity including Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth or Matt Damon at the coolest eatery and live band restaurant, the Treehouse at Belongil Beach.
8. Dine at Paper Daisy, Halycon House on Cabarita Beach
Paper Daisy is located within the very instagrammable Halycon House. Now bookmark this hotel for an adults only getaway. Oolala.
9. Head to the beach
Head to one of the less populated beaches such as Suffolk Beach and take a walk on the squeaky sand, climb / swing in a pandanus tree or take a dip in the surf.
Please note: the Ocean currents are strong around the Byron Bay area. There are also sharks. Please swim between the flags and at beaches within your surf capability. Check with the Byron Bay shire as to which beaches are suitable for you, especially if swimming with young children.
10. Hire a bike
Hire a bike and go for a ride along some quiet streets or boardwalk.
And one more for good luck…
11. Regional markets
Visit the Byron markets, meet the Farmer’s and buy some locally grown fresh fruits and veggies, jams, bread, lotions, potions and jewellery. Check the local websites to find out what days the markets are on.
Byron Bay’s distance from major cities and towns
Only one hour south of the GoldCoast and an easy two hours south of Brisbane, Byron Bay is a must for any of you wanting to explore this part of Australia’s east coast.
Thankyou and disclaimer
I’d like to thank the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa for their hospitality over our 5 day Commonwealth Games adjourn. This was not a sponsored post however; I did receive privileges and benefits whilst staying here.
Additionally is Australian children’s designer Oobi. Alex and her team are a constant source of inspiration for my girls holiday outfits. The icecream dresses featured throughout this post were just perfect for the tropical climate of Australia’s hinterland.
Below are some images of an Oobi photo shoot taken on location at The Bower Byron Bay.
The content of this post is based on my opinion and not swayed in anyway by the above collaborations.
My video of the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa featuring the resort and the area of Byron Bay is here for your enjoyment.
Resources and further reading on Australian holidays
Other blogs and instagrammers you may want to read or follow for further inspiration on what to do and where to stay / eat / play in Byron Bay include:
If you enjoyed this post and want to read more about holiday destinations in Australia, you may be interested in my blog post on a Winter Wonderland ski holiday in Falls Creek or heading west to Perth to explore the Crown Towers or Scarborough Beach’s latest Oceanside pool.
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