Zen. That’s how I feel after one day up in Byron Bay. Far away from the daily grind of city life, Byron is my happy place; an oasis of calm, white sandy beaches, endless smoothies and warm summer nights. I’m tempted to move up to this stretch of coast and live amongst the surfers and the palm trees, calling this little slice of paradise home.
After a sleep in and beach swim, it’s time for a coffee! Staying just a few houses down from Top Shop, this was our go-to brekkie spot. Order the Top Shop Set Box with egg roll, summer berry yogurt and a mini freshly pressed juice. The perfect start to the day.
There are so many great boutiques in Byron, and it’s hard not to buy a new pair of bikini’s every time I enter a new store. 11:11 is your first point of call for a coastal Zulu and Zepher one piece, Hope and May for a classic Zimmermann bikini, Pompidou for a colourful pair of Kini’s or South of the Border for a cute crochet pair. Lucky I’m dreaming of endless beach days…
Located on the edge of a caravan park as you first enter Byron, you’ll find the sweetest 70s inspired cafe, Folk. Relaxed and carefree, Folk has a small plant-based menu with specialty coffee by Dukes in Melbourne (yay!). Re-fuel, stock up on your daily greens and unwind on ‘Byron time’ over lunch with friends.
After an afternoon swim at The Pass, keep wandering along the track towards hidden cove Wategoes for the start of the Cape Byron Lighthouse walk – a must for unsurpassed views of the coastline and most easterly point in Australia. Just remember to wear your favourite runners as you’ll work up quite a sweat in the heat!
After a hike, nothing beats a cocktail by the beach and you can’t go past The Italian at the Pacific. Modern and sophisticated, this hidden gem is tucked next to The Beach Hotel (we walked right past it a few times!) and is full of chic locals.
On your way back to the airport, stop in at The Farm for a coffee and a freshly baked croissant from their artisan bakehouse The Bread Social. Look out for the row of sunflowers along the fence line and their paddocks full of happy chickens. With an impressive 56 Australian craft beers on tap and cocktails with names like ‘The Mango Fruit Box’, a sun kissed afternoon in the shade of their palm lined Queenslander is almost enough to make you ‘accidentally’ miss your flight home…
Until next time, I’m off to catch another wave!
LIVE IN THE SUNSHINE, SWIM IN THE SEA, DRINK THE WILD AIR. – RALPH WALDO EMERSON.
LOCATION // Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
LUGGAGE // Samsonite Lite- Shock 55cm Spinner in Black