Byron Bay in Winter.

If you know me you would know that I don’t mind to do the occasional trip to Byron Bay every year (sometimes twice). I’m always asked to share my favourite places and I usually do the good old copy and paste from notes – instead  ta-da i’ve managed to write a blog. This particular article is based on my most recent trip in June – proving that Byron can be a great opt for a cheeky winter getaway. 

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Stay.

Being an avid traveller to Byron I can’t help tossing up the accomodation, as there are some serious luxe options to available. This trip we landed with The Bower, Bryon Bay – a motel-style concept with a great resemblance to Tulum slash NYC boutique accomodation (If that’s even possible).  Depending on what you are looking for and willing to spend, there is a range of different rooms to choose from ranging from “The Bower” suite’s to the ultra luxe and spacious “Bower House’. The accomodation itself is not right in the centre of town but a short 10 minute stroll up Bangalow Road and smack bang neighbours with one of the best cafe in town – The Byron Bay General Store!

Pros: Resort style pool with plenty of lounge areas to flop. I have found a lot of the boutique hotels around town usually lack this and you’re usually finding yourself waiting for other guests to leave so you can enjoy the space. 

Cons: In Summer the short stroll can feel longer in comparison to staying in the heart of town BUT you can always opt jumping on one of their bikes. 

Dining out. 

Okay get ready – this is probably the no.1 question I get from people heading to Byron Bay and I have a long list of favourites.

Just going to flag – plan your breakfast and lunch meals so you can get through these foodie spots.  Folk for their coffee and also Avo toast with silverbeet & mint pesto, dukkah, garden greens & toasted seeds, topped with a poached egg and a wedge of grilled citrus. Bayleaf Cafe. Right in the heart of town, not only is it ubbberrr easy to get to but holy smokes the food is amazing. I always opt for breakfast a strong oat latte and their famous Dukkah poached eggs with organic sourdough, heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella and house made dukkah. Lunch time is also major goals – their seasonal salads are delicious – if you ever see the Buttermilk Chicken with soba noodles do yourself a favour and order. Top shopA great depiction of Byron Bay – sit outside on one of their rugs and enjoy one of their delicious burgers with a milkshake- my favourite is The Chilli ChickenThe Byron Bay General StoreSituated right next door to The Bower – this place is packed to the brim after 9:30am so make sure you get in early. My personal go-to is their Avo Alfalfa with avo, mixed sprout salad and tahini or Greenday (GF) Herbed Zuchhini Fritters, roasted cauliflower, edamame, kale salad and coconut and cucumber labne! The RoadhouseA locals favourite, this place is a vibe for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails at sunset. Dinner and drinks is a particular got-to for me because of their cocktails and pizza’s. Bang Bang a new favourite for us and is a HUGE vibe for a fun night. I know it’s a huge call but their Chilli Margaritas have to be one of the best. In terms of food – every dish I’ve ordered the last few visits I would order again. Stand outs being the Prawn Toast, Moreton Bay Bug Bun and the Pad Thai. No BonesOkay so don’t freak out but it is a vegan restaurant but just so happens to be one of my Boyfriends favourite places for dinner (and yes he is a huge meat lover). Not only do we enjoy the food immensely but playing guessing games on what they have used instead of duck in the “duk pancakes” or squid in the “Konjac Calamari” – it’s actually crazy. Must have’s – Duk pancakes, Konjac calamari strips, Crispy fried chicken, Cauliflower bites and the Creamy field mushroom pasta, truffle, parmesan. Light Years. Our go-to for years for their delicious bites and cocktails. A great place for a fun dinner out. Must have’s – all their cocktails. Eggplant, Katsu, Bao Buns, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Shiitake Chestnut wontons and Cumin Spiced Cauliflower. di Vino. The best for a classic Italino dinner – picture all the favourites. Must order – Arancini balls and the Pappardelle Al Ragu. Mez Club a repetitive favourite for pre-dinner cocktails and one of their delicious seasonal dips with hot bread – atm it’s Artichoke dip and WOW. WOODS. The sister of Folk – is positioned up in the hills of Byron in Bangalow. One of my favourites while I’m visiting to enjoy a coffee and one of their baked goodies. DomaIf you have a car make sure you drop into the small town of Federal to purely enjoy a feed at Doma – it’s the best Japanese you will every have. Make sure you order multiple cone-shaped hand made sushi rolls. Harvest. Another favourite spot to visit when you have a car, it’s not too far from Byron, located in the small town of Newrybar. My personal favourite is their deli for some pre-made lunch goodies and freshly baked cakes. If you’re wanting something a bit more swish – just jump next door to their restaurant! Raes. Last on the list but one of my all time favourites for the ultimate luxe Byron experience. Long lunch at Raes is always a very memorable experience – not only are you facing the beautiful Wategos beach but enjoying top end food and service in one of Australia’s most well known restaurants. Highly recommend dropping into the cellar bar for a sneaky cocktail pre or post lunch. Must order – Oysters, one of their pasta dishes (all seasonal but I always opt for their seafood option) and the market fish. This all must be washed down by one of their cocktails – obviously I opt for their seasonal margarita every time!  

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What to do

Beach hop: Don’t just settle with the main beach – make sure you take full advantage of being around some of the best coastline in the world. My personal favourites that are all close by – Belongil beach, Wategos, Little Wategos and The Pass. 

A day in the Byron Hinterland: Take a drive through the green hills up into Byrons amazing hinterland. First stop Newrybar to drop into Harvest for a bite to eat and then a quick browse in Newrybar Merchants. Next up the famous Bangalow – coffee stop at Woods and then a browse at some of our favourite homewares boutiques – Island LuxeBisque and Our Corner Store. Lastly Federal – for my all time favourite lunch spot – Doma

Shopping at Byron: My go-to is Habitat Byron where you will find a hub of favourites such as The Beach People, Nice Martin, One Teaspoon and Tigmi Trading and Habitat Collective

The Farm Byron: I mean you can’t go to Byron without visiting The Farm! Not only will you get a great feed but enjoy roaming around the farm and meeting the resident animals! 

Nimbus and Co: Can’t go past a good infrared sauna – you will have at least one rainy day in Byron and this is the perfect opt.

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Byron Bay in Winter.

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If you know me you would know that I don’t mind to do the occasional trip to Byron Bay every year (sometimes twice). I’m always asked to share my favourite places and I usually do the good old copy and paste from notes – instead  ta-da i’ve managed to write a blog.  This particular article is based on my most recent trip in June – proving that Byron can be a great opt for a cheeky winter getaway. 

ByronBayBlogPost1

Stay.

Being an avid traveller to Byron I can’t help tossing up the accomodation, as there are some serious luxe options to available. This trip we landed with The Bower, Bryon Bay – a motel-style concept with a great resemblance to Tulum slash NYC boutique accomodation (If that’s even possible).  Depending on what you are looking for and willing to spend, there is a range of different rooms to choose from ranging from “The Bower” suite’s to the ultra luxe and spacious “Bower House’. The accomodation itself is not right in the centre of town but a short 10 minute stroll up Bangalow Road and smack bang neighbours with one of the best cafe in town – The Byron Bay General Store!

Pros: Resort style pool with plenty of lounge areas to flop. I have found a lot of the boutique hotels around town usually lack this and you’re usually finding yourself waiting for other guests to leave so you can enjoy the space. 

Cons: In Summer the short stroll can feel longer in comparison to staying in the heart of town BUT you can always opt jumping on one of their bikes. 

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Dining out. 

Okay get ready – this is probably the no.1 question I get from people heading to Byron Bay and I have a long list of favourites.

Just going to flag – plan your breakfast and lunch meals so you can get through these foodie spots.  Folk for their coffee and also Avo toast with silverbeet & mint pesto, dukkah, garden greens & toasted seeds, topped with a poached egg and a wedge of grilled citrus. Bayleaf Cafe. Right in the heart of town, not only is it ubbberrr easy to get to but holy smokes the food is amazing. I always opt for breakfast a strong oat latte and their famous Dukkah poached eggs with organic sourdough, heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella and house made dukkah. Lunch time is also major goals – their seasonal salads are delicious – if you ever see the Buttermilk Chicken with soba noodles do yourself a favour and order. Top shopA great depiction of Byron Bay – sit outside on one of their rugs and enjoy one of their delicious burgers with a milkshake- my favourite is The Chilli ChickenThe Byron Bay General StoreSituated right next door to The Bower – this place is packed to the brim after 9:30am so make sure you get in early. My personal go-to is their Avo Alfalfa with avo, mixed sprout salad and tahini or Greenday (GF) Herbed Zuchhini Fritters, roasted cauliflower, edamame, kale salad and coconut and cucumber labne! The RoadhouseA locals favourite, this place is a vibe for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails at sunset. Dinner and drinks is a particular got-to for me because of their cocktails and pizza’s. Bang Bang a new favourite for us and is a HUGE vibe for a fun night. I know it’s a huge call but their Chilli Margaritas have to be one of the best. In terms of food – every dish I’ve ordered the last few visits I would order again. Stand outs being the Prawn Toast, Moreton Bay Bug Bun and the Pad Thai. No BonesOkay so don’t freak out but it is a vegan restaurant but just so happens to be one of my Boyfriends favourite places for dinner (and yes he is a huge meat lover). Not only do we enjoy the food immensely but playing guessing games on what they have used instead of duck in the “duk pancakes” or squid in the “Konjac Calamari” – it’s actually crazy. Must have’s – Duk pancakes, Konjac calamari strips, Crispy fried chicken, Cauliflower bites and the Creamy field mushroom pasta, truffle, parmesan. Light Years. Our go-to for years for their delicious bites and cocktails. A great place for a fun dinner out. Must have’s – all their cocktails. Eggplant, Katsu, Bao Buns, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Shiitake Chestnut wontons and Cumin Spiced Cauliflower. di Vino. The best for a classic Italino dinner – picture all the favourites. Must order – Arancini balls and the Pappardelle Al Ragu. Mez Club a repetitive favourite for pre-dinner cocktails and one of their delicious seasonal dips with hot bread – atm it’s Artichoke dip and WOW. WOODS. The sister of Folk – is positioned up in the hills of Byron in Bangalow. One of my favourites while I’m visiting to enjoy a coffee and one of their baked goodies. DomaIf you have a car make sure you drop into the small town of Federal to purely enjoy a feed at Doma – it’s the best Japanese you will every have. Make sure you order multiple cone-shaped hand made sushi rolls. Harvest. Another favourite spot to visit when you have a car, it’s not too far from Byron, located in the small town of Newrybar. My personal favourite is their deli for some pre-made lunch goodies and freshly baked cakes. If you’re wanting something a bit more swish – just jump next door to their restaurant! Raes. Last on the list but one of my all time favourites for the ultimate luxe Byron experience. Long lunch at Raes is always a very memorable experience – not only are you facing the beautiful Wategos beach but enjoying top end food and service in one of Australia’s most well known restaurants. Highly recommend dropping into the cellar bar for a sneaky cocktail pre or post lunch. Must order – Oysters, one of their pasta dishes (all seasonal but I always opt for their seafood option) and the market fish. This all must be washed down by one of their cocktails – obviously I opt for their seasonal margarita every time!  

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What to do

Beach hop: Don’t just settle with the main beach – make sure you take full advantage of being around some of the best coastline in the world. My personal favourites that are all close by – Belongil beach, Wategos, Little Wategos and The Pass. 

A day in the Byron Hinterland: Take a drive through the green hills up into Byrons amazing hinterland. First stop Newrybar to drop into Harvest for a bite to eat and then a quick browse in Newrybar Merchants. Next up the famous Bangalow – coffee stop at Woods and then a browse at some of our favourite homewares boutiques – Island LuxeBisque and Our Corner Store. Lastly Federal – for my all time favourite lunch spot – Doma

Shopping at Byron: My go-to is Habitat Byron where you will find a hub of favourites such as The Beach People, Nice Martin, One Teaspoon and Tigmi Trading and Habitat Collective

The Farm Byron: I mean you can’t go to Byron without visiting The Farm! Not only will you get a great feed but enjoy roaming around the farm and meeting the resident animals! 

Nimbus and Co: Can’t go past a good infrared sauna – you will have at least one rainy day in Byron and this is the perfect opt. 

 

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