A long weekend getaway to tropical Byron Bay
Byron Bay feels like a little piece of paradise. It has everything you want of a beach town - a subtropical climate, beautiful bounty beaches and a relaxed vibe.
In 2016 I was lucky enough to visit Byron twice. First in January with my Danish friend Didde, who came out to visit me from Denmark and latest with my boyfriend Tim in May, for a long weekend. Both trips had the same in comment; most of the days was spent relaxing on the beach, exploring the wilderness on bikes, eating good food and drinking colourful cocktails in the sun. Below I've put together a list of some of the places I went.
Start your day with a tasty breakfast and delicious coffee at the local favourite Bay Leaf Café. Try the popular Bayleaf Dukkah Eggs or go safe with porched egg and avocado on toast. Also check out Bayleaf’s take away joint next to the café, where you can get freshly made bread, salads and pressed juices to go.
If you crave tacos for dinner, or just some really good cocktails, Miss Margarita is the place to go. This fun and lively Mexican joint is located on Byron main street right before you hit the beach. A perfect spot for a couple of Mojitos at happy hour after a day in the sun.
I just recently discovered Wategos Beach – a beautiful and small hidden beach that literally makes you feel like being in paradise. It’s a popular spot for surfers but also good for swimming and sunbathing under the many big palm trees. You are likely to spot a dolphin jumping in the waves around here.
If you haven’t surfed before, Byron Bay's famous waves are the perfect place to test your skills on a long board. I suggest you book a private surf instructor or join a surf school like Mojo Surf to get the techniques right.
Rent a bike at Byron Bay surf & bike hire and explore some of the remote beaches outside Byron. The bike paths takes you along the roads to either Wategos or Tallow Beach. To get to Tallow Beach, you walk along a little path in the forest before you get to a lake that ends out in the ocean.
Nothing beats the view of the turquoise sea from Cape Byron Bay Light House, Australia's most easterly point. The walk up to the old lighthouse takes about 45 min. from Byron town. Do the walk in the late afternoon, and enjoy the beautiful sunset from the top of the hill.
On my recent trip to Byron with Tim, we stayed at the stunning and layback Atlantic Guesthouse for the first time. It’s perfectly positioned right in the centre of Byron, close to the beach, cafes and shops. Our room was located in The Albatros Inn (a separate building behind the main guesthouses) where we had our own private courtyard with outdoor shower. The guesthouses are set amongst a tropical garden of palm trees and also include an inviting lap pool - yes it's just as good as it sounds (and look)! If you feel like staying/dining in one night, Atlantic makes it easy with their beautiful designed and well equipped community kitchens. Bring the food and a glass of wine outside and cozy up at one of the lounge chairs around the bonfire. A perfect end to the day! By the end of our short stay we felt so relaxed. This place really makes you feel like you are on holiday!
Byron Bay is located on the boarder of New South Wales and The Gold Coast in Australia. It’s about 10 hours drive north from Sydney or 1 ½ hours on a plane. Flights from Sydney to Byron Bay are around AU$250-300 return. Byron Bay get’s very busy during summer, so I recommend booking accommodation well in advanced.