Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Byron for the first time in April (on my first wedding anniversary), and then again in December for a weekend getaway with Free People. As part of my 2016 goals, I want to both travel more and introduce more travel guides and content to the blog - so to start off the year I have collaborated with Vogue and Olympus to bring you a few tips for making the most of a weekend away. I also thought it was about time I put together my recommendations to see / eat / stay in beautiful Byron.
Cape Beach House - Katie was a lovely host who was more than happy to help with anything we needed. The rooms are generously sized (and nicely furnished) and the communal breakfast in the morning is a big highlight. The location is further up the beach (more towards The Pass) but still a convenient 10 minute walk into the main part of town.
The Atlantic - Right in the heart of town, The Atlantic offers a variety of accommodation from standard rooms to guest cottages and even one (very cool) little Airstream. Highlights include the lovely lap pool and the bonfire that gets lit up at night. Perfect for a post-dinner hang to spend time with family or friends or meet some new faces.
The Roadhouse - With naturally-grown, local produce being their highest priority, you can guarantee that anything on the menu will be fresh and delicious. Try the nourishing bowl and don't go past the eclectic cocktail selection - a medicinal Negroni is just what the doctor ordered.
Top Shop - Your one stop shop for amazing cafe-fare. This is usually where I go to grab a coffee in the morning and I'm a big fan of both their bircher muesli and Acai bowls. Get in early if you plan to eat in, it gets busy very quickly.
St Elmo - Modern Spanish tapas in a beautifully designed venue. Make sure you book ahead to secure a great table.
Rae's - If you're feeling fancy, Rae's is the place to go. We had dinner at their restaurant on the night of our anniversary and it certainly didn't disappoint. Ask for a table outside with ocean views, and save room for dessert.
Miss Margarita - A fun and happening Mexican joint that serves up a pretty mean cocktail (get there in time for happy hour) and some of the best tacos and nachos I have had in Australia. Be prepared to wait a while for a table, this place attracts quite the crowd.
Naked Treaties - Did someone say vegan cake? Everything here is amazing, so don't stress if you're a little overwhelmed on your first visit. If in doubt, head straight to the cake fridge and pick up a slice of vegan cheesecake or chocolate beetroot cake (you won't regret it).
The Farm - A new institution in Byron brought to you by the people behind the famed Three Blue Ducks in Bronte. You can either head straight to the cafe/bakery and order a pastry and a fancy hot chocolate (this one pictured above is raw cacao with macadamia milk) or opt for sit down service at the restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner Friday-Sunday. They also have a small grocery section, a florist and a yoga studio onsite (not to mention adorable animals) so there will be plenty to keep you occupied.
Treehouse on Belongil - Good vibe, great live music and the best woodfired pizzas.
Cape Byron Lighthouse - The trek up to the lighthouse is a delight in itself, take in the beautiful rainforest surrounds and the breathtaking coastal view before you admire the structure itself, situated on the most Easterly Point of Australia's mainland. Try to get there for sunrise one morning if you can!
The Pass - My favourite spot for a dip in Byron. I also love the view from above as you look down from the overhead walking pass.
Dolphin Watching - There are a few different options, but the most popular is to head out on a kayak as part of a group tour. It's such a treat to come across a pod of dolphins, and this is the best way to see them up close and personal.
Ahoy Trader - A gorgeous little homewares shop where you can pick up the perfect ceramic plate, a great basic tee or a chic pillow slip.
Spell & The Gypsy - Your go to store for the wild at heart with a bohemian spirit. Embrace Byron style and pick up a crochet dress for your next beach to bar outing.
- Credits _
Photos by me | 1, 2 & 5. Wategos Beach | 3 & 4. Overhead view of The Pass | 6. Almost at the Lighthouse | 7. Cape Beach House | 8. The Atlantic | 9. Acai bowl at Top Shop | 10. Hot chocolate at The Farm