There is a reason tourists and locals love Byron Bay, the cafe culture, laid back lifestyle and excellent surf is enough to entice anyone to visit. It really is just as laid back and calming as you would imagine and although known as a tourist hotspot you will still be able to enjoy your time around locals and learn why everyone comes here. Whether you come for a day trip from the Gold Coast or choose to spend a couple of nights, here is your complete guide to make the most of your time in Byron Bay.
Where to eat
We stumbled upon this gorgeous cafe while wandering around the streets in the search for coffee and decided we simply had to stay for breakfast. This cafe offers to best in organic and healthy foods, the açai bowls are the best I have had in the world and best of all they offer oat milk (the best of all milks) for your morning brew.
Not quite in the heart of Byron Bay, but definitely a place to go out of your way for. Folk offers the best in wholesome food and has earthy, quaint decor down to an art form. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a plant based meal while reconnecting with those who matter most in your life.
The General Store, Byron Bay
Although not quite the general store I was expecting, The General Store at Byron Bay offers a range of delicious treats and has some of the best coffee I have had in Byron Bay. Definitely a must visit on your trip to Byron Bay.
Three Blue Ducks
Located at ‘The Farm at Byron Bay’ a hotspot for locals and tourists alike, this restaurant is the only place to go for a meal that truly tastes of home. Love the food here and want to re-create it at home? Three Blue Ducks offers a range of cookbooks and local produce right next to the restaurant, so why not pick up a cookbook, some freshly baked bread and farm fresh flowers before heading home?
Where to shop
Spell & the Gypsy
Dreaming of boho dress, flowy fabrics and floral prints? Then look no further that Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Australia’s leading designer of boho dresses for the modern gypsy. Started by two sisters who joined together in Byron Bay to start a company they dreamed about as children there designs will leave you dreaming of far off places.
A favourite of mine! Kivari has a range of beautiful boho dresses that you will be wearing for years to come. These dresses come in a range of beautiful fabrics and the store itself is simply stunning.
Auguste the Label is a relatively new brand with a vision to create future vintage pieces that will carry you from season to season. This brand is a leader in sustainable fashion and one that you will definitely want to check out while in Byron Bay.
What to see & do
Cape Byron & Byron Bay Lighthouse
The best time to visit the Byron Bay Lighthouse is at sunrise, being the most easterly point in Australia, Cape Byron is the first to see the sunrise in this golden country, a must do on any bucket list in my opinion. Afterward why not enjoy the leisurely stroll down the hill where you will be able to take in stunning views of the coastline and perhaps even spot some dolphins.
Sunrise at Cape Byron
As mentioned previously Cape Byron is the most easterly point in Australia so it well worth a trip to be the first in Australia to see the sunrise. A must do in my opinion.
Wategos Beach attracts surfers all year round but even if you are not a surfer, the stunning sunrise views, crystal clear waters and warm sand would be enough for anyone heading to the bay for a day.
The Farm Byron Bay
One of my favourite places to visit in Byron Bay is ‘The Farm’. Located just off the main highway on your way into Byron you will find this beautiful working farm that houses a collection of micro business with one common goal in mind, to Grow, Feed and Educate others and to inspire others to lead happy, healthier more sustainable lives. Here you will find delicious produce, flowers, animals and products that will leave you wanting to move away from city life and start your own farm.