My Highlights of Byron Bay
Just over a week ago saw a few friends and I coming back from a glorious week in Byron. I'd never been before and I wasn't disappointed by the hype; this is THE coastal coolness of Australia. There are more organic and local produce-based cafes than you can shake a stick at and the sun is shining and the vibes are fun and it's good taaames ya know!? We spent our time laughing, beaching and eating, and we REALLY got the hang of kayaking. While I'm not at liberty to share all the details of what went down (some things are only between you, the birds and the cows), I will give you the low down on my favourite spots to adventure and OF COURSE eat (would this even be a post from me otherwise!?). Here's what we got up to...
Ahh Airbnb my trusty pal. Seriously guys if you haven't used airbnb get on that, it's such a great way to find a place to yourself/your group without paying insane booking fees or hotel costs, and really gives you the local feel. Shelley's place was in a great spot and had a gorgeous front yard with a hammock, a lovely living room and really well-equipped kitchen. We were super fortunate to have bikes included which was the best in terms of getting around, even if the brakes weren't always reliable (lol). Byron is a "small town with big traffic problems" as many referred to it, and they're not wrong. Midday Tuesday sees some preeeety serious traffic, so top tip, come during the week if you can.
Byron is great because you can do as little or as much as you like. There's plenty of choice for beaches to lounge around on, but also lots of activities and areas to explore. A personal favourite was our ride out to the Cape, where we watched the sunrise one morning and walked around the headland and lighthouse. We also booked into a Go Sea Kayaking ocean adventure which was really fun, and challenging in the choppy waves! Loved our instructors and paddling out at sea, but unfortunately missed out on seeing any whales or dolphins. However it was awesome having the guarantee - we then got to go again but opted for the river tour at Brunswick Heads which was super cruisey and really beautiful. This was a place that is, if you've got the time, definitely worth the 20 minute drive to.
If you're here on a Thursday, the Farmer's Market is nice to wander around - lots of fresh produce and locally made goods like honey. The real gem here though is Wattle Tree Creek - their jams and chutneys are NEXT LEVEL!!! Had a lovely time chatting to Claire about their native ingredients and how they make their preserves, with such interesting combinations like Mandarin, Lemon, Aspen and Cointreau Marmalade (FYI this is divine and came home with me).
We also visited The Farm, which is a working farm that focuses on sustainability from paddock to plate. It was so nice exploring the property, especially watching the piglets playing, I mean so cute. While we didn't participate in any, there are some cool sounding tours and workshops on offer, and it's definitely family friendly!
A bit further a field and a lovely drive, we travelled up to Minyon Falls - a great view but sadly while we were there the falls were more of a, um, trickle haha! Still a really pretty spot, and the trip also took us through Federal which has a well-known cafe called Domo and some cute boutiques.
I mean, where do I even start? We didn't have a bad meal between cooking at the house a few times and eating out. Our first night took us to Miss Margarita's for celebratory arrival cocktails and delicious Mexican - well-priced and fun, quirky vibes. Definitely recommend especially on a warm evening. But Byron's real specialty is the brunch scene; loads of great cafes to choose from that are all showcasing locally-grown produce, cute interiors, fairtrade coffee and handmade treats.
We all loved Combi's space and food, especially the buckwheat pancakes and the mango smoothie. After our sunrise ventures, TopShop was a real favourite for coffee and the best beetroot juice ever. There were lots of super adorable dogs and a 50c discount for bringing your own mug. Winning. But the ultimate fave for me was Folk. A little further a field but TOTALLY worth it - we stopped here for lunch post-river kayaking and oh. my. word. Absolutely superb food and drinks, really lovely setting, and great service. If you go to one cafe in Byron, make it this one. Have you stayed in Byron before? Share your favourite spots below! x