There’s just something about Byron that lures holiday-goers and backpackers, families and young singles, creatives and conscious souls alike. Maybe it’s the shining beacon of light from the iconic lighthouse perched on the rocky clifftop. Maybe it’s the picture-perfect beaches and deep blue sea. Maybe it’s the outrageously trendy cafes and restaurants, fashion, homewares and other goods sold in the boutiques. Maybe it’s the laid-back, happy and healthy vibes emanating from every nook of the town. Or maybe it’s even the crystal embedded underneath the rock, which is said to draw visitors who seek to find themselves and sort out what it is they need to in order to move on with their lives.
Whatever calls you to the bay, I can guarantee that you will love it. It is one of my favourite places in Australia, if not the world! Here are just some of my must-dos…
With the motto of” Grow, Feed, Educate”, this working farm is a collection of growers, producers, eateries and educators with a dedication to sustainable, organic methods. Visit the famous Three Blue Duck’s restaurant, cafe and produce store for local, seasonal food; check out the nursery for beautiful plants and flowers; explore the grounds and say hello to the heritage-breed pigs and other animals; participate in one of the educational workshops; or take that iconic Instagram snap in front of the sunflower fields.
Main Beach, Wategos Beach, The Pass
Soak up some sun, cool off in the beautiful blue rolling waves, or give surfing a go at these Byron beaches. Main Beach is obviously the most popular choice and can be pretty crowded. To escape the throngs of tourists, head to the wonderful Wategos beach. And The Pass is a hit with the surfers.
My all-time favourite cafe, Combi has a beautiful bali style interior and a gorgeous pink pastel theme throughout. Everything about this place is worthy of the gram. And don’t even get me started on the menu which is all plant based and organic, mostly vegan and often raw. In the same way that the interior is beautiful, so is the food. But it’s not all in the looks, the food is absolutely divine.
The Barefoot Blender
An acai bowl ain’t big enough for you? Order a bucket at the cute roadside food stall and take it straight to the beach to enjoy.
Main Street Burger Bar
Vegans rejoice! There is a winning jackfruit burger on the menu of this popular burger joint. And of course the sweet potato fries are second to none.
There were SO MANY amazing plant based cafes in Byron. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to try them all. But here is a list of the others that I am dying to visit!
- Folk – A short drive from the centre of town, this plant based cafe is perhaps the most popular in Byron. Everything about this place screams the gram, so it’s not hard to see why.
- The Pressed Pantry – Recently opened, here you’ll find delicious plant based salads, cold pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls.
- Santos Organics – This place is an epic health food store and cafe in the centre of town which offers an entirely organic, vegan menu.
- The Byron Bay General Store – Delicious locally sourced food in a gorgeous beach-style cafe.
- Cardamom Pod – Hare Krishna, Indian style buffet.
- Fundies – Health food store with an adjacent cafe selling plant-based meals and treats.
- Manna Haven – Vegetarian cafe serving up a range of mains, salads and desserts using local produce.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Head up to the lighthouse for the one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen. Make sure you spare enough time to do the walking track descending from the lighthouse to the water and rocks below.
Byron is a place that oozes style. If you even slightly appreciate fashion, be prepared to be tempted by the most stunning array of clothes in aesthetically arranged stores. Yet what I love the most is those beautiful brands that are ethical, sustainable and transparent. I was delighted how many actually clearly state that 1% of their profits are donated for planetary causes. Here are some of my favourite ethical brands:
Beyond clothing and cafes, there are some truly unique and sometimes jaw-dropping boutiques that sell the most elegant and creative homewares, plants, crystals and other manners of things. An extensive wander around town will ensure you get to see all that Byron has to offer. Be sure not to miss a peek inside the stunning Nikau Store florist!
If you want to be active in Byron, there’s plenty to do! Take a surf lesson, go sea kayaking, or attend a barre or yoga class. Alternatively, you can join the other fitness fanatics running along the beach, swim your way to good health or enjoy a good hike up and around the lighthouse. Another fantastic option is to drive to Minyon Falls (approx. 45 mins from the bay) and embark on the 10 km return hike which descends to the bottom of a waterfall. Make sure you pack your camera to get some great shots of the extraordinary rockface and swimmers for a refreshing dip once you reach the base of the waterfall.
These are just some of the wonderful experiences that Byron Bay has to offer. The Byron region is also blessed with a beautiful hinterland and other gorgeous towns nearby. I highly recommend a day trip to Bangalow and Newrybar! What are some of your favourite things to do in Byron?