A week is never enough in Byron. I say that purely because we had a week & I feel like I didn’t scratch the surface of all the epic cafes, shops, restaurants & things to do & that was just in town.
We were extremely fortunate to be up in Byron celebrating our Mum’s 70th Birthday over Easter along with her best friends so it was a multi-generation holiday & all of us loved it for different reasons.
ACCOMMODATION // We stayed in 2 houses walking distance from everything which I highly recommend as the traffic in Byron was terrible. Check out Stonecutters – part of the Luxico portfolio. A salt water pool framed by a tropical garden, every bedroom with an en-suite, ceiling fans, air con & access to outdoors, a BBQ & big enough dining table to seat 12 of us. Just make sure they actually turn on the promised pool heating, even when you ask a second time (ours got turned on on the last full day up there…)
PRODUCE // grab all your pantry staples from The Source on Jonson St. it has everything from salt to cereal to spices & most importantly is plastic-free. Pop next door to Santos Organics & grab some organic bread – whether you’re paleo or love a good organic sourdough, they’ve got you covered. I also loved Fundies Organic on Jonson St for an all round health experience including stainless steel drink bottles, some fresh organic produce & even a few items by the scoop. For fresh seafood (including seriously good prawns & whole snapper), pop down to Bay Seafood Market on Lawson St.
WHAT TO DO // first of all take a big breath in, then exhale. I can genuinely say of all he holidays we have taken, this has been the most relaxing. If you want to exercise, head to Bende – I enjoyed (ok, I endured) a reformer class & then sweated my way through two barre classes. The studios are gorgeous – light & airy & I particularly loved the studio which had a massive crystal in the middle of the room.
A stroll or two around town is essential – I was kind of disappointed at how commercial some of the town now is (Sportsgirl, Aldi), but found some awesome little shops.
Make sure one of your outings on foot is around dusk in town when the buskers come out. If you’re an early bird (or woken by early birds 🙄), head up to the lighthouse for sunrise or soon after. It’s not too crowded & is pretty spectacular. Hit the beach – compared to Sydney, the water is warm! I can’t wait to get back up there