Byron Bay is a town with a beautiful heart and a whole lot of hippy spirit. Located in the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales, this part of the world is home to crystal ocean waters, flooded sunshine, a big surf culture and a super chilled vibe (walk around town barefoot, and you’ll fit right in). The spirit of Byron Bay also extends far beyond the bay itself – the neighbouring Hinterland towns and greater region are blanketed with wellness attuned, organically focused eatery havens aplenty; and yes there is such a thing as Byron time.
"Hoping you would stop so I could ask you these simply things like, do you love the ocean and well could you love the ocean with me ." - Ziggy Alberts
I've put together a few lists of must do's whilst your in Byron Bay, but don't worry this won't be my last post about this amazing place there will be plenty more to come and in much more detail, but for now here is a list of places to eat, some fantastic sights to see and shops to visit.
Miss Margaritas: You can't visit Byron without a visit to Miss Margarita's it's an experience! Miss Margarita pumps out fresh and colourful Mexican food alongside their famously and ridiculously good margaritas and themed cocktails (you haven't truly had the experience until you've worked your way down the cocktail list). The best bit though is their plentiful supply of happy faces and positive beach vibes! They offer excellent lunch specials, otherwise dinner is the main time to experience they're amazing vibes; I recommend heading there early for Happy Hour between 5pm and 6pm as they do not take bookings and they are ridiculously busy, but worth it. Open till late. Walk in only.
Three Blue Ducks: Minutes outside of Byron Bay’s bustling town centre, Three Blue Ducks is a locally-owned and run farm cafe set on 80 acres of lush countryside. Brimming with country-coastal charm. Nestled amongst the real working farm with views across to Mt Warning and Byron Lighthouse, the cafe has an incredible, large industrial. Three Blue Ducks was brought to life by a couple of food-loving friends who wanted to create a more sustainable and ethical way of living (and eating!). Their philosophy is simple, with all produce being made in-house or sourced from sustainable suppliers. The coffee is fair trade, the eggs are organic, the beef is grass fed and even the cleaning products are environmentally friendly. The menu, created by first-class chefs Mark and Darren (previously Tetsuyas head chef) includes things like slow cooked beef brisket, local line-caught fish, while the on-site bar boasts a killer selection of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.
Combi: This Byron Bay cafe is the sibling of the popular Melbourne icon of the same name (and yes I am a Melbournian so naturally I was thrilled). With an emphasis on organic, raw and gluten free eats and drinks, the menu taps into a growing demand for healthy, no-fuss food made with the best quality ingredients.It’s this emphasis on clean eating that has seen the Melbourne outpost become a favourite among our Southern mates and a natural go-to for healthy Elwood Locals. So what’s on the menu? Think fair trade coffee, fermented breads, kombucha on tap, raw smoothies, cold pressed juices, in-house made raw sweet treats and raw chia parfaits and ridiculously good Acai and Dragonfruit bowls. Sound good? I think so.
Byron Bay Lighthouse: The lighthouse is situated on Cape Byron, an area so naturally beautiful it’s begging you to explore on foot, and the coastal walking track is the best way to take it all in. Sure you can drive to the top, but you’ll be missing out on the spectacular views of the surrounding beaches, sea cliffs, wildlife, and rainforest. I love a coastal walk, so the minute we woke up to a clear blue sky we packed our day pack with water and snacks, and headed for the Cape. Whilst your there you can also head down the path to the most easterly point in Australia.
Wategos Beach: If you love surfing as most people in Byron and who visit Byron do then you should definitely put Wategos on your list of places to visit. Wategos Beach is a small, protected beach that is a pilgrimage site for surfers and swimmers alike. Lying along the walk from the town to the Lighthouse, this beach is a busy and popular spot for longboard surfers and most weekends the local Malibu Club holds their competitions here. The home of some of the most exclusive accommodation in Byron Bay, Wategos has views across the bay to the Hinterland and lies around the corner from the most easterly spot in Australia. Be one of the first people in Australia to watch the sunrise as you walk along Wategos Beach in the dawn light.
The Pass: World famous surfing spot The Pass is a very popular spot that is protected and close to barbeque and shower facilities. Again, the parking here is charged, with funds going to national park and facilities maintenance, so make sure you have spare change if you drive. This is a popular spot for surfers and, although it is a long and peeling wave, it can be a busy and aggressive break that is not suited to beginners. The Pass is also the launch for dive boats that take divers and snorkellers out to Julian Rocks in the middle of the bay.