Byron Bay was originally a village until 1963 until surfers discovered the seven beachfronts along the most eastern stretch of Australia. Over the past few years Byron has become a hub for surfers, creatives and foodies, with a wealth of cafes, restaurants and bars, cute boutiques and beautiful beaches.
Combining backpacker and chic, the first stop was the recommended Arts Factory hostel, a ten minute walk out of town heading into the rainforest. The Arts Factory has a range of accommodation options, from traditional dorm rooms and camping on site, to the teepees, Garden Burees and is situated right next to The Byron Bay Brewery.
The first breakfast stop after a well deserved albeit self inflicted rest was the Bay Leaf Cafe. Basked in sunshine and with a collection of locals suffering a post-Splendour fix up, a much needed flat white in hand, we sampled a couple of delicious breakfasts ready for a day of well, basically doing nothing.
The beaches are beautiful and a walk to the lighthouse is recommended to reach the most easterly point. Heading there in the morning, particularly sunrise is recommended to avoid the tourist trips and at this time of year spotting the many whales and dolphins is a treat.
After taking time out to recoup, our next stop was The Byron at Byron. A little outside of Byron Bay at Suffolk Park, The Byron at Byron was home to many of the acts at Splendour and you could certainly see why. Luxurious and relaxed, our deluxe spa room was nestled in the heart of the rainforest close to the beach. Living like Queens, the decked pool was heaven to two Brits enjoying the winter sunshine.
On the second morning we were able to enjoy the regular trip to the Byron Farmers Market, Head Chef Gavin Hughes brought his Scottish charms to inform us of the local produce at the market whilst fulfilling our morning with a coffee fix from the market. After sampling the local cheeses, fresh fruit and juices, our selecting made for a delightful lunch on the veranda of our apartment style room.
The tranquil environment has 92 suites, a spa providing a range of treatments and top notch dining room. A perfect getaway for anyone look for a relaxing five star break. The Byron at Byron maintains three eco systems ensuring that the rainforest environment it resides in is protected and maintained. For more information on their initiatives head to: http://www.thebyronatbyron.com.au/the-resort/environmental-initiatives/.
Lucky enough to be staying in Byron a few days, we also took in the following foodie delights Kinoko, a japanese restaurant on the main street of Bryon. The Balcony, which have a tapas and cocktail happy hour every weekday night from 4pm until 6pm. Muoi’s Feast, a thai set back off the main street with BYO and Byron Fresh for the perfect poached eggs.
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Byron Bay is the perfect getaway for you.