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The Getaway: Byron Bay

The Getaway: Byron Bay

by Rakhee Bhatt

With its lush natural beauty and vibrant lifestyle, the coastal town of Byron Bay has become a popular destination for those seeking both stillness and adventure. From fresh local fare to ocean blue swells, here are the best spots around this Australian city to sip, savor, see, and stay.

SIP

Stone & Wood

This independent brewhouse offers daily tours of their facilities, with the space doling out limited-edition and experimental batch beers on a rotating basis that are exclusive to their tasting room. Guests can try their year-round pours inspired by the Byron Bay surroundings like the Green Coast, a crisp unfiltered golden lager with a subtle spicy hop scent, or the Pacific Ale, a refreshing dry hopped beer that was brewed using Australian barley.

Address:
100 Centennial Circuit
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6685 5173

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Above the hustle of the Byron Beach streets lies this laidback surf spot. Take a seat on the wrap-around deck to see the sunset while drinking signature libations like The Ginny Hendrick’s made with Hendrick’s gin, elderflower liqueur, muddled cucumber, and juniper berries.

Address:
7 Lawson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6680 9666

SAVOR

Three Blue Ducks

Working closely with the local growers and the farm community, this spot takes a conscious approach to their no-fuss fare. Tuck into hearty dishes like the darling downs BBQ pork belly with kaffir lime, chili, citrus salad, and peanut sauce; or try the Australian Kinkawooka mussels with yellow curry, farm greens, Nimbin valley rice, and charred lime.

Address:
11 Ewingsdale Road
Ewingsdale NSW 2481
(02) 6684 7795

Raes

Situated on the idyllic Watego Beach in Cape Byron State Conservation Park, this ocean-view restaurant is located inside the boutique hotel Raes on Wategos. Serving a Mediterranean-influenced Australian menu, fresh dishes like the roasted cauliflower with tarragon and manchego along with the spanner crab spaghetti with smoked tomatoes and sorrel are not to be missed. Be sure to save room for dessert like the slow cooked pineapple with lime and rosemary mascarpone.

Address:
6 – 8 Marine Parade
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6685 5366

STAY

The Byron At Byron

Unplugging comes naturally at this lush resort, nestled on a 45-acre subtropical rainforest. The one-bedroom superior suites offer views of the greenery and is located close to the main amenities. Those looking for some true peace and quiet can book a deluxe spa suite, which is on a private portion of the hotel and features a deep spa bath, separate lounge and dining areas, a fully stocked kitchen, and two enclosed balconies.

Address:
77-97 Broken Head Road
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6639 2000

Elements of Byron

More than 65,000 indigenous plants and trees add to the natural splendor of this resort, helping to support native birds and other species. In keeping with the eco-conscious locale, the studios and villas are spread across 50 acres of beachfront land and allows guests to choose from a forest, dune, or wetland background. Families can enjoy the centrally-located pool with private cabanas and poolside food service, while others can choose to join the adult pool complete with a swim-up bar.

Address:
144 Bayshore Drive
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6639 1500

SEE

Black Dog Surf School

With its soft sand, warm water, and incredible swells, Byron Bay is a natural destination for surf enthusiasts. This family-run school offers professional group packages perfect for beginners such as the Experience The Thrill, a single lesson where the basics like learning to stand and surf a wave are taught, and the Splendor In The Bay, five lessons that refine pop-up techniques and can help surfers catch bigger waves.

Address:
4/5 11 Byron Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 6680 9828

The Getaway: Byron Bay
Blue Bay Divers
Blue Bay Divers

Venture to the small volcanic island of Julian Rocks, located just off the shore of Byron Bay, to experience snorkeling in a scenic setting. With a depth ranging to 32 feet, the waters provide an easy way to view the over 800 species of fish and three different types of turtles while swimming along the ocean surface.

Address:
Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour, Old Pacific Highway
Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
1800 858 155

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