Travels // Byron Bay

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Once a year myself and a few of my closest friends go on what we call ‘girls gone wild’ (or should that be ‘mums gone wild’!)? Always somewhere local, usually an hours drive away, for 2 nights. But last year, I planted a seed. A seed called Byron Bay. A girls trip to Byron Bay. I put it out there and soon enough, after countless back and forth messages we found a date that worked. We wasted no time in locking that date down with flights and accommodation. The last time I visited Byron I was 20 - let’s just say a VERY long time ago! So Byron was very overdue in my book. The trip was definitely a highlight of 2018 for me!

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TRAVEL

We flew direct to the Gold Coast with Jetstar and hired a car, with Byron only an hour’s drive away. Arriving around 9am into the GC and with check in to The Chalet at 2pm we stopped off at Cabarita Beach to check out the iconic Halycon House, designed by Brisbane interior designer, Anna Spiro. We were hoping to have coffee or lunch here to soak up the Halycon House vibes but the restaurant wasn’t open to the public for another two hours. Would love to stay there, their rooms are simply stunning and like nothing I’ve seen before, but I think I’ll aim for eating in the restaurant one day!

  • Jetstar >> ADL >> GC. Approx. $400 return (mid/end November).

  • Hire Car >> Cabarita Beach >> Byron Bay

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STAY

My one stipulation of the trip was that we not stay at the YHA, ha! Bit of a joke, but not really. For our 3 nights away (and only two full days) we decided to stay in luxury boutique accommodation staying at The Chalet, one of the amazing Byron Beach Abode properties. This place? All the interior loving goods! Modern minimalism with a Palm Springs vibe in an iconic Australian setting. That’s the Chalet.

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I fell instantly in love! When we walked in I snapped all these photos before we unloaded our bags all over the place….snap snap snapping away with both my phone and camera like a crazy person that I accidentally dropped my camera. Wahh! I did some damage to it and am yet to get it fixed #mumlife. Anyway, it was totally worth it. Don’t you think?

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The main star of the show at The Chalet is the pool. Perfect for afternoon drinks with bubbles and a cheese platter. The Chalet has three main bedrooms all with bathrooms, a fully appointed kitchen, a media room that would be perfect for kids and could also double up as a kids bedroom, living area, powder room, laundry, Sonos so you can pump the tunes, WIFI so you can stay connected (or god forbid, had to work) and fully secure parking. It could easily house three couples or two families with a few kids.

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There are so many wonderful and hip and happening places to stay in Byron, these are a few of my faves:


EAT

Byron is the Mecca of good food and wellness so in Byron it’s not hard to eat well. Really well. We did a big Woolies shop and booze run before we checked in but when we managed to drag ourselves away from the pool we sampled some of the best that Byron has to offer. Lots of eating, not a lot of photo taking!

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Bayleaf Cafe Byron Bay
If I could only eat at one place in Byron, Bayleaf would be it. It’s the place to be for breakfast, serves exceptional coffee and overall, the quality of the food is outstanding. I really have no other words. Other than it’s location, right next to Mister Zimi….save your pennies ladies :-)

Rae’s on Wategos
We spoilt ourselves with a special (yes, expensive) lunch at Rae’s, the acclaimed luxury boutique hotel in Byron that has been reinvented and reinvigorated in recent years. Overlooking the famous Watego’s Beach, the location alone is worth booking in here for lunch, or even drinks. The food was delicious and the cocktails divine, not hard to enjoy yourself here as you’re overlooking Watego’s. We dressed up but was super surprised to see how casual some of the diners were. It appears beach gear is totally acceptable?!

Top Shop
A short walk to the Chalet. Fantastic coffee, burgers, salads and super relaxed vibe. Expect to see families and kids, surfers and locals here, sprawled out on the front lawn, enjoying the sunshine and the good food. Perfect!

The Farm Byron Bay
This place is unbelievable! The clue is in the name, it’s a farm with a A-grade restaurant, garden shop, cafe, everything on the plate here is grown on the farm. It’s the perfect place to hang out with the kids because the kids can run free on the farm, there is so much space and freedom here. I only had a coffee and croissant to take away here - only because we couldn’t get into the restaurant. I recommend booking ahead! I think our next Byron trip will be as a family and we’ll definitely take the kids here. Wish we had something like this in Adelaide!

Miss Margarita Mexican
A top notch Mexican restaurant on the main drag in Byron. Tacos and margaritas on our last night in Byron. Perfect way to end the trip.

SHOP

I didn’t do a lot of shopping but still managed to traipse through a few of Byron’s best. Byron is full of creatives making and designing labels that are coveted all over the country. If I had more time and moola I could certainly do some damage here:

St Agni Studio
Auguste The Label
Spell
McTavish Surfboards
The Society Inc by Sibella Court
Pop & Scott
Hope & May

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Byron is a wonderful place. I highly recommend it for a girls trip, or any way you can manage to get yourself there. I am really keen to go back with the family some day soon. But I would take a girls trip any day!!!

Thanks for reading, Mx

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