Summer holidays… Everyone’s favourite time of the year.
I was fortunate enough to spend a portion of the holidays in Byron Bay, one of the most beautiful beachside locations on Australia’s East Coast. There’s something about Byron Bay that makes you automatically switch off, relax and slow down. It’s not just a favourite holiday destination, for a Byron local, it’s a way of life.
We stayed at The Byron at Byron which is an amazing eco-resort, set within a stunning 45 acre rainforest, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa provides an atmosphere of lush tranquillity and the opportunity to completely relax and rejuvenate. Located only five minutes south of Byron Bay, the resort allows visitors to enjoy restaurants, shopping and vibrant atmosphere of this beachside township and then retire to a setting of peace and luxury. The highlight of staying at the Byron, apart from the surrounding rainforest, was the complimentary daily yoga and the fleet of bikes they have available for guests to hire. Cruising around Byron Bay by bike was the perfect mode of transport, it allows you to really relax and ‘enjoy the journey’, taking in the beautiful surroundings of Byron Bay.
The produce in Byron Bay rivals some of the best. Whether it’s locally grown organic vegetables or perfect eggs from the farm next door, Byron Bay is renowned for holistic ingredients with flavour to match. Our first night was spent at The Italian, a perfectly located, silver spoon restaurant. They have always been a favourite of mine primarily because their Chilli Coconut Martinis. More than a few times I’ve had far too many and had an amazing night that I won’t remember.
Of all the restaurants and cafes in Byron, there is one that is a cut above for me – Road House. We stumbled across this gem on our morning bike ride into town and proceeded to eat there at every opportunity possible! It’s casual dining and patrons are a crossed between long haired, hippy locals and the stylish holiday goer who obviously knows where to eat. Surprisingly Road House isn’t just a breakfast haute, come nightfall, it’s transformed into a rustic bar/restaurant. Their Ron Zacapa Negroni prove their bar service is on par with the food, you won’t be disappointed. Of all the meals that were had there, not one could be faulted. All of their produce is locally sourced with the owner explaining that they are very conscious of where their produce comes from and how it is treated/produced. They won’t buy eggs from the supermarket but they know ‘Henry’ who has a local farm that produces eggs and know that the chickens are happy and well looked after. Personally, I believe you can taste the difference or maybe it’s subconscious but it’s one of the things that I find makes Byron so wonderful – they’re aware and accountable. There were three go-to dishes that are a must when visiting Road House. The Nourishing Bowl for breakfast – scrambled coconut eggs, mushrooms, quinoa and greens. For Dinner, the Tempe Salad and the Sri-Lankian Coconut Mussels are both amazing and flavourful. Next time you’re in Byron Bay, the Road House is a must – you won’t be disappointed.
Spare time in Byron consists of beaches, pools, salt water, long walks, bike rides, back to the beach. With numerous beaches engrossing the whole town – you’ve got your pick – Shipwreck, Watego’s, Tallows. The Byron at Byron where we stayed is a two minute walk from Tallows beach which became a daily activity for our stay. The beach culture is the essence of Byron – as soon as you get there, you’re shoes come off and it’s too easy to settle into a relaxed, beach life way of walking and talking.