Beautiful Byron Bay

After a week-long hunt for a lost memory card I’m pressing on with this blog post, and trying not to think about the lost photos – weep! (MUST become an organised adult at some point soon and stop losing super valuable and irreplaceable things! gah). Anyway turns out I’m oversharing with a gazillion photos anyway and have just added some links to the places I don’t have photos of. I’m completely blaming the hectic renovation that has sent our lives into absolute chaos!

Beautiful Byron, one of our favourite family holidays yet. Something for all ages. So much to do but also the perfect surroundings to just kick back and relax. As a wanna be hipster (gimme all the hipster food! just can I also eat soft cheese, and champagne, and the occasional steak?!) the place was total foodie heaven. Vegan everything or just organic home-grown deliciousness. You wont leave hungry!

Accommodation

Palm Tree Cottage: Owned by the gorgeous Mister Zimi , perfect family accommodation. We are a family of 5, Ed is 13, Lily 10 and Ruby nearly 3 and the size was absolutely perfect. 2 queen rooms and a loaded up kids room with twin beds trundle and a cot. We could have easily fit more children, but probably not more adults as our 13-year-old son took the second queen room and it was a very comfortable set up. If you were keen on a group and each visiting couple had one child only (0r a bunch of toddlers), then two families would fit. Otherwise I’d say stick to one if your family is on the larger size. The styling of the house was PERFECT so clean and bright with pops of colour at every turn with an open plan kitchen/diving/living. Linen was far beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in an air b & b (stunning quality) but probably the best thing of all was the provision of absolutely everything. Sauce, olive oil, salt in the pantry, laundry powder, soap, towels ,beach towels, bikes with toddler seats, toys, games, body boards, literally just pack your swimmers!! You feel instantly at home the second you walk in the door. If you’re after an authentic family Byron Bay experience and appreciate convenience, character (so much better than a stripped back completely sterile holiday home) and reasonable prices, then this is the shack for you. We will be back without a doubt! PS did I mention there is a pirate ship cubby? pardon the posing 3-year-old, I cannot even explain, I ask to take her photo and that’s what she does at the top of the slide ! She’s a trick!

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The Beaches

The Byron Bay beaches are literally as if they were purpose made for families. There is something for literally every age. A point break AND a surf break (I know very little about surfing but the huzz and son tell me this is UN HEARD OF) an inlet (referred to by Ruby as the river, warm, calm, so perfect for babies and toddlers to paddle) tree lined beaches providing so much shade, wild life (bush turkeys, goannas, lizards, kangaroos and wild rabbits were daily sightings at The Pass and/or Tallows) walking trails along the coast line, rocks for crabbing, what have I missed? We are spoilt with amazing beaches in South Australia, but I have to admit, Byron owns the best I’ve ever seen in Australia. Big call but I’m backing it.

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Halcyon House

What a treat, located at Cabarita Beach this former surfers motel has been transferred to luxury and houses Paper Daisy restaurant. Well worth a visit either with or without kids to try the food. We had the prawn salad and home-made magnums – eek! DIVINE. The absolutely stunning fit out reflect everything Australian Summer. I’m already hinting to Andy it would be a nice sneaky couples weekend idea. I could definitely see myself by that pool with a mojito for an afternoon.

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Killen Falls

This is a must. Kids, no kids, it’s a short work (although a decent rocky clamber the last couple hundred metres) and well worth it. People set up for the day with towels and swimmers and soak up the tranquility and cleansing properties in the air. When we looked back at the holiday and I asked the big kids their favourite, this was it (followed very closely by Crystal Castle for Lily) but they just loved this adventure. If we had more time we would have visited again this time with a packed lunch so we could stay longer – because snacks.

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The Farm Byron Bay

We visited twice! Such an amazing set up. Again something for all ages but my girls (3 and 10) just adored it. Well we all did. But they were literally freaking out with joy. But that said you don’t need kids to enjoy this set up. Something for everyone. Food outstanding. We visited twice both times for breakfast. Next time we will go for dinner also for sure. The girls participated in the Farm Kids holiday workshop where they get to go into all the enclosures, get up and close with the animals, collect eggs and macadamia nuts, which they then cook with and up cycle the shells into gorgeous little decorated planters for sprouts! You can see our progress pics below. They were so happy with themselves. And it was an added bonus that it was an activity a 3 and 10-year-old could enjoy together – not always the case. The casual environment, playground, lawns, and open space make it a super enjoyable outing and so easy to visit again and again and always do something different. We pre ordered cheese hampers for the day the girls did the Farm Kids activities. Ruby ended up needing a nap so we took it to the beach with us that night instead of having it there. SO GOOD.

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Rae’s at Wategos

Gorgeous lunch with stunning views of Wategos Beach . We snuck to this one child free. Beautifully presented amazing quality food. Bookings are essential and lunch and dinner only, if you’re looking for a romantic or relaxed but beautiful meal this is definitely worth a visit. A fave. Lots of beautiful walks close by and if you’re into your architecture there are plenty of celebrity beach houses to try to catch a glimpse of close by! We did the lighthouse walk on other days, but it’s literally right there too. Stunning.

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Harvest

Located in the Byron Bay Hinterland this was an absolute delight. Rustic yet sophisticated ambience reflective of the divine country setting, they showcase some of the regions best produce. We booked for a late sitting for lunch with the kids on a Saturday afternoon. When we arrived it was initially super busy and threatened to be a disaster (I think a wedding party – a big one! had dropped in unexpectedly and thrown a bit of chaos) but within minutes they had us seated and things settled very quickly to be one of the best lunches we’ve ever experienced. Remember this – the lamb for two! pictured below. Just beyond. I hope it’s still on the menu when we return! That said the cocktails the fish, the kids meals everything tasteful, healthy, and just outstanding. Okay you get it, I’ll stop raving now. GO.

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The Lighthouse Walks

An absolute must, if I lived locally I’d go every day. Such a fun way to quickly get in some very decent exercise while on holidays (hello stairs!) spectacular views and several hike options.

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Doma Cafe (Federal)

They don’t seem to have a webpage for me to link in here but look them up. SO worth the drive if you have a car. (I would highly recommend a car for this holiday, so much to do just out-of-town). Fresh Japanese inspired food. Sushi, salads, burgers. A play area for the kids in a casual rustic yet authentic setting. And the drive out was spectacular.

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Other outings:

Crystal Castle

This was sweet. And unfort the photos are all on the missing memory card :(. When I find it I”ll load up some images. Set in the beautiful hinterland its a decent drive. Probably too far to just ‘pop in’ but if you have interested members in the family its worth it. With recent illness in our fam natural healing and health is high priority so it was a great little educational spiritual visit for the girls and I. It’s a gorgeous walk with loads of wildlife, crystals galore (of course) a labyrinth and little play ground for the kids and a nice airy cafe. The boys played golf while we did this and I definitely don’t think it would have been up their alley at all. But Lily (10) loved it so much. She still talks about it and treasures the crystals she’s brought home with her.

Other places to eat

The Tree House – BRILLIANT.  def with kids but no kids? yes yes! go anyway! This casual setting on Belongil Beach is essential. Easy well priced but super nourishing food. Wood fired pizzas, salads, cocktails. We visited a few times for dinner (hence no photos I’m rubbish at night-time photography) but this is honestly just the best casual dining ever. I want it to be my local! Any time of day, any company, anything goes. FAVE casual dining I think!

Byron Fresh – in the main part of the town (I am forgetting streets here) but great casual easy food, delicious cocktails and constant live music. We went once for lunch and once for dinner. Cute quintessential Byron style fit out. I recall hearing from somebody they didn’t love it here but we all loved it! So a thumbs up from me.

Miss Margarita – we didn’t go but looked so great for dinner! Mexican – YUM.

Bay Leaf – Possibly my favourite breakfast! That said , that’s a big call, there were a lot of good breakfast options! But this was epic. I had the quinoa porridge. DELISH. Very busy but if you can get a table its well worth the hustle. I could eat here every day.

Leaf and Grain – next door to Bay Leaf. Great coffee and quick take away breakfast options.

Naked Treaties – I had long time admired these guys (I am not a vegan but so so so love vegan food) via their instagram account. We just don’t have anywhere with such a wide range of raw treats, salads and epic smoothies where I live. Definitely worth a visit to try the latest energy boosting or cleansing formula. We went several times and loved everything.

Combi Byron Bay – spectacular smoothie bowls and raw treats. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and gorgeous fit out. Another one we frequented regularly for healthy treats. I always make an effort to visit them in Elwood when I’m in Melbourne, so was excited to see they had recently opened in Byron.

Shopping

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Oh gosh where to start. so so SO many beautiful options in Byron Bay with a real range in price point so definitely something for everyone. From thrift shops to high-end vintage it’s all there. A week wasn’t long enough to really make the most of what was on offer but here is where I went, I’m sure a have missed a million good places – good reason to go back!

Mister Zimi What can I say. Colour! Byron Bay! Bali! Santorini! Beach! Cocktails! Green Juice! Oysters! This brand screams it all. Everything I love encapsulated in the form of  colour bomb hard-wearing super comfy clothing. Long time favourites. Was so great to visit their new store in person as have previously only shopped online. (next door is the Mez Club, so on point with the Mister Zimi vibes, perfect spot to celebrate your purchase with a cocktail!)

Spell Located so close to Palm Tree Cottage you’ll drive past every day on your way to town or the beach. Beautiful whimsical everything. Worth a visit not just for the fashion but to lust over the quintessential byron boho interiors and shop front. Love everything about them.

Auguste the Label Loved everything about this store. I’ve long time seen bloggers sporting these whimsical threads but never in the flesh. I bought so many pieces. Affordable boho in wearable styles. perfect to wear to the beach or lunch in one of the many nearby cafes.

Ahoy Trader all the cute homeware. They have online too, I have my eyes on so many things for home once our renovation is complete.

Hendrix & Harlow so many cute things!

Byron Bay Hanging Chairs I love them so! Planning a space for one in my home as we speak. Was forever admiring them in shops and accommodation as we passed by.

Tiny People  The most lovely owner and divine children’s clothing, decor and accessories. I bought the girls some gorgeous white dresses and sandals here.

That’s it! Our week in Byron Bay. These were really just the places we stumbled on or were recommended to visit. I’m sure I’ve missed a whole bunch of places but if we’d done it all we couldn’t have hit the beach for half of every day. Next time we will stay 2 weeks, for sure. xx

6 thoughts on “Beautiful Byron Bay

  1. Eve

    Amazing! I’m going for my friend’s wedding next May for the first time, and I cannot wait!
    It’s one of those places I’ve always wanted to go, but when looking at flights its been cheaper to go to Bali, so we have never got there. Seriously excited, especially after seeing your pictures and reading about the food.
    Also have always wanted to stay at the Mister Zimi house, although now thinking it might be too small for three couples… will have to go another time!
    Eve

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    • oh thankyou so much! thats such gorgeous feedback and your trip will be amazing. I was the same had spoken of going for so long and finally got there! The food is just beyond, we rolled on out of there! but all so healthy as well which I love! I cant even say I have one favourite I don’t think, we literally didn’t go anywhere bad! pretty unbelieveable. and thats just the food the beaches and walks and waterfalls and wildlife I could go on and on. We will be back for absolute certain. xx

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  2. Brianna

    We are staying at the Mister Zimi house right at this very minute (well my in-laws and kids are there right now, we’ve snuck to the Atlantic for a child free night!). Thanks for this post – reminded me of all the beautiful places I’ve seen on Insta and wanted to go but had forgotten! P.S. Just got back from dinner at The Mez – oh my goodness, so so good! Off to The Farm tomorrow!

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    • oh no WAY! thats so awesome! how good is the Mez! we went more than once! we literally rolled out of Byron we ate so much! but it was just all so good. The Farm is such a good time. you’ll love it. enjoy gah wish I was there! xx

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