I do not have enough words to express my love of Byron Bay. Out of all the places we visited along Australia’s East coast, Byron took the cake for me. While doing my research before the trip, I knew Byron was going to be the place I fell in love with. All it took was one meal and three hours in town for that all to be confirmed. Most everything in Byron is contained within a 5-7 block radius – I’m talking bars, restaurants, shopping and the beach all within walking distance. A small, sleepy beach town where the sun continuously shines and a flea market on Sunday mornings, I literally couldn’t ask for anything more.
Republik was the first place we ate at in Byron after arriving late on a Friday afternoon. It’s right on the main drag, has beautiful outdoor seating and wine for days. I’ve eaten my fare share of gnocchi in my lifetime but let me tell you, this gnocchi was easily in my top three of all time most delicious.
95 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Our first night out in Byron we decided to try a few of the local bars (there are only about four in town) and my personal favorite was The Bolt Hole. It sits on the second story of a building just a block from the beach and has kind of a Tiki Room vibe. My go to drink is anything with tequila (preferably a margarita) and up until this point I had yet to find a single place in Australia that could make a half decent one. (I don’t know what it is with these people but they do not know how to handle tequila.) Then I found The Bolt Hole and all was right in the world. Granted the bar tender made my grapefruit tequila with Ocean Spray but still, it was a significant improvement so THANK YOU BOLT HOLE. It also seemed like the go to space for women and moms because there were SO MANY ladies and moms dancing and jamming out and I have never felt safer.
9 Fletcher St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
While technically 15 minutes outside of Byron in Ewingdale, Three Blue Ducks an absolute must visit. It sits on a piece of land rightfully named The Farm and includes a restaurant, coffee shop, store, flower mart and small grocery store with farm grown meats, cheeses and produce. You could even take a tour of the farm (with animals) if you wanted to. We ate here on Saturday morning and again on our way out of town on Sunday because it was that good. Local, organic and healthy foods aplenty, you HAVE to make it out to The Farm.
11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Bayleaf is another Byron institution. Sitting on one of the bordering streets of the main town, Bayleaf has a fairly simple menu. On the afternoon we lunched they had locally brewed ginger beer which was without a doubt the best ginger beer I’ve ever tasted. They also had chalkboard tables and chalk available which we obviously took full advantage of.
2 Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
We ate at Balcony Bar on our last night in Byron. It is on the top half of a building and we were seated at a table on the balcony (PUNS) and got to overlook the main road and people watch as we ate and drank and talked about how much we loved it there. Great food, great drinks, amazing atmosphere.
Corner of Lawson and Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Topshop was another restaurant that was on the top of a lot of Byron lists so we decided to stop in on Sunday morning before heading over to the flea market in town. I had been craving something a little lighter and this fruit, granola and yogurt bowl came in CLUTCH. All local fruit, all organic and all delicious.
65 Carlyle St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Spell has been on Byron list for ages and finally getting to see it in person was a dream. The actual shop is in a little remodeled house and is filled with gypsy dresses and boho jewelry that made my heart soar. The day we went in to shop they also had a “build your own flower bouquet” out in the backyard and everything smelled amazing.
15 Browning St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Hope & May is a gorgeous little shop full of minimalist home items with clean lines. Very beachy in color scheme (lots of white and natural wood) and full of raw linens.
2/20 Fletcher St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
I didn’t have a ton of things on my Australia shopping list but one of them was a pair of Quay Australia sunglasses. They just started making waves over here in America but I wanted a pair straight off the Aussie coast and I found my pair at About A Girl in Byron.
1/8 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
I walked into Miss Brown and felt like I was back at home. Full of vintage and specializing in denim and purses, Miss Brown had an amazing selection. I didn’t pull the trigger and buy anything because I am truly spoiled having the Rose Bowl Flea Market in my backyard back at home but I was very very tempted.
15/19 Fletcher St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Byron Bay Beach
As with Sydney, you have to hit the beach when you’re in a beach town. Byron’s main beach was decently sized and continues along the coast to the Byron Lighthouse.
This damn beautiful monstrosity of a lighthouse. Let me make a long story short and say we took the scenic route to get to the lighthouse and by the end of our harrowing journey I honestly, truly, intensely believed that I was going to die. But once I recovered the ability to breathe I was able to fully appreciate how beautiful this place is especially at sunset. I highly recommend taking the walk to the lighthouse but just make sure you’re wearing workout shoes and clothes (not Birkenstocks and a gypsy dress) and you take the right trail.
Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481
The Byron Markets happen the first Sunday of every month and from the time we started planning this trip I knew going to this market was going to be my #1 priority. (I am completely shameless about this fact.) I was in my element at the market and had the best time ever. I bought new indigo pillow covers that I have been searching high and low for, a house dress, a wooden serving platter, and an ombre mug that reminds me of the colors of the ocean. There were so many dreamcatchers I thought I was going to cry because they were all so beautiful. The next time I go visit I’m going to pack up my own dreamcatchers and moon wall hangings and rent out a booth for myself.
Butler St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
On our way out of Byron I wanted to stop at this magical placed called Crystal Castle. The place is exactly what the name suggests, an entire castle of crystals. YES I SAID CRYSTALS. BEAUTIFUL, MONSTROUS CRYSTALS. Throughout the grounds are a few different zen type areas including a reflexology garden, a labyrinth, and a rainforest walk. On site is also a giant crystal store with literally any crystal you could imagine. I ended up buying a medium piece of raw quartz to add to my little crystal collection and forever remind me of this magical place. If you’re into anything in the realm of spirituality I would highly recommend a half day trip to Crystal Castle.
81 Monet Dr, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
Byron you have a piece of my heart and I miss you like crazy. I can’t wait to come back.