Byron Bay has always been on the top of my list of holiday destinations to visit in Australia. Byron Bay is famous for its unique ambience with a relaxed atmosphere and amazing beaches. It was exactly what we were after for our babymoon! At five months pregnant, I wanted to take that last holiday being just the two of us before the baby arrives.
WHERE TO STAY
We decided to stay at Elements of Byron Resort & Spa by AccorHotels, which features 193 private villas dotted amidst 22 hectares of absolute beachfront paradise. The modern Australian beach architecture and interiors are inspired by Mother Nature and the native flora and fauna of Byron Bay.
I love the fact that all the villas are freestanding. You have your own privacy and oasis. There are eight types of villas to choose from to suit differing holiday experiences. We chose to stay in the Luxury Villa. It’s a one bedroom haven complete with our own bathhouse (see photos below), full kitchen and gas fireplace.
Did I mention this resort is right on the beachfront? I love waking up every morning being able to walk along the white-washed sandy beach with hubby. Surf, swim, laze and play, there’s something to do for everyone!
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TOP THINGS TO DO AT ELEMENTS OF BYRON
SUNRISE BEACHFRONT YOGA
The best imaginable start to the day. Wake-up to greet the dawn with First Light Club sunrise yoga overlooking the beach with Elements’ very own in house yogi instructor. It’s included in your hotel stay! BYO towel and mats are provided. Usually starts at 6.30am or 7am, depending on time of year, ask reception before setting your alarm clock.
Muscles stretched – it’s time to enjoy a breakfast at the resorts Graze Restaurant. Enjoy the buffet or order a la carte. Breakfast hours are 7am-10.30am. I absolutely loved the variety and the quality of the food. I highly recommend having breakfast here before you set off for the day!
GUIDED RAINFOREST WALK
The Guided rainforest walk explores walking tracks & viewing areas in the Coastal Littoral Rainforest and it’s on site surroundings. This ecological community is critically endangered and contains an amazing mix of vegetation & wildlife. Get an insight into the diversity that this site and region supports. Some opportunistic bird & fauna spotting will also occur throughout the guided walk.
Approx. 45min-1hr (1.5km return)
09:30 Thursday, 15:00 Saturday or book a private tour
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One of my favourite things to do while on holiday is to completely switch off and settle in by the pool as the long summer days stretch out. Time to crack out that novel and enjoy some poolside drink and food service! Be sure to have lunch by the pool as their offering of drinks and food are absolutely delicious! I also recommend splitting your time between the lagoon pool and the resort beachfront!
BIRDS, BEACH & HISTORY WALK
The Birds, beach and history walk will give you an overview of the resort and Byron Bay’s history and bird watching over the important breeding & feeding ground of the Belongil estuary. This Coastal Ecosystem within and adjoining the resort provides a valuable local habitat for significant flora and fauna including migrating & endangered species, come and learn more about its interesting occupants.
Approx. 45min (1km return)
09:00 Saturday Mornings or book a private tour
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I highly recommend some pampering at Osprey Spa. Be sure to book ahead as the spa is quite popular. You can check out their menu here. The spa’s ‘rituals’ go for up to 2.5 hours so be prepared to be in a deeper state on mind for the rest of the day. I choose the pregnancy massage, while hubby had the Muscular Wellness massage. We left feeling very relaxed and pampered!
DINNER AT GRAZE RESTAURANT
We didn’t want to leave this resort! It had everything we needed! We had dinner at Graze Restaurant which served a multitude of share plates on their menu. After dinner you can take a short stroll back to your villa or take a nightcap by the fire pit.
6 THINGS TO DO IN BYRON BAY
So you’re coming to Byron Bay and probably thinking you could spend your days sunbathing or surfing. Well yes, you can but there are also a lot of other things you can see and do in Byron Bay.
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1. BEACH & HEADLAND WALK
Dolphin-spotting morning walk. The Byron Bay Lighthouse walk is one of Australia’s most beautiful beach walks. It’s about an hour’s stroll from Elements of Byron along the beachfront, or a 10-minute drive. Wander along pure white sands where you’ll spot dolphins and surfers competing for waves at the Wreck. Meander along the beach or drive to the carpark on Clarkes Beach in front of Beach, Byron Bay. Be sure to take some coins to feed the parking meters.
2. LEARN TO SURF
When it comes to that authentic beach-town vibe, Byron is a contender for the title all year round. The pristine northern climate and multiple breaks create ideal surf conditions, making it a renowned haven for locals, surfing legends, musicians and movie stars alike. If you are learning to surf, try ‘Let’s Go Surfing’! They deliver fantastic surf experiences on Belongil Beach or at Main Beach in town.
3. SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT
If you think Byron Bay is beautiful from the ground, then you need to see it from the air! You can take an unforgettable aerial experience right from Elements of Byron. You and up to two other guests will soar over Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse, perched above the jagged cliffs and bright blue ocean of Walgun (Cape Byron). You’ll then fly over picture-perfect Wategos beach, where panoramic views offer up unparalleled dolphin and whale sightings. Finally, you’ll trace the wild expanse of Tallows Beach and Broken Head, framed by lush green rainforest.
The experience takes a total of 45 minutes, including 25 minutes flight time, and is available for a minimum of two and maximum of three people. The cost is $275 per person, including GST.
4. KAYAKING IN BYRON
Looking to try your hand at Kayaking, Byron Bay is there perfect place! Try Go Sea Kayak – the only kayak company in Byron Bay to employ local Indigenous guides – has given travellers a unique insight into mainland Australia’s most easterly point. Setting off from Main Beach twice daily (9:30am and 2pm, depending on the weather), the three-hour guided tours are led by experienced lifesavers that have a deep knowledge about the local marine environment
5. MINYON FALLS
Located just 45 minutes from Elements of Byron is one of the region’s most jaw-dropping destinations: Minyon Falls. Surrounded by ancient rainforests in Nightcap National Park, the waterfall plunges roughly 100-metres over jarring rhyolite cliffs that were once part of the Tweed Volcano.
You can choose from an easier, two-hour return walk to Minyon Grass picnic area or the longer, hard-grade 4-5-hour Minyon Loop Walking Track. The Minyon Grass option takes you to the base of the Falls while the 7.5-km Minyon Loop Walking Track winds through dense rainforest and fern-flanked creeks before arriving at the iconic plunge falls. Either way: be prepared for a fairly steep climb out!
While the waterfall itself is an impressive sight, especially after a big rain, the panoramic views from the lookout are just as spectacular. Look directly below (if you don’t suffer from vertigo!) as the water cascades down solidified lava into a deep gorge. On a clear day you can see all the way to the coast.
6. FARMERS MARKET
Farmers markets have exploded over the past decade, mostly driven by peoples desire to reconnect with the provenance of their food and those who grow it. Byron is renowned for its wholesome, seasonal produce, partly due to the fertile, volcanic soil it’s grown in and partly to the passionate producers who labour over it. There are several weekly farmers markets you can visit.
- Byron Farmers Market – every Thursday, 8 – 11am
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay 2481
- Bangalow Farmers Market – every Saturday, 8 – 11am
Behind the Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow 2479
- New Brighton Farmers Market – every Tuesday, 8 – 11am
New Brighton Oval, River Street, New Brighton 2483
- Mullumbimby Farmers Market – every Friday 7 – 11am
51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby 2482
6 BEST CAFES IN BYRON BAY
Check out our list of Byron Bay’s best local cafes and make your next coffee in Byron one worth savouring.
This dynamic weekday hub – tucked in the A&I estate – is something of a local secret. Focused around a long communal table, this spacious cafe serves up coffee alongside juices, kombucha and a breakfast cafe menu filled with classics and inventive surprises. And it’s always buzzing with lively chatter.
4/8 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay
Open Monday to Friday 7am till 2pm (3pm for coffee)
Coffee served: Marvell Street Coffee
How about a local coffee shop that’s featured in Vogue but located in a holiday park? Head towards The Farm and, on the way, discover Folk: a great Byron cafe serving ethical and seasonal produce. It’s simple and delicious menu includes cold-pressed juices, flower-garnished smoothies and all the hot, cold and iced coffee options you could possibly want. Be warned: it’s very easy to spend a whole day lounging on a blanket or sinking into a comfy chair in this coffee-lovers haven!
399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
Open 7 days 7.30am – 2.30pm
Coffee served: Dukes Coffee Roasters and Marvell Street Coffee
3. BAYLEAF CAFE
This local cafe’s inventive menu offers beautifully-presented, fresh, organic food ready to tempt any appetite. Its tables are normally packed both indoors and outside, but locals and tourists agree that it’s always worth the wait. Next door, its sister store – Leaf & Grain – offers quick and healthy takeaway options including colourful salads and artisan breads, right in the heart of Byron. Bayleaf’s inventive spirit extends to its coffees too. Try the Coconut Cold Brew, served with the cafe’s trademark dried flower petals or select a classic from their full coffee menu, brewed from the Bay’s own Marvell Street Coffee Roasters.
2 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Open 7 days 7am till 2.30pm
Coffee served: Marvell Street Coffee
It would be hard to find a great coffee any closer to the beach! Enjoy panoramic ocean views as you gaze out over Clarkes Beach from this versatile restaurant and beach kiosk. Beach celebrates the whole array of beach dining options, even serving Byron Bay Coffee Company’s organic ‘beach’ blend. Where else in the world can you grab a great takeaway coffee or fish and chips en route to the beach, enjoy wood fired grilled prawns overlooking the beach for lunch and then return in the evening for a fine dining experience?
Clarkes Beach, 2 Massinger Street, Byron Bay
Takeaway kiosk open daily from 7am until late afternoon. Restaurant Open 7 days 7.30am – late
Coffee served: Byron Bay Coffee Company
5. THE TOP SHOP
Smoothies, single-origin coffees and delicious pastries offer a sweet finish to a cafe menu boasting an unmatched burger selection. From beef to chicken, mushroom to halloumi, your taste buds will find what they’re craving on The Top Shop’s blackboard menu, all served between house-made buns. Gather around a table in this popular local hang-out or sprawl out on the grass under blue skies. Alternatively, grab a takeaway and head down to Clarkes Beach, only an eight-minute stroll away.
65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
Open 6.30am – 4pm 7 days/week
Coffee served: Single O
Food and coffee combine with absolute grace in one of Byron Bay’s primary foodie destinations. You may feel like you’ve walked into one of the Bay’s coolest bars but it’s actually a whole-food café/restaurant with a menu reflecting the best of what’s in-season and on-trend. The need to queue for a table just gives visitors more time to browse the full list of coffees and cocktails on offer, alongside the Instagram-ready breakfasts, brunches and lunches. Yes, coffee and cocktails. And yes, both come highly recommended.
6/142 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Open Monday to Saturday 6.30am – 2pm (closed Sundays)
Coffee served: Allpress