Byron Bay has been on Jared and I’s list of places to visit for as long as we can remember, but we just never seemed to make it up there! So it was such a treat to be offered to shoot there while we were visiting Australia these last holidays!
We shot for two long days but gave ourselves two additional days to explore afterwards. We wanted to see as much as possible, and were actually pretty stoked with what we saw in that time! The purpose of sharing this on the spot, zero prep blog was to remember the memories of our first trip, but also to share what we loved, felt, and experienced while we were there. I hope you enjoy!
Where we stayed
Jared and I stayed in Bangalow in a little private room found on Airbnb. We didn’t think we would find anything this nice considering we were booking less than a week out in the middle of the summer holidays, but it was the perfect set up for us and our host was the sweetest ever!
Bangalow is a little town about 10 minutes from Byron and (like most towns in the area) is surrounded by rolling hills, farmlands and calming silence. Here are our must do’s in Bangalow:
Coffee and Brekky at Woods
We stayed in and cooked dinner most nights, but popped in to a little Thai takeaway shop at the top of the main street for vegetarian fried rice to add to whatever greens we were cooking and it was always delicious.
Where we adventured
Day One: We spent our first day off by traveling to Cabarita Beach, about a 40 minute drive north of Byron Bay. It’s a small but busy little town with the star being the amazing beach and the beautiful homes. We spent about 20 minutes just driving in and out of the suburban streets gushing over simple yet beautiful little homes.
We were loving the drive up the coast so much that we continued up to Casuarina where we found even more incredible homes to lust over, an amazing stop for lunch at Tucker and a womens shop Nikkou Store (which had a lineup of incredible brands).
We came home via Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, going for a little walk around each township when we arrived to get a feel for the place. We were really just always blown away by each place, all with similar peaceful and creative communities, but each different in their own way.
On the way home we stopped at The Farm in Byron Bay to visit the animals and it was worth it! I just love farms and spent most of my holidays as a kid at my Aunty and Uncles property in central NSW, so it was all the feels for me to be around the animals, the smells and paddocks.
For the evening we went to Rae’s on Wategos Beach for cocktails (which was incredible, but more on that later) and then into Byron Bay for dinner.
Day Two: We started the day at The General Store in Byron for brekky where I had the best vegan mushroom breakfast burger I have EVER TASTED!!! Yes, big moment for me. Then I slipped into Spell & The Gypsy to allow myself approximately 20 minutes of swooning and trying on incredible pieces, cue love-heart eyes.
Then we just parked the car (yes, you need to pay for parking in Byron but we are used to that because Newcastle is the highest offender of outrageous paid parking), and strolled around the main hub of Byron Bay just checking out the shops and beach.
We then drove to Suffolk Park, lusted over some more incredible houses and went for a swim at Tallows Beach… WHICH WAS INCREDIBLE! It’s a huge beach with absolutely no-one on it. The sand was so fine and the water was crystal clear and a dream to swim in.
That evening we got some takeaway and took it down to Wategos Beach, just below the lighthouse. Side note; we were actually supposed to go to The Mez Club but we were kind of over spending heaps of money on fancy places, I mean, that’s just not us, haha. We had fallen in love with Wategos the night before and thought a sunset picnic was something we would enjoy so much more. We spent the evening picnicking on the sand, listening to the waves and watching the sunset. 100% dream-worthy night.
When food is life and there are only limited meals (and a limited budget) I was feeling some serious pressure when choosing where to eat. We decided that we would have all of our meals at home for two days to save some dollars and eat out on the other days as a compromise.
Here is all of the food goodness:
Roadhouse: We went to Roadhouse for dinner on the first night and it was 100% insane. Jared and I both loved our cocktails and we both had a pizza each which was also delicious. The place was vibey with dim lighting, fairly busy but not crowded (perfect), and because it’s just outside of the main streets you can park easily right out front.
Tucker: Tucker is located at Casuarina which we visited on our first day exploring. We had lunch, it was a 10/10, the staff were amazing and it was all good vibes.
Rae’s on Wategos: Ok. Cocktail hour at Rae’s took me somewhere else completely. I felt like I was in the Hampton’s, surrounded by wealth and social circles that could be running the world, but at the same time it was light, completely friendly and oh so luxe. This is 100% a ‘must do’ on my Byron list.
Balcony Bar and Oyster Co: We struggled to find places for dinner right in Byron that were vego friendly and didn’t cost the earth. Balcony Bar had really good vibes and the staff were amazing but not the best variety when it comes to vego meals. We will need to further investigate this one.
The Byron Bay General Store: incredible for breakfast. See previously mentioned ‘mind blowing vegan mushroom burger’ statement.
Woods Bangalow: Jared only had a coffee from here but said it was a 10. Plus, it features plenty of outdoor seating and is surrounded by cute shops.
The Pressed Pantry: This little salad and smoothie shop is right in Byron Bay near the beach. It 100% plant-based, with incredible salads and yummy smoothies. We got a large takeaway salad with three different salad options to share for $18. The best part was that we only got through less than half so we saved the rest for dinner that night. Win!
100 Mile Table: We just stopped here for coffee and kombucha but both were amazing and the food that was getting served around us smelt incredible so I feel like food would be a total winner here.
Folk: We had brekky here on our last morning before we left and it was so so good. All around amazing food and a cute little quiet setup at the entrance to a caravan park in Byron Bay.
Well, I hope this has been helpful for you all! It’s been really nice to put some memories to ‘paper’ too!