AN INTRODUCTION TO BYRON BAY

Article from Conde Nast

There’s magic at work in Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast. People who go there tend to have life-changing experiences. So what makes this small seaside community so special? David Leser, a resident, explains.

“This is a story I swore I would never write. It’s about a little jewel under a lighthouse, where the rainforest meets the sea, where pods of dolphins frolic in turquoise waters and migratory whales breech and sigh out in the Bay, where surfers, hippies, musicians, writers, farmers, teachers, artists, film-makers, fishermen, stockbrokers, you name them; where all these and more have gathered for some great modern-day experiment in living.

“Who’d believe such a story? A New Jerusalem on the most easterly point of Australia with the perfect wave, the perfect climate, the perfect soil; with sunkissed, friendly people; with a Green mayor and a politically conscious community; with fine dining, smart cafés and bookshops; with music, arts and literary festivals, with a goulash of massage and alternative health therapies so diverse you could spend an entire month floating from one to the other.”

“It is also a sacred Aboriginal meeting place. A woman’s place. A healing place. A place where the counter-culture rubs up against the city. A place where Australia first meets the sun and the streets are named after poets and the plumber takes his shoes off at the door.” …

Paradise Found

Byron Bay is the quintessential Aussie Beach Holiday Destination.

The Cape at Wategos offers a luxurious escape in a spectacular setting:

Choose from great rainforest and beach-track walks only footsteps away from The Cape, then Surf the best waves Australia has on offer on your doorstep.

Go for a swim in crystal clear waters and sparkling white sand beaches at Byron Bay’s iconic Wategos’s Beach infront of our property or take it easy and relax on your outdoor deck, watching whales and dolphins and surfers catch waves.

That’s what we call Lodging in Paradise!

We have compiled some of our favourite things to inspire you on your stay

Spend a day at the Cape learning to surf at the beach infront of our house, enjoy whale watching from the comfort of your outdoor deck, kayak the bay, hike the rainforest, beach or lighthouse tracks around our property or go for a drive in the country past lush farms and cows to Harvest restaurant in picturesque Newrybar for a county lunch. Then venture on to Nimbin for a bit of fun and jump into one of the many waterfalls on the way.

For the adventurists there are also many outdoor activities on offer such as Kite boarding, Ballooning, Paragliding & taking off at a magical spot right beside the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse, Diving and snorkling around Julian Rocks, Cycling the hilly hinterland, Golfing, Stand up Paddle boarding, Kayaking, Horse riding or enjoying all that Byron Bay has on offer such as exploring the area.

A bonus is that most of these activities are around Wategos Beach, making our location so convenient.

Or simply take it easy on your holidays, shopping or dining at some of Australia’s best restaurants.

We have also compiled our favourite restaurants under the Dining section on the website

48 hours in Byron Bay, what are the must-dos?

The lighthouse walk at sunrise or sunset.

Swim at Wategos Beach after the walk, which is so refreshing.

Breakfast at Rae’s footsteps away from the Cape, or “the Beach” or Bayleaf or alternatively explore Harvest in Newrybar or the Woods in Bangalow, followed by shopping.

For lunch drive up to Harvest in Newrybar or alternatively grab some some fresh oysters or smoked trout from the Fish Co-op and some bits from the gourmet deli next door and set up your own picnic on the beach.

Have a mid afternoon break at The Byron at Byron and book yourself into the Spa followed with some drinks and barfood on the veranda

Drinks at The Mez Club or St Elmo’s followed by dinner there, or

Book a table at the local and exclusive Rae’s Restaurant at Wategos (30 meters from the Cape) for dinner or Drinks at their bar.

Explore the hinterland and head out to Doma Cafe in Federal if you’ve got a few hours – or just laze at little Wategos Beach or The Pass under an umbrella and call it a day.

Sightseeing

What are some must-see iconic sights in your city?

Probably the boardwalk leading towards The Pass on the Lighthouse walk, or the lookout at the Pass all footsteps from Wategos Beach.

Favourite Beach:

We love little Wategos. (on the eastern conrer side of Wategos beach)

We also love a walk on Tallows Beach (Cosy Corner end) as its so secluded and wild and it feels you are a million miles away from everything.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Located at Cape Byron Walking Track, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

Newrybar

A small town with a deli, Newrybar Merchants, and Harvest restaurant. Cute excursion

Just 20 minutes’ drive from The Cape is Bangalow, a small village packed with beautiful boutique stores. Visit ROWIEto discover another talented local designer (she also has a store in Byron), andMillar & More for irresistible fashions and homewares and the Island Luxe shop

FederalDoma café- Japanese restaurant for lunch

Mullimbimby – Markets on Friday and “Milk and Honey “for great pizza

Brunswick heads – Brunswick river and township

Cape Byron Distillery

Located at 80 St Helena Rd, McLeods Shoot, NSW, 2479

Local distillery that also makes muesli

Around the corner. Famous Rae’s , amazing food, great views. Open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Byron bay ballooning

Fancy a balloon flight to view Byron Bay’s beauty?

Kayak Tours

Kayak tour to see Whales and Dolphins

Learn to surf

rustymillersurf.com

Byron is worldfamous for its surf. Don’t miss out.

Drinks & Nightlife

Rae’s Bar

Around the corner from The Cape at Wategos –– our Local favourite:

Start the night with cocktails at Rae’s Bar and some snacks

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Located at Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

Great Bar with cute decor, nice food to enjoy the Byron Township

Byron at Byron

Start the night with cocktails on the verandah overlooking the pool

The Mez Club

Known for Bar

Great Bar with cute decor,

The Mez Club – don’t leave without trying the Salted Caramel Russian or the Butterscotch Martini

St Elmo’s

Great cocktails and Spanish style tapas

La Locura

Mexican cocktails and snacks in town

Top Byron Shops

Island Luxe in Bangalow and Island Luxe Tribe in Byron are both a must;

Ahoy Trader (both are also great for kids)

Nikau for flowers and homewares

Hendrix and Harlow or Hope & May for homewares,

Spell & The Gypsy – Modern boho fashions, designed right here in Byron Bay and loved around the world.

Take a stroll around Centennial Circuit, Banksia Drive and the numerous small streets that make up this revitalised shopping district.

St Agni – Handmade leather footwear and women’s clothes with a distinctive Mediterranean style.

Stitch and Hide– Leather goods that beautifully blend the fashions of Australia and Southern California.

And, of course, a short stroll north is arguably the most recent exciting recent addition to shopping in Byron Bay – Habitat.

This minimalist complex has curated a selection of the best local designers’ latest creations. There’s a delicious eatery, Barrio, across the courtyard and a whole host of health and wellbeing spaces, such as the boutique pilates studio, BENDE Byron Bay.

And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, head out to Bangalow in the Byron hinterland.

Just 20 minutes’ drive from The Cape is Bangalow, a small village packed with beautiful boutique stores. Visit ROWIEto discover another talented local designer (she also has a store in Byron), andMillar & More for irresistible fashions and homewares.

And while you’re grabbing a coffee at Harvest, stop in at artisan collective Newrybar Merchants – it’s become a bit of an institution.

Don’t miss out on the Honesty food stalls in the hills around Bangalow and Midgen Flat Road.

Creature Yoga. It’s an institution, get there early because it fills out.

Habitat at the industrial estate.

Health, Massages and Fitness

Start the day with a Walk up to the lighthouse on The Cape Byron Walking track leads from our local beach, Wategos Beach, then up to Cape Byron Lighthouse.

En route, you’ll pass Australia’s most easterly point, a side trail leading to Little Wategos beach and near constant stunning views of the ocean and coastal bush.

Then head for breakfast to “The Beach” , Topshop or Bayleaf, by walking on the beach for 20 minute walk towards The Pass .

There’s even an exhilarating forest track that makes this a loop route and makes this a varied experience including road, stairs and trail.

If you like to run in the monrings you’ll find a plethora of paths, not to mention beautiful beaches, to enjoy in Byron Bay. (Our favourite would be Cosy Corner on Tallows beach for a long beach run with nobody in sight.)

If you prefer yoga or fitness classes in the morning then you might be interested in

BENDE Byron Bay – (yoga/ pilates classes)
Suite 35 C2, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay

  • From $25/class. Holiday packages available (book online)
  • Classes start at 6:30am most days

The Academy
74 Centennial Place, Byron Bay

  • From $20/class. Holiday packages available (inquire online)
  • Morning Conditioning classes | 6-6: 45 am Mon – Fri

Spa DAY at the Byron at Byron

One of our favourite past times and a perfect way to start your holiday is to book in a lazy afternoon at the Byron at Byron for a Spa and massage treatment.

The lovely setting is truly relaxing and will ease you right into holiday mood.

Follow your Spa treatment with drinks and food on the veranda watching the sunset and overlooking the majestic Rainforest & Pool.

Make sure to book in early, as they do get booked out.

Its a great option also for a rainy day.

Parks & Nature

Cape Byron Walking Track

Located at Cape Byron Walking Track, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

Great hiking trail behind our property

Mt Warning Rainforest Park

Located at 153 Mt Warning Rd, Mt Warning, NSW, 2484

Known for State & National Park

Old and beautiful National park with some restaurants such as Mavis kitchen.

Minyon Falls lookout

Located at Minyon Platform Track, Whian Whian, NSW, 2480

Beautiful Waterfall and Track through the National Park

Massages and other In House treatments

Book in advance to make sure you don’t miss out.

Enjoy a range of Beauty and massage treatments in the comfort of your suite or the outdoor deck.

Please contact Ally on Mobile: 0411 375 084
for Spa Menu so you can book in more treatments visit aleshiamarie.com
You will also find a Copy in the Room

Private concierge Service

Make the most of your Byron Bay Experience by engaging the services of a private concierge service.

We can highly recommend the services of Caplice Concierge who will be delighted to help you arrange a most unforgettable Byron Bay holiday experience .

Experiences include Cooking Classes, Farmers Markets, Dining arrangements, airport transfers, Babysitting, personal errands and assistance, premium event tickets etc.

For further information and pricing please view this website https://capliceconcierge.com or contact Chrissy directly under: +61 402 170 337 or chrissy@capliceconcierge.com