Byron Bay, NSW

Weekend getaway in Byron Bay

Lunch was a kale salad, mixed with other greens and superfoods. There was the widest selection of tie-died clothing I had ever come by. I nearly got blown away by incense smells, and I’ve never seen so many indian feathered dream catchers in one place. On the one side was the beach, on the other hippies. Dreadlocks and tattoos rule here. I could be nowhere else but Byron Bay.

Byron Bay is a relaxing and chilled out place on the coast, just south of the border with Queensland. It really is a beautiful spot, and I made the most of the sunshine on our first day, walking the coastal walkway up to the lighthouse at Cape Byron. There are spectacular views and if you are lucky you can spot dolphins and whales migrating.

The local markets stock all the usual market fare, including a vast array of dream catchers and tie dyed pants. And there are some fantastic local restaurants – I’m still salivating at the memory of the slow cooked pork belly with dates, stuffed with blue cheese and served with quince aioli – just one of the amazing dishes on our tapas selection at St Elmo.

One of my favourite spots is the beautiful Byron Bay Resort, a few minutes out of town. It is set in a truly stunning location near Tallow Beach, so I walked off lunch wandering through the resort’s 45 acres of rainforest, spotting some beautiful birds, enjoying the serenity at Tallow Lake, admiring the everglades and the lotus pond.

Byron Bay is the perfect weekend getaway.

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