Reminiscent of a laid-back 70’s surf town and nestled effortlessly among the wonders of nature, Byron Bay has an alluring pull that turns tourists into locals regularly. Overflowing with barefoot artists, musicians, and creatives, this little slice of Australian coast is a destination of inspiration. Laid back vibes, beautiful people, and an abundance of high vibrational food all add to the experience. Known to natives as a place of healing and fertile land, there couldn’t be a better choice for a seaside escape than Byron. Here’s a collection of a few magic spots to check out.
Naked Treaties Here you’ll find some of the most vibrant raw vegan food there is to experience. There’s always an array of colorful and nutrient packed smoothies and raw meals on offer. The raw pizza and berry chia compote are delicious, but their desserts take the cake. Gluten, dairy, and agave-free cakes, balls, and chocolates are available daily from their grab-and-go fridge, and are always adorned with edible flowers. Stop in early and stock up on some goodies for the beach!
Crystal Castle Just a short drive from Byron into the hinterland, this place is a sanctuary to ground down and get inspired. Take a tour of the beautiful gardens and explore the massive crystals that adorn the grounds. Stick around afterwards for a complimentary Peace Experience, which includes a vibey sound bath and a walk along the reflexology path. For lunch, grab a bite at The Lotus Café, which boasts gorgeous views and uses organic produce from their onsite garden. Before you leave, having your aura photo taken is a must! Spots book up quick, so make an appointment in advance.
The Roadhouse Forever my favorite. An elixir based coffee house and restaurant with chill vibes and a hip crowd. Their constantly changing menu is filled with sustainably farmed whole foods. The offerings are eclectic and creative, abundant with flavor and nourishment. Beautiful jars of ferments line the shelves inside, so expect to see some cultured veggies with almost every meal. Drinks are their specialty, with incredible chocolate mushroom elixirs by day, and delicious medicinal cocktails infused with herbs and bitters by night. Outdoor communal tables account for most of the seating, making this spot the place to go on a balmy summer night. Come for the food, stay for the atmosphere.
Cape Byron Lighthouse You absolutely cannot skip the hike up to this lighthouse. It’s quite the workout, but the jaw dropping views along the way are just too good not to be instagrammed. Don’t take the road up, take the trail from Little Little Wategos (an enchanting semi-deserted beach just a bit further east than the popular Wategos and Little Wategos), and ascend through the lush forest, stopping often to scout dolphins and take in the coastal cliff top views. The right time to do it as at sunrise. Total magic.
Tea Tree Lakes Ask a local for directions to this medicinal bath. The watering hole is a remarkable burnt orange hue, colored by the oils from the roots of the tea trees surrounding the lake. It’s shallow and warm, and the best place to spend a few hours floating around. A godsend for your skin, a dip will revitalize, soften, and nourish. Soak up the special feminine energy here. The lakes were once the sacred birthing place for Aboriginal Women, the antiseptic properties of the tea tree oil makes a wonderful environment for natural childbirth.
Marr-Kett Gorgeous patterned rugs and homewards right in the center of town, plus they ship worldwide.
Island Luxe Although this boutique is not technically in Byron, its an easy hitchhike to the nearby town of Bangalow (yes hitchhike—people are seriously that nice here). The shop is stocked with a perfectly curated mix of artisan brands and coveted designers. I scooped up an incredible handmade crotchet bikini from the label She Made Me.
Woods If you do make it out to Bangalow, you MUST stop here for lunch. Little sister of the cult favorite, Folk of Byron Bay, this open-air plant-based café has a lovely staff and an interior aesthetic that will make you want to lounge all day long. They also serve the most unique and beautifully plated food.
If you have time, plan to spend a half-day in Bangalow, chances are you’ll stumble upon a few more boutiques worth popping into.
Also check out where the weekly local flea and farmer’s markets are being held, always treasures to be found!