There's no denying Byron Bay's attraction. Home to sun-kissed beaches, charming accommodation, stunning hinterland and plenty of foodie hotspots, this northern New South Wales destination lends itself to laid-back getaways and romantic weekends away. After checking in and hitting Byron's beaches, top off your stay with these seriously cool experiences…
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Enjoy a luxe picnic with Wild Goat Events
Okay, chances are you're going to find yourselves at one of Byron's most iconic sites, the Cape Byron Lighthouse. And when it's blessed with spectacular water views, great coastal breezes and cute (and super-brave) mountain goats, it's no wonder why. Leave behind the crowds and book yourselves a luxe picnic with Wild Goat Events. Forget the faded picnic rug and weather-worn esky – these guys will set up a gorgeous picnic on the lighthouse's lawn, complete with stylish rugs, plush pillows, quirky knick-knacks and gourmet goodies.
Our top tip? Make the effort and book the Toast the Sun experience. You'll watch the sun rise over the water while enjoying dishes like house-made buttermilk waffles and Middle Eastern scrambled eggs with feta, dill, roasted capsicum, caramelised onions, avocado and rocket – made for Insta.
Spend the day at The Farm
Ask anyone in Byron where to go for a brilliant day out and they'll tell you to visit this picture-perfect spot. Situated 10 minutes west of central Byron, The Farm has quickly become a bit of a local legend. It's essentially a working farm with a collection of micro-businesses and the scenery here is utterly charming. We're talking paddocks filled with wooly cows, pigs and sunflowers.
Before grabbing yourselves a bunch of beautiful blooms from the onsite florist, enjoy live music and an incredible meal at foodie fave Three Blue Ducks. The vision of head chefs Mark LaBrooy and Darren Robertson (of My Kitchen Rules fame), the restaurant serves up mouthwatering dishes with a focus on sustainability. If your surroundings look familiar, chances are you've seen it in on bookshelves, with three Three Blue Ducks cookbooks currently published. Yeah, they know their stuff.
Images sourced via www.visitnsw.com/ and www.threeblueducks.com/
Wander through Byron's Sunday markets
If you time your stay right, don't miss the Byron Bay Markets on the first Sunday of the month. Held at the Butler Street Reserve in central Bryon, the event is where you'll find artisan goods, handcrafted wares, brilliant food vendors, chilled tunes and the best locally-grown produce. The stallholders here really get into it, donning rainbows, sequins, glitter and angel wings and making the event completely different from your usual community market. It's enough to, on occasion, attract the likes of local celeb couple Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky (we wouldn't blame you if you kept an eye out).
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Toast the sunset at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
If you're looking for a chance to dress up a little but still keep things quite casual, top off your romantic getaway with sunset drinks at the aptly named Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. Sitting above Byron's streets and just metres back from its main beach, this breezy hangout serves expertly made cocktails, fresh oysters and delicious share plates. Find yourselves a spot on its (care to guess?) balcony and watch day turn into night while sharing sundowners and something unbelievably tasty.
Take a day trip out to Bangalow and Newrybar
Before you leave, fit in time for a day trip out to the nearby townships of Bangalow (20 minutes southwest of central Byron) and Newrybar (25 minutes southwest). The vibe in these tiny hideaways is totally laid-back and there are plenty of little boutiques and cafés to check out.
In Bangalow, grab a coffee at Woods before popping into homewares store Bisque Traders for a souvenir to take home. Headed to Newrybar? Newrybar Merchants is another fabulous place for kitting out your home. And don't leave this one-street town before embracing your inner millennial with brunch at local icon Harvest Newrybar.
Images courtesy of Harvest Newrybar and sourced via www.harvestnewrybar.com.au/ and www.bisquetraders.com.au/
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