I was chatting to a good friend about what makes Byron such a special place. Is it the beach? The gorgeous places to eat and drink? Is it the super-friendly and relaxed people you meet and who run the amazing businesses there? For me, it’s a combination of all of the above and why I […]
Breakfast or Brunch? No matter what time you finally wake up, head to The FarmIf you are an early riser like me, Byron is a fab spot to get up early and head out for a walk along the beach. Love a sleep in? No worries, breakfast at most places seems to stretch out to become brunch. The Farm is a perfect spot to enjoy both. The Farm is a firm fave of mine. You can choose to takeaway delicious hot coffee and buttery pastries and head off for a stroll (let the kids run wild!) or dine in and enjoy the view. If you choose to dine in, super friendly staff are always buzzing around, which means you can relax while you order from the locavore menu. A lot of the fresh produce comes directly from the small lot farmers who share the space and I think you can taste the difference! The Farm
Time for a Sunday stroll – Bangalow & NewrybarAfter enjoying a sleep in, big breakfast and a strong coffee, if you feel the need to walk it off or just go for a wander – take the short drive to beautiful Bangalow and Newrybar. Nestled in the hinterland behind Byron, these two tiny villages are home to gorgeous homewares, more great cafes and some fab fashion. Some of my fave spots to visit/ eat in and around Bangalow and Newrybar are:
ShopBisque Hendrix & Harlow Island Luxe Driftlab For a beautiful collective of retailers head to Newrybar Merchants, home to Art Park, Shannon Fricke, The Book Room, Minimosh, Tigmi Trading, Beautiflora, Nikau, Fate & Fortune and firm fave The Society Inc.
EatOur Corner Kitchen The Italian Diner Harvest Federal DOMA Café
Time for a drink – fab spots for a drink or two, maybe just settle in for the afternoonAfter all of that eating, shopping and walking if you are feeling a little parched head back to Byron for a cold drink or two. For a laid-back afternoon under the trees, try starting with a Bloody Mary at The Treehouse. My friend and I both settled in for some quality people-watching, savouring ours. Order extra-hot if you're feeling game! Nestled next to the beach, and serving wood-fired pizzas, Treehouse is a perfect spot to relax for a couple of hours with a drink or two. Treehouse If a pub and a cold brew are more your scene, wander in to the Beach Hotel (fab views, live music, did I mention the view?), The Rails (The Railway Friendly Barl) or The Great Northern (for an old school pub, keep an eye out for the great bands playing here). The Beach Hotel The Rails (The Railway Friendly Bar) The Great Northern If you’re not a fan of pubs, Miss Margarita is a fab little spot near the beach serving a range of delicious drinks and Mexican food. Miss Margarita Whew! That is one hefty list, but there are just so many great places to eat/drink/shop and relax! Have you got any firm faves in Byron? Enjoy xx
My mornings in Byron always start with a wander along the beach, taking in the headland, laughing at dogs frolicking in the waves and saying hello to other blissed out folk wandering along the sand. Doesn’t matter whether it’s wintery weather or mid-summer. Getting sand between my toes is a must, […]
Breakfast – Top ShopIf you are keen to see more of the town than just the main strip, take a walk to the super cool Top Shop, perched on a hill, nestled alongside the ocean. Filled with local folk fresh from the surf, families and couples, you can follow my lead and settle in with a hot coffee and a delicious serve of avocado toast on the verandah or join the crowd sprawled out on blankets on the grass. The vibe is relaxed and friendly complimented by quick service from the friendly crew. My friend and I found our two sunny spots on the deck were also perfect for people watching (an absolute treat in Byron!) Link to Top Shop https://www.facebook.com/TopShopByronBay/
Stone & Wood Brewery TourKeen to do something a little different for the day and support a local business, next stop was a tour of local brewery Stone & Wood. Started by three clever blokes (Jamie, Ross and Brad) Stone & Wood is nestled in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Byron. My friend and I chose to walk to the Brewery - a comfortable 20 minute stroll from town along sunny walking track runs alongside a Teatree forest. Our tour started with a ‘welcome beer’ of our choice – on the advice of the super friendly staff we settled on a lighter style brew, ‘Garden Ale’. The tour kicked off with a history of the business, the brewing process, and then a tour of where the magic happens. I learnt that it’s all about the hops, and that ‘Galaxy Hops’ are the bomb (well at least that’s the case for Stone & Wood). After our brewery tour, our little group settled in to the beer garden for a ‘tasting paddle’. Turns out a tasting paddle is a platter of beer, starting with lighter styles and moving through to heavier brews. Absolutely delicious and a brilliant way to spend a sunny afternoon with a beer-loving mate (or two!). Link to Stone & Wood
Dinner & drinks with a view – Balcony BarAfter enjoying the laidback atmosphere of Stone & Wood, it was time to frock up and head out to dinner. Byron has some many amazing places to chose from, it may seem a little overwhelming at first. High on my list were great atmosphere and seafood so Balcony Bar & Oyster Co was perfect. Dinner kicked off with oysters (of course), followed by ceviche of Kingfish, steak tartare and finally free range lamb shoulder. Drinks were just as good, kicking off with cocktails and moving through the beer and wine list which made for a long and fantastic night. Our ever friendly waiter Adam made sure our glasses were never empty for long and helped us navigate the delicious menu. My only tip would be to make sure you book a table (go for the balcony). Link to Balcony Bar & Oyster Co Well, that’s a wrap on Part 1, I’ll post Part 2 next week. Have you got a fave spot in Byron? Share in the comments below if you do. Enjoy xx
This morning on the way to drop tribe off at work, I was thinking about how easy it can be to drift through the days and never quite be present in the moment. Days can become a trudge, with every day feeling the same. Life can start to feel a little beige. One of my […]
- Singing (very badly) along to the Miss L’s playlist on Spotify – a fantastic insight into an 8 year old’s mind.
- Getting a giant hug and hearing Flashdance (now a super-cool 11) say ‘...love you Mum’ as I dropped him off.
- Getting a delicious coffee from the tiny Coffee Shed (part a super cool Co-Op place in Sunny South Brisbane) and having chat to the ever lovely barista.
Have you ever used saffron in a culinary creation? Was it really essential to the recipe? Did it cost an outrageous amount of money for a tiny little smidge of yellowy/orange? (try $6 for o.5g… OUCH) Would the recipe have been the same without the saffron? Could I substitute with something else (turmeric?) All this […]
I’ve always had a soft spot for Jamie Oliver, from his first forays as a tv chef, to his crusade for healthy eating and to bringing cooking top notch food to the masses. Then there’s his gorgeous wife, and gaggle of cute kids with kooky names. *Sigh* So I am really excited by the lovely […]
For many years now, the weather taking a turn for the warmer equalled tucking into a glass of rose (or two). I think the times may be a changin’. Cider, in all its sparkly fresh glory has stolen the crown as the king of spring drinks, and most likely summer too. Have you sampled a […]
- Monteiths Pear or Apple Cider. Delicious and crisp.
- Rekorderlig Pear or Strawberry and Lime Cider. Sweet and a perfect sub for a cocktail!
- Pipsqueak Best Cider. Fresh, bubbly and far too easy to drink.
- Dr Pilkingtons makes the cut because it is Movember and we LOVE Movember!
- Bickfords Applemaid Sparkling Applejuice (the littlies and preggo friends - non-alcoholic served in a wine glass)
Over the weekend I took the tribe to our local farmers markets (http://www.thisgrandlife.com.au/welcome-to-the-weekend-hurrah-for-farmers-markets/), one of our favourite regular foodie-inspired outings. For the past few days we have been eating our way through our produce: swiss brown mushrooms on home-made pizza, zingy sweet ‘rosey’ blood oranges – delicious stand-alone, tonight Cajun spiced cord-on-the-cob… The last […]
Want to read more?
- August 2018
- April 2018
- January 2018
- November 2017
- September 2017
- June 2017
- March 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- September 2016
- June 2016
- February 2016
- November 2015
- August 2015
- June 2015
- April 2015
- February 2015
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- May 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013
- October 2013
- September 2013
- August 2013
- July 2013
- June 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- June 2012
- May 2012
Our lovely sponsors!
Please do not use anything without permission or without noting its origins on your blog or website.
If you pin any images from this site please include the original source/photographer’s credit.