We’re almost half way through autumn in Melbourne, already missing summer, although we still have a warm day every now and then. What’s better than an escape up the coast of Australia?
An option, not too far from Melbourne is definitely Byron Bay. A laid back, beach & surf town in NSW. 2 hour flight from Melbourne, just over an hour from Sydney, probably a 2hr drive from Brisbane.
Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Tiger fly to the Gold Coast airport in Coolangatta. And then it’s a 45min drive down to Byron Bay.
April is a good month as it’s still warm, but not too crowded. The main activity is going to the beach or do surfing or the likes, like body boarding. There are plenty of places to book your surf lesson or to rent the gear. You can rent a body board for 2hours for as a little as $8 at the Corner Shop.
There’s a lot of focus on wellbeing, so you’ll find a lot of Yoga, Pilates, massage & Spa places. And a lot of organic fresh produce on offer, both at Grocery Shops and at Cafes. You’ll be able to order for example your choice gluten free and a lot more, averagely a wider choice than other places in Australia.
Beside the beach, you can go and visit Cape Byron and the Lighthouse. It’s the most eastern point of Australia. Or you can go inward to discover little towns such as:
– Bangalow, where there are plenty of cafes and nice shops.
– Nimbin, a hippy town where the Aquarius Festival was held in 1973 and where some people decided to settle after it and keep on the hippy vibe
Or explore the tropical forest, a national park.
On the way back to the airport you can stop at Tweed Heads, a famous summer beach resort where there’s a nice long beach and some of the best surfers.
You’ll also have a view on Surfers Paradise’ skyline, impressive!
Where to eat in Byron Bay
– Byron Bay Beach Cafe, we had a very nice freshly squeezed juice and homemade granola + poached pear & Yoghurt and the classic Bacon & Eggs
– Bayleaf Cafe, great eggs & coffee
– Naked, if you really are into Organic, Vegan, Superfoods Juices and the likes
– Miss Margarita, Mexican Restaurant
Where to stay
There are plenty of options from hostels to luxury accommodation, a lot with shared bathrooms. As always, you can have a look at Booking.com or Wotif.
We stayed at Arcadia Guest House, a nice and cozy guest house. Our room was really pretty, the inconvenience, if you have to find one, is that the bathroom was outside the bedroom and you had to go through the hallway, but other rooms had an ensuite b/r.
Some more pictures: