The playground of the bronzed and the beautiful has beaches, fab hotels and some exceptional eating
See and do
Hit the beach and book in for a surf lesson at the Byron Bay Surf School, which caters for both beginners and waveriders who want to perfect their skills. Groups and individual lessons are available, while the surf shop can have you kitted out in no time. You’ll also be collected from your digs from the professional team. Byron Bay 2481. 1800 707 274.
Arts, crafts, food and entertainment are highlights of the Bangalow Market, where you will find over 100 stalls on the fourth Sunday of every month. Our picks are the book stall, burger bar, Byron Beans Coffee and Spuds in Space. Main St, Bangalow 2479. 02 6687 1911.
Eat and drink
Still on Main Street in Bangalow, Uptown has been a foodie institution for its five-course local degustation menu created by chef-owner Karl Kanetani. During the day, Town, downstairs, is the spot for breakfast, lunch or a takeaway coffee and at night, expect both degustation and vegetarian degustation menus. Five courses will set you back $85 per person and matching wines are another $55 a head. 33 Byron St, Bangalow, 2479. 02 6687 0555.
Scottish-born Gavin Hughes leads the team in the kitchen at the Byron at Byron’s the Restaurant and, with a plethora of top-notch local produce nearby, it’s no wonder he’s putting together some of the best dishes in the district. The Byron Bay pork scotch fillet and the Bangalow free-range duck are the stars on the menu overall, but do make sure you also consider the char-grilled octopus or grilled quail if you’re up for a starter. Order a Byron Bellini before dinner, and wine buffs will appreciate the Restaurant’s decent wine list, including the great-value Logan Weemala Pinot Gris from Orange. 77-97 Broken Head Rd, Suffolk Park 2481. 1300 554 362.
If you enjoy a tipple of the wee old dram, head for a whiskey at the Roadhouse, where you will find aficionado and whiskey ambassador Dan Woolley behind the mahogany. While at night, it’s about the dark drink, during the day the joint operates as a café serving up locally sourced organic produce and a house-made ginger and turmeric kombucha. 6/142 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay 2481. 0413 966 618.
A short drive from town and a quick stroll from Tallows Beach, the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa has the perfect location for those who like Byron, but don’t actually want to stay in Byron. It’s spread out over 45 acres and surrounded by lush vegetation; you could be excused for thinking you were miles away in the Hinterland. The rooms in the 92-room resort are spacious and well appointed, particularly the one-bedroom Deluxe Spa Suites, which feature kitchens, dining tables, sofas, more than the usual tech (two TVs and a DVD plus Foxtel and Wi-Fi), a bath and separate shower, and a balcony. 77-97 Broken Head Rd, Suffolk Park 2481. 1300 554 362.
Head south down the M1 for 140 kilometres then take the Ewingdale Road exit to Byron Bay – a journey of just one hour and 45 minutes.