Summer is fast approaching so it’s the perfect time to ignite that wanderlust and help you plan for the Chrissy hols by taking you on a journey to Northern New South Wales’ hotspot, Byron Bay.
Our in house stylist Katie packed up her two kids, hubby and the secret baby in her belly and headed to Byron for the week. We were totally jelly at HQ so it was mandatory to get the low down from her on what to do and the best places to eat, shop and sleep!
Where to Chill and Lay Your Head:
Now, depending on your reasons for visiting, there’s an abundance of accommodation options, ranging from ‘OMG we must be famous to be staying here’ to ‘yes, this is perfect for the kids to wear themselves out so Mummy and Daddy stay at least a little bit sane’. Here’s a round up of our fave digs:
Image via Rae’s on Wategos
Yep, that’s the Rae’s Penthouse suite and yep, we can totally see ourselves chilling in those to-die-for woven cane chairs.
Image via The Atlantic
We’re totally feeling the boho vibes of boutique hotel The Atlantic. The perfect place for couples to soak up those Byron rays.
Image via Halcyon House
Made for pattern clashing colour lovers, Halcyon House was designed by interior designer and colour extraordinaire Anna Spiro and we love everything about it.
Image via Discovery Parks
Possibly some of the best inventions, the jumping pillow and water park is sure to wear out those mini-tornado’s. And if they’ve still got some energy left, Discovery Park is a short walk to family friendly beaches and eateries.
Image via First Sun Holiday Park
Right on the beach, yet removed from the hustle and bustle of Byron, First Sun Holiday Park is a top choice for families and couples alike who want to experience all that Byron has to offer while still keeping it low key.
How to Spend Your Days:
Now that we’ve got your accommodation sorted , there’s plenty of things to keep you busy in Byron. Here’s a few that Katie has hand picked as must visits:
If you can’t afford to stay at Raes on Wategos, here your next best option! A cute little bay with stunning views and vibe, Wategos is a sheltered beach great for families, picnics and playing in the sand.
The Farm is a rustic working farm and eatery, making it the perfect spot for brekkie or lunch. The kids will have a blast too, with plenty of space to run around and burn off all that energy.
Image via The Urban List
A picturesque small town located 20 minutes from Byron, Bangalow has it all with beautiful boutiques, farmers markets and a chic vibe to boot.
Image via Byron for Kids
There’s nothing cuter (in my opinion anyway!) than watching dolphin’s play in the sea and the Lighthouse Walk gives you the perfect vista’s to do just that.
Where to Blow Your Cash:
Ok, now that we’ve let you in on some places to visit, we can now get to the really good stuff…shopping! And Byron bay does.not.let.down. It’s hard to believe Katie has two small children the way the girl can get around the shops, but we’re not complaining! Here’s the low down on where to blow your cash:
Image via Newry Bar Merchants
Ummmmmmmmmm, this place is pretty impressive. Full of all things fashion, interiors, books and toys, these guys have got you sorted.
A fave here at HQ, Yoli and Otis is full of gorgeous womenswear and childrenswear, sure to set your bohemian heart on fire.
We’re all for Aussie designers and Mister Zimi knows how to keep you looking tropical chic.
Everyone in the office pretty much has a pair of these shoes, they are THAT good! Throw in some clothing, bags and accessories and you’re pretty much sorted!
If you’re looking to be inspired, Spell & the Gypsy is sure to do that. With beautiful clothing, swimwear and accessories.
If you’re after colour, personality and quirk, all thrown in with some style, Ahoy Trader has got you covered.
Last but not least, what’s a trip to Byron without a visit to Pop and Scott and Pampa. These two powerhouses have joined forces under one roof to make all of your tonal dreams come true!
After all that shopping it’s time to eat and when you’re growing a little human, your sixth sense leads you only to the best.
A cute little eatery with excellent coffee, friendly vibes and great tunes.
In the mood for a great smoothie? Combi have you covered with an organic menu, house made nut milks and raw cakes and fair trade coffee.
If you’ve got a hankering for something a little more on the naughty side, The Top Shop is an American style diner with burgers, milkshakes, and a basket full of sidewalk chalk, just waiting for your little Picasso’s to create their masterpieces on the driveway.
Well if that hasn’t got you Googling flights to Byron Bay for your summer hols, then I don’t know what will. I just have one question for you though…can I come?