Just a short hour and a half plane trip north of Melbourne and a 20 minute shuttle ride is the coastal town of Byron Bay. Known for its golden sand beaches and relaxed beach surfer- hippy vibe, it’s the ideal mid winter quick getaway.
The last time I was in Byron Bay was about 20 years ago when I was a young, carefree backpacker with nowhere particular to be and in no hurry to do it. I also had no money to do anything much but hang at the beach and meet other travelling folk.
Now that I’m all grown up, I figure it will be a different visit this time…. Although as soon as I arrive in the Main Street and walk past bare foot surfer boys and sun kissed beach babes, I could almost be back there again.
The thing that has changed though is the mass of restaurants, eateries and shops scattered down the Main Street. It has definitely developed to suit the influx of seasonal tourists but that’s the same as any beachside town in Australia. People will always flood to the beaches for sunny holidays and the need to be wined and dined.
We are staying at Barbara’s Guesthouse, which is a gorgeous home that has been converted into a four room B&B, with a gorgeous outdoor area and courtyard. It is just 5 minutes walk from the Main Street, so is the perfect location for those without transport. Valerie, the owner, is very friendly and welcoming and settles us in with everything we need for our stay.
Time to explore. First stop is the beach. It’s such a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, and there’s no better way to get in holiday mode than to have a quiet sit on the beach with the sun shining on your face and the sound of the waves soothing the soul.
That lasts about an hour though…… until the thought of a cold beer and some chippies invade my thoughts and that’s enough of serenity for now!
We head to The Ginger Pig on Johnson Street, and indulge in a couple of cold bevvis and some porcini fries – thick cut chips with mushroom salt. Perfect for a post beach snack.
After the luxury of an afternoon nap we head to Miss Margaritas Mexican Cantina for dinner. I love Mexican food when it’s done well, and this place does it well. My choice was the Fish and Mango Burrito which was fantastic! We ended up frequenting Miss Margaritas a few times during our stay. It’s well worth the visit.
Byron comes alive in the evening as the backpackers head back from a day at the beach. We head down to the beachfront to watch the sunset sink behind the hills. There’s a whole crowd gathered with some sunset drumming and a relaxed summer vibe.
We discover our favourite coffee and breakfast spot at Bayleaf the next morning. Delicious food and good coffee, and a nice open cruisy feel. This becomes our ‘local’ coffee shop during our short visit.
Designed for bohemians and nomads, the Tigerlily shop is perfectly suited to Byron Bay visitors. I could have spent all day in this shop….well I probably did if you added up all the times I went back. So many beautiful things, and a gorgeous shop with a comfy couch in the middle and huge change rooms.
The rest of the holiday is filled with much of the same – beach, eat, relax…. I will definitely be back Byron Bay.
The Barefoot Boho visited::
5 Burns Street, Byron Bay
2 Marvel Street, Byron Bay
2 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
5 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
17-21 Jonson Street, Byron Bay