Okay, so I finally got around to writing this post about my unreal getaway to Byron Bay in July! Hoping to escape the horrible Melbourne winter, my boyfriend and I headed to sunny Byron for 8 days. Happy to say we got the beautiful weather we ordered! Just warm enough to chuck on our bathers and spend the afternoon laying on the beach listening to a nearby unearthed artist playing for the people.
Our rainforest oasis was a secluded hideaway (Airbnb) just 5 mins walk from the main strip. With school holidays in full swing, there were no cars to hire, which gave us the perfect excuse to ramp up our daily step count and get some extra exercise. Of the many walks we did, our favourite was definitely the trek up to the byron bay lighthouse – the perfect vantage point for us to see the migrating whales as they elegantly made their way out to sea.
Of course I did my cafe research before we ventured north but considering most of our days were spent exploring the local area on foot, we stumbled across so many cafes and restaurants we were excited to try throughout the week. Sleep ins rolled into brunch time and from there, we would either head to the beach or start scoping out a bar for happy hour. Lucky for us, there’s always something fun happening in Byron Bay!
Every homewares store I walked into felt like walking into my ideal house. The relaxed, earthy, bohemian character of Byron fulfilled all of my styling dreams. It took a lot of willpower not to stock up on every beautiful platter or kitchen utensil I saw to bring back to youknowchlo HQ.
The beaches were stunning too – we were spoilt for choice when it came to deciding on a swim spot each day. If you’re not into waves and are looking to add an element of adventure, you can head more inland to a number of waterfalls which are equally as beautiful. But whether you’re a surfer or a tanner, you will need some epic beach snacks because once you hit the sand you won’t be moving for a couple of hours.
I thought it was really cool how health-conscious this town seems to be. The abundance of fresh produce was overwhelming with almost every cafe using local, organic fruit and veg as the base of their menu. My eyes lit up at all of the wholesome, colourful dishes I was served throughout the trip.
If I’ve convinced you to book your next getaway to Byron, here are some of my tips for finding snacks and places to eat out that won’t put your tummy out of whack. After all no one wants to look like they’ve been separated from their pod during the whale migration and washed up on the beach!
So much spelt! I walked away with their organic spelt loaf and some spelt blueberry scones which were so tasty. I was keen to try their spelt pumpkin bagels but they were sitting next to peanut cookies so I didn’t want to take the risk. The bagels were featured on the menu filled with cream cheese, seeds and brown rice syrup though, which sounded right up my alley!
This health food store was full of local and Australian brands, organic produce and eco-friendly products.
Every Thursday morning, the local farmers come together in one epic market. We stocked up on some fresh fruit and veg to snack on, as well as my all time favourite…olives!
A short walk from the beach, these flavoursome poke bowls (with a DIY option) are a great option if you’re looking for something more filling to pop in your bag on the way to the water.
I was quite cautious of their cafe culture and how well it would fit with my dietary challenges. I dare say Byron is the vego/ vegan capital of Australia which meant the anticipated heavily plant based menus, made nuts and fructose a concern for me. I was pleasantly surprised with the awareness of allergies and intolerances though! Some of my highlights from the trip were definitely food related and I cannot wait to share them with you below!
It wasn’t always possible to make my meals entirely fructose free or low FODMAP but I’ve written reviews on my top 7 eating experiences (click on the name for full review) while in this beautiful town:
Byron fresh cafe – Perfect spot, just metres from the foreshore
Miss Margarita – Up there with the best Mexican food I have eaten
Bayleaf cafe – Super friendly staff and house-made kombucha
Light years – Cool vibe with a vietnamese menu and RnB music
The Farm – A lovely afternoon of animals, good food and wine
The Balcony – Great happy hour and plenty of menu options
The top shop – Healthy burger and shake shop with a chilled family atmosphere
A few a stones left unturned this trip (including the stone and wood brewery) but all that means is another trip to this costal gem soon to explore more of what it has to offer! Eight days of pure bliss, we will be back Byron!