From the first floury crunch of the sand beneath my toes, every detail of Byron Bay was a treasured moment for the soul.
The sounds of the ocean played the cords of my heart strings as I was transported to memories of my childhood. The laughter of seagulls flying overhead, the distant murmur of the waves crashing against the shore and texture of the weathered rocks was familiar. I closed my eyes, and took a deep breath to savour the moment. The perfume from the damp eucalyptus trees and native flora teased my senses. My memory was flooded with sensations. It was overwhelming – everything seemed so familiar and yet so foreign.
After 11 months I have returned to Australia, my home.
Planning an international relocation is not for the faint of heart. In-between the months of planning, I found myself drowning in an avalanche of “tasks”. Our days moulded into an eternal list of mediocre errands and deadlines. It’s funny how we become accustomed to being busy. You forget to exhale, taste or laugh.
Byron Bay was the break we needed. It offered us the opportunity to slow down, to reflect and to nourish our bodies with delicious cuisine, to dip our toes into the pristine water and to catch rare glimpses of whales dance effortlessly in the ocean. It offered us the opportunity to breathe and most importantly, to live.
Although there are many breathtaking places in Byron Bay that remain undiscovered, this is my little curated list of our favourite places to sleep, eat and wander.
SLEEP | We have stayed at the Byron Springs Guesthouse on a few occasions now and we consider it ‘our home away from home’. After a delicious breakfast on the veranda, we enjoy a tranquil stroll along the beach. There is no better way to enjoy a Sunday Morning! (2 Oodgeroo Gardens, Byron Bay)
EAT | Naked Treaties is an ambient café offering the perfect selection of raw, organic and vegan cuisine. Their raw pad thai, chia seed pudding and coffee was the best that I’ve tasted. By itself this café is worth the trip down the coast! (Daily: 8am to 4pm, 2/3 Marvell Street, Byron Bay.)
We discovered Chihuahua completely by mistake but I am grateful that we did! Nestled off the main street, their tacos are cheeky, refreshing and worth the quick stop. (Daily: 11am to 8:30pm, 25 Jonson St, Byron Bay.)
St Elmo offers an intimate yet relaxed experience offering Spanish wines and shared plates of delicious morsels. (Daily: 4pm – 12am, 22 Fletcher St, Byron Bay.)
WANDER | Byron Bay has an abundant of activities from surfing classes, whale watching, inland hikes or a leisurely walks up to the lighthouse.
I would love to hear how you relax in the comments below! Stay Amazing! 🙂