One of the must do stops between Sydney and Brisbane is Byron Bay. The area is absolutely beautiful and I love the laid back vibe that is present throughout the entire town. Everything in the town is really relaxed and there seems to be a big focus on independent local shops and cafes.
The town was packed when we arrived on the Saturday afternoon. Filled with families, surfers and hipsters, you may find it quite difficult to park, so you would need to factor this into your arrangements if you plan to visit; Especially if you visit on a weekend morning as a lot of people head to the beach early to hit the surf.
The businesses in the area have latched onto the town’s popularity because you pay a premium on everything from parking to meals. This meant that we also had to camp outside of the town because setting up camp in the town came to $90 (Aus) a night which was way out of our budget. This only slightly dampened my experience though because everyone in the town seemed so happy. The weather was gorgeous and we walked past a few venues playing live music. Below was a set up where the community had gathered for Christmas carols; I still find Christmas festivities really odd in summer weather but it was lovely to sit and enjoy.
The next morning, we decided to make the most of the gorgeous weather and get to the beach nice and early. We spent some time wading through the sea before deciding to splurge on our first brunch while in Aus at ‘Byron Fresh’. I was basic and went for an avo toast combo (Byron Balance), at $23 (Aus) it was expensive but tasted glorious. The cafe also doubled up as a florist and sold some gorgeous flowers at the till points.
Brunch done, it was time to head back to the van so that we could make our way up to the Gold Coast. I was quite sad to leave Byron Bay so quickly, it’s definitely on my list of places to revisit when I get back to Australia.
Have you been before? What did you think?
Byron Fresh website is here.