I’ve just started settling back into work after spending the Christmas break relaxing in Byron Bay and Melbourne with Ryan and our friends Mark and Mon. Traveling with a group is always more fun! Here’s a peek into our Summer break full of aperol, trips to the beach and snoozes.
Mark and Mon picked us up from the airport after a horrible red-eye flight from Perth and drove us to our stunning home for the week. Our AirBnB house did not disappoint… with this view of the ocean from the comfort of our couch, how could we go wrong? A dip in the ocean helped relieve our jetlag, followed by a walk along the beach to Treehouse on Belongil for a much needed coffee fix.
The evenings were filled with cheese platters and aperol spritz. I still love my little instax camera which somehow manages to perfectly capture the vibe.
Our first lunch was at Three Blue Ducks on The Farm, where we feasted on all the vegetarian dishes on the menu. After lunch we walked around the farm, playing in the sunflowers, cracking macadamias and saying hello to the furry cows.
I loved exploring the cute shops and cafes in the Byron town centre. Nikau Store, a botanical and clay emporium, was a highlight – I’m kind of glad Perth doesn’t have a store like that otherwise I’d be pretty broke.
Liberty Trading Co was filled with very pretty homewares and jewelery.
Having hired a rental car, we were easily able to explore the Hinterlands. We walked down the main street of Bangalow admiring the cute antique stores and modern art spaces, ate a delicious lunch at DOMA Japanese, followed by a refreshing iced coffee at Moonshine Coffee Roasters in Federal and felt extremely scared of heights at the Minyon Falls lookout.
A favourite spot of mine was Newrybar Merchants – an enormous cottage house turned collective/shop filled with the nicest selection of homewares, jewelery and ceramics I’ve seen! We had a drink opposite at Harvest and soaked in the holiday vibe.
We ate fish and chips on the beach for dinner while we watched dolphins and surfers enjoy the ocean. It was also my first time seeing the crazy looking brush turkeys, who seemed pretty happy to wander around hoping for a chip to drop.
The next morning we woke fairly early (thank goodness my jet-lag had finally started to ease!) to hike up to the lighthouse before the sun made everything too unbearable. We were treated to the most exquisite views along the track and it felt really special to be in Byron Bay.
Byron truly has a magical feel about it and I’m so happy I was able to experience it with such top friends. Is it too early to start planning the next trip?