This pretty beachside town is renowned for some of NSW most iconic coastline and makes for the perfect escape for the cooler months, we explored this hippy haven to bring you the best of Byron Bay.

 

STAY…

Elements of Byron Bay

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Elements is the newest Resort and Spa to hit Byron and it’s nothing short of pure luxury. This beachfront paradise features private, eco friendly villas which feel like a home away from home. Reminiscent of cosy cabins, these are situated amidst the beautiful foliage of the resort and allow for complete peace and privacy.

The luxurious infinity lagoon pool is truly spectacular and features private cabanas, day beds and hanging pods overlooking the resort for your basking pleasure. A bespoke fire pit is where the magic of the resort really comes to life and the evenings can be spent by the fireplace with friends and loved ones, creating magical memories.
A visit to the opulent Osprey Spa is a must upon your stay, to truly unwind with its selection of relaxing treatments on offer. Graze restaurant, Drift Bar, Bare foot Bar and Kiosk are all there for your indulgence whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner – a culinary delight is available at every corner. On Belongil Beach guests can relax with a drink in the private Beach Club with views to Cape Byron Lighthouse and out to Julian Rocks. The Club also offers a range of activities which celebrate the elements including kayaking, surfing, beach volleyball and horse riding. Complementing the leisure facilities is the regions’ largest conferencing and event venue.

 

EAT…

Beach Byron Bay

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Perfectly positioned on the absolute beach frontage, the Beach Byron Bay deck restaurant offers outdoor dining with unsurpassed ocean and mountain views at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diners can enjoy a long leisurely breakfast or relaxed lunch with the award-winning dishes on offer.

Beach also features a park kiosk for casual diners and passers by, where they can grab the signature fish and chips or a quick takeaway coffee from from local Byron roasters, ice cream or a deliciously healthy snack. At dinner, Beach is transformed into the perfect place to soak up the magnificent sunsets over clarkes beach, while enjoying delicious and innovative dishes sourced from the very best local and fresh produce.

Highlights include the salad of Chicken, grilled peach, endive, frizzy and buffalo mozzarella which combines an array of perfectly balanced flavours to surprise and delight. Crab Meat Spaghetti is another hero dish complemented by the rich flavours of chilli and garlic to truly satisfy.

Three Blue Ducks

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An absolute culinary gem featuring locally sourced produce, all within a 100m radius of the grounds. These gastronomical geniuses even forgo the ever-popular avocado if its not in season and grown locally! It’s a place for lovers of real food in a relaxed beautiful setting, where the service is stellar and friendly, with staff knowing the menu back to front down to the smallest detail.

Head chefs Darren Robertson and Mark Labrooy use the best local produce to create dishes with impeccable flavours from ingredients which are grown on-site or from regional producers – with produce being predominantly organic, chemical-free and meats being grass-fed and free range.

The menu changes seasonally with all dishes being truly unique and impeccable. Heroes include Heirloom tomatoes with Byron Bay mozzarella, almond cream, pickled onion and charred bread. Local line-caught fish brandade, bottarga, preserved lemon and lavoche is  another go-to dish and the School Prawns are a classically satisfying starter. The signature Farm Salad is absolutely delicious, using the freshest local vegetables, it’s the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

 

PLAY…

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

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Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. is the newest dining experience to hit Byron Bay town. Just meters from legendary Main Beach, Balcony sits perched atop the buzzing Byron streets and dreamy beaches, offering a unique menu which truly captures the essence of Byron.  Headed up by Award Winning Executive Chef and Owner Sean Connolly, the casual yet sophisticated menu is vibrant and contemporary – consisting of an array of fresh dishes created from locally sourced and sustainable produce. Seafood lovers can suck on oysters from Balcony’s very own Oyster Bar, which includes a selection of carefully and expertly shucked fresh Australian varieties.

Balcony is the place to be when the sun goes down, with its extensive drinks list featuring a myriad of local and imported beer, wine and sparkling that perfectly complement the menu. The notable cocktail selection includes much-loved classics such as the Lychee Martini and Bloody Mary jugs designed to share. Cocktail cravers who are after something unique should look no further than the Chilli Coconut with Chilli infused Pampero Dark Rum served in a fresh, whole coconut and Dark Side Of The Melon has kick, boasting Elderflower liqueur shaken with the unlikely partnering of watermelon, basil and a touch of pepper.

This neighbourhood spot is where you can drop by anytime for a drink with friends and a few oysters or small plates. A place where, after a few visits, the staff knows your name and preferred table. There’s truly no better way to spend a late afternoon in Byron.

 

 

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Sasha Tsibulya
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