48 Hours In.. Byron Bay

Byron Bay and its surrounding hinterland is one of our favourite destinations. Being only 1.5 hours drive away from this area means that we are there on a very regular basis. We’re not beach bunnies so most of our time is spent eating, drinking or shopping; meaning that we are the perfect go-to for your must-do Byron list. 

The Atlantic Byron Bay is boutique style accommodation and is the perfect getaway for couples with cafes, shops and white sandy beaches all steps from your deck. Soak up the sun on the lawn, hide under a palm tree and enjoy the balmy evenings by the fire pit. It will start to feel like your home away from home, plus it has complementary bikes and boards. 

The Atlantic

Elements at Byron is nestled on 50 acres of absolute beachfront and features private villas. Each villa features modern beach architecture and interiors inspired by the natural beauty Byron Bay has to offer. This hotel isn’t in central Byron and is about a ten-minute drive to town. 

Raes at Wategos: a boutique hotel with personalised service, Raes provides an elegant, opulent and exceptionally private space where you can lose yourself in the ultimate beachfront escape. Raes is closer to the Byron Bay lighthouse, located above the magical Wategos beach, with a gorgeous restaurant, perfect for a summer lunch. 


Bayleaf: bustling hangout with outdoor seats and a hippy vibe, dishing up farm-to-table breakfast and lunch options. Great coffee, also. 

General Store: established in 1947, The Byron Bay General Store is among Byron Shire’s oldest commercial buildings still standing. Over the last 70 years, it has had many different identities, but now, the Byron Bay General Store produces great quality food while adapting to an environmentally friendly change.

Harvest Bakery & Deli: take a 15-minute drive up to the hinterland and visit the bakery in Newrybar. This town has a very small population but hosts one of the best restaurants, bakeries and deli’s in the area. 

Harvest Deli at Newrybar


Beach Byron Bay: you can’t beat the location of Beach Byron Bay, because it is located, well, right on the beach. It has beautiful views across the bay to Wategos. 

Doma: The pilgrimage to the country town of Federal (around 40 minutes drive from Byron Bay) for lunch at Doma is well worth it for rustic, home-style Japanese dishes in a relaxed outdoor setting.



Mez Club: The Mez Club was inspired by Moroccan and Greek island architecture and is renowned for its beautiful styling and feel-good vibe. Bookings are essential but no need if you’re dropping in for a drink or two. 

The Mez Club

Bang Bang: Bang Bang’s Melbourne chefs have delivered a multi-faceted, eclectic and ever-fresh restaurant. Think Chin Chin, with a Byron twist. 


The Balcony Bar: Perched high above the bustling streets of Byron Bay, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. specialises in oysters, cocktails and seafood. There are daily happy hour deals plus it’s a great view over the main street for people watching.


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