Byron Bay Picks
The Lighthouse: It pulls you in, and for me, no visit to Byron is complete without spending at least some time walking the tracks down to Wategos Beach. I love to play 'spot the ray' from every lookout point along the coast.
Harvest: The famous eatery at Newrybar didn't disappoint. Fully marks for style, ambience, and super fresh food.
The Road House: This bar/eatery on the outskirts of town came highly recommended by locals in Byron and Bangalow. Local food, carefully prepared, and plenty of good-for-your-guts fermented sides to boot. Loved it.
Top Shop: They have nice looking salads, but we got the burgers and shakes. We weren't sorry.
Town: The lunch and dinner fare's a bit rich for us, but for breakfast or a sweet treat, it's still our favourite place to stop in Bangalow.
Hope and May: This Byron Bay shop really impressed me. The products and styling are so beautifully displayed and well edited. Full marks.
Ahoy Trader: A happy, bright shop full of interesting, cool things. I'm a big fan.
The Corner Store: Another shop I always admire for its product mix and styling. It's cool and quite neutral, perfect for accessories and gifts.
Polish: Incredibly beautiful, restored antiques in the old masonic hall in Bangalow. I'm now desperate for a standing desk with map drawers. Who knew?
Lake Ainsworth: Of the beachy towns we passed through in Byron's vicinity, Lennox was our favourite. We had a good pizza in Lennox. And a couple of really good swims in Lake Ainsworth. The water is clean, warm, and the colour of richly steeped tea, thanks to the tea trees that ring its shore. The lake is about a 90 second scamper from the main surf beach, so you can alternate plunging in salt and fresh water to your heart's delight.