How to Make 48 Hours in Byron Bay Feel Like a Week

Alison Rice
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Two days in Byron Bay. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but trust us, you can fit quite a bit in and still feel like you’re moving slowly. MyDomaine Australia recently spent a couple of days living like a local, and as you’d expect, we’re now Byron’s biggest advocates. If you go from wanting to smash through glass ceilings one minute, to living on a farm and wearing linen exclusively the next, then a long weekend in Byron is just what your soul needs.

We were hosted by Lexus, who loaned us a RX L to experience as much of Byron Bay as we could by road. The SUV has a folded third-row seat, so aside from being the perfect choice for growing families, we also think it is perfect for your girl gang. We put on our best Crossroads-inspired playlist and our Birkenstocks, then buckled up for 48 hours on sacred land.

STAY: Elements of Byron

Spanning 50 lush acres, Elements of Byron has recently undergone some developments, so it is well worth a look. We stayed in one of the new rainforest villas and the sounds of nature helped us drift off into a deep sleep each night. When was the last time you slept 10 hours? If you’re a bath person, you’ll make great use of the tub, which sits inside its own verandah bathhouse looking out into surrounding rainforest. The new adult pool has a swim-up bar, and we can confirm the margaritas are fresh, with just enough salt. The pool is heated through winter, and you can also enjoy bonfire nights, the award-winning spa, and even get a lift in the resort’s buggy to the world’s first solar powered train.

EAT: Harvest

 

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Even if you’re not a foodie, chances are you’re an eater. Tip—do that, and a lot of it, at Harvest in the historic town of Newrybar. A short drive from Elements (cue Crossroads playlist again), Harvest is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Byron’s must-try long lunch spots. Set in a Queenslander-style homestead, it’s cosy, the food is locally sourced, and it is just plain delicious. You’ll be eating wild produce from the venue’s own edible garden. The head chef forages every Wednesday and sets the menu using what he finds. You’ll also drink award-winning wine, minus the price tag. We are not sure we could ask for much more? On that, highly recommend the one organic orange it has on the menu—a fine drop.

SHOP: Newrybar Merchants & St. Agni

If you like finding treasure, stop in at Newrybar Merchants after lunch. Another old homestead, but this time instead of food, it is full of fine goods made by local creatives and artisans. The edit is truly charming. You will find things you didn’t know you needed: Gifts, art, bedding, fashion, jewellery, crystals, perfume, crockery, plants. . . you can also shop the merchants online.

St. Agni has become a Byron Bay institution. It has also become the unofficial Byron Bay uniform—quality leather, linen and less is more. If you like simple and enjoy a tight but meaningful edit, it is a must visit. The brand has recently been stocked on Net-a-Porter, if you’re looking for a sign. 

COFFEE: McTavish

 

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Jason Grant introduced us to this cool spot. You might be familiar with the brand as it is a well-known surf label, but its concept store is incredible and so is the coffee. You can sit outside in the sun and as there are also many more brand HQs surrounding it in the industrial estate. You can also browse Yoli & Otis, Pop & Scotch and Pamper. 

There are a few other stops you’ll want to make, but don’t rush it. St. Elmo if perfect for dinner and cocktails, The Mex Club for a nightcap and vibes, and Bayleaf or Roadhouse for delicious breakfast after an indulgent night out. And if you do the lighthouse walk, be sure to set off at sunrise or sunset to witness an incredibly pink Byron Bay sky.

In the market for some new wheels? Take a closer look at the Lexus RX L

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