My Neighbourhood: This Travel Blogger Reveals Her Favourite Byron Bay Nooks

Lauren Powell

Laura Goodall

Fact: There’s only one thing better than a local’s travel recommendation—a local who just so happens to be a travel blogger, too (the ultimate combination). So when we caught wind that one of our favourite travel experts, the founder of travel website, The Vista, and Byron Bay local, Julia Ashwood, was residing in the northern NSW hotspot (on a beauitful old homestead, of course) we obviously asked her for all of her insider tips.

The mother-of-one shared her off-the-beaten-track secrets for the best places to drink coffee, set up your beach umbrella, drink rosé, and dine out in the cool beachside town and it’s surrounds. Read on if you want to explore like a local the next time you’re in town. Warning: We guarantee you’ll want to book the next flight out.  

Breakfast and Coffee



Harvest Deli, Newyrbar

This Newrybar café opens from around 7.30am and it’s your go-to for fresh baked bread, naughty pastries, and good coffee.”

Woods, Bangalow

Woods is home to beautiful drinks selection and nourishing foods. If you're planning a late breakfast hang about until Worn Store, Rowie, Babylon, and Finder Keepers open. This is a great little precinct to spend a few hours relaxing and just taking it all in.”

Jones & Co, Brunswick Heads

“Sarah and the ladies at Jones & Co make an excellent flat white.”

Homegrown, Brunswick Heads

“It’s here at Homegrown you’ll find an incredible pork and fennel sausage rolls with tomato salsa.”

Tully's, Suffolk Park

“If you’re a fan of strong coffee, head to this brand new space behind Suffolk Park Post Office, stat.”

Spoke Café, Suffolk Park

“Situated in the Byron Holiday Park, Spoke Café is perfect if you want to read the paper with your coffee under palms trees in the sea breeze.”

Farmers Markets

The local Farmer’s markets have an excellent selection of food, like Rob's Nourishing Kitchen at New Brighton Markets on Tuesday's. 




“In a place like this it's all about the beach! Depending on the wind, Wategos and The Pass are of course favourites for floating the day away. Back beaches stretching to Lennox Head are lovely and very special, yet a wee bit harder to get to with kids or surfboards. Lennox Tea Tree Lake and Brunswick River are also lovely cool escapes on high tide.”




The Farm, Byron Bay

“The gentlemen behind The Three Blue Ducks in Bronte are doing what they do best up here too. The Farm also has a great deli to select from.”

100 Mile Table, Byron Bay

100 Mile Table is situated in the industrial estate, and Sarah, Jeremy, and their team know food and it shows! The chicken congee is to die for.”

Punch & Daisy, Mullumbimby

Punch & Daisy is also a fantastic venue for lunch and there is a beautiful new store which just opened next door called Coven with an eclectic collection of treasures to tempt you.”

The Belle General, East Ballina

“If you're south of Byron or coming from Ballina Airport via the coast—The Belle General overlooking Shelly Beach is a great place to stop and enjoy a smoothie or a golden milk.”




The Roadhouse, Byron Bay

“Rosé-o-clock is best spent at The Roadhouse accompanied with a fish taco or two.”

Rae's on Wategos, Byron Bay

Rae's on Wategos is also a nice place to impress, be warned the ocean vista will induce multiple cocktails!”

Bangalow Bowling Club

“A little more low-fi is Bangalow Bowling Club, which also has a great area for kids to play and a skate park out back.”




Fleet, Brunswick Heads

Fleet in Brunswick Heads is a true treat, yet you must book in advance.”

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey pizzas in Mullumbimby are some of the best this side of Sicily.”

Local halls

“Keep an eye out for food happenings at local halls for example, Crabbes Creek host a Mexican night, Broken Head and Clunes have a great pop-up wood fired pizza night and Francisco's Table, which pops up intermittently in our country halls, is stunning Argentinian food made with 100% love and passion.”

For more Byron Bay travel tips, shop Lonely Planet’s East Coast Australia ($23).

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