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Insider Guide to Byron Bay, Australia

There’s so much more to Australia than just Sydney and Melbourne. Take for example, Byron Bay, a beach side town located in the state of New South Wales, known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests and a free spirited, unique culture. Here’s an insider guide to the best of Byron Bay.

GETTING THERE:
The trip from Sydney was super short, taking about an hour and a half to fly from the Gold Coast. We opted to fly there and rent a car, driving the last hour to Byron on a smooth, easy highway through the beautiful countryside.

TIP: Another alternative was to drive from Sydney to Byron, but this is known to be a dangerous and challenging 10-hour drive, so we decided not to risk it.

BEST TIME TO GO: Year-round! There’s definitely more to do in warmer months (September-April) as you can spend more time at the beaches, but the climate is beautiful anytime of year.

STAY: If you want to splurge, Byron Cove Beach House and The Byron at Byron Otherwise, be sure to stay anywhere by the beach – Air BnB has some great options.

EAT:
Asia Joe’s for simple, modern Asian food.
We recommend: The Chicken Bikini Bowl stir fry with green beans, snow peas, water chestnuts, mushrooms, pak chou and chicken, their specialty Thai wok sauce was quite literally the best stir fry we’ve EVER HAD! As well as the Crunchy Thai Salad.

–  Miss Margarita’s for mouth-watering Mexican:
We recommend: The chicken burrito with guac, and the chorizo and pineapple quesadilla.
TIP: Go here super early at around 5pm as this is when their Happy Hour starts.  It gets super packed pretty much immediately when they open at 5pm, a line starts forming even earlier than this.

Combi Byron Bay – A well-known and popular breakfast/brunch spot. The acai has a super thick consistency, covered in nuts, coconut and fruit. The avocado is obviously a show stopper.


– The Roadhouse:
The melt-in-your-mouth lamb ribs, greens, corn and potatoes are to die for.

TIPS:

  • Byron is much more expensive than you’d expect – we found the average prices of food, drinks and shopping to be much higher than Sydney.
  • It gets super busy in the warmer months, so go to dinner really early if you don’t want to wait for a table for ages or book ahead.
  • Visit all the beaches, don’t just stick to one! Take binoculars to Wategos – you never know what you may spot!
  • Renting a car is a good idea as many of the hotels are located in the forest and while it’s close to town, there are no footpaths to walk on, so it can get quite dangerous, especially at night when it’s difficult for drivers to see you. Also, while everything is close by, it’s good to have the option to venture further out of Byron to places like Broadbeach and Noosa.
  • Hike up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. Tip: parking is expensive, you’re better off walking.

WEAR: The weather is super warm in Summer/Spring, so you’ll need a uniform of a bikini/swimmers and something light like a jumpsuit or denim shorts and a t-shirt to throw on top in between beach hopping.  It’s still warm during the winter months, so jeans will suffice with a light jumper or jacket.

Beach Hopping:
– Mainland beach
– Wategos Beach:
Wategos is known for being the star-studded beach where celebrities like the Hemsworth brothers and Miley Cyrus frequent.

– Broadbeach on the Gold Coast: a short road trip from Byron Bay (approx. 1 hour). The beach is lined with tons of high-rise apartment buildings and hotels. A different vibe than Byron. but good for a change of scenery.

Shopping:
– Spell and the Gyspy Collective:
The store itself is stunning – covered in different patterns and vibrant colours, and so intricately decorated with little knick knacks. The clothes were super expensive though, and while we left empty-handed, we were glad we’d visited.

– Pacific Fair Shopping Center:
The centre has a huge water feature in the middle of an awesome open-air courtyard in the middle of it with heaps of comfy chairs and lounges for relaxing in. It was such a beautiful shopping centre, and there are tons of great shops to explore with less expensive options as opposed to the super expensive shopping in Byron.

 

 

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Insider Guide to Noosa, Australia

We’re @emmakateco and @carlystephan – bloggers, travelers + soul sisters. We’ve packed our Noosa essentials – bikinis, sunglasses, and a map. Kicking off today with fruity frappes and coffee. Excited to share our road trip to Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast!

Noosa National Park
We’re following a stunning forest trail with hidden turquoise beaches along the way. This national park is an important refuge for black cockatoos and koala bears – we saw a cute little koala snoozing the day away in a tall gum tree.

We made it to the jaw-dropping jagged cliffs of Hell’s Gates – amazing 360 degree views of the entire region. Perfect spot for a picnic, and some amazing photos!

On our way back, we stopped at Granite Bay for an afternoon dip in the rock pools. This beautiful beach is made up entirely of black granite boulders and stones. Beautiful to photograph, hot under foot!

A day in Noosa is not complete without a visit to Massimo Gelateria, a local spot. It’s pistachio and macadamia for Carly, pink grapefruit and coconut for Em. Our tip – eat them quickly or face the consequences! Eating gelati and cruising Hastings Street in this shopping mecca is highly recommended.

Front row seats to a spectacular ocean show. Cool breezes and breathtaking colours greet you at every turn on this trail. If you’re lucky you may spot turtles, dolphins and breeching whales. Mother nature turns it ON in this part of the world.

Dotted along the beautiful coastal track of Noosa’s National Park there are many little slices of paradise to explore. We saw these amazing boulders from afar and had to have a play on them. A little bit of ‘bush-bashing’ off the beaten track, and we were there! They made for fantastic perches to admire the view.

We cap off a perfect day with sunset at the Noosa river mouth, where fisherman, family and friends all gather to salute the sun goodbye after another gorgeous day. Thanks for following our Noosa soul sister adventure! We hope you venture down here some day xx

Emma Kate is a designer, blogger, author, traveller, and founder of the Emma Kate Co. stationery/lifestyle brand.

With her lighthearted and whimsy designs, Emma Kate is in the business of making days all over the planet – for customers, virtual visitors, creative clients, and everyone in between. Her words + imagery inspires unbridled freedom, unabashed love, and unforgettable kindness. 

When not tapping away on her laptop, you can most likely find Emma brunching, or cross-legged + barefoot on a plane, daydreaming about how deep down, she really wished she lived in Paris.

For more from Emma, her creations and writings, or to work with her yourself, hop online. She’s got something very special waiting for you. www.emmakateco.com // @emmakateco

 

Carly is a passionate international aid and development project manager, writer and blogger. Her work has taken her across the globe many times over, working on projects in East Africa, South East Asia and throughout the Pacific Islands. These projects have focused on cultivating sustainable livelihoods, the empowerment of women, community enterprise, local market development and positive social change. Growing up in Singapore, Carly’s wanderlust and wonder for the world was stoked at an early age, her passport heaving with stamps by the age of 10.

Carly also has a blog, Pockets of Peace, where you will find spirited musings on peace, wellness and living an inspired and light-filled life.

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