If you’re looking for an escape outside of BNE (let’s be honest, who isn’t these days!) set your sights on The Lord Byron in the heart of Byron Bay.
Pack your bags and head south down the highway – just don’t forget to print your Queensland border pass! For although Byron Bay is only two hours down the bitumen track, it feels a world away from the busy sidewalks and stifling heat of our little metropolis. Kiss goodbye the corporate life (for a few days), and take in the sights of rolling hills, breathe in the salty sea breezes and get set to feast on fresh farming produce post-ocean dip.
I was recently lucky enough to spend two nights in paradise, though I wouldn’t have minded a few more! Located on Jonson Street, The Lord Byron is positioned perfectly for visitors who wish to explore the town by foot, or on two wheels. The tropical atmosphere of the boutique hotel is ideal for those who wish to wind-down poolside, while on your doorstep the hustle and bustle of the small coastal town awaits you.
Take in the sights of Byron by bike thanks to the hotel’s free bike hire, or stroll the streets and explore the many bars, restaurants and shops along your travels. Only a few meters up the road, the Mez Club is a popular joint for visitors and locals alike. European, Moroccan and Middle Eastern flavours are all blended together in this funky establishment where I’ve been told some of the best cocktails in town can be downed.
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For morning eats, Bayleaf Cafe has some of the tastiest breakfast dishes around, but be warned: the popular eatery often has long wait times. If you’d rather pick up something on-the-go, Top Shop is a popular laid-back hang-out where they don’t skimp on quality. Grab your takeaway from the 1950’s milk bar, then make your way on foot to the Cape Byron Lighthouse on the easternmost point of mainland Australia. The views from the top are unrivalled, and have to be seen to be believed! From there, spot whales, dolphins and turtles, as well as the local surf points at Belongil and Clarkes Beach, The Pass, Wategos and Tallow Beach.
With so much to eat, see and do, a few days unwinding in Byron Bay never seem like enough. There’s Raes at Wategos with its brand new cellar bar, spicy Asian dishes at Bang Bang that’s attracting diners in droves, farm fresh plates at Roadhouse on the southern outskirts of town and homewares stores Island Luxe, Marr-Kett and Hope & May where you can stock up on dreamy new pieces for the home. And that’s just the start!
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There’s also plenty of activities to involve yourself in at The Lord Byron. The full-sized tennis court and outdoor pool with poolside bar service will keep you busy (and refreshed), but it’s the spacious hotel suites that you’ll really appreciate after a day of shopping, eating-out, swimming and sight-seeing. Last but not least, The Lord Byron is currently offering one last sleep in for all guests, with checkout extended until midday.