The great part about living in Australia, is that you have some of the most beautiful nature and beaches only a few hours away! For a small weekend getaway, Arichi and I decided that Byron Bay would be the destination.
But if you don’t have a car, how do you get there? Where do you stay? What can you do? The decision for this trip was pretty spontaneous and was decided like 8 hours prior to departure. Personally I believe that spontaneous experiences might be some of the best, because you don’t have any expectations and you just go with the flow. Though I know that its not for everybody, so I made a little guide of tips and whereabouts for a little weekend getaway to Byron Bay.
How to get there:
The fastest way to get there is without a doubt by car. Though if you, like me, don’t have a car or perhaps can’t rent or drive a car, there is other alternatives:
The public transportation, though this includes four bus transfers and a train too, with a total amount of 4,5 hours. I don’t know about you, but that is too long for me. I mean going with the car is only about 2-2,5 hours!
However there is the Brisbane – Byron Bay express busses. I went with The Byron Easy Bus – got picked up from Roma St. and arrived at The Visitor Information Centre, which is basically the stop for the main station. The trip took about 2,5-3 hours because the driver went and picked up people from different places. The ticket was $42 one way.
Where to stay:
There is plenty of options for accommodation around Byron: motels, hotels, hostels, airbnb etc. We were looking for a cheap place to stay because of the few nights we were there and decided to go with a hostel. Also staying at hostels is a great opportunity to make new friends. We met a lot of female solo travellers there and it’s always interesting to hear what they have been up to. Personally, I’ve always thought it was a bit intimidating backpacking the world alone as a female, but meeting all of these cool ladies and hearing about their stories, makes you want to consider doing it yourself sometime in the future.
Anyways, we stayed with The Arts Factory Lodge and can totally recommend it. This hostel is super chill and has a nice and laid back vibe. The decoration is very artsy with paintings on the walls, apart from the usually dorms, you can sleep in teepees’, or cottages facing the little lake. If you’re keen on sleeping in a tent, there is a camping ground there too. Also there is a brewery on the opposite side, where they throw parties. Every monday is Reggae night!
Where to eat:
Byron Fresh Café has a cute beachy and romantic atmosphere, and a live performance playing in front of the café which makes everything a bit more authentic. We never tried any main dishes there (they looked really good though!!), however we went there for coffee and dessert. The Macadamia Brownie Fudge with vanilla icecream, strawberries and blueberry colis is definitely worth trying! What a guilty pleasure.
Have lunch or dinner (or both) at Fishmongers Gourmet Fish and Chips. They have hands down made some of the best fish and chips I’ve have tried so far while living in Oz. Also the portion is pretty big, so you won’t leave on an empty tummy, thats for sure.
And if you’re in a hurry, check out Kahwa Coffee Bar. For our last day we decided to grab some breakfast to go and eat it on the beach. I can definitely recommend the croissant w/ ham and cheese and the watermelon juice!!
What to do:
Of course the main reason I came to Byron was to see the Beach. But make sure to check out the Lighthouse. Take the route along the beach, this way you also get some pretty amazing views of the ocean on your way to the top.
When in Byron Bay, it is a most to go surfing! Neither of us have tried surfing before, but we were all aboard on trying new things! We booked our first surfing lesson with Happy Travels for $69 dollars, and this was with everything included: surfboard, pick-up from the hostel, wetsuit and/or t-shirt when surfing, and of course lessons with the instructor including him jumping in the water and helping you catch waves.
Can I just add that surfing in itself, is not easy at all, so throwing in an angry wind and aggressive waves, almost seems like a suicide mission for a first time surfer! However with a bit of help from the surf instructor, I did manage to catch a few waves. This was def the best experience yet!
Lastly, make sure to go for drinks! If into pubs, Railway Friendly Bar is an option, and if you’re into the dance and clubbing kind of scene, Cheeky Monkey’s is probably the most popular choice. The only right way to dance here, is on the tables haha! Oh, and you get one free drink if you run into the promoters on your way there.
This spontaneous weekend getaway turned out to be a successful trip for Arichi and I. We had no expectations to this trip and ended up falling in love with this little beach town. It is without a doubt a place worth going back to!
P.S did I tell you about this pretty piece of work we discovered? Rumor has is that the artist is unknown and he travels all over the world just to paint these pretty patterns in the sand, and then he leaves again. #Humanityissocool