BYRON BAY IN 24 HOURS

Kim Akrigg

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Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Current Residence: Byron Bay, Australia

Social Media Handles: @kimakrigg

Personal Website: www.kimakrigg.com

THINGS TO DO IN BYRON BAY

You drive into beautiful Byron Bay and the sign greeting you tells you to Cheer Up, Chill Out, and Slow Down, and this might be the unofficial motto of Byron. In this not so sleepy coastal town there’s an endless stream of activities to help you accomplish that. Located one hour from the Gold Coast, this former whaling town is home to the most Easterly Point of Australia. It’s subtropical climate and sunshine filled days draw travellers from all over, and it’s not uncommon to hear languages from all over being spoken walking down the street.

If your morning doesn’t start until you’ve had a cup of coffee, Sparrow (1B Byron St, located next to Aldi), is your place to go. Serving up Allpress Coffee and delicious sourdough, they’re super fast so you never have to wait too long to get your hit. Next up check the surf, following Lawson Street will lead you up the road where you can check out the Pass, a point popular with beginners and pro’s alike. Continue along and you come to dreamy Wategos beach. Endlessly long rides and dolphins are common occurrences here if you get it on the right day. Bring a longboard and be happy even on the smallest of days.

After you’ve surfed all morning you’re starving, and Byron has cafes aplenty. Topshop(65 Carlyle) Street has a great selection of Bacon and Egg Rolls, pastries, Acai Bowls, as well as burgers. They do coffee and drinks as well and have a great location with plenty of seating on the grass. If you’d rather dine in town, Bayleaf(87/8 Jonson St) is always bustling and has great people watching. They feature great brunch options such as pancakes, avocado on toast, and eggs benny. Their coffee and drinks selection is legendary as well. In typical Byron style, both places offer great vegetarian and gluten free options.

Byron’s small main strip offers great options for those who like to shop as well. Home to the famous flagship Spell Boutique(15 Browning St), featuring beautiful dresses for gypsy wanderers. If you’d like to take home a souvenir for your home, Ahoy(1/3 Marvell St) stocks beautiful art by local artist Jai Vasicek. It also contains a beautifully curated collection of homewares, and clothing. Also worth checking out is Hope and May which is home to gorgeous fashion pieces.

For sunset either grab some drinks and have them at the beach watching the sun go down, or Ms Margarita(2 Jonson St) does it’s namesake well as well as mouthwatering tacos and burritos and is steps from the beach. If you’d rather eat a pizza in the jungle Treehouse(25 Childe St) does wood fired pizzas and great cocktails, with live music most nights.

If you’re looking for a night out the Railway Friendly Bar(known affectionately as the Rails to locals 86 Johnson St) has live music every night of the week. Other popular watering holes are the Great Northern Hotel which features regular live rock bands. If you’re looking for a dance, La La Land(6 Lawson St) is your best bet.

If you find anytime in between all of the above, the lighthouse walk is a great one, or there’s snorkeling or diving at Julian Rocks to help fill your time!

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