By Erika Muldoon
Each year Byron Bay experiences an influx of tourists to its glorious surroundings of rainforest and beaches. With so many things to do in Byron, it’s hard to pin point what to do in just one day’s visit. Never fear, Get it have got you covered. Follow these tips for an amazing 12 hours on the coast.
Cape Byron Lighthouse (8am-9am)
I am sure you have seen a friend’s Facebook post or cheeky photo of their hands perched on their hips, standing out the front of the Cape Byron Lighthouse as the wind blows through their hair, surrounded by clear blue skies and deep blue ocean. Yes we have all done it, no judgement here. Although a typical tourist destination, with views like that it’s no wonder people come from all over the world to see sights like this. Either make the drive up the hill or pop on your walking shoes and take the 15-minute hike along the walking track.
Byron Bay Street Shopping and Beach Fun (9am-12pm)
First rule of shopping in Byron Bay, everyone is wearing beach clothing. Hats, dresses, shorts, singlets and thongs – you name it the crowds are decked out in Aussie culture clothing. Why? If you are a Byron regular you know that half of your time is spent finding hidden gems in their unique and boutique styled stores and the other half is running back to the beach for a quick swim with an ice cream in your hand. Don’t worry, ill come back to the ice cream later.
If you love your labels check out Island Luxe on Marvel Street, if you’re a homewares fanatic try Hope & May on Fletcher Street or for gorgeous bohemian collections try Spell and the Gypsy Collective on Banksia Drive. Otherwise, if you’re in the mood to stroll around, the streets are easy to navigate around and the stores are full of hidden treasures to take home to the family.
In the Pink Icecream (12pm)
Open for 26 years In the Pink is a renounced artisan gelato store that uses fresh local and important Italian ingredients in their product. The business is family owned and has established itself from its friendly staff and incredible product.
Strawberries and cream, peppermint, choc chip or Toblerone take your fancy? If not there are so many flavours to choose from, you absolutely must test a few!
Harvest Café Byron (12:30pm-1:30pm)
After a big few hours of shopping, it’s time to rest your feet and enjoy a nice meal. Look no further than Harvest Café Byron. Just a 20-minute drive South of Byron, this little restaurant oozes country charm and sophistication. The restaurant offers Modern Australian cuisine utilising all organic produce from the surrounding Byron Bay hinterland. Enjoy smoked trout, traditional salami and cured meets or even chicken liver pâté if you feel obliged. This place is the ultimate foodie heaven.
The Rain Forest Way (2pm-5pm)
Now that your belly is full, pack the kids into the car and enjoy the scenic rainforests of Northern New South Wales as you experience the natural beauty this state has to offer. You will see some amazing sights along this scenic route including ancient volcanic plugs, large volcanic craters, captivating rain forests and secret hidden waterfalls. If you want to learn more about Australian wildlife and the rainforest you can head into the Murwillumbah World Heritage Rainforest Centre where professionals can educate you on the rare wildlife and heritage of the area. Overall, you will be sure to feel nice and relaxed and ready for an afternoon sipping wine beside the water.
Italian at the Pacific (6pm-8pm)
Time for a romantic meal? Leave the kids with a babysitter and take your hubby to Italian at the Pacific and sip on a local glass of wine as you watch the waves crash along the ocean. Italian at the Pacific offers fresh, generous and distinctive meals described as true gastronomic genius. You are welcome to order your main or get a taste of everything with their tapas style menus. You won’t be disappointed at this unique and authentic Byron Bay dining experience.