Byron Bay, NSW | 2018
After 3 months of living in Sydney, I was much anticipating seeing more of Australia! Byron Bay was a place I first heard of 2 years ago when I was working at Free People. We carried the label "Spell Byron Bay" which I quickly learned was a dreamy beach town in Australia. It was surreal that 2 years later I was able to see it for myself. Byron was high on my list it certainly lived up to the hype and there was a small town vibe that I didn’t expect with barefoot, bronzed babes walking around town saying hello to shop owners. I don’t think I’ll ever get over how beautiful the coast is here; the hue of the water, the dynamicity of the cliffs, and the proximity to the city just amazes me. I spent 3 days in Byron which of course wasn’t enough, but I did feel like my time was well spent enough to get a great gist of the town.
I arrived late on a Thursday and Friday morning made the obligatory hike up to the Byron Lighthouse for sunrise. It was well-worth the grogginess and heavy breathing after all the stairs. Truly a sight I will never forget. (P.S. If you visit and don’t want to do a lot of walking you can drive up to the top, either way the experience is a must-do). The rest of my first day was spent popping in and out of local shops, in awe of how perfectly curated they are! I loved that so many of them supported local artists, designers, and eco-friendly brands. That evening I went to Main Beach for sunset where I met another creative who is traveling solo from Singapore! It was so unexpected, but added so much joy to my weekend, we grabbed dinner together and met up again for round-two of a lighthouse sunrise and coffee run the next day (here’s my new friend on insta).
I made two impromptu visits to the outskirt towns of Bangalow and Brunswick. Bangalow had some of the prettiest shops I’ve ever seen in my life, honestly I remember thinking “how can a store this beautiful even exist?” Brunswick had some easy access to more beautiful ocean views! On my final day in town I did the short coastal walk to Broken Head, the glistening water and a sunny patch of grass for a 5 minute meditation, made it so memorable :) Here’s a list of some of the places I recommend if you are able to travel to Byron Bay (I’d also add taking a surf lesson, something I wished I’d done while I was there)!