I just back from Australia the recent trip covered Byron Bay + Sydney. Actually, the main objective of this Aussie trip is to attend my sister graduation ceremony held at the University of Queensland which means I have at least 3-4days in Gold Coast & Brisbane. I’ve been to Gold Coast years ago during my time studying in Brissie so this time round I will just skip those theme parks but head to another quiet beach near Gold Coast called Byron Bay.
Byron Bay is located in the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales and is very near to Gold Coast. It takes about an hour or more driving from the Gold Coast airport. It is quite an ideal travel destination if you are looking for peace, beautiful beaches, the sunshine, food, and cafes.
I will be sharing a guide on Food, Stay and See for my short 2D1N getaway in Byron Bay here.
Flamingo Byron Bay
Stayed at Flamingo Byron Bay for a night, I would say is an okay boutique hotel if you are traveling on a budget. Is really simple design as I booked quite a last minute so most of the resorts and hotels are sold out on my travel date. The only thing I like about this hotel is that you can park your car right in front of your room/unit 😀 Other than that, I will mostly just rate 3 stars out of 5.
However, we are too tired after the long hour flight from KL so it doesn’t really affect our sleep for the night.
If you have the budget for a better stay, this hotel below is one of the popular stays there.
*All images from The Atlantic website
The Atlantic Byron Bay is a lifestyle hotel. The perfect combination of location and style surrounded by swaying palm trees and the sound of the ocean. It is located right in the heart of town. What caught my eyes is their bonfire that gets lit up at night. It is perfect for a get-together session, chit-chatting with friends and spend quality time with family.
Is located outskirt of town. We made it the final coffee pit stop before we head back to Brisbane and I really love the setting and ambiance of this cafe. If you guys rented a car or you have plenty of time to chill, I highly recommend this cafe and every corner of the cafe is very instagramable.
11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale
*All images from Topshop facebook
This is one of the cafe in my list to visit in Byron. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to stop by there 🙁 We did pass by the coffee shop couple of times as it is located very near to our hotel (Flamingo Byron Hotel) just situated next to the roundabout. Give it a try if you are in Byron bay or gold coast.
65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
*All images from Harvest Newrybar website
This is in our list too. 10-15 minutes drive to Hinterland away from central of Byron and you will find this lovely cafe right there. It opens seven days for breakfast and lunch and dinner from Thursday to Saturday. Never get the chance to go to Harvest as we really running out of time so will go back to this cafe as the whole outlook of the cafe is so picture perfect. There’s also a Harvest General store next door where you can get some freshly baked bread or locally produced over there.
18-22 Old Pacific Highwy, Newrybar Village
What to Do
The Pass Beach
We head straight to the beach after we checked in to our room dump our luggage because it was kinda late already. However, we still managed to catch the sunset by the beach. Surprisingly, it was very cooling with the strong wind blowing at that time. The beach never gets crowded just a few of us there, we can have the beach all our own! There is also a small coffee shop near the carpark serving coffee, breakfasts, lunch and snacks.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
This is the best spot for sunrise people! Well, if according to our plan we are supposed to get up at 4 am get ready and catch the sunrise at 5.45am…..BUT, yea things doesn’t always go with what you’ve planned. None of us wake up at the time set earlier, so end up we woke up at 8.30am 😀
However, the Cape Byron Lighthouse is still a great place for photos. Byron Bay Lighthouse has become an icon for Byron Bay and is a must for any visitor to Byron Bay.
The post pretty summarizes how I spent my 2 days 1 night trip in Byron bay. I really love the people there and the lifestyle is pretty chillax, good for a relaxing short holiday there if you are tired with the beaches at gold coast.