An Australian summer wouldn’t be complete without a road trip down to Byron Bay.
Talysa often works in the Northern Rivers area and she invited me to join her there for a few nights. Ever since Yacht Week, Talysa and I have been getting on like a house on fire. In between our degustation dinner dates, photography workshops and an obsession with online shopping – I wish that I had met this girl sooner!
So on Wednesday afternoon, I threw a bikini and beach towel into my overnight bag and drove for two and a half hours from Brisbane to Byron Bay. Windows down, hair out and music blasting away. When I arrived at Aaman and Cinta, I jumped up in excitement as I laid eyes on this gorgeous guesthouse that we were staying in.
I couldn’t wait to go for a dip in the crystal clear ionised harvested rainwater pool. No salt, no chlorine – the most natural kind of pool you could wish for.
When Talysa arrived, we went for a walk down to Clarkes Beach. On weekends, it is super busy here but during the week it’s incredibly quiet and peaceful.
We watched the waves come in and collected seashells (yes, like five year olds) as the sun set. It was one of those afternoons where you step back and think how lucky it is to live in Australia. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to call home.
That night, we vegged out on mojitos and fajitas at Miss Margarita. Miss M always seems to be one of the busiest joints in town every time I walk past. And it certainly didn’t disappoint – definitely worth going to if you’re in town.
The next morning, we woke up and grabbed coffees from Barefoot Roasters.
It was back to reality for Taylsa as she had to go to work that day …
But more fun for me as I got to tag along with her!
We drove up to the lookout at Lennox Head (surf heaven if you’re into that sort of thing) and then moved onto Yamba.
Where we found a beautiful secluded rock beach.
And some rather tasty fudge for the road from Yamba Fudge.
Of course, when you’re in the area – you can’t not stop at the Big Prawn in Ballina!
Somebody get me a selfie stick please!
Then we drove to the lively Scottish town of Maclean for lunch. If you ever find yourself hungry in Maclean, then I highly recommend On The Bite for, well, a good bite! They serve excellent coffees and the best Vietnamese chicken noodle salad (Talysa reckons it’s as good as her Mum makes it!).
When we returned that evening, we made our way to Bangalow for dinner.
Town Restaurant and Cafe in Bangalow is run by a husband and wife team who have previously cooked at the likes of Quay, Pier and Tetsuya’s. But unlike those other restaurants where you have to book months in advance, we called up that afternoon and they were more than happy to squeeze us in. We went ‘uptown’ (i.e. upstairs) for the degustation and it was simply divine.
The next morning I woke up, and sadly, the mini vacay was over!
I bid adieu to our beautiful home away from home,
Grabbed a few yummy muffins for the road that had been home baked by our kind host,
And sent myself back to Brisbane with a few souvenirs from the trip. No doubt, I will be back in Byron again soon!