If there’s one word that can infuse a soul with happiness, it has to be “holiday”. I’m lucky that my Mum is a school teacher, so when I was a little girl and had school holidays, she was always able to spend them with us. There were trips to the library for story-telling, Junior Wildlife Bushranger Camps, pottery, card-making, cooking, movies, sleepovers and swimming- the list goes on.
Nowadays I dream of a different sort of holiday. At eight-years-old, boredom was akin to a death sentence, but as an adult, my life is so jam-packed and my time so precious, all I want to do on vacation is eat or sleep.
I think I travel more than the average person (22 flights this year), and I’m lucky that I get to go to some amazing places. But I realised a few weeks ago that I have never taken a trip for the purpose of having some time off and resting mentally as well as physically.
It prompted me to jump online and start looking at places I could spend a few blissful days relaxing. I didn’t want to go to a city and be faced with more hustle and bustle, in fact I was desperate for somewhere where the atmosphere was unequivocally laid-back. I couldn’t think of any better place than Byron Bay.
Byron Bay is a coastal town in northern New South Wales, known for it’s beautiful beaches and national parks. It has a relaxed, hip vibe, and the whole place is brimming with eclectic shops, health-conscious cafes and beach-side boutiques.
I had been to Byron Bay for day trips on numerous occasions, but there is so much to do and see that you can never fit in everything you want in one go.
This trip, however, I had no work to rush back to. It was the most enjoyable three days I’ve had for quite some time. My friend Bethany and I spent the time rummaging for macadamia nuts in the shell in a nut orchard, squeezing in as many acai bowls as we possibly could, lounging on the beach, taking long walks along sandbars and just taking time to smell the roses. We stayed in a beautiful refurbished barn that I found on AirBNB, and we both agreed that the highlight of the trip was the AMAZING bathtub.
With no swimming pool, and desperate to beat the heat, we would get in our swimmers and sit in a cold bath with half a bottle of bubble bath each evening. The only drawback was that my swimmers still have the overwhelming scent of rose petals clinging to them- so much so that I don’t know if I’ll ever be rid of the smell.
If you are looking for a weekend escape or a few days of tranquillity, Byron Bay is the place for you. I left feeling healthy, happy, and like I’d given my body and mind it’s first adult holiday. I’ve recapped the highlights from our trip below.
Where we stayed-
What we ate (the highlights)-
- Acai bowls from Combi
- Sweet potato wedges at the Byron Fresh Cafe
- Toasted vegetable sandwiches from Combi
- Abundance bowls from Folk
Our favourite shop-
Where we spent our time-
- The Farm At Byron Bay
- Clarks Beach
On our list for next time-