Romantic Getaway: Byron Bay

Heat, fun and style in spades – this is the honeymoon destination that has it all.

    Where it is: New South Wales, 165 kilometres south of Brisbane

    Honeymooner type: Those who like their relaxation with a hint of refinement – Byron Bay’s beaches come lined with edgy cafes and boho-luxe boutiques.

    What to do: Stretching between the headlands of the northern New South Wales coast, many of the 30km of sheltered beach are a surfer’s dream come true. Try The Wreck, The Pass or book a class with the Byron Bay Surf School and head to Clarkes Beach, where the waves are perfect for beginners – keep your eyes peeled for the whales and dolphins that frequent the area.

    Don’t miss the Friday morning Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market where you can buy up artisan delicacies ahead of a picnic lunch. The town centre boasts myriad bars and restaurants: share a cosy meal at St Elmo, where the Spanish tapas menu gives you every excuse to feed each other tasty bites; dine to the sound of lapping waves at Italian At The Pacific; or embrace the eco-atmosphere at The Conscious Cafe, which serves up 100 per cent organic, gluten-free and dairy-free delectables.

    Somewhere to stay:  Between the Balinese-inspired villas and the beachfront bungalows, the accommodation options in Byron Bay are as chilled-out as they are chic. Nature lovers will delight in the 45-acre subtropical rainforest that surrounds The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa. It’s not just the 800-thread count sheets and deep tubs that makes this a gorgeous retreat. Long boardwalks lead you to understated suites with a rustic decor style. Start the day with a free yoga class and meditation, followed by a spa session to rejuvenate body and soul.

    Most Romantic Spot: For the best view of the sunrise, walk up the winding path to the Cape Byron lighthouse – a great morning activity to pair with a stroll through the lush gardens at Crystal Castle.

    When to go: Anytime – Byron Bay has year-round mild weather.

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