A trip to Byron Bay evokes a more ‘chilled out lifestyle’ than what I experience in an already ‘chilled out’ location that is the Sunshine Coast. How can that be!
Byron Bay is one of those drives that inspires the inner ‘boho’ in you. You wished you had dreadlocks, played the guitar or surfed. I fail in all 3 but that never stopped me from visiting Byron Bay a few times a year. If it’s good enough for Chris Hemsworth (Thor), then it’s good enough for me.
Anyway, it’s only 367km from home and as soon as you pass the Maroon line and into Blue territory the landscape changes. The Northern Rivers showcase the regions beauty and the Pacific Motorway winds left and right as you enter Byron Bay.
Every time I enter Byron my tension eases and I feel at ease.
The Industrial Estate
By the time we hit Byron it’s around lunchtime (12 noon) and that means a trip into the ‘hip’ part of town – The Industrial Estate! It’s home to my favourite beer “Stone and Wood”, so a slab in the boot and we are away around the corner to another one of our favourites, the Folk Cafe. The Folk Cafe is so cool with its handmade blankets, up-turned boxes for tables and a menu that caters for gluten-free, vegetarian or pure carnivores like myself.
A quick bite and a Hot Chocolate and we are off to our home for two days (Byron Quarter).
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
A short scenic journey into Byron Bay’s hinterland lies a magical sanctuary. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth. Sit in an ancient amethyst cave. Wander through the tranquil Shambhala Gardens and rainforest. Indulge in a delicious lunch and homemade desserts. Check out the images below.
Sunset at the Lighthouse
Being the most easterly point in Australia already means that Byron see’s the sunrise first. What better way to celebrate the end of the day with a walk up to the lighthouse and watch the sunset over the hinterland as the lighthouse spins and emits its light while the dolphins play offshore.
Just a 13 minute drive outside Byron Bay towards Ewingsdale you’ll find The Farm. The Farm is principally a working farm, that houses a collection of micro-businesses all sharing in a common goal. See firsthand, how this farm operates, supports the environment and contributes to a healthier lifestyle.
The Farm’s motto – Grow, Feed, Educate inspires all that they do within the farm and for the community at large. We enjoyed a private tour, met the animals, spoke with the farmers and dined at Three Blue Ducks Restaurant which has breathtaking views.
We tried Twice cooked Chicken and the Pork, followed by Belgian Mousse with Cookies and Cream ice-cream and a Vanilla Panna Cotta. The food and service was outstanding.
While at The Farm enjoy each of the businesses there:
Call in – they are open 7 days! Visit www.thefarm.com.au
The lush green hills form the backdrop to the rolling blue surf of Byron Bay. Just a short 25 minute drive inland you’ll find Pegasus Park. Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre is one of Byron Bays oldest horse riding ranches, established in 1994. Founded on a love of horses, horse riding, nature and a passion for sharing their enthusiasm, Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre continues to provide quality instruction coupled with beautiful, well cared for and educated horses.
Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre specialises in horse riding for people of all ages and all levels of ability. You can even stay on-site in their BnB. What ever your standard we have a beautiful, educated horse for you, so come and visit us at Pegasus Park.
Follow the rest of our journeys in the Camping Blog.