When you picture your honeymoon, do you imagine relaxing by a beach, strolling in the sunshine for a quiet lunch, stealing away for a massage in paradise, and finding cool bohemian shops and culture along the way? That’s Byron Bay you’re describing, friend. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for adventure, Insta-worthy cafes, amazing boutique shopping, and a laid back hipster vibe.
PLACES TO STAY
We LOVE using Airbnb when we travel. It’s a great way to find the exact perfect set up you’re looking for and tick off all your requirements within your specific budget. The site makes it easy for you to filter all your parameters to find The One. Here are some we found that would make great accommodations for your Byron Bay honeymoon.
If you’ve not used Airbnb before, we have $50 for you to put towards your first trip!
Beautifully refurbished ground floor apartment 50 mtrs walk from the famous Belongil Beach. Superbly located, leave the car and walk to Byron’s vibrant town centre. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
The Cottage is a one hundred year old home that has been lovingly restored and decorated. It has kept its charm with timber floors and high ceilings. With 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, you could invite your friends to join you!
Polished concrete floors, boutique copper fittings and Manhattan style tiling. It has a New York studio feel in the heart of the tranquil Lilli Pilli area of Byron Bay. 15-minutes stroll to a beautiful tea tree lake beach. 5-minute walk to the amazing Roadhouse Cafe regarded as one of the best Restaurants in Byron. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
WHERE TO EAT
Personally, I can never choose what to order, I’m always grappling between two or three dishes – I want to try them all! That’s why I LOVE tapas. Share plates are my jam, and St. Elmo has some gosh darn delicious morsels for you. Go for dinner, start with the marinated olives, be sure to get the Patatas Bravas (heavenly fried potatoes!) and the scallops. Seafood is a mainstay on their menu, but even if you don’t like seafood you’ll find plenty to enjoy. They also do amazing cocktails, just saying…
Speaking of cocktails, grab one (or three!) at The Balcony, where you can do some great people-watching if you score yourself a seat at the rail. They also do a creative brunch, complete with $29 bottomless Bellinis. Whether you’re a light-for-breakfast eater, or give-me-all-the-brunch muncher, you’ll find something worth writing home about at The Balcony.
Would a trip to Byron be complete without a meal at Bayleaf Cafe? A firm favourite amongst locals and visitors for good reason – the quality is consistent, the staff do a fantastic job of keeping the bustling cafe running smoothly and personally I can’t go past their coffee.
If you’re hankering for a seriously Instagrammable superfood bowl, you’re going to want to hit up Combi. Their entire menu is made from fresh organic ingredients – they even make their own nut and oat milks and raw treats. Grab a smoothie on the go or sit and enjoy the chill vibes over lunch.
Friendly dolphins and sea turtles free in the wild are a spectacular sight to see – especially as you glide by sharing their waters. Your 3-hour guided tour will be hosted by experienced surf lifesavers, who will expertly take you on a tour of Australia’s most easterly point. Book sometime from June to November you may even be fortunate enough to witness the Humpback Whale migration.
3-hour Guided Tour – $75pp
Soul Surf School – Surf Lessons for Two
They say those who play together stay together. Why not kick off married life with a newfound common interest? This one is sure to bring lots of laughs as you learn surfing tips and tricks from experienced trainers. While fun in the sun is the obvious drawcard, you’ll also be working together, cheering each other on and finding that perfect balance – symbolic of the road ahead in your new married life.
Two-on-One 2-hour lesson – $260
Between their trading hours you can drop in anytime for one of their famous craft beers, or book a tasting experience. Stone and Wood offer seasonal brews, as well as an all-year-round selection. Our tip is to book for lunchtime so you can order a bite from the canteen while you’re there, or save your appetite by making it a relaxed afternoon stop off before your dinner plans.
Tasting Room + Tour – $25.00pp
You can’t go to Byron Bay without taking the hike up to its iconic lighthouse. If you head up for sunrise you’re guaranteed to witness something quite magical with views of Byron’s most stunning beaches, and you may even spot a dolphin or turtle below. It’s the photo op of your holiday you won’t want to miss. Moderate fitness level required, but it is completely free!
Byron Bay Markets
If you happen to be honeymooning in Byron Bay on the first Sunday of the month, you must get up early and head to the markets. Byron Bay is just a big small town, so it comes with the perfect small town markets experience. Grab yourself some delicious street food as you shop for handcrafted wares, artwork and local produce to the soundtrack of happy couples and families and local musical performers.
WAYS TO RELAX
Hit the Beach
Of course the most obvious way to relax in Byron Bay is to have a glorious beach day. There is nothing like breathing in that salty air as you swim and sunbathe and forget the time. Take some snacks, or break up your time in the sun with a stroll to the nearest gelato shop – don’t worry, there will be one really close by no matter where you are. We recommend Bella Rosa. If you’re coming from interstate or overseas, remember the Queensland sun can be quite harsh, so bring some extra sunscreen and a hat!
Treat yourself to a fully immersive wellbeing retreat, where the outside world melts away and you get to focus on you, each other and your health. After the wedding, this is the perfect time to re-energise with some healthy foods, massages, facials, sauna and yoga. What a way to start your married life together! Accommodation for three nights, alkalising juices and activities are included.
Yoga + Detox Retreat – $674pp
If three whole days of relaxation is a little too much for you, a few hours might do the trick. How does 3-hours of pure pampering sound? A couples session will have you enjoying an organic coffee scrub, rose bud bath soak, Balinese body palming and meditative face ritual, and Swedish massage, topped off with a fruit platter and champagne. Buddha Gardens will certainly give you those paradise feels as you chill in their tropical gardens or take a dip in the heated plunge pool or sauna between treatments.
3-hour Romantic Escape – $540 per couple
Plan a date night at Pighouse Flicks. Not your average cinema, this converted piggery is now the home of a unique theatre with comfy couch seating. Watch an art house or international film all cuddled up together, but not before you tuck into some great pub grub and a beer from Byron Bay Brewery, which also calls the piggery home.