Boutique hotel with stylish, individually decorated guest houses. Unfortunately, kids are not allowed here – so it’s one for an adults-only holiday.
We’ve had friends stay here who were very happy with the customer service. What this hotel lacks in charm and character, it makes up for in amenities and the location right on the beach in Belongil.
The coffee and food is delicious, and its location makes it the perfect place to drop in before or after a surf.
Harvest opens up their gorgeous bakery every Saturday and sells delicious treats from a big farmhouse table. We meet friends every weekend we are in town and enjoy great coffee, croissants and pastries in their pretty garden. The perfect way to kick off the weekend!
Great food and amazing coffee are on offer in a lovely patio space. Dinner is great too but be warned, kids aren’t allowed in the evenings.
There’s also a pretty courtyard where kids can run around while you wait for your food or enjoy a second coffee.
You can come straight from the beach as you won’t feel a bit out of place here with sandy feet or wet clothes.
Be prepared to queue, it’s that good!
A relaxed, family friendly vibe can be found in this Sardinian-owned Italian restaurant just minutes from The Pass.
The motto they live on the farm is ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’. We love it!
Definitely worth the drive to Federal just for the restaurant!
We discovered this café/restaurant when we camped in Lennox Head during our camper van journey, before arriving at Byron Bay, and loved it so much, we went back a few times over the course of the next month.
We love this market so much for the great organic food stalls, friendly people and laid-back vibe.
Perfect for lunch with the kids, with plenty of casual seating both inside and out in their courtyard.
We love to stop here for falafel before or after a swim in the Brunswick area.
The point break and gentle waves are ideal for every surfer in our family and it’s a gorgeous place to watch the sunset. We usually arrive at The Pass in the afternoon. We set up our camp on the small beach, lay out our big, stripy towel and kick off our shoes.
Good surf, lots of sand, and public BBQs for evening dinners with friends. Walk up to the lighthouse for stunning views up and down the coast.
It’s hard to define the appeal of this place – something to see and experience for yourself.
We saw baby turtles swimming next to us when we came here!
This amazing shop offers a variety of beautiful homeware, gifts, clothes and accessories.
They even have a small corner with a well curated selection of children’s products. Great for gifts!
Wonderful fashion for kids!
They offer a great selection of books!
Afends has mastered simple and understated designs with a great eye for colour and texture.
Beautiful boards, stylish board bags and a great selection of clothes.
They have a collection of clothing for babies, children and women as well as a small but well curated collection of homeware and accessories.
They also have a small selection of mens- and womenswear, stocking many of Byron’s best local designers.
Trendy menswear and accessories.
The Mez Club has the same owners as Miss Margarita does so it’s equally great. The look is Mediterranean, the food is inspired by Morocco, Greece and Turkey. Yum!
My thoughts about Byron Bay
Within one month of exploring beautiful Byron Bay and the towns dotted throughout its hinterlands, we all agreed that this could be our spot. We had quickly and easily made dear friends and found a rhythm and routine that was incredibly natural for our family. We felt an undeniable connection to the natural beauty of the area and were drawn to its infectiously happy residents. Of course there was also the surfing, the sunshine, the good food, the creative community and the bohemian lifestyle that’s always appealed to me. We had fallen in love and could not deny our deep attraction to this place. We quizzed the kids – could you live here? Their answers were always, and unambiguously, ‘yes!’ At the end of our month-long stay, we couldn’t wait to return.
Take a vacation into My life
I grew up on a tulip farm in a small town about an hour north of Seattle. We had the ocean on one side, mountains on the other, and our house was surrounded by farmland. Michael and I met in LA, but three months later Michael was offered a job in London. We moved all the way to London together after only two months of dating! This is where I co-founded Babyccino Kids and Michael started working for Fieldtrip, a company specialising in a mix of animation and live-action film production.
Twelve years and four kids later we decided to push pause on our busy lives in London and take a year out to spend time with our children. We spent the first couple months with friends and family in the US, followed by a road trip through California in September. We then spent the next few months in beautiful South America: in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. We flew from Santiago, Chile to Auckland, NZ just before Christmas and then spent nearly two months driving around New Zealand, exploring both the south and north islands in a camper van. We then spent two months in Australia, with a month in beautiful Byron Bay. Our journey took us to Japan, then over to Sri Lanka and then back to Europe, where we spent the summer with friends in Italy, France and Portugal. A family trip around the world: a dream I’ve had since I was a young child.
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