When we asked our favourite designer Cassandra Harper to share some of her best tips on a place in Australia close to her heart, her choice quickly fell on the stunning beach side town Byron Bay. And of course she just happens to have a little cottage here to escape her busier days in Brisbane….

” Byron is know by the Aboriginal people as a spiritual and a birthing place, it is one of the most fertile areas of our beautiful country and attracts whales and dolphins all year round. It was formally known as a hippie hang out, but now attracts people from all over the world to find their happy inner hippie!

Byron Bay not only boasts natural beauty, amazing beaches and a temperate subtropical climate, but is also well-known for having one of the highest concentration of creative professionals outside the capital cities, with an abundance of musicians, film-makers, writers and designers calling the town home. There’s magic at work in Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast. “

by Cassandra Harper

Where to stay

 

Raes


Raes at Wattagos
https://www.raes.com.au/

…because the beach is truly gorgeous, the restaurant lovely and you can do the beautiful light house walk in the morning.

Raes


The Watermark

https://wategoswatermark.com.au/

Close by is The Watermark which is also lovely and serve a delicious breakfast.

The Cape Beach House
https://thecape.com.au/ 

For a warm welcome beach house vibe and seriously comfy beds!

 

The Verandah

 

The Verandha
http://verandahonracecourse.com.au

The Verandah is a place for gorgeous charm and true beach house appeal, fabulous for family and entertaining.

The great escape…
If you really want to get away from it all and escape the tourist scene I totally recommend renting an Airbnb in a place called South Golden Beach.

 

Where to eat

 

Yammi is my favourite vegetarian cafe owned by an Israeli man and been established for many years. The falafel pitta pocket is the best ever!

The Brunzwick is an art deco pub where you want to go on a Sunday afternoon for live music in the beer garden and simple dinner of fish and chips.

Harvest


Harvest cafe
https://harvestnewrybar.com.au/

Set in Newrybar is set in a charming old Queensland style home and serve delicious food sourced locally. They also have a fab deli and bakery next door for further indulgence at home.

 


Where to shop

 

Island Luxe


Island Luxe

http://islandluxe.com.au/

At Island Luxe in Bungalow you’ll find the most divine bohemian luxe goods in the world. Merchandising and service is out of this world and the family run business is  a true testament to their hard work and incredible vision.

Bisque Traders
https://www.bisquetraders.com.au/

Also in Bungalow carries a huge selection of boho tribal home wares and fashion. It is another family run business, with products sourced from all over the world as well as collaborating with local designers.

 

Cactus Hill


Cactus Hill
https://cactushillproject.business.site/

The Cactus Hill project in Mullumbimby brings divine home wares and many beautiful pieces from local artists, you will always find something special in here!

 
The markets in the Byron Shire
are truly wonderful , crammed with fabulous creativity from local artists as well as local produce grown in the area. My favourite is a little farmers market is held every Tuesday in New Brighton, where you find great coffee, fresh produce and usually a little live music to make your soul sing!

 


absolute must dos

when in Byron Bay

1  Swim in the ocean, preferably with dolphins
2  Walk to the light house
3  Visit a market to feel the vibe
4  Explore the stunning Byron Bay and the surrounding towns in the Byron Shire