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Published September 10th 2012
Peaceful and relaxing escape
Byron Bay is a colourful coastal town located approximately 10 hours north of Sydney, 3 hours north of Coffs Harbour and 2 hours south of Brisbane. It has everything you may need for a relaxed and fun filled break or extended holiday.
Accommodation is plentiful – whether you enjoy staying at B&Bs, hotels, resorts, apartments or motels, you are sure to find something suitable.
As I often travel with my 11 year old son, my preference for holiday accommodation is self serviced apartments, as they usually provide plenty of room for both of us to rest, work and play. It also means we can cook our own meals and keep a fully stocked fridge with the all important holiday snacks. I find that cooking 1 or 2 meals a day in the apartment can save a lot of money, which allows us to stay on our holidays a bit longer.
On a recent trip to Byron Bay, we booked to stay at a very affordable and conveniently located BreakFree Eco Beach Resort.
Situated just a short walk from the main hub of shops, restaurants and cafes, the resort is suitable for families, couples and single travellers, as it offers its guests either studio, one or two bedroom suites with kitchenettes, cable TV, DVD players and a balcony. Some rooms are interconnected and disabled hotel suites are also available. The décor is modern and calming. Besides air conditioning, the rooms are also equipped with wide screen LCD TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities.
Studio Rooms are available with one king bed, while the one bedroom suites have a one queen bed and one sofa and two bedroom suites consist of a studio room and one bedroom apartment interconnecting via a common foyer area.
Facilities at the resort include a solar heated swimming pool with lounge chairs to relax in, a lovely outdoor spa and BBQ facilities, where you can enjoy a relaxed meal with family and friends. Guest laundry as well as an internet café add to the conveniences provided. If you have your own laptop, wireless internet connection is available in all the rooms.
The resort staff are happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the area and places to explore. They can book tours and organise babysitting service.
Check in is at 2pm and check out at 10am. Parking is plentiful on the street or you can park at the resort's basement security carpark.
Byron Bay is famous for its alternative lifestyle and surfing culture. So when in Byron Bay, do as the locals do and learn how to surf, try a yoga class, visit Crystal Castle or book to go on a dolphin cruise or wildlife tour.
Sailing, swimming, horse riding, hot air ballooning or kite surfing are other activities you may wish to try. Or simply, park yourself at one of the beaches and work on your tan. Main Beach is the only patrolled surf beach in the area, so make sure you swim between the flags.
There is no shortage of things to do – unique shopping, fine or casual dining, kayaking, fishing, diving, markets and great events are but a few of the great experiences to enjoy. Don't forget to bring your camera, as the scenery is stunning and you will have plenty of photo opportunities to capture special moments and memories.
If you are travelling with kids during school holidays, check out Circus Arts where children can learn exciting new skills such as trapeze, tight wire, juggling, hoola hoops and more. And grown ups can join in the fun by signing up for high flying trapeze classes.
For a magical experience, why not go on a Sea Turtle snorkel tour in Cape Byron Marine Park. No experience is necessary, snorkel gear is supplied and a free snorkel lesson is included. Visit Byron Bay Dive Centre for more information.
The Byron Bay Lighthouse, Wategos Beach and Main Beach, shopping strip, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and pubs are all within easy reach from the BreakFree Eco Beach resort, so if you are thinking of heading to Byron Bay, check out BreakFree Eco Beach resort for affordable, convenient and luxury accommodation.