Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published September 27th 2016
A roadtrip you want to get lost on
Ask if someone has been to Byron Bay and they'll usually think of free-spirited gypsy-like people, beaches and a calm, laid-back feeling that only this small beach side town brings. Generally, this is true. But that's only off the top of your head. It's also super beautiful with all the charm of small town you need to stop by to experience.
As a child, I'd been to Byron but haven't returned in more than a decade or so. My hubby and I found ourselves deciding what to do on a weekend a few weeks ago and we decided to plan a night at Byron Bay.
The drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay is a breeze if you take the motorway (around 2 and a half hours). It's a gorgeous drive down too.
Arriving in Byron we went directly to the accommodation we booked online at Azabu, and while not at all on the beach, it is literally a 10 minute drive into the "mountain" (if you call it that) area. Secluded and peaceful, we loved Azabu. You feel close to nature in their treehouse-like rooms. They also have a spa, which unfortunately we weren't able to try, but I definitely believe it would be such a wonderful space to receive spa treatments.
After checking in, we checked out Byron Bay. If you've been here before, you'll know that while it is tiny, there is a lot of things happening! From surfers to fire dancers littering the beach, there's also a collection of cafes and restaurants featuring live bands and entertainers. This tiny town is the exact definition of buzzing.
Passing through the town and its slight traffic (that's if one to two streets where you have to wait for a bit counts as traffic), we made our way to get a great view of the bay and checked out its famous lighthouse.
All this acting like tourist business had certainly made us a bit hungry and hankering for the fresh seafood that this beachside town is also known for - and what better place to sample some of the fresh catch at Fish Mongers.
We got the Special Pack for two and the box is massive - filled to the brim with delicious, thick cut chips, sweet potato crisps, large prawns, oysters, calamari and fish fillets (apologies, I don't recall the name of the fish but it was delicious and soft).
Getting back to our room at Azabu, we enjoyed listening to nature outside - chirping birds lulled me to sleep and the next morning came in a fast minute. Time for us to drive back to Brisbane, most definitely refreshed and ready for the next week's challenges at work. I can't emphasise enough how travel and trying something new makes life that much better. It makes you appreciate what you have and also opens your eyes to different perspectives, even how close to home they may feel.
On our way home, we took a quick detour to Hastings Point, just to take in one of the beautiful views on the way back too. We came across a delicious oasis, Ripples Cafe, featuring a breakfast buffet (and at the time the closing ceremony of the Olympics was on) we had one of the best breakfasts we've had in a long time.