Travel Notes – Byron Bay

After a busy few months we had a beach break planned in Byron – even though a road trip holds romantic connotations, time constraints & the reality of the Pacific Highway has us heading for the skies!elements i love, blog, travel notes, byron bay

On arrival an energetic walk to the lighthouse and a swim at Clark’s Beach is a must do…no matter how many times I walk this track I never tire of the view and the natural landscape – though the killer stairs do take my breath away ! If you haven’t done it, put it on the list. 

  A catch up with one of my oldest friends who lives near Brunswick Heads is next – it’s our local meeting spot for lunch and a wander. There are plenty of cafes here, some shops for brocanting & browsing AND the boys (a bit sexist i know) can chill out in the shady beer garden of the Bruns pub.

If you feel like a dip, cross the bridge to the sweetest little swimming spot called Torakina Beach…even more delightful for those with kids in tow is the fairy walk {you can find more info here or on Facebook}

I love the change of colour as you drive from the coast to the wouldn’t know it but this area has been in drought, as Australia has just experienced the warmest winter on record –  recent rains have made all the difference!
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A few rainy days were on the forecast, so we planned a first time visit to the Tweed Regional Gallery at Murwillumbah.  With two fabulous current exhibitions – Joshua Yeldham and Brett Whiteley as well as the permanent installation of Margaret Olley’s studio & paintings, this little excursion was a highlight of the week. The view from the gallery, still beautiful in the rain, was an unexpected bonus as was a great lunch in the gallery restaurant…travel notes, byron, elements i love, blog
 Whether it is Byron, Banglalow, Mullimbimby & beyond – there will be a weekend market. If you are organised or lucky enough try to catch one of the farmers markets, it’s worth it. Home grown produce from the locals who actually grow it makes all the difference…& nothing quite beats the market atmosphere, piano player AJ , ponies and notes, byron, elements i love, blog

Byron just wouldn’t be Byron with out rainbow coloured clothing, face painting, sparkles, memory catchers and the candle-dipping van…all at the markets.

You can also find plenty of small creatives,  Sienna Nail Polish makes eco-friendly, non toxic Vegan & Cruelty free nail polish – loved the colours and the little wooden caps instead of plastic. travel notes, byron, elements i love, blog

With my dad living up in these hills we sometimes take the high road north instead of driving through town – the bumpy dirt St Helena road, is a little on the narrow side but the vista is broad – you can connect with the highway at the end and drive on north or head back to Bangalow…
travel notes, byron, elements i love, blogAnd just a stone’s throw from Bangalow is Newrybar – blink & you would miss it but then you would miss out on a great bakery, deli etc at Harvest as well a cute old weatherboard house that is home to a collection of creatives with some must have items for your home where ever it may be …Newrybar Merchants

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen a few pics from this recent visit and my “stop the car!” moment to photograph these fab flowering trees…travel notes, byron, elements i love, blogAt the end of the week, regardless of sunshine or rain it is the beaches and natural beauty that are the essence of Byron, so let’s not f…. it up for the next generation..!

Roll on Summer, x Brooke

Favourite fish n chips.. Fishmongers
Coffee stops to & from the Lighthouse…Beach Cafe and Pass Cafe
Fashion favourite of ms teen.. Mr Zimi
Fave local … The Top Shop





  1. Great blog Brooke. Beautiful photos.
    A getaway to the Norh Coast is an instant stress reliever – so chilled and such natural Beaty.

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