Forest Bathing in Byron Bay

A woman meditates during a forest bathing walk in nature

 

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”

John Muir

 

Imagine if the forest could heal, rejuvenate and replenish us, simply by slowly walking amid its serenity.

Forest Bathing—Shrinrin Yoku—offers just that.

This simple meditative Japanese practice gives proven well-being benefits in as little as 30 minutes of calm walking. Surrounded by lush rainforest, experience this simple, calming and relaxing activity in Byron Bay (local destinations are listed at the end of this article).

Discover forest bathing – a natural way to reduce stress.

 

What is Forest Bathing?

Forest Bathing was created in Japan during the 1980s. It was the Asian culture’s response to Karoshi – a Japanese word that describes death by overwork. It has become fundamental to healing and preventive health care in Japan today, with clear benefits backed up by scientific research.

Drawing on mindfulness meditation practices, Shinrin-Yoku simply aims to create a feeling of genuine presence and connection to your forest surroundings. All five senses are opened, intuitions honed and nature is experienced more keenly as a result.

A traditional forest bathing includes slow walking and meditations that open all five senses to the surrounding environment. It finishes with a Japanese tea ceremony in the forest.

These walks are not tiring or demanding hikes either.

The foremost expert in forest bathing, Dr Qing Li, recommends only walking 2.5km in 2 hours or 5km in 4 hours. As the focus is always on relaxation and listening to what your body needs, even these distances needn’t be covered.

A river surrounded by tall trees in a forest

 

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

Benefits of Forest Bathing

Alex Gaut, a South Australian guide, describes forest bathing’s immeasurable benefit as a vital counterpoint to our busy everyday lives: “It really concentrates the experience right in that moment of feeling and sensing … and everything else peels away.”

Participants report a clearer intuition, increased energy, eros and happiness and a stronger connection to nature after taking a forest bathing wander.

These subjective benefits are also supported by recent scientific studies on forest bathing. Reported benefits include improvements in your immune system, reduced blood pressure and accelerated recovery from illness, among others.

Whether you are interested in the physiological benefits or more captivated by getting in touch with nature, forest bathing is accessible to anyone – including right here in Byron Bay.

A flowing river in a forest with rocks

 

Nature always wears the colour of the spirit”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forest Bathing near Byron Bay

The Byron Shire is blessed with vast areas of easily accessible forest wilderness. Here are few places you can make forest bathing one of your Byron Bay activities.

The centrepiece of the Green Cauldron—an area of rich farmland and rainforest near Byron Bay—is Wollumbin Mount Warning. The half-day (return) hike to the summit weaves through rainforest and the panoramic views of the Northern Rivers coastline and hinterland is a truly stunning reward.

The Nightcap National Park is home to one of the area’s hidden wonders: Minyon Falls. But the quieter Mount Matheson loop or Protesters Falls walking track may prove more tranquil experiences for quietly exploring the benefits of forest bathing.

Other areas of beautiful rainforest close-by include: the Border Ranges National Park, Broken Head Nature Reserve and, a little further afield, the Richmond Range National Park.

Elements of Byron guests can enjoy the walking trails among the native forest that surrounds the Elements resort. This tranquil landscape makes forest bathing accessible within moments of leaving your villa.

People forest bathing, walking along a forest trail

 

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by the infinite expectation of dawn.”

Henry David Thoreau

World first solar train now running in Byron Bay

The much anticipated world first solar train was officially launched mid-December.

Stations
The train will run a return shuttle service for the three kilometre journey between ‘North Beach Station’ in Sunrise Beach and the ‘Byron Beach’ platform adjacent to the Shirley Street level crossing. Both have disabled access, seating, shelter and bicycle racks.

Passenger Fares
The following fares are per one way journey:
0 – 5 Years – Free
6 – 13 Years – $2.00
14+ Years – $3.00
The Byron Bay Solar Train has capacity for 100 seated passengers, additional standing passengers, wheelchair access and luggage room for bikes, prams and surfboards, carried free of charge.

View timetable here.

For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au

“Star Stuff 2018” Festival Announced

Star Stuff 2018

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018.

After the sell-out success of the inaugural “Star Stuff – Festival of the Cosmos” in 2017, organiser Dylan O’Donnell has confirmed the space and science themed weekend will be returning to Byron Bay in 2018. Presented by Celestron, Bintel, The European Space Agency, Cosmos Magazine & Sidereal Trading, Star Stuff II invites three renowned international guests – Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, space historian Amy Shira Teitel of the “Vintage Space” YouTube channel, and Geoff Notkin – star and expert of the popular TV series “Meteorite Men”.

The two-day weekend in July 2018 at the Elements of Byron resort features solar and nighttime astronomy if the weather allows, but is otherwise a showcase of back-to-back keynote talks from space and astronomy experts. Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne / ABC) will be presenting along with Dr David Malin (AAO) , Dr Cathal O’Connell (Cosmos Magazine), comet discover Terry Lovejoy, John Sarkissian (CSIRO), Greg Quicke aka “Space Gandalf”, Gilmour Space Technologies and local astronomer Dylan O’Donnell.

Fraser Cain of Universe Today is coming to Byron Bay from Canada which is particularly compelling for anyone who watches the night sky. “For as long as I’ve been an amateur astronomer, I’ve wanted to see the southern skies.” Cain said. “The Magellanic Clouds, the Omega Cluster. Alpha Centauri! You’ve got all the best stuff. I’m really looking forward to sharing this view of the night sky with my Southern Hemisphere friends.”

Star Stuff 2018

Dr Alan Duffy, who attended the first Star Stuff also expressed enthusiasm for the event. “Star Stuff was the best Australian astronomy event I’ve been to and I can’t wait to come back to see it bigger and better in 2018. Australia is on the verge of getting its own space agency making Star Stuff II even more timely as we can discuss the direction the nation takes in exploring the final frontier.”
Astronomy equipment and suppliers will also be exhibiting at the venue which will be open to the general public, but ticket holders will also be treated to giveaways, a movie screening, a luxury VIP dinner, the Fraser Cain keynote speech and potentially win a Celestron Evolution 6 complete telescope package.

Star Stuff is a privately funded event and was conceived as “smart entertainment” for inspiring interest in astronomy, space and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) fields generally. Last year Star Stuff proceeds helped fund a small observatory for Wiley Park Girls School in western Sydney. Although only the second year, Star Stuff is already considered one of the larger amateur astronomy events in Australia.

Ticket sales and event information can be found at: https://starstuff.com.au

General Admission tickets $129
Allows entry to all talks across the 2 days except the VIP dinner.

VIP Tickets $259
Provide all areas access to all talks across the 2 days and includes a VIP dinner on Saturday night, including a keynote talk from Fraser Cain.
Elements of Byron is very proud to sponsor this event.

For more information visit www.starstuff.com.au

Star Stuff 2018

Best Yoga in Byron Bay

Getting to Elements of Byron

  • Byron Yoga Centre6 Byron Street, Byron Bay – 11-minute drive from Elements. Discover the unique Purna technique in flowing or restorative classes in the town centre.
  • Ananta Yoga144 Jonson Street, Byron Bay – 13-minute drive from Elements. Byron’s most varied timetable including power, yin, pilates and restorative daily classes.
  • Creature Yoga11 Banksia Drive unit 6B, Byron Bay – 17-minute walk or 4-minute drive from Elements. Vinyasa and Yin taught all day, every day. Open to beginners and long-term yogis alike.
  • Bikram Yoga8A Grevillea St, Byron Bay – 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive from Elements. For hot yoga, go here. Multiple hatha-based classes are offered every day at 38ºC.
  • Ashtanga Yoga11 Blackbutt Pl, Byron Bay – 15-minute drive from Elements. Drop-in mid-morning Ashtanga classes Monday to Saturday. Beginners and yogis all welcome.
  • Byron Yoga Lounge1a Banksia Drive, Byron Bay – 17-minute walk or 4-minute drive from Elements. Byron’s Iyengar centre catering for all levels. Studios also in Lennox Head and Mullumbimby.

Take a deep breath in, pause and discover yourself in the present moment. Breathe out and feel your worries wash away. If you wish to extend your yoga practice beyond the resorts daily morning beachfront yoga which is included in your rate and is weather permitting then read on.

Yoga in Byron Bay has grown from its earliest sun salutations in the late 1980s. Since then, it has grown, expanded and evolved to be a central aspect of Byron’s healthy living culture. It has even been the birthplace to a whole new form of yoga.

Today, Byron Bay is a focal point for yoga in Australia. From drop-in beginners Vinyasa classes to early morning advanced Ashtanga courses, there’s a shala to suit every kind of yogi here.

Discover our guide to the best yoga in Byron Bay.

 

Byron Yoga Centre – Purna Yoga

Experience Byron Bay’s own unique form of yoga in the centre of town.

Purna yoga was created by Byron resident, John Ogilvie. Meaning ‘integrated or completed’, Purna yoga is a hatha-based form that focuses on correct alignment and clear breath work. Open to anyone, classes range from free-flowing to restorative and take place every morning and afternoon.

Byron Yoga Centre’s daily classes offer a wonderfully accessible yoga experience.

 

Ananta and Creature Yoga – Power, Vinyasa, Yin and More

Variety and choice is offered by both these Byron Bay yoga shalas.

Most classes are open to all levels of experience and cost $20/ class (drop-in rate). Ananta Yoga offers the widest range of yoga classes in Byron Bay, including restful Yin, dynamic Vinyasa, Power classes and even Pilates. Creature Yoga focuses on Vinyasa and Yin, running up to five classes a day from morning to evening.

 

For a mid-week reset, try Ananta’s Slow Flow class from 9.30-11am every Wednesday.

Getting to Elements of Byron

Bikram Yoga – Hot Yoga

It doesn’t take long to work up a sweat when you’re practicing yoga in a 38ºC room!

Open up to a fuller appreciation of your physical potential through Bikram yoga. Practicing in such heat supports you to explore greater ranges of motion and burn fat more readily. This centre’s fully certified teachers lead hatha-based classes that consist of a series of asana (yoga poses) designed to strengthen the body and calm the mind.

Take plenty of water with you and aim to stay in the room for the whole class.

 

Ashtanga Byron – Ashtanga Yoga

Following a set series of asana, Ashtanga yoga is a physical and flowing practice.

Classes at this quiet shala are taught in a traditional way by experienced teachers Dena and Jack. There are led mid-morning classes that are usually open to all and early morning Mysore classes for more experienced students. Ashtanga may be one of the more challenging forms of yoga but it richly rewards the hard work it demands.

As this shala runs closed courses, it’s best to check in advance which yoga classes you’ll be able to attend during your Byron Bay visit.

Getting to Elements of Byron

Byron Yoga Lounge – Iyengar Yoga

For perfect alignment and posture, practice Iyengar. Classes have a strong focus on correct technique and are aided by props such as bolster cushions and straps.

Byron Yoga Lounge boasts some of Byron Bay’s most experienced teachers who carefully guide participants through the diverse asana and deep breath practice. Classes are offered for all levels of experience, from complete beginners to experienced Iyengar practitioners.

Try Sunday’s restorative class, where the gentler focus helps your body to recuperate.

Getting to Elements of Byron

Getting to Elements of Byron

Elements of Byron is located 2.5km north of the Byron Bay township along Belongil beach (towards the Gold Coast).
Whether you’re travelling from overseas or visiting from somewhere closer-by, here are a range of stress-free options to make your arrival as enjoyable as your stay.

ARRIVING AT ELEMENTS OF BYRON BY PLANE

Elements of Byron is served by three airports—Ballina Byron, Gold Coast and Brisbane—all of which are linked to the Elements resort by the recently updated Pacific Highway (M1).
1.  Ballina Byron Airport (BNK)
210 Southern Cross Drive, Ballina NSW
Our closest airport receives flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle delivered by Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Rex Airlines.
Transfer Options:
  • Shuttle services: Transfers cost $18 with Go Byron (per person each way) or $22 per adult with Byron Easy Bus.
  • UberX: $43 – $57 (estimated costs)
  • Taxi: $75 – $110 (estimated costs)
  • Luxury / Group Transfers: Book chartered limousines ($250), executive vehicles ($105-140) and buses ($170-300) through Go Byron.
Hire cars: Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty and Europcar (from $50/day).
If you’re driving, there are two main routes northwards from Ballina Airport to the Elements Resort:
– A short 30-minute drive north along the Pacific Highway (M1).
– A leisurely 45-minute drive along coastal roads with highlights including Lennox Head.
2.  Gold Coast (Coolangatta) International Airport (OOL)
Eastern Ave, Bilinga QLD
Over 380 flights from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and beyond land in the Gold Coast airport each week. Virgin, Qantas, Jetstar and Air Asia all fly into this busy airport located north of the resort on the border with Queensland.
Transfer Options:
  • Shuttle services: Transfers cost $37 with Go Byron (per person each way) or $42 per adult with Byron Easy Bus.
  • UberX: $81 – $108 (estimated costs)
  • Taxi: $150 – $200 (estimated costs)
  • Luxury / Group Transfers: Book chartered limousines ($350), executive vehicles ($220 – $250) and buses ($290 – $430) through Go Byron.
Hire cars: Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty and Europcar (from $49/day).
If you’re driving, it’s only a 45-minute drive south along the M1 from the airport to Elements of Byron.
3.  Brisbane Domestic and International Airports (BNE)
11 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport QLD
Brisbane is one of Australia’s busiest airports. Served by all the major airlines, Brisbane airport has flights daily from throughout Australia and international destinations.
If you’re coming from further afield, chances are this is where you’ll land.
Transfer Options:
  • Shuttle services: Transfers cost $70 per adult with Byron Easy Bus (per person each way).
  • UberX: $211 – $282 (estimated costs)
  • Taxi $375 – $525 (estimated costs)
  • Luxury / Group Transfers: Book chartered limousines ($540), executive vehicles ($430 – $520) and buses ($540 – $800) through Go Byron.
Hire cars: Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Europcar and Redspot Car Rentals (from $35/day).
Elements of Byron is a 2-hour drive south along the Pacific coast from Brisbane airport.

FROM BYRON BAY TOWNSHIP TO ELEMENTS OF BYRON

Catch the worlds first solar train! The train runs a return shuttle service for the three kilometre journey between ‘North Beach Station’ (2 min walk from the resorts lobby) and the ‘Byron Beach’ platform adjacent to the Shirley Street level crossing. Both stations have disabled access, seating, shelter and bicycle racks. Train timetable can be found here.

Elements of Byron is just a short 11-minute drive from the centre of the Byron Bay township and 18 minutes from the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Whether you come from the centre of Byron Bay or from the Freeway, you’ll be driving on Ewingsdale Road. From here onto Bayshore Drive (the BP Service Station on the corner) and pass through the Arts and Industry Estate to arrive at Elements of Byron.
A taxi costs around $24 and an uberX is $10 – $14.
If a limousine is your style, Byron has you covered
And if you’re looking to add an extra touch of glamour to your holiday, charter a limousine with one of Byron’s local limousine companies: Go Byron, Byron Bay Limousines and Byron Bay Luxe Limousines.
ARRIVE IN STYLE WITH ELEMENTS AIR
We also offer a tailored one-hour helicopter transfer service from Gold Coast or Ballina airports.
This spectacular trip unveils the Byron coastline, ocean and Northern Rivers landscape from above. You can also choose an optional scenic detour to take in the sights of Cape Byron en route.
  • Gold Coast International Airport: $935 each way
  • Ballina Byron Gateway Airport: $550 each way
  • Optional scenic detour: $165 (additional payment)
Each helicopter can accommodate two guests with standard luggage and all prices are inclusive of GST.
We also offer two other aerial packages: Byron Bay Coastal Scenic Helicopter Flights and The Ultimate Byron Experience. See Byron Bay’s natural wonders from a new perspective with Elements AIR.
Need help? Call us on +61 (0) 2 6639 1500 or email enquiries@elementsofbyron.com.au

Parkour-inspired Kids Adventure Playground at Elements of Byron

Kids Adventure Playground

Tucked among the native bushland in which Elements of Byron sits is an all-natural adventure playground ready to enthrall even the most energetic of kids.

Inspired by the excitement, grace and undoubted physical challenge of Parkour, this natural agility course is designed to spark imaginations and reveal new limits to each child who takes it on.

Keep the kids entertained for hours as they discover the thrill of playing outdoors.
 

ALL NATURAL PLAY
Our new playground fits seamlessly into the coastal bushland on the eastern edge of the resort. Made of natural woods and with a soft-sand base, it appears like it grew out of the forest that surrounds it.

Made from sustainable timber, each post carries the unique knots and lines of the timber it was carved from. With a soft, natural feel, this agility course is reminiscent of climbing trees in open countryside, offering your children an idealised, almost nostalgic, experience of childhood adventures.

Its soft-sand base adds another link to the wider environment, with the Beach Club and Belongil Beach only a couple of minutes’ walk further up the path.
 

TAKING INSPIRATION FROM PARKOUR
There are 15 discrete sections linked together to form a challenging course. Inspired by parkour—the urban sport where participants athletically navigate our urban spaces—this course is designed to test and thrill everyone who tries it.

There are balance beams and poles, climbing boards and rope walls alongside wobble and suspension bridges that are tricky to traverse. Each element tests the key skills of Parkour: strength, nimbleness, balance and, of course, agility.

The playground course is set up in a U-shaped curve with all sections linked together to create a sequence of physical challenges. And once the kids have completed it one way, turn them round to master it in reverse or set playful challenges to make certain sections even harder.

As they clamber across and navigate the various obstacles, you’ll be reassured by the soft-sand base that cushions any fall. There are no sharp edges either, the wood expertly crafted so each surface is a pleasure to touch.

Kids Adventure PARKOUR

AND FOR THE ADULTS…
Located alongside our all-weather tennis court, you can enjoy a game or two while the kids attempt to master the course.

If you’d rather something a little less strenuous, there are picnic benches and a lawn to relax on right next to the playground. You can even lie back on one of the loungers located next to the tennis court entrance.

And if you really can’t resist, test your own agility on the course and discover the big kid inside is very much still alive and adventurous!
EOB Tennis

Weekly Byron Farmers Market

 

Byron’s WEEKLY Farmers Markets

Byron Farmers Market
Every Thursday, 8 – 11am
9-minute drive from Elements
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay 2481

Bangalow Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 8 – 11am
16-minute drive from Elements
Behind the Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow 2479

New Brighton Farmers Market
Every Tuesday, 8 – 11am
23-minute drive from Elements
New Brighton Oval, River Street, New Brighton 2483

Mullumbimby Farmers Market
Every Friday 7 – 11am
23-minute drive from Elements
51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby 2482
MONTHLY Markets in the ‘Byron Area’

Byron Bay Market
1st Sunday of the month, 8am – 3pm
9-minute drive from Elements
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay 2481

Brunswick Heads Markets
1st Saturday of the month, 7am – 1pm
18-minute drive from Elements
Fawcett St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Byron Flea Market
2nd Saturday of the month, 9am – 2pm
12-minute drive from Elements
Youth Activity Centre, 1 Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay 2481

Lennox Head Community Market
2nd Sunday of the month, 8am – 2pm
28-minute drive from Elements
Mackney Lane, Lennox Head 2478

Mullumbimby Market
3rd Saturday of the month, 9am– 2pm
20-minute drive from Elements
Summers Park, cnr Stuart & Myocum St, Mullumbimby 2482

Pottsville Beach Markets
1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, 7:30am – 2pm
33-minute drive from Elements
16 Philip St, Pottsville 2489

Kingscliff Markets
2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, 7am – 1pm
43-minute drive from Elements
Marine Parade, Kingscliff 2487

Bangalow Markets
4th Sunday of the month, 8 – 11am
18-minute drive from Elements
Bangalow Showground, 1 Market St, Bangalow 2479

Farmers markets have exploded over the past decade, mostly driven by consumer desire to reconnect with the provenance of their food and those who grow it. They bring enormous benefits to local communities, rural and urban, be it through economic viability, fostering sustainable agriculture, or simply by creating an inclusive hub for community interaction.

Byron is renowned for its wholesome, seasonal produce, partly due to the fertile, volcanic soil it’s grown in and partly to the passionate producers who labour over it. There are four farmers markets in close proximity to Elements, with the nearest only a few minutes’ drive away at Butler Street Reserve in town.

Held every Thursday morning between 8-11am, Byron Farmers’ Market is a hive of activity where residents and tourists can be found taste-testing local produce, swapping recipes with farmers, sipping on a fresh juice or coffee, and generally soaking up the bohemian, family friendly vibe.

The Byron Farmers Market Association, which manages both Byron and Bangalow markets, believes in “authenticity”, which means you’ll find stallholders only selling what they produce as re-selling is not allowed.

Noel Baggeley, who has been farming oysters for 35 years, provides the markets with fresh, full-flavoured Sydney Rock Oysters grown locally in the Brunswick River. (He says the easiest way to open an oyster is to put it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen the muscle, which allows for easy opening.)

Heather and Hugh Armstrong from Coopers Shoot Tomatoes reckon the secret to their juicy, sweet success is allowing them to ripen on the vine. (Heather’s tip is to never store them in the fridge.) Their Coopers Shoot property, which is nestled in the hills between Byron Bay and Bangalow, has been in the Armstrong family since 1882. Originally a dairy farm, it now produces cucumber, peppers, eggplant and banana crops.

Stop in at the Wiccawood Farm Products stall and say hi to Kenrick Riley, who grows over 80 varieties of subtropical herbs and Asian crops – many of which have been provided as seed by his customers. His small, organic farm is situated north-west of Elements in the beautiful Jiggi Valley near Nimbin.

As the seasons change so too does the range of blooms, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Look out for Liz Gray from Funky Farmers and the gorgeous fresh flowers she grows on her Goonengerry farm. She shares her stall with husband Bob, who sells certified organic herbs like ginger, galangal and turmeric.

Back at Elements you’ll find locally inspired, seasonal cuisine showcasing the best of Byron’s farmers and fine food artisans. Our produce-first menus are available all day, so you can savour the flavours on the terrace, by the pool, or in the comfort of your sumptuous villa.

Here’s the full list of local suppliers and farmers who sell their produce at both the Byron and Bangalow Farmers Markets. If you’re looking for markets in the Byron Shire and nearby regions, here’s a list that includes everything from artisan markets to car boot sales.

Getting there: You’ll find Butler Street near Byron Bay Police Station, alongside the railway line. If you are already in town, leave your car and walk across the railway line, either on the car crossing at the roundabout, or from the car park behind the Byron Visitor Centre.

Photo Credit: Veda Dante

6 Best Byron Bay Coffee Shops and Cafes

Colourful people, stunning beaches and some of the best coffee in the world: Byron Bay’s cafes are a big part of what makes our town such a holiday hotspot.

Search for the ‘best cafes near me’ while wandering down Main Beach, Clarkes or Wategos and you’ll reveal a stellar list of options for grabbing a top-notch flat white, espresso or cold-press coffee. But there’s more: Byron’s cafes also boast some of the best menus in Australia, often filled with organic and locally-sourced produce and always served in style. It’s one reason why the locals love these cafes too. And why the good ones are always packed.

Check out our list of Byron Bay’s best local coffee shops and make your next coffee in Byron one worth savouring.

 

1. 100 Mile Table Cafe

4/8 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay
Open Monday to Friday 7am till 2pm (3pm for coffee)
Coffee served: Marvell Street Coffee

This dynamic weekday hub – tucked in the A&I estate – is something of a local secret. Focused around a long communal table, this cafe represents the close connection of Byron’s best coffee shops to the local community. This spacious cafe serves up Marvel Street Coffee alongside juices, kombucha and a breakfast cafe menu filled with classics and inventive surprises. And it’s always buzzing with lively chatter – not least from its friendly staff. Open Monday to Friday 7am till 2pm (3pm for coffee).

 

2. Folk Byron Bay

399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
Open 7 days 7.30am – 2.30pm
Coffee served: Dukes Coffee Roasters and Marvell Street Coffee

How about a local coffee shop that’s featured in Vogue but located in a holiday park? Head towards The Farm and, on the way, discover Folk: a great Byron cafe serving ethical and seasonal produce. It’s simple and delicious menu includes cold-pressed juices, flower-garnished smoothies and all the hot, cold and iced coffee options you could possibly want. It’s also opened an equally gorgeous sister café in Bangalow called Woods. Be warned: it’s very easy to spend a whole day lounging on a blanket or sinking into a comfy chair in this coffee-lovers haven!

 

3. Bayleaf Cafe

2 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Open 7 days 7am till 2.30pm
Coffee served: Marvell Street Coffee

This local cafe’s inventive menu offers beautifully-presented, fresh, organic food ready to tempt any appetite. Its tables are normally packed both indoors and outside, but locals and tourists agree that it’s always worth the wait. Next door, its sister store – Leaf & Grain – offers quick and healthy takeaway options including colourful salads and artisan breads, right in the heart of Byron. Bayleaf’s inventive spirit extends to its coffees too. Try the Coconut Cold Brew, served with the cafe’s trademark dried flower petals or select a classic from their full coffee menu, brewed from the Bay’s own Marvell Street Coffee Roasters.

 

4. Beach

Clarkes Beach, 2 Massinger Street, Byron Bay
Takeaway kiosk open daily from 7am until late afternoon. Restaurant Open 7 days 7.30am – late
Coffee served: Byron Bay Coffee Company

It would be hard to find a great coffee any closer to the beach! Enjoy panoramic ocean views as you gaze out over Clarkes Beach from this versatile restaurant and beach kiosk. Beach celebrates the whole array of beach dining options, even serving Byron Bay Coffee Company’s organic ‘beach’ blend. Where else in the world can you grab a great takeaway coffee or fish and chips en route to the beach, enjoy wood fired grilled prawns overlooking the beach for lunch and then return in the evening for a fine dining experience?

 

5. The Top Shop

65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
Open 6.30am 4pm 7 days/week
Coffee served: Single O

Smoothies, single-origin coffees and delicious pastries offer a sweet finish to a cafe menu boasting an unmatched burger selection. From beef to chicken, mushroom to halloumi, your taste buds will find what they’re craving on The Top Shop’s blackboard menu, all served between house-made buns. Gather around a table in this popular local hang-out or sprawl out on the grass under blue skies. Alternatively, grab a takeaway and head down to Clarkes Beach, only an eight-minute stroll away.

 

6. The Roadhouse 

6/142 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Open Monday to Saturday 6.30am 2pm (closed Sundays)
Coffee served: Allpress

Food and coffee combine with absolute grace in one of Byron Bay’s primary foodie destinations. You may feel like you’ve walked into one of the Bay’s coolest bars but it’s actually a whole-food café/restaurant with a menu reflecting the best of what’s in-season and on-trend. The need to queue for a table just gives visitors more time to browse the full list of coffees and cocktails on offer, alongside the Instagram-ready breakfasts, brunches and lunches. Yes, we did say coffee and cocktails. And yes, both come highly recommended.

Things to do in Byron for Kids

Byron Bay and its hinterland offers families the ultimate holiday destination to enjoy. Memories are made here that last a lifetime. With an abundance of space and nature, Byron has many unique activities you won’t find anywhere else. Activities that will engage, educate and entertain your kids for hours. You might well find yourself enjoying them too! We’ve put together our favourites for your family to experience.

 

1. It’s right here at the resort – plenty to do at Elements of Byron

Beach. Surf. Pool

Just add water and kids are happy! Our lagoon infinity pool holds nearly one million litres of water. A generous section of our pool is shallow and perfect for little ones to paddle in.

Bigger kids are welcome to bring their favourite inflatables – we’ve see quite a few pink flamingos lately!

Elements of Byron has over one and a half kilometres of pristine undisturbed beachfront. Hats, swimmers, rashies, boogie boards, and buckets and spades – need we say more? Lifeguards patrol the beach in-front of the resort every Saturday and Sunday and throughout school holidays.

Wildlife spotting and exploring

Situated on 20 hectares of native bushland with four different ecologies, Elements provides a safe and fun environment for kids to explore and spot wildlife. We have over 2 kilometres of signposted walking trails so the whole family can follow the self-directed trails or jump on a scheduled guided walk with our own ranger.

Parkour inspired kids adventure playground

Tucked among the native bushland in which Elements of Byron sits is an all-natural adventure playground ready to enthrall even the most energetic of kids. Inspired by the excitement, grace and undoubted physical challenge of Parkour, this natural agility course is designed to spark imaginations and reveal new limits to each child who takes it on.

Time to ride – Elements horse ranch

Nothing beats the feeling of wind in your hair and salt spray in the air as you fly along the beach on horseback. Zephyr Horses at Elements caters to all levels of riding abilities and offers both beach rides and rainforest rides. The resorts horse ranch is located by our wooded forest at the end of Bayshore Drive.

 

2. The Farm

A 5-minute drive from the resort, The Farm is many things: a destination, a working farm, a rustic eatery, a source of education, a produce market, and more. With a homespun philosophy based on the nourishment of community and environment, The Farm’s hospitality, educational, and agricultural endeavours contribute toward a more harmonious existence with the land. The Farm’s motto ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’ represents this ethos.

Whether you throw yourself headfirst into an ethical farming workshop, or treat yourself to a meal of local produce at Three Blue Ducks, a visit to The Farm is not only memorable, but inspirational.

In keeping with their motto, ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’, The Farm hosts an interesting range of workshops and education opportunities. From bee keeping and ethical farming to organic growing and natural building, the inspiring courses at The Farm are unlike any other. Check out their event calendar here.

There is plenty of learning opportunity for kids, too. The Farm encourages children to play and learn by witnessing the processes and practices of a real-life, working farm. Their educational program, ‘Farm Kids’, introduces concepts such as the importance of bee pollination and composting to younger kids.

As well as weekly workshops and special kids activities, visitors to The Farm can take a daily tour around the property. The walking tour gives an in-depth insight into the sustainable farming practices taking place.

 

3. Brunswick Fairy Trail

Located in the buzzing, vintage-inspired seaside village of Brunswick Heads, the free self-guided Brunswick Fairy Trail offers children a truly magical wonderland. Brunswick is where the best baristas hang out, so it’s coffee for you and secret fairy homes for the kids.

Just a 20-minute drive from Elements, the Fairy Trail leads children on a path of discovery to secret fairy houses tucked away throughout the village. The fairy houses are cleverly concealed, so your little ones will delight upon their discovery!

To start the adventure, pick up a map from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre.

Swimming at Torakina afterwards

After you’ve found all the fairy houses, take a dip at Torakina Beach – it’s a flat water beach at the mouth of the river just 5 minute’s walk from the Brunswick village centre –  and perfect for the littlest members of the family!

 

4. Runaway to the Circus!

Your children will really love running away and joining the circus. Circus Arts Byron Bay lets them fly through the air, tumble, challenge themselves and have lots of fun in a safe and supportive environment.

Walking distance from the resort

Just a 15 minute walk from Elements, Circus Arts offer a range of full and half day circus programs tailored to suit a range of ages and abilities.

Age-specific activities

Workshops range from balloon twisting for little ones, to flying trapeze classes and circus programs. For older, more adventurous kids, Circus Arts features an indoor climbing wall with 20 different climbs.

 

5. Macadamia Castle

Cute farmyard animals to feed, rabbits to hold, a train for the littlies and pancakes sprinkled with macadamia nuts, it’s no wonder The Macadamia Castle has been a family holiday favourite for more than 40 years.

Animal Fun Park

The Macadamia Castle is only a 20-minute drive from Elements in the beautiful Byron hinterland.

The Animal Fun Park features a daily program of interactive activities perfect for the under 5‘s with a train that meanders around the park. Older children and teens can learn about conservation and native wildlife in specially created programs hosted by friendly knowledgeable wildlife keepers.

Mini-golf

Kids of all ages love the 18-hole mini-golf course and the incredible climbing frame that snakes its way around a beautiful old tree.

 

6. Crystal Castle and Shambala Gardens

Set off for a beautiful 30 minute drive through the stunning Byron hinterland to explore the world famous Crystal Castle.

Located in the rainforest escarpments above Byron, the Castle’s enchanting gardens, rare crystal displays and giant statues delight and inspire children of all ages – and their parents too!

It’s not every day you see the world’s biggest crystals

There’s towering 5.5 metre smoky quartz geode and a 5.5 metre wide amethyst cave. Be at peace with the largest stone Blessing Buddha in Australia, and the only Kalachakra World Peace Stupa in the southern hemisphere.

Stunning café vista and gift shop

The Castle’s terrace café features a delicious selection of homemade cakes, perfect for afternoon tea. You can take home stunning jewellery, crystals and books and more!

Guided Rainforest and Estuary Walks

Elements of Byron’s diverse ecologies include dunal, wetlands, wooded forest and rainforest. The site is blessed with its very own littoral rainforest which backs onto the Belongil creek and expansive estuary. Join the resorts very own naturalist and land manager for a scheduled guided walk exploring the rainforest or estuary.

Every tour spots plenty of birds which regularly change with the seasons as well as searching for other animals, tracks and traces.

 

Guided Rainforest walk

Approx. 45min-1hr (1.5km return)

0900 Thursday, 1000 Friday, 1500 Saturday, 0900 Sunday or book a private tour.

The Guided rainforest walk explores walking tracks & viewing areas in the Coastal Littoral Rainforest and it’s on site surroundings.  This ecological community is critically endangered and contains an amazing mix of vegetation & wildlife. Come along and get an insight into the diversity that this site and region supports. Interpretation in the rainforest includes sampling seasonal bush tucker from a variety of plants which may include grasses, ground covers, fruiting trees and vines. Some opportunistic bird & fauna spotting will also occur throughout the guided walk.

 

 

Birds, beach & history walk

Approx. 45min (1km return)

0900 Saturday Mornings or book a private tour.

The Birds, beach and history walk gives guests an overview of the resort and Byron Bay’s history and bird watching over the important breeding & feeding ground of the Belongil estuary. This Coastal Ecosystem within and adjoining the resort provides a valuable local habitat for significant flora and fauna including migrating & endangered species, come and learn more about its interesting occupants.

Both Tours encourage people to connect with the environment around them and help to foster appreciation for the environment and promote sustainable eco-tourism.

Group sizes are limited. Call the resorts reception to confirm your space. Tours are weather dependent.