Every year, many of us dedicate the 14th of February entirely to love and the one we love. But beyond red roses and heartfelt presents, how can we offer our loved one a late summer day to remember?
Valentine’s Day in Byron Bay is rich in ideas for showing heartfelt appreciation and serves the tastes and desires of a wide range of people. Whether your palette is drawn to champagne and oysters or you’ll remember a picture-perfect sunrise most of all, Byron has the ingredients for a wonderful day spent together.
With ideas stretching from sunrise to beyond sunset, discover Valentine’s Day in Byron Bay in this guide.
A beautiful start to the day
There are few more peaceful ways to start the day than wandering along or sitting on Belongil Beach to welcome the new day’s sun.
Rising slowly up from the Pacific Ocean into the blue sky, the sunrises here tend towards the spectacular. With the nature reserve and Belongil Estuary behind you, it’s a tranquil place to reflect and enjoy the silence with your loved one. It’s also directly accessible from Elements of Byron’s Beach Club.
With the sun well on its journey through the sky, head to one of Byron’s numerous cafes for a great brunch. The Byron Bay cafe culture is as renowned for its baristas as it is for its creative and delicious cafe cuisine, which focuses on creating beautiful brunches.
But which cafe to pick? Discover six of the best Byron Bay cafes in our guide, with Bayleaf Cafe and Harvest for the best for brunch. Alternatively, try DIP cafe on Fletcher Street, which has one of the best brunches in Byron Bay.
Where to visit:
DIP Cafe – 21-25 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay. Open 7am-3pm daily.
Once your appetite has been wholly satisfied, why not take a wander around Byron’s many independent shops?
Byron’s town centre is also small enough to wander around and get delightfully lost in beautiful clothing and the temptations of contemporary homewares.
Where to visit:
Ghostwood Emporium: 6/71 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
Spell & The Gypsy: 15 Browning St, Byron Bay
Arnhem: 1/19 Lawson St, Byron Bay
St Agni: 1/57 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
Searching for seclusion
A secluded beach for the afternoon is the perfect contrast to a morning in the shops and cafes of Byron Bay.
The Pass is easy to access, a short stroll south from Main Beach or via The Pass car park. While not exactly a secluded spot, it is the beach nearest Byron town offering the most variety: gentle but consistent surf, a stunning ocean view from the Fisherman’s lookout and a large beach with plenty of shade where you’ll find a spot that perfect, just for the two of you.
For more seclusion, head along to Wategos Beach then begin to walk up the Cape Byron Walking Track. After a few minutes, you’ll come to a turn off on your left that takes you back down to an enclosed beach called Little Wategos.
Here, you’ll be just a short drive from town but will feel like you’ve found your own little paradise.
Even more secluded still is Whites Beach, located further south at Broken Head. It’s accessed via Seven Mile Road, much of which is untarmaced, followed by a bush walk down a rainforest track.
But if you’re prepared for a little adventure, this secluded haven is a worthwhile reward.
And if the beach doesn’t draw you in, spend the afternoon with a picnic on the headland near the Three Sisters at Broken Head. This quiet spot offers an undisturbed view of the full drama of the ocean as it breaks over the rocks just beyond the shore.
The perfect end to the day
As evening descends, head up to Byron Lighthouse to watch the drama of the Byron Bay sunset.
This popular spot won’t offer you the same seclusion of the afternoon, but it is one of Byron Bay’s iconic moments: the view of the setting sun over the hinterland, Byron Bay stretched out before you and your loved one in your arms.
Follow this with dinner at one of the many romantic restaurants in Byron Bay. If your taste is for simple contemporary Italian cuisine, head to the Il Buco for pizza or choose The Italian for a more diverse dinner menu.
For seafood, champagne and cocktails, head to The Balcony Bar, perched above the bustling centre of Byron. And to taste the best of the Byron region’s local produce exquisitely prepared, visit Azure Bar and Grill at Elements of Byron.
Valentine’s Day in Byron Bay – you’ll be spoiled for choice here for how to spoil the one you love!
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.