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A Week in Byron Bay: Health & Wellbeing

Osprey Spa lounges

Byron Bay is synonymous with health and wellbeing.

With some of Australia’s best yoga shalas, a culture of healthy food and a laid-back lifestyle with beautiful nature all around, it’s easy to see why. And with great wellbeing activities available, choosing the perfect time to visit Byron Bay is easy too.

To make the most of your time here, we’ve created this in-depth guide for Wellbeing in Byron Bay. It’s packed with inspiration and ideas for how to live well, feel better and rejuvenate during your stay. We’ve even included some tantalising local secrets.

The guide is organised into 3 sections: Amazing Mornings, Memorable Days and Perfect Evenings.

From the inspiration of the sunrise to the gentle flutter of the night’s stars, discover the best wellbeing activities in Byron Bay for every moment in your day. Read on to start planning a week’s holiday that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and utterly pampered.

Your week of luxurious health and wellbeing in Byron Bay starts here.

Download our handy pocket-sized guide to Health and Wellbeing in Byron Bay.

Heart of the bay sunrise yoga couple

Amazing Mornings…

Begin your days with a dose of pure natural wonder.

Stroll down to Belongil Beach—or the estuary that borders the resort—and welcome the first rays of the new day’s sun. Take an early morning dip in the ocean for a truly rejuvenating beginning, letting the waves wash away the night.

Continuing this reflective and peaceful beginning to your day, join our yoga teacher at Heart of the Bay at 7am for Beachfront Yoga. With an unbroken view of the ocean and nature all around, this gentle class is a wonderful way to get your body and breath moving.

With your appetite well and truly awakened, head to breakfast at Azure Bar and Grill. The hot and cold buffet option has a range of fresh and healthy food, from Brookfarm Muesli to fresh fruit and newly baked bread that may prove simply too good to resist.

Bende byron bay pilates
When it comes to fitness activities, this town has a lot to offer. From a challenging run popular with locals and visitors alike to a host of boutique studios with everything from MMA to pilates, you’ll find your perfect wellbeing activity in Byron Bay.

For pilates, yoga and barre classes, head over to BENDE, located only a few minutes’ walk from the resort in the Habitat complex.

This boutique studio offers high-quality classes that incorporate the benefits of meditation and mindful movement.

For a more energetic fitness experience, head to The Academy.

This martial arts school offers high-energy conditioning classes as well as Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai training. So, if wellbeing for you comes through vigorous exercise, The Academy may be your perfect fit!

If your health and wellbeing comes through running, you’ll find a plethora of paths, not to mention beautiful beaches, to enjoy in Byron Bay. While you explore these many routes, don’t leave without trying out one particularly challenging track.

BENDE Byron Bay
Suite 35 C2, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay
  • From $25/class. Holiday packages available (book online)
  • Classes start at 6:30am most days
  • Only 15 minute’s walk from Elements of Byron

The Academy
74 Centennial Place, Byron Bay

  • From $20/class. Holiday packages available (inquire online)
  • Morning Conditioning classes |
    6-6: 45 am Mon – Fri

The Cape Byron Walking track leads from The Pass over to Wategos Beach, then up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. En route, you’ll pass Australia’s most easterly point, a side trail leading to Little Wategos beach and near constant stunning views of the ocean and coastal bush.

There’s even an exhilarating forest track that makes this a loop route and makes this a varied experience including road, stairs and trail.

Byron bay lighthouse road

When it’s time for brunch, you’ll find yourself spoiled by all the delicious and healthy options Byron Bay has. To help you find a mid-morning stop that will leave you feeling energised for the rest of the day, here’s our guide to the best of Byron’s healthy brunch cafes.

FOLK serves organic, ethical and plant-based food along with some of the Byron’s best coffee. A half-hour walk or 5-minute drive from the resort, FOLK—and its sister cafe WOODS in Bangalow—is a great place to pause mid-morning and enjoy brunch at a lazy pace in a cafe that’s featured in Vogue and Gourmet Traveller.

Once in Byron town, head to Combi on Fletcher Street. This beach-style cafe serves raw food smoothies, super bowls and vegan treats with plenty of creativity. It’s decked out to make every day feel like a summer holiday so you’ll be sure to leave with a smile on your face.

Byron Bay’s Healthiest Cafes

  • FOLK– 399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay
  • Combi– 25 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
  • Bay Leaf Cafe – 2A Marvell Street, Byron Bay
  • Bare Blends – 27 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

For dishes with a touch more indulgence, wander along to Bay Leaf on Marvell Street. Here, you’ll find an omnivorous menu big on inventiveness with an open plan kitchen where you can watch the chefs work their magic.

Looking for the simplest way to arrive in town? Take the Byron Train – the world’s first fully-solar powered train linking North Beach Station (a 5-minute walk from the resort) to Byron town centre. Check the timetable here.

And if all you need is a smoothie fix, head to Bare Blends on Bayshore Drive. Primarily a health food and supplements shop, their smoothies are some of the best in Byron and full of the good stuff too.
Folk cafe byron bay

Memorable Days

If you want your Byron Bay visit to feel like a luxurious health and wellbeing retreat, your trip will surely include some yoga or meditation, lots of healthy food and, of course, a little spa pampering.

Osprey Spa is located right here at Elements of Byron. This Byron Bay spa offers a full range of decadent pampering—including massages, facials and beauty treatments—in the pure serenity of this stunning, natural spa.

Couple relaxing at Osprey Spa

Exploring Byron’s landscape truly does wonders for our wellbeing. From rugged coastline to pristine beaches and into the lush hinterland, diverse in its vistas and wildlife, there’s an endless list of places to visit.

And what could make a stunning landscape better than enjoying it over a gourmet picnic. Assembled by Harvest Deli, our picnic hampers—available to order at reception—are packed with delicious goodies and local produce so you can indulge in a feast for all the senses.

Looking for inspiration for where to take your picnic?

Cape Byron Lighthouse has a wonderful panoramic view while Little Wategos, just down the Cape Byron Walking Track, is a secluded little haven.

Byron Bay’s best picnic spots

Cape Byron Walking Track and Little Wategos beach – Drive to the lighthouse along Lighthouse Road, or walk up from Wategos Beach distance – 17-minute drive

St Helena lookout – Corner Hinterland Way and Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell – 12-minute drive

Cosy Corner at Tallows – Drive to Tallow Beach Road and walk to the beach via Cosy Corner Lookout Track distance -13-minute drive

Three Sisters Walking Track – Drive to Broken Head Reserve Road and walk along the Three Sisters Walking Track – 25-minute drive

On-property at Elements of Byron – Belongil Beach, Heart of the Bay or coastal bush.

For a view of the hinterland that would be hard to beat, head up the Old Highway towards Bangalow and stop off at the St Helena Lookout, found at the top of Coolamon Scenic Drive.

And, of course, there’s countless spots along this dramatic coastline to choose from.

Try Cosy Corner at the north end of Tallows Beach or sit on the grass above the Three Sisters, accessed via the walking track from Broken Head Reserve Road.

Or simply stay close to home and pick a private spot here at Elements of Byron.

Choose from the lush bush found in the north of the resort, an ocean view at the Heart of The Bay or the nature reserve at Belongil Beach.

Crystal castle woman

If you feel the need for a little time out during your visit, search out a couple of Byron Bay destinations that are focussed solely on providing peace and harmony.

Home to the world’s tallest geodes, an enchanted cave and a manicured garden filled with eastern statues, Crystal Castle is a favourite destination for a wide range of visitors.

From the esoteric and spiritual to the purely aesthetic, this peaceful place is filled with shimmering beauty that calms the soul.

Crystal Castle
81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby

  • $28/person, including all guided experiences (book online)
  • 10am-5pm every day

Temple Byron
46 Melaleuca Drive, Byron Bay

  • Events throughout the week, visit website for details.

There are also a range of daily meditations, tours and rituals to allow you to discover the surroundings and, perhaps, a window into a deeper spiritual connection.

Another crystal-filled location is found closer to Byron Bay. Temple Byron hosts regular meditation classes throughout the week, this is a calm space to visit where you can seek time for reflection amid like-minded individuals and beautiful surroundings.

Shopping for Wellbeing in Byron Bay

  • Santos Organics – A wide range of natural, organic produce in this Byron institution – 105 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
  • Fundies – Wholefood market and cafe in Byron’s heritage post office – 61 Jonson Street
  • Harvest Deli– The best local produce in idyllic surrounds of hinterland Newrybar – 18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
  • Blue Olive – Town centre deli with a wide range of cheeses and meats – 27 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
  • Pantry 29, Bangalow – Gourmet food store and cafe perfect for restocking the larder or grabbing fresh lunch – 29 Byron Street, Byron Bay
  • Divine Goddess – Simply divine yoga clothing and accessories – 3b/1 Byron Street, Byron Bay

….and Perfect Evenings

As the evening draws in, take time out to enjoy the simplicity of Byron Bay’s offering.

Catch the sunset from Cape Byron Lighthouse, take a walk along Main Beach, listen to the buskers that serenade crowds next to the Surf Club or simply take in the views of nature, all around.

When you’re ready to feed your body as well as your soul, head to Byron Bay’s best healthy restaurants for food that will nourish as well as delight. There are numerous vegetarian restaurants in Byron Bay, along with others that serve locally-sourced produce in healthy ways.

Find our guide to the to the healthiest restaurants in Byron Bay below.

Three Blue Ducks

Plant-based restaurant Elixiba is a restaurant and bar that aims to offer you a great night out without suffering the morning after! Using active botanicals in its drinks and a menu filled with locally-sourced, organic ingredients, this restaurant brings a creative flair that’s guaranteed to surprise!

Byron Bay’s Healthiest Restaurants

  • Elixiba– 10/23 Jonson Street, Byron Bay | 11am-9pm daily
  • The Farm – 11 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay | 5-10pm Fri – Sat
  • The Cardomom Pod– 8/7 Lawson Street, Byron Bay | 11:30-9:30pm daily

The freshness continues at The Cardomom Pod, whose colourful dishes are the stuff of a child’s imaginations. A feast for the eyes as much as for your appetite, top up your meal with one of their famous smoothies or divine deserts.

And for a menu that features a wider array of omnivorous options, head down to Three Blue Ducks at The Farm.

Using the best locally sourced ingredients—much of it coming from the 80-acre farm that borders the restaurant—these chefs create a truly tantalising, seasonal menu.

Women relaxing bath

Of course, there’s no reason to go anywhere, if you choose.

After your in-room spa ritual, why not spend time unwinding in the privacy of your villa. Take a bath, choose from the unlimited in-room movies available and enjoy an evening of pure barefoot luxury.

Create, nourish and rejuvenate your health and wellbeing in Byron Bay.

Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.

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