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A Week in Byron Bay: Love and Romance

Couple watching sunset

If you’re looking for somewhere special to enjoy an unforgettable romantic getaway, you can’t beat Byron Bay.

From its breathtaking beaches, pristine waters and lush hinterland, to the fine-dining restaurants, quirky art galleries and stylish boutiques, Byron Bay is the perfect place for love and romance.

So that you can slip straight into holiday-romance mode, we’ve created a handy go-to guide showcasing Byron Bay for couples. It’s jam-packed with unmissable places, experiences and insider tips – just be warned, you’re going to fall head over heels for Byron Bay.

The guide is organised into three sections: Amazing Mornings, Memorable Days and Perfect Evenings, and includes the best location to watch the sun set (or rise) and do a spot of star-gazing, plus the best place for a dreamy brunch and the most couple-friendly beaches.

Download our handy pocket-sized guide to your perfect Romantic Getaway in Byron Bay.


Hot air balloons at sunset

AMAZING MORNINGS

Watching the sun rise over the ocean in Byron Bay is pretty special, and depending on the time of year, you may even spot a whale breaching in the horizon. For pure serenity, you can’t beat catching the sun rise from Belongil Beach, which extends to the water from the Elements resort.

Why not follow this special start to the day with a sun salutation? Beachfront Yoga runs every morning at the resort. Your get up and go will be rewarded with an unbroken view of the ocean from Heart of the Bay.

Kicking off the day in such an invigorating way will no doubt fire up an appetite. Enjoy a delicious breakfast for two in Azure Bar and Grill. The continental breakfast is brimming with fresh, healthy options and utter indulgence.

Looking to wow the one you love? Why not surprise them with a pre-dawn hot-air balloon ride, which will peak in the sky as the sun rises above the horizon.

Hot Air Balloon trips with Byron Bay Ballooning last around an hour and are followed by a decadent champagne breakfast. Silently soaring through Byron’s skies with your loved one huddled close for warmth, is surely the best definition of an uplifting experience.

Byron Bay Ballooning

  • $300/person, including champagne breakfast (book online)
  • Total trip time: 4 hours
  • Meet pre-dawn at Hangar 1, Tyagarah Airfield, a 15-minute drive from the resort.

Book a taxi through Elements Reception, if required

Guided Rainforest Walks

  • Free, exclusive to Elements of Byron guests
  • Total trip time: 45-60 mins
  • Meet at Elements Reception for Guided Rainforest Walk: 9am Thursday and Sunday, 10am Friday or 3pm Saturday.
  • Meet at Elements Reception for birds, beach and history: 9am Saturday
  • Alternatively, book a private tour with reception.

 

Adults only pool couple

Back on the ground, there are two kilometres of Rainforest Trails to explore, weaving through the native landscape at the southern end of the resort.

When curiosity gets the better of you, book a Guided Rainforest Walk with our knowledgeable ranger and discover the stories – old and new – about this beautiful place while spotting the rich wildlife found here.

After all that adventure, take time to unwind at the resort’s Adults Exclusive Pool. Reserved for adults only, lay back and relax as a couple in your own private cosy cabana before diving into the perfect pool and floating to the swim-up bar.

Left home without a good holiday read? Head into Byron town and visit The Book Room at Byron on Fletcher Street for a browse. This local independent bookshop has a great range of fiction, non-fiction and magazines, so there’s something for everyone.

 

couple relaxing at spa

During your stay, take time to spoil yourselves and indulge in a spa or beauty experience as a couple.

Osprey Spa at Elements of Byron

  • Day spa treatments starting from $75 (book online)
  • Open 10am-6pm daily

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Osprey Spa located at Elements of Byron offers a wide range of treatments from expert therapists.

From massage and facials to manicures and makeup, sink back and let yourself be gently pummeled and pampered to perfection.

If want to enjoy the spa as a pair, you can request any treatment to be done in the couple’s room side-by-side.

There’s also a special treatment for couples that is bound to have you both walking out  feeling like you’re floating on cloud nine. The mineral immersion treatment is a private bathing therapy ritual, which is followed by a full body massage. It costs $390 per couple and lasts for 1 & ½ hours.

 

ladies eating lunch at Woods Bangalow

Byron Bay’s Best Brunches

  • Beach Byron Bay – Does Byron’s only Hatted restaurant do the finest brunch in town? There’s only one way to find out…
  • Barrio – For a brunch that transports you to South America, head to our nearby neighbours.
  • Woods, Bangalow – Enjoy fresh, organic, ethical food in this quiet hinterland hangout.
  • Footbridge, Brunswick Heads – Watch the world go by and enjoy delicious food with a tranquil river view.
  • Bay Leaf – One of the most iconic brekkie destinations with outdoor seating, hip vibe, and delicious food this spot is not to be missed.
  • The Belle General – Soak up the laid-back beachside atmosphere while filling up on tasty food.

Couple having wine and picnic on beach

Memorable Days

Byron Bay’s beaches are world renowned – and for good reason. You’ll find surfers, sunbathers and swimmers enjoying their own slice of coastal paradise, with visitors happily rubbing shoulders with locals.

From the intimate feel of idyllic Wategos to the expanse and vibrancy of Main Beach, there really is the perfect beach for everyone in Byron Bay. Spending time finding your ideal stretch of sand is one of many highlights of a romantic getaway in Byron.

Exploring always works up a good appetite and what could be more romantic than a picnic? Order a gourmet picnic hamper – assembled by the Harvest Deli in Newrybar and delivered directly to the resort – and enjoy an idyllic picnic in Byron Bay.

But where to lay out the picnic blanket? For the best view in Byron, head to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. For more seclusion, walk to Little Wategos beach, accessed via the Cape Byron Walking Track. Or for somewhere a little more adventurous, head out to one of Byron Bay’s wonderful waterfalls.

To stay closer to the resort, simply wander down onto Belongil beach or find a quiet spot on the grass at the Heart of the Bay.

Head to Brunswick Heads’ The Milk Bar, located on The Terrace, for delicious, locally made ice cream. Avoid a lover’s tiff and get a double scoop then wander across the small wooden bridge spanning the tidal Brunswick River.

From finding your own special patch of beach to a sunset riverside stroll, there are so many amazing day trips showcasing the very best of Byron Bay for couples.

While in Byron Bay, get the Byron look.

Local designers have developed a range of contemporary boho styles that have a distinctive Byron Bay flair.

Whether you’re looking for something special for the beach or the perfect date night outfit, browse the best shops in Byron Bay.

Begin at Habitat, just a short stroll from the resort. With concept stores for Men, Women and Home, Habitat offers a rotating stock of the best local designers, all under one roof. It’s the perfect place for couples to go shopping in Byron Bay as there’s plenty for both of you.

Byron Train

  • World’s first fully solar-powered train connecting the resort to Byron town
  • North Beach Station less than 5 minutes’ walk from Elements of Byron
  • Timetable varies, see current version here

After you’ve finished shopping, jump on the Byron Train and coast into town on the world’s first fully solar-powered train.

With a town centre that can be traversed on foot in under 20 minutes, spend time strolling between the many boutiques that line Byron Bay’s laid-back streets.

For the quintessential Byron look, head to Spell & The Gypsy, Auguste and Habitat Collective, where bright patterns and flowing designs rule.

 

clothing on rack at Auguste the Label

For a more minimalist approach, look no further than St Agni whose Mediterranean-inspired neutral palette would be the perfect fit for a cocktail under the stars at the resort’s Fire Pit.

Finish the look off with a beautiful hat from FallenBROKENStreet, available at boutiques such as Enzo & Totto.

After you’ve wandered around all of Byron town centre, head back to the Arts & Industrial Estate for some more retail therapy. Filled with independent boutiques and pop-up shops, discover hidden treasures, vintage stores and gorgeous accessories in this complex of refurbished warehouses. There are a host of great cafes to try, too.
Shopping in Byron Bay

Ready to shop till you drop? Head out to Bangalow where Byron Street is home to several boutique clothing and home shops. And there are few better villages for vintage gems than Brunswick Heads, where Fabulous Mrs Fox is one of a rich menagerie of stores offering yesteryear’s wonders.

 

Cape Byron Distillery gin tour

For a Byron Bay taste that cleans the palette and delights your taste buds, it’s time to take a tour.

The Distiller day trip from Tasting Plate Tours offers a day’s tour of local gin, rum, cider and beer producers.

Distillery and Brewery Tours

Tasting Plate Tours

  • From $199/person, including all transport, food and drink (book online)
  • Total trip time: 7 hours
  • Pick up by the operator

Cape Byron Distillery – Cellar Door Tour

  • $35/person, including gin tasting (book online)
  • Total trip time: 2 hours
  • 14-minute drive from Elements resort

This whistle-stop tour includes Cape Byron Distillery and Stone & Wood Brewery. Enjoy a range of tipples, each perfectly matched with local culinary delicacies for a truly satisfying day in Byron’s hinterland.

Alternatively, head straight to source and join the Cellar Door Tour at Cape Byron Distillery.

Every Friday and Saturday, the makers of Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin open their farm distillery. There’s even a tour of the subtropical rainforest – where the drink’s botanicals come from – as well as a gin tasting on the veranda.

Both tours operate on Friday and Saturday only.

Stone and Wood Brewery Tours

True beer-lovers will be in their element at Stone & Wood Brewery.

Try out the 1.5 hour tour where you’ll enjoy tastings, a full tour of the brewery and learn why Stone & Wood make their beer the way they do.

Or, enjoy a full-day behind-the-scenes immersion in all things beer. According to the brewery the experience “gets punters malting, mashing and brewing” – and of course, tasting too.

Stone & Wood Brewery Tour

  • $30/person, including beer tasting (book online)
  • Total time: 1.5 hours
  • 4-minute drive from Elements resort

Stone & Wood Brewing Experience

  • $350/person, including beer tasting (book online)
  • Total time: One full day
  • 4-minute drive from Elements resort

The brewery tour runs every day of the week except Tuesday. The brewing experience runs fortnightly, contact the Stone & Wood Brewery for details.

 

Painting’s on wall at Retrospect Gallery

While Byron Bay may not be renowned for its contemporary art galleries like Melbourne and Sydney, there are, in fact, several hidden gems worth visiting.

In town, try Retrospect Gallery – Byron’s leading contemporary art space offering a regular rotation of exhibitions. The nearby Lone Goat Gallery is an independent gallery with a strong focus on local artists’ work, giving a more local flavour to the art on its walls.

One local artist’s gallery worth stopping visiting is en route to the beach. Craig Parry is a photographer of international acclaim and has a gallery located less than a minute from Main Beach.

Inside, you’ll find sleek white walls covered in stunning photos of all things oceanic. Be warned: this visit may prove too tempting to leave empty handed. Special anniversary gift maybe?

Further afield, pop into the Tweed Gallery and stay for lunch with a view of the beautiful gardens and valley below.

With six exhibition spaces and an art centre dedicated to Australia’s best-loved still-life painter, Margaret Olley, this is a half-day trip where you can immerse yourself in all things refined and cultural.

Byron Bay Art Galleries

  • Retrospect Gallery – Byron’s leading contemporary art gallery – 52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
  • Lone Goat Gallery – Independent gallery focusing on local artists – 28 Lawson St, Byron Bay
  • Craig Parry Photography – Internationally acclaimed nature photographer – 8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
  • Tweed Gallery Touring – exhibitions of the highest quality, spread across six galleries – 2 Mistral Street, South Murwillumbah
  • Jai Vasicek Gallery – Independent gallery with a mixture of abstract works and hand-painted ceramics – 1/3 Marvell Street Byron Bay

Sunset and dinner table settings at The Beach Bryon Bay

and Perfect Evenings

As the sun sets, thoughts of romance shift to lit candles and holding hands over the dinner table. Stoke the fire with the town’s greatest nightly show: sunset over Byron Bay, which is best watched from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Once the sun has set, seek an encore in the diverse programme of Byron Theatre. This intimate venue features music, theatre, film and dance performances from local and touring artists, with several shows most weeks.

Alternatively, continue to make Byron’s nature the star of the show by taking a slow stroll hand-in-hand along Main Beach to the sounds of the ocean. The acoustic sounds of buskers who play next to the Surf Club will start to mingle with the sound of the waves.

When it’s time to wine and dine your loved one, head to the best restaurants in Byron Bay. In this great foodie town, there is a wealth of great options to choose from.

As Byron Bay’s only Hatted Restaurant, Beach Byron Bay offer stunning dishes inspired by the coast, all with a view of the ocean. Located above Clarkes Beach, this restaurant is romance personified – fine dining to the sound of the waves breaking gently below. Its wine list is award-winning too.

For dinner in an idyllic hinterland village, head to Newrybar and discover Harvest Restaurant. With seasonal produce sourced locally, this quiet, rustic restaurant creates dishes that celebrate the very best of the region. With a deli and cafe attached and a wine list celebrating small winemakers, there is every reason to visit throughout the day, too.

Back in Byron town, DiVino offers delicious Italian food. Featuring delectable delights such as eggplant involtini and chamomile pannacotta, this is a place you may want to revisit over and over.

If you like to know exactly where your food comes from and are looking for somewhere low-key and relaxed, head over to Three Blue Ducks. The menu showcases a commitment to locally sourced, sustainably grown produce and no-fuss great tasting food.

For the area’s finest degustation menus, head to Fleet in Brunswick Heads (best to book well in advance) or stay on-resort to enjoy dinner at Azure Bar and Grill.

Both celebrate the region’s highest-quality produce with creative, refined dishes worthy of any fine dining restaurant.

Our Locals Guide to Byron’s best restaurants highlights the latest foodie hot-spots.
Byron Bay’s Romantic Restaurants

 

Couple enjoying drinks and a warm fire pit

When it’s time to choose a perfect ending to a beautiful day, there are plenty of Byron Bay bars for couples to pick from.

Head into town and enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine while gazing over town from the elevated Balcony Bar. For a more Mediterranean experience, head down Jonson Street to The Mez Club. Designed to feel like a Turkish souk, you’ll find a full list of classic cocktails made with local spirits and some inventive twists.

Alternatively, there are few better places to relax with a tipple than right here at Elements of Byron. Under the night sky, take your glass from the Lobby Bar and sit around the Fire Pit to watch crackling flames dance hypnotically above water.

And when staying in is all you want to do, head back to your villa to enjoy the luxurious bath and unlimited complimentary in-room movies available.

If you have those tell-tell butterflies in your tummy don’t hang around, start planning a romantic getaway in Byron Bay today.


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


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