Finding the time to spend with your girlfriends can be impossible, with too-busy schedules and multiple demands getting in the way.
But once diaries have been cleared and dates finally locked in, the only question left to haggle over is – where to go? Well, you know the answer is right here…in Byron Bay.
Whether it’s for a hens’ night, a girls spa weekend, or just a chance to spend quality time with good friends, a girls weekend in the spectacular Byron Bay (staying at none other than Elements of Byron) is the perfect way to go.
We’ll help you make the most of every moment with this ultimate girls weekend itinerary in Byron.
1) ‘Barefoot luxury’ at Elements
Feel the hubbub of the city melt away when you step into the luxurious serenity that is Elements of Byron. From fun to extreme relaxation, we can take care of every minute detail when it comes to girls getaways.
Adults Exclusive Pool
Open: 10am-6pm (Summer Salt Bar)
What to expect: our over-18s heated pool offers private cabanas and poolside loungers for Elements’ guests only. Stay fuelled and hydrated with signature cocktails and Mexican finger food at our Summer Salt swim-up bar. Fun vibes in a beautifully designed space.
First Light Club Yoga
When: 7.30am-8.30am (and 7am-8am in the summer)
What to expect: wake up in the beauty of nature and watch the sun rise over the ocean as you stretch your body and mind. This therapeutic yoga class is held daily and is complimentary for guests at Elements.
Open: 2pm-6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the winter months
What to expect: there’s no better place to catch the sunset than at the Botanica Beach Club or by the firepit near the central lagoon pool.
2) Be a foodie
If you thought Byron Bay’s restaurant scene was synonymous with healthy eating, diversity and world-class cuisine, you’d be spot on. There’s plenty of Instagram-worthy, mouthwateringly delicious dishes to be sampled.
Where: Unit 3/27 Brigantine St, Arts & Industrial Estate
What to expect: an energising start to the day with whey or plant-protein-based super delicious smoothies at this on-the-go health bar.
Where: 2A Marvell St
What to expect: rub shoulders with locals, tourists and everyone in between at this buzzy, feel-good café. One of Byron’s most popular spots on the brekkie scene.
Where: 65 Carlyle St
What to expect: head to this laid-back converted weatherboard perched on a hill for creative burgers and top-class single-origin coffee.
Where: 26 Bangalow Rd
What to expect: a quintessential Byron eatery with a relaxed, breezy feel and an excellent healthy menu. It’s locally sourced and sustainable.
Where: 1 Porter Street, Habitat, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: 7am-9pm daily. Closed Sunday
What to expect: Argentinian influenced ethically focused food that’s big on flavour and cooked with love. A great spot with modern industrial décor, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Just a close walk from Elements.
Where: 17 Lawson St
What to expect: delicious Vietnamese food, southeastern flavours and one-of-a-kind cocktails with retro-style ‘Hanoi in the ’50s’ decor.
Where: Elements of Byron
What to expect: a menu inspired by fresh, local produce in a comfortable and stylish environment. The perfect setting for girls getaways.
Where: 11 Fletcher St
What to expect: a plant-based restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and a winning menu that’s seducing vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike.
Where: 6/8 Jonson St
What to expect: a vast menu of aromatic, ridiculously satisfying specialist chai served out of an adorable Indian-style hole in the wall.
Where: 1/399 Ewingsdale Rd
What to expect: grab yourself a patch of grass, or a crate to perch, on while you enjoy some serious coffee at this cute little café near Elements in the Arts & Industrial Estate.
Where: 1b Byron St
Open: 6am-2pm except Sunday (7am-12pm)
What to expect: a charming slightly-bigger-than-a-hole-in-the-wall which serves on-the-fly handcrafted, fresh roasted speciality allpress coffee, along with fresh bakery treats.
Where: 4/85-87 Jonson St
Open: 12pm-12am all week except Sunday (midday-10pm)
What to expect: immerse in the vibrant, moreish flavours of the Mediterranean and Middle East in this stylish late night bar. The Moroccan style Souk upstairs is perfect for special celebrations and available for exclusive hire.
Where: 7/3 Lawson St
Open: till late
What to expect: sip on superb cocktails and treat yourself to a plate of oysters while you watch the world go by from the breezy upstairs balcony.
Where: 9 Bay Lane
Open: 5pm-12am (closed Monday)
What to expect: natural wines from around the world, salty seaside snacks, groovy beats and good times.
For more suggestions on where to eat, drink and celebrate with the girls, check out our guide to the best restaurants and bars in Byron Bay. You can also discover more of Byron’s venues serving vegan and vegetarian dishes to nourish the palate – and planet!
3) Go on a shopping safari
Shopping is a must do when it comes to girls getaways. Apart from making you feel good (yes, there is the science to prove it), browsing through Byron’s shops with all the girls is a special treat you’ll enjoy. Eclectic, varied and with world-leading labels in our midst, the town’s fashion scene has exploded in recent years.
Where: 15 Browning St
What to expect: carefree gypsy threads that have put Byron Bay on the fashion map. Quintessential boho chic, a style that’s relaxed, cool and comfortable.
Where: Shop 1, 1 Marvell Street
Open: 9.30am-5pm except Sunday (10am-4pm)
What to expect: a feminine, eclectic range of clothing from another talented homegrown designer (there’s another store in Bangalow further afield).
Where: 3/20 Fletcher St
Open: 10am-5pm except Sunday (10am-4pm)
What to expect: a curated collection of clothing from a range of local and international designer labels.
Where: 3/6 Centennial Circuit, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: 10am-5pm except Saturday (10am-2pm). Closed Sunday & Monday
What to expect: a warehouse store filled with denims, leathers and vintage goodies.
Where: 1/57 Centennial Circuit, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday
What to expect: handmade leather footwear and women’s clothes with a distinctive Mediterranean style.
Where: 248 Bayshore Drive, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm & Saturday 9am-12pm
What to expect: a complex of small boutique fashion and homewares shops (as well as residential and office spaces), located in the area’s northern boundary.
4) Best Beaches
No matter what time of year, Byron Bay’s picture-perfect beaches are something to behold. So grab your sunnies, and your girlfriends, and get ready for a good stretch of relaxation.
Where: about 7.5kms from Elements. Head east from the centre of Byron.
What to expect: one of the town’s most stunning beaches, popular with picnickers, sun worshippers, surfers and paddlers.
Highlights: breathtaking views and gorgeous bushland as you trek up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, one of the area’s landmarks. Afterwards, treat yourselves with a drink or meal at the equally iconic Raes restaurant.
Where: just over 6kms from Elements, between Clarkes Beach and Wategos.
What to expect: this scenic stretch of beach offers swimming and some of the most consistent surfing waves in the bay. Ideal for beginners and longboards.
Highlights: great views can be had from the top of the rocky outcrop known as Fisherman’s Lookout. Just follow the stairs up to watch surfers, dolphins, or whales if it’s the season.
Where: a beautiful walk along the beach easily accessible from the back of the Elements resort – and perfect for a picnic with the girls.
What to expect: a dog-friendly, pristine expanse of beach popular with locals.
Highlights: pop into the Treehouse, Belongil’s most happening café that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live music in an intimate atmosphere.
Where: head south from Byron via Broken Head Rd, into the gravel-based Broken Head Reserve Rd (about 13kms from Elements).
What to expect: a back-to-nature secluded beach with often big swells and views of the headlands.
Highlights: the Three Sisters track, a short walk through coastal bush with breathtaking views of the ocean and the rock formation the track is named after.
If your idea of the ultimate in girls getaways is getting the collective adrenaline going, you can also explore Byron’s best surf beaches and breaks.
5) Other must-try experiences
Byron is awash with colour and a dazzling variety of experiences. Which is why you can be getting a tension-melting massage one minute and downing a shot of (bespoke) gin seemingly the next.
Where: Cape Byron Distillery, 80 St Helena Rd, McLeods Shoot
Open: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11am-5pm
What to expect: the distillery is tucked amongst rainforest and macadamia trees regenerated by the Brook family. On the gin tour, you’ll learn about the fascinating world of botanical alchemy with gin and native flowers.
Where: building c2, 35/1 Porter Street, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: 6.30am-7.30pm on all days except Saturday & Sunday (7am-11.30am)
What to expect: a mindful movement studio to stretch the body and still the mind. Offers classes in yoga, barre, reformer and cardio, among others.
There are plenty more adrenalin-fuelling working out options in Byron Bay to challenge your group.
Where: Zephyr Horses – a boutique riding school next to Elements of Byron, 144 Bayshore Drive
When: rides Monday to Saturday, by appointment only (closed Sunday)
What to expect: experience Byron’s nature from atop a horse. Choose from either a spectacular forest and beach ride, or an amazing forest trail which meanders through Tea Tree swamp, forest and water in parts.
Times vary according to tidal movements so ask the resorts receptionists about the next available time or call Elements on +61 2 6639 1500 to book.
Where: Lighthouse Rd
Open: 9.30am-4.30pm daily
What to expect: drive or trek up to the renowned lighthouse on Australia’s most easterly point (carrying up a picnic counts as a double workout!). Relish the stunning views and learn about the rich history of the lighthouse.
Where: 3/17 Tasman Way, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: book into one of the studio’s workshops or classes held throughout the month
What to expect: if you have a group of least five women, this fantastic pottery studio offers a creative bonding experience like no other – customised bowl or cup making parties complete with music, bubbles and tasty treats.
Where: pick up and return transfers to Elements of Byron
When: times vary depending on tour chosen
What to expect: a joyous celebration of nature with a choice of adventure boat tours. The tours include whale watching (June to October / November) or ocean safaris (both in the marvellous Cape Byron Marine Park), or scenic cruises on the Richmond River around Ballina Island.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.