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The Ultimate Girls Getaway in Byron Bay

Happy young woman swimming in Adults only Pool

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.

Osprey Spa

Open: 10am-6pm

What to expect: satisfy your heart, mind and soul with our menu of revitalising treatments in beautiful tranquillity. For more, check out our health and wellness Byron guide.

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.

Sunset Drinks

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.


Azure Bar & Grill pizza table aerial girls night

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.

FOR BREAKFAST

Bare Blends

Where: Unit 3/27 Brigantine St, Arts & Industrial Estate
Open: 8am-3pm

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.

Bayleaf Cafe

Where: 2A Marvell St
Open: 7am-2pm

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.

FOR LUNCH

Top Shop

Where: 65 Carlyle St
Open: 6.30am-4pm

What to expect: head to this laid-back converted weatherboard perched on a hill for creative burgers and top-class single-origin coffee.

The General Store

Where: 26 Bangalow Rd
Open: 6.30am-2.30pm

What to expect: a quintessential Byron eatery with a relaxed, breezy feel and an excellent healthy menu. It’s locally sourced and sustainable.

Barrio

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.

FOR DINNER

Light Years

Where: 17 Lawson St
Open: 5pm-10pm

What to expect: delicious Vietnamese food, southeastern flavours and one-of-a-kind cocktails with retro-style ‘Hanoi in the ’50s’ decor.

Azure Bar and Grill

Where: Elements of Byron
Open: 7am-9.30pm

What to expect: a menu inspired by fresh, local produce in a comfortable and stylish environment. The perfect setting for girls getaways.

No Bones

Where: 11 Fletcher St
Open: 5pm-9pm

What to expect: a plant-based restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and a winning menu that’s seducing vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike.

FOR COFFEE

Spice

Where: 6/8 Jonson St
Open: 6.30am-3pm

What to expect: a vast menu of aromatic, ridiculously satisfying specialist chai served out of an adorable Indian-style hole in the wall.

Folk

Where: 1/399 Ewingsdale Rd
Open: 7.30am-2.30pm

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.

Sparrow

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.

FOR DRINKS

The Mez Club

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.

Balcony

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.

Supernatural

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.

Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Where: 15 Browning St
Open: 10am-5pm

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.

ROWIE

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).

11:11

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.

Mr Vintage

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.

St Agni

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.

Habitat

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.

For more sartorial goodness, here’s a guide to shopping in Byron Bay and the vibrant Arts & Industrial Estate.


Woman sitting and looking over Belongil Beach Byron bay

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.

Wategos Beach

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.

The Pass

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.

Belongil Beach

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.

Broken Head

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.


Brookie’s Gin Drinks at Cape Byron Distillery

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.

Brookie’s Gin Tour

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.

Book your distillery tour.

Bende

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.

Horse riding

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.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

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.

Byron School of Clay

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.

Out Of The Blue Adventures

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.

Seeking more ideas for girls getaways day trips from Byron? Explore some of the area’s most intoxicating waterfalls or some of the historic, character-filled towns scattered around the region.


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


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