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The Ultimate Girls Getaway in Byron Bay

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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.

First Light Club Yoga

When: 7am – 8am, Mon – Sun

What to expect: wake up in the beauty of nature and watch the sunrise over the ocean as you stretch your body and mind. This therapeutic yoga class is held daily and is complimentary for guests at Elements.


Adults Exclusive Pool

Open: 7am-10pm

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 pool-lounge eats at our Summer Salt swim-up bar. Fun vibes in a beautifully designed space.

Osprey Spa

Open: Sat – Thursday 10am – 6pm, Fri 10am – 5pm

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.


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 mouth-wateringly delicious dishes made from the freshest local produce to be sampled.

 

FOR BREAKFAST

Barrio

Where: 1 Porter Street, Habitat, Arts and Industry Estate

What to expect: Ethically focused food that’s big on flavour and cooked with love. Think bacon and egg rolls and halloumi sandwiches. A great spot with modern industrial décor, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Just a short walk from Elements.

Vagabond

Where: 1 Porter Street, Habitat, Arts and Industry Estate

What to expect: Vegan and vegetarian plates that are artfully designed and deliciously balanced in flavour. Vagabond is also renowned for its unforgettable artisan coffee. Located in Habitat, it’s also an easy walk from Elements.

B Smoothie Bar

Where: 27 Brigantine Street, Arts and Industry 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.

Bayleaf Cafe

Where: 2A Marvell Street, Byron Bay

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 Street, Byron Bay

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 Road, Byron Bay

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

Trouble San

Where: 2 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads

What to expect: This is the place to sip cocktails and dine on pretty plates of Japanese cuisine overlooking Simpsons Creek. You’ll know you’ve had a successful long girls lunch if you’re still there for dinner and dancing – it is called Trouble San after all. 

 

FOR DINNER

Azure Bar and Grill

Where: Elements of Byron

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

No Bones

Where: 11 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay

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

The Smoking Camel

Where: 3/17 Lawson Street, Byron Bay

What to expect: a little Turkish oasis that is just plain cool. Richly themed in both decoration and cuisine you’ll be sipping gin-based Turkish delight cocktails, sharing plates of mezze and people watching.

Light Years

Where: 139 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

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

 

FOR COFFEE

Folk

Where: 399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

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 just a short drive from Elements. 

The Roadhouse

Where: 6/142 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay

What to expect: a local institution, The Roadhouse is a breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner venue that serves a coffee you’ll be talking about and Spanish eats.

Sparrow

Where: 1b Byron Street, Bangalow

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: 85-87 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

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 Bar

Where: 3 Lawson Street, Byron Bay

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.

Casa Luna

Where: 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay

What to expect: A little taste of Mexico with insatiable cocktails served with bar flare and a penchant for the experimental.

Lovers Lane

Where: 6 Lawson Street, Byron Bay

What to expect: Drink. Eat. Art. Dance. Sip cool cocktails and nibble bar eats on comfy lounges then dance the night away. This place is a party.

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. https://elementsofbyron.com.au/best-restaurants-and-bars-byron-bay/ You’ll also find many of Byron’s gems serving imaginative 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.

Habitat

Where: 248 Bayshore Drive, Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay

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.

Mr Vintage

Where: 6 Centennial Circuit, Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay

What to expect: a warehouse store filled with denims, leathers and vintage goodies.

St Agni

Where: 57 Centennial Circuit, Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay

What to expect: handmade leather footwear and women’s clothes with a distinctive Mediterranean style.

ROWIE

Where: 1 Marvell Street, Byron Bay

What to expect: a feminine, eclectic range of clothing from another talented homegrown designer (there’s another store in Bangalow further afield).

Spell

Where: 15 Browning Street, Byron Bay

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.

Island Luxe

Where: 11 Marvell Street, Byron Bay

What to expect: clothing and homewares that offer a sense of international adventure and unapologetic luxury. Island Luxe is a Byron style icon.

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


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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.

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.

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.

Wategos Beach

Where: about 7.5 kms 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 Rae’s restaurant.

Broken Head

Where: head south from Byron via Broken Head Rd, into the gravel-based Broken Head Reserve Road (about 13 kms 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.

Horse riding

Where: Zephyr Horses – a boutique riding school next to Elements of Byron
When: by appointment only

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 resort’s receptionists about the next available time or call Elements on +61 2 6639 1500 to book.

Bende

Where: Building c2, 35/1 Porter Street, Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay

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.

Byron School of Clay

Where: 17 Tasman Way, Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay
Book into one of the studio’s workshops or classes held throughout the month

What to expect: if you have a group of at 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.

Brookie’s Gin Tour

Where: Cape Byron Distillery, 80 St Helena Rd, McLeods Shoot

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.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Where: Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay

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.

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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