Destination / Wish You Were Here

Far east in Byron Bay

Wide open skies and mile-long beaches, rolling hills and crashing waves. For the eternal weekend getaway location, the real magic is in Byron Bay’s surrounds.

Stay…
If relaxation is on the top of your list and, why else do you come to the sapphire coastline, then we’ll choose to stay at Elements of Byron Bay. Take the cabin by the beach, with the shortest stroll to a private beach and scored by the sound of crashing waves at night. Complete with your own private indoor/ outdoor freestanding bath and a choice of pool by the main bar and restaurant or the adults only pool where mid-dip cocktails are encouraged – you’ll never want to leave.

Take…
To really experience the best parts of the coastline’s rolling countrysides and secrets beaches you’ll need to come equipped with a car. The new hybrid Lexus RXL is large enough to fit both your surfboards and your friends, comfortable enough that any distance feels short and luxurious. When you’re this close to the beach there is little else to care about beside sunscreen and a post-swim and sun face oil. We’ll shed our city blacks and wear only colours – the brighter the better, with accents of gold – throw in our favourite book and a swimsuit made for the sun.

Do …
Our weekend itinerary has very little on it but we’ll make the time to book ourselves in at the Osprey Spa for the Previous Elements Massage. Large indoor/ outdoor treatment rooms and beds made to soak in the post-massage calm over a tea or tonic.

It’s all about nature so we’ll make a priority to seek out the natural gems. From South Golden Beach to Killen Falls, the Tea Tree Lakes to Protestors Falls. You knew you lived in Australia for a reason.

Taste …
There are endless options for food at both Elements and the hinterlands. The breakfast buffet has your every need covered – bottomless coffee, healthy and hot options. The newly hatted Harvest in Newry Bar ran by head chef Alastair Waddell and completed with forager Peter Hardwick the menu utilises the best of what the can be grown and made on site to what can be foraged locally. Oysters in kelp oil, kingfish with coastal succulents and macadamia, caramel and kelp mousse. Order the Jilly Wines Petit Manseng and stay all afternoon.

A half an hour drive into the hills surrounding Byron Bay you’ll find Federal Doma Café. A Japanese restaurant serving the best of the cuisine on the coastline – take your friends and take a seat on an outdoor picnic bench and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. Folk Café for a healthy breakfast or lunch – you’ll definitely want to try the coconut cold brew.