Tigmi's free-spirited home of Byron Bay has long been a magnetic hub for creatives, hippies, surfers and lovers of wellness to enjoy the ultimate lifestyle. Set amongst a pristine natural landscape at Australia's easternmost point, it has attracted fresh ideas from some of Australia's most up-and-coming entrepreneurs - transforming our once sleepy town in to one of the world's ultimate lifestyle and wellness destinations.
Whether you are making a trip to Byron soon, or merely have it on the bucket list for whenever international travel becomes more accessible - take note! We encourage you to explore the bohemia beyond the beach and take to the Hinterland towns that surround... this is where you’ll find some of Byron Bay’s best local secrets.
For Artists Only
Born out of a love for creativity and expression, we can't quite explain how happy we were to welcome For Artists Only to the area. Located in HABITAT, For Artists Only is a curated collection of unique and high-end fashion labels & accessories, it has some of our favourite locally grown ( Commas, Deiji Studios, Matteau, Nagnata) and global designers (Isabel Marant, Prozenza Schouler) under their roof, because not all of us like to wear linen 24/7.
SHACKPALACE was created upon the simple philosophy to empower, nourish and heal. A beautiful retail space set to the theme of noir, there is an assortment of pieces for heart and home, with anything from copper homewares to ritual apothecary. A beautiful space worth visiting time and time again.
Our Corner Store
Influenced by Scandinavian design and the Australia’s coastal aesthetic, it’s easy to get lost in the shelves of Our Corner Store's beautiful natural linens, timbers, and natural tones and textures. For a quick snack on the run Red Ginger is right next door and sell Asian produce and the best (and possibly the only) dumplings in Byron, with complimentary green tea.
There are hours to be lost browsing the shelves of The Book Room for the ideal beach read. There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly printed books either, add to that the scent of coffee beans from the small coffee stand right out front and you have the right ingredients for a morning well spent.
Known first for their covetable woven footwear, Byron Bay founded and based label ST. AGNI is where you will find the perfect pair of slides to suit the relaxed Byron lifestyle, and have recently expanded to have full womenswear collections. Laid-lack luxe label St Agni opened their beautiful studio in the arts and industrial estate, thereby creating their own precinct in which their retail concept store, luxury Apartamento stay & friends at Yeah Nice have opened their art studio.
Breakfast at Folk
Made with love, FOLK is true Byron eating, with a real 'soul' food kitchen. A fully plant-based eatery, every dish & beverage is delicious and inspired. Conducive of lingering smiles that might last the whole day when you start the day here for breakfast.
Lunch at Doma
A standalone cafe set far in the Hinterland of Federal, the drive to Doma is breathtaking and arriving there feels like you’ve happened upon a hidden gem — although, it’s not so hidden anymore due to word of mouth. Enter the white pebbled courtyard shaded with umbrella’s and palm trees to find a cream coloured Queenslander where the kitchen sits, and fresh sushi cones and matcha lattes are passed over the counter. Their hybrid menu of Japanese cuisine with an Australian twist is a complete stand out and well worth the drive. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch, so be sure to get there before 2.30pm.
Dinner at Treehouse
There is something soothing about finishing up a day at the beach with dinner at Treehouse Belongil. Down to earth, delicious, delightful, it has all the great makings of an easy dinner location, which it is if you like your relaxation with a side of party atmosphere. Listen to the live music, and order a decent cocktail this is a place to unwind for those that find the idea of a fine-dining experience a bit stressful (ie. great for kids!)
Just 10 mins out of Bangalow, Frida's Field is a 120 acre farm and restaurant, with an award-winning chef at its helm. Celebrating the seasons, their ecological farming practices truly create a 'farm-to-table' experience like no other. With a long-table-style lunch on offer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday make sure you book in as soon as your travel plans are set, as this is a favourite of the locals too.
Inspired by the pleasure of eating together, The Hut is Mediterranean dining set in the Byron Bay hinterland. Previously the venue was the historic Possum Creek school that closed in 1963, while although it has been given a contemporary upgrade, the bones of the building is a cheerful reminder of this history.
With at 1950's Hanoi inspired interior, Light Years is a place for a decent 'city style meal' catch up with friends. With a fun atmosphere, pick from their delicious menu of cocktails and do not leave till you've tried one of their soft and delicious bao buns.
If you're looking for the typical Tex-Mex menu we are sometimes are tricked in to believing is authentic Mexican food - this is not the place you'll find it. Created by the same two-hat team that bought us Fleet, La Casita offers truly authentic Mexican cuisine, making use of is opportune coastal positioning to offer some of the freshest seafood in the region. With kingfish ceviche, wood-fired seafood, meats and veg with a side of freshly made totopo's (corn chips) and mezcal on the menu, this is the ultimate way to end a beautiful day at the beach.
Bangalow's newest neighbourhood restaurant Ciao Mate!, serving wood-fired pizza, pasta and side plates alongside a mix of Australian and Italian natural wines and beer. With a changing specials menu and delicious cocktails, this is a great place for an evening catch up with friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
A little bit Slim Aarons, a little bit Mediterranean, Rae’s is truly is an escape within an escape. With a luxuriously tropical and photogenic facade, set within its idyllic Wategos location, it has long-been a Byron Bay icon for good reason. Rae's is a must visit, even if it’s just for dinner or a cocktail.
A place where modernity and nostalgia are intertwined, The Sunseeker is the revival of a tired 1980’s motel that has been transformed in to a bright & breezy haven for those that seek an unforgettable stay in our beachside town.
A series of stunningly decorated beach houses, The Bower combines the barefoot elegance of Byron Bay with the effortless chic of NY style boutique accommodation. Their relaxing, design-led spaces are self contained, so you can meander through the day in complete privacy and at your own pace. This is made all the more appealing by their luxuriously picturesque circular pool where you can receive pool-side service between dips. For the solo stay, a couple’s retreat or a mad hens weekend – The Bower beckons you all.
The Sails Motel
This little slice of 1960's California is a stone's throw from Byron in the lazy coastal town of Brunswick Heads. The Sails Motel didn’t intend for a life of glamour or Instagram-readiness, but it manages to pull off both without the pretension. Using solar for energy, fair trade and eco-friendly amenities, they also keep holistic wellbeing at the front of mind, but they know how to have fun too, encouraging poolside and room service from their neighbour local bar and pizzeria Saint Marie's. Treat yourself to some cheerful motel shopping below at their recently opened store The Key Basics, where you can add some exciting new additions to your minimalist wardrobe.
Elements Of Byron
Elements has to be the quintessential place to rest your head in Byron Bay. Backing on to Belongil Beach, you can enjoy the best of both worlds - being close to the bustle of town that is only a short solar powered train ride away, and removed enough to enjoy the space and truly reset in to holiday mode. Whether you've travelled up for a romantic escape (hello private villas & adults only pool) or you're enjoying a break with all the family the Elements experience is tailor-made to suit your needs.
There is a little tucked away corner of the Byron industrial estate that features an unmissable holistic oasis. Of course this oasis we speak of is COMMA Byron, a re-imagined massage experience which is an "ode to conscious minimalism, warm neutrals, pacifying low light and baptism by oiled up limbs." Pick from their delicious massage menu and leave floating on a cloud. Close to Comma you could easily fill up an entire morning by grabbing an expertly great coffee at Allpress, a life changing yoga classes at Creature Yoga or an unforgettable workout session with the ladies at Hustl.
Focused on holistic skin education, Little Company was founded on the philosophy of treating skin as a living organ, offering care by way of meditative and nourishing therapies that are guided by this philosophy. Experience a transforming 20-minute LED light therapy while you immerse yourself in guided meditation, this is the perfect space to recharge between meetings, lunch breaks or before events. Spending time here is guaranteed to have you glowing from the inside out.
Sit down, relax and sip on some bio-fermented probiotics (it's a lot more delicious than it sounds!) your treatment is about to begin. Whether you're trying out the LED light therapy, or just keeping your brows tamed on your stay, Aesthetica is a comfortable and tranquil space that is anything but clinical.
Bathe under Killen Falls
A ten-minute drive from Newrybar Village and a five-minute scale down a natural cobblestone path you’ll find a large swimming hole surrounded by mossy outcrops, palms and lush rainforest. A large cave sits at the end of the watering hole with a ten-meter waterfall spilling over the roof of the cave into Emigrant Creek. A morning or a whole day can easily be passed swimming up to sit in the cave behind the waterfall and laying out a picnic under the ancient fig trees.
Lazy mornings at Brunswick Heads
Not far from the free spirited hinterland community of Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads has a vibe of its own, marked by its location on a quaint harbour and the resulting sound of gulls, the salty breeze and beach house architecture. The town lends itself well to a slow paced stroll, particularly on a Sunday, while stopping for ice cream, fish & chips or beer at the 'Bruns Pub' along the way. Also home to some quality vintage shopping, flick through clothing racks of old levis, paddle board on the river, or take in some cabaret at the perfectly retro Brunswick Picture House.
Ride off in to the sunset
If you've ever dreamed of riding a horse off in to the sunset, Zephyr Horses can make your dream become a reality. This unique coastal horse ranch will take you along a forest trail before ending your tour on beautiful Belongil Beach just in time to see the sun go down, or for the early birds book in for a session at sunrise instead.
Brookies Gin Tour
Cape Byron Distillery the home of Brookies Gin is the perfect example of utilising the natural world to create something distinctly unique. On one side of this distillery are scores of macadamia trees, and on the other is an abundant sub-tropical rainforest. Creating botanically infused gin with 26 native ingredients like aniseed, lemon-myrtle, Davidson plums, finger limes - Brookies Gin is distilled with the Macadamia's from their farm, giving the gin a smooth and buttery mouth-feel. Start your visit with a garnished gin in hand, then take a tour through the rainforest and learn about how they combine native flavours to create their award winning gin.
Wonderment at Wandana
Mullumbimby's Wandana brewery might be the first reason you decide to visit the Mullumbimby Industrial area - but after going once, it likely won't be your last. With an undisrupted outlook to Mt. Chincogan, watching the sunset transpire in to dusk over the valley is one of the most beautiful places you could enjoy a paddle of craft beer.
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