A haven for those living the good life, Byron Bay has come to be known as the Australian paradise for surfers, models, and creative types who appreciate good design and organic food as much as they love a secluded beach. This enclave of cool beach bungalows, gorgeous foodie retreats, cool cafés, and endless gardens is as girls’ getaway worthy as it gets in our world. So, grab your flowy kaftans and floppy beach hats, and get to planning your next trip to the land down under.
You’re bound to spot many design references to Bali on your trip to Byron Bay, as the lifestyle in both places is super chill. Haveli House is a cool cottage rental that’s decked out in Bali style – think lots of soothing whites and woods. This overnighter is a dreamy backdrop for the ladies who love ‘grammin.
Another collection of thoughtfully curated, brightly lit guestrooms at Bask and Stow offer up relaxing plunge pools and cane hanging chairs. The secret to a successful girls getaway is a cozy sleeping cove and Bask and Stow provides exactly that.
Any proud Aussie will happily confess their complicated coffee order within days of meeting you. It’s a thing. And for the serious coffee connoisseurs, there’s no place like Folk. Not only is the open-air setting gorgeous, but they also serve cold brew coffee that’s brewed with coconut water and served with a freaking edible flower in it. Hello, paradise.
One of the most gorgeous hotels in Byron Bay, Halcyon House has beach chic down to a T. With impeccably styled rooms, an amazing restaurant, and easy access to Cabarita Beach, it’d be impossible not to spring right into vacay mode on a girls’ getaway to this stunning spot. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
What all small hotelier dreams are made of, The Atlantic is a design-savvy collection of houses that have been transformed to a luxury boutique hotel in just a few years’ time. With gorgeous outdoor spaces and a cool airstream out back, this spot is way ahead of its beach bungalow rivals. Spring for a Tropical or Classic room so you and the gals can sip on mimosas on your back deck.
For those ladies who love to camp but hate to lug all the gear, take a look at the full glamping setup Flash Camp offers in Byron Holiday Park. This summer, they’ve teamed up with Harvest to include a pop-up bar and restaurant on-site. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
Not every hotel in Byron has beach views, so those that do feel extra special. Rae’s is tucked into the posh little area of Wategos, looking right over the ocean. It’s an easy hike straight from here to the lighthouse, where you’ll spot dolphins, whales, and all kinds of wildlife along the way up the coast.
For a dinner that feels like you’re nestled up in a stylish treehouse, check out Harvest. This gem is awesome for a girls’ night fueled with delicious Aussie wines and fresh, local eats. With a wrap-around porch and a loungey interior, this spot is as cozy as it is one-of-a-kind. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
A collection of chic and stylish cottages in the middle of town, this family-run hideaway is more boutique hotel than B-n-B. Spring for booking The Cottage and The Chapel houses and bring along 7 of your closest friends to see how idyllic life in Byron Bay really is. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
With an ever changing menu based on the day’s farmer’s market offerings and fresh catches from the sea, this 20-seater restaurant packs a whole lot of charm into a tiny space. One of the most talked about restaurants in Byron right now, Fleet is wine-focused and offers an 8-course tasting menu. Check it out if you’re looking for a spot to entertain your fabulously foodie lady friends.
A surfer’s paradise, this little art deco guesthouse in town has easy access to all of Byron Bay’s restaurants, shops, and beaches. For the ladies who love to cook and hang in a group, there’s a large shared kitchen and lounge area that’ll make you feel right at home.
Okay, so there’s something that happens in Byron that has you totally drinking the earthy, organic Kool-Aid. Quirky in the absolute best way, the Crystal Castle is exactly what it sounds like. Complete with a labyrinth, life-size geodes and crystals, and crystal caves, this spot is surprisingly chic. Take a day trip with your crew, or set up a guided peace meditation for your group of gals.
Should any of your ladies find themselves in need of a place to get some work done without feeling total sunshine FOMO, send them to 100 Mile Table. A fab place to grab brekkie or lunch, the long tables, high ceilings, and roll-up garage walls are the perfect indoor-outdoor combo.
If a gourmet girls’ getaway sounds like your (fig) jam, Fig Tree Restaurant is not to be missed. Known for it's sustainable approach to using seasonal local produce sourced from the surrounding paddocks, their own garden, and nearby ocean, this farmhouse spot has operated as a family kitchen since ’81. With two homes on either side of the restaurant, accommodations here are amazing for a food-loving group of girls. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE
If you and the ladies are jonesing to get out of the main strip of Byron for the afternoon, head to the industrial arts zone of town for brew house tours and beer flight tastings at Stone & Wood. With a combination of indoor and outdoor seating, this brewery is an easy place to spend a couple of hours working through beer flights and soaking up the sun. If anyone’s nursing a bit of a hangover, they also offer a delish kombucha on tap.
This sprawling working farm offers workshops, farm tours, and lunch with a gorgeous view of the open pastures, gardens, and old homestead on the grounds. And since you’ll be traveling with a crew of sophisticated ladies, be sure to check out the wine selection at Three Blue Ducks and the adorable garden shop on-site.
The larger of the high-end resorts in town, Elements of Byron sits on both a golf course and a huge stretch of beach. The pools here are pretty epic, while the rooms are lovely and contemporary. Check it out if your posse prefers to be just a wee bit off the grid from the main town area.
If your girls getaway has celebration written all over it, check out the Secret Garden for a venue that’s entirely private and landscaped with mango trees, palms, succulents, and gardens. This little oasis offers accommodations that range from a 3-bedroom artist’s cottage to a 7-bedroom contemporary retreat overlooking Arakwal National Park and Tallow Beach.
With a couple of small cottages and a larger guesthouse, this charming old property can accommodate up to a dozen ladies for a getaway that feels like home. With perfectly manicured gardens, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to setup a picnic under the expansive Australian sky and test all those good local wines you’ve been eyeing.
An awesome spot for brunch in Byron Bay by day, this beachy bistro can be rented out in the evenings for a private soiree. Perhaps a night of local wine tasting and a DJ’d dance party is just what the doctor ordered for you and your crew of lovely ladies. BOOK/MESSAGE THIS VENUE