Pack your overnight bag, lock and leave your Zahra apartment, jump in the car and you’re off . . . it’s a cruisy one-and-three-quarter hour drive.
Take a left off the M1 at the Byron Bay turnoff and prepare to relax!
First stop – The Farm. It’s become a haven for locals and tourists alike, with a brilliant menu by renowned restauranteurs Three Blue Ducks. Pop in there on a Saturday afternoon and bring a picnic rug to sit out on the field, with horse rides, cows, pigs and a working farm as your backdrop.
Next port of call is the beach, of course. Head down Broken Head Rd and take a right into Broken Head Reserve Rd. There’s plenty of parking, particularly in winter. Find the grassy area at the end of the car park on the beach side – that’s the start of the spectacular walk along the coastline, ending at King’s Beach and overlooking the Three Sisters Rock – if you like taking pictures on your iPhone, you’ll love this spot!
Head up to the Lighthouse next for sunset, and then pop into St Elmos for a wine or cocktail. They’ve got a Spanish thing going on there with the menu, and it’s always pumping.
If you’re in the mood to keep going at this point, maybe you’ll find one of the local acts on at The Beachie – our favourite is Lisa Hunt. She does Motown favourites and seriously rocks the house!
Okay, cruising into Sunday morning with a walk to one of the many brekkie spots in town is today’s agenda.
Bayleaf is our favourite, and the coffee is local too (Marvell St Roasters).
Then it’s time for a drive to the hinterland. Start by heading over to Bangers (short for Bangalow), THE most picturesque, one-street town you’ve ever seen (oh, and the shopping is way too good – Island Luxe and Bisque for fashion, and Hendrix & Harlow for homewares). If you’re lucky enough to be there on the fourth Sunday, you can’t miss all the action and local produce at the Bangalow market.
Next is lunch at Newrybar – Harvest is the place and it won’t let you down. At our last lunch there we started with oysters (divine), then we chose three more starters and a couple of vegetable sides so it was lots of different tastes of small dishes.
You might need a nana nap after lunch, so back to your hotel (we love Victoria’s at Ewingsdale), then the perfect end to your 36hrs is pizza and wine at Treehouse, Belongil.
Back in the car and home to Zahra. You see, once you’re in your downsizer apartment, there will be no more weekends spent mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool or trimming the hedges. Weekends will be all about time for you!