A Guide to Byron Bay via Mayor, Simon Richardson

May 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm
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Simon Richardson (photo: commongroundaustralia.com)

Byron Bay is undoubtedly one of Australia’s favourite beachside getaways. Located in the far-northeastern corner of New South Wales, it’s loved for its laid back reputation and its permanent fixture as a destination for incredible events ranging from Blues Festivals to Yoga retreats. We asked Mayor, Simon Richardson to share some of his favourite places in the Shire via Posse:

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The weekend markets. Hundreds of stalls selling wonderful, largely locally created products. Also, the Mullumbimby or Byron Farmers markets- both great places for community to meet, have a local coffee and begin the day, oh, and to pick up amazing, fresh, locally grown organic produce.

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Byron Bay Farmers Market (photo: commongroundaustralia.com)

The Shires ‘hatted’ restaurants- both exquisite. One One One in Byron Bay and Town in Bangalow both offer gorgeous food along with highly professional service.


Town Cafe (photo: townbangalow.com.au)

Yami’s in Brunswick Heads-  middle Eastern food, a sunny deck and feeling salty after a swim are a great combination.


Yami falafel plate (photo: tabletonic.blogspot.com.au)

Dip café in Byron- bringing a touch of Bondi, only better,  to all and sundry.

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Delicious granola at Dip Cafe

In Byron Bay, 11:11Driftlab, and VSTR are mandatory stops in the Byron Bay shopping loop.


Fedora’s on sale at 11:11 O’clock

A stroll along Jonson street in Byron Bay, ice cream in hand, enjoying the buskers performing every 50 metres or so, and ending either at the beach or at The Rails Hotel is a Byron as it gets.

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The Rails (photo: byronbayfood.com.au)

The Federal Doma cafe- Albert st, Federal. This Japanese café  in the Hinterland is  fast becoming the best place for café and Japanese food in the Shire and was recently featured in Smith Journal.


Federal Doma Cafe (photo: thedesignfiles.net)

Rock n Roll Café in Mullumbimby. Down an alley, off the main street; it brings locals together over great breakfasts and Asian inspired lunches and dinners.

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Rock n Roll cafe (photo: communityengine.com.au)