Northern Rivers Diary

I recently spent a week in Byron Shire, staying in luscious (there's no other word for it) Mullumbimby at a friends property which had a creek running through the yard. I experienced a week of deep rest here and I now understand why people are drawn to this part of NSW - it is rich, wild and welcoming. I was very lucky to explore the surrounds by car, packing every day with all walks, restaurants, swims. I even ran into friends while there - Australia is a small place after all. Reflecting on the trip, here are my favourite places to visit.



  • Park at Watergoes towards Pass for the Byron Lighthouse loop - go a couple of hours before sunset and plan an aperitif and lobster roll at Rae's after.
  • Minyon Falls
  • Bray's beach - if you're adventurous, scale the cliffs and find yourself a romantic secluded slice of beach


Eat & Drink

  • Woods for a hot drink
  • Ciao Mate for pizza and whatever their special is
  • Eltham Pub
  • Mullumbimby Pub
  • Lillium Love Cafe every day - book for dinner if it's on
  • Yaman
  • Bakers and Daughters
  • Bullinudgel Pub
  • Mangosteen
  • Red Ginger for dumplings
  • Santos for wholefoods top up
  • Doma for lunch - head here after Minyon Falls


Everything else

  • There are plenty of saunas around. Every few days we booked a sauna session driving between towns to break up the day.
  • There's a very chic Italian run pharmacy in Bangalow I recommend spending time in - best toothbrushes, hair clips, towels and skincare range.
  • Check the schedule for farmers markets, there's plenty on through the week.
  • Organic produce is abundant and affordable, relish in it. 
  • Swim in the creeks. 
  • Reception is patchy so plan ahead. You won't need your phone for anything other than directions, soak it up. 




I hope you find your way there soon!

Shannon x

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