WATEGOS BEACH, NSW
GOT HER CHILL ON IN HIPPIE HOTSPOT BYRON BAY’S BEACHSIDE HAVEN
Known for its hippie culture, this beachside town is the perfect place to relax by the water. Everyone is friendly and keen for a chilled chat, from restaurant owners and waiters to the locals you come across when having a cheeky afternoon drink.
After waking up to a hot Byron morning, I managed to pull myself out of bed for a walk up the coastal track to the lighthouse, sitting on Australia’s most easterly point, to watch the sunrise (yep, it was that early). It’s a pretty epic experience watching it peek over the Pacific and light up the sky, definitely helped by the incredibly luxe picnic breakfast set up by Wild Goat Events (Wild goatevents.co). I was handed a muchneeded coffee and I snuggled under some blankets to enjoy the view and my breakfast – a three-course meal of delicious handmade treats. The Mediterranean breakfast wrap was next-level incredible.
Wategos Beach is adored by the locals and you can really see why. I started with a Bloody Mary at Rae’s (Raes. com.au) overlooking the beach (a must after the early wake-up) then headed down to the water for a swim in the surf, surrounded by dolphins. Don’t forget to take a waterproof case to really nail that shot!
After soaking up the sun at the beach, I headed to The Roadhouse (Roadhousebyronbay.com), for a tasty lunch made with local produce, where I enjoyed a Mezcal Kombucha or four as the afternoon set in and sat chatting to one of the local shop owners in the sun. Their take on nachos is out-of-control good but as their menu changes constantly, you may find some other tasty treat.
GET A SNAP AMONGST THE BOUGAINVILLEAS! THIS BEACH IS EVERYTHING I NEEDED…