Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - BY­RON BAY –A LAID-BACK COASTAL PLAY­GROUND

Breathe easy in By­ron Bay.

El­e­ments of By­ron Re­sort & Spa is the very def­i­ni­tion of beach­front par­adise. This lux­u­ri­ous re­sort features 193 pri­vate vil­las, fine din­ing, and a spa based on re­lax­ing rit­u­als. Laze on the beach with your bev­er­age of choice and watch the famous By­ron Bay sun­set. There are many rea­sons 1.7 mil­lion peo­ple flock to the most east­erly point of Aus­tralia each year. Along with its white-sand beaches and sap­phire bays, By­ron boasts some of the coun­try’s best mu­sic fes­ti­vals and a dy­namic food scene. It has set­tled into the na­tional psy­che as a place where dream­ers go and life slows down.

Bou­tique stores are abun­dant in this small town. From Spell & The Gypsy Col­lec­tive’s hip­pie (and up­scale) cloth­ing to the By­ron Bay mar­kets, there’s a floaty maxi dress for ev­ery bud­get.

You can’t come to this beau­ti­ful re­gion with­out tak­ing in the breath­tak­ing views along Cape By­ron. Hike through rain­forests, grass­lands and clifftops to the famous Cape By­ron Light­house, which is still ac­tive to­day.

Lap up the luxury of a deluxe twobed­room villa at EL­E­MENTS OF

BY­RON four peo­ple; el­e­mentsof­by­ Sate your hunger over a leisurely din­ner of tapas and wine at ST. ELMO DIN­ING ROOM & BAR; stelmo­din­ Stroll the streets of Bryon for some shop­ping and stop for a drink over­look­ing the famous ocean­front at BEACH HO­TEL. To get to the light­house eas­ily, park at the base of the CAPE BY­RON WALK­ING TRACK and then start the trek from there. We took the new Holden As­tra sedan.

Drive to Fed­eral and visit DOMA CAFE, a famous (and fa­mously busy) pit stop for hin­ter­land ex­plor­ers that features Ja­panese and Aus­tralian treats.

If you need a break from the zen, get your adrenaline pump­ing with SKY­DIVE AUS­TRALIA; sky­

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