SUM­MER GET­AWAYS

STAY-CAY OR SHORT ROAD TRIP, THESE DRIVE DES­TI­NA­TIONS MAKE THE MOST OF SUN-SOAKED DAYS AND BALMY NIGHTS, WRITES CHANTAY LO­GAN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - PEOPLE - EL­E­MENTS OF BY­RON, BY­RON BAY el­e­mentsof­by­ron.com.au

Save wa­ter — drink tequila. The neon pink mantra propped be­side the swim-up bar of your dreams is #sum­mer­goals.

The hard­est de­ci­sion El­e­ments guests face is choos­ing be­tween its two spec­tac­u­lar pools.

The afore­men­tioned adult’s only haven has been voted Aus­tralia’s best ho­tel pool and you can stay sub­merged while you or­der from the zesty Mex and mar­garita menu.

Then there’s the cen­tral la­goon pool, a fam­ily friendly won­der­land of hang­ing daybeds and shady ca­banas.

Gather around the firepit and swap sto­ries un­der starry skies or min­gle with your toes in the sand at the beach­front bar.

“THE ADULT’S ONLY HAVEN HAS BEEN VOTED AUS­TRALIA’S BEST HO­TEL POOL ... STAY SUB­MERGED WHILE YOU OR­DER FROM THE MAR­GARITA MENU.”

Horse rid­ing along Be­longil beach is an­other high­light — Ze­phyr Horses, a bou­tique rid­ing school, op­er­ates from the ranch next door to El­e­ments.

Don’t for­get to ex­plore the hin­ter­land too. Killen Falls is one of By­ron lo­cals’ favourite sum­mer swim­ming spots.

An easy 10-minute wan­der from the carpark through the rare rem­nants of big scrub rain­for­est, it’s one of the re­gion’s most ac­ces­si­ble wa­ter­falls. You can swim be­hind the cur­tain of crash­ing wa­ter into a cool, misty cav­ern.

Stop in at Suf­folk Park for an easy, breezy lunch at taque­ria Chu­pacabra. Head chef Evan White has been mas­ter­ing the art of “coastal” or “Caribbean” style Mex­i­can for years, and it couldn’t be more com­pat­i­ble with our cli­mate.

Wake up your palate with bright, light, zingy flavours. The flame-grilled corn alone is a rev­e­la­tion, but save room for the lime-licked ce­viche, Cape By­ron steak tacos and zuc­chini blos­som que­sadilla.

El­e­ments of By­ron vil­las are from $475 per night.

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