Byron Bay Part II

When you live in a big city, it’s easy to forget the importance of relaxation. Surrounded by people, buildings, cars and constant stimulation, it’s sometimes difficult to take a moment for just yourself and no one else. It only took two days in Byron for me to reach a state of peacefulness I rarely have the time to get to. Time slows down here and that’s what makes this small town such a special place and a destination in its own right.

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

View from Fisherman's Lookout, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

View from Fisherman’s Lookout, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Having begun the day with a bike ride up to Cape Byron and a walk along the beach, we made our way through windy, forested roads to the Minyon Falls. It’s a straight 100 metre drop from the viewing platform to the bottom of the falls – so if you suffer from vertigo, you may wish to proceed with caution. If however heights don’t faze you then go ahead; close your eyes and enjoy the calming sounds of the waterfall and the forest that surrounds it.

Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, New South Wales, Australia

Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, New South Wales, Australia

Minyon Falls is about 45 minutes from Byron Bay and puts you at a similar distance to Mullimbimby, another quaint town. There we soaked up the sun while enjoying a smashed avocado on toast (Australia’s unofficial national dish and source of endless conflict  – just google avocado + housing crisis + Australia – and you’ll get the gist of the world’s most ridiculous debate).

Lunch at Scarecrows Kitchen, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia

Lunch at Scarecrows Kitchen, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia

Scarecrows Kitchen, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia

Scarecrows Kitchen, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia

Kiva Spa is an oasis in the middle of a bustling town. As soon as we walked through the gate it was clear we had entered a quiet, peaceful place. We handed in our phones and were shown around the bath house. Now, I’m not a sauna person (due to a type of claustrophobia that seems to be exclusively reserved to saunas) but this sauna was something else entirely. Kiva Spa is home to a wood-fired sauna. It may have been the aroma of burning wood or perhaps the ambience of the dimly lit room but I was immediately relaxed. Places like Byron and Mullimbimby just have that effect; they make you feel entirely zen and that is a beautiful thing.

Kiva Spa, Mullumbimbu, New South Wales, Australia

Kiva Spa, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia

Bush Turkey in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Bush Turkey in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia


  •  Scarecrows Kitchen 41 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby
  • The Kiva Spa 1 McGougans Lane, Mullumbimby

1 hour Bathhouse use $25 AUD (27€, £15, $20 USD), towel hire available



 

 

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