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.
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 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).
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.
- 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