Want to improve your three ‘R’s in or around Byron? Here are some of my favorites!


There’s no shortage of bars and eateries in Byron Bay and many are plainly visible from the main streets… but  here are a few that may not be so obvious to the casual visitor, but that shouldn’t be overlooked:

Cardamon Pod – don’t be put off by the simple decor of this arcade treasure at 7 Lawson Street, the wholesome vegetarian food is absolutely delicious!

Harvest Cafe, Bakery and Deli – Newrybar offers a fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Great for a celebration brunch or lunch.

Miss Margarita – this Mexican Cantina at the top end of Johnson Street is open 7 days, serving generous portions of colorful, freshly prepared food. Ole!

Muoi’s Feast – tucked away at the top end of Shirley Street, this award-winner, featuring fusion Vietnamese/modern Australian cuisine is sure to please.

O-Sushi – right there on Johnson Street is easy to spot and very popular, for good reason: the wide range of freshly-made sushi and other Japanese delights in this award-winning (best Asian restaurant in the Northern Rivers) ‘sushi train’ restaurant is superb.

Suffolk Park Bakery – behind the Suffolk Park Hotel in Clifford Street is our local and renowned for its delicious pies, vegetarian treats, freshly made sandwiches and great coffee. Well worth the queue!


Meditation: Dharma (Vipassana) at the Byron Temple on Tuesday evenings; and Yoga White Lotus offers regular retreats and courses.

Mindfulness: Lauren Tober runs regular courses; and the Kuan Yin Meditation Centre (Lismore) runs a ‘day of mindfulness’ on a weekend day each month.

Yoga: Byron Yoga Centre (Purna Yoga) has affordable classes every day. No bookings required!


Our markets are legendary!  On the first Sunday of the month, there’s the Byron Bay Market at Butler Street Reserve, on the second Sunday, why not combine a trip to Minyon Falls at Rosebank with a trip out West to the Channon Craft Market or Lennox Markets by the sea? The Community Market in Canal Road, Ballina on the third Sunday of each month is organised by the local Lions club to support local causes, while the Bangalow Market remains a favorite with locals and visitors alike fourth Sunday.

Check out the full range of farmers and craft markets in the region HERE.

If the markets aren’t for you, why not take a one hour flight with Byron Bay Ballooning or SCUBA dive around Julian Rocks with Sundive. The Northern Rivers includes World Heritage Rainforest sites at Mt Warning and in the Nightcap Ranges and a number of National Parks and areas of natural beauty. Great for day trips and picnics and hiking and camping. You’ll need to contact me for a very relaxing massage or facial after all that!