Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse, postcard-worthy beaches and colourful bohemian vibe has always attracted holiday-makers. From the days of fire-twirling hippies delighting crowds (which they still do), the town has come a long way in terms of becoming one of Australia’s top destinations for natural therapies and alternative, healthy living.
Depending on where you live, finding healthy food options isn’t always easy when you’re dining out. In Byron Bay, healthy eating is big business, with free-range, organic and seasonal produce featuring on the overwhelming majority of restaurant menus. Local market stalls burst with homemade treats, nutrient-dense drinks and bright fruits and veggies. In terms of restaurants, take your pick of eclectic dishes, from farm-to-table cuisine to raw vegan desserts and sushi.
Byron Bay is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with adventure activities including rock climbing, kite surfing, skydiving and surfing. Not only that, but it’s almost impossible to spend time indoors, with beachfront pathways winding through lush parks and sparkling ocean views. Whether it’s walking, cycling or adrenaline-boosting thrills you seek, getting your fair share of vitamin D here is easy with the outdoorsy lifestyle.
Laid-back is the attitude of choice
Community spirit thrives and family-friendly options abound.
Given its hippy roots, it’s not surprising that Byron Bay is home to some of the most laid-back locals you’re ever likely to meet. This is evident not just on holidays, but while going about daily life. With an overwhelming majority of residents invested in healthy, positive living, it’s the type of place where smiles and greetings tend to be imbued with warmth and a sense of ease. Community spirit thrives and family-friendly options abound, with regular events and festivals aimed at promoting health, wellness and community participation.
Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse
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Wellness therapies are always trending
Different wellness therapies can come and go, according to trends. However, in Byron Bay, you’re never far away from a yoga class, meditation retreat, raw detox clinic, massage therapist or fitness class. Better yet, with such an intense concentration of alternative therapies practitioners, it’s a hub for the latest modalities. So, there’s always something new to try, if you’re feeling stressed or in need of some motivation to embark on a health-kick.
From time in the great outdoors to succulent local produce and a keen focus on conscious living, Byron Bay’s pretty face most certainly comes with a whole lot of soul, for a lifestyle change towards conscious living.