If you’re on Instagram no doubt you’ve seen all that Northern New South Wales has to offer those with a discerning eye for detail and design. If you’re planning a day trip to the region, you’re going to want to extend it after reading through this divine list of stops along the way.
Where to Stay in Northern NSW
Halcyon House at Cabarita – The Instagram capital of Northern NSW. No doubt you’ve seen this one splashed all over your instagram feed at some point. Halcyon House used to be a beach side motel but now it’s nothing but photo-worthy luxury right by the beautiful Cabirata beach.
Atlantic Byron Bay – Think of the epitome of the Byron lifestyle and that’s what you have in this beautiful property. Relaxed, white quality linens, lazy mornings on the deck soaking up the sun.
Ahoy Trader Apartment at Byron Bay – This gorgeous apartment is set in the heart of Byron Bay surrounded by fabulous food and boutiques. It’s bright and open-plan and is used as a showcase for Ahoy Trader and Tamar Gallery.
Peppers at Kingscliff – If you’re after a more resort-style stay in the area, Peppers is the way to go. You’ve got everything at hand – pool, spa etc. as well as some local bunnies to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy.
Where to Eat in Northern NSW
Osteria at Casuarina – Not only is this place beautiful everywhere you look but these guys know their food and wine. Osteria is Italian inspired, using all local produce – the owners place great value in creating a sustainable hub for their local community.
Osteria also has a small shop selling wares from local artisans like Frankie Olive and Grit Ceramics. If you go exploring, keep an eye out – you may be lucky enough to spot Leia from Grit ceramics in her gorgeous studio out the back amongst the kitchen garden.
Potagers at Carool – This one may seem a little out of the way but it is well worth the short drive up the range. The views ALONE over the Tweed Coast make it worth it, not to mention the stunning 10 acres it’s set on. A lot of their produce is grown on site, and everything is delicious and made with care and attention.
Paper Daisy at Cabarita – Paper Daisy is the restaurant attached to Halcyon House, so if you’re staying here you won’t be able to resist – nor should you! Regardless of where you’re staying this restaurant is worth the drive. It’s a casual setting with outstanding fare (the chef is ex-Noma).
Harvest at Newybar – Harvest is a bit of a one stop shop. If you’re eating here, definitely pop into the deli and shop next door and get some goods for a picnic up at the Byron Bay lighthouse. This is a relaxed option for either eat-in or take-away options.
What to See and Do in Northern NSW
Newrybar Merchants – Just across from Harvest you’ll find this mecca of decor and fashion and other bits and pieces. My advice is to give yourself a few hours for Newrybar. Have a long lunch at Harvest and mosey across the road and treat yourself to some beautiful goodies.
Tweed River Regional Gallery – This is an unexpectedly wonderful gallery made even more special by the fascinating Margret Olley Art Centre. When you’re travelling regionally it’s easy to ignore the galleries. This one is anything but ordinary.
Chinderah Bay antiques and Sea Faring Museum – This is a fossickers paradise of all things maritime, even if you don’t have sea legs – this jam-packed store is worth a visit.
Byron Bay Region in general is always a highlight. It’s a constantly changing landscape of artisans, product and inspiration. (an always changing landscape of artisans and product)
A walk up to the old light house at Fingal Head is the perfect way to start an early morning stay in the region. At many times of the year you’re sure to see some magnificent whales putting on a show.
So there’s your inspiration – go fourth and book that holiday you’ve been meaning to book for ages! Don’t rule winter out, Northern NSW is beautiful ALL year round. If you’re interested in more Designer’s Guides to.. you can find our guide to Cambodia and stay tuned for some exciting more travel features coming soon. IF you’re IN Northern NSW or Queensland (or anywhere in Australia!) and you’re after help with an interior or building design project, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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