Escaping to Byron Bay on a Whim

For months now my best friend and I have been playing with the idea of doing a sporadic trip away to experience something different from Sydney for a couple of days. So, about a month ago (on a whim) we just thought FUCK it and booked tickets to Byron Bay.

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Byron Bay is a coastal town in Australia and is only an hour flight (or an uncomfortably long 9 hour drive) from Sydney. It’s got beautiful beaches and bushwalks (one to the Byron Lighthouse pictured above) but is also known for its relaxed, hippie vibe and alternative culture – it has lots of vegan destinations, where you can find eco-friendly products.

We wanted to keep the trip pretty cheap since we booked last minute and didn’t have reams of cash to work with. The flights weren’t too cruel to the budget but we tried to be cost effective with accommodation. We stayed in a caravan park, only a 10 minute walk from the centre of town, and were given a sweet little cabin which had a double bed, a stove, microwave, tv, eating area and a small bathroom. Since we didn’t plan to spend that much time in our rooms it was absolutely perfect.

We stayed 7 days, and spent time swimming on the main beach, shopping, buying ice-creams from the local favourite In The Pink (I was a fiend for the chunky MARS icecream), trying restaurants and doing walks along the beach and to some of the look-out points over the ocean:

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On one of the days we took a trip to a highly recommended place called The Farm, which is a community owned farm (that you can take a look around) which uses some of its produce for a great restaurant called the Three Blue Ducks. We made the grand mistake of deciding to walk from Byron to the restaurant (in 33˚C heat I’ll add), which took about 1.5 hours, so by the time we got there we were ravenous and felt like we were going to collapse from dehydration.

Luckily, the restaurant had delicious lunch options and I indulged in sticky pork ribs with lime, and quenched my thirst with hibiscus, elderflower, ginger & tumeric kombucha. We were sitting on wooden benches right in the middle of the farm and had roosters waltzing around our feet as we ate.

A couple of nights we tried Byron’s bars (which have a huge backpacker demographic) and our favourite by far was the Railway Bar. It was very casual (I rocked up wearing flip flops) and had people all ages enjoying a drink together. Some nights we didn’t feel like going out, and instead bought ingredients to make nachos, pasta or burritos, which we would enjoy in bed whilst watching TV.

I also found the Love Byron Bay chocolate ’boutique’, and I’m still deciding if it was an amazing or concerning discovery. After I found out that they sold almost every type of chocolate under the sun (they even had 100% Ecuadorian dark chocolate) I must have spent about AU$15 every day just buying bars of choccy to taste.

All in all we had a wonderful week relaxing and enjoy our time together and we will definitely go back. It was about my fifth time to Byron, and every time I go I discover a whole lot more – I would definitely recommend travelling there if you get the chance!

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Exploring Chocolate Heaven

If there is one thing I can’t resist its chocolate.

The other day I discovered a modern little restaurant called Passion Tree. They offer a range of delicious desserts including crepes, waffles, hot chocolates and frappes, and if that’s not enough to entice you they are all presented like works of art.

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The setting of the cafe sort of contradicts what it serves. Whilst most chocolate cafes have dark and creamy coloured interiors with tea lights flickering amidst the aroma of melted chocolate, Passion Tree had a reasonably stark setting with bleach white walls, floors and chairs.

However, this did not take away from the quality of their menu. Each dessert is so intricately designed and mouthwateringly over-the-top it was a struggle even deciding which one I wanted.

Eventually I chose their ‘Campfire Smores Epic Hot Chocolate’ (pictured above). The mug itself was the size of my head and was filled with warm, creamy hot chocolate, which had the richness and consistency of Max Brenner’s Italian Thick hot chocolate. This was topped with ice cream, whipped cream, smoked marshmallows and crushed oreo’s and drizzled in melted smooth dark chocolate.

My friend got the Triple Choc Brownie which came with vanilla ice-cream, strawberries, and was drizzled in buttery dark, milk and white chocolate. I’m not a huge brownie person but this one was so deliciously intense that one bite of hers satisfied my chocolate craving for the next year (not 100% true).

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Each dessert was around AU$10 which I think is pretty fair considering the flavour explosion you get. I definitely want to go again to try their signature ‘Bingsoo’ which is a Korean dessert with flavoured shaved ice topped with ice-cream in an oversized cocktail glass (much like a large frappe).

Definitely a place to check out if you can!

xx

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Chocolate brown for all things chocolate