In the first of our interviews of Live like the Locals’ Destination Guide, we ask Jen Murphy, Conference Manager, Byron at Byron Resort, Byron Bay resident of 3 years after relocating from Melbourne, Jen shares her favourite local spots for EAT | DRINK |  MOVE | SHOP | MUSIC | MUST DOs….check it out!

MJD: STAY  | Byron at Byron Resort of course! Stay for either conference or play, meander along raised boardwalks through the rainforest, take meditation self guided walk to ‘Bolli Point’ & ‘Lotus Gardens’ and short walk to pristine Tallow Beach, incredible Day Spa, enjoy a cocktail on the Rainforest Deck & luxurious suites – all with freestanding baths with Winter Warmer Special. Once you are checked in…

Jen Murphy: EAT |
Harvest Cafe, Newrybar – they do some amazing special events in the beautiful old bakery, usually featuring local or visiting chefs as well as wine tasting evening. Check their website to see if there is anything on during your visit.
Rae’s at Wategos – so beautiful for a long Sunday lunch. Have an amazing degustation menu, which is great value for the quality of the food…. The view on a sunny day is unbeatable.
Beach Byron Bay – the team gave their menu a facelift at the start of the year, and the new style of food is fabulous. Lots of beautiful fresh seafood and local produce.
The Roadhouse – AKA Hipsterville. Limited, but fantastic menu, very hearty and lots of great healthy choices. Best coffee in Byron, if not Australia!
If you’re up for a drive in the county side, Mavis Kitchen in Uki. Lovely old Queenslander at the foot of Mount Warning converted into a restaurant. Great food and beautiful setting.
Foam in Lennox Heads, great restaurant 20 minutes from Byron overlooking the beach in Lennox. They have a great wine list and the food is really lovely.
Naked Treaties – All raw foods that taste absolutely amazing! They make smoothies which are a meal in themselves and they have a selection of raw desserts like raspberry cheesecake or chocolate snickers bars which are to die for and nearly impossible to believe they are totally organic with nothing bad added – YUM!

DRINK |
The Balcony
– Cocktails at the balcony are fantastic.
The Bolt Hole – Great finger food and cool bar to hangout at
The Roadhouse – Specialises in Whisky, but if you’re not a whisky drinker, they can knock up a great cocktail and have a great wine list
The Northern – If you want to see a band and see the grungier side of Byron, this is the place to go. Great front bar, especially during the day and they have a different band playing a couple of time a week – check out their gig guide

SHOP |
There is a market on every weekend, either in Byron or one of the hinterland townships. Some really beautiful craft and artwork that are not your stock standard market fare. There are some seriously talented artists and craftsmen/women in the area so you can pick up something really unique to remind you of your Byron visit.
Farmer’s Market every Thursday morning. Gavin Hughes, Byron at Byron Executive Chef hosts a complimentary tour & visit to the stallholders for guests and then makes up a ‘Farmers Market Dinner’ every Thursday night – book in as sells out!
Island Luxe – if you can afford it…. AMAZING clothes, boots and homewares…. I mean amazing!
Spell – A Byron Icon, really beautiful fashion, but very BoHo which is essential when visiting Byron
The Industrial Estate has some great artists and crafts people. Really unique shopping and only 10 minutes from town
The Channon Gallery – About a half hour dive through the countryside to a little hamlet called the Channon. The Gallery features some of Australia’s best up-and-coming artists. David, the gallery owner is wonderful, and really knows his stuff, and loves to share his knowledge freely. No pressure to by art, just admire some great work.

MUSIC |
Byron Bay Blues Festival
– If you are lucky enough to visit Byron at Easter, you must do at least one day at Blues Fest. The only problem is, is deciding on which day to go! Every year, without fail they have an amazing line-up. If you have the stamina, just buy a 5 day pass, then you can take your time won’t miss any of your favourite artists. It’s also a great festival to watch bands you may never have heard of, but guaranteed they will be impressive. If you can afford it, or are lucky enough to make it into the VIP lounge, you can get up-close to some seriously famous faces….. but of course, you need to keep your cool and be cool!
Splendour In The Grass – With their new site, it is a fair way out of Byron but it is worth the trek. Amazing festival site and very very colourful and again, always an amazing line-up of acts.
For both festivals – Bring your gumboots!

MUST DO’s |
The Lighthouse walk from Clarkes Beach to Byron Bay Lighthouse. Walking the road is a little steep but not too challenging… the coastal trail with the stairs to Australia’s most Easterly point – very challenging !
A swim at Wategos beach – stunning and the water is always crystal clear
Whale Watching – Byron is one of the most accessible places in the world to go whale watching. You go straight off main beach in a rubber ducky speed boat and be out with the whales in minutes. There can be up to 30 whales in the Bay sometimes, and to get so close really is an amazing experience.
Take a surf lesson with the team at LetsGoSurfing. Byron has smooth, long running waves which are great for learners.