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Mother Hoods: Byron Bay, Australia

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy


Ever dreamed of visiting a friendly, coastal town in sunshiny Australia? Then, you may want to put Byron Bay at top priority on your list of potential vacation destinations. Located on the far-northeastern corner of New South Wales, Australia, this beachside getaway is warm, inviting, and home to Millk Co-Founder, Amelia Fullarton. Below, the busy mama to Arlo, 4.5, Aggy, 1.5, and a brand new baby-to-be, plays tour guide and gives us the 4-1-1 on all of her favorite hidden treasures and hideaways in this offshore oasis.

What are your favorite places in Byron Bay to:

Eat with the kids? “I love Top Shop. My kids love the bircher muesli there, and there is plenty of room for them to run around. There’s also Folk. It has a lovely little garden area and the avocado on toast is a favorite of the kids.”

Eat with just adults? The Roadhouse! It has great coffee, music, and menu. Go anytime of day.”

Shop for kids? “Tiny People has a nice selection of great brands and pieces.”

Shop for yourself? “Island Luxe is definitely lush, but if you’re looking for a little holiday treat, you’re sure to find something special and unique in either the Byron or Bangalow store.”

Play with your child? “Byron Bay is all about the great outdoors. Hit the Pass or Watego’s. It’s best to just let the kids roam free, and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful beaches!

Play with your adult friends? “Try St. Elmo for an afternoon of tapas and wine. It’s perfect after a day in the sun.”

Get out in nature? “Walk up the lighthouse to spot whales and other marine life. There are numerous bush walks, waterfalls, and incredible spots to be found in the surrounding hinterland, too.”

Any good flea markets/thrift shops? “Check out what market is happening the Sunday you are visiting. Depending on the weekend you are there, you’ll be able to visit one in the area. The markets are always good for local treats and handmade treasures.”

Where do you take out-of-town visitors? “We head to Federal Doma Cafe for a delicious Japanese breakfast. Then, we’ll usually spend the day down at one of the many incredible beaches.”

Any tourist-y places that are worth it to visit? “Byron isn’t huge, so the whole place is very ‘touristy’, especially in summer. But, it still has its charm and all those ‘touristy’ spots are popular for a reason. Rent a kayak and tour the bay by water. It’s such a fun experience!”

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