Travel may look a little different for many of us these days, but embracing that wonderful out-of-office feeling is never fully off the cards! For those looking to set their out-of-office status to ‘relax and explore’, then the must-see Aussie destination of Byron Bay has to be right at the top of your kikki.K Bucket List! In this small town on the north coast of New South Wales, you’ll find the likes of surfed up locals through to Hollywood stars, all chasing the laid-back pace, beautiful beaches and unique shopping and dining experiences that Byron is known for.
While Mr Jason Grant often wears many hats – interior stylist, creative director, author, designer and more, it’s his title as Byron Bay local that holds a special place in his heart. We’ve asked Jason to take us through his Bryon Bay experience, giving you some insight into all the essential information and hidden gems that travellers need when visiting this little spot of paradise!
Q| As a local, my favourite thing to do here is…
There is nothing as good in Byron Bay as escaping into nature! I’m lucky enough to have a local beach not far from my house that’s never really too busy, and it is my favourite place to escape to! I find that a walk or a swim is always the best thing to improve my mood.
Q| When I’m hungry, I can’t go past…
Where to begin! Here are some highlights from my personal list:
Vagabond – Where I head to for my daily local coffee. Can always count on this place for the best coffee, nourishing food and high vibes.
Light Years – Some of the best food in Byron Bay, with fun cocktails and a great atmosphere.
Road House – This spot is a great find no matter what time you go – whether you’re looking for a great cafe to start your day or a cosy dinner spot to cap off your night.
Doma – If you are looking for some awesome Japanese food, this place is well worth the drive!
Fleet Brunswick- The perfect place to head to for celebrating a special occasion.
Kourizina- While I can’t get to Greece right now, this is where I go to get that great feeling like I have escaped to Greece.
The Eltham pub– This is a wonderful old school pub with great food and is also a place to stay.
Super Natural Wine Bar – A laneway bar for when you’re looking to grab a drink.
Raes– For an excellent view this is the Byron go-to. It has great food and cocktails, but watch out for the influencers.
Q| When I’m in the mood for an inspiring wander, my go to place is…
The beach! And lucky for me Byron has some of the best. Nature has always been my number one resource and my inspiration. I always find that the beach is where I have the best ideas and clearest thoughts, so I love to go there to write down ideas or draw (yes I’m still quite analog haha!) Tones, colours, shades and patterns seen in nature all impact my aesthetic and creative process and can directly feed into all of the things that I’m working on.
Q| When I’m looking for something special to buy, I always head to…
I’m much less of a shopper now than I used to be (for myself anyway), but when I am heading out for a purchase these days I try to make my purchases much more considered by shopping mostly handmade, vintage items that I have to save up for. But I do also get to shop / source for clients and projects which is always fun! Some of my favourites are Pampa, Nikau Store, Clems Cargo, Heaths Old Wares, Tigmi, The Book Room Collective, Our Corner Store Bangalow and Island luxe (Bangalow).
Q| My favourite place to chill-out is…
Home. Home is both my sanctuary and my creative place, and I have worked to create a space that I truly enjoy inhabiting. And when your home is somewhere this beautiful it’s not hard to love. I do love to hide away in my down time, and currently the sun sets around 5pm in winter so the days feel shorter. I’m a fan of intimate gatherings, good food, simple pleasures and I value a small circle of friends. Oh and my Boston terrier Sophia is always close by!
Q| A hidden gem that needs to be talked about more is….
I’m not big on sharing too many secrets, they wouldn’t be hidden gems if I shared them all! But the region is filled with so many natural wonders and beautiful spots, if you’re lucky I’ll just have to take you there myself to know….
Q| Something visitors to Byron shouldn’t miss is…
The sunrise and sunset! They are always extra beautiful here. Visitors should also take the time to enjoy some of the wonderful local offerings on showcase in Byron Bay. Some of my favourites are Byron Bay Peanut Butter, Brookies Gin, Jilly Wines and local produce from the many farmers markets. Definitely don’t forget to take a local tour with Explore Byron Bay Guided Aboriginal Tours as well!
Q| If you’re coming, don’t forget to pack…
Reusable travel items are an absolute must! Don’t forget your coffee cup, water bottle, carry bag etc. Remember Byron Bay really is a magical place to escape the city and to just enjoy time slowing down, so you’ll want to have all these essentials as you get out and roam around.
For more Byron Bay inspiration and to keep track of Jason Grant’s adventures, head over to his Instagram @mrjasongrant (he might even reveal a sneaky hidden gem from time to time!)
If you’re left feeling motivated to do a little exploring, be sure to check out our latest Out Of Office Collection for the perfect travel pieces to come along with you on your next adventures and capture all of the special moments both near and far!
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