Address: 2 Bay Street, Byron Bay

The Italian Byron Bay

The Italian menu is a mix of simple contemporary and classic dishes

2. Indulge at a day spa

No Byron trip is complete without a spell at the spa. For a truly fabulous day of pampering, you can’t go past Cabarita Beach’s hedonistic Halcyon House. The former surf-motel-turned-luxury-hotel, located half an hour’s drive from Byron proper, strikes a perfect balance between flamboyance and utter tastefulness. The heady combination of white tongue-and-groove walls, terracotta honeycomb floor tiles, splashes of cobalt blue, antiques and gold furnishings is enough to make you feel as if you’re at a friend’s gorgeous home in the Hamptons.

 

The waiting room features brightly upholstered couches, kitschy paintings and a terrace complete with sun lounges, while the treatment rooms and treatments themselves are absolutely sublime. Make sure you allow time to enjoy the steam room beforehand and a cocktail afterwards at on-site restaurant Paper Daisy.

 

Address: 21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach

Cabarita Beach’s hedonistic Halcyon House

For a truly fabulous day of pampering, you can’t go past Cabarita Beach’s hedonistic Halcyon House

3. Zen out with yoga

CREATURE YOGA

Any yoga practitioner will tell you that their favourite time to practise is when it’s pouring with rain outside: something about the combination of wild weather and drawing inwards is utterly delicious. Creature Yoga‘s original site is a large warehouse space in the happening Arts and Industry estate – just behind the Allpress Espresso Bar – and offers four or five classes a day, from ultra relaxing yin and restorative styles to power vinyasa.

 

Their second studio, located on the Suffolk Park side of town, is a smaller space nestled behind the excellent Roadhouse cafe, so be sure to pop in for a ‘magic mushroom’ latte post-practice. As a traveller, you can pick up an unlimited weekly pass for both studios for $50.

 

Address: Creature industrial studio – 6B/11 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay

 

Creature town studio – 2/142 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay

Creature Yoga Byron Bay

Creature Yoga truly encapsulates Byron

SPACE FOUNDATION

Closer to the town centre is Space Foundation: a relaxed, boutique studio that offers not just yin and vinyasa classes but also mat Pilates, Pilates Barre and beginner classes from a great team of teachers. Visitor passes are $49 for an unlimited week.

 

Address: 2B/144 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

4. Explore some favourite local shopping spots

THE BOOK ROOM AT BYRON

Bookshops are generally cosy, hearty places, and The Book Room at Byron is heartier than most. Curated with obvious care and passion, its shelves are full of everything from new releases, coffee-table books and classics to spiritual reads and crime books, while there are also great notebooks, quirky cards, posters, postcards and a bright and cheery kids’ section out the back. Curl up in a leather armchair with a hot drink from coffee shop The Cart, stationed out front, and while away the hours until the rain clears.

 

Address: 27 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay

MARR-KETT

When the outdoor markets are rained out, head to an indoor one. MARR-KETT has a beautiful collection of direct-from-Morocco homewares (rugs, cushions, decorative pieces), plus jewellery, crystals, candles, fragrances and skincare. It’s the perfect place to grab a gift for yourself or someone else.

 

Address: Shop 5, 21-25 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay

MARR-KETT Byron Bay

MARR-KETT has a beautiful collection of direct-from-Morocco homewares

SPELL & THE GYPSY COLLECTIVE

It doesn’t get much more Byron than Spell & the Gypsy Collective, which moved a few years ago from a small shopfront to a beautiful, large stand-alone boutique space on the outskirts of town. Browse through racks of whimsical dresses, shirts, swishy skirts, lingerie and swimwear with plenty of dreamy retro flair.

 

Address: 15 Browning Street, Byron Bay

Spell & the Gypsy Collective

It doesn’t get much more Byron than Spell & the Gypsy Collective

5. Find some indoor entertainment

Step back in time with a visit to the adorable Brunswick Picture House. It began operating in the 1950s, fell into disrepair for 30 years and then came back to life in 2016 with a mixture of live shows and film. The live offerings span comedy, circus, live music, and cabaret for all-ages family entertainment. Regular film events feature old favourites (think Dirty Dancing or Grease) and locals attend dressed in costume.

 

Address: 30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Picture House Byron Bay

Step back in time at the adorable Brunswick Picture House

The best thing about Byron in the rain – apart from the fact that it encourages you to check out gems that you feel guilty exploring when the sun is shining – is that it always comes good. Just when you think you can’t take any more downpour, the rain clears to make way for sunshine and it’s back to outdoor cocktails, walks to the lighthouse and long days spent at the beach.