Photo courtesy Raes


The Resy Guide to the Ultimate Byron Bay Road Trip


Thinking of making the trip north? Just as well, as the Northern Rivers are as beautiful as anywhere you’ll find in the state, with a dining scene that keeps pace with Sydney’s. At the northern tip of the New South Wales — and the easternmost point of the country — the long drive to Byron Bay feels like a real escape, and worth taking the week off to make the most of the town and its neighbours’ laid-back lifestyle, stunning natural vistas, and miles of sandy beaches.

Sydney diners won’t miss a beat here. A plethora of options ranges from the pampered (spanner crab lasagne at Raes Dining Room? Yes, please!) to the casually fabulous (sourdough pizzas and martinis at Saltwater Social Club), and everything in between. There’s even world-class natural wine (Supernatural), comforting bistro cooking from a chef with two-Michelin Star pedigree (hello, Cadeau), and plentiful Yucatan-style fare (La Casita, Chupacabra) to hammer the vacation vibe home.

As always, pick where you want to go ahead of time, check the hours, make reservations where necessary, and be sure to practice all the safety measures that keep everyone healthy and happy. And enjoy our picks of new and perennial favourites around Byron Bay right now.