Secrets of The Shire

February 23, 2018

Secrets of Byron

There has been no escape or relief this week from the national news of politics and the dangerous business of secrets. The Byron and Northern Rivers Shire has some secrets of her own and as locals, its these insider-lines to the less beaten paths that enrich our lifestyle – away from the backpacking herds.

After a report was released this week on the dangers of widely adopted artificial intelligence, we’ve realised that none of us could have any secrets for much longer. We had better celebrate our lesser-known local haunts before they are overcome.

At First National Byron Bay, our people are deeply entrenched in the local community and as real estate agents, have a unique advantage of knowing the area on a block-by-block level. With a resource like that on hand, it seemed like a whip around the office to discover everyone’s favourite secret spots would be a much more helpful type of secret spillage than we have seen out of Canberra.

Our favourite secrets:

Unlike the tourist-packed weekend markets, the weekly farmer’s markets on Thursday Morning in the Butler St Reserve are a treasure trove of locally produced deliciousness.

The shops in the main street only hint at the creative triumphs of Byron Bay locals. Just 3km out of town in the old Arts and Industry Estate, locals have their studios and shopfronts and provide a deep-dive into the local art scene.

The Bolt Hole is a local craft whisky bar in Fletcher Street – a funky local drinking refuge that is a far cry from the bustle of The Beach Hotel and Cheeky Monkeys (nothing against those institutions).

Boulder Beach is a unique morning walk, suitable for instagrammers and mountain goats – that was an extra insider tip, as its name suggests, it is a bit of a rocky trek. Worth it for the scenery but not a stroll for beginners.

Staying off the beaten path, White’s Beach is a bit off-road and a bit down a steep hill, but a truly stunning turquoise cove that will hold you captive for hours…that and the prospect of a walk back up the hill.

And lastly, (we can’t give away all our secrets at once):

Killen Falls, about 20 mins south of Byron in Tintenbar is not the most celebrated of the falls in and around the Northern Rivers but we think it is the most beautiful. Advice from us is to ignore nineties R&B girl-band TLC and go chasing waterfalls. With the recent downpour, you are in for an excellent display.

Now Sssh. Don’t tell everyone.

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