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Nicoles Northern NSW Road Trip Guide

There's nothing more comforting than a classic Aussie road trip with your Family. This past Summer, Designer and Founder Nicole Banning headed up North to some of Australia's most loved beach towns. Join us as Nicole shares her favourite destinations, restaurants, beaches and activities.


Sunseeker Byron Bay

Retaining the original bones and heritage of the '80s redbrick motel, The Sunseeker has been revitalised into a bright & breezy boutique accommodation experience. A 10 minute drive out of from Byron Bay and tucked behind the magnificent Tallow Beach, The Sunseeker offers a quiet sanctuary for the modern conscious traveller.

"With beautifully considered rooms, bungalow-style stays, a private residence, poolside lounging and an abundance of lush, tropical gardens, our family-friendly retro hub creates a secluded holiday hideaway for the most discerning traveller."

- Owners & Creative Directors Jess and Dave Frid

The Med Crescent Head

Situated in Australia's surf town of Crescent Head, this Mediterranean style motel offers a range of stylish family friendly accommodation, lush palm gardens, groomed BBQ areas and a pool set within garden surrounds. The Med Crescent Head perfectly caters to the stylish and relaxed traveller.

Nicole wears the Forest Gingham Bandeau One Piece


You Beauty; Bangalow

A corner bar & dining room, You Beauty focuses on fresh produce and local suppliers with a daily rotation of small plates and large plates made for sharing. Drop on in Wednesday to Sunday evenings and Weekend lunchtime.

The Hut; Byron Bay

Expect an authentic Mediterranean dining experience at The Hut Byron Bay, where the pleasure of eating together is highlighted through their European inspired shared dishes. Set in the Byron Bay Hinterland, enjoy this dining experience Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Light Years; Byron Bay

A fun, modern Asian dining experience, Light Years boasts delicious share style cuisines, inventive cocktails, and a recently upgraded retro interior that embraces a more refined and matured tonal palette.

La Casita; Brunswick Heads

La Casita meaning “little house” in Spanish is a lively Mexican Cantina serving antojitos, tacos & all things agave. The food is fast, fresh and bursting with flavour.

Pink Lotus Restaurant & Bar; Brunswick Heads

Enjoy authentic Vietnamese recipes handed down from generation to generation, at Pink Lotus Restaurant. A family run business, each dish is crafted around the Vietnamese Street Food that Owner Dao and her family grew up eating and made using freshest, local ingredients. 

Harvest; Newrybar 

Harvest Newrybar located in the heart of the historic village of Newrybar features an award wining restaurant, deli, and bakery showcasing the freshest organic produce, much of which is grown in the owners’ garden. This Hinterland setting makes it the ideal location for any occasion from weekend brunches to wedding celebrations. 

Doma Cafe; Federal 

In the charming town of Federal you can find this unique Japanese cafe serving up a hybrid menu of Japanese cuisine and Australian food. Open for breakfast and lunch, this Japanese delight is well worth the trip to Federal.


The Pass; Byron Bay

The Pass is a stretch of beach between Clarkes Beach and Wategos. Wide expanses of white sand and long clear waves invite you to take a dip or a stroll along the gently curving shoreline towards the Cape.

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

Wategos Beach is located 2 km east of the Byron Bay town centre. A peaceful sheltered little beach that is ideal for families, a fantastic place to picnic, play in the sand and swim.

Torakina Beach; Brunswick Heads

Torakina is a sheltered, picturesque beach in Brunswick Heads. The hidden paradise is tucked away a short 5-minute walk from Brunswick’s laid-back café culture and a 20-minute drive from Byron Bay.

Nicole wears the Catena Weave One Piece


Yeah, Nice Gallery

An independent gallery exhibiting shows monthly featuring local and international artists whose work stretches from illustration and mixed media and to sculptural steel furniture.

Bangalow village

Banagalow is a small rural town, 15 minutes inland from Byron on the North Coast of NSW. Its traditional Federation-style streetscape is brimming with cafés, galleries and boutiques. Surrounded by farmland, Bangalow offers an idyllic setting for a day trip.

Byron Farmers Markets, Byron Bay

Offering the freshest locally grown produce every Thursday morning. Farmers supply everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables, pasture-raised meat and eggs, artisan cheese and bread, seafood, pasta, rice, nuts, honey, flowers and more!

Lighthouse Walk; Byron Bay

Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track as you walk through rainforest and across clifftops with stunning views of the ocean and hinterland to the lighthouse.

Tigmi Trading 

Based in Byron Bay Australia, TIGMI is a curated interiors store featuring vintage, re-edition pieces and iconic mid-century design. Sourcing and curating, Creative Director and Owner Danielle McEwan creates a treasure trove of artisan made rugs, textiles, objects, lighting and art to explore.  



Take a moment to breathe, regenerate, and find calm with your holistic massage experience at Comma. Pick from their massage menu and transport yourself in this relaxation sanctuary.

The Banya

The Banya is an immersive social, bathing and dining experience in the heart of Mullumbimby, offering a rejuvenating escape with a lap pool, mineral pools, a wood-fired sauna, steam room, cold plunge, and five massage treatment rooms.

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