I visted Byron Bay recently for the first time and loved the beach and the colours of the place. From the top down: the lizard living in the garden of our rented apartment, main beach, breakfast at the Byron Beach cafe behind Clarke’s beach, a ladybug, felafel and hummus from Orgasmic foods on Bay Lane, bikes and beer are two of the most common things in town, a plum coloured Renault 12 (definitely not an original colour) and delicious old school pizza with wholemeal bases from Earth ‘n’ Sea on Byron St.
The outstanding meal consumed on this holiday was at Traditional Thai on Fletcher St, where the goat jungle curry was spectacular.
The best wine consumed was from NSW but not really local. The nearest wine that I know of comes from directly inland across the Queeensland border from the Granite Belt region around Stanthorpe, where I’ve enjoyed some delicious white wines.
I saw none of these in Byron Bay bottleshops. I did see lots of NZ sauvignon blanc and a surprising number of Margaret River whites, which made choice easy, but I made an effort to find something from NSW and was rewarded with the excellent Gardners Ground organic 2007 chardonnay, from Canowindra, unoaked but rich and complex.