TDF Travels · North Coast NSW ( + giveaway! )

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 13th May 2013

Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta.  Photo – Toby Scott.  TDF x North Coast branding by Jess Lillico.

The amazing gardens at The Atlantic Byron Bay.  Photo – Toby Scott.

One of our favourite shops in Byron Bay, Ahoy Trader.  Photo – Toby Scott.

The lovely Tristan, owner of Harvest Cafe and deli in Newrybar – the perfect lunch spot! Photo – Toby Scott.

Harvest Cafe Newrybar – the perfect lunch spot! Photo – Toby Scott.

David Bromley‘s amazing studio in Byron Bay.  Photo – Toby Scott.

In This Street – One of Byron’s most beautiful shops, stocking artwork and homewards by David Bromley, and womenswear by Yuge Yu.  Photo – Toby Scott.

ALRIGHT!  It may be looking a little gloomy in Melbourne this week… but get ready for some sunshine, as we bring you a week of highlights from the beautiful North Coast of NSW!

As you may know if you follow TDF on instagram, I recently spent a week in Byron Bay and the surrounding region, soaking up the sun and surf (ok I didn’t actually go in the water but you get the idea) and finding out first hand just what makes this beautiful part of Australia so special.  I met SO many generous, incredibly friendly and talented people, I ate some outrageously good food, I parted with a good chunk of hard earned cash at a handful of seriously beautiful shops, and I also worked very hard with the brilliant Toby Scott to produce a little round-up of highlights to share with you all here!

SO we’re kicking things off today with a regional guide which lists of some of my favourite discoveries on the NSW North Coast (incorporating Byron Bay, Bangalow, Newrybar, Federal and Coolangatta).  I have to say I’m somewhat hesitant to call it a ‘guide’ actually, because this region is so full of amazing creative people and interesting places, I am sure I’ve left a million things out!  But anyway… it’s just a little taste, and I do hope it will be helpful for anyone planning a trip soon!

We thrilled also to have a very special Byron-inspired GIVEAWAY running all week, thanks to artist David Bromley and his partner, fashion designer Yuge Yu!  David and Yuge relocated from Melbourne to Byron around two years ago, and have created the most incredible home and business in the main street of Byron Bay. Their shop, In This Street, stocks David’s artwork and homewares, alongwide Yuge’s beautiful range of womenswear.

David Bromley + Yuge Yu GIVEAWAY!

From Yuge – a choice of any piece from Yuge’s current womenswear range – do check out her website and online store for a look at her designs!

From David – A stunning linen quilt valued at $1,100, depicting Bromley’s distinctive childhood-inspired imagery.  Bromley’s new range of quilts are all individually stitched and embroidered, and are filled with cosy bamboo fibre wadding.

Huge thanks to David and Yuge for this generous giveaway… and a big CONGRATS  is in order too – they tied the knot just last week!

To be in the running, simply leave a comment on today’s post before 10.00pm Melbourne time by this Friday (17th May 2013).

Please be patient if WordPress behaves a little slower than usual this morning, as you have a whole week to enter! A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email next Monday (20th May 2013).

**UPDATE, the winners has now been drawn and contacted. Comments 484 and 677 we hope you enjoy your prizes!

Stay tuned all this week as we’ll introduce you to many more creative people and places from this beautiful part of Australia…!

Massive thanks to lovely locals Leah Bartholomew and Sonya Marish for showing us around and sharing their favourite local haunts with us!  Thanks to Jess Lillico for creating our fabulous North Coast NSW branding / banner you can see up the top there.  Thanks also to the beautiful Atlantic Byron Bay, who generously subsidised our accommodation in Byron.  AND to Mr Toby Scott, who took ALL the pics AND drove me around the entire region in his Ute.  What a star!

Ahoy Trader

One of our favourite shops in Byron Bay, Ahoy Trader.  Photo – Toby Scott.

The lovely and always smiley Jai, owner of Ahoy Trader!  Photo – Toby Scott.

Jai Vasicek is AMAZING.  He’s twenty something, full of infectious buzzing energy and never seen without a smile from ear to ear.  He is the owner of Ahoy Trader, one of Byron’s loveliest homewares / gift shops.  Jai spent his childhood living on a boat for over 10 years, sailing the globe with his family!  So he has a few nautical tattoos, but they are totally legit.

Jai is also the creator of the beautiful decorative tiles / crucifixes seen in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide (stocked in Melbourne at Fenton and Fenton).

Ahoy Trader
1/3 Marvel Street
Byron Bay

In This Street

In This Street – stocking artwork and homewards by David Bromley, and womenswear by Yuge Yu.  Photo – Toby Scott.

In This Street – carved timber utensils and fashion by David Bromley.  Photo – Toby Scott.

In This Street – stocking artwork and homewards by David Bromley, and womenswear by Yuge Yu.  Photo – Toby Scott.

In This Street – fashion by Yuge Yu.  Photo – Toby Scott.

In This Street rear courtyard, featuring sculpture by David Bromley.  Photo – Toby Scott.

As mentioned above, In This Street is one of Byron’s most amazing shops, and it’s owned by artist David Bromley and his partner, fashion designer Yuge Yu.  The shop sells a mix of David’s artwork, homewares and collectables, and Yuge’s beautiful womenswear, as well as a range of vintage pieces and ceramics sourced by David and Yuge from Australia and beyond.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on today’s post to enter our generous giveaway from David and Yuge!

We were very lucky also to have the opportunity to photograph David and Yuge’s  INCREDIBLE home whilst in Byron.  Nothing can prepare you for it’s madness and beauty!  Stay tuned for that on Wednesday…

In This Street
1/58 Jonson Street
Byron Bay

Island Luxe Tribe

Island Luxe Tribe – amazing fashion and homewares store in Byron Bay.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Island Luxe Tribe in Byron Bay.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Island Luxe have two stores in this region – one in Marvel street Byron Bay and the other in Bangalow.  They are both SO GOOD.  Each represent the very best international fashion and accessories labels for both men and women, including Maison Martin Margiela (!!), Belstaff, Golden Goose and many more.  They also have beautiful homewares – cashmere blankets, handcrafted ceramics… etc etc.  The Byron store (known as Island Luxe Tribe) is a little darker, a little edgier, more leather, more masculine… the Bangalow store a little softer, stocking a slightly more neutral palette.  You must visit BOTH.

Island Luxe Tribe
1/11 Marvel Street
Byron Bay

Atlantic Byron Bay

The beautiful Atlantic Byron Bay Guesthouse.  Photo – Toby Scott.

The beautiful Atlantic Byron Bay Guesthouse.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Atlantic Byron Bay have an airstream caravan you can stay in!  (Not ideal for tall men but very excellent otherwise!)  Photo – Toby Scott.

As mentioned above, Toby and I were extremely lucky to stay at The Atlantic Byron Bay during our time in Byron.  The guesthouse incorporates self contained cottage rooms which each open onto the luscious shared gardens (pictured above), as well as ‘The Lodge’  – a beautifully renovated guest house offering private rooms with ensuites, as well as shared kitchen / living spaces, and of course, amongst a backdrop of palm trees sits the American Airstream Trailer, which you can stay in too!

Atlantic Byron Bay was in the best location we could have imagined – on our favourite street, just metres from some of Byron’s best eating spots (TargaNaked Treaties and Bayleaf Cafe) and just 5 mins walk to the beach!

Atlantic Byron Bay
13 Marvel Street
Byron Bay

Heath’s Old Wares

Heath’s Old Wares – amazing vintage goodness in Bangalow.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Ross Heath of Heath’s Old Wares – amazing vintage goodness in Bangalow.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Heath’s Old Wares probably needs no introduction – this place has a cult following!  This huge warehouse just off the main street at Bangalow is stocked to the brim with industrial finds and collectables such as timber crates, antique ladders, vintage tools, pottery, glassware, cane baskets, enamelware, books, furniture and much much more…. you really could lose a whole afternoon in here!

Proprietor Ross Heath is a character too – a lovely guy who always has a twinkle in his eye!

Heath’s Old Wares
12 Station Street

Our Corner Store

Miranda of Our Corner Store in Bangalow (her business partner, Aneka was overseas when we visited!).  Photo – Toby Scott.

Our Corner Store in Bangalow.  Photo – Toby Scott.

The lovely Corner Store in Bangalow is a relatively new addition to the main street, having been here about 18 months. It’s full of lovely gift ideas from clothing to stationery to kids gifts and the odd handcrafted gem.

Our Corner Store
1/36 Byron Street

Island Luxe

Island Luxe in Bangalow – the most exquisite edit of homewares, fashion and accessories.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Island Luxe in Bangalow. Photo – Toby Scott.

As mentioned above, Island Luxe in Bangalow is the sister store to Island Luxe Tribe in Byron.  Both are seriously amazing, but I think my personal fave is the Bangalow store.. they have such truly exquisite things.  I wanted to buy 2 jumpers, 1 jacket, a pair of amazing Golden Goose shoes and a cashmere blanket!  I restrained myself… although I did leave with an excellent pair of sunglasses.

I would travel to Bangalow just to visit this store, it is that good.  Man I wish they had an online shop!

Island Luxe
62 Byron Street

Harvest Cafe

Harvest Cafe and deli in Newrybar – SO great.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Harvest Cafe and deli in Newrybar.  Excellent food and such lovely people.  Pictured above,  one of Harvest’s chefs, Shannon Smerdon, who previously worked at Long Grain in Sydney!  He knows what he’s doing.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Harvest deli in Newrybar.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Harvest deli in Newrybar.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Harvest deli bakes their own delicious bread.  Photo – Toby Scott.

When you tell people you’re going to Byron Bay, EVERYONE tells you to go to one place for lunch, and that place is Harvest Cafe.  Everyone loves Harvest.  Oldies, kids, families, foodies and tradies.  No matter who you are, you really can’t go past the charm of this place, with its perfect mix of seriously excellent food, lovely local staff and beautiful surroundings.

Harvest is housed in a beautiful Victorian weatherboard cottage, surrounded on all sides by a wide verandah and leafy gardens.  They have their own vegetable garden from which they harvest much of their seasonal produce.  Harvest have also recently opened an amazing delicatessen next door to the restaurant, where you can buy house baked bread, cheeses and cured meats and all kinds of delicious take home morsels.

Harvest is open 7 days for breakfast and lunch from 8.30am. They also serve dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  It’s best to book for lunch, no matter what day of the week!

Harvest Cafe
18 Old Pacific Highway

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea – it must be seen to be believed.  Madness.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea – vintage nautical goldmine.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea – vintage nautical goldmine.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea – vintage nautical goldmine.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea really must be seen to be believed.  It’s overflowing with the most incredible collection of vintage nautical treasures, scavenged and sourced by proprietor Ray Evans.  It’s not an entirely straight forward retail experience, however – this place is part antiques shop, part ‘Museum of the sea’ – meaning that there’s a good chunk of stuff here that is so random and brilliant that it’s actually not even for sale.  The original vintage diving suits, for instance.  And the shark jaws.

Still, it’s seriously jaw droppingly awesome.  A must visit!

Chinderah Bay Antiques and Museum of the Sea
Corner of Chinderah Bay Street and Waugh Street

Cafe Loren

Best lunch in Coolangatta – Cafe Loren!  Photo – Toby Scott.

Delicious lunch at Cafe LorenPhoto – Toby Scott.

During our time on the NSW coast we made time to have lunch with the lovely Leah Bartholomew of Beneath the Sun, who relocated from Melbourne to Coolangatta last year.  Leah gave us lots of leads and introduced us to some of her favourite local hangouts, one of which was the wonderful Cafe Loren at the Southern end of the Gold Coast in Tugun (OK officially this is Queensland not NSW but you know, it’s all interchangeable).

We ate the most delicious plate of lamb kofte with a selection of house-made salad… it was SO GOOD!  I can be quite snobbish when it comes to salads (ahem, you know after all I am the salad queen), but believe me when I say the salads here are to die for!  The sweet potato one was out of this world.  Highly recommend.

Cafe Loren are open for breakfast 7 days, and for lunch Monday to Saturday.

Cafe Loren
Shop 5, 5 Toolona Street

Found Furniture

Excellent mid-century finds at Found Furniture in Tugun (near Coolangatta).  Photo – Toby Scott.

Kelly Nuss, co-owner of Found Furniture in Tugun.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Kelly Nuss and her husband Matt own Found Furniture on the Gold Coast, specialising in Mid Century and Danish pieces.  After many requests for outdoor cane lounge furniture, Kelly and Matt have also developed their own range of fabulous antique-style Manila Cane Chairs and lounges, upholstered in a variety of stunning mid century inspired fabrics.

Found Furniture are open Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am until 4.00pm.  They also happily shop anywhere in Australia.

Found Furniture
2/471 Golden Four Drive


Federal Domo Japanese Cafe. There is no signage, there is no website.  Just go. Photo – Toby Scott.

Federal Doma Japanese Cafe.  Photo – Toby Scott.

Federal is a teeny tiny town about 15 minutes from Byron Bay.  There isn’t really much there at all.  A general store, and a few houses. That’s about it.  BUT no matter where I went, as soon as I mentioned I had planned to go to Federal, people kept telling me about this amazing little Japanese cafe.

No one told me the name of it, or the address.  But that didn’t really matter, because all you really have to do is drive into Federal and you will see it.  As far as I could gather, Federal Doma cafe is owned by two Japanese couples who moved to Federal less than a year ago.  They cook amazing sushi and simple, authentic Japanese meals, and it’s all super fresh and tasty and so reasonably priced.

There’s no signage.  There’s no website.  Just go.

Federal Doma Cafe
 Just go to Federal and you will see it.

WE ALSO Highly Recommended

· Targa
· Naked Treaties
· Bayleaf Cafe

Tallow Beach, seen from Byron Bay lighthouse.  Photo – Toby Scott.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 13th May 2013


  • Kerrie 3 years ago

    Great post Lucy…the perks of your job !!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Best thing about waking randomly at 5 with two snotty kids under 2… reading TDF while stirring te porridge! Looking forward to the sunny, daily goodness this week. And my what giveaways!

  • Elisa Bartels 3 years ago

    There is something in the air in this beautiful region that makes it feel like home for everyone who visits. This makes it all the harder to leave.

  • Renee 3 years ago

    Northern NSW is one of my favourite places in the world. My mum grew up near Yamba so we spent many school holidays on the beautiful beaches :)

  • Cathg1g2 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, what a great area. It is going to be our next holiday destination to warm up from the onslaught of a Melbs winter

  • Kate 3 years ago

    What beautiful stores. Swoon.

  • Michelle Woodward 3 years ago

    Love all of it!

  • Kylie 3 years ago


  • Shay Collins 3 years ago

    One of my favourite parts of the world, full of magic, beautiful nature, creative wonder, deliciousness and lovely things.

  • Lee 3 years ago

    I was very excited to see your Instagram posts in the lead to up to TDF travels – lovely!

  • Natasha 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing some treasures. Look forward to my next visit!

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Thanks for the hot tips Lucy! Planning a trip up that way soon so I’ll have to check out some of your discoveries. Thanks for organising the giveaways too!! x

  • Sailor Mouth Soaps 3 years ago


  • Bliss Jackman 3 years ago

    Amazing giveaways! Thank you…

  • Elana 3 years ago

    I visited this beautiful region just recently and you’ve both captured it beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Mel H 3 years ago

    Thanks for inspiring me to visit the North Coast of NSW!!

  • Kas 3 years ago

    Need to plan a trip there soon!

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    Congrats the ever talented Toby Scott on the stunning photography.
    It looks you had a great trip and discovered fabulous places along the way.

  • Jess Yore 3 years ago

    My favourite part of the world – coast, creativity and über cool cafes. L-O-V-E LOVE

  • Felicetta 3 years ago

    Wow, amazing!

  • dazza 3 years ago

    great pics of a great area

  • Maree 3 years ago

    We had a lovely holiday on a macadamia farm just out of Newrybar last June and had so much fun exploring the area – you have made me incredibly nostalgic this morning.

  • Sonia 3 years ago

    Never been to Byron Bay: look amazing. Need to go and visit. Thanks, lovely reportage. And finger crossed for the give away! S

  • Penelope 3 years ago


  • Justin Koke 3 years ago

    Just amazing … my wife and I will be visiting soon!

  • natalie 3 years ago

    WOW! The bedt deign files post ever. I want to go to byron now now now now now! So inspiring – thanks for enlightening my day yet again deign files. I love you. xx

  • Dana 3 years ago

    Take me to Byron Bay now!

  • Alice 3 years ago

    What an inspiring place with such interesting people and wares. Love it all.

  • Helen 3 years ago

    I want to go to that antique shop so bad, it all looks amazing tho

  • Nicole Lee 3 years ago

    Great giveaway!!!!! Love the blog

  • kate 3 years ago

    Makes me want to skip work and go now!

  • Greer 3 years ago

    Love Byron! Cooly too…great post x

  • Simon 3 years ago

    Must get there at some stage

  • sandra 3 years ago

    Wishing I was in Byron!

  • Anita 3 years ago

    I havent ever thought of the North Coast as a shopping hotspot, but now…wow!

  • Belinda Hartwich 3 years ago

    What an amazing place, full of creative and talented people! Wonderful article and photos, now I can’t wait to get back to Byron one day (hopefully soon).

  • Barb 3 years ago

    Rainy Melbourne – Sunny Byron……I’ll take Byron please!

  • Janet 3 years ago

    I want to win it!

  • Lila 3 years ago

    I think we’re going to have to plan a holiday now.
    ps Friday is my birthday it would be a lovely present to win the giveaway.

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    I think I need a holiday up North !!!!

  • Joanna 3 years ago

    oh I just love David’s quilts… awesome giveaway!

  • Frances 3 years ago

    Bryron Bay here I come! It looks like heaven!

  • Ann 3 years ago

    look forward to this weeks special coverage – we are headed to Byron on a camp trip soon so thank you for the tips :)

  • Sandra 3 years ago


  • Dusty Plum 3 years ago

    Oh my. It really is heaven on a stick.

  • Scarymary loves max 3 years ago

    This has brought back wonderful memories of a gorgeous time in Byron and surrounds…. My spiritual home.

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Tailspin vest beautiful for the tropics

  • Kelly Gilbert 3 years ago

    Byron, how I love u!

  • Lani 3 years ago

    Ah Byron. I was there in February and pleased to see many of my favourite places listed here Lucy! Ahoy Sailor I pretty much gave my wallet too – such nice pieces. I bought a beautiful piece for my wall. The corner store in Bangalow was a delight! New wallet there. From Heath’s old wares my friends and I walked away with bits and pieces for her corner store in Mudgee. What a treasure trove! Can also highly recommend the walk around from Wategos up to the lighthouse at sunrise. x

  • Kate D 3 years ago

    what a wonderful creative aesthetic, I am definitely putting Byron on my travel list!

  • Chris 3 years ago

    Huge post, and all of it fabulous and inspiring!

  • Bianca 3 years ago

    wow look at that sunshine! fingers crossed for the giveaway too

  • Katie 3 years ago

    Lovely Byron and surrounds ! David Bromley quilts are inspired . Thanks

  • Theresa 3 years ago

    You have me dreaming! Byron is our girls weekend destination every year and it just keeps getting better with the additions of all these gems! Last years visit toured a number of these stores and so lovely and amazing, you’ve given us a treat here Lucy!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Everything just looks so beautiful! You certainly have the best job Lucy! Hopefully I will make it to this side of the world one day!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Perfect reading for a rainy Melbourne day…

  • Julia Ham 3 years ago

    Never been…..want to go!

  • Alex 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Definitely calls for a weekend away!

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Byron, it’s surrounds, it’s beauty, the creativity – nothing compares. Best spot on earth and great TDF post Lucy!

  • Courtney 3 years ago

    Byron a treasure trove of wonderful. I spend way too much every time I visit.

  • Thea 3 years ago

    Sigh….off to work I go…maybe I need to plan a coastal holiday xx

  • Keryh Hughes 3 years ago

    Visited David Bromley’s studio in Melbourne last year when it’s contents were up for auction – amazing! Can’t wait to see the Byron digs.

  • Kelli 3 years ago

    That’s it… next holiday-cum-home destination: Byron Bay. I’ve traveled the world, and Byron Bay keeps singing out to me, I’m afraid that if we go we’ll never return… but that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Thank you x

  • Elena 3 years ago

    Definitely need to plan a Byron holiday now.

  • suzy 3 years ago

    We live in Melbourne and go to Byron every year. It is an indescribable vibe you must experience. Thankyou for the amazing places mentioned…must visit next time. P.s….every woman needs a spare dress :)

  • Liesl 3 years ago

    I’m going to start planning a weekend away now!!!

  • Johanna 3 years ago

    Yes please!

  • Patrice 3 years ago

    What a brilliant line up of places and spaces. I can’t wait to check these off my list when I next visit northern NSW. x

  • Lara 3 years ago

    I think I have just found my next holiday destination! I am coveting everything about this post including your job. Thanks for the blog..

  • Jessica 3 years ago

    ADORE David Bromley’s work!

  • Sy Pie 3 years ago

    An intriguing guide! Hope to visit someday.

  • Jiah 3 years ago

    I’m really looking forward to seeing more of what this beautiful area has to offer. I’ve always wanted to spend more time there.

  • Pamela Oberman 3 years ago

    Visually stimulating presentation today of Northern NSW and Southern Qld, made us who live here proud, let me know if you want to continue the story from Tugun to Surfers

  • Sarah Ritchie 3 years ago

    How gorgeous1

  • Teresa 3 years ago

    Lovely story!

  • Morgs 3 years ago

    I was so sad when David Bromley’s store on Chapel Street shut- I used to love going in and looking at his bronze’s imagining that one day I’d be able to afford one! Great post Lucy- I know where my next trip will be!

  • Roberta Thomson 3 years ago

    beautifully shot post and the carved timber utensils are gorgeous!

  • Jessica 3 years ago

    I want to go to there!

  • Jen 3 years ago

    Whilst eating porridge, drinking a cup of tea & getting children ready for school on this rainy Monday morning you have transported me to a selection of my favourite places to explore in sun drenched Byron/Bangalow (plus shown me a few other new spots in Coolangatta!!). It has been such an great place to take my brain on this Monday morning . It has made me slow down for a minute or two & made me feel like I do when in Byron – free, super relaxed & completely content to be living in the moment!! Something I definitely struggle with on these busy Monday mornings!!! Will be bookmarking this post for sure. xx P.S. The only pic missing was one of Byron Bay’s TOP SHOP – Especially recommend the chilli chicken burgers – SALIVATE!

  • katherine 3 years ago

    beautiful! and great to read on a monday morning, thanks lucy!

  • Laura B 3 years ago

    Perfect timing! This will be my little travel guide for my Byron (and surrounds) getaway in a few months xx

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    Definitely on the to-do list! gorgeous!

  • James A 3 years ago

    Growing up on the Gold Coast meant I got to go to Byron often for a weekend getaway or just a nice Sunday drive. Always loved it as a kid, and even still do now as an adult! Nice work!

  • Kellie Whyte 3 years ago

    Making Monday mornings that little bit easier!

  • Josette 3 years ago

    So many more reasons to get away to Byron now…especially Heath’s old wares! I love these city guides, my favourite part of TDF.

  • Sarah Thompson 3 years ago

    I’m in love with this post… there is so much to take in, I want to rush ahead and savour it all at once. If there’s ever been a reason to convince the hubby about Byron….this wil do it. Thanks Lucy!

  • Catherine 3 years ago

    Makes me want to drop everything and go now, especially after just finished Maggie Groff’s new book set in Bryon as well. Yuge’s store looks amazing :)

  • john m 3 years ago

    i especially love the photography on this post. thank you!

  • Michaela 3 years ago

    Creative hub filled with smiley faces, handmade crafty goodness, tasty food and… David Bromley. I want to be there right now!

  • Cath 3 years ago

    Think I could many an hour on the verandah at Harvest Cafe snuggled in my Bromley quilt!! –

  • ant 3 years ago

    why have I not moved there before now, i ask myself. great post

  • Bettina Deda 3 years ago

    Thank you for this great Byron Guide. I will keep it for my next visit!

  • Um….does Jai Vasicek have an American accent by any chance? Dead ringer for Ryan Gosling!
    And Byron look so beautiful – never been but would love to visit.
    Ashleigh xxoo

  • Henrietta Gothe-Ellis 3 years ago

    Beautiful, inspiring, colourful and rich.

    Thanks for sharing a piece of this truly magical place though your unique eye.

    H x

  • Shelley Panton 3 years ago

    Wonderful overview of the north coast, it’s one of those places I’m still yet to get to .. thanks for sharing Lucy x

  • Sophie 3 years ago

    Some great tips for my holiday for Byron next year. Thank you!

  • Kimmy 3 years ago

    Ah me old home town….glad it wasn’t all about Byron either – there is SO much more to offer up there now than the overpriced Coastal mecca that Byron Bay has become. Thanks for visiting Cooly and my old stomping ground brings a big smile to my dial! Just one quibble….you’re opening shot is not “Coolangatta Beach” it’s actually “Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta” sorry….just sayin’ :-) Thanks for sharing. xx

  • Taryn Hunter 3 years ago

    Oh Byron Bay, it’s been way too long between visits!

  • Kristy 3 years ago

    Byron Bay is such a creative hub. I love visiting and wandering through the local stores. I am already in love with Yuge’s range of yellow designs – stunning!

  • Penelope 3 years ago

    Very jealous to be sitting at work in gloomy Melbourne looking at these beautiful pictures – I will be bookmarking this week of posts in hope of a trip soon!

  • Elizabeth 3 years ago

    It’s a few years since I visited that part of the world. I’ve fallen in love with it again, and need to get up there for a visit soon…….so many fantastic shops and great food !

  • Elexia 3 years ago

    All such stylish spots to visit. Makes me want to hop on a plane and fly there immediately! I love the Yuge Yu clothing range.. great cuts and colours. Another terrific post from The design files…Love that you did so many pics too..thanks Lucy.

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  • Rachel 3 years ago

    I can’t believe I still haven’t visited Byron! Thanks for some great tips-must get there soon! Congrats to David and Yuge too on tying the knot….That is one creative couple!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Love Byron… must visit soon!

  • Rhi 3 years ago

    Definitely planning a trip soon!

  • Kristie Shanahan 3 years ago

    I’ve been planning on taking my British husband to Byron since he moved here four years ago. This has just motivated me a little more, might start planning our anniversary weekend now.

  • Marita 3 years ago

    Great post Lucy. I think i will store this post so that I can return to those piercing Byron-Bay-Blues and vibrant Yuge-Yu-Yellows on a chilly Melbourne winter day. Thanks.

  • Siggi 3 years ago

    YUGE’s clothing is beautiful. Great post today Lucy! x

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Lucy!! You have the best job EVER!

  • rona 3 years ago

    Makes me want to be there… And what a giveaway! Love David bromley

  • cle-ann 3 years ago

    Thanks for the guide! You should a little map for this one :)

  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    Looooove it all!

  • Phoebe 3 years ago

    Speechless – such amazing places and things. Thank you for sharing! x

  • cle-ann 3 years ago

    Thanks for the guide! You should *create a little map for this one :)

  • Chelsea 3 years ago

    Beautiful, it’s not that far from Brisbane so I will have to make the trip

  • Annie 3 years ago

    My husband and I took our children for a lap of Australia last year and the NSW North Coast was one of our top spots…. Bangalow was an absolute treasure and Byron just too cool! Wish we were back there now!

  • Andrea 3 years ago

    This is a biggie!! Love to see Bromley’s new spot some day.

  • Anastasia 3 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time to highlight one of Australia’s most spectacular towns:)

  • Ali 3 years ago

    The perfect anecdote to a Monday morning… Now I can dream of Byron for the rest of the day. Thank you TDF for capturing so beautifully.

  • Annabelle 3 years ago

    I am booking a trip there right now

  • serena cunningham 3 years ago

    Byron makes everything better

  • Jacqui 3 years ago

    wow, thanks everyone for this great giveaway.

  • meg 3 years ago

    can’t wait to check out Bromley and Yu’s shop next time I am in Byron…

  • Aliyah 3 years ago

    Such amazing little pieces of heaven you’ve shared today. It almost makes me want to move to nth nsw!!

  • Gill 3 years ago

    Wow – want to go to Byron immediately! Or at least have a bit of Byron in my home.

  • Bron 3 years ago

    SUCH a gorgeous part of the world!

  • Jasmine 3 years ago

    such a stunning range of photographs!!

  • Emma 3 years ago

    What a great post! A friend of mine is in Byron as we speak and I have just sent an essay long itinerary with things to do. Not envious at all…

  • Lolly Treadlightly 3 years ago

    Love Byron…fantastic collection of just some of the goodness the area has to offer.

  • Clare 3 years ago

    Yuge’s clothes are so lovely! What a great find!

  • Sally Dixon 3 years ago

    What a great giveaway. I’ve got to get to Byron soon!

  • cyndi dawes 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness, perfect reading on a gloomy Melbourne day! what a delightful give away…..

  • Kerry 3 years ago

    My beautiful 18 year old daughter is visiting Byron for the first time in July – Splendour Festival – today’s file has excited and inspired her to spend longer and explore Byron especially Harvest Cafe. Thanks

  • Jane 3 years ago

    Such a gorgeous area and what an amazing giveaway!

  • Melanie S 3 years ago

    This post was deliciousness overload both literally and figuratively. As I scrolled my heart skipped a beat and then started racing. And I kept scrolling anf it raced and skipped some more. Byron was lower on my places to visit list but now it’s moved atop! Thank you for making my Monday!

  • Marie 3 years ago

    Inspiring and dreamy for a foggy Monday! Loving Yuge Yu’s…yellows and spots!

  • celina gaweda 3 years ago

    Such a wonderful part of Australia! This post has made me want to move there!!!! The Giveaways are HOT – would make a lovely birthday surprise (hint, hint…)

  • jen wheeler 3 years ago

    Me oh my! Beautiful quilt by David Bromley? Wow! Yes please! :)

  • Stefanoir 3 years ago

    Dream, dream, dree eeam, dr e e e eam!!!!!!!

  • Lara 3 years ago

    I spent a lot of my misspent youth in Byron and it certainly looks a little different now!
    It’s all grown up, just like me!

  • Ash B 3 years ago

    Too much beautiful travel inspiration for me to bear on a Monday morning… Always wanted a Bromley blanket… choose me PLEASE!!!

  • alex ethell 3 years ago

    everything david bromley makes my heart flutter so bad.

  • prue 3 years ago

    wow – think I need to book flights – NOW!

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    GREAT BIG POST!! I have LOVED David Bromleys work FOR EVER – but don’t own anything. Would love to win this………looking forward to seeing their house on Wednesday. Awesome job Lucy!!

  • Sally 3 years ago

    love the little blast of summer in my inbox. thanks TDF!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Lucy a wonderful wrap up of this gorgeous region – as always you have captured the essence (in colours and words) of the people and places that make Byron (and Bangalow) what it is today. A fabulous start to the week, so thank you. Oh and as for the giveaways – of course I have everything crossed…

  • Kerstin Schulenburg 3 years ago

    What a dream it would be to escape the Melbourne winter to the oasis that is the North Coast!
    Love this post and the beautiful imagery.

  • Claire 3 years ago

    A getaway may be in order soon…

  • Amanda Falson 3 years ago

    Wow, what a great post! Dying for a holiday up there in that part of the world. Wonderful to have this little guide!

  • Alex 3 years ago

    Byron is such a slice of heaven! Thanks for showing some old faves some love and for the hot new tips! *sigh* Monday in Byron would be much nicer than the office!

  • charlotte malone 3 years ago

    Thinking of my amazing friend in Tullera…
    nature,art,food so generous-yummo all!

  • Liv 3 years ago

    WOW – Byron, it’s been way too long between visits!

  • emma g 3 years ago

    I want EVERYTHING!!

  • Sibylle 3 years ago

    stunning pictures, gloomy in Canberra today, think I need to book a flight soon….

  • karen 3 years ago

    loving being swept away to the warmth of Byron….thanks for the opportunity to snuggle under a quilt to keep the chilly melbourne wind at bay….

  • Monique 3 years ago

    Federal Doma see you next week! Beautiful pics, beautiful blog!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    The beautiful north coast !!

  • Jessica 3 years ago

    Thank you so much! Im heading to Byron in a few weeks for my first ever trip there – now i have a full itinerary.

  • laura 3 years ago

    nice to see all this glorious colour and sunshine as i sit here in rural vic watching the tea clouds brewing a cup of rain for me!

  • Nish 3 years ago

    Gorgeous part of the world, great giveaway!

  • eithne 3 years ago

    lovely round up of lovely things from a stunningly lovely area.

  • Karlene 3 years ago

    I love Byron Bay, haven’t been for a couple of years and looks like it’s time to go again.

  • Louise 3 years ago

    Oh how gorgeous this all is! Thanks for making my day

  • Annis 3 years ago

    Great post! the Japanese cafe looks great

  • Jane 3 years ago

    Wonderful post as always – makes me want to go up there again!

  • Chloe 3 years ago

    Thank you! This little guide will come in very handy!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    How incredible – what a beautiful post and what exciting prizes.

  • Pamela 3 years ago

    Great post Lucy thanks so much for sharing!! Me thinks it could be time to plan a getaway!!!

  • look see. 3 years ago

    Love that part of the country – my sister used to live near Byron Bay so I got to see a few different places some time ago, but it’s probably about time for another visit soon! Great giveaway and post :)

  • Angela 3 years ago

    the things I love: vintage tricycles, peeling paint, cool sea breeze, canary yellow & everything green..

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    I love Byron Bay and agree it is a place full of amazingly creative people! Particularly love Bangalow and the gorgeous Tallows Beach. Thanks for a wonderful start to the week!

  • marie 3 years ago

    I love Byron Bay and especially Bangalow
    We holidayed there twelve months ago and I feel both places are the best holiday escapes in Australia
    Bangalow is totally beautiful and stunning – the shopping is fabulous … scenery gorgeous
    Am I looking forward to revisiting – this again is a fabulous post
    Well done Lucy and Co

  • sally 3 years ago

    I love the travel blog, a great addition. Stunning photography. A spectacular give away!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Thank you for giving me something so inspiring, fresh and interesting to look at each day!

  • Keren 3 years ago


  • gemma 3 years ago

    so beautiful! you have me swooning for a road trip!

  • Jo 3 years ago

    Totally gorgeous!

  • Ellie Schroeder 3 years ago

    I love it when you do posts like this Lucy! Can’t wait to get up to the Northern coast to check out these little gems.

  • bj 3 years ago

    Love the inspiration behind each of these businesses. Well done all and thanks for enlightening me.

  • Dyani 3 years ago

    Excellent way to start the week! I’m itching to get back to Byron Bay and can’t wait to check out Ahoy Trader :)

  • Jessica R 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness, we need some of that sun here in the UK! I do hope this giveaway is open to international readers – the yellow jacket by Yuge Yu is fabulous!

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Just breathtaking!

  • Susan 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tour, TDF. Lovely! Can’t wait to see David and Yuge’s home photos on Wednesday!

  • Hanna 3 years ago

    Thanks for such a wonderful review of an area that holds such a special place in my heart.

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Looks amazing!

  • stef 3 years ago

    Never been – looks fab!

  • Rick 3 years ago

    Have driven through Federal many times, looks like its time to stop for some Sushi!

  • Libby 3 years ago

    Every image captures what makes Byron Bay and it’s residents so amazing – their creativeness, crafts, style and smiles, well, I want to relocate! Love love love today’s post, has made the start of winter bearable x

  • melody 3 years ago

    what a gorgeous sea-change! Love this easy going life-style!!

  • Ros 3 years ago

    Gods own country. Best post this year!!

  • Jane 3 years ago

    This is a killer on Monday morning! I’m in awe of all of these people and their ability to curate and make such beautiful things as well as follow their dreams!

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    I❤ Byron, it is the place we always go to unwind and recharge.

  • michelle 3 years ago

    A stay at the Atlantic is on my must do list for this year!!

  • donna 3 years ago

    thank you for giving me a few more spots to visit during my annual Christmas pilgrimage…and of course thank you for such a fantastic prize

  • Helen Jaman 3 years ago

    WOW Lucy, you have truly showcased the BEST of Byron and Bangalow in such a beautiful light…I will be sharing this with anyone who is considering visiting the best place in the world !! Captured perfectly !

  • Jess 3 years ago

    This post makes me feel so lucky to be brought up (and still living) in such an inspiring and creative pocket of this planet.

  • Monique 3 years ago

    Sigh. How I’d love to dream under a Bromley quilt….

  • Lizzie 3 years ago

    You have certainly made me want to go ! All the shops and cafes you’ve featured look so interesting . I want to fossick and eat !

  • Sarah Swan 3 years ago

    You have really captured our amazing area through the eyes of a local…your’taste’ of the region is spot on! Still plenty more to look at and experience though – you’ll need to come back!

  • Jo Quirk 3 years ago

    The beautiful memory of waking all the senses eating lime and coconut Bircher muesli with honey yoghurt while sitting on a verandah at Byron Bay exactly one year ago! A bolt of coffee then 1/2 an hour to beach comb before ending our 2 hours in paradise. One day soon…sigh

  • LucyR 3 years ago

    Looks like lots of lovely places to visit

  • sam 3 years ago

    great trip lucy, atlantic here we come !!

  • Victoria 3 years ago

    looks gorgeous and the photos are making me wish i could spend the winter somewhere up north!

  • Lee Ridder 3 years ago

    I recently discovered some of these same fantastic finds in Byron, Bangalow & Newrybar. It is great to see them promoted here on TDFD. I would definitely recommend The Atlantic as one of the best places I have stayed in Byron. I purchased a couple of cute painted tiles & beautiful soaps from Jai at Ahoy Trader and we even ate lunch at Harvest. Now I need to go back to visit the David Bromley store “In this Street” which I somehow missed!!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    what a great idea for a winter get away.

  • marg 3 years ago

    Oh it would be lovely to travel up there now and shop.

  • Paula Wnspear 3 years ago

    Would love to own even a tiny something BROMLEY! And the fashions, new to me, just lovely!

  • Sam Best-Lawson 3 years ago

    there is something indeed magical about Northern NSW…ahh to visit again soon

  • Claudia Servis 3 years ago

    There is something for everyone in this part of paradise….

  • Anna 3 years ago

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been to beautiful Byron and now I’ve got another reason to go back – to check out these beautiful stores and cafes. Also David Bromley’s quilts are stunning I’ve had my eye on them for a while!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    i love this part of the world so much
    really want to move to BANGalow

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    Would love to go shopping up there right now! Looks like such a beautiful place, with lovely people and amazing products!

  • Andie 3 years ago

    one word – dreamy…

  • Hadassah 3 years ago

    may my dreams come true and visit this creatively curious inspiring destination.

  • NicWes 3 years ago

    Just as well I recently had a long weekend in Byron or I’d be feeling very jealous looking at these pics! Great giveaway!

  • Tamara 3 years ago

    On a dreary Melbourne Monday morning, thanks for the escape to Paradise! Now, one more cup of tea and on with the day…ahhhh, if only.

  • Bronwen Stinson 3 years ago

    Oh, how I would love the essence of Byron to warm me on cold, misty mountain mornings…

  • Chelsea F 3 years ago

    What a lovely talented couple. They breed them well in New South!

  • Naomi 3 years ago

    Byron Bay certainly knows how to put its best foot forward!

  • Camille Santiago 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for your North Coast guide, Lucy; I never get to discover hidden gems like these! I love travelling down to Coolangatta and Byron Bay as it’s close enough to Brisbane to be able to drive to, but far enough away to feel a little bit special. Your post is perfect timing, as I’ve been looking for places around the north coast to take my partner for his birthday! Harvest Cafe looks divine.

  • Elena 3 years ago

    One of my favourite parts of the world!

  • em 3 years ago

    What beautiful coverage! TDF always brings out the best of every place you visit….
    Byron never looked so good! And just another beautiful part, of our beautiful country…

  • Nicola 3 years ago

    Beautiful work. Highlights just how inspiring the coast can be.

  • Kirsty 3 years ago

    This makes me want a holiday! It has been a long time since I have been up around these parts. This is inspiring me to make my next trip there.

  • Millie 3 years ago

    WOW! What’s not to love! Thank you SO much David and Yuge – ever so generous. My fingers and toes are firmly crossed for the prize draw

  • Smellthecoffee 3 years ago

    Love Byron and its surrounds. Looking forward to visiting all the great places you’ve showcased.

  • Rachel 3 years ago

    Love Northern NSW. Can’t wait to get back up there and explore a few more places.

  • Kath 3 years ago

    Thanks a million – would be a pleasure to win this. I love hearing about new gems that were previously off my radar – TDF keep up the good work :)

  • Alice 3 years ago

    Thank you Lucy! What a great post! You have managed to included lots of our favourite Byron Bay / North Coast NSW haunts and LOTS of new things to see and visit in the area! Very excited to be visiting Bryon Bay and surrounds in September with a new “must do” list.

  • Grant 3 years ago

    Such a fantastic post – have added to my travel file and will look forward to exploring for myself when I am next over the ditch. As for the giveaway well winning that would be a dream……

  • Trish 3 years ago

    The sea, the sand, the colours, the shops, the lifestyle – who wouldn’t love to live there. A very happy, holiday sort of post – and the food!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Heaven in linen form! What better way to ward of the coming winter chills than with a Bromley quilt! Everything about this area of the world is magical.

  • leah of sang the bird 3 years ago

    I live on the North Coast… and you have picked the best of the best to showcase. This is such a great read Lucy. Thank you xx

  • Eddie 3 years ago

    Count me in pretty please!! The quilt would be an amazing heirloom to pass on to my kids and I know my girlfriend would be over the moon to get to select an item from Yuge’s gorgeous collection.

  • Alex 3 years ago

    OMG a Bromley quilt!

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    Such a great story and giveaway! Pick me pick me! x

  • ekk 3 years ago

    my partner would love that bromley quilt!

  • Louise 3 years ago

    Perfect timing as we are heading to our house in the Federal hills for June long week end and we’ve invited some friends from New Caledonia to join us. They are serial shoppers so I’ve been able to whet their appetite with todays post! Thx Lx

  • Mel 3 years ago

    Ohhhhh these places look so bright and sunny, I want to go now!!

  • Little_ArtHaus 3 years ago

    I WANT! Great post Lucy – as usual :)

  • Kelly 3 years ago

    Just the most beautiful tour! Love it – Next holiday for sure.

  • April 3 years ago

    Byron looks amazing and what beautiful stores! Must visit soon!

  • Carlene 3 years ago

    I clearly need to further explore what is practically my own backyard. So much fun!

  • Alexandra Hanna 3 years ago

    Love it, such an awesome part of the world.

  • Carly 3 years ago

    I cannot wait until Wednesday to see David Bromley’s home! In the meantime, thanks for the great post. Byron Bay is such a beautiful part of the world!

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    Amazing coverage…such talent hidden away in small regional towns! Love it! x

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Urgh. That last picture killed me. I will now spend my day trying to conjure a warm breeze by my desk and a sea breeze in the tea room. Please don’t underestimate the difficulty of this task!

  • Kelly 3 years ago

    Oh take me there!!!!! This entire region is one of my favourite places on the planet. And you’ve captured its beauty so perfectly I’ve just immersed my senses in memories of my last visit…can’t wait till I’m there again.

  • Megan 3 years ago

    Byron Bay is heaven on earth for so many reasons, other than the shops, cafes and beaches – there is something special in the air there – I go up as often as I can! Thanks Lucy for such a comprehensive list of some of the fabulous spots to indulge in on my next visit! Love the photography in this one Toby!

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    Now I definitely have climate envy. Warmth! Sunshine! Not fair!

  • Anne 3 years ago

    What beautiful photos – the Atlantic Byron Bay guesthouse looks amazing.

  • Brendan 3 years ago

    I love David Bromleys works… randomly pick me!! Randomly pick me!!! LOL. my fingers and toes are crossed.
    Looks like a fantastic trip was had.

  • Chris 3 years ago

    A little hot bed of talent and creativity in the sunshine .. just added Byron Bay to the must travel wishlist.

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    <3 David Bromley <3 Yuge!! Beautiful collection of Northern NSW!!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    I have often suspected that the Bangalow / Byron area is Melbourne Creative Sea change territory – now it’s confirmed! Plotting my escape…. thanks Lucy!

  • cath 3 years ago

    Thanks for touching all five senses so vividly in your blog post (and if impulse buying was classed as a sense then you could say you also hit a sixth!). By the end of it I just wanted to jump in my car and drive…

  • Eliza 3 years ago

    I am so in love with Jai’s work – such an amazing talent!!
    And I have been lucky enough to stay at Atlantic and eat at Harvest on my 10 year wedding anniversary …. Byron and its surrounds really are magical aren’t they!
    Add to that is gorgeous give away …. Heavenly!

  • Caramia 3 years ago

    Wow. Possibly the best Design Files giveaway of all time?! Marvellous!

  • Jess 3 years ago

    What perfect timing. Going up to Byron this weekend, can’t wait to explore.

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    David Bromley can do no wrong…
    The denim is too cool. Love it.

  • Brenda 3 years ago

    all gorgeous – what a lovely place to visit

  • Julia 3 years ago

    This has inspired me to book a trip up north and check out the incredably art. It also reminds me why Byron Bay is my favourite place in Australia!

  • Edwina 3 years ago

    David Bromley’s work is so beautiful. Byron looks so beautiful. In fact, so do all the people you’ve highlighted- great job!

  • Teagan 3 years ago

    Oh my, Jai!

  • Consie 3 years ago

    Wow, Miss you Byron must try to be there sometime soon!

  • nina 3 years ago

    wow, love their work so much, love it!!!

  • Elizabeth Geddes 3 years ago

    Monday morning wanderlust.

  • Barbara 3 years ago

    What a beautiful start to my day! I’m so glad to see so many independent traders in and around Byron. I hope so much that it doesn’t become a mini Gold Coast. You just left off Topshop in Byron (a cafe, not a hideous chain store!). And so so looking forward to Wednesdays sneaky peak into a great artists home.

  • Jayde 3 years ago

    Northern NSW something for every season! Love it, thanks Lucy!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Great post- lots of fabulousness in that area!

  • Diana 3 years ago


  • Laura 3 years ago

    I just love BB and region, and Island Luxe is so wonderful – always a great break from Melbourne in Winter. Thanks for a great guide to the area.

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    We are northern new. The beaches, the air, the people. Such a great place to live and escape to once a year!

    And David Bromley what an amazing fellow indeed.

  • Michelle Hart 3 years ago

    Byron Bay…..A favourite holiday destination of mine and my families, just what we need now that the cold is about to set in here in Melbourne.
    Love the beaches, the wonderful eateries, the amazing treasure trove of shops and the fabulous artisans that reside there and in the neighbouring region, creating unique and wonderful pieces. I am so looking forward to reading the posts of the week ahead, including the one on Ahoy Trader and also having a chance to win a David Bromley quilt and a piece from his wife’s collection! Brilliant :)

  • Kate 3 years ago

    I can’t believe I’ve still never been to this beautiful part of Australia!
    On the ‘to do’ list for 2014.

  • Marcello 3 years ago

    What an amazing place
    A great place for Inspiration!

  • Rachel R 3 years ago

    Just beautiful! can’t wait to go up there next week for work! Great tips to help me while im there!

  • Deb Hughes 3 years ago

    I’ve yet to visit this town but there must be something, it is such a magnet for creative folk

  • Alaina 3 years ago

    I am LONG overdue for a trip up North!! This post may have just given me the nudge that I need.

  • Elly 3 years ago

    I have been dieing to explore the North Coast.. Your post just pushed me that last step to doing it! Can’t wait to visit all these gorgeous places.

  • John B 3 years ago

    I’d love that quilt.

  • emily 3 years ago

    ahhh delightful. makes me want to go dip my toes in the sea and hide in the hinterland. looking forward to the week of more!

  • mary 3 years ago

    God’s country.

  • Emily 3 years ago

    Oh no… So sad! I just came back from Coolangatta/Byron area today! haha Will have to use these tips for next time. :) The weather was rainy and cold – but I jumped in for a swim anyway! Such a beautiful area. Thanks for the great post! Would love to enter the competition as well!

  • Anna McGregor 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I grew up near there so it’s very close to my heart.

  • Danielle Cross 3 years ago

    always inspiring, always interesting, always a must read!!!

  • lucie 3 years ago

    Such lovely things- all beautiful!

  • Sasha 3 years ago

    Ahhh… what a wonderful place! Such great pictures, made me want to buy EVERYTHING and go try every cafe! Makes me want to move there and feel every day is a holiday! ;-) Thanks for bringing smiles on such a gloomy Melbourne day!

  • Annette Howe 3 years ago

    Great feature, loved the photography and some fascinating places to check out. I’m now inspired to take a trip up there.

  • Kathryn 3 years ago

    Love it – I grew up in ths area and it just gets better and better! Great inspiration for a winter getaway.

  • Cheree 3 years ago

    The north coast is amazing!! It really is, if you haven’t been there, this is a great motivator. I note that there are still a few secrets and I am keeping them to myself.
    OK, OK, if you must know, Brunswick, just north of Byron is a hidden gem, a quaint village and family friendly. Mullumbimby for that great country meets the sea atmosphere. I could go on, but then it would spoil the trip wouldn’t it. Go off the beaten track, there is adventure out there waiting for you to explore.

  • kirsten 3 years ago

    i wish i could visit all those places they look awesome

  • Claire 3 years ago

    ooooh that quilt looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • CJ 3 years ago

    Definitely one of my favourite regions to visit.

  • Arli Jane 3 years ago

    I am dreaming of the day I can relocate back to the sunny chilled mid north coast. So much creativity! Love it!!!

  • Jenny 3 years ago

    I just want to pack my bags and go. A great inspirational TDF . I loved it all.

  • Karen Hearnden 3 years ago

    My frequent places on the north coast for sure! There are such hidden gems outside of Byron itself!! And David Bromley + Yuge Yu GIVEAWAY is super!! Such individual creatiions, I have been following David Bromley for a few yeras now. I heart his work!!!

  • Sonya 3 years ago

    Thanks for the gorgeous get away from the wintery weather in Adelaide. A Bromley quilt would be a divinely decadent winter warmer here :)

  • whitsidd 3 years ago

    gorgeous . . . and now I know where to go — thanks!

  • Emski 3 years ago

    Harvest Cafe is one of my happy places!We have been going there for over 10 years every time we are in Byron, ever since they were a little one room cafe. xxx

  • This post is PERFECT! I’m planning a mini getaway in just a couple of months and will definitely make it my agenda to visit every shop.

  • Nicole shearer 3 years ago

    There is nowhere as beautiful as Byron !

  • rebecca 3 years ago

    Need to get there! Love the idea of taking a piece with you.

  • Nadine 3 years ago

    I have always coveted David Bromley’s artwork and now Yuge! That Tailspin Vest is stunning. Hmmm… this might mean a trip to Byron is in order!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh!!!!! I’m drooling over it all. I’m in desperate need of a holiday.
    Incredible prizes- they’d make my day for sure! I can always rely on The Design Files to make me smile :)

  • Jackie 3 years ago

    Such lovely pictures!

  • Joanne 3 years ago

    Such beautiful photos and beautiful places!

  • Kimberley W 3 years ago

    I feel like I’ve been on holidays after reading this! Thank you!

  • marilyn 3 years ago

    Great photos, felt like I was on holidays and participating in some retail therapy

  • Ali 3 years ago

    Fabulous images. Yuge Yu’s designs are stunning. What an amazing couple.

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    ooh yes please!!!! Pick me.

  • Jodie 3 years ago

    WHAT A FIND! All of those places look magical! Really makes me feel the need to race down from Brisbane and go silly for homewares, food and all round sweet living!

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    Ok so I’m ready for my holiday right now!!

  • Narelle 3 years ago


  • Kristen 3 years ago

    Well I know where I’m going for my next mini break…xo

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Last time I was in Byron Bay I was a student and so poor all I could do was escape the rain by sitting over one coffee for hours at a time. Would love to go back now and spend, spend, spend!

  • Gracie Ferro 3 years ago

    I have never been to Byron before, but it looks like I should!

  • Sally 3 years ago

    Wonderful snapshot, thanks Lucy and team. I wish I had this info when I visited that part of the world a few years ago but you have given me many reasons to head back. No wonder you parted with so much cashola!

  • Shaunaugh 3 years ago

    Thanks for al the great info Lucy – now I cant wait for my next trip to that beautiful piece of Australia!

  • ami 3 years ago

    Im so Lucky to live here in the Byron area! So creative, beautiful and calming. I hope I get a new quilt for winter! x

  • Sangi 3 years ago

    Wow! Looks amazing.. & Awesome giveaways, thanks muchly Lucy!

  • Paula 3 years ago

    Soooo want to go …

  • Sue L 3 years ago

    This is a great post. I always think I ‘m across all the goodness in the Nth Coast area having grown up there, but you’ve introduced me to a bunch of great new places to try out on the next visit. Time to organise a girls weekend away to the Atlantic Byron Bay.

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    Another swoon worthy giveaway!

  • Margaret 3 years ago

    gorgeous clothes

  • Annette 3 years ago

    Ahhh I miss my old hood. So good to see the North Coast represented here. One thing…I cant believe you didnt swim in the ocean! The water up there is practically medicinal its so good. Next time you must.

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  • Stacey 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness, Byron ticks every box…on my way to book a trip and escape gloomy suburbs for sunny creative Mecca !

  • Chrystie Longworth 3 years ago

    Count me in!

  • Chris 3 years ago

    Love the collection :)

  • Katie Alleva 3 years ago

    I’m so excited to see the region I live in featured here today. There are so many talented creatives living on the North Coast! Yey!

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    cool bananas!

  • Natalie 3 years ago

    Wonderful! I love Yuge’s current collection! Stunning!

  • TaniaT 3 years ago

    Looks so indulgently relaxing! I want o go!

  • Steph 3 years ago

    Some really cool places to add to my list! Thanks lucy!!!

  • DEANNA MICHAEL 3 years ago

    LUCY this is just what i needed to read on this gloomy monday in Melbourne. So beautiful, sunny and creative, friendly locals and good food and booze… guess where i’m booking a flight to?

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    oh, how nice would it be to live there…

  • Shka 3 years ago

    gorgeous post lucy!
    can’t believe how you’ve managed to find so many amazing creatives in the one area!
    definitely makes me want to head north..

  • Donna 3 years ago

    Oh now i just want to go back to the northern NSW coast for a holiday – it’s been too long and seems there is now so much more to see. Love everything you have shown us. Think I also NEED a manila cane chair…

  • Keren 3 years ago

    After wondering around Bromley’s studio in Prahran…. winning a couple of items at the auction lst year…..What a another great opportunity to enter his world!!!

  • Sharon G 3 years ago

    A truly beautiful part of the world…

  • M Taylor 3 years ago

    lifestyle envy…

  • jane 3 years ago

    more fabulous reasons to visit………aaah, great post!

  • Leah 3 years ago

    LOVE David Bromley’s work, his studio and everything about this post!

  • David 3 years ago

    …holiday dreaming …..

  • Maddie 3 years ago

    Can’t wait to visit the Gold Coast. Great post and crossing my fingers for the gorgeous giveaway.

  • Meem 3 years ago

    OMG! My two fave B word – Bromly & Byron. Don’t tell him but I’ve been like some crazed Bromley (works) stalker for some years. Alas, two beloved screenprints are all I have (and am likely to ever have) acquire. Unless… I get my hands on some quilt action! Pretty please.

  • Fiona Wightman 3 years ago

    So many enticing places. Must visit again soon.

  • Jodie 3 years ago

    Iconic artist in a magical part of Australia

  • lauren weiss 3 years ago

    How lovely, what a grounding place to be.

  • anna 3 years ago

    planning my trip right now!!! as a fan of all things nautical, I NEED to be at Chinderah Antiques…….

  • Amy 3 years ago

    Going to byron in July! thanks for providing me with some great places to check out whilst im up there!!! LOVE that place x

  • Michelle Cao 3 years ago

    eeeeeee meeeeeee!!!

  • Erin 3 years ago

    What a generous giveaway!!

  • Jennifer BUSH 3 years ago

    I discovered David’s art at a friend’s place and now I know why he produces such lovely works, given his location!

  • anne 3 years ago

    I just live up the road and visit occasionally but there is so much more you’ve uncovered……a trip next week I think, thanks.

  • Lucy 3 years ago

    Planning my trip!!!!

  • Madeline 3 years ago

    AMAZING giveaway!! Love TDF Lucy, I don’t think my work would like to know how much time I spend on here!! :)

  • bridget 3 years ago

    Just beautiful.

  • Lynette 3 years ago

    thanks for a lovely post, it really brightened up my dreary melbourne day. Perhaps a bit of holiday day-dreaming is in order…

  • Carol Clough 3 years ago

    I’ve never been to any of these places, so thank-you for bringing them to us visually this way!
    Must get there one day!

  • Lee 3 years ago

    There’s no place like Byron, there’s no place like Bangalow, there’s no place like Byron…….

  • Celia 3 years ago

    Byron Bay is such a glorious place went there a few weeks ago and stayed at The Atlantic! Spectacular place. David Bromley’s gallery/shop is an incredible space. BB-my favourite place in the world!

  • Maria 3 years ago

    Great to see TDF showcasing the rest of OZ! Thank you x

  • Sarah B 3 years ago

    I just signed up to The Design Files today and couldn’t believe my luck- I’m off to Byron this week and what a great article about some gorgeous places to visit! I can’t wait. Thank you.

  • Rachel DÁlton 3 years ago

    Byron- now on my list of places to go.

  • Alison 3 years ago

    Oh wow – I love David’s website! And Yuge’s clothes are just divine – the yellow, the spots – so gorgeous.. I’m ashamed to admit as a Sydney girl I’ve never been to Byron – must change that soon and will be sure to use this guide! Thanks TDF! x

  • Kerryn 3 years ago

    This post makes for dreamy reading on a cold, wet Canberra day.

  • Sonya V Iskandar 3 years ago

    Beautiful post! One of my friends moved to Byron Bay about a year ago, now I am starting to understand why she moved and why she stays. Can’t wait to visit and come to these places in the post!

  • emma 3 years ago

    Just got back from beautiful weekend in byron bay…. Sigh! I wanna go back! I’m suffering from Monday morning blues :-(

  • brian cheung 3 years ago

    looks great lucy! thanks for sharing, especially on such a dreary melbourne day…

  • Michael H 3 years ago

    The Bromley quilt would be an incredible win. Great post Lucy.

  • Amie 3 years ago

    Great timing! I’m off to Byron in a few weeks for the first time! Thanks for sharing

  • Cara 3 years ago

    how do you find all these places & people! amazing! could you come to Perth an unearth all the creatives amongst our sunshine too?

  • Kerrie-lee workman 3 years ago

    You have created the definitive Byron ‘Bible’ of lust worthy attractions! Can’t wait to visit with this great info in tow. Am very excited by the incredible giveaways too, fingers and toes are firmly crossed! X kl

  • Dael 3 years ago

    Thanks, love the pics! wish I was closer to visit Byron and surrounds more often!

  • Seamus 3 years ago

    my peacock needs an island luxe indoor palm tree to perch on – love it!

  • Lee Phillips 3 years ago

    Wow, it’s been years since I’ve visited Byron Bay and Bangalow… lots has changed. Your gorgeous guide has me wanting to visit all over again. Thanks Lucy! Lee

  • Kylie 3 years ago

    Please add my name to the list.

  • Kirsty Gee 3 years ago

    Packing the bags, booking the ticket…..lets go on a road trip. Inspired

  • Alyse 3 years ago

    What a fabulous post Lucy! Am more inspired than ever to visit NSW North Coast! Have been a fan of David Bromleys for many years, would be exstatic to win the giveaway! Thanks for brightening my Monday, i love TDF! XXX

  • Jane 3 years ago

    Best winter escape! Love David Bromley’s work, would kill for a quilt!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Absolutely superb guide, thank you! I loved every single letter of it. Makes me want to take a special trip just to visit all these places…

  • Trish 3 years ago

    Who wouldn’t like to win, please include me ~~~

  • Alana 3 years ago

    Wow, makes me crave for a holiday up north especially with this cold Melbourne weather…

  • Carmen 3 years ago

    Have never been to the North Coast of NSW, have always wanted to go. Your post and pictures now make me really really want to go. Have been a big fan of Bromley’s and now you have introduced me to his wife’s work Yuge which is pretty special too… Would be lovely to have their stuff in my home until I get a chance to get up there to see it for myself!

  • Margaret Cooper 3 years ago

    This has convinced me to plan a trip to the North Coast. Not just a great escape from the cold weather, but an exciting destination. All those fab places to visit!

  • kate 3 years ago

    absolutely love this part of the world!! now there is even more to like….

  • Kristy 3 years ago

    Love the locations… looks amazing!

  • leelee 3 years ago

    Who would not want to live in places like these! or indeed win these prizes!!
    great post – thanks Lucy

  • Cate 3 years ago

    I often get overwhelmed by where to go in Byron, this is just a hit list of the best spots! Thank you.

  • Michael 3 years ago

    Oh to dream…..

  • maria 3 years ago

    AMAZING giveaway!!

  • Kathryn 3 years ago

    Just what we need as the cold sets in down south!

  • Jo-Anne Britt 3 years ago

    What a beautiful spot to feature. Sweet giveaway too!!

  • Betsie 3 years ago

    Oh wow!! Gobsmacked by this amazing post + dreaming of a future holiday there!

  • kel 3 years ago

    This post made me so homesick!

  • Brendan 3 years ago

    Far (out) North Coast NSW – I’MA COMING!

  • Bea 3 years ago

    Thank you Lucy and Co. I now know I need a holiday! What a beautiful guide to such a pretty part of our great nation! Dreamy giveaway too I MUST add….

  • Jess 3 years ago

    Dreaming of Byron!

  • Georgia 3 years ago

    Great photos! Looks so lovely.

  • Sam Bronson 3 years ago

    If I won, it would be a toss up between the Blackbelle dress (love the detailing) or the What’s Golden jacket (the colour is amazing, the cut is timeless) from Yuge. And David’s works are superb!

  • Alexia 3 years ago

    Exactly what makes Byron Bay so gorgeous & fascinating.

  • Steph 3 years ago

    Love Byron! Where will you be off to next Lucy?

  • Joanne Searle 3 years ago

    I’ve never managed to get there…thanks for such a beautiful post

  • Elisa 3 years ago

    Mr Brom is the bomb! love love his dreamy nostalgia

  • Lisa Simon 3 years ago

    Inspiration for a much needed escape …

  • Joe 3 years ago

    Byron,Bromley, Beautiful!

  • Mel 3 years ago

    I spent a week in Byron in April, and went to most of these places… But unfortunately not all!

  • Rach 3 years ago

    Love Byron and need to explore the shops and cafes.

  • byron 3 years ago

    Great to see Chinderah Bay Sea Antiques make the cut! Go Cooly! :)

  • Jodie Davies 3 years ago

    Does Byron bay and northern NSW, really put a spell on you or is it the other way around? Don’t get me wrong I am a Melbournite and I think I live in a groovy Town. Byron and its surrounds however have become an archetype in my mind of beauty, warmth, adventure and romance since we first visited 8 years ago, the first step I took in honoring my longing to explore places I had dreamed of and filed away with many other desires. And it didn’t disappoint, it awakened a part of me that is soft light and warm water, music, creativity, tropical plants and a calm heart. It was not too long after I discovered Bromley who both my husband and I seem to have made part of our inner fabric too..It seems I/we can not go anywhere, a shopping trip in Daylesford, an overnight stay in an Adelaide hotel, a serendipitous exhibition, our honey moon stay.. without a playful Bromley image or sculpture turning up to bless our journey and make me smile. My soul knows the way to my bliss even it is often a challenge to follow, it knowlingly finds an image of a house, a shop ,an artist, a beautiful place to stay, a new blog from a Byron inhabitant for my eyes at least once a month and I am reminded what matters in me. I make my image wish lists (which has the Atlantic on it atm! ) and I drink it in and I let go. Needless to say I couldn’t think of a better gift to receive than what you are offering , perhaps I will manifest it into reality! However if not I will remain ever grateful for the part of it I carry within and trust what I think my heart tells me , that one day I will need to make northern NSW my home. Thankyou for the beautiful images to add to my story :)

  • Linda 3 years ago

    Wow, what a huge giveaway, count me in x Linda

  • Priscilla Rule 3 years ago

    Wow looks like you had the most amazing time and made heaps of new friends. Great pics and a fantastic read, and yes of course I would love to win a fabulous David Bromley Quilt

  • Sam 3 years ago

    Don’t be telling everyone about Tugun;)

  • Kim 3 years ago

    So amazing. Byron is magic…and David and Yuge in Byron is a match made in heaven!

    xx Kim

  • Catherine Chiarelli 3 years ago

    Love this post! Amazing photography from Toby Scott too :)

  • Sally 3 years ago

    I was in Byron end April surfing and listening to the waves at night. How good is ‘The Corner Store’ in Bangalow.

  • Annie 3 years ago

    Craving the sunshine in Byron. Gorgeous post!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Oh my…. We’re going to Clare this weekend (SA) but I may just have to put Byron on the list for the next little getaway… Colour and relaxed goodness!

  • Alison 3 years ago

    Love this story (and the giveaway) – your best ever?

  • Sarah Patchett 3 years ago

    These are some of my favourite places to visit. I want to stay at the Atlantic guest house badly now!!

  • Penny 3 years ago

    Congrats David and Yuge! And eeeeee this post is very timely for me, thinking of taking a little trip to Byron next month!

  • David 3 years ago

    On this street is one of the first places we go to when visiting Byron. I have always admired the quilts!

  • Olivia 3 years ago

    I’d love to have lunch on the balcony of Harvest Cafe, looks so peaceful.

  • Rhonda 3 years ago

    Lovely post for a chilly evening. Thank you. Must head back up that way soon!

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    Amazing. I love the North Coast! And amazing giveaway too!!!

  • Caitlin 3 years ago

    Fantastic little post, I love discovering new places and people. Can’t believe you didn’t go for a swim, Melbourne was almost swimming weather last week. Looks like we are back in winter though, thanks for the sunshine post to remind me of Saturday!

  • Kate Cronk 3 years ago

    Ahoy Yuge – pick me!!! XX

  • Kate Cronk 3 years ago

    Ahoy Yuge – pick me!

  • Michele 3 years ago

    Thanks TDF another great story…absolutely love these stores.

  • Frances 3 years ago

    So beautiful, wish I was there now!

  • Eva Schroeder 3 years ago

    I wish I lived in those photos!!

  • andi 3 years ago

    thanks for sharing a taste of this beautiful area wish i was there enjoying it all

  • helen stanish 3 years ago

    Gotta get up to Byron soon…so beautiful!
    Thanks for the travel tips!

  • Suzie 3 years ago

    I have always felt this is one of the best areas – always loved it. What a super giveaway – thanks.

  • Sally Sargeant 3 years ago


  • Kate Austin 3 years ago

    I haven’t been down under since I spent a year down their nearly 20 years ago. I had the time of my life and looking at this wonderful blog has made me very nostalgic. Time to start saving for another trip I think.

  • Liz 3 years ago

    Love Bryon Bay, love David Bromley’s work, my dream holiday at the moment. If only…….

  • Kirsty 3 years ago

    Amazing giveaway. I have long admired the work of David Bromley. And who can help but be inspired with all that sunshine!

  • elissa c 3 years ago

    Thanks for this! I love it when you travel.

  • Ali M 3 years ago

    Sunshine and happy people….. love you North Coast NSW!!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Reading this from Dubai – so so refreshing to see all that greenery, just beautiful!

  • joan 3 years ago

    best promo ever for the area – definitely on our way north from chilly Canberra!

  • Katrina b 3 years ago

    Looking forward to taking a drive up this way one day soon! Thank you for celebrating the smaller Australian places

  • Andrea 3 years ago

    Aren’t we lucky to have so many amazing place to visit in Australia! Thank you for uncovering a part of Australia I didn’t know anything about and desperately want to visit.

  • izzie 3 years ago

    This article just made me book a flight to NSW!! I was going to go to melbourne but I have been sold on the eclectic stores an cafes and cool creatives! yay cant wait to visit :)

  • KD 3 years ago

    Gorgeous!! I have to get to Byron to explore!

  • Rose 3 years ago

    Northern NSW is incredible! What a beautiful country we live in!

  • Amber 3 years ago

    Could these photos get any better! This little Melbourner has got to experience the Central Coast for the last few years and still hasn’t made the trip to Byron! Shame!

  • Annie 3 years ago

    Yeah! I’m there next month! Perfect timing!

  • Vivienne savage 3 years ago

    TDF is my daily fix of design love.. What a fabulous giveaway.

  • Liz 3 years ago

    Awesome post, makes me homesick, I moved from Byron to Melbourne and around this (cold) time of year I always ask myself why??

  • MP 3 years ago

    LOVE David Bromley X

  • Kaz 3 years ago

    Double ‘B’ love – Bromley and Byron! What’s not to love

  • pilsy 3 years ago

    Hi Lucy. I love this story… I think i might simply die and go to heaven if i won this prize from this incredible duo. What an amazing time of year to go to Byron…. Extra loving The Design files of late……. x

  • Magda 3 years ago

    Ahhhh….Byron, how I love thee. Thank you for those relaxing images…see you later in the year, can’t wait!

  • Lynne Beclu 3 years ago

    I am a Byron native who has just discovered his robinson crusoe

    SO MANY THANKS for opening my eyes to the pleasures of this land…………….

  • Karen 3 years ago

    I thought i knew everything about this region but you still managed to find some gems i didn’t know about….thank you….really enjoyed todays post.

  • Louise 3 years ago

    I would so love to win this prize, anything by David Bromley, (wow) would be incredible! Great post and now dreaming about going back to Byron!

  • Nicky Cross 3 years ago

    I love everything about Byron Bay- The people, shops cafe’s beaches ‘weather’ it has it all. We took the two kids there a few years ago and had a great time looking forward to taking the third. Thanks for sharing a slice of paradise with us! Love your blog and Instagram posts! x

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Oh Byron, how we love you so! I’ll see you soon. x

  • joanne 3 years ago

    Wow, what motivation to plan a getaway, and such gorgeous giveaways

  • Ellie 3 years ago

    Was just swooning over a Bromley quilt the other day at his exhibition in Margaret River. Absolutely beautiful quilts of art!

  • Debbie 3 years ago

    So many wonderful stores! I will make sure we drive next time we go to Byron and allow some time for shopping.

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Another exciting week of TDF to look forward to!

  • Astrid Tunbridge 3 years ago

    The clothes and the artwork are simply divine.. So many happy memories in Byron Bay. Truly a special place.

  • Oliver 3 years ago

    What a surprise to see a sunny photo of Coolangatta when I opened up TDF tonight. My heater set at a balmy 21 degrees almost had me transported there. Great giveaway too Lucy!

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    Ooh Lucy what an amazing write up !!! The shops, the accommodation the scenery so inspiring! And Toby your photographic work is exceptional. Thankyou for sharing your travels and discoveries with us, it’s next on our list of places to go!

  • shannon 3 years ago

    That Mousse head!!!

  • Viva 3 years ago

    Love it all…..! X

  • Frankie 3 years ago

    Going through my childhood boxes recently, I found a yr 2 primary school project. I had recently been on a northern New South Wales road trip with my mum and it clearly had an impact.
    Choosing a location in Australia my poster reads “Byron Bay, Heaven on earth” with a cut and paste dolphin leaping out of the cardboard cutout waves.

  • Freja 3 years ago

    Wow, what a lovely place. Must visit, thanks for sharing!!

  • Trene 3 years ago

    Byron is mother’s own country and seems to get groovier as the years go by. You have made me want to book a holiday there.

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Absolutely breathtaking <3

  • Heidi 3 years ago

    so looking forward to this series of posts – today’s was a cracker – a gorgeous part of the world full of gorgeous things and people! Hx

  • Gael Joyce 3 years ago

    Such a surprise to open TDF this morning to see the Atlantic which I found online last night and booked for five days next month.
    Now we will have the best ever time exploring and eating at all the places you covered.
    Thanks Lucy.

  • Kayla sharpe 3 years ago

    How magical.

  • Eko Pam 3 years ago

    Beautiful stuff!

  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    Beautiful images!

  • Virginia 3 years ago

    Thanks for the excellent post! Very easy on the eye.

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    One day I will make it there! Looks and sounds amazing.

  • simone 3 years ago

    Love David Bromley’s work!!

  • Andrea v 3 years ago

    Wow, what a holiday-inspiring blog. A beautiful part of Australia where it seems the most artistic and talented people live :)

  • rachael 3 years ago

    soooooooooooooooo jealous!! : )

  • Rebecca 3 years ago

    How lovely to read this and retrace my steps of the past week, having just returned from a holiday in nearby Mullumbimby. I can recommend the Flying Dog Cottage for fabulous “close to Byron” accommodation: Milk and Honey is a local favourite for amazing pizza. The kale tabouleh at the Bayleaf is delicious too. I plan to share more haunts shortly… thanks for keeping the holiday sparkle shining, Lucy.

  • Clare 3 years ago

    Heaven on earth… :) x

  • Robyn 3 years ago

    holey moley what a jammed full of great stuff post this is. a keeper. i want to go to Tugun – coveting all of that! want that whole rack of yellow and splotty.

  • Koren 3 years ago

    Oh my, what a stunning collection of photographs. Ahoy Trader looks like the kind of place I could lose myself in for hours. And what a nice chap Jai seems. As for the little Federal Japanese cafe … well! What a lovely concept. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Sara 3 years ago

    Amazing! I know next to nothing about this corner of the world but cannot wait to return to this ‘guide’ and vicariously continue my journey there. Definitely going to tag this on my tumblr of travel dreams!

  • Winnie 3 years ago

    Whoa…so beautiful! I wish I could be there, soon!

  • sue 3 years ago

    such a beautiful part of the world!

  • chrissie 3 years ago

    Mmmm such a beautiful place and such beautiful giveaways!

  • Karina 3 years ago

    Oh my!!!! What an amazing collection of shops and stores. Wish I could visit!

  • Sharon 3 years ago

    wow, I want a holiday here. I’m book marking this page for future reference.

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Nice round up…a fave spot of Australia. Great giveaway.

  • Mary Anne P 3 years ago

    Like everyone else I think the North of NSW is a magical spot. We are from Melbourne and we got married in Bangalow and visited many times in that area. We havent been for many many years…Thanks for the lovely giveaway and the focus on this beautiful area. xx

  • Gemma 3 years ago

    This whole guide is great, Lucy! And winning either prize would be amazing.

  • deb 3 years ago

    Great to see some new and original photo shots – I will be checking out Newrybar this weekend

  • Donna 3 years ago

    This area holds a special place in my heart as my dad grew up here. Looking at these gorgeous photos, I realize I am long overdue for a visit.

  • Bec 3 years ago

    So many fantastic places to visit, it has inspired me to visit again, as I haven’t been through that area since my childhood. Beautifully captured!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Bromley Bromley Bromley. Thank you

  • louise 3 years ago

    Simply beautiful, and so inspiring: when can I go!!

  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    I have been a David Bromley fan forever, and would be enormously privileged to share a piece of this creative soul’s inspiration.

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    oh Byron bay, my hearts skips a b eat.

  • Amalie 3 years ago

    Well well, certainly looks like a few less ferals and a few more lattes than the last time I visited! Great shots by Toby.

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Lovin’ Byron & surrounds!

  • Laurel 3 years ago

    MUST. GO. HERE. NOW! What a gorgeous place.

  • Jan Pilgrim 3 years ago

    Fantastic post. I live here and you showed me places I didn’t know existed. Can’t wait to try them out!

  • Kylie 3 years ago

    Wow. That’s it, I’m going.

  • Simone 3 years ago

    Beautiful, and timely too, heading there in August for a few days…could just pick up my prize whilst there.. Ahem

  • Julie 3 years ago

    … dreamy byron …

  • Eva 3 years ago

    What a fantastic story! A true feast for the eyes. I’m such a huge fan of David Bromley’s work and had no idea he and his partner had this shop! THANKS SO MUCH TDF!!! This makes me want to pack up and move North…

  • Rachel 3 years ago

    I miss Byron!

  • Vinny 3 years ago

    Great post and stunning photos! Was lucky enough to visit In This Street in January and couldn’t stop drooling!!!

  • Kim 3 years ago

    It’s my 30th birthday next week (eek!) and my best girlfriends were planning a trip away to celebrate the big weekend but we couldn’t agree with where to go (typical when you get us all together, no one will make a decision!). I saw your amazing Instagram pics and just started sending them through to the girls. Needless to say my persistance and your awesome photos won out and we’re now going to Byron this weekend! Thank you for doing all the hard work for us – we will essentially be using your guide as our itinerary. Also, very excited to pop in to see David and Yuge, both of their work looks absolutely stunning. Can’t wait and thanks again!

  • OJ 3 years ago

    In this street. Sounds like I need to get my self to a certain street in Byron ASAP.

  • Diana 3 years ago

    Man oh man I need a holiday! It’s getting so cold here in Adelaide that I’ll need a Bromley quilt here in the office soon!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Transport me there now please. So beautiful.

  • Giselle Lapitan 3 years ago

    Would love any from these inspiring creatives!

  • Niamh 3 years ago

    I have never been to Byron before…. looks like my next holiday is sorted! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Keeli Jones 3 years ago

    I’m keeping a list of all the places you visited…………… it’s time to plan MY trip!

  • ooh, pick me. pick me.

  • Beth 3 years ago

    I don’t remember Byron like that… Where’s the tie-dye

  • Libby 3 years ago

    What about the rainbow shop? That’s my kids’ favourite…

  • Debrah 3 years ago

    Thanks for a great snapshot of the area. I’ll have to share this with my sister who’s just moved up that way.

  • Penny 3 years ago

    So many good things to enjoy, this has inspired me to take a holiday in Byron.

  • Marian 3 years ago

    OMG! I’m jumping on a plane tomorrow! It’s all too gorgeous.

  • Olivia 3 years ago

    One of the most eclectic, amazing and awe inspiring spaces I have ever been in was David Bromley’s studio space in Chapel St, he is a truly remarkable artist (and designer!?). Also so fantastic to see so many pockets of amazing food and design, I feel a trip to NSW coming on, thanks for the heads up Lucy!

  • Belinda 3 years ago

    Thanks for a wonderful post! It reminded me how lucky I was to grow up on the North Coast!

  • Phoebe 3 years ago

    Amazing!! I can feel the sun on my back.

  • Liz Kennedy 3 years ago

    Beautiful pictures! have put this on my “must visit” list. Thank you.

  • Robbie 3 years ago

    My husband bypasses Byron Bay every road trip and now I know why! Hugh Bromley fan, I think its time for a girls road trip!

  • Ben 3 years ago

    Great compilation of Byron. Just missing the fabulous Muther of All Things shop in town.!!!

  • Annabel 3 years ago

    You’ve made me want to pack away my puffer & head nth, perhaps in a new little number from Yuge :)

  • Lara 3 years ago

    now day dreaming at work of a mid year break to byron, always inspiring TDF, great post!

  • Priscilla 3 years ago

    I suddenly have something to look forward to…how inspiring!

  • sarah 3 years ago

    one of my favourite places in the whole world – looking forward to a visit very soon thanks for highlighting some must sees x

  • Gabe 3 years ago

    Count me in, I love Byron!!

  • Stephanie 3 years ago

    So many talented people and such a laid back attitude. Jealous! Thanks TDF for bringing this area to my attention – I’ve never been.

  • Anna Di Pietro 3 years ago

    It’s nearly 30 years since we visited. We definitely need to go again and soon!!!

  • Lou 3 years ago

    Must schedule a trip there soon to fit in all these great places.

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    Oh my, I love Byron and I love Bromley!

  • Alex Townsend 3 years ago

    Thank you for your post…I live a couple of hours down the coast. Harvest has always been a fave but it was great to have an update on some of the newer stores… makes me want to jump in the car and dassssh up!

  • Jacqueline 3 years ago

    Great post Lucy. Lovely to see David and Yuge have settled so well in Byron Bay

  • Jessica 3 years ago

    Exactly the dose of sunshine I needed on a gloomy Melbourne afternoon. Thanks, Lucy.

  • Kirstin 3 years ago

    So many beautiful things to see and do … I miss it!!

  • Mikaela 3 years ago

    yes please!

  • Phoebe 3 years ago

    Fantastic post! Stunning images and such a good read. This certainly helps my holiday plans along for the Christmas break.

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful area to highlight… I especially love Bangalow! And also Love love love David Bromley! :)

  • Maribel 3 years ago

    Fantastic pieces of art in these stores. Wonderful giveaway :)) beautiful pictures

  • Winnic 3 years ago

    Makes me want to pack my bags right now!

  • Merridy 3 years ago

    Oh you are making me home sick!!! Counting down til we return to Oz from the Philippines. And such a generous giveaway too. Count me in please!

  • Leigh 3 years ago

    I attempted to bid on a Bromley quilt at the auction last year and after looking through the final results, I am quite confident that I provided the kind folk at Leonard Joel with a good laugh when they saw my maximum bid :-( Needless to say, I am still without a Bromley quilt, but would very much like to be the keeper of one. Please pick me. I’ll take very good care of it Lucy. Promise.

  • Delia Timms 3 years ago

    Loved this post – you found some gems along the north coast of NSW! Please count me in for the giveaways! Thanks!

  • Georgina Sangster 3 years ago

    wow, you have captured the essence of what great artists and business owners are doing this area. I cannot wait for you to come back later in the year after I have opened my shop for it to be photographed by Toby and visited by you…….
    with love and cheer from Byron

  • Michele 3 years ago

    I think you have just done more for Byron tourism than any agency ad campaign! Byron is one of those rare places of natural beauty and creative energy that makes you feel good just by being there. Only pic missing for me was the lighthouse, it calls me each time I visit and we are always fortunate to spot whales or dolphins from the cliff top. Magic!

  • Kat 3 years ago

    <3 bryon, bromely and yu

  • Annie 3 years ago

    I love it all. And now I really need a holiday!

  • Annie Yu 3 years ago

    WoW…. this post/guide makes me wanna visit the North Coast NOW!!!

  • Yvette 3 years ago

    Oh my………..this is the best giveaway ever!! Byron is such a treasure :)

  • Jenny 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing so many beautiful places and people. Great post and giveaway.

  • Alison 3 years ago

    Bangalow would have to be one of my favourite places. So relaxed. So beautiful.

  • Carly Wallman 3 years ago

    I take a trip to the Byron area every year to unwind and rejuvenate. It’s such an amazing, creative place! Thank you for this fabulous insight into such a beautiful area!

  • Darcie 3 years ago

    These images are just stunning! Wishing I could cross the country and spend some time in Byron.

  • Jane Forma 3 years ago

    Cancel the overseas honeymoon! I’m thinking a road trip up the north coast might be just what we need for some R&R after our crazy day… and we’ll no doubt squeeze in a bit of homewares/antiques shopping along the way! Thankyou for a lovely read & a nice opportunity to do some day-dreaming :)

  • DesB 3 years ago

    Our favorite annual getaway!!

  • Annette Wregg 3 years ago

    Went to Byron for a wedding last year. What did I miss? Spent time on the beach with lots of walking.
    Will definitely book an apartment and see the businesses described here. Lot’s of spending too! I love the Design Files! ……am always sharing my favourite articles and images on my facebook page.

  • Nora 3 years ago

    This is definitely my next holiday destination……AMMMAAAAZZIINNGG

  • Catherine 3 years ago

    Never been to Byron Bay. But l definitely want to go now!

  • Megan 3 years ago

    My favourite place to be xxx…am off to plan a trip to Bangalow right now- thanks!!

  • Jules 3 years ago

    I’m so excited that you are featuring my town and that you love it as much as I do. I was especially stoked to see Heath’s Old Wares – love love love that place!

  • Claire 3 years ago

    Just dreamy …. Byron bay we love you SO SO much xxx

  • Em Kate Collins 3 years ago

    Such beautiful pictures of such a beautiful place! I love this part of NSW. Haven’t been there in a while and this is making me want to go back even ASAP. Great post Lucy!!

  • Gem 3 years ago

    I want to go to Byron right now…. it’s so cold here!!!!

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    Lovely Byron…just been and want to go back already

  • Tom&Rob 3 years ago

    Oh, the beach life!

  • Dane 3 years ago

    Such a great region to feature, it always feels somewhat magical to visit Byron. I’m completely in love with Island Luxe and anything to do with David Bromley’s work! Overdue for a visit.

  • Catherine Chugg 3 years ago

    I spent 6 amazing years living in Byron Bay and this post makes me want to move back! Or maybe just visit to do some shopping!

  • catherine 3 years ago

    design for a creative life…………….

  • hana 3 years ago

    plenty of lovely finds for my next visit – and some great places i’ve already been to… yuge’s shop is gorgeous, i can vouch for bayleaf cafe and pretty much every second store in bangalow has something cute, handmade and/or vintage to covet… speaking of coveting, a DAVID BROMLEY QUILT?! that would be AWESOME!

  • ellie 3 years ago

    my soul would be FULL. true story.

  • Carol-Ann 3 years ago

    Am always telling people what a great part of Australia North Coast NSW is – thanks for the fantastic tour…. and for offering such a great prize.

  • jaye 3 years ago

    Wow!!!! What an amazingly long trail of entries…and every single person wants the prizes PLUS a trip to byron Bay! Bloody hell, will there be any accommodation left for me? Never mind…just make sure that I win please!

  • Lorelei 3 years ago

    Lovely tour! Byron Bay has to go on my list of travel plans. And what a wonderful giveaway – Yuge’s clothes are so beautiful, and David’s quilts are amazing!

  • Sam 3 years ago

    Your post makes me sooooo home sick!! Why are we always forced to leave the best places to follow our careers??

  • Missy 3 years ago

    That is one freaken cool , eclectic house . Love it x

  • Madeline 3 years ago

    Oh…my…goodness!! Byron has come a long way since my last visit! Love your shots of the Bromley house- what a treasure chest of amazing ness!!!

  • Amber 3 years ago

    This has been bookmarked for future reference! Great itinerary – thanks Lucy. You can so tell you were enjoying yourself :)

  • Yarmila 3 years ago

    When I look at these pictures with their bowerbird love of intricate and beautiful things in that fresh northern light, I am reminded that minimalism is not for everyone and I am getting really sick of all the stark white in my inner city apartment. It’s high time for a shot of colour!

  • Jo Davies 3 years ago

    love the quilts!

  • Elisha Rickward 3 years ago

    This post is heaven sent. Would love to be dreaming of Byron from under a Bromley quilt. Am itching to get there…

  • Maraea 3 years ago

    Is it unnatural to lust after DB quilts, Featherston chairs, bright light and brick work? Byron Bay I;m comin your way

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    Inspiration to get up everyday, live, love and create….thank you

  • Liz 3 years ago

    Thanks Lucy for another inspiring post – I’ve been meaning to get to Byron for years and now I’m just going to have to book those tickets!!

  • Jacinta 3 years ago

    Currently plotting and scheming how I can holiday in the region around shopping without letting on to the husband and 2 kids!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Unique and creative tour of Byron, very talented!

  • Jill 3 years ago

    Mouth-wateringly gorgeous! Beautiful pieces, amazing cafes and shops, glorious beaches, fabulous climate. Makes me want to pick up sticks and move there. Thanks for brightening my day.

  • Mj 3 years ago

    Have been to Byron and suurrounds a few times and always bring home some sort of treasure. Your post shows how many more there are to discover! Time to start planning another holiday I think!!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    I’m planning my next trip to Byron!! You have captured this beautiful place so well. Thank you!

  • Bryony 3 years ago

    Great post Lucy, I can feel a trip to Byron coming on!

  • heather 3 years ago

    amazing, looks like I need to book another holiday!

  • Fran 3 years ago

    All so inspiring. The quilts are amazing!

  • bec 3 years ago

    oh byron bay – you dreamboat! this post REALLY makes me yearn for a holiday up the coast!

  • Danielle White 3 years ago

    Dreamy. Delicious. Desirable. Decadent. + the love of two masterful creatives. Your post is as dreamy as the snow domes I used to buy as a child on family holidays to the coast. x

  • Joan Taylor 3 years ago

    What a totally inspirational post, so many special places all together, magical.

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Lovely feature – makes me want to travel so badly! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Ginny 3 years ago

    Heaven, heaven, heaven – simply, perfectly, gorgeous in every way!

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    Inspirational stuff – especially with the cold weather we’re having in melbourne right now!

  • Josie White 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for such a wonderful and inspiring post, beautifully photographed – I want to live in Byron Bay now.

  • Patrick 3 years ago

    Wow! How amazing is that, beautiful place, wonderful people, great food and amazing artwork.

  • Joanna 3 years ago


  • Penguin Vicki 3 years ago

    Fabulous choices Good Luck Eveyrone

  • Geri Barr 3 years ago

    Very inspiring! David and Yuge show you can hang paintings ANYWHERE!…don’t live by the rules!
    Love the post, thanks.

  • Chryssie 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous post! And who knew David Bromley had moved into homewares? Absolutely beautiful quilts!

  • Leah 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Makes me want to go to get back to Byron Bay!

  • Robbie 3 years ago

    Awesome post, I want to be in Byron now! Especially love today’s post.

  • Amy 3 years ago

    So inspiring! Your job is honestly amazing! I’m so jealous…

  • Cathy 3 years ago

    So a beautiful! I just live a few hours away and rarely take the opportunity to visit this perfect part fo Australia. Note to self – go to Byron for a weekend in the next few weeks!

  • Emily R 3 years ago

    oh i WISH i was in Byron or bangalow right now.
    how nice would it be to take home a little piece of this post .
    thanks for the beautiful images lucy

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Really divine Lucy, I thought Byron wasn’t my scene but looking at this and reading your posts, it sounds idyllic for a mid-winter break. Thanks so much for the re-discovery x

  • Tiffany 3 years ago

    This made me want to pack up the dogs and drive all night to Bryon Bay. I had a lovely conversation with Mr Jai Vasicek at his studio in Port Douglas a few years back, he is an wonderful talent and an inspiration to forever pursue your dreams.

  • Manita Senn 3 years ago

    Byron Bay calling… on my wish list to indulge in this year. Fantastic giveaway too, who wouldn’t just love a Bromley quilt!

  • Clare 3 years ago

    so beautiful and sunny! makes me want to be there instead of here in chilly melbourne…

  • Jarrod Vassallo 3 years ago

    Love the blog. This is a wonderful post. The Bromley’s house and store are both so charming.

  • Tanya 3 years ago

    I feel so lucky to live just up the road on the Gold Coast, and I have a day off this week. A trip south it is!

  • Zoe 3 years ago

    This makes me want to have a tropical holiday!

  • Lucij 3 years ago

    Quilt be mine! Wish I could hang at the Bromley house too.

  • Inga 3 years ago

    I died! Originally a Geelong girl and now very much a Gold Coaster I’ve racked up many miles crossing the border into what should now (and forever) be termed “Bromley Territory”. David just glides in effortlessly and seems to make it his own, right? Just last week on a trip to the Great Ocean Road, I stopped in Melbourne (to pick up what I forgot to pack!) and found myself glancing up to see before my own eyes the very building you featured when David Bromley lived on Chapel street. I had to order a salad roll from the Vietnamese bakery across the road just so I could linger even longer!!! Quite simply, I love him!!!!! This blog is THE bomb!! Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU SOME MORE!! Now back to drooling.. Or maybe another drive south :) I x

  • bigwords 3 years ago

    Oh, my eyes and my heart and my soul. The colours, the creativity, the depth. All of it. Now I want to jump in a plane and immerse myself in the gloriousness. Stunning.

  • Alarna 3 years ago

    What an amazing list!! For a few quick minutes l was transported to Byron where the sun was shinning and the shops/food was incredible. Not to mention a David Bromley quilt… Heaven!! X

  • Sophie 3 years ago

    The byron area and surrounds are inspiring!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Yuge Yu’s range is to colourful and delicate – stunning!

  • Alexandra Hackett 3 years ago

    Wow, I wish these shops were in the US (preferably close to me!)
    David Bromley’s artwork is simply amazing, I want to move into their lovely home! Thanks for this post!

  • ant 3 years ago

    thanks for introducing me to a few more great finds in the region!!

  • Millie 3 years ago

    Such a gorgeous insight into an area of Australia I’m yet to explore. Thank you for making everything seem so accessible! Definitely food for thought!

  • Tess 3 years ago

    Byron Bay looks absolutely gorgeous.

  • Kate 3 years ago

    This post was amazing! So inspiring- makes me want to drive down to Byron immediately…

  • Katrina 3 years ago

    Sublime Byron and in my mind, Bromley can do no wrong!

  • Michelle 3 years ago

    What a contrast to rainy Melbourne! Beautiful.

  • Erika 3 years ago

    Beautiful Byron Bay.

  • Georgy 3 years ago

    We share the same surname, wish I could share that beautiful home in sunny Byron..

  • Megan Otto 3 years ago

    I would love to visit all of those hidden treasures. Makes me want to plan a other trip to Byron!!

  • Belinda 3 years ago

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My husband and I have been wondering what to do this Christmas as our families are having a year off to spend with their inlaws. We are now planning our Christmas break where we follow in your footsteps and visit every single place in this blog! You captured the spirit of each place so perfectly, the only problem is that we still need to wait 6 months to be there ourselves! Thank you for being the highlight of my morning every day when I get to work :)

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    David Bromley’s house is a DREAM HOUSE. crazy about the painted white stripes in the kitchen and the large cat head…well, everything, really.

  • Emma 3 years ago

    With a 14C chill in the air, this post made me feel warm — and made me long for a sea change! Oh to be surrounded by such a naturally beautiful environment and incredibly talented, creative people.

  • Clare 3 years ago

    I am more desperate than ever to win this one, now that I’ve seen those great quilts in situ in the home tour! Gosh they’re lovely!

  • libs 3 years ago

    Is it just me or is life always greener on the north coast of NSW? Loving it. thanks Lucy.

  • Chrissy 3 years ago

    What a way to start a wintery work day in Victoria. It’s only 12 degrees outside but Wednesday’s post featuring David and Yuge’s house in Byron has me feeling blissful and inspired. Thanks for the pep-me-up!

  • chloe 3 years ago

    when i usually think of gold coast i think of meter maids.. this is far better!

  • Lucy 3 years ago

    AMAZING, all of it!

  • Dieu-Hanh 3 years ago

    Northern NSW is looking mighty nice right now. It’s so cold in Melbourne!

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Without doubt one of the most spectacular regions of the world! So beautifully captured. Sitting at my desk in Sydney it makes me want to jump on a plane, hire a car and meander around Byron and its surrounds for a week…or more!

  • Julie Verner Mackay 3 years ago

    You guys are doing such a fab job with The Design Files. I have forwarded it to many of my contacts in the design/art world. I love Bromley and purchased works from his very first exhibition – what a creative force!!! Continue with your inspiring work, we love it!

  • Cate 3 years ago

    FEDERAL DOMA CAFE, no signage, a place that relies purely on performance and word of mouth, I love the simplicity and small “town-ness’ of it.

  • Peta 3 years ago

    Oh Byron Bay and surrounds, how I long for you…..Great work TDF, you managed to capture everything fabulous about the area.

  • Sharron W. 3 years ago

    Just back from week travelling thru NSW and obviously missed the best part which would have been the icing on the cake! Looks like a long weekend in Byron is on the agenda very soon.

  • Angela 3 years ago

    I can literally smell the peace! Beautiful and inspiring … thankyou

  • Catherine 3 years ago

    WOW I love David Bromley’s work and his home is out of this world!

  • Kylie Jane 3 years ago

    Looks heavenly!

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  • Jane 3 years ago

    Wow, what a fabulous post.

  • leanne 3 years ago

    love this part of australia – i need to go back soon, it’s been yonks!!

    also loving these quilts, how awesome are australian creatives?! xx

  • Catherine Ward 3 years ago

    Wow – what an amazing post! This is a part of Australia I haven’t been to, but definitely inspired to now!

  • Sharon M 3 years ago

    Truly gorgeous and so very dreamy as I sit here in rainy Adelaide!

  • Dayna 3 years ago

    Definitely a post to hold onto for future travels!
    I love David Bromley’s bedding – will bring any bedroom to life!

  • Krystina 3 years ago

    Inspirational. Thank you TDF.

  • Mrs Notable 3 years ago

    Byron Bay. David Bromley. Ahoy. Too . Many. Fab. Stuff. To. Mention. O-M-G

  • Anna D 3 years ago

    We’ve been to all the places you’ve visited. A fave was definitely staying at The Atlantic and lunch in Newrybar at The Harvest Cafe. Gorgeous pics that perfectly reflect the mood and ambience of the Byron hunterland.

  • Clair G 3 years ago

    That just reminded me we need to come visit soon. Captured everything beautifully.

  • Ashley 3 years ago

    Absolutely love Byron Bay, what a great story and images… makes me want to jump on a plane and go back.

  • Samantha 3 years ago

    Byron is amazing, and your photos are so stunning. And eeek this is like the best prize ever! I would love to win it.

  • Helen 3 years ago

    Love David Bromley’s work…sadly mostly unaffordable for me but would be privileged to win the throw rug!

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    Salt of the earth. Can’t WAIT to visit!

  • Mary 3 years ago

    This has pushed a holiday in Byron higher on my to do list. What a creative, inspiring, gorgeous part of Australia.

  • Amber 3 years ago

    ……a fabulous & inspirational post – David & Yuge’s home just oozes intuitive, creative talent. Great to see a home without it being styled OTT! What an evocative space! My kids (& me) would love the Tom Ripon giraffe in our yard!

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Wow, thankyou TDF, David and Yuge for offering such a wonderful giveaway! xx

  • Mandy 3 years ago

    What an amazing post, I really must plan a trip up that way soon.

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    Dreamily dreaming …. gorgeous stuff!

  • Luciana 3 years ago

    What a wonderful post! Makes me wan to fly to Byron right now!
    Can’t wait to visit some of these incredible shops and eateries next time i’m around!
    And what a fantastic giveaway too. David Bromley and Yuge Yu’s house is AMAZING!
    xo Luciana

  • Susan 3 years ago

    What a magic spot!

  • V 3 years ago

    Thank you for this post DF. The light in these photographs really captures the magical, healing wonderland that is BB & Nthern NSW.

  • Dimi 3 years ago

    Such an incredible part of the world… one day, fingers crossed.

  • Angie 3 years ago

    Last time I was in Byron I was pregnant with my first daughter. Now she returned there for schoolers. Guess it is time for me to return.

  • leonie Head 3 years ago

    Inspiring and must do, thanks.

  • Rene Twigge 3 years ago

    David Bromley’s house truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kath 3 years ago

    It’s so inspiring to see great design where most people wouldn’t expect it. Just beautiful!

  • Kristy 3 years ago

    Byron Bay – so amazing! Very inspiring, thanks heaps Lucy!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Lucy, wonderful posts this week. David & Yuge’s place is a masterpiece. Especially loved the sculpture garden.

  • Francesca 3 years ago

    What an inspiring blog post! Love the beautiful photographs.

  • ROBYN RANKIN 3 years ago

    Oh wow I am thrilled to have this insight to the Byron trail…the something special, I think, comes from traders and artisans who have a genuine love for what they are doing, and have a joy in sharing it with their customers. This makes the experience so personal and unique for the shopper/diner. My daughter and I are going to Byron in the next school holidays…now I REALLLLLY can’t wait. Thankyou for a wonderful share. Oh..and I am an artist, focussing on figurative works of children at play, so am very interested in what David Bromley is up to. Cheers!!

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    Thank you for such an amazing post!

  • Ira Frangoulis 3 years ago

    What a spectacular place to live. Instantly relaxing!

  • madison 3 years ago

    Wow. This really doesn’t fit in with the view I have (well, had) of Byron. Stunning.

  • Sarah B 3 years ago

    I’d love to visit Byron – it all looks just so perfect! Not to mention the Bromley’s home – wow!

  • Rachel 3 years ago

    ok, I’m moving North – stat!

  • sarah 3 years ago

    Wow…Byron Bay has always been on my list to visit and I still can’t believe I haven’t been. So now, I want to pack my bags and go….thank you for my itinerary!

  • Philippa 3 years ago

    Another senses inspiring blog, Lucy. What a great advert for the area. I need a mid-winter break and this looks perfect.

  • Louise 3 years ago

    I must go back there!

  • Shannon 3 years ago

    That was pure escapism from sitting at my busy melbourne desk! Love, love, love it all! I am slightly partial to David Bromley and his work however :) I wish I could cover my house in all his work that covers his!

  • Liza Z Baker 3 years ago

    Wow, sooo inspirational thank-you what a treat reading this and seeing these beautiful photos. It is my dream to immerse myself there some day. And what a giveaway!!! xxx

  • jane Ellen Kane 3 years ago

    Ohhhh…after living in Byron for years and now a city dweller this has made ridiculously homesick!

  • Tania verdez 3 years ago

    Oh daylesford sorely misses mr Bromley! I don’t blame him for findeing somewhere warmer though :)

  • Marie Delaney 3 years ago

    Oh Oh Oh random computer thingie please pick me!!! This stunning desination is on our top 5 places to holiday sometime soon…thanks for the lovely tips, just looking at the amazing locations makes me want to bundle the little family up and head there today! (and it helps that it looks a heck of a lot warmer than Melbourne right now). And the goodies for the giveaway – swoon!

  • Gillian 3 years ago

    David Bromley has been one of my favourite artists since stumbling upon him many years ago. In my eyes one of our NATIONAL LIVING TREASURES>. His sense of calm but obviously with abundant energy , does he ever sit still!! inspires me to live in the moment and reflect then do.. to be privileged enough to own one of his quilts would be daily inspiration..

    his wife’s clothes are divine.. classic, edgy, beautiful .. wearing a piece would make you feel you could achieve anything as your self confidence would be off the dial..

    thank you for sharing this amazing couples life..

  • Carolyn Blackwell 3 years ago

    Makes me want to head on a Byron holiday. Everything looks so light and bright. I love David Bromley’s work, his drawings of women are just exquitsite. It’s nice that he can share such talent with many others.

  • Amy 3 years ago

    I love Byron and I love Bromley. What a great giveaway!

  • Beth 3 years ago

    Trying my luck again.

  • jos 3 years ago

    Thank you for this beautiful daydream.

  • michelle 3 years ago

    OMG. If it’s possible to fine one’s spiritual home by internet I think I just did. Must get to Byron…

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  • Fred 3 years ago

    OMG, i have been reading this blog for quite some time and this is my first comment and never been to Byron Bay. I think i need to plan for this trip and David Bromley’s shop will be first thing on my To do list. Love TDF and thanks Lucy. PS: TDF comment virgin no more lol

  • marcus 3 years ago

    I want to go.

  • Julia 3 years ago

    Such an inspiring post and what beautiful images. I haven’t been to Byron for over 10 years but it still holds such a special place in my heart. Thank you for brightening up my morning.

  • Belinda 3 years ago

    What a lovely visual holiday! Thanks TDF

  • rachael 3 years ago

    great insight into the visual wanderings of an artists mind

  • Emily 3 years ago

    A slice of heaven and creative inspiration!

    Thank you for the escape from the mundane.

  • Victoire 3 years ago

    David’s artwork always puts a smile on my face :-)

  • Melissa Langford 3 years ago

    I was there at Easter for bluesfest and it is where I would like to be now instead of shivering in melbourne. Lovely place, lovely story, thanks

  • Chloe 3 years ago

    Some BEAUTIFUL spots. Love, love LOVE Harvest Cafe and Deli.

  • Bridie 3 years ago

    Argh that post is information and beauty overload!! I need to either stop reading TDF as its making me fast realise how boring my house is, or do something about it quick sticks! Thanks for all the great stories Lucy!

  • Jennie Jones 3 years ago

    Just beautiful! Love the boy reading.

  • Carla 3 years ago

    I can’t wait to visit!

  • Susie 3 years ago

    The most beautiful bits of Byron – and the most amazing giveaway: would love a beautiful piece of David Bromley for my little housie

  • Vanessa 3 years ago

    Gorgeous and inspiring! Perfect escapist reading on this icy Melbourne morning. Exploring every sunny, beautifully captured spot in my mind! Thanks TDF for these gems! x

  • Edwina Sharrock 3 years ago

    I am booking my annual leave today! Thanks for sharing.

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    Some really inspiring & creative spaces I just love the Bromley sculpture garden with the green giraffe & old holden really awesome!

  • Jaclyn 3 years ago

    oh please please and please! Beautiful!

  • Peter 3 years ago

    Nice photos, reinforces everyone should visit the beautiful most easterly point in Australia.

  • Sarah J 3 years ago

    It all looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to go back to Byron and see all these new beautiful places and people. It’s been a (long) while!

  • Katherine Z 3 years ago

    I think we’d provide a very loving, suitable home for that quilt!

  • Courtney 3 years ago

    Ohmigosh…what an visual feast for my Monday morning/week…a visual overlaod to trawl through and keep me entertained through out hte working week when i need more inspiration. It has been a while since i last took a trip to Byron Bay…but looking through this it seems that my house and my stomach need to take a wee shopping trip to these gorgous stores! thanks TDF for the inspiration…!

  • Krista 3 years ago

    Paradise indeed, all looks amazing!

  • Rozie 3 years ago

    Wow. I can’t believe how amazing these places look. Thanks for such a fantastic post!

  • Sandra Miltenburg 3 years ago

    Tassie is gorgeous on bright crisp autumn days… I tell myself over and over again whilst resding this post.

  • Erin 3 years ago

    I LOVE Bromley’s work – it is actually on my to do before I die list to purchase one of his beautiful Nudes! Amazing giveaway!

  • andrea 3 years ago

    feeling inspired to always follow our dreams, I have always wanted to visit this obviously beautiful place ! Great article of not “Run of the mill” places! love David anf Yuge Bromleys work and congrats on a great giveaway,would love to stay in the airstream one day and would have a ball looking around in those fabulous shops in Byron…..I’ll get there soon.

  • Viv 3 years ago

    You make me want to travel up to the north coast again. I feel like there is so much to explore. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Fiona 3 years ago

    What a great write up with beautiful photos and an amazing give away

  • Catherine 3 years ago

    Paintbrush in hand inspiration from todays post. Love it all.

  • Sarah B 3 years ago

    Byron Bay is like the funky parts of Melbourne transported up north… with much better weather and those spectacular beaches… LOVE IT! It’s little wonder it’s long been the winter escape of Victorians and the old gem we Sydneysiders enjoy when escaping the city bustle. Holds very fond memories for me as a former Melbournite, now Sydneysider.

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    Wow, wish I could be there today with a full bag of money to go shopping for wares! Thanks for a good post.

  • Steph 3 years ago

    Mr Bromley is one SERIOUSLY talented man! How I would love to clutch & cuddle one of his divine linen quilts with a cuppa! …. Thank you TDF for yet another post that brings warmth & sunshine to my chilly Melbourne day!

  • Natalie 3 years ago

    I was so sad to see David Bromley leave Melbourne, now I just have to head to Bryon instead.
    Awesome prize as usual!

  • Cristy Coulson 3 years ago

    Lovely to see this beautiful part of the world highlighted by tdf! As for David and yuge’s work, fantastic. Have loved watching David’s work evolve over the years to incorporate art in many aspects of the home like his kantha stitched rugs, and the quilts on show here…hope i can get to Byron one day to see their new store…beautiful!

  • miranda 3 years ago

    some inspiring stuff :)

  • Siobhan Donoghue 3 years ago

    AAAAAMAZING POST. Thanks for such an in-depth travel guide. Next stop- Byron Bay!

  • jorgediabolo 3 years ago

    How is it possible for a place to look so enchanting and down to earth at the same time? I dream of moving there.

  • Emily McCarthy 3 years ago

    I was soon excited on Monday to read that you were shooting inside David and Yuge’s house. I have been eagerly awaiting your Wed post and I was not disappointed today! Such creative people and what an amazingly beautiful space to live in, in Byron Bay of all places. For a moment I was whisked away from a chaotic live and into paradise. Inspiring post TDF – Thank you!!! And thank you David and you Yuge for your generous offering. Emily

  • alex 3 years ago

    So many things I love about this post – David Bromley’s moose head wall piece, In This Street purple rug and Scandi lounge chair, Atlantic Byron Bay’s airstream caravan (take me there!) the blue wardrobe in Harvest Deli, EVERYTHING in Found Furniture. Just fabulous.

  • Lucy B 3 years ago

    Wowsers! This is a post that just keeps on giving. I’m printing it and pinning it for future reference/hopefully a trip to Byron!
    (fingers crossed. such a wonderful prize!)

  • Emily 3 years ago

    Magic part of the world, inspiring people, yummy food.

  • Arrow 3 years ago

    Hey TDF – that post is cool bananas!
    Thanks for the fantastic tips, we will definitely be stopping by Heath’s Old Wares on our next visit up North and for posting those beautiful pics, they are helping to ease my mid week blues…

  • Meredith 3 years ago

    Great post! I was just in Byron Bay and missed half these things – will have to go back!

  • wendy 3 years ago

    I had never ever had a desire to go to Byron Bay…. until now. Great post!

  • naomi taplin 3 years ago

    take me home…

  • Fiona 3 years ago

    Gorgeous – photos, write up, give away – everything

  • Lisa G 3 years ago

    What perfect timing! Just talking to my gorgeous friend in Sydney and we’re plotting to head to Byron Bay and this arrived in my inbox. It’s destiny!

  • Kristina Andrew 3 years ago

    Wow, what a great line up things you did, all my fav places, I live in the area and I think we have the best stuff! All so the markets in Byron and Bangalow are the best in Australia, must see for visitors!
    Thanks for showcasing the area, but there is still so much more, next time look at Murwillumbah and area:-)

  • S-J 3 years ago

    Great post as usual…thanks Lucy!

  • Lizzie Lee 3 years ago

    Congrats Lucy & TDF team for another amazing post! Stirred many memories of when I lived there. David & Yuge have incredable talent and I’m adding to the list of many hoping to win ;-)

  • Pip 3 years ago

    Wow, I can’t wait to get home tonight and take my time through this post. I can feel some serious holiday inspiration coming on!

  • Sarah Armitage 3 years ago

    That David Bromley.. absolutely amazing! Oh.. how I long to own just one of his stunning creations.
    & his home.. what an inspiring space!

  • Nicky 3 years ago

    Inspiring! On reading this, have decided on day trip to Federal this weekend & side trip to see Yuge’s beautiful creations. Happy travels all !

  • Michele Gardner 3 years ago

    The only thing wrong with my life just now is the lack of a David Bromley piece. Though I am truly blessed in a multitude of ways – including my weekday 9am Design Files – there is a hole, a hole that just one of these treasures could fill very adequately. Almost as good as a mid winter escape to Byron Bay…

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    true artists

  • Adrienne Dalton 3 years ago

    Fabulous post Lucy, thanks, I felt I was there, a little holiday for all of us.

  • Kelly 3 years ago

    Stunning. Every place, every thing, is just stunning! I think I need to plan a family holiday to the sunny North Coast of NSW asap.

  • suse 3 years ago

    You can see why so many move up that way, it definitely has that’ permanent holiday’ mode appeal.
    A very lovely part of the world.

  • Jards 3 years ago

    Making me miss my neck of the woods from down here in dreary Melbourne.

  • DesB 3 years ago

    Great post as always!! Thanks TDF (:

  • Sarah 3 years ago

    Nice blog. Sitting in an office, cold melbourne winter’s day. Think I’ll drag the hubbie to Byron this year :)

  • Larissa 3 years ago

    Amazing location, amazing people, In love!

  • Tania J 3 years ago

    Thank you for inspiring me to plan a trip back to the north coast. It has clearly been too long since I have been there and I look forward to visiting a lot of these amazingly talented artists and designers.

  • M-dub 3 years ago

    What could be better than having a David Bromley painting? Curling up with one! Beautiful stuff guys, great stuff.

  • Steph Morison 3 years ago

    beautiful threads!

  • Angela moynihan 3 years ago

    770 comments so far…. Wow! Looks like we’d all like to have David BROMLEY wrapped around us in bed ?! I never knew he created such beautiful quilts amongst all other incredible works. Thank you for sharing your home David and Yumi, it has brightened my day! Xx

  • Sandy 3 years ago

    I am in a swirl of lush green envy! – Take me there!

  • Flora 3 years ago

    I adore David Bromley’s work especially his paintings of a retro childhood.

  • Angela moynihan 3 years ago

    Darn auto spell correction… Sorry Yuge xx!

  • Brigid Sundborn 3 years ago

    How amazingly prolific and hard working is David Bromley- truly inspiring!

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    Wow you are just teasing with all those lovely photos. Another trip up north is now top of my to-do-list.

  • Caroline 3 years ago

    What a serious treat to have seen this post!!! Thank you to everyone who has shared their amazing talents with all of us.

  • Dalwyn McErlane 3 years ago

    I have now booked flights south and have been on most of these places website, intend to go shopping in October, thanks for the tips on these great spots
    David and Yuge made the right decision to move north, their creative spirits are soaring, absolutely love the eclectic nature of their home, bring it on.

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Simply too much to take in for one post! An extraordinary town choc full of amazing stores. Retail therapy at its best!

  • Jen Pearce 3 years ago

    Take me there!

  • Katrina 3 years ago

    David Bromley quilt has been on the wishlist for years. My bed needs it. Desperately!

  • Bianca 3 years ago

    So much goodness to be shared and what an amazing give-away. I’ve been enjoying all the inspiration from the north coast, just stunning. Keeping my fingers crossed now, David Bromley’s work is amazing!

  • jacQueline 3 years ago

    swoon! oh for a vacation in that part of the world

  • Tash 3 years ago

    Oh gorgeous! yes please

  • con rad 3 years ago

    Beautiful things.