Reconnect with each other and nature at this unique Byron Bay hideaway, writes Helen Goltz.
There’s a small path that can’t be seen from the sands of Tallow Beach.
It winds its way through an array of trees to the back entrance of a stylish one-bedroom beach house – the Bamboo Beach Shack.
Hidden in Suffolk Park, Byron Bay, this delightful little cottage is ideal for two people and a dog.
Unlike other holiday homes that cram many beds in to attract multiple families, this affordable, idyllic hideaway is just for two.
One of two properties on the block, it has its own separate entrance and fencing and its own private path directly to the beach. It is totally private.
We decided to use the weekend to reconnect and we did all those things you forget to do or don’t make time to do.
We walked along the beach; the lighthouse was in constant view and the water was chilly but not too cold for a dip… there’s nothing like a cold salt water immersion to make you feel alive.
The sunrise on Saturday morning (yes, we got up to see the sunrise!) is hard to describe without using clichés. The ocean was red. The sky was red and gold. As you walk along with your feet in the sand, watching the show of colour over the ocean, you remember what is important.
Tallow Beach is a dog-friendly beach and everyone knew each other and their dogs. Atlas met Dexter, Freya, Boof (really), Davo, Fifi and all the locals several times over the course of the weekend.
Later, heading into Byron Bay central for breakfast, we were spoilt for choice with plenty of options and dog-friendly cafes. We stopped at the Byronian Cafe on 111 Johnson Street and had a great breakfast and coffee.
Byron was full of residents and tourists from all walks of life. After exploring and a spot of peoplewatching over coffee (a good sport in itself ), we had a hit of tennis (you can hire the lot at Byron Bay Tennis), another afternoon beach walk and cocktail hour in the backyard of the Bamboo Beach Shack.
Enclosed by trees, hearing the ocean and smelling the fresh earth when the watering system came on… ahh, it’s the little things in life!
Then off to the dog-friendly Treehouse Bar & Cafe at Belongil for dinner.
On Sunday, keen to repeat Saturday’s sunrise experience, we headed to the beach but the cloud cover created a different morning altogether – mist over the rocks, a dramatic-looking ocean and the lighthouse beam cutting through the clouds.
It was a simple weekend of simple pleasures, reconnecting with good company and nature.
Take the time out to do it; it’s good for the soul.
The author and her dog were guests of the Bamboo Beach Shack, from $250 a night (prices vary seasonally).
Receive a 10 per cent discount when booking seven nights or more. View this and other Byron Bay Properties online.