People always ask me for healing recommendations in Byron Bay so I thought I’d share my top 10 treatments, tips and tastes to stay tippity top. These are plates and places that are walking distance around town, affordable, and help to heal stress related symptoms.
No matter the season, they’re always around whether you’re in the water waiting for a wave at Wategos or The Pass, or looking down from the lighthouse. I call them the ‘labradors of the sea’ as they will immediately lift the corners of your mouth and remind you why you’re here.
In the ocean, no phone, Open 7 days, free
In a town as famous for its counter-culture as its surf, it’s also a yogi’s dream without the crowded studios of Bali. Most days at 10am there’s a slow, extra stretchy hatha yoga class at Beachside Yoga And Massage where you can look out across the ocean all the way to Julian Rocks. You might even see a whale or two.
Casual class $18 *cash only
Upstairs in the SLSC, enter via beachside door
Bay St, Byron Bay 0448 807 798 Open 7 days
I go to Tonic, often. Exceptionally knowledgeable practitioners who are osteopathic students or graduates, so you know you’re in good hands from the start. You might find yourself totally realigned, breathing better, moving more efficiently or having niggling acute symptoms healed effectively. The only specialized massage clinic to have HICAPS facilities for health fund rebates. A bonus.
Remedial massage and Myotherapy 1hr $85 / 30 mins $55 / 90 mins $115
Osteopathy Initial $110 – Return $95
Underneath La La Land, opposite Bay Medical Centre
6 Lawson St, Byron Bay 02 6685 5993 Open 7 days 10am to 5pm
Not far from my home is Thai Sabai, a traditional style massage hall with small booths partially enclosed from each other with light curtains. So If it’s privacy you’re after then this might not suit, but if you’re used to dry style massage with clothes on then this treatment is great for circulation and releasing tension as it incorporates passive stretching and gentle pressure, stronger on request.
Traditional Thai Ancient Massage (No Oil) 30 min $40 / 60 min $65 / 90 min $95 / 2 hrs $120 *cash only
Between Red Ginger and Cheeky Monkeys, opposite the old cinema
115 Jonson Street Byron Bay 02 66807373 Open 7 Days
After years of gruelling Ashtanga practice in Melbourne, and cooler months bending at hot Bikram, restorative yin yoga is essential to ease my gammy leg after long kitchen days and highway drives. On Sundays at Ananta there’s a yin flow class at 8am. This class is a blend of a stronger flow to start followed by yin practice and a longer shivasana. $20 *cash only
Tucked in between the Byron RSL and Mitre 10
2b/144 Jonson St, Byron Bay 0414 969 187 Open 7 days
In a town where smashed avocado or kale is the breakfast norm, 100 Mile Table dishes up the most refreshingly nourishing breakfast in the bay with this heart-warming, gut healing congee $10. The perfect pick me up for most ailments, this is Byron’s chicken soup for the soul. Beautiful Sarah Swan is a like-minded woman in food with such a passion for regional produce. She worked with Neil Perry for many years and is a fun loving, hard working jewel in the Byron crown.
In the Industrial Estate, about 20 minutes walk from town
8 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay 02 6680 9814 Open Mon-Fri 7am-2pm
When I arrived in Byron 10 years ago I missed three things: yum cha, AFL and fresh cut flowers. Fortunately Red Ginger offers a really great, super cheap and kinda fun take on yum cha with their daily offerings of steamed dumplings and buns (handmade in Sydney) served with complimentary Chinese tea. Drop in, eat well and then forage around the gorgeous Shanghai inspired shop. Take the kids.
Near Cheeky Monkeys, opposite the old cinema
2/111 Jonson St, Byron Bay 02 6680 9779 Open 7 Days
8.Heart & Halo
This discreet little vegetarian diner is almost hidden by the car park behind the scuba shop. One of the most authentic food offerings in the whole town and for a mere $13 you’ll score yourself a bounty of warming vegetarian legumes, rice or pasta bakes to choose from. Mix ‘n’ match with fresh salads to grab ‘n’ go. Traditional Ayurvedic inspired sweet treats are also on offer. Yum Shanti!
In the car park off Byron Street, toward the Court House.
4/14 Middleton St, Byron Bay 02 6685 6685 Open 8am–8pm
My love for this dish is well-known around town. At The Rails, you’ll happily wait about 30 minutes for half a roasted, semi-boned, crispy skin chicken with tarragon butter, chats and greens $24 is my non-negotiable, feel good food. All the comfort of home with a restaurant touch makes this Byron’s best pub tucker.
Behind the town centre bus stop and information centre
86 Jonson St, Byron Bay 02 6685 7662 Kitchen open 7 Days 12-9pm
I have started drinking coffee occasionally after 25 years of disinterest. Remarkably I found it is great for my gut, so you can keep your kaffir and kombucha because about once a week I go to Sparrow for a macadamia latte $5. You know, just to keep my inner hipster happy!
Next to Aldi
1b Byron St, Byron Bay 02 6685 7691 Open 7 Days
*All prices and times correct at time of posting, check websites or call them to confirm.
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