Escape the coastal crowds this summer and retreat to the Byron Hinterland.
Byron Bay has long been known as the multicultural mecca of the East Coast, with visitors flocking from all over for a touch of Byron hip. And now there’s there’s a new hype brewing beyond Byron, in the hinterland amongst the mountains and waterfalls of the vast national parks, reminiscent of a bygone era.
Perched high above the township of Mullumbimby, with unsurpassed views back to Cape Byron, is the new Blackbird Byron, an uber-cool, rustic (but luxe) boutique retreat, complete with a magnesium mineral pool, chic décor, Moroccan tiled floors and contemporary open plan studios that frame the valley vistas.
Palm Springs-meets-Mexico-meets Byron Bay, as you drive up the long winding road to find your destination perched on the side of the Koonyum National Park. There is a sense of comfort when you arrive. The welcoming party is owner James Hudson (ex-The Rum Diaries & White Revolver, Bondi) wife Stella, their two young children and chocolate Labrador.
James’s hospitality is impeccable, offering French champagne on arrival, poured at the communal dining table that overlooks the infinity pool to the ocean and beyond. (You get the sense a lot of inspiring conversations will take place at this table).
With a background in industrial design, James has an eye for detail and can turn recycled materials into gold. Wife Stella is an interior designer so everything is styled to suit at this stunning property.
Blackbird is the ideal place to base yourself when venturing into Nightcap National Park and Minyon Falls, and the property also backs on to the lesser known Koonyum Ranges, for those wanting to chase their own waterfalls.
After a short trip downtown to Mullumbimby, you can pamper yourself at the Bali-inspired Kiva Spa, grab a woodfired pizza at Milk and Honey or do a spot of vintage shopping at Silver Lining.
With an array of world class festivals like Byron Bay Blues Festival, Splendor in the grass and Falls Festival, the Byron Hinterland is the ideal place to stay for those in-between rock ‘n’ roll moments, to soak up the natural surrounds of Northern NSW.
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