Looking for a lazy brunch and a spot of shopping near Byron? Newrybar (20 minutes away) is the place for sourdough and a browse…

A visit to Newrybar is a bit like stepping back in time – but with a fabulous place to eat when you arrive. It’s a low-key, historic village, 17 kilometres south-west of Byron, and for a long time the locals have flocked here for one reason: Harvest Cafe.

In truth, it’s now a cafe, deli and bakery, and they’re all worth the trip, particularly on the weekends, when the 100-plus-year-old bakery cranks up for Sourdough Saturdays and Sundays – you’ll need to get in quick to score a loaf.

But making time for a full-blown Harvest meal is one of the area’s must-dos. The cafe has its own kitchen garden and organic farm, and the menu changes with the seasons in order to make stars of the most recently harvested ingredients. If you’re there when the weather turns colder, get toasty by grabbing a spot by the fire.

When you’re done, take a wander across the road to Newrybar Merchants. Inside the restored weatherboard house is a collective of artisans showing their wares, turning this place into several beautiful shops in one.

And when you think about it, that’s a bit like the Byron Shire itself, once you know how to experience it like a local: a whole lot of different experiences, all in the one spot, all just a short drive from one another.

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