We might still be waiting for the Queensland-NSW border to re-open, but with the Premier hinting at a July 10 date to ease the current interstate travel restriction, we're busy eyeing off our next little getaway.
Fortunately, we’ve found the perfect place to banish your winter blues and come out of lockdown for good; a hidden gem of a retreat so special, you'll be booking in a repeat stay before you even leave.
While Byron Bay has exploded in recent years thanks to its gorgeous beaches and chilled out vibes, we reckon it’s time to explore the region’s stunning hinterland and to be specific, luxury hideaway Blackbird.
The boutique bed and breakfast, set on 28 acres, is the ultimate weekend getaway just an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast. Owners James and Stella Hudson set out to create a private paradise that features touches of Palm Springs and Morocco whilst still paying homage to the Aussie landscape. They want this special spot to feel like your home away from home and they kick things off with champagne and a cheeseboard on arrival.
The sprawling property, beautifully framed in acres of lush rainforest, comprises of three private pavilions. Each is thoughtfully fitted out with the latest environmentally sustainable energy saving 20kW solar system as well as modern luxuries, designed to ensure you unwind and zen out. Think: Moroccan tiled bathrooms with naked copper fittings, king beds with Egyptian cotton linen on burnished concrete floors, reclaimed timber cabinetry, and warm birch ply panelled walls. You’ll fall asleep under a canopy of stars and wake up to a truly breathtaking sunrise, all from the comfort of your bed. Proving they’ve truly thought of everything, you’ll find a bottle of red, chocolate and even a star gazing book at your disposal.
While it’s tough to leave your cosy retreat, you’ll want to head to the property’s hub, a giant reclaimed shed that’s been lovingly restored. Here you’ll be served a delicious, home-style brekky consisting of fresh local produce, fruit platter, and croissants every morning of your stay.
Next, it’s time to achieve peak holiday mode. Warm up in the sauna, before getting comfy in a day bed by the 10-metre mineral magnesium infinity pool where you can watch the mountains meet the sea. There’s wine in the fridge for purchase (or you’re welcome to bring your own) and speakers for you to play DJ with. If you really want to push the boat out (and you absolutely should) you can even enjoy a full body aromatherapy massage by the pool. The two-hour treatment also includes a reflexology foot massage, an organic green clay face mask and a walnut, tangerine and lime body scrub and polish. With nothing in site but rainforest, Cape Byron and the Pacific Ocean, you’ll truly feel like a millionaire in your own private paradise.
If you’re the kind of person who likes their holiday with a side of activities, we recommend taking a day trip into nearby Mullumbimby. The sweet little sister of Byron boasts amazing antique shops, a thriving café culture and a classic country pub—minus hordes of tourists. If you want to work off your wine, there’s also the chance to go kayaking, mountain biking and hiking in Blackbird’s surrounds. You might even spot a pair of baby goats going for a walk with the neighbour’s dogs. Yep, this place is all kinds of special.
But perhaps the best part of Blackbird are the people behind it. The Hudsons are always on hand to ensure your stay is pure bliss. From food recommendations to the best walking tracks and everything in between, Blackbird has all the warm fuzzy feels of a classic bed and breakfast with the luxury touches of a swanky hotel.
Ready to start planning your getaway for real? Check out our ultimate guide to Byron Bay.
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