A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Danelle / Bower’s Property Manager


She’s one of the friendly faces who’ll greet you when you arrive and ensure your stay is an unforgettable 5-star experience. “I just love Byron and our amazing environment and get such joy out of sharing my experiences living in and exploring the region with our guests, “ she says. It’s a veritable font of information she's built up with loads of tips to help map out a truly memorable holiday in Byron Bay and its surrounds.

We thought you might like to get to know her a bit better here and get an inside running on her current faves, from where to eat to where to play. Of course the ‘stay’ part is already sorted if you’ve booked into one of the luxury offerings in The Bower compound.  (PS it’s not long now until we’ll be taking bookings for The Bowers latest new luxury accommodations – the Studios and Deluxe King Rooms)

What does a typical day look like to you?

Lighthouse walk or board training with the kids if I’m lucky, Walk to work, meet our lovely guests and ensure everything Bower is ship shape.   

How do you start your week? 

I love to have a bike ride with my dog from home to Belongil beach.  It’s the best time of the day to be there and he’s so happy running along the sand you can’t help but smile.

How do you finish your week?
You’ll often find me in the bath with a glass of rosé on a Sunday evening. 

Best downtime pursuit?  
We love to Mountain bike ride.  There are some great local trails all within a few hours of Byron. 

Goals for the next twelve months?

Have more date nights - with Husband of the Year!

Best time of year to be in Byron?

May. The water is at its warmest, the days are still gorgeous, restaurant bookings are easy and accommodation is good value!


Brunch? I love to head up the hill to Harvest for brunch on weekends.  Walking around the gardens or popping in to the bakery for some take-home goodness ensure the car smells yummy for the rest of the day.

Healthy takeaway? Butcher & Cook  - great servings – always get the side of B+C SLAW

A not-so-healthy but super tasty meal? I’m loving the seafood Chowder at Beef & Beach. Stacked to the brim with local seafood.

Fancy dinner? The service, food and setting at Beach cannot be beaten.  For dinner there you must book in advance though as sometimes they are closed for weddings.  Rae’s is always good as well.

A cocktail or two? I like to keep it simple – The Moscow Mule at The Balcony hits the spot every time. 

Date night? Yulli’s, great vego food & craft beer. But my favourite part about Yulli’s is the lighting – nice and dark and cozy – but I can still read the menu.


Get your hair done? Pluto at Manik

Find an outfit? If I’m cashed up Island Luxe always has some amazing choices, and the other 99.9% of the time the lovely ladies at Hope & May manage to find the perfect outfit for me every time.

Get your nails and pampering done? Janine at BodiBeauticious

Buy something for your home? Habitat or Newrybar Merchants

Listen to good music? Always up for a bit of live music at the Rails on a Friday afternoon. Or the Northern Back room draws some great acts.

Pick up your favourite market finds? I’m loving local lady Simone who does the most divine jewellery -  Global Princess.  Her earrings are gorgeous and so easy to wear every day.

Get out of Byron for a day trip. Tyalgum – we got in the car a few weeks ago and somehow found our way to this gorgeous town at the foothills of Mount Warning.  The drive there was spectacular (sometimes a bit scary with the steep roads).  We had lunch at the sweetest little café – Flutterbies.  The café is a step back in time – a combination of tearooms, garden shop, art gallery gin bar, – there is even a grand piano!  The garden out back is extraordinary, and the food is fantastic.  


Coffee spot and what to order. Magic coffee at Bay General Store, right next door to The Bower.

Bar for a Sunday session. Brunswick Pub

Gyms/fitness studios. Byron Bay Gym – good old fashioned weights room and great classes.

Outdoor places to workout. Lighthouse walk – just stop at all the outdoor fitness equipment …

Local beach. Secret spot. If I say online, I would be banished. Come and stay and promise not to post on insta and maybe I will share.

Finish this sentence. You know you’re a Byron local when… When the spare room in your house is never empty.

Your best tip for someone holidaying in Byron. When you’re up at the lighthouse go inside and chat to the volunteers, they are so full of great local information and will take you to the top of the lighthouse for a gold coin donation.

A quintessential Byron outfit that you should pack for your holiday… Lightweight linen dress. Versatile for day and night.