Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia

Blackbird Byron

Rates per night from$244.04

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD359.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Industrial plumage

Setting

Mullumbimby mountain perch

Forget feathers – Blackbird Byron woos with concrete, metal and glass. This three-room retreat won us over with ocean views, charming owners and a healthy disregard for the internet. James and Stella Hudson are your hosts, rustling up home-made breakfasts (and pizza, on demand) and arranging mood-boosting extras such as in-room massages or on-site yoga. Your cues to reconnect with Mother Nature include in-room binoculars, view-toting patios and a magnesium mineral pool that surveys the Pacific. The location is equally soul-soothing: a majestic Mullumbimby mountain, half an hour’s drive from buzzing Byron Bay.

Smith Extra

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Bubbly and olives on arrival, wine & cheese in the room and complimentary a la carte breakfast upgrade

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Three pavilions.

Check–Out

10am; earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $244.04 (AU$359), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast. WiFi is free for browsing (ask the owners for the dongle), or $30 for streaming (up to 40GB).

Also

With advance notice, yoga and pilates sessions can be arranged (an extra cost).

At the hotel

Open-plan communal kitchen/dining area. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making kit.

Our favourite rooms

The hotel’s trio of rooms are democratically uniform: Pavillion One is just a little bit bigger than the other two. They’re all snug and charming, with pretty tiles in the bathroom, on-loan binoculars and a tempting patio, where you can sit and soak up the region’s sights and sounds.

Poolside

The hotel’s on-trend magnesium pool comes with expansive views of Cape Byron and the glittering Pacific Ocean.

Spa

There’s no spa, but in-room beauty treatments can be arranged on request for an extra cost.

Packing tips

If you don’t feel a Wordsworthian thrill at the notion of being awoken by early morning birdsong, come armed with ear plugs.

Also

Public and communal areas are wheelchair-accessible and all bedrooms are on the ground floor.

Children

Sorry, littles: this hotel is for full-grown Smiths only.

Eco‐friendly

Produce is organic, grown on-site or locally sourced from fair-trade suppliers; earth-kind cleaning products and light bulbs are used. The hotel conscientiously composts and recycles.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

Byron Bay bohemian.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant or bar – all the more reason to explore Byron Bay’s noteworthy wining and dining options. But before you start worrying about hunger pangs at the hotel, take note: on-the-house cheese and wine are served, along with home-made pizza, rustled up by the owners, with advance request (an extra cost). (You’ll also get breakfast, natch.)

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 9am.

Location

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Address
Blackbird Byron
210 Frasers Rd
Mullumbimby Creek
2482
Australia

The hotel is half an hour’s drive from Byron Bay, a popular seaside resort in New South Wales; the closest town is Mullumbimby, a 15-minute drive away.

Planes

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is 49 kilometres away (a 40-minute drive). You could also fly into Gold Coast Airport, 60 kilometres away. The Smith24 team can book your flights; just give them a call.

Automobiles

Wheels are a great idea if you want to go exploring and enjoy easy access to Byron Bay. The hotel’s parking area is about a five-minute walk away from the main building, so drop your luggage off first.

Worth getting out of bed for

Go for a refreshing dip in the magnesium mineral pool and soak up those incredible views of Cape Byron and the Pacific. Treat yourself to an in-room pampering treatment from a visiting therapist; the 90- or 120-minute aromatherapy massages include reflexology, a warm peppermint foot soak, a green-clay face mask and more. Take the hint from your in-room binoculars and try to spot a yellow-tailed black cockatoo or two: the rare birds call Mount Chincogan home. Go exploring in rugged Nightcap National Park or ask the hotel owners to point you in the direction of the region’s secret waterfalls (only adventurous types need apply). Go swimming in Brunswick River at high tide and splash around at Torakina Beach. Additional outdoorsy thrills come in the form of Mount Jerusalem National Park, Minyon Falls lookout/walking area, Whian Whian Conservation Area and the Inner Pocket Nature ReserveDon’t miss Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens: a botanical wonderland with giant crystals and fossils and tropical plants. Indulge your inner hippie and embark on the Shambhala Gardens Tour, which includes a guided meditation at the Blessing Buddha, the Crystal Experience, Music of the Plants and the Peace Experience. Groovy, baby.

Local restaurants

Punch and Daisy promises ‘local, seasonal, delicious’ treats for breakfast and lunch; the relaxed café is tucked away at the end of Stuart Street. You could swing by for a coffee, too: beans are sourced from popular local roastery, Moonshine. 100 Mile Table Cafe on Banksia Drive is a sociable space styled with industrial flair; the long communal table is the setting for smoothie-and-toastie-toting tête-à-têtes. If you want a side of sunshine with your chicken and ginger congee, sour fish curry or crispy pork belly roll, sit in the garden. Fans of wood-fired pizza and snacky Italian fare should make a beeline for Milk and Honey, a popular pizzeria on Station Street. Pocket-rocket Fleet in Brunswick Heads only has space for 22 bottoms (or 14, if the weather’s inclement), so seats at this elegant, ambitious restaurant are in high demand. Expect dazzle-factor dishes and carefully matched wine.

Local bars

Sip cocktails at the Mediterranean-inspired Mez Club’s serene white-and-wicker-decorated space at 85–87 Jonson Street. The cantina serves light bites and there’s a ‘souk’ upstairs with its own bar, available for private parties and events.

 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this laid-back hotel in Mullumbimby and unpacked their sarongs and sisal bags, a full account of their bohemian beachy break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Blackbird Byron in Byron Bay

Blackbirds: not known for their excessive reliance on technology or social media. At Blackbird Byron, you’re encouraged to switch off, too. If you come here expecting unlimited internet you’ll be discouraged (though there’s an on-loan and somewhat temperamental dongle knocking around), but if you turn up with a healthy appreciation for Mother Nature, you’ll be richly rewarded. The three rooms and the alfresco pool all come with winsome vistas of Cape Byron and the Pacific Ocean; binoculars are left in your room, ready for the region’s close-ups. Design-fans will be pleased, too, thanks to the modern, minimalist mish-mash of glass, concrete and metal, worthy of a Wallpaper magazine photoshoot. Adding comfort to cool are the friendly, husband-and-wife owners, who will rustle you up tempting breakfasts and delicious home-made pizza.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Blackbird Byron’s Guestbook below.

We loved

James was an incredible host  the rooms and amenities were incredibly well-designed and luxurious. Nothing I've have experienced before in terms of hotels comes close to Blackbird.

Don’t expect

To be particularly close to Byron, as it's tucked away in the hinterland.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Aug 2019

We loved

James and Stella were amazing hosts that made this Hinterland experience both special and personal. The location is nice and secluded, the views are gorgeous, the amenities such as the sauna and pool add to the relaxation and the homemade pizza and breakfast are both delicious. James was very engaging, sharing the narrative behind Blackbird amongst other stories. There are plenty of national parks and walks and of course Byron Bay in the vicinity of this accommodation. I absolutely recommended if you're looking for something away from the hustle and bustle.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Aug 2019