We are, as I’m sure most South-East Queenslanders and Northern New South Welshman are, absolutely in love with Byron Bay and the surrounding Northern Rivers region. The vast offering of private and sprawling white sandy beaches, the array of towns and villages offering unique characters and cultures of their own, all abounded by a backdrop of luscious green rainforests and mountain peaks, as far as the eye can see. The Northern Rivers of NSW have to be one of the most beautiful places to spend a long weekend exploring, and all just a short hop south from our home city of Brisbane.
In July last year we, along with many fellow Brisbanites, took part in the annual pilgrimage from Brisbane to Byron Bay for Splendour in the Grass. Being us, semi-fab and not wanting to camp, we were left with the task of picking accommodation that was a- close, b- reasonably priced, c- matched our style and aesthetic. Not the easiest task to find amidst the expansive catalogue of breathtaking properties and BnBs available in the region, but boy were we happy to set our eyes upon the adorable Graciosa Byron Bay.
Graciosa is located just 5 minutes outside of the picture-perfect town of Bangalow, and just 10 minutes’ drive through the most beautiful hillside range to lively Byron Bay. Setting our hearts on this property took no time at all, a quick peruse of the Graciosa website and reading her story, we knew this was the place we needed to stay.
The property contains the Farmhouse, the Studio and Wedding Suite, and the Barn, all perfectly designed and styled to cater to different wishes and desires. Being just the two of us we opted for the studio and wedding suite, a stunning white cottage nested atop rolling greenery. As you peer out to the picturesque farmlands that neighbour this property, it’s hard to bring yourself back to reality, but then that’s what Graciosa is all about, you can step out of your real-life and reconnect with the most magical parts of yourself.
Everything from the artwork, the complimentary toiletries, the kitchenware, and the fresh loaf of bread our lovely host left for us, it was all complimentary to the dream-like experience you submit to upon entering the environment.
We have one regret from our stay at Graciosa and that is that we wished we hadn’t booked it for our two-night Splendour in the Grass getaway. Graciosa demands and deserves an uninterrupted long-weekend, to truly appreciate the magic this place provides it’s guests. You can easily spend a long-weekend nestled in this private sanctuary, day dreaming on the sunbeds, reading your favourite novel in the garden courtyard, connecting with your loved one, or even frolicking the impressive grounds – who can go past the monumental and very photoshoot-worthy bamboo archway right outside your door.
Graciosa is a perfect romantic getaway, or even solo weekend escape to reconnect with yourself. The grounds are also geared to host events and weddings, a wedding here would be like a wedding out of a fairy-tale, a very chic, trendy and aesthetically-pleasing fairy-tale that is.
Could not be more gracious for our amazing time spent at Graciosa, we hope to pay a return visit some day soon.