Oh lord, take me back to Byron Bay. Like me, you may be counting down the moments to a little ‘slow’ time this holiday season? Less rushing, less work, less school – where the toughest decision of the day is what to eat for dinner or did you miss a spot with the sunscreen?


The last few months we have had back-to-back houseguests, a house to get ready to sell, a new business start up, another business to grow growing, and office move, work life, school life plus the basics to fit in, exercise, groceries, laundry and more! Sound familiar?


It was apparent we needed to recharge before the silly season started, somewhere tranquil where we could hear the waves, start the day slowly and disconnect from the grind. Plus we had one of our dearest friends visiting from Canada so we wanted to be able to show her and her son the beauty of our Aussie beaches and make some life long memories!


IMG_4109Luxury, hidden away in the tropical foliage and beaches of Tallows just a few kilometers south of Byron Bay was found – Slow Dance was her name and she was grand! Secure, spacious with a gourmet kitchen, large outdoor and indoor living, enormous bath to soak away the stress and plenty of space to relax and hang in the coming days.


Our mornings started slow just as we envisioned, with a latte in hand and the sunrise in view it was the perfect start to each day. Just bliss. The children explored the dunes, chased the turkeys and played circus games in the yard. I think some of the eccentric Byron Bay art scene was rubbing off on them!


We took long bike rides on the beach and into town, following the gorgeous seaside bike trails. We browsed the many gorgeous boutiques in town and get our café fix from the hustle and bustle of the bay town center. Moments were savoured at the swing set at Main Beach looking out to sea as our kids squealed with delight and we cooled off with frozen treats!


Afternoons were spent frolicking in the waves and enjoying tapas and cocktails as we laughed at old stories and shared our dreams for the future. There were take away options for dinner close by or you could cook up a storm in the kitchen and enjoy candlelit dinners on the patio.


IMG_4130I set myself a goal this year of making time for a family getaway once a quarter so that we could reconnect as a family, make some memories and just slow down. One of the many perks of publishing a magazine is getting to share the journey, recommend some sweet spots and thankfully my goal has been achieved this year – so now to start planning an overseas trip for next year!

As we all skid into the silly season, remember to enjoy the journey and not just the destination.



By David L Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.









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