Hotel Highlights

  • Romantic white interiors, with elegant European-style furniture
  • Pretty pool with cabanas in tropical gardens
  • Country location close to Byron Bay's brilliant beaches

Overview

A stone's throw from picturesque Byron Bay’s top beaches, the boutique hotel Victoria’s at Ewingsdale features floaty-white, feminine rooms in a comely commingling of Tuscan and Provençal styles. Set on three acres of manicured green gardens, this elegant and intimate hideaway is as romantic as they come.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Victoria's at Ewingsdale with us:

Tropical fruit platter and bottle of Australian sparkling wine on arrival

Facilities

View Gallery
Victoria's at Ewingsdale hotel – Byron Bay – Australia

Need To Know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–out

10am, but flexible subject to availability for a fee. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $252.46 (AU$272), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

To book an extra person into your room costs AU$75 a night with extra bedding provided. There's a minimum two-nght stay at weekends (three on long weekends and during special events), and a minimum five-night stay at Easter, Christmas and during January.

At the hotel

CD/DVD library, WiFi, beauty/spa treatments, gardens. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD players, minibar, free bottled water, own-label Victoria's toiletries, air conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

All the bedrooms are individually decorated but share a pretty, pale aesthetic, and classically romantic Euro looks, with a mix of French Provençal and Tuscan-style antique furniture, marble ensuite bathrooms and terracotta balconies with views down onto Bryon, the ocean and the famous local lighthouse, or onto the garden or tranquil courtyard. For wonderful ocean and town views opt for one of the spacious Executive Spa Suites, which come with king-size beds, spa baths and theatrical Juliette balconies. For a quainter, rustic, more feminine room opt for The Cottage, a pretty stone building near the pool and chicken coup (which supplies eggs for guests – don't worry, there's no noisy rooster!); or The Stables, an intimate, stand-alone, two-storey space with a bedroom upstairs in the attic-style loft.

Poolside

Dive into the palm-fringed, salt-water swimming pool, flanked by a lofty cabana and all-weather barbecue area.

Packing tips

A good book and your iiPod for mellowing out by the pool. Sunglasses for taking in the views on a scenic flight in the hotel's private plane.

Also

Victoria's can order a reliable taxi to pick you up from either the town of Byron Bay (six kilometres to the east) or Ballina Byron Airport (30 minutes' drive away). Coolangatta and Brisbane airports are also within easy driving distance.

Children

This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

More details

Food & Drink

View Gallery
Victoria's at Ewingsdale hotel – Byron Bay – Australia

Hotel Restaurant

There isn't a restaurant at the hotel, but a Continental breakfast is served from 8.30am till 9.30am either outdoors on the verandah with views out towards the mountains and sea, or in the informal communal dining area in the cooler months, where tables are dressed in elegant white cloths. Large and open, this room still maintains a cosy cottage feel, with comfy couches, rugs and a log fire in winter, and paintings and quirky accessories adding homely touches. Plates of tasty treats are left out daily in the adjoining kitchen for guests to enjoy, with delicacies such as fruit platters and coconut and apricot nougat should you feel peckish. Gourmet picnic lunches are also available, as well as freshly baked delights for afternoon tea and seafood or canape platters in the evenings. Food is locally sourced, seasonal and organic, with some produce even grown on site. The hotel can book you into recommended local restaurants too.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Casual, comfortable and coastal: stylish sarong, sandals, swimwear, yoga kit and sunglasses by day; maxi dress by night.

Top table

Head for the barbecue beside the swimming pool and cabana for al fresco dining. The hotel can provide a barbecue hamper for you to prepare.

Local Guide

View Gallery
Victoria's at Ewingsdale hotel – Byron Bay – Australia
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Olivo (+61(0)2 66 857950), at 34 Jonston Street, Byron Bay, is a cosy spot popular for its Italian-influenced Australian contemporary food, as well as a good wine selection. To dine overlooking the ocean head to the evocative alfresco restaurant at Rae's on Watego's hotel, at 8 Marine Parade (+61(0)2 66 855366; www.raes.com.au), which serves a mix of Australian and Thai dishes with an emphasis on local, organic and seasonal produce and great seafood. Fishheads (+61(0)2 66 807632; www.fishheadsbyron.com.au), on Main Beach at Jonson Street, is another good bet for sampling fresh seafood on a generous indoor and outdoor beachside deck, with calming modern decor and views of the waves and strolling surfers while you eat.

Local bars

Set in a historic local building with a large shaded balcony, The Balcony Bar & Restaurant (+61 (0)2 66 809666; www.balcony.com.au), is a mellow port of call on the corner of Lawson and Johnson Streets,  just off Julian Rock near Main Beach. As well as breakfast from 8am till noon (with buttermilk pancakes, toasted banana bread and burritos on offer), there are healthy lunch and dinner options including grilled catch of the day, Caesar salad and oysters. There's an extensive wine list, too, as well as jaunty cocktails such as lychee martinis and mojitos.

Local cafés

Fresh (+61 (0)2 66 857810; www.byronfresh.com.au), at 7 Jonston Street in Byron Bay, is close to the main beach and regular local markets. A great little café/restaurant, it's always busy with lots of tables outside where you can people-watch over a skinny latte, fresh salad or healthy snack (dishes include local seafood and Asian-influenced fare, such as nasi goreng with organic tofu and vegetables). On the way up to the Cape Byron lighthouse or back from the beach, drop in at the intimate Pass Café (+61(0)2 66 856074; thepasscafe.com.au), set right on the sand surrounded by natural bush (it's on the Cape Byron walking track, at the end of Main Beach and Clarkes Beach). Try the freshly baked daily muffins for a perfect breakfast. Byron Beach Café (+61 (0)2 6685 8400; byronbeachcafe.com.au), on Lawson Street at Clarkes Beach, is just a little bit posher than your average caff, and the views are amazing from both the deck and the dining room. Chef Matthew Gillespie, who has a rep in these parts, prepares a range of enticements, including a great wagyu burger at lunch.

 

+ Enlarge
Country manor near the sea

Victoria's at Ewingsdale

Top of McGettigans Lane, Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia

Victoria's at Ewingsdale is situated at the top of McGettigans Lane, 6km west of the township of Byron Bay on the New South Wales North Coast.

Planes

Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport (www.ballina.info/airport) is 25 minutes from the hotel, and is serviced daily by Jetstar (www.jetstar.com.au; 131 538), Virgin Australia (www.virginaustralia.com; 13 67 89) and Rex (www.rex.com.au; 13 17 13) with direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney.

Trains

CountryLink (www.countrylink.info; 13 22 32) runs train and coach services to Byron Bay from all main cities in New South Wales, as well as from Melbourne and Brisbane.

Automobiles

Byron Bay is a nine-hour drive north from Sydney or a two-hour drive south from Brisbane. Cars can also be easily hired from the rental companies at Ballina Airport for those who are flying in but still want their own wheels.

Reviews

View Gallery
Victoria's at Ewingsdale hotel – Byron Bay – Australia

Anonymous review

by Pippa Jackson , Web-savvy writer

Stepping onto the balcony of our room at Victoria’s at Ewingsdale I can’t wipe the smile off my face. Beyond the hotel’s lush tropical gardens, I can spy the Byron Bay coastline and its iconic lighthouse glinting at me. Ambient rainforest sounds play on the CD. I need somebody to pinch me – it’s just too good.

Only a few hours before, tempers had been f...
Read more

Victoria's at Ewingsdale

Anonymous review by Pippa Jackson, Web-savvy writer

Stepping onto the balcony of our room at Victoria’s at Ewingsdale I can’t wipe the smile off my face. Beyond the hotel’s lush tropical gardens, I can spy the Byron Bay coastline and its iconic lighthouse glinting at me. Ambient rainforest sounds play on the CD. I need somebody to pinch me – it’s just too good.

Only a few hours before, tempers had been fraught. Blame a dodgy undercarriage, a few choice expletives and having to summon a motor mechanic before we could even begin our journey. As we turned off the Pacific Highway onto the tree-lined country road that led to Victoria’s at Ewingsdale, however, our moods lifted.

Victoria met us in the driveway and showed us through the elegant lounge, the country-style kitchen where we were invited to sample her daughter’s home-baked cookies (who could resist?), out into the courtyard and into our luxury Executive Spa Suite, delivering handy pieces of information along the way.

Delighted with our Provençal-style pad, Mr Smith flops onto the king-size bed and sinks into the piles of soft, white damask cushions. I set my sights on the spa bath, which is plenty big enough for two. From my bubbling oasis, I look across the room and out onto the palm trees waving in the breeze. And relax…

Our rumbling stomachs force us out of our haven and into Byron Bay, a 10-minute drive away. There, we stumble upon Thai Lucy. Mr Smith’s green chicken curry is everything it should be – fragrant, creamy and packed with succulent chicken and vegies. I’m swayed by the recommended seafood special – grilled king prawns in an ‘ethnic Thai sauce’. It’s so tasty that I try to extract the recipe from the chef but, like Colonel Sanders, she keeps schtum.

Waking up the next morning, our plan for Saturday is to be active. Mr Smith has macho notions of surf lessons, kayaking and mountain biking, but the storm clouds overhead mean that isn’t going to happen. The offer of champagne with breakfast at the hotel totally lays to rest any activity fantasy. We tuck into the buffet and then the day’s special – Victoria’s ethereal cheese soufflé. It’s light, airy and utterly delicious.

Dodging heavy rain (just my British luck), we potter around Byron’s boutiques. It isn’t all tie-dye and New Age wind chimes as I remember from a previous visit; Byron Bay’s a tad smarter these days, but it still has a distinct hippy-chic charm.

By lunchtime we’ve bought enough surfer gear to look the part, even though we went nowhere near a board. Instead, we nab a table at the Beach Hotel and take in the view of the hardier, all-weather surfers. My pumpkin soup is laced with just enough pepper to provide a warming kick on a damp day; Mr Smith says the same about the shiraz.

Suitably sated, we head back to Victoria’s to chill out. Finally the sun appears, so we pop to the pool for a bout of exercise at last – well for me anyway. I power up and down the salt-water swimming pool, while Mr Smith reclines on a sunlounger with the papers. When I finally come up for air, I find him chatting to a couple of fellow guests and enjoying a sauvignon blanc. They’re discussing whether Victoria’s would make a good venue to celebrate a ‘significant birthday’. The verdict? Yes, it would – and can we have an invite please?

Tempted as I am to join them, I have a better option – a massage. Victoria has phoned 10 local therapists to ensure I get a treatment at the time that suits me. Therapist Kim works wonders, and I float back downstairs to join Mr Smith an hour later.

It’s back to Byron for the evening, kicking off with bubbly at the Balcony Bar & Restaurant – a brilliant vantage point for people-watching. Mr Smith finally has to tear me away as we have a dinner reservation at Fishheads. Good job we’ve booked, too, as it’s buzzing (thanks for that tip, Victoria). We’re glad we take the waitress’ advice, too, to sample the new seafood tasting menu. It’s a gourmet fish feast. Mr Smith has slight food envy when the mixed seafood grill with lobster and Moreton Bay bugs wafts past, but I’m enthralled by the oysters with soy and wakame seaweed dressing, barbecued tiger prawns, salmon with chilli salsa and the decadent chocolate espresso torte for dessert.

Retracing our steps to Victoria’s, we bliss out on our balcony with thoughtfully provided glasses of port, and gaze out at the lighthouse sparkling in the distance. The moon is full and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It’s a shame the weather didn’t clear earlier, but Mr Smith points out that we’re better at eating and drinking than surfing anyway.

Victoria’s at Ewingsdale really is a special place. It’s romantic, peaceful, cosy and relaxed, and Victoria runs this and nearby sister property Victoria’s at Wategos with charm and efficiency. On top of that, she paints breath-taking watercolours and even flies planes. The only thing missing is her Wonder Woman outfit. How does she do it? And what is the secret to her sensational cheese soufflé? I shall have to return to find out…

The Guestbook

Reviews of Victoria's at Ewingsdale from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

No Smith members have posted their reviews of Victoria's at Ewingsdale yet. You could be the first!