Situated on a once-neglected banana farm in the Byron Bay hinterland, Blackbird Byron is a collection of three striking self-contained pavilions just 30-minutes’ drive from town.

Founder and designer James Hudson says Blackbird’s eclectic design – which makes nods to brutalism, mid-century modernism and British graffiti culture – shouldn’t work on paper. But it absolutely does.

After searching for the right property for 18 months, Hudson (who’s also behind The Rum Diaries, Cream Tangerine and White Revolver) set about building Blackbird by hand with the help of two local carpenters and a builder. The build took another eight months to complete, with plans drawn up on scraps of paper over morning coffee.

Each pavilion offers uninterrupted views of Mount Chincogan to the north and Cape Byron to the south through floor-to-ceiling windows, and a handsome fit-out of vintage brass fixtures and industrial-style concrete shelving. The accommodation’s luxe features include an infrared sauna, a well-stocked bar on site and a private chef service for breakfast and dinner, alongside the hand-built magnesium infinity pool.

Updated: February 9th, 2022

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