There’s many things to do in Byron Bay, a relaxed coastal town located on the far north coast of NSW. It is home to many stunning natural attractions and an eclectic community. Be captivated by the bay’s gorgeous beaches, unique shopping and dining experiences, breathtaking hinterland rainforest, spectacular coastal trails, and quaint seaside villages. Marvel at the gorgeous blue sea and relax on the smooth white sand. Byron Bay is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations for a reason. Even attracting the likes of celebrities like Chris Hemsworth. Despite its success, it has not lost the laidback atmosphere that makes it such a joy to visit.
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What to see and do:
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Cape Byron Lighthouse
Sitting atop a bald, rocky headland on Australia’s most easterly point, the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse shines light over Byron Bay and offers sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean. Walk the spectacular coastline traversing the cliffs from the south end of Wategos Beach up to the lighthouse (about 20 mins – with lots of steps) or take a guided tour to learn about the shipwrecks and unique historical insight into one of the town’s most visited attractions.
Learn to Surf
Byron Bay is an excellent place to learn to surf with gentle waves in the shallow waters of Clarkes and Wategos Beaches. Join a surf class or hire a board and experience the thrill for yourself!
Kayak with Dolphins
Experience the excitement of paddling up close to bottlenose dolphins on a guided tour while learning about the protected habitat of Cape Byron Marine Park and local Indigenous stories. With a brilliant view of Byron’s coastline and the Lighthouse, you may be lucky to encounter not only dolphins but other gentle creatures like turtles and humpback whales.
Rainforest walk to Minyon Falls
Explore the Byron Bay Hinterlands on a guided tour through the UNESCO-listed rainforests and magical waterways of Nightcap National Park. Be sure to visit Minyon Falls Lookout where cascades flow over Minyon Falls, 100 metres below to a natural, palm-shaded swimming gorge at the base of the falls. Picnic areas with barbecues dot the area, making this a perfect destination for a day-trip. For the more experienced hikers, venture down to the base of the falls and take a dip in the cool waters of the falls a steep three-hour return walk with multiple steps, but well worth the journey!
Wild swimming and waterfall at Killen Falls
Enjoy some wild swimming in the Killen Falls swimming hole on Emigrant Creek with a 10-meter falls at one end. A short 10-minute walk down the bush track is well worth your time. Killen Falls is a beautiful cascading waterfall and great spot for a picnic and swim for the whole family to enjoy.
An icon destination to visit on your trip to Byron Bay. The Farm at Ewingsdale is an inspiring landmark with a famous onsite restaurant – Three Blue Ducks and bakery – The Bread Social, serving a delicious selection of paddock to plate meals and spectacular pastries at the bakery and market. There is a great little playground to entertain the kids situated right next to Baylato, a Gelato van full of tasty treats!
The farm has an array of cattle – including the cute and furry Scottish Highlanders, pigs, horse and chickens to keep the whole family entertained. The Farm runs tours on horseback allowing you to get behind the scenes and interact with the animals and learn about this sustainable agricultural operation.
For the green fingers out there, stop in at The Garden Shed nursery onsite or meander through the macadamia orchid or market garden at your leisure. The Farm also runs workshops and short courses for adults and Farm Kids for school holiday entertainment for the children.
Byron Bay is full of many fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes. Some of our favourites include:
Rae’s on Wategos – An exclusive dining experience by beach at Wategos. A fantastic location for an afternoon cocktail or celebratory lunch or dinner.
Treehouse on Belongil – Casual dining environment set among palm trees and paper barks. With live music and wood-fire pizza Treehouse has a fantastic atmosphere and a true Byron Bay feel.
The Beach Hotel – The iconic hotel and beer garden located on main beach is home to live music wholesome pub meals.
Bang Bang Byron Bay – Modern Asian inspired menu with great ambience and sensation food.
Light Years – Delicious food in this retro-style Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar.
The Loft Byron Bay – Restaurant and cocktail bar – impressive cocktails and great Byron vibe.
Miss Margarita – Incredibly popular vibrant, colourful Mexican restaurant in the heart of town. With casual dining and happy hour daily.
Three Blue Ducks – Located at The Farm in Ewingsdale, for an authentic Byron experience with delicious meals using fresh produce straight from the paddock.
The Mez Club – Moroccan, Middle Eastern feel bar and restaurant perfect for an afternoon beverage in the sun with a flexible menu for grazing or dinning.
Combi – Coffee lovers and organic vegan food buffs, drop into Combi for a delicious lunch or sample one of their spectacular smoothies, fresh juices and spectacular cakes!
How to get there:
If you are travelling by car, Byron Bay is located just 6km off the Pacific Highway. For those travelling via plane, there are three airports within 2 hours drive of Byron Bay, the closest being Ballina Gateway Airport, a 30-minute drive south of Byron Bay offering daily flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle.
Best time to go:
Although the weather and climate of Byron Bay is a pleasant balance of sunshine and fresh ocean breeze, the most ideal times to visit are during September to November, where temperatures are most comfortable and the average rainfall is the lowest.