Byron Bay Top 10 Things to Do
Byron Bay is a beachside town located in the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 772 kilometres north of Sydney and 165 kilometres south of Brisbane. Arguably one of the “must see” stops for all travellers heading along the East Coast, it is both beautiful and has a huge variety of activities on offer.
- Walk up to the lighthouse and around the Cape Byron Headland, making your way around the most easterly point of Australia and back along its many beautiful beaches. Look out for whales during migration season (June – October) as well as pods of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. Car access is available for those needing a stair-free approach! If you have the opportunity enjoy these views at sunrise – it’s an extra treat!
- Go surfing! Taking a surf lesson is the perfect way to get out there and try something new. You are sure to meet some like-minded people and get the guidance and encouragement you need. Already got the skills? Then jump on in! There are plenty of quality board hire shops too if you don’t have a board with you.
- Eat ice cream and watch the people go by. An enjoyable way to cool off and get on that total holiday vibe! Try our local recommendations – In The Pink on Jonson St and Beaches and Cream on Bay St.
- Shop till you drop. Byron Bay is full of boutique shops and clothing stores. You will find everything from Aboriginal art, tie dye clothing, crystals, fashion, surf shops and a lot more.
- Sea kayak out into the Bay. Cape Bay Marine Park is home to bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and three species of sea turtle, so keep your eyes peeled for them as you glide along the clear blue ocean.
- Visit The Stone and Wood Brewery and taste Byron’s favourite beer! Not only does their beer hit the taste buds on the head, the tasting outlet has a great atmosphere and you are sure to find some friendly faces there.
- Laze around on the beach. (don’t forget your sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt!). The Pass is a favourite with its shady trees at the edge of the sand and also it’s amazing mini island that you can walk up to watch the surfers from above.
- Eat out! There is so much good food to choose from, as Byron Bay restaurants cater for all tastes and experiences. If you are looking for a pretty cocktail and some tasty tapas check out The Mez Club and it’s famously stylish white interiors. Another more casual favourite is Main St Burger for a hearty meal of a burger, chips and a beer.
- Music both on the streets and at the frequent music festivals in the Byron Bay area make great reasons to plan a timely trip. Splendour In The Grass and Byron Blues and Roots Festival are two of the biggest. At the very least make sure to enjoy the buskers on the streets offering free entertainment.
- If you want to see the real local flavour of Byron’s people and it’s backpacking visitors, head to Main Beach at sunset and you will find a drumming circle, skaters, and locals and tourists alike dancing to the rhythms of the street.