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What’s the hype about with Byron Bay?
Byron Bay is probably Australia’s most popular beach town. You’ll find absolutely everyone here from the surfers, families, hipsters, hippies, backpackers and wealthy folk who all come together with a love for Byron’s authenticity and all round beautiful vibe.
Byron Bay weather: when is the best time to visit?
Byron Bay gets very busy during the school holidays and very hot too. The humidity can be unbearable for some and I know when we visited during Christmas time once, even Stevo found it too much and he’s Australian!
We’ve also visited during June and loved how quiet it was. We had no problem finding parking anywhere and it was still warm enough to go swimming in the ocean. There’s also much more to do in Byron than going to the beach which we mention further into this post.
Basically you could visit Byron Bay all year round if you wanted to.
How to find cheap flights to Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a 30 minute drive from Ballina airport and 45 minute drive from Gold Coast airport. You can pick up flights for as little as $50 to get to these airports from Sydney from here!
If you’re not fussed on hiring a car, you can get a private shuttle bus from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay here.
Want to drive to Byron Bay?
It takes around 9 hours to drive to Byron Bay from Sydney – almost the same distance as driving from Sydney to Melbourne. We have driven to Byron Bay before and we must say we much preferred to get a flight.
There are so many tour companies offering up hop on hop off routes from Sydney to Cairns which all stop off at Byron Bay along the way. This takes away the hassle from having to organise anything yourself.
The almost all inclusive Sydney to Cairns tour
If you want almost everything organised for you like activities, transport, most meals and accommodation, then we’ve found the tour just for you. You’ll also be able to go at your own pace up the coast so if you want to stay in Byron Bay for longer, you’ll be able to do so. Click here to find out more about this popular Sydney to Cairns tour.
Here’s a tip for you, East Coast of Australia tours are actually cheaper if you go from Cairns to Sydney. You might be going against the majority but it’s much cheaper. Check out this popular tour here.
Prefer a surfing tour up the East Coast of Australia?
If you’re unsure if Byron is the right beach town for you, here’s a little run down on some of the places nearby so you can have a better understanding of what’s around.
The Gold Coast is a very popular part of Australia for families who are looking to stay in a classic Aussie beach town with lots of activities for kids and affordable accommodation options. Places like Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads are popular spots to look out for.
If you’re wondering about Surfers Paradise, this is a place that’s really popular for cheap accommodation and those who want to booze it up. It also sort of reminds us of a very small version of Las Vegas too – only if we had to compare it to somewhere else. Make sure you check out the theme parks in the area too!
Noosa is known as the posher version to Byron Bay. It’s got an interesting mix of people from very wealthy folk to backpackers but it kinda works. Surfers LOVE Noosa National Park and there’s some excellent restaurants to choose from.
If you’re thinking of heading to Mooloolaba, it’s got a similar vibe to Gold Coast with lots of accommodation options where you can score an affordable sea view apartment like we did here.
Nothing dodgy about it. It’s just because we’ve used them so much around the world, we’ve built up a referral from them so you can get almost a night’s stay for free!
Byron Bay Camping / Best Byron Bay Backpackers
The Arts Factory has been around for years in Byron Bay and is the central hub for backpackers. This awesome hostel has a swimming pool, health centre, gym and some decent double rooms too. It’s the type of place I wish I went stayed at when I was backpacking. But fear not, there’s so much going on here from yoga to live music, it’s worth checking it out even if you’re not staying here.
Although it’s a 20 minute walk to Main Beach, a lot of long stay backpackers specifically love The Jungle which is almost like a festival-esque camp ground at the back of the lodge.
Other backpacker options include Byron Bay YHA and Wake Up! I’ve stayed in YHA’s around Australia (they are always a brilliant budget option for everyone) and I stayed at Wake Up! in Sydney when I first came to Australia as a backpacker. It’s an excellent backpacker hostel in Australia!
Byron Bay budget accommodation
We stayed in a beautiful airbnb at Wategos Beach which is under $200 a night. We think that’s really good value considering it’s location at Byron’s most exclusive area.
If this doesn’t take your fancy, we also recommend staying at Byron Springs which is under $175 a night to stay in a beautiful beach cottage.
There’s loads of mid range accommodation options in Byron Bay but one of the most popular places to stay is at Atlantic which is an oasis, right in the middle of Byron Bay. It’s also incredibly Instagrammable too!
There’s so much going on in Byron Bay, you’ll never be bored. Welcome to your Byron Bay guide 🙂
1. Cruise around on a vintage electric bike
One of the first things you’ll notice in Byron is that everyone rides a bike around town. It’s the easiest way to get around as traffic can build up very quickly.
We LOVE the vintage electric bikes from here which you can rent from a few hours to the whole week if you need to. And if you’ve never ridden an electric bike before, you honestly won’t want to go back. It’s a game changer. Make sure you book your bike now as they get booked out quickly!
2. Take a romantic hot air balloon ride over Byron Bay!
If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Byron Bay, look no further! We can’t think of a more romantic way to start the day than with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the coast and to Mount Warning. You’ll finish the one hour flight with a champagne breakfast.
If you’re looking for romantic places to propose in Byron Bay, then this is it!
Byron Bay is home to some of the best beaches in Australia, but which one’s are the best?
When I first came to Byron Bay, I just went to Main Beach, thinking that was it. Don’t make this mistake.
This is a really handy Byron Bay map to use when checking out the awesome beaches!
Personally my favourite beach in Byron Bay is Wategos Beach. There’s something quite magical about it and if you time it right, you’ll be able to walk over to Little Wategos on the right hand side which is almost completely secluded. Continue on to the right and you’ll find some awesome rock pools to swim in.
The Pass is a popular surfing spot and Tallow Beach is a gorgeous long beach to get away from it all.
4. Learn to surf
A lot of people want to learn to surf in Byron Bay as there’s some great spots for beginner surfers. Fear not, we’ve found some great tours you might be interested in.
Kayaking in Byron Bay is something everyone needs to experience because the liklihood of bumping into some dolphins along the way is almost a given.
When I was a backpacker a long time ago, I remember doing this three hour tour and absolutely loved it! If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Byron Bay then you’re in luck – you can bring kids over the age of 5.
If you visit between May to October, you might even see some whales as well!
Best of all, the kayaking tour is really cheap but you must book ahead here as they book up fast.
If you want your kayaking trip to include a visit to the hinterland (somewhere you really must go and visit) then check out this tour.
6. Go dolphin & whale watching from a boat instead
Love the idea of going dolphin watching or whale watching from a boat instead of a kayak? No problem.
Ever wanted to learn to scuba dive? Well, you can learn to dive in Byron! The five hour introductory scuba diving tour will take you around the famous Julian Rocks Marine Reserve where you’ll be able to learn all about the sea life in Australia.
Snorkeling with turtles is a bucket list item on many people’s lists. Luckily you can experience this once in a life time opportunity in Byron Bay! If you’ve not snorkled before, you can practice in a pool before heading out into the ocean.
Do you need to take some time out and re-evaluate your day to day life? This two hour holistic wellness course will transform your life and help you break down patterns you’ve been repeating for years through yoga & meditation.
One of the biggest highlights when you visit Byron Bay is to visit the famous Lighthouse which overlooks the beach town at sunrise. Byron is also known to put on incredible sunrises so make sure you wake up early to tick this one off your bucket list.
12. Go sky diving in Byron Bay!
If you’re thinking about doing a sky dive in Byron Bay then here’s your opportunity. We’ve both sky dived before and it’s just one of those bucket list items everyone needs to do in their life. You’re never experience anything ever like it!
Byron Bay is also an incredibly popular spot for sky diving, especially for backpackers. If you’re thinking of doing it, book it now because it books up fast.
You know Byron’s coastal walk is just as good as the Bondi to Coogee walk. It’s an absolute must do when visiting Byron because you’ll want to take loads of photos along the way.
It takes just 30 minutes to walk from the Main Beach (opp The Beach Hotel) to get to Wategos beach. Just keep walking up the hill and you’ll reach the Light House in no time! For us, we LOVE the lookout over to Tallow Beach on the other side – it’s purely magical!
14. Go on a romantic horse ride along the beach
We couldn’t think of a better thing to do in Byron than to go on a beautiful horse ride along the beach!
The one and a half hour horse ride takes you along Belongil Beach and also up into the sub tropical woodlands around Byron Bay.
Tours run from 7am-7pm so you could go on one at sunrise or sunset! Get in quick though because these tours book out fast.
Prefer to spend the day in complete relaxation? If you’re looking for a Byron Bay spa, look no further.
Elements of Byron is one of THE most luxurious hotels in Byron Bay and equally has an incredible spa which you can book to use for the day.
Gaia Retreat & Spa is located in the beautiful hinterland, a place where you can truely get away from it and has a Byron Bay day spa you can use as well.
Lastly, The Byron at Byron is another one of the most exclusive resorts in Byron which is home to an excellent day spa as well.
Looking for a cheap Byron spa to use?
The Kiva Spa in Mullumbimby charge just $25 to use their bath house for an hour. If you want to spend longer there, it costs $15 per extra hour. Awesome!
Or a FREE Byron Bay spa?
Lake Ainsworth or what’s known the the locals, Ti Tree Lake is a common place to take a dip in and it’s free!
Located 30 minutes south of Byron towards Ballina, the tea trees which grow beside the lake are the reason why it works wonders on your skin. The oil from the trees moves down towards the lake which produces the oils to rejuvenate your skin. Although the lake might look a bit murky, fear not… it’s the oils from the trees which causes this colour and will start working it’s magic on your skin.
16. Go on a gourmet lunch tour
If you’re a foodie who loves tea and finding decent coffee shops, this gourmet lunch tour might be just for you. You’ll be taken to various local tea and coffee spots, as well as the award winning Madura tea plantation and a gourmet lunch to follow.
Ever wanted to join the circus? Circus Arts in Byron Bay is an amazing place to visit for the whole family! If you’re looking for kids things to do in Byron Bay when it’s raining, this is where it’s at!
There’s loads of kids activities in Byron Bay when the holidays are on, a place space, a climbing wall, trampolining, and acro circus.
Did we mention you can learn trapeze too? This 90 minute class is something fun for everyone! Best of all, kids from five years and up can take part in trapeze so you’ve got them sorted for raining activities in Byron!
Circus Arts caters for everyone, from corporates, to kids parties. Make sure you check them out as it’s a truely awesome place to visit.
Fancy doing something completely random in Byron Bay? We recommend going on a night walk to spot the Australian wildlife! You’ll be given night vision goggles as you’re lead on a guided walk in the rainforest. This 4 hour walk also provides you with hot chocolate and cake. YUM!
Byron Bay has some awesome markets to go to so luckily we’ve found out when they are all on.
Byron Bay Market -1st Sunday of every month
Byron Bay Farmer’s Market – Every Thursday morning
Byron Bay Artisan Market – Every Saturday night from October to March
Mullumbimby Markets – 3rd Sunday of the month
Bangalow Markets – 4th Sunday of the month
23. Go on a gin, rum and beer tour
If you fancy going on a bit of a drinking tour to plenty of distilleries and breweries then this 7 hour tour might be perfect for you! Includes lunch and hotel pick up and drop off so you can get in plenty of ‘tastings’ 😉
Turns out Byron Bay is home to some legendary parties but to know where and when is all about getting to know the locals. I’ve heard these parties can go on for days at a time!
If you don’t have any luck, there’s loads of places to party in Byron itself. The Beach Hotel is the main pub which draws in the crowds but there’s also Loft, Treehouse and of course Cheeky Monkey’s for the backpackers (it’s been there since I was backpacking around Australia in 2006!).
25. Go to a Byron Bay Festival
Bryon Bay is home to some of Australia’s best music festivals which are notably the following:
The Falls Festival takes place over New Years’ and brings in a crowd 18-30 year olds (we were in Byron around this time and saw lots of teenagers all dressed up in their best festival gear). They usually have a cracking dance music line up too!
Bluesfest Byron Bay is a massively legendary festival which brings in an older crowd of 30+ and takes place in April. Previous line ups have included BB King and Bob Dylan.
Splendour In The Grass takes place in July and brings in an indie crowd. This year’s line up included Childish Gambino, Foals and Catfish And The Bottlemen.
Personally I’d head to all of these festivals as the line ups are really impressive!
Check out this blog which talks in more detail about the best festivals in Byron Bay.
26. Go shopping in Byron!
There are some excellent independent shops in Byron Bay that the locals have kept out the majority of major retailers. We love Spell & Gypsy for their classic boho Aussie style – it’s worth popping into just to get an Instagram picture and of course Island Luxe. They have a store in Bangalow as well, and it’s an Instagrammer’s paradise.
The Farm is a brilliant place to visit, just a five minute drive on the outskirts of Byron Bay. You could also hire a bike and it’s just a 20 minute cycle.
The Farm is a bit comparable to The Grounds in Sydney but it’s actually set on a real farm. They have an awesome restaurant, and hold tours as well. You can take a wonder through the farm on your own as well to burn off lunch. It’s a great spot for the whole family.
28. Go to the best Byron Bay Pub
It’s said The Rails is the only remaining true local pub in Byron Bay. We accidentally stumbled upon it one night and LOVED the vibe. This is the type of place that’s full of real people and has zero pretentiousness in sight and there’s live music 7 days a week. Result!
29. Walking foodies tour
Don’t you just love a foodies tour? We’re already planning our future foodie trips around Europe in the future, but I’ll tell you what… Byron Bay has some of the BEST food in Australia.
So if you’re looking for an awesome foodie tour in Byron Bay look no further.
We recommend this foodie walking tour which takes you around the Byron Bay Arts & Industrial Estate so you’ll get to meet all of the people who make the delicious food. Book this tour here >
Looking for a couples foodie tour in Byron Bay? Check out this tour which takes you to some of Byron’s finest restaurants for a four course meal over lunch. Book this tour here >
Looking for a vegan tour in Byron Bay? Fear not, you can go shopping with the chef, then learn how to make some awesome vegan dishes. Book this tour here >
So we’ve raved about the amazing food in Byron Bay that we needed to write a whole separate post about our favourite places to eat.
Some standouts include, The Roadhouse, Treehouse, Bay Leaf (they do the BEST breakfast), Folk and of course Raes in Byron Bay.
There are so many amazing places to eat in Byron Bay that we needed to create a whole separate post. One of the reasons we love Byron Bay is because there are so many awesome places to eat. The abundance of healthy food makes Byron one of if not the place place in NSW to eat!
Day trips from Byron Bay
We’ve also listed loads of awesome things to do near Byron Bay as well. Some of the attractions include tours so you don’t need a car. Make sure you read until the end because we mention some of the absolute best things to do in Byron Bay!
31. Tour around Byron Hinterland
You absolutely must visit the Byron Bay Hinterland. There’s something absolutely amazing about it that you really need to see it for yourself.
If you don’t have a car, don’t worry there’s plenty of tours you can go on.
We also recommend you going to visit the beautiful town of Bangalow, Newrybar, Federal and Mullumbimby whilst in Byron. If you fancy doing a tour to Bangalow, check out this popular one here >
32. Go find the Sunflower fields
Located in Gold Coast and just a 45 minute drive from Byron Bay are the insta famous sunflower fields you can visit at Farm & Co in Kingscliff. It costs $5 per person, kids go free. They also have a store and a cafe to visit as well! Make sure you check their website for sunflower updates before you go.
33. Hike around Minyon Falls
Looking for some adventure? Head over to World Heritage Listed NightCap National Park to the incredible Minyon Falls! It take just under an hour to hike there but it’s worth the drive out there because that in itself is incredible.
Technically you can’t swim in the waterfall but if we had time, we would have hiked down there just to see the sheer force of it. There is a viewing platform if you can’t be bothered to go hiking.
Whian Whian Falls is located just a little further on from Minyon Falls. It’s a local faovurite swimming hole, and is especially good for cooling off in the heat of the Summer.
35. And swim at Protester Falls
Protester Falls is another locals favourite and is hidden further into Nightcap National Park. It takes about 1h30m to get to the bottom but make sure you are super careful, never put yourself in danger and read this post before going.
36. And Killen Falls
Killen Falls is located in Knockrow and is a very insta worthy waterfall to photograph.
37. Go to Crystal Castle
There’s something pretty special about Crystal Castle – a beautiful place located in the Hinterland which is home to two of the largest crystals in the world. The shambala gardens are absolutely gorgeous to walk around and the cafe serves up some of THE best veggie food in Byron.
If you’ve never seen glow worms before, you’ve got the chance to now see them! We’ve found an awesome tour (for adults) which includes visiting some of Byron’s secret beaches, cliff jumping and it finishes with a visit to the glow worms at night time.
If you’re looking to see some Australian wildlife in their natural habitats then you’ll get the chance to go to a eucalyptus forest, grassland and a rainforest where you might be able to spot koalas, kangaroos and much more! You’ll also have lunch in the rainforest as well!
Springbrook National Park is located 1h30m from Byron but there’s some awesome places you need to visit! We recommend going to visit Purlingbrook Falls and Natural Bridge which have both been on our list for ages!
41. Visit Tropical Fruit World
We love, love, love fruit so when we saw this place on the drive down from the Gold Coast, we came up one day to check it out. Tropical Fruit World is a great day out for the family and a perfect activity for things to do in the rain in Byron Bay.
You can take a little train tour around, watch live demos and try lots of tropical fruit! It’s a 40 minute drive north from Byron.
42. Macadamia Castle
Macadamia Castle is a great day trip from Byron Bay and it’s just a 20 minute drive from town. This is a perfect family activity in Byron Bay and if you do anything, just make sure you visit the gift shop to stock up on loads of macadamia products 🙂
43. Check out the theme parks!
If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Gold Coast, then head over to one of the many theme parks. You can get various passes for multiple parks but Dreamworld and Movie World are two of the most popular choices.
44. Head on a Nimbin tour Grasshoppers Nimbin tour
Nimbin has been a hugely popular spot for people specifically wanting to buy weed. What you might not know is the drive over to there from Byron Bay takes an hour but it’s stunning.
When we arrived into Nimbin, we were greeted by a sketchy dude who quietly asked us if we wanted to buy weed. We laughed it off not specifically going to Nimbin for that reason. Backpackers stood awkwardly on the streets trying to build up the courage to buy some and to be honest, we got back into the car after about five minutes.
There’s a mixture of tour buses with everyone from backpackers to the oldies walking around and there’s something that just doesn’t quite feel right about this place.
None the less, if you fancy going to check it out for yourself, the famous Grasshoppers tour has been running for years and is the most popular one to go and find out what the fuss is all about.
46. Go camping and wake up to sunrise at Mount Warning
Fancy going camping to wake up and climb up to the top of Mount Warning for sunrise? This awesome tour will take you to wild swimming spots, before setting up camp for the evening with a BBQ dinner where you’ll get to sleep amongst the stars. Wake up early in time to witness the sun rise from Mount Warning. Be warned the elevation of Mount Warning is 1,156 m.
There are so many awesome vintage shops in Mullumbimby, make sure you make the effort to visit this town which is known as ‘what Byron used to be like’. The main street is lined with vintage shops and some great cafes.
50. Grab a beer and watch the sunset on Main Beach
If you’ve made it this far, make sure you finish your trip with a beer on Main Beach in time for sunset. You’ll be planning your next trip back to Byron Bay in no time!
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