Byron Bay is a favourite for holiday makers and locals in Australia for being a beautiful beach town near to the border of Queensland. If you’re looking for things to do in Byron Bay, look no further.
If you are thinking of heading up to Byron but not sure what there is to do other than sit on a beach…think again! There are loads of things to do so in no particular order, here’s our Byron Bay guide complete with where to stay in Byron, where to eat in Byron and our top 13 things to do in Byron!
13 things to do in Byron Bay
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Byron Bay Accommodation
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We had this beach house all to ourselves in Byron Bay and you could too here.
If you’re looking for a few options on where to stay in Byron Bay, we’ve stayed at some incredible beach front places. Imagine your own beach house right on the Main Beach in Byron complete with huge glass windows to enjoy the beach?
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in the exclusive Wategos Beach, then this is the apartment to stay in!
We also stayed in a beautiful beach apartment right in the middle of the exclusive Wategos Beach. Honestly, we don’t think you’ll find much better than these two spots which we found on airbnb.
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Byron Bay Restaurants
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!
Top 13 things to do in Byron Bay
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1. Beaches to visit in Byron Bay
A map of Byron Bay beaches.
Obviously we have to include the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay in this post so we’ll start with our favourites! There are some amazing beaches in Byron Bay but which beaches are the best?
My favourite beaches in Byron Bay are Wategos (below the Lighthouse), Little Wategos and Tallow Beach. If you keep walking on the sand over to the right on Wategos, you’ll come to Little Wategos which can only be accessed by foot (5 minute walk from Wategos) which is pretty much deserted. Walk a little further and you’ll find loads of rock pools.
Wategos has that holiday feeling which has magical water that’s not only invigorating, you’ll want to spend the entire day there. The beauty about Little Wategos and Tallow is that they are both secluded. For more information on beaches, click here.
2. Main beach to Wategoes Beach coastal walk
It takes 30 minutes to walk from the Main beach (opp Beach Hotel) to Wategos beach and it’s worth it because Wategos is just stunning! If you’re feeling adventurous, keep on walking up the hill to the famous lighthouse for spectacular views.
3. Visit the Byron Bay lighthouse at sunrise
Byron Bay Lighthouse
A mandatory thing to do in Byron is to see the Lighthouse at sunrise which is the most easterly point in Australia. The views are absolutely stunning!! It’s a must do!
4. Kayak with dolphins / learn to surf
Fancy a few hours kayaking out in the ocean? It’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll see dolphins in Byron Bay! If you visit between May – October you might be lucky to see a humpback whale!! It’s a really popular thing to do in Byron so make sure you sign up as soon as you get there. It’s going to cost around $69 with Go Sea Kayak.
There are lots of surfers in Byron so why not sign yourself up to learn to surf?! Mojo Surf have been in Byron or years and are the iconic surfing experts to book with.
5. Hire A Bike
Even though I’d recommend hiring a car to get around, you can certainly get around the town on a bike. You’ll see loads of people hiring bikes out, a must do and only from $10 a day! For more info, click here.
6. Grab a beer and watch the sunset on Main Beach
If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Byron Bay, make sure you check out the sunset on Main Beach. You’ll see all the bongo players out there but at least it gives that happy, holiday vibe. Then head into town for dinner and drinks.
Got a Car? Here are some things to do outside of Byron
7. Take a drive out to the Hinterland
We absolutely love the hinterland in Byron, there’s something so magical about it and it’s also the only place we’ve seen in Australia which reminds us of the English countryside. There’s something really liberating about this area which includes stunning views of the ocean.
8. Visit Bangalow or/and Mullumbimby
Bangalow and Mullumbimby are both beautiful towns outside of Byron. Bangalow is known for its food scene and Mullumbimby is known for what Byron used to be like 20 years ago. Think of a chilled hippy town without the tourists. We quite liked this town and much preferred it to Nimbin.
We haven’t put Nimbin on this list because the only nice thing about this place was the drive out to there. We love the Hinterland in Byron, it’s beautiful but Nimbin had a bad vibe and we left after five minutes of being there as it really wasn’t a place for us.
Obviously Nimbin is known for weed so if you want to make the drive out there then it’s over an hour’s drive or you can take a tour to the area with renowned tour company Grasshoppers.
9. Day Out At Crystal Castle
If you’re looking for spiritual things to do in Byron Bay then Crystal Castle is the place to visit. You’ll need a car to get to Crystal Castle as it’s 25 minutes from Byron. It’s set in the beautiful hinterland and consists of gorgeous gardens with huge crystals in them. There are free guided tours around the grounds as well a free meditation sessions.
There’s something really lovely about this place and it’s a great place for the family to come and visit. We must mention how awesome the cafe is – it’s one of our favourites in Byron complete with really amazing food and beautiful views across to the hinterland.
Crystal Castle is a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle and to get some peacefulness outside of Byron.
10. Cycle / Drive to The Farm
It’s a 9 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride go get to The Farm which is ran by the same owners as the famous Bronte cafe, Three Blue Ducks cafe. It’s quite similar to The Grounds of Alexandria in the sense that there’s a flower stall outside and a busy restaurant although you can also sign up for morning yoga as well.
The Farm has that Insta-worthy feel to the place where you’ll be snapping away throughout your entire visit. You can even buy a picnic basket ready to go and find your own spot on The Farm’s grounds.
11. Hike around Minyon Falls
We drove out to the Minyon Falls lookout point but didn’t get time to do the hike down to the falls. We did however see a good few people enjoying the waterfall and it looked awesome. This is a must go to on your trip to Byron!
12. 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. 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 Bay.
Tips on getting to Byron Bay
We always fly to the Gold Coast because it tends to be cheaper and the flight times are better than flying to Ballina as we fly with Tiger Air. It’s the cheapest airline and only an hour’s flight so it’s bearable.
We also always pick up a car at the airport and Gold Coast – Byron Bay is a 45 mins drive whilst Ballina is a 30 minute drive.
Top 13 things to do in Byron Bay
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