With its stunning beaches, bohemian vibe and artistic culture, Byron Bay is a unique gem on the North Coast of New South Wales. Loved by many travellers all over Australia and the world, here are 10 must do’s on your Byron Bay holiday.
Hit The Beach
Any beach you visit on your Byron Bay holiday is bound to amaze you, and if you have the time, sink your toes in the sand of every one! From clean surf breaks, crystal water and incredible sunsets, the beaches can be enjoyed by every kind of traveller. One in particular that is loved by locals and tourists alike, is Tallow Beach in Arakwal National Park. Great for swimming, surfing, relaxing, bird watching and fishing, it is the Byron Bay beach that keeps on giving.
Bathe in the Tea Tree Lake
Located in Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth, known as the ‘Tea Tree Lake’ is the perfect place to relax and unwind on your Byron Bay holiday. With native tea trees framing the freshwater lake, their oils drop into the water, colouring it a deep brown and filling it with natural healing properties. If you have never used tea tree oil nor heard of its benefits, it is an essential oil containing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiviral properties. After a dip in Lake Ainsworth, you’ll be feeling relaxed, healed and rejuvenated.
Day Trip to Nimbin
Your Byron Bay holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the alternative and unique town of Nimbin. Located about an hour away from Byron, it is the perfect place for a quick day trip. Even though you won’t have travelled far, you’ll feel worlds away in the colourful, hippie culture that encapsulates the town. A popular destination for cultural festivals, Nimbin’s alternative lifestyle was born in the 1970s with the 10 day Aquarius Festival – the catalyst for Australia’s counterculture and alternative lifestyle movement.
Go Cafe Hopping
The Byron Bay food scene, in particular the cafe scene, is famous for its mix of flavour and style. Oh and of course its delicious coffee blends. Go on a hunt for Byron Bay’s best coffee and cafe hop around town! Or if you’re hungry, why not hunt for the best brunch? Some of the popular cafes listed below could be a good starting point.
Rent an Airbnb
You’re going to need somewhere to stay on your Byron Bay holiday, and lucky enough, the holiday rentals are full of beautiful bohemian style design and homewares. If you’re looking for accommodation that feels just as authentic as stepping out into the town, Airbnb has some stunning gems. There’s only one thing left to decide, beachfront or rainforest?
Visit the markets
The heart of Byron Bay can be found at the colourful Community Market. Offering everything handmade and homegrown from artworks to produce, there is no better place to appreciate and support the local talent. Listen to buskers and bands play as you stroll through the 370 stalls, and enjoy the authentic community creations.
Hike to Minyon Falls
If you’re looking for some adventure on your Byron Bay holiday, a hike to Minyon Falls is for you. Located in Nightcap National Park, Minyon Falls is surrounded by ancient rainforests with a waterfall plunging 100m off the cliff tops. The walking track to the base of the falls is 13km return, so be prepared for a lengthy hike through dense rainforest. If 13km is a bit too much for you, Minyon Falls can still be enjoyed from the easy to access lookout. Enjoy stunning views of the coast, falls and the rainforest, with or without the hike.
Watch the sunrise at Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse
Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse is one of the most popular attractions in the area, visited by many for the 360 degree views, whale watching and incredible sunrises. Watching the sunrise from this special spot on the Pacific Ocean, makes you the first to see it in Australia, every single morning. If that doesn’t motivate you to get up early, then maybe the dolphins, turtles and whales will.
A Byron Bay holiday wouldn’t be complete without a shopping spree! With bespoke, bohemian style fashion and homewares, the Byron culture shines through its local designers and products. These fashion stores are among the best both locally and Australia wide:
Enjoy live music at Beach Hotel
Beach Hotel, or better known by the locals as ‘Beachies’ is located on the beachfront of Byron Bay’s Main Beach. It is a local hot spot for live entertainment, featuring everything from well-known Australian and international bands to hopefuls at open-mic night. With live music every single night, be sure to check out their gig guide for help with deciding when to go! In popular opinion, the Sunday Sesh is an excellent choice.
With its stunning beaches, bohemian vibe and artistic culture, Byron Bay is a unique gem on the North Coast of New South Wales. It is loved by many travellers all over Australia and the world, and after experiencing these top 10, I’m sure it will be a favourite of yours too.