From its relaxed atmosphere to its friendly people, Byron Bay is no doubt one of Australia’s best tourist attractions. Surrounded by lush hinterland rainforest that blends seamlessly with the pristine coastline, visitors can expect to lose themselves in the stunning wilderness and coastal trails which wind their way throughout the bay.
If you’re planning a trip to this coastal gem, check out the 8 best things to do in Byron Bay.
GO SURFING AT BELONGIL BEACH
Relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Belongil Beach, one of Byron Bay’s many unique and iconic beaches. With its expansive stretch of sand, Belongil Beach is perfect for long walks and watching the sunrise or sunset. As one of Byron’s quieter beaches, beginner surfers can enjoy smaller waves.
DISCOVER ARAKWAL NATIONAL PARK
Located 2km south of Cape Byron, Arakwal National Park is a secluded area which has preserved the very best of Byron Bay’s coastal heritage. As the heartland of the local Aboriginal community, the Arakwal people play an important role in the management of the park. Explore the coastal trails, take a walk along Tallow Beach, or go for a swim in the calm, uninterrupted water.
WALK ALONG LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL
Byron Bay’s Lighthouse Trail is the best way to experience the breathtaking views of Byron Bay. An easy 4km walk, the trail takes 2 to 3 hours to complete and takes visitors to the tip of Cape Byron. The tip of Cape Byron is also the perfect place for whale watching and dolphin spotting.
MARVEL AT KILLEN FALLS
A 20 minute drive from Ballina and just off the Friday Hut road, is the secluded Killen Falls. Marvel at the rich greenery and foliage covering the rocky facade of the waterfall. Listen to the tranquil sounds of the water and explore the remnants of the scrub rainforest which once completely covered the Northern Rivers area.
Whilst in Byron Bay, visit the quaint township of Bangalow and explore the charming local cafes and restaurants. Wander around the streets and taste some of the amazing locally brewed coffee, as well as fresh local produce, such as macadamia nuts, fruits and vegetables.
RELAX AT NEWRYBAR
A short drive away, and just a few kilometres south of Bangalow, is the cosy hamlet of Newrybar. The rolling hills and laid-back atmosphere, coupled with its very few houses and shops, makes it one of the most underrated towns to visit in the Byron region. Stay a couple of nights and experience the hospitality and country charm of Newrybar.
PICNIC AT WATEGOS BEACH
Nestled on the Northern side of Cape Byron, and only a short way away from the Lighthouse Trail, Wategos Beach is ideal for an afternoon picnic and watching native bottlenose dolphins frolic in the water.
WANDER AROUND MULLUMBIMBY
Mullumbimby is an idyllic town situated within the North Coast hinterland and is only a short drive from Byron Bay. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Mullumbimby, from walking trails through the Brunswick Valley Heritage Park to the beautiful Shambhala Gardens.
The stunning rainforest hinterland coupled with the endless stretch of beaches, make Byron Bay a perfect escape from busy city life for a weekend or a longer holiday.