Your experience here can be whatever you choose to make it, there is something for everyone.
I want to share with you the best bits of Byron Bay, so that if you are only here for a few days, weeks or choose to stay forever, you love every minute of it!
For the ultimate Salty experience, get up early & experience a sunrise Lighthouse walk (or as the locals call it, the ‘Lighty’). As you wind your way to the top, you’ll pass hidden coves & walk through some pretty dense, protected rainforest.
I would recommend a stop at ‘little Wategos’, where you can stand at the most Easterly Point of mainland Australia. From this angle you can look up at the towering cliff face which will be your next challenge! Have a dip, breathe, then head up to the lighthouse for some equally mesmerizing views of of the Bay.
This is where the freshest local product can be found.
The farmers are beautiful & more than happy to talk through their harvesting procedures & the love, nurturing & perseverance it takes to make delicious organic food appear on our plates.
I am incredibly passionate about being part of the positive, ethical & sustainable food movement that is so present in the Far North Coast of NSW. The more we can be involved & understand where our food comes from, the more we can perpetuate the cycle.
If you are hungry for freshly baked pastries, hand picked fruit & veg, local coffee or want to pick up some goodies for a picnic, GO, I promise you wont be disappointed!
Byron Markets from 7-11am every Thursday
Bangalow Market from 7-11am every Saturday morning
Mullum Market from 7-11am every Friday morning
Stone & Wood now does brewery tours, just your luck! They are $15 per person, including tastings. The boys are amazing!
Visit with a group, or go alone. You’ll love it.
Be sure to check the Byron Bazaar for whats on in & around town too. Stone & Wood open their doors every now & then for special events, gigs & feasts. If you are around, definitely prioritise this!
Do something Adventurous!!!
…. like ballooning, skydiving or fly high over the coast in a helicopter.
I can’t recommend Byron Bay Skydiving enough. They keep you laughing & make sure you don’t evaporate from chronic anxiety! I personally was so scared – I hate being on commercial planes, let alone getting ready to jump out of one.
You take off in a teeny tiny plane from Tyagarah airport, sawing above the clouds with the most incredible aerial view over the coast (it’s actually worth it just for this).
For me skydiving was all about making myself proud! And that I did. I was the first out of the plane & watched as my family all landed in behind me. What an epic experience!!
Fancy hovering over the Byron Bay Hinterland or tracing the glittering coastline in a hot air balloon? Byron Bay Ballooning is your guy.
You even get a champagne breakfast in the paddock afterward. YEP. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Alternatively, if you like speed, hook up the coast in a chopper. Air T & G flights depart from Ballina airport & can be tailored to you! The helicopter itself is really unique, its one of a kind from the Vietnam war & it’s essentially a glass bubble with a propeller. They fly without doors so you can really get the wind in your hair! Flights last about 45 minutes & I can pretty much assure you that you will see dolphins, sharks, rays & maybe even turtles.
Sourdough Weekends at Harvest Cafe Newrybar
This is a Byron Bay institution,only 10 mins drive in the trendy little hinterland town of Newrybar. Harvest offers freshly baked pastries in the old bakery & sunny onsite gardens from 7am until sold out every weekend. Sit among the sunflowers & enjoy a coffee before heading across the road to Newrybar Merchants, a creative collaboration of local artisans. Here you will find vintage Moroccan rugs, leather goods, macrame & homewares.
Explore Broken Head Nature Reserve
If tropical oasis’s & hidden beaches are your thing, you will love this. Byron is at the epicenter of Arakwal National Park, dense rainforest that flows down from the Hinterland meeting the glittering beaches of the Far North Coast. You could get wander-fully lost for days in this beautiful Reserve, with leafy tracks paving the way to calm lagoons & perfect surf breaks.
Lonely Planet named Whites Beach as one of the most spectacular hidden beaches in Australia & it doesn’t disappoint. From Broken Head you will need to drive along the dirt road, parking at the third car park & taking the small track down to the beach.
Brays Beach is also another hidden gem which can be accessed via the track to the left next to Whites. In a few minutes you’ll go from thick rainforest to glittering ocean. Take a picnic & some surfboards & stay for the day. If you time it right you will have ample sand to laze upon, but on a high tide the sand can be quite scarce at both beaches, so check this out before visiting.
Explore the Hinterland Towns
Sure, Byron is famous for its beaches & good vibes, but don’t forget to explore the gorgeous hillside towns of Bangalow, Clunes, Federal & Newrybar.
Bangalow holds a local food market every Saturday from 7-11am, so stop by to meet the farmers who grow the regions finest produce. There are also some gorgeous stores like The Corner Store & Island Luxe that you can browse.
Clunes is about 10 minutes from here. There is a a corner store & boutique bottle shop that you should check out (pick up some Jilly Wine!) & if you have time, pop in to Sit Still Lauren, a young & inspiring local potter who holds classes in her studio – get in quick as these classes are always a sell out!
Federal is a tiny town about 30 mins from Byron. Here you will find the best Japanese of your life & if you are lucky you will be greeted by a beautiful woman playing a harp on the lawn & dozens of locals lazing in the sun
Finally, visit Newrybar, a trendy little town & home to Harvest Cafe. You can find out more about dining at Harvest in my Foodies Guide to Byron Bay feature. This needs to be top of your priority list – great coffee, great vibes & a local favorite.
While you are there visit Newrybar Merchants a beautifully restored property, transformed into a showcase for some of the most amazing local creatives.
Hint: I recommend driving the long & graceful Friday Hut Road, stopping & picking up fresh fruit & veg from the roadside honesty stalls along the way.