Byron Bay would have to one of Australia’s most popular destinations, for reasons no other than its ultra free spirited hippy culture and surf and beach vibes, a trip here will reiterate why it’s such a popular escape for many travellers! It’s also home to a few of Australia most popular music festivals, Splendour in the Grass and the Blues Fest..so basically, for those who love the beach, music (triple J), yoga or who just love a good time, Byron tick all the boxes!
I’ve been to Byron a handful of times over the years, but I recently took some time out to explore Byron’s hip culture and of course soak up the sun! Here are some of my top picks of Byron experiences….
1. Hit the beaches…..there are plenty of them! Byron Bay boasts some great sandy white beaches that stretch for kilometers, but the best ones are the definitely the more quiet and secluded type, often not where tourists will flock to. Venture away from Main Beach in Bryon and instead check out Tallow Beach, The Pass, Suffolk Park and Little Wategos Beach. Here you can relax, soak up the sun and take a dip (or surf) in the clear ocean waters.
2. Go Skydiving..or hot air ballooning if you are a thrill seeker. Sky diving is a popular option for many who enjoy the adrenaline rush and to be greeted with incredible coastal views overlooking Northern New South Whales with ocean front landings. Hot Air Ballooning is also an attractive option, available for all ages.
3. Visit the Cape Bryon Lighthouse and admire the headland. If you drive up to the Lighthouse you will have to pay for parking (which is hard to come by anyway), but I suggest parking down the bottom and walking your way up. From the Lighthouse, you can admire Byron coastal views from above and this is also the most Easterly Point in Australia!
4. Check out Byron’s Markets for some great buys and live entertainment. They have food vendors as well as homemade goods such as soaps, candles, bags and much more. The Byron Bay Markets, along Butler Street reserve are on the 1st Sunday of every month.
5. Enjoy the Nightlife after dark. Byron comes to life once the sun goes down with plentiful of bars and pubs to grab a drink and enjoy the playful atmosphere. Some places to check out are The Beach Hotel, The Rails, Woody’s Surf Shack and Great Northern Hotel.
6. Take a surf lessonGet amongst Byron’s beach culture and take a surfing lesion. Whether you are a complete beginner or wish to polish your form and technique, Byron’s is the place! Head to Main Beach, where there are many surfing schools operating daily and at competitive prices.
7. Head to the beachfront and watch the sun sink behind the horizon. The golden tones highlighting the skies are picturesque enough, but keep watching as the suns rays disappear behind the horizon and for night to set in.
8. Boutique shopping is a must do for those who love shopping. Byron’s is home to many fashion boutiques and surf labels, that are rising in popularity by the month. If bohemian is your style, you’ll definately fall in love with Byron’s fashion culture.
9. Visit Bangalow, Byron’s neighbouring small hippy community! Head to bungalow, which is only a very short drive out of Byron, and immerse yourself in the eccentric culture. Be sure to check out the markets (open on weekends once a month) for the best locally grown produce and homemade goods and quirky trinkets that make great gifts! The Bangalow Markets are on every 4th Sunday.
10. Get your walking shoes on and get exploring, because Byron Bay is home to some beautiful hinterland and beach walks. If you are thinking of keeping yourself fit while in Byron, there is plenty of opportunity to do so! Remember to pack some water and perhaps a pair of swimmers to cool off in the ocean afterwards! Some tracks to check out can include: Three Sisters Walking Track, Cape Byron and Minyon Falls. If you decide to venture out of Byron Bay, the Rainforest Ways drive is beautiful and well worth a visit.
Byron hot tips:
– Byron can get extremely busy at times, particularly during the Summer holidays and over weekends if there are popular events on…This would be the ideal time to avoid a trip to Byron if you hate crowds but also traffic. As there is only one road to enter Byron from off the highway, it can sometimes back up to for kilometres, which sucks!!
– If you are driving to Byron, take note that you will most likely be paying for parking anywhere you go. Most meters are about $3 per hour…