The number one spot you must head to on any Aussie adventure. Its’s chilled out hippie vibes, hectic surf and natural beauty epitomises what we love most about the land down under! Here’s what you can do in Byron Bay if you’ve only got 48 hours to spare:
Here’s how to make the most of a long weekend in Byron Bay:
- Walk up to the Cape Byron lighthouse at sunrise. It may prove how unfit you are but at least once you’ve made it you can embrace the day’s very first rays and say reached Australia’s most easterly point. You’ll be high up on the headland with impressive ocean views, you could EVEN spot dolphins and whales while you’re there.
- Hire a surfboard and enjoy the foamies at The Pass, famous for its long, gentle waves.
- Spend a couple of hours kayaking in the Byron Bay Marine Park.
- Take a scuba diving trip to Julian Rocks or one of the local shipwrecks two awesome ways to get up close to the local marine life.
- Definitely hang at the beaches in Byron and fortunately there are plenty to choose from. Main Beach and Clarkes Beach are the two main beaches, both are on a vast stretch of sand on the bay.
- Clarkes is a good all-rounder, easy to get to and you can easily walk back along the beach to get into town.
- Wategos is small but popular with a secret tropical hideaway vibe – drive through rainforest to get here.
- Be sure to visit big and beautiful Tallow Beach, around the other side of Cape Byron and boarders with Arakwal National Park. This beach is less protected, more secluded and with bigger waves.
- On the first Sunday of every month are the beachside markets which are great for seeing local designer’s wares – jewellery, music, bohemian clothing and art.
- Seek out the individually owned boutiques for unique and interesting finds that match the town’s vibes, such as Ahoy Trader for art and Spell for fashion
- Drive twenty minutes from town and you can satisfy your inner hippie and work on your chakras with a trip to The Crystal Castle.
Food & Nightlife
- For your morning coffee try the casual Top Shop or Goodies Juice Bar for smoothies and acai bowls.
- Red Ginger in Byron Bay and Bangalow serve delicious dumplings.
- OzyMex Café by Byron Bay Chilli Co. has great spicy Mexican food.
- Rustic Treehouse, a little out of town at Belongil Beach, is great for a laid back pizza with mates
- Don’t miss The Farm, Byron’s most talked hot spot. This working farm serves up fresh food in the farm café and freshly baked bread from its bakery. Yum!
- The Balcony and Miss Margarita are both good spots for cocktails and afternoon drinks.
- Hanging at The Beach Hotel is never a bad idea, it’s practically on the beach.
- The Rails is where the locals are probably at and if you want to see some live music, check out The Northern.
- As the night progresses you may find yourself at Cocomangas night club or Cheeky Monkeys, where anything could happen (but probably dancing on the tables).
Get Outta Town
- For some quieter waves, big empty beaches and less touristy vibe, head south to Lennox Head or north to Brunswick Heads.
- The pretty hinterland area is lush, green and ripe for exploring. Stop in at cute Bangalow and explore its shops and cafes.
- Further inland is Nimbin, famous for its ‘alternative’ lifestyle and an unusual museum.
- Drive through Nightcap National Park and stop off for a swim under one of the area’s waterfalls such as Minyon Falls, which has an impressive 100 metre drop and a deep swimming hole surrounded by palms.