Byron Bay

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard backpackers say their favourite place in Australia is Byron Bay. With its chill vibes, beautiful beaches and fun little party scene, it’s easy to see why people get stuck in this little town. Byron Bay is the most eastern town of Australia. This beautiful seaside town is a melting pot of alternative life style and Aussie surf culture. As soon as you arrive you’ll understand why this is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. If traveling to Byron Bay from Sydney (or in the other direction), I suggest getting an overnight Greyhound or Premier bus.

What to do?

With a host of fun day trips, activities and busy nightlife, be sure to take out time to relax and enjoy everything this stunning region has to offer.

Surf!

Byron Bay, is the perfect spot to learn how to surf. Mojosurf run the world class surfing academy in Byron and can pick you up right in front of your hostel to hunt down the perfect wave for you to learn on. If you have limited time or budget they also provide a half day surf adventure. They specialise in getting small groups trained up and riding the perfect waves on beautiful uncrowded beaches- now with exclusive Silver Value Inclusions so you can make the most of your time in stunning Byron Bay. If you really love to surf you can also follow the 4 or 7 day Sydney to Byron surf-tour. Click here to check the offers!

Dive or snorkel at Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine

Snorkel or dive at Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine Reserve and swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef as well animals from Australia’s deep Southern Ocean. Click here to get more information!

Nimbin tour

When in Byron Bay, a day trip to the historical and colourful hippie village of Nimbin should also be on your Byron Bucket List. The day trip is by far one of the weirdest and wackiest experiences I have ever had in Australia, rolling through the hinterland in a rainbow bus with the Bob Marley tunes a-blaring! This tour is all about venturing into village vibes so bring out the hippie colours to explore Nimbin and the incredible surrounding Byron Bay hinterland. Spend the morning meeting dreadlocked locals and exploring the colourful street before a fun filled afternoon of waterfall hopping. Click here to get more information! 

Skydive

Experience the awesome world of skydiving! Up to one minute freefalling with speeds accelerating up to 220km per hour, all with absolutely spectacular views over Byron Bay. Click here for more information!

Walk to Byron Bay Lighthouse

Probably the most famous thing to do is to take the time to walk to the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse. The walk to the top takes about an hour and is filled with some of the most scenic views and beautiful beaches you can find around Byron Bay. It’s very popular to walk up here for an awesome sunrise/sunset view. To see the sunrise at the lighthouse is an unforgettable experience.

Visit the Byron Bay Markets

Another pretty cool free thing to do is visiting the local Byron Bay market on the first Sunday of the month. The market offers a great range of hand-crafted wares, artworks, locally-grown produce and many stalls with foods and drinks.

Hit the Beaches

Byron Bay is famous for its beaches and best things about it is; they’re all free! Since the weather in Byron Bay is pretty decent the entire year, why not enjoy it by laying down at the beach or by taking a dip in the ocean.

Listen to some Live Music

While walking around you notice the unique atmosphere Byron Bay has to offer. The beautiful thing about Byron Bay is that there are musicians on nearly every corner, so at night if you’re not up for hitting up pubs and clubs in Byron Bay for a wild night, take the time to stroll the streets of Byron Bay listening to the buskers.

Join a drum circle

You will find the drum circle up at Main beach playing every day at sunset, and literally nearly every other corner of Byron Bay will have some sort of music to listen to.

Go see the talent show at the Art factory.

It is a fun night with all kinds of performances and there is also a big drum circle afterwards.

Try and spot whales and dolphins!

During, winter you have the chance to see the migrating humpback whales from one of the many coastal walks you can do, which is an awesome experience. It’s possible to spot the whales from the lighthouse walk or try one of the many other coastal lookouts around town.

Head to the Minyon Falls

Up in the hills above Byron is the beautiful Minyon Falls. Situated within Nightcap National Park, this stunning waterfall is super impressive and well worth the drive. Camera’s at the ready, you can also enjoy a couple of beautiful walks around Minyon Falls that show off the lush and tropical Byron surrounds at their best. Take a picnic and make a day of this hinterland adventure, stopping at the picturesque town of Bangalow on your way. This is probably my favourite of the best free things to do in Byron Bay.

Where to stay in Byron Bay?

Most backpackers, who are travelling to Byron, stay at Nomads Byron Bay. This is one of the most popular hostels in Byron. This hostel is based in the heart of Byron, only 2 minutes away from the bus stop and only a 3 minutes’ walk away from the beach. The most perfect location in Byron. However, there are a lot of hostels in Byron. So, if you want a little bit more luxury, I recommend staying at Wake-up hostel. Wake up in a modern, bright and breezy room that suits your budget. Wake-Up offers a range of accommodation, from dorms to private rooms. Other good hostels are: Backpackers-Inn, YHA cape Byron and YHA Byron bay city.