Byron Bay must be New South Wales’s most popular weekend destination. From a relaxing atmosphere to stunning beaches and amazing food, this little heaven has everything you need to escape the hustle and bustle from everyday life.
The town is a popular holiday destination for Sydneysiders at well as Brisbanites, making it Australia’s most popular beach town. It is known for its beautiful beaches and incredible surfing and scuba diving sites. Cape Byron State Conservation Park is on a headland and is home to a lighthouse. Between June and November, humpback whales can be spotted from headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout.
In this post, I will share with you everything you want to see and do during a weekend escape. From the best restaurants to eat to the best accommodation to stay at and what you should see and do in Byron Bay.
So, if you are planning to visit Byron Bay for the first time, then read on…
BYRON BAY TRAVEL GUIDE | BASIC INFORMATION
Underneath you can find some general but yet important information about Byron. Just to get you started off on the right foot.
Weather Byron Bay
The best time to go to Byron Bay (weather-wise) is from September to November. During this time the temperatures are very comfortable and during that time there is the lowest rainfall averages of the year.
In February it is usually the hottest and most humid. Winters are not cold with daily maximums usually reaching a pleasant 19.4 degrees Celsius (66° Fahrenheit) and a minimum of 11 ºC (52 ° Fahrenheit).
Because of this pleasant weather, Byron Bay is the ideal beach holiday destination almost year-round.
Byron Bay Accommodation
There is plenty of accommodation options available in Byron Bay and its surroundings. From reasonably cheap, to incredibly luxurious and everything in between.
On average, 3-star hotels in Byron Bay cost $114 per night, and 4-star hotels in Byron Bay are $129 per night. If you’re looking for something really special, a 5-star hotel in Byron Bay can be found for $370 per night, on average (based on Booking.com prices November 2019).
Underneath are just a couple of options for 3 different price brackets:
- Glen Villa Resort: A caravan Park and Camping Ground that also offer cabins. Close to the beach as well as the town!
- Another campground that offers cabins is the Discovery Parks.
- Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay lies a bit further away from Byron Bay, yet it’s only 5 minutes’ drive from the Byron town centre. Plenty of wildlife to spot – wallabies, echidnas, koalas, native birds, and even whales during migration
Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments – Boutique Accommodation: Accommodation located right in the heart of Byron Bay surrounded by vibrant cafes, restaurants and fashion boutiques with glorious Main Beach just 150 metres away.
Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments: casual luxury apartments located within walking distance to Main Beach & to the heart of Byron’s shopping village.
Atlantic Byron Bay: The Atlantic Byron Bay is a boutique hotel. The accommodation offers perfect combination of location and style surrounded by swaying palm trees and the sound of the ocean. The Atlantic is the perfect getaway for couples with cafes, shops and white sandy beaches all steps from your deck. Soak up the sun on the lawn, hide under a palm tree and enjoy the balmy evenings by the fire pit.
The Villas of Byron: Set against a backdrop of Byron’s lush coastal rainforest, The Villas are designed as exclusive compounds, providing our guests with the ultimate interior – exterior accommodation experience.
- The Watermark at Wategos: Against the spectacular backdrop of Byron Bay’s hinterland, and surrounded by lush forest, the wide, flat sands of Wategos lead almost directly to the front door of your suite.
Sydney to Byron Bay
Driving from Sydney to Byron Bay is one of the most iconic drives in Australia. The drive is a 766-kilometer road trip flanked by incredible towns and stunning landscapes. From Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to the central coats and Port Macquarie, there are plenty of amazing stops to check out during the drive.
You can either do it in either one day or two, depending on how much time you have. Along the way make sure to check out a ‘Big Banana’ which is what it sounds, a MASSIVE banana. Also, Russell Crowe has a Museum Of Interesting Things in Coffs Harbour.
IS BYRON BAY WORTH VISITING?
Byron is one of the best places got to get away from the hustle and bustle of city-loving without having to hop on a plane. This town is the epiphany of hippy living, so this is not for everyone. However if you wish to de-stress, walk the beaches, enjoy a bit of surf and recharge, then Byron Bay is the place to be.
So, in my opinion, Byron Bay is worth visiting, especially when you need to recharge. Het a massage, eat nice food and you can kick butt again after a weekend away in Byron.
THINGS TO DO IN BYRON BAY?
Underneath you will find just of couple of things that you could do during your weekend trip to Byron. From shopping to beaches, national parks and more have been provided underneath.
Arakwal National Park
This is a pristine national park that is well maintained and has very safe walking trails with magnificent views. The highlight of this park is the walking trails around Cape Byron including the famous Byron Light House.
Cape Byron Lighthouse + Cape Byron walking track
A stunning walk from Main Beach up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. You’ll need a good two hours to properly experience this incredibly walk. On this 3.7 kilometer loop walking track, enjoy rainforest, quiet beaches, and clifftop views. You can stop for a brunch picnic at the picturesque Wategos Beach, before continuing onto the most easterly point of Australia. And if you are Byron Bay at the right time (June–October), you’re almost absolutely guaranteed to see whales frolicking around.
Explore Wategos Beach with its rock pools, laze about at busy Main Beach or enjoy calmer waters at Clarkes Beach.
The Pass is Byron’s most infamous surf beach. You will find tons of people trying to catch a wave here.
Tallow Beach is 3.2km from the heart of Byron Bay and a great place for swimming, birdwatching, whale watching, beach fishing. For swimming and surfing, please be aware of rip tides and keep an eye on children – Tallow Beach is unpatrolled. It is, nevertheless, very popular in summer, the school holidays and Easter, so arrive early for the best spot.
Byron Bay is known to have a large population of bottlenose dolphins, so much so that you’ll almost always see some swimming by if hang around some of the vantage points like hills around Little Wategos and Wategos beaches.
If you want to get up close to the dolphins in Byron Bay, you should contact Go Sea Kayak Bryon Bay, which provides atour around Byron Bay Marine Park.
Check out the Tree Sanctuary
Affectionately known to many locals as just ‘The Sanctuary’, the Tree Sanctuary has preserved a chunk of rainforest which the area of New South Wales was once covered in. A boardwalk makes strolling through the peaceful sanctuary accessible, and many an hour can be passed just sitting and listening to the birds here!
You will be surprised but Byron Bay has lots of great little shops! You can spend until you have reached your credit card limit. Since you are in Boho central, the things that you will find most are surfwear, floaty dresses, and sandals. Do a lap of Lawson, Jonson and Fletcher street, to find the cutest shops.
Browse magical crystals at Soul Life
Soul life is a crystal shop and is a pretty typical Byron thing to do. There’s inspirational books, incense sticks, and crystal after crystal after crystal. So many that you could spend all afternoon reading about each crystal’s meaning.
GET A MASSAGE
Byron Bay is famed for its alternative healing practices, from acupuncture, reflexology, and aromatherapy to reiki, yoga, and (normal) massage. So you really must partake in some kind of wellness experience while here. There are many many different places that you can go to. Different types of massage tickle different people’s fancy.
BEST FOOD AND DRINK IN BYRON BAY
You do not have to worry about wining and dining options in Byron. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dinner restaurants in Byron Bay. Underneath are just a couple of my favorites restaurants to chill and eat at.
Lunch/Brunch at The Farm | And there’s no place more Byron than The Farm. This 80-acre working farm on the outskirts of town. It is home to a community of growers, producers, eateries and farm animals. The menu that they offer exclusively uses local, organic and sustainably farmed produce.
St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar | They offer modern Spanish tapas dishes and share plates, inspired by fresh & flavorsome ingredients
The Mez Club | Offers delicious from countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, from the noisy ‘souks’ of Morocco to the richness of the south of France, the fresh produce of Italy and the fresh seafood from Spain.
Light years | Been here a few times and never disappointed. A beautiful little place with amazing (Essentially Vietnamese/south Asian) food. You won’t be let down.
And if you’re super organized (I’m talking at least three months in advance organized), you can try your luck at getting a booking at Fleet. This 14 seater restaurant is hard to get a booking for. The food is simply outstanding and worth the effort on trying to get a table.
POSSIBLE DAY TRIPS FROM BYRON BAY
Byron Bay is conveniently close to major city hubs like Brisbane and the Gold Coast both within a 2.5-hour radius, so along with the option of checking these iconic cities out you also have some amazing beach drives and towns to visit like:
Lennox head | Only a 15-minute drive away and it’s an amazing little town. The surfers know Lennox Head for its internationally famous right-hand point break, and the hang-gliders love the place for the sensational views when they take off from Pat Morton Lookout. Lennox Head has a great coastal village atmosphere, with the main street full of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, post office and supermarket and a long strip of park adjoining the beach opposite, the perfect place for sitting in the shade of the pandanus palms and enjoying fish and chips.
Brunswick heads | A small unspoiled coastal village with insane crystal-clear beaches, family-friendly atmosphere and they offer some of the best campsites and this only 10 minutes north of Byron Bay.
Yamba | Offers amazing beaches with great surf – if that’s for you!
Protesters Falls | Only 1.5 hours from Byron Bay, Protesters Falls is a must-see while exploring the Lismore Hinterland.
I hope you have enjoyed this Byron Bay travel guide! Have you visited Byron? What was your most favorite stop? Let me know in the comments below.
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