Beach life and surfing are the main things to do in Byron Bay, especially off the Byron Main, Watego and Tallow beaches. You'll find plenty of scuba diving outfitters and bicycle hire shops in town too, but another glorious pursuit is to drive south down the scenic coastal highway to the quaint towns of Lennox Head or those in the 'Rainbow Region'.
Home to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, the Cape Byron State Conservation Area is one of Byron Bay’s most visited destinations. The lighthouse itself is a sight to behold and a particularly popular attraction, offering spectacular views and guided tours that share stories of shipwrecks and the region’s rich history. The conservation area also features The Pass Café and several picnic areas, where you can enjoy meals as you take in the sights and sounds of the sea. If you’re in the mood for some adventure and exploration, the Cape Byron walking track awaits, ready to guide you on a journey through its coast, rainforest, and beach. For a truly memorable experience of this trail, schedule it early in the morning and enjoy a magical sunrise.
Nothing immerses you in the culture and people of Byron Bay more than a visit to its well-known farmers markets. The Byron Farmers Markets actually consists of two markets: the Byron Bay Farmers Market on Thursday mornings and the Bangalow Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Organised by the Byron Farmers Market Association, these markets are a goldmine for fresh produce, local products, and a variety of other goods and items.
Known for its peaceful and laid back atmosphere, Belongil Beach is ideal for those looking for a quiet getaway, where you can just sit back and enjoy the sun, surf and sand. A number of restaurants can also be found around the beach, ensuring you have plenty of options after you have worked up an appetite swimming or lounging around.
The Arakwal National Park is a must-visit attraction for those who want a completely unique experience of Byron Bay, not to mention those who love nature and wildlife. Steeped in rich Aboriginal heritage, this park is a natural sanctuary for wild birds, animals, and other forms of wildlife. Activities to look forward to include watching exotic birds, whale watching, fishing, and trekking through many of its winding trails. If you’re after more conventional leisure activities like swimming or enjoying meals, the park also provides access to a beach and picnic areas.
If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to explore an Australian forest at night, then try Vision Walks’ patented Night Vision Walk. This one-of-a-kind eco-tour arms you with military grade Night Vision goggles so you can observe nocturnal animals in their natural habitats. Visitors usually see around 5-10 species during these sessions, including bandicoots, possums, geckos, micro bats, frogs, and even the occasional koala or owl. Walks can be scheduled every day of the week except Tuesdays and Saturdays, with sessions lasting around 4 hours. For those who’d like something more conventional, Vision Walks also offers rainforest walks, hinterland tours, and a variety of other nature excursions.