Things to do in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Its unique geography has created a north-facing cove that is sheltered from much of the rough seas and strong winds in the Coral Sea.
Byron is renowned for its diverse and vibrant culture and offers visitors a rich experience of Australian beachside life. With pristine white-sand beaches bordering your accommodation on one side and lush rolling hills on the other, there’s so many things to do in Byron Bay. Whether you're after a relaxing poolside getaway, a tranquil spiritual retreat or an action-packed adventure holiday, there's something here for everyone.
Byron Bay Farmer’s Market
Each Thursday local producers from Byron and the surrounding farmlands come to town to sell their products. The Byron Bay Farmer’s Market is an institution not to be missed! Enjoy a light meal or fresh juice while listening to the local buskers play their tunes.
The walk up to Byron Bay's world-famous lighthouse on Australia's most easterly point is an absolute must. Waking up early to watch the sun rise over the unobstructed horizon is worth the effort and is a wonderful way to start the day. Walking to the lighthouse from Cavvanbah Beach House takes approximately 1 hour. Alternatively, you can ride a bike or take the car and park at one of the car parks along the road, then walk the rest of the way. For a gold coin donation, you can also join one of the volunteer-run lighthouse tours to learn more about this beautiful heritage-listed building.
From June to November each year, hundreds of Humpback Whales make their annual migration south along Australia’s east coast. Many whales regularly visit the warm, sheltered waters of Byron Bay with their young calves. A close encounter with these gentle giants is an experience you will not forget!
We recommend: Blue Bay Whale Watching
Surfing & Beaches
Byron Bay’s beaches are world class and offer spectacular consistent surf conditions all year round. Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned professional, there’s a beach and surf break to suit your level. Belongil Beach, Main Beach, Clarkes Beach, The Pass and Wategos are all ideal for beginners to intermediate surfers. If you’re after a more challenging break, try Tallows Beach just south of the Byron Bay Lighthouse. You can hire a board from one of the many surf shops or book in for a lesson.
Check out our Byron Bay Surfing & Beaches page for some local knowledge on Byron's magnificent surf breaks.
We recommend: Rusty Miller Surf
Festivals & Events
Throughout the year, Byron Bay plays host to an array of incredible arts, music and sporting events. The most well known include Falls Festival, Blues Fest, Splendour In The Grass, The Byron Bay Writers Festival, The Byron Bay Swim Classic, Triathlon plus many more.
There are also many wonderful lesser known events that bring the local community together with visitors. These include the Byron Bay Surf Festival, the Byron Bay International Film Festival as well as a wide variety of regular events at the Byron Community Centre.
Mountain Bike Tours
One of the best ways to see the incredible natural sights of Byron Bay and surrounding areas is on a mountain bike tour. Mountain Bike Tours operate guided two-wheel adventures through spectacular nature reserves, rainforest and along our gorgeous white-sand beaches.
Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
Grab a snorkel and explore the shallow waters around the bay or book in for a dive trip to the famous Julian Rocks. You can expect to see an array of marine life including colourful reef fish, turtles and small reef sharks.
Walking & Cycling
Once you arrive you can leave the car at home, because the best of Byron Bay is right on your doorstep. Wander into town or borrow one of our courtesy bikes – Byron has great cycling facilities including shared pathways, bike tracks and bike parking.
Cafés & Restaurants
A short stroll into town will find you on Jonson street where there is an abundance of cafés and restaurants for you to choose from – whatever your taste or budget. If you’re like us and can’t start the day without a seriously good cup of coffee, you can’t go past Bayleaf Café on Marvell Street – we think they have the best coffee in Byron.
Visit our Byron Bay Restaurants page for a list of some of our favourite cafés and restaurants in and around Byron.
Arts & Industrial Estate
The Arts and Industrial Estate is on the northern edge of Byron Bay, a short trip by car or a 10 minute bike ride from Cavvanbah Beach House. Here you'll find a great selection of interesting shops, cafés, artists and suppliers selling organic produce, clothing, surf boards, interiors, furniture and much more.
Take a break from shopping and have a bite to eat at 100 Mile Table Kitchen. We can thoroughly recommend their meatball sandwich – it's a ripper!
Fellas, if you're in need of a sharp haircut that's very reasonably priced, check out Jack The Snipper. Be sure to tell Paul we sent you!
If you’re looking for a quiet drink or something a little more lively, there’s plenty to choose from in Byron Bay. The famous Beach Hotel at Main Beach regularly features live bands and has a huge open-air courtyard that looks out over the bay. If you’re in town when local soul singer Lisa Hunt is doing one of her regular gigs at The Beach, be sure not to miss her!