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Byron Bay

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One of Australia’s most famous surf towns, Byron Bay is a popular destination for it’s beautiful beaches, relaxed vibe and alternative lifestyle. Full of natural beauty, including plenty of idyllic white beaches, crystal clear waters and tropical rainforest.

With magic in its soul, this place can be seen sparkling from high above. It’s little wonder that its community has one of the highest concentrations of surfers, outdoor enthusiasts, musicians, artists, movers, and shakers from around the globe. If you need reminding of what it’s all truly about, then get yourself to Byron and reconnect with life.

Kayak with the dolphins that are regularly spotted playing in the waves along with the surfers, and throughout May to October you can take a boat trip to observe the magnificent humpback whales as they migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters for their mating season.

Byron is also a great location for skydiving, with incredible views of the spectacular beaches and hinterland all the way to Brisbane. Another place to appreciate the stunning views is from the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Take the lighthouse walk along the coast and through patches of rainforest to reach Australia’s most easterly point, where looking out to the vast sea you’ll often spot dolphins, whales and turtles. Nearby attractions include Nightcap National Park, home to the breathtaking Minyon Falls and Protester Falls. With heaps of art, hippy culture and friendly vibes Byron Bay is the perfect place to cheer up, slow down, chill out.

Surfing at The Pass, Wategos Beach, & Tallows Beach

With its warm waves, turquoise waters, and mountainous hinterland backdrops, why wouldn’t you want to go surfing in Byron Bay? Steeped in surf culture from the hedonistic 60’s and 70’s, surfing isn’t a sport, it’s a right of passage, a sense of freedom, a poetic expression of connection in tune with its natural surroundings. Whether you’re a rookie or a pro, there’s a wave for everyone. From the protected bay, there’s longboard waves and good vibes for all to be found at The Pass & Wategos Beach, and for those wanting to push it a little harder, there’s always Tallows Beach. Give us a shout if you would like to book a surf lesson at one of the several surf schools in Byron Bay, as we highly recommend getting out there with the pros. Our favourites are Mojo Surf. They sure know their way around a break.

Julian Rocks “Nguthiungulli” Nature Reserve

This has to be one of the best dive and snorkel spots in Australia. It’s one of few places where the warm tropical waters of the north meet the temperate waters of the south. That means this place plays host to one giant marine life party like you’ve never seen before, where species from the Great Barrier Reef meet species from the deep south oceans for the very first time.

You’ll probably want to hitch a ride out with our friends at Byron Bay Dive Centre, accessible via a short 5 minute boat ride from the main beach. All of the tours are conducted within the Cape Byron Marine Park and Julian Rocks Nature Reserve which is classed as a sanctuary zone, the highest level of protection for natural, cultural and biodiversity features. The marine park contains many subtropical habitats, including protected, threatened, and endangered species such as the grey nurse shark and loggerhead turtles.

Julian Rocks is home to over 1000 marine species including sea turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, rays, sharks, marine invertebrates, corals, over 500 different species of fish, and an endless list of diverse marine life. The dive sites range from 6-24m in depth, providing an impressive experience for all levels of divers.

Arts & Music in Byron CBD

Culture, cafes, restaurants, bars, music, art – Byron has it in abundance. In fact, it has so much that it spills out onto the streets. You can hardly walk anywhere through town without finding an impromptu busker or secret gig springing up somewhere down a back alley. If it’s food you’re looking for, you name it, Byron has it. Plus, it’s all backed up by incredible beers, amazing cocktails, and bands that quite simply blow you away. Wake up in the morning, smell the freshly roasted coffee, jump in the surf, and get ready to do it all over again.

Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads

Some people tend to think Byron Bay is becoming a bit like the Northern Beaches of Sydney and is missing its “old image”. While it is true that Byron is constantly evolving, there are some areas not too far from the town of stars which retain that sense of timelessness that the Northern Rivers is known for. We are of course speaking of Mullumbimby, the biggest smallest town in the world, and Brunswick Heads, home of the Brunswick River and its famous drum circles.

Neigbouring each other just across from the M1 highway, these towns offer great openings to the hinterlands of the area where lush nature, waterfalls, rewarding hikes, and plenty of spiritual culture is hiding.

We definitely recommend taking a relaxing Sunday off to venture out to these two classic towns, escaping the bustling tourism of Byron Bay. Take a stroll through Mullumbimby’s main street full of rare vintage finds then hop over to Brunswick River in the later afternoon for the drum circle and dance party in the oceanside park, followed by world class bands taking up the stage at Hotel Brunswick. Prepare yourself for a mean Sunday session with the locals to finish your week off right.

Lennox Head

Surfers know Lennox Head for its internationally famous right hand point break, the hang-gliders love the place for the sensational views when they take off from Pat Moreton Lookout, and everyone knows just how special the healing qualities are of the tea tree freshwater lake at Lake Ainsworth. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you can definitely add this to the list as well, and you’ll hear from many Bron locals who often find Lennox a quieter seaside place than their own bustling town for a good meal or coffee, as it’s just a 15 minute drive south.

Lennox Head has a great coastal village atmosphere, with a main street full of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and a long strip of park adjoining the beach opposite, it’s the perfect place for kicking back under the tall pandanus palms. In the evening, definitely get down to Shorty’s for live music and DJs and meet some of the local legends that thrive in Lennox Head.

Byron Bay Tours

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Indigenous Guide Byron Bay Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tours

Byron Bay Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tours

Delve into the cultural world of Byron Bay, Bangalow, and Broken Head with informative guided Byron Bay Aboriginal tours, run by Bundjalung local Delta Kay.

  • Indigenous Culture
  • Taste Native Bush Food
  • Immerse in Nature
  • Learn Intriguing History
Staff Favourite Byron Bay to Cairns 15 Day Guided Group Tour

Byron Bay to Cairns 15 Day Guided Group Tour

Take part in an epic 15 day adventure with Byron Bay to cairns ROO guided group tour. Visit K'gari, Whitsundays, and other highlights of the East Coast.

  • East Coast Highlights
  • Knowledgeable Guide
  • K'gari 4x4 Adventure
  • Whitsundays Sailing
Once In A Lifetime Byron Bay Guided Snorkel Tour at Julian Rocks

Byron Bay Guided Snorkel Tour at Julian Rocks

Experience one of the best snorkel spots in Australia on this guided tour around Julian Rocks Discover Julian Rocks, "Nguthungulli", Nature Reserve, a unique underwater ecosystem located just off the coast of Byron Bay. Sitting at the most easterly point of Australia, this snorkel hotspot is where the warmer tropical and colder temperate seas meet. With shallow and protected waters, Julian Rocks provides the perfect place to snorkel and comes as no surprise that it is rated as one of the top places to snorkel in Australia. Depending on the time of year, sightings include whales, dolphins, manta rays, leopard sharks, eagle…

  • Aquatic Life
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Scenic Boat Trip
  • The Best of Byron
Thrilling Experience Cape Byron Lighthouse Sunset Ride

Cape Byron Lighthouse Sunset Ride

Discover the thrill of a chauffeured motorbike tour through Byron Bay and Bangalow’s breathtaking hinterland before taking in the spectacular views of sunset from the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.

  • Motorcycle Tour
  • Discover Byron Bay
  • Lighthouse Sunet
  • Friendly Local Guides
Most Popular Spot X Surf Camp

Spot X Surf Camp

Join the tribe at Spot X Surf Camp and take advantage of the ultimate beach lifestyle. Chill out, unwind, and enjoy the nature around you.

  • Learn To Surf
  • All Meals Included
  • Beachside Accommodation
  • Great For Backpackers
Backpacker Favourite Happy Coach Nimbin Day Tour

Happy Coach Nimbin Day Tour

Hop on board the psychedelic Happy Coach and enjoy a Nimbin day tour to explore the hippie capital of Australia and its beautiful surroundings.

  • Explore Hippie Capital
  • Visit Local Waterfall
  • Beautiful Lookouts
  • Small Group Tour
Winter Favourite! Whale Watching Tour

Whale Watching Tour

Experience the magnificent Humpback Whales on a whale watching tour departing from either Ballina or Brunswick heads. Join a knowledgeable Marine Biologist as they unveil the fascinating wonders of Byron's Marine Park, providing a wealth of expertise on the region and showcasing awe-inspiring encounters. During the winter months (Mid-June until the end of October) Humpback Whales migrate from Antartica. These giants head North in search of  warmer waters so they can breed and give birth to their young. This annual journey takes over 40,000 Humpback Whales past Ballina, Byron Bay & Brunswick Heads. The Whale then turn around and head…

  • Whale Guarantee
  • Perfect Winter Activity
  • Free Professional Photos
  • Departs from Ballina
Surf Camp Surf Camp in Byron Bay

Surf Camp in Byron Bay

We couldn’t think of a better place to spend a surf camp other than Byron Bay. The legends at Mojo Surf offer an epic surf camp package right in the heart of the Australian mecca of surfing. The Mojo Surf Camp in Byron Bay is totally flexible with the option to book between 2 to 7 days and can be started any day you like. If you’re a total beginner or a semi-pro surfer, then the experienced guides will offer their wisdom and help you improve no matter what level you are at. All the gear is provided, so as…

  • Experienced Surf Instructors
  • Surfboards Included
  • Accom Included
  • Group Bookings Available
Great Value 5D/5N Ultimate Byron Tour Package

5D/5N Ultimate Byron Tour Package

Byron Bay is one of the most popular stop offs on Australia’s East Coast and for good reason. This little hippie surf town is full of good vibes, good beaches, and heaps of things to see and do!

  • 15,000ft Skydive
  • Snorkelling In The Bay
  • Guided Dolphin Kayak Tour
  • Waterfalls Adventure Tour
Adrenaline Experience Byron Bay Skydive

Byron Bay Skydive

Take off from an exclusive, private airfield just a 10-minute drive from Byron. Grab a 15-minute flight, a qualified instructor, and take the leap together. 60 Second Freefall – 220km speeds – 5-7 minute parachute glide. Still unsure? Don’t worry, your fully qualified instructor is with you every step of the way. They will run you through a safety briefing and get you suited and booted in your harness and skydive gear. Comfort is key when skydiving so we suggest you leave the make-up, heels, and dresses at home for this one, and rock a pair of closed-toe shoes and…

  • 15,000ft Skydive
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Float Above Breathtaking Scenery
  • Latest Modern Parachutes
Half Day Lesson Byron Bay 1/2 Day Surf Lesson

Byron Bay 1/2 Day Surf Lesson

You just got to Byron Bay and are eager to start becoming the next best big wave surfer the world has ever seen while meeting a new gang of friends at the same time… Hit up the legendary staff at Mojo Surf. These guys are so confident they can get you standing in your first lesson that they offer a stand up guarantee! Every surfer has to start somewhere, and it may as well be with a fun group who can learn together. This is where the salty surfing instructors at Mojo Surf Byron Bay step in. This ocean-posse of…

  • Half Day Surf Lesson
  • Hang Out With Mates
  • Experienced Surf Instructor
  • Transportation To Lesson Included
Recommended For Beginners Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay

Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay

Become a fully fledged surfer and start off with a one on one private surf lesson. Book a private surf lesson with the ocean loving all-round legends at Soul Surf and surf without the crowds in a professional one-on-one lesson. Become the best surfer you can be. Longboards, leashes, wax, wetsuits, and all of the top notch gear you’ll ever need is taken care of. They won’t be hitting you up for fuel money on the way home either. A private surf lesson in Byron Bay is made for you. Whether you consider yourself a rookie, an intermediate, or a…

  • Surfboard And Gear Included
  • Transport To Lesson Included
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Scenic Environments
Best Value Open Water Dive Course in Byron Bay

Open Water Dive Course in Byron Bay

The perfect entry level diving course that will leave you walking away as a safe and comfortable diver. Embark on an Open Water Dive Course in Byron Bay for 3 or 4 full days with the team at Byron Bay Dive Centre. This course will certify you to dive up to 18m anywhere in the world. An experienced dive professional will provide you with personalized training and a wealth of knowledge on the underwater world. Day one will be spent reviewing important theory concepts and training you in essential scuba skills in the on-site training pool. The following days you…

  • Experienced And Fun Instructors
  • Learn About Aquatic Life
  • Custom Built Diving Vessel
  • Fully Heated Training Pool
Top Dive Location Byron Bay Certified Scuba Dive

Byron Bay Certified Scuba Dive

An amazing must see diving location on Australia’s East Coast Book yourself onto the Byron Bay Certified Scuba Dive at Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine Park to experience a dive site like no other. Not only is it just a 10-minute boat ride from shore, it is ranked as one of Australia’s top five snorkel & dive destinations. Byron Bay Dive Centre is the best of the best in Byron Not only will they get you suited and booted with top gear, their fully qualified crew will guide you through the incredible reefs and marine life down below. Small groups…

  • Certified Diving Tour
  • Experience Aquatic Life
  • All Equipment Included
  • Scenic Boat Ride
Customer Favourite Byron Bay Intro Dive

Byron Bay Intro Dive

You’ve done a bit of snorkelling before, you’re a confident swimmer, AND you’ve got no pre or existing medical conditions… Dive into your next adventure with this Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Dive Intro Dive Course at Julian Rocks Marine Park. Julian Rocks is a world renowned, top-notch bucket lister for snorkelers and divers alike. No trip to Byron Bay would be complete without stopping off to check it out. This is the definition of a ‘try before you buy’ kind of product. Instead of committing three days or more on a Learn To Dive Course, we suggest you give it…

  • Introductory Scuba Dive
  • Experienced Aquatic Life
  • Certified Dive Instructors
  • Natural Underwater Sightseeing
Once In A Lifetime Byron Bay Turtle Snorkel Experience

Byron Bay Turtle Snorkel Experience

There is definitely more that meets the eye to Byron Bay than diverse travelers, salty blonde hair, and lush hinterland. Ignite your inner Attenborough with a guided 2.5 hour Byron Bay turtle snorkeling tour. Come face to face with several types of sea turtles, giant rays, and friendly sharks, as they travel down the East Australian Current to Julian Rocks. Now, we know you didn’t swim to Byron Bay with your flippers and snorkeling gear ready for this excursion, unless you’re up there with the Olympians. Even if you’re not a professional snorkeler, the legends at Byron Bay Dive Centre…

  • Guided Group Kayak Tour
  • See Aquatic Life
  • 2- Person Kayaks
  • Beautiful Sightseeing
Full Day Tour Byron Bay Brewery Tour (Full Day)

Byron Bay Brewery Tour (Full Day)

If you’re looking for a full day Brewery Tour in Byron Bay, then look no further than ‘Behind The Barrel’. The legendary crew are experts in the field, committed to showcasing you the top breweries and distilleries around Northern NSW. For just one day, swap out the sunscreen for schooners and bounce around from brewery to brewery. No need for designated drivers and you can certainly forget about paying for taxis that never show. Behind The Barrel will take you all the way. Go behind the scenes at legendary breweries and distilleries, such as Stone & Wood and Seven Mile…

  • Multiple Breweries To Visit
  • Experienced Guides
  • Lunch Included
  • Transportation Included
Half Day Tour Byron Bay Brewery Tour (Afternoon)

Byron Bay Brewery Tour (Afternoon)

A fun filled tour with Behind The Barrel, Byron’s go to for brewery and distillery tours This legendary crew are experts in the field of hops, grain, and all libations bound to put an extra pip in your step. Join them as they take you around to Northern Rivers’ best breweries and distilleries. For just one day, swap out the sunscreen for schooners and bounce around from brewery to brewery. No need for designated drivers and you can certainly forget about paying for taxis that never show. Behind The Barrel will take you all the way. Go behind the scenes…

  • Brewery Tour
  • Learn About Distilling
  • Scenic Drive Between Locations
  • Experienced Guides
Staff Favourite Kayak With Dolphins In Byron Bay

Kayak With Dolphins In Byron Bay

Look no further than hanging out in the surf with Byron’s biggest local superstars… Explore the beautiful waters surrounding Byron Bay with a guided tour around the best beaches in the Northern Rivers. Meet some of the local superstars such as sea turtles, dolphins and whales. The team at Cape Byron Kayaks are so confident they’ll deliver you dolphins whilst out kayaking that if you don’t see one on your tour, you get to go again for free. That’s their dolphin guarantee! This 3-hour ocean based adventure is led by experienced guides. When not out on tours, these salty sea…

  • Guided Group Kayak Tour
  • See Aquatic Life
  • 2-Person Kayaks
  • Beautiful Sigtseeing
Unforgettable Experience Hot Air Balloon in Byron Bay

Hot Air Balloon in Byron Bay

Balloon Aloft offers some of the best hot air ballooning experiences in the country, allowing you to experience spectacular visual diversity across cape and coast. Incredible views and a banging breakfast are on today’s menu. Combine the best that Byron has to offer with a magnificent flight over the hinterland followed by one of Australia’s best gourmet breakfasts, provided by The Three Blue Ducks cafe. Get picked up at the ever popular ‘The Farm, Byron Bay’, and board your sunrise escape, which will see you floating through the sky, offering 360 degree views from country to ocean. This 60-minute bucket…

  • Breakfast At The Farm
  • Stunning Views Over Byron
  • 60- Minute Flight Time
  • Transport To And From Flight

Frequently asked questions

What is the best time of year to visit Byron Bay?

Byron Bay in our opinion is typically best all year round! In particular, however, it is especially buzzing during the high season which is from late October – late March. This time of year brings backpackers and travellers in from all corners of the world with lots of social activities and parties to enhance your experience!

How long should I spend in Byron Bay?

Though Byron Bay is a smaller destination to visit, there is plenty of things to do in and around the area, so we definitely recommend a solid two weeks to see and do as much as you can. Be careful though, Byron is known as a bubble so it is quite easy to get stuck! That’s not necessarily a bad thing though,

How far in advance should I book my accommodation in Byron Bay?

We recommend booking in advance with Byron as soon as you have the idea of visiting in your head. This spot is one of the hottest towns to visit and for good reason. Most accommodation is hard to find and is booked out for the entire Summer usually, so it would be good to get your foot in the door early.

How do I get to Byron Bay?

If you are travelling in a campervan or can, it is located an hour south of Gold Coast and is located about 10 minutes off of the main highway. There are also Greyhound and Premier buses that travel to Byron every day.

If you are flying, you can fly into Coolongatta Airport or Ballina Airport (which located 30 minutes south of Byron).

Are there a lot of outdoor activities to do in Byron Bay?

Yes! Of Course! Byron Bay definitely takes the cake when it comes to outdoor activities. These can range from waterfall adventuring, surfing, kayaking with dolphins, snorkelling with sea turtles, kite surfing, and many more that suit your vibe.

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