Sun-drenched beaches, lush green hinterland, a thriving foodie scene and Chris Hemsworth; Byron Bay has it all. But it’s more than one cool Avengers star that makes this Australian beach town a must-visit destination. From boutique breweries to hiking trails, here are some of the best things to do in Byron Bay.
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1. Walk to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse
If you’ve ever thought about a trip to Byron Bay before, you’ve likely come across a bunch of tourist’s happy snaps of the Cape Byron Lighthouse. The popular 3.7km loop takes you through leafy green palms, past stunning lookouts and up to the lighthouse for unforgettable views. It’s considered one of the best things to do in Byron – plus, it’s a rite of passage for any visitor.
2. Sample gin in the Cape Byron distillery
On a Macadamia Farm in the Byron hinterland, this tin and timber shed distillery is the perfect addition to your itinerary. Stop in at the cellar door for a taste of the boutique gins and cocktails on offer.
3. Swim in Minyon Falls
Take on the four-hour Minyon Loop Walking Track or head straight for the Minyon Grass picnic area to reach the base of this beautiful waterfall and plunge pool.
4. Hit up the boutiques
If you’re a fan of sustainable and ethical fashion brands with chilled vibes, Byron Bay is one of the best places for you to shop. Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Arnhem, Auguste The Label, Rowie The Label and St. Agni are just some of the great Aussie labels based in Byron.
5. Head to Stone & Wood brewery
One of the most famous breweries in the region, Stone & Wood is a laid-back brewery serving up delicious canteen food and, of course, their famous beer. You can opt for a tour, guided tasting or just pull up for a pint!
6. Kayak with the dolphins
7. Catch a gig at The Northern
Local beers, a new restaurant and cocktail bar are on the agenda at this casual pub. But it’s the great Aussie bands like Polish Club and Jungle Giants who really draw a crowd. Keep your eyes across the pub’s pages for line-ups and your chance to enjoy a great gig.
8. Check out the Byron Bay Markets
If you’re in town for the first Sunday of the month, head to the Byron Community Market for a slice of life in this bohemian village. Live music, artisanal products and local organic food are just some of the drawcards.
9. Learn to surf at Main Beach
A popular surfing and swimming beach just a short walk from the centre of town, Main Beach is the perfect place for novice surfers to hop on a board. There are a bunch of surf schools in town like Soul Surf School to help you get the hang of the gentle waves.
10. Morning yoga on Belongil Beach
Find your zen along the coastline with a sunrise yoga class with ocean views. Join one of the many classes offering up early sessions or join a group from your accommodation – like Contiki’s spot at Wake Up! Byron Bay – for a relaxing start to the day.
11. Enjoy a Mexican feast at Miss Margarita
One of the most delicious and fun places to grab a bite in town, Miss Margarita is a Mexican cantina known for sizzling fajitas, mouthwatering tacos and zesty margaritas – of which there are 14 on the menu (15 if you count the weekly specials).
12. Scuba dive to Julian Rocks
Take a swim on the wild side with an introductory or advanced scuba dive session to the famous Julian Rocks Nguthungulli Nature Reserve. This protected reserve boasts more than 1000 marine species including sea turtles, humpback whales, rays and sharks – along with incredible corals and a thriving nursery with more than 500 different species of fish.
13. Treat yourself at The Farm
Been surfing, swimming and hiking it up all week long? Treat yourself to a long lunch, tasty treat or delicious drink at The Farm Byron Bay. Here in the rolling green hills of The Farm, you’ll find the famed Three Blue Ducks restaurant, the Bread Social bakery, a florist, nursery, market garden, produce store and more.
14. Enjoy a picnic at Wategos Beach
With fewer crowds, plenty of picnic tables, BBQs and grassy areas, the smaller Wategos Beach is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Grab your towels, your mates and some snacks and head over to Wategos for a sunset picnic.
15. Grab brunch at the Byron General Store
Time to leave the sun-drenched shores of Byron behind? Make one more stop before you go, for breakfast at the iconic Byron General Store. With smoothie bowls, plant-based dishes and excellent coffee, this beachy eatery will have you heading home with a smile on your face.