Things to do around Byron Bay

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Byron Bay is a coastal town located in the northeastern part of New South Wales, Australia. It is renowned for its stunning beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and vibrant community. The town is situated at Cape Byron, which is the easternmost point of the Australian mainland.

This is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, attracting people with its beautiful natural surroundings, including pristine beaches, lush hinterland, and the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. The town is known for its alternative and bohemian lifestyle, with a strong emphasis on wellness, eco-friendly practices, and a thriving arts scene.

In addition to its natural beauty, Byron Bay offers a range of outdoor activities such as surfing, snorkeling, and hiking. The town’s markets, festivals, and eclectic shops contribute to its unique and relaxed atmosphere. Byron Bay has become a popular destination for those seeking a laid-back coastal lifestyle, as well as a hub for creative individuals and those interested in holistic well-being. The town offers a diverse range of wellness experiences, spa treatments, and activities that cater to both locals and tourists.

Wellness & Pampering

Numerous spa retreats and wellness centres offer a variety of treatments, including massages, facials, yoga sessions, and holistic therapies

  • A holistic wellness centre that gets great reviews: Ayur Sparsh
  • Gaia Retreat & Spa – Indulge in a luxurious spa experience surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills
  • Holistic Massage Centre – Has options of Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reiki and Energy Healings and Tarot Readings you can choose your favourite way to restore your mind, body and soul.
  • Yoga and Meditation –  The town has a strong yoga and meditation culture, with many studios offering classes for practitioners of all levels. Try Barefoot Yoga School and Space Yoga Byron Bay or Creature Yoga to name a few
  • Eleme Day Spa – Whether you’re in need of a facial, super-circulation stimulation, mammoth detoxification, skin firming, smoothing, tightening, lifting, fixing or the ultimate muscle-melting rubdown, they’ve got you covered
  • Workshops and Events in Wellness – Be a part of our monthly workshops with in-house experts and external collaborators on all things health & wellness
  • Fitness centre – Social Remedy– 24/7 Gym with pilates studio, ice baths, steam, sauna
  • Natural Springs and Healing Waters- The region is known for its natural springs and healing waters, which are believed by some to have therapeutic properties. Visitors can explore these locations for a unique and refreshing experience
  • Byron Beauty Bar – hair, nails and beauty
  • Aesthetica – Situated in the stunning Habitat Precinct, Byron Bay. Aestheticá is a locally-owned clinic, run by a team of both medical and skin professionals. They believe that skin deserves to be nurtured, nourished and loved – and offer cosmetic injectables and dermal treatments
  • Skin Divinity – is a specialist skin, beauty and laser clinic and provide non surgical cosmetic, medical & beauty treatments and hair removal
  • Suis Lifestyle Salon and Beauty -Every Sulis experience focuses on offering the highest quality hair and beauty treatments, creating totally memorable and rejuvenating experiences. Offers the latest techniques and styles in the art of cutting and colouring hair. Their beauty therapists are Aveda trained and will ensure you wear the benefit to your skin for a lifetime

 Explore and Discover 

  • Take a scenic walk to the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, watch a sunrise and take in the breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding coastline. Visitors can take surf lessons or simply enjoy watching the surfers at popular spots like The Pass and Wategos Beach
  • Surf, swim and relax at Main Beach, Wategos Beach, and Tallow Beach – the popular spots for surfing, swimming, and relaxing with a very laid back atmosphere
  • Bush walk or take a scenic drive through Arakwal National Park. This national park surrounds Cape Byron and offers walking trails with diverse ecosystems, including rainforest, coastal heath, and grassland. The Cape Byron Walking Track provides an opportunity to explore the scenic coastal landscapes
  • Whale Watch during whale migration season (May to November), or embark on whale-watching tours to witness the majestic humpback whales as they pass along the coast
  • Cruise with the whales
  • Follow the dolphins on a dolphin cruise
  • Go Kayaking and Snorkelling exploring the marine life around Julian Rocks, a popular diving and snorkelling site located just off the coast of Byron Bay. Kayaking tours also provide an opportunity to enjoy the coastal scenery
  • Listen to live Music at “The Rails“, or ‘The Northern”, Beach Hotel or Hotel Brunswick
  • Explore Byron’s Arts Scene – The town hosts numerous festivals, live music events, and art exhibitions throughout the year. Try Byron’s School of Art, Lone Goat, Yeah, Nice Gallery, Ninbella Bangalow and Thomgallery to name a few. Check out local venues for a taste of the region’s cultural offerings
  • Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate – a diverse range of galleries and studios showcasing local artwork.

Good Eats

  • The Bangalow Hotel – 12 min drive and serves classic pub-style fare with a focus on hearty meals. This may include a range of options such as burgers, steaks, fish and chips, and other pub favorites
  • Three Blue Ducks – Located on The Farm, Three Blue Ducks offers a farm-to-table dining experience with a focus on fresh, local ingredients
  • The Farm – While not a traditional restaurant, The Farm is a popular destination with a working farm, sustainable market garden, cafe, restaurant, and bakery. It’s known for its organic approach to farming
  • Bayleaf Cafe: A popular breakfast spot in Byron Bay, known for its excellent coffee and delicious breakfast options
  • Top Shop – A laid back hang out serving breakie, creative burgers, sandwiches, and other tasty options. It’s a favorite among locals and visitors alike
  • Beach Byron Bay – Enjoy stunning ocean views and a great place for both casual breakfasts and more formal dinners
  • Light Years Asian Diner: Light Years is known for its tasty Asian cuisine and vibrant atmosphere
  • Combi – A popular spot for health-conscious eaters, Combi serves organic and plant-based food, including acai bowls and raw desserts
  • St. Elmo Dining Room and Bar – 22 Fletcher St. Byron Bay, and offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu with a focus on shareable plates. The tapas-style dining is perfect for groups
  • The Mez Club – Inspired by Moroccan architecture and the Greek Islands, The Mez Club is renowned for beautiful styling and feel good vibe with a flexible menu. ‘The Souk’ space upstairs caters for parties and group events.
  • Harvest, Newrybar _ delights visitors with its kitchen garden (which diners are welcome to wander), and an accompanying deli and bakery that is a must-visit for pastry come weekends
  • Barrio – centres around the wood-fired oven and charcoal grill, Mediterranean share plates and Italian flavours served with love. Located at 1 Porter St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
  • Folk Byron Bay – 1/399 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay NSW – Folk is located on the fringe of Byron, on Ewingsdale Road at the entrance to a caravan park. This weatherboard cottage delivers a wholesome, organic, plant-based menu with each dish presented so prettily, you won’t want to eat it. Almost. Beyond health-conscious fare, Folk also makes a mean coffee.
  • The Smoking Camel – Late night bar and restaurant. Inspired by a love for bright, bold and flavourful food that leans into the intricate tapestry of the Middle East. The Smoking Camel brings a modern twist to traditional Levantine cuisine combining fast-moving flavours from Lebanon, Turkey, Israel and beyond. The Smoking Camel is brought you by the team behind Light Years Asian Diner and Moonlight
  • Moonlight Bar – Japanese Hibachi grill and wine bar. Intimate surrounds with a concentrated menu from Japanese Classical cuisine reinterpreted into unexpected and punchy dishes. The drinks menu is made up of biodynamic wines chosen according to the Lunar Cycle. Sake (both hot and cold), Japanese whiskeys and an elevated cocktail list
  • Kouzina at Byron Bay -provides a place for the community to gather, feast, rejoice & relax in an authentic Greek village setting. They have great pop-up events to experience home-style food & hospitality, accompanied by traditional music & dance

Foodies

  • Byron Bay Farmers Market- Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay, Every Thursday from 7 AM to 11 AM selling fresh local produce, organic products, artisanal bread, cheeses, flowers, and more
  • Byron Bay Community Market – Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay and held on the first Sunday of each month from 8 AM to 3 PM – This is a diverse market with food stalls, fresh produce, handmade crafts, clothing, and live music
  • Bangalow Market at The Bangalow, held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 8 AM to 3 PM, food stalls, fresh produce, as well as handmade crafts, clothing, and more
  • Mullumbimby Farmers Markets (about a 20-minute drive from Byron Bay) every Friday from 7 AM to 11 AM, selling fresh local produce, artisanal products, and organic foods.Please note that market details may change, so it’s a good idea to check the latest information and confirm the schedule before planning your visit
  • Contact Ash @Platter Me Beautiful. She understands the importance of creating delicious, unique and amazing grazing experiences using some of the best artisan producers (and love of food and food styling) with all the fresh top quality local produce that the region has to offer – Ph 0451 152 245

Retail Escapes

  • Spell & The Gypsy Collective –  offers bohemian-inspired clothing and accessories
  • Surf Shops – you’ll find numerous surf shops offering a variety of surf gear, clothing, and accessories. Some popular ones include Byron Bay Surf Co. and McTavish Surfboards
  • Habitat – A new precinct and cleverly designed village in Byron offering a mix of boutique shops, cafes, and creative spaces. Over 20 years in the making, Habitat combines the best of old-school Byron (community, creativity, respect for the environment) with the latest in design and thinking (renewable energy, car sharing, hybrid live + work spaces) along with plenty of good times (bars, cafes, fitness, shopping) to create a little oasis within one of the most beautiful places on earth
  • Island Luxe Tribe – For those interested in bohemian and coastal-inspired home decor, clothing, and accessories, Island Luxe Tribe is a boutique worth checking out
  • Arnhem Clothing – Arnhem had a unique, nomadic childhood, spending her early years travelling around Australia and the world with her family. Never in one place for long, they travelled Australia extensively and lived-in remote parts of Indonesia and the Philippines, cultivating a deep understanding and connection to the Earth that supports us. From her free-spirit parents; both passionate environmental activists, Arnhem learned the value and sacred importance of protecting Mother Earth. Attending protest marches and rallies, Arnhem became committed to sustainability, minimising her impact and living a zero waste lifestyle. Her style is characterised by distinctive, signature prints of vintage inspired floral and earthy designs, vibrant colours and summer nostalgia. With a beautiful boutique in the heart of Byron Bay and an amazing team of creatives working alongside her; Arnhem is able to share this creativity and passion for sustainability with the world
  • Auguste The Label – Auguste is a boutique vintage-inspired brand with a clear vision: to transcend trends and design future vintage pieces. Its “boho chic” and distinctly feminine
  • St Agni – St. Agni explores contemporary wardrobing through considered design and precise tailoring, that speaks to a minimalist aesthetic. The studio lives by the philosophy of ‘less is more’, keeping versatility and longevity at the forefront of decision making. St. Agni was founded by Lara and Matt Fells
  • Rowie The Label – founded by designer, Rowie Moore, with artisanally crafted clothing that pay homage to the effortless style of coastal towns, while transcending international borders and seasonality. The designer finds inspiration from her many travels around the globe, the women around her, nature and the colourful streets of Byron Bay.
  • Byron Bay Olive Co –  If you’re a food enthusiast, this shop offers a selection of locally produced olive oils, condiments, and gourmet products
  • Marr Ket – Artisan homewares handmade in Morocco
  • Nagnata – a luxury fashion and lifestyle brand informed by movement and mind practices. Sustainability, inclusivity and a celebration of diverse culture are at the heart of our process. Founded on the philosophy of sustainably minded design, and its impact on both the body and the planet and a free approach to seasonality. They’ve also introduced their first genderless movement in 2020
  • The Flower Bar Co
  • Shack Palace – Lush homewares, candles, bed linens, kitchen utensils and more. Shack Palace co-founder and renowned building designer Frank Macchia with Lorna and daughter Samara, has unveiled a line of exclusive collections for the Shack Palace
  • East Coast General – Beautifully styled with a gorgeous selection of clothes (vintage and contemporary), jewellery, kids’ wear, handmade leather goods and more.

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