An aerial view of the Byron Bay lighthouse in Australia

Things to do in  Byron Bay

Perfect days on perfect waves

Byron Bay is a quintessential Australian paradise—with a history as a hippie surf town, it’s evolved into a laidback destination that caters to everyone. You can still catch the perfect wave or spend your days tanning on the beach, but you’ll also find luxurious resorts, shiny Pilates studios, gourmet restaurants, and plenty more things to do. The nearby hinterlands are perfect for a relaxing walk after taking on the big waves, and the bay fills with migratory humpback whales from June to October.

Top 10 attractions in Byron Bay

Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Perched high on the sea cliffs at the edge of Cape Byron—Australia’s easternmost point—the Cape Byron Lighthouse has been guarding the rocky shores of the Pacific since 1901. One of Byron Bay’s most memorable landmarks, the lighthouse affords panoramic views along the coast and is home to a Maritime Museum.More

Main Beach

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With sun-blushed golden sands, surf-worthy waves, and a backdrop of forested hills; Main Beach is Byron Bay’s flagship beach. Stretching along the town’s seafront promenade, it’s a favorite among locals and draws sunseekers from all around the country to swim, surf, and scuba dive.More

Wategos Beach

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To the east, and within walking distance, of Byron Bay’s town center and main beach, the picturesque, sheltered Wategos Beach is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, and making use of the numerous beachside picnic tables and barbecues. A visit to Wategos Beach promises a relaxing time and excellent scenery.More

Lennox Head

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The coastal village of Lennox Head—conveniently situated between Ballina and Byron Bay—is loved by travelers for its sleepy seaside feel, lush surroundings, and surf breaks. The beach area around Lennox Point is well-known for its right-hand break, so surfers flock from far and wide to test the waters. In fact, Lennox Head is now considered a National Surfing Reserve.More
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Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach

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You’ll find plenty of beaches around Byron Bay and dotting the coastline of the expanded region. But for those that wish to get far out of the town and away from typical surfing and swimming hot spots, expansive Seven Mile Beach calls. This peaceful stretch of sand is ideal for those who prefer a quieter escape and fewer crowds.More

Cape Byron

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Mainland Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron juts out into the Pacific Ocean above the seaside town of Byron Bay, topped with the historic Cape Byron Lighthouse. A walking loop delivers sweeping views of bay and beaches, while the headland and life-filled waters below it form the Cape Byron State Conservation Area.More

Minyon Falls

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From the lookout at Minyon Falls, visitors will hear the roar of cascading, rushing water as it falls over the rock formations and gathers in a natural swimming pool down below. In addition to the waterfall, travelers can also catch coastal views and let the surrounding rain forest engulf their senses. Whether visiting the falls while passing through on a hiking trek or a cycling adventure, stop and enjoy this World-Heritage-listed wonder at Nightcap National Park.Provided picnic tables and barbecue pits make the falls an excellent place to rest and refuel for the journey back out of the park. Take a dip in the freshwater pool beneath the falls before heading off!More

Lamington National Park

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Part of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamington National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Covering 77 square miles (200 square kilometers), it’s known for its rich biodiversity, ancient trees, over 500 waterfalls, and more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of hiking trails.More
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The Pass

The Pass

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Byron Bay’s reputation as one of Australia’s surf hot spots is in large part thanks to The Pass and surfers flock to the beach from all around the globe. Fringed by white sands, rock pools, and the bush-covered headlands of Cape Byron; it’s a scenic spot for strolling, surfing, and snorkeling.More
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Belongil Beach

Belongil Beach

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Stretching 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers to the north of Byron Bay's Main Beach, all the way up to the Belongil Creek mouth, Belongil Beach offers a welcome respite from the crowds of the popular Main Beach. It is also known for having several diverse sections to suit the needs of many, from a dog-friendly area to a nude-friendly area.More

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All about Byron Bay

When to visit

For wildlife lovers, whale watching season is unmissable. For your best chances of seeing the migratory humpbacks, visit from June to October. June and August are also excellent months for surfing, with large, regular waves. If you’re looking forward to baking in the heat, opt for December to February when the weather warms and the waves are perfect for beginners.

Getting around

A perfect holiday spot, the town is a great size to explore by foot or bicycle, and the nearby Cape Byron Lighthouse can be accessed by walking along Lighthouse Road and heading east. There’s plenty to keep you busy within the town, but if you want to explore the hinterlands or more remote beaches, you’ll need to hire a car or opt for a tour of the region.

Traveler tips

Australians love brunch, and Byron Bay is the perfect place to indulge all your foodie urges. Local favorites include the Roadhouse for comfort food, Combi for vegan snacks and seasonal fruit, and Suffolk Bakery for coffee and pastries. To get the authentic Aussie experience, grab an avocado toast and a flat white to keep you fueled while you take on the waves.

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How do I spend a day in Byron Bay?

Try a new skill and take a surf lesson—Main Beach is known for gentle waves and a shallow beach. Afterward, celebrate your adventure in the popular beachfront Beer Garden at the Beach Hotel, or unwind with a spa treatment at one of the town’s many wellness centers.

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What is Byron Bay most known for?

Byron Bay is known for its excellent surf conditions and whale-watching opportunities, but it’s trendy for its laid-back vibes and friendly locals. With a history as one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, the town is used to welcoming visitors from around the world.

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How many days in Byron Bay is enough?

Four days give you enough time to bask in the relaxing environment and catch the perfect wave. While the town is small, there’s lots to see and do; you’ll want time for leisurely brunches, long walks, and evening cocktails overlooking the water.

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Is Byron Bay expensive?

While Byron Bay has become a popular luxury destination, several affordable hostels and campgrounds still recall its roots as a hippie surf town. Eating out can also add up, but there are plenty of conveniently located grocery stores and a farmers market every Thursday.

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