Looking to explore an area in Australia that is known for amazing surf, festivals, kayaking, World Heritage rainforests or waterfalls, and more? Then you must check out Byron Bay is Australia.
This location is the most easterly point and is blessed with amazing surf, World Heritage rainforests and waterfalls -- definitely a haven – or maybe heaven. It’s also known for creative people, great Byron Bay markets, festivals and events. Plenty to do or NOT do in and around Byron Bay such as; nature walks, day spas, surf schools, sea kayaking, (sky & scuba) diving, yoga, eco tours, beauty treatments, massage and more. You can also explore Cape Byron while simultaneously looking out for whales. After exploring this area, you can take the trail from the lighthouse down to Watego’s Beach (the next cove over).
A few locals who arrived as backpackers have set up base in Byron Bay/Lennox Head pursuing their creative passions. It was the laid-back lifestyle that brought the Swedish born Sebastian to settle down here. Sebastian is a skater/surfer/co-manager of a funky vintage fashion store, who also runs a film production company from Byron Bay together with his twin brother, Jonatan, and Oliver Cetera. Oliver opened the first Surf Art shop in Byron Bay in1999. Sebastian feels surrounded by inspiration. "You never run out of interesting things to film around here whether it is a sunrise from the top of Mt Warning, hippies fire twirling at sunset at main beach or someone looking stoked after catching a sweet ride on one of Byron's many quality surf breaks." See a bit more of local Byron Bay in Sebastian's latest film, Byron Bay the Movie.
If you're looking for some place to stay, check out Friday on the Beach which is a boutique style hotel with nice big rooms right on the beach.
Where are the best places to eat at?
In Cape Bryon, visit Rae’s at Watego’s – a funky, nightclubby restaurant for cocktails. Have lunch or dinner at the The Beach Hotel, which was owned by Crocodile Dundee (Paul Hogan), and for breakfast or brunch you should check out The Byron Beach Café.
If you want to try some one-of-a-kind cuisine, you should visit Café Marius, a favorite local café with fresh, tasty Spanish tapas, authentic Mexican food and by far the best coffee in town. Marius, a Polish born chef who runs this eponymous cafe in Lennox Head (10 miles south of Byron Bay) likes to keep things fresh with a range of new and exotic blends. MMMMmm Buenos Dias!
Looking for something unique to do?
Visit during one of the area Festivals, like BluesFest, and factor in a day to see all the shops and restaurants on the main street in Byron Bay. If you're there over a weekend, go to the outdoor markets at Bangalow (4th Sun of each month). Other regional markets are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month or just ask the front desk (wherever you stay) about the closest/best one. While you're there, also be sure to check out The Industrial Estate – an old estate converted to artist studios.