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The Best of Byron Bay

Just two hours south of Brisbane over the border to New South Wales is Byron Bay, one of the best places to relax and soak in the sun. Byron Bay has so much to offer and enjoy which is why I spent almost a week exploring the area!

Explore Cape Byron. There is limited parking near Cape Byron so we parked at Wategos Beach and took the walking track up to the lighthouse. Even if you are able to park at the lighthouse I would still take the walking track down towards the beach because the view is absolutely beautiful. On the walking track you can see Little Wategos Beach and the most easterly point of mainland Australia and if you’re paying attention you can see whales and dolphins! The walk was 15-20 minutes long and it was mostly stairs so I recommend wearing real shoes instead of chunky flip flops like I did.

Go shopping! If you want a break from the beach head to Jonson Street. You can grab a coffee and wander through the shops all afternoon! You can find everything from souvenir shops to local Australian brands and more.

Wander through the Byron Market. We were in Byron Bay at the beginning of the month so we spent our Sunday morning down near Railway Park eating our way through the market. The market was huge and had so many locals vendors with live music to enjoy.

Have a beach day! Byron Bay has multiple beautiful beaches so I would explore as many as you can! We went to a few of them and these were my favorites.

  • Main Beach. On a busy day parking can be hard but as you drive along the water you can easily find more parking.
  • Tallow Beach. It’s a huge beach and it doesn’t have a lot of people so you can enjoy some peace and quiet! It’s also dog friendly as you walk down towards Broken Head Beach
  • Wategos Beach. Wategos Beach is on Cape Byron and it has some lovely spots to barbecue and picnic and a beautiful beach to enjoy. This beach was a bit smaller with less parking so it could easily fill up on a hot day, that being said it was still definitely my favorite!
Tallow Beach
Wategos Beach

Enjoy sunset. Cape Byron Lighthouse is an amazing option for sunset because it has a view of the coast and the surrounding hills but because it has limited parking we had to find a different spot. We went to Patterson Street Hilltop Reserve and got the most beautiful view!

Grab a drink and go for a night out! Byron Bay has some fun nightlife and we were lucky enough to be there for the weekend so we grabbed a taxi and headed down to the Northern. We went on a Saturday and they had dueling pianos and we had a wonderful time, make sure you bring cash if you want to request a song and tip the pianists. Little tip! We couldn’t get an Uber so I recommend booking your taxis there and back before going out so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re out.

If you’ve got extra time…

Go to Nimbin, the hippie capital of Australia. It’s about an hour inland from Byron Bay so the easiest way to get there is with a car. We went on our way out of Byron Bay and we loved the fun shops and welcoming locals.

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