It’s no secret that Byron Bay is one of Australia’s prime tourist locations with more than 2 million people visiting the region every year. The natural beauty and splendour of the local landscape and community creates a sense of awe and wonder among all who visit. Here’s just a few of our local tips to help you enjoy an authentic and memorable escape!
Byron Bay Hinterland
We know this is going to be difficult, but get off the beach! Yes, Byron has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Wategos, The Pass and Brays Beach are our favourites and easily access from our accommodation). You may even stumble across an empty, secluded beach that is unscathed leaving you and your loved ones to enjoy it alone. But we highly recommend you take a day to explore the Byron Bay hinterland.
Beautiful Byron hinterland is home to world heritage-listed rainforests, lovely quaint villages and some of the finest restaurants and cafes in the region. Check out Doma for lunch in historic Federal or grab a coffee at The Harvest deli before exploring the boutiques and grocers in Bangalow.
Hiking and Waterfalls
There is an array of excellent hikes accommodating all fitness levels dotted throughout the hinterland. We know that sometimes convincing yourself to go on a long walk might be difficult when you are on a relaxing getaway in Byron. But your hard work will be rewarded with the sight of beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes at the end of many walks.
Check out Killen Falls, Minyon Falls and Protestors Falls for incredible scenery. Remember to take your togs to Killen Falls as a swim in the waterhole is a must.
Ti Tree Lake
Just an easy five minute walk north up Broken Head Beach towards the lighthouse and you will discover a well-hidden ti tree lake. Tinted by the surrounding native ti-trees, the lake is a local treasure and off the beaten track for most tourists. Take a dip in the water and enjoy the benefits of the natural oils on your hair and skin! Although this hidden delight is for everyone to enjoy, please be mindful of the particular cultural significance of the lake to the local Arakwal Peoples of the Bundjalung Nations, the traditional custodians. If you visit the lake please ensure you tread lightly and with respect.
Relax and swim in the enriching water surrounded by beautiful paperbark trees and a tranquil environment.
Arts and Culture
Byron Bay’s local arts and culture scene is not a hidden secret. In fact, it is home to some of the most well-known and beloved artists, musicians, chefs and designers that Australia has on offer. There is so much art and culture in Byron and not all of it is found in the main street and bars.
Venture out to the Byron Bay industrial area where you’ll find an eclectic and wide variety of artists and works. The area is home to multiple art galleries and renowned Australian-designers, including unique furniture workshops, locally-made clothing boutiques and homeware stores.