What to do in Byron Bay

Activities, attractions and tours
Cape Byron Lighthouse which includes a sunset and rocky coastline

Byron Bay Attractions

Famous for being one of the best beaches on the planet, Byron Bay doesn’t disappoint. The beach itself is, of course, beautiful but it’s the atmosphere and feel of the town that makes it stand out from the other stunning spots that line this coastline. There’s a big surf culture here creating a laid back and hippie vibe. Your stay will be characterised by long lazy days, balmy nights and fun out on the town. Surfers will love the reliable breaks and foodies will relish trying out the many excellent restaurants. In a country with thousands of stunning beaches and pretty coastal towns, it takes a lot to rise above the rest, but Byron Bay does it with ease.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Byron Bay

Byron Main - As the name suggests, this is the primary and most popular beach in the town. At the southern end, the Pass is where you’ll find the crowds jostling for the best spot on the surf breaks.

Watego’s Beach - Just hidden from view on Byron Main is this top surfing beach, popular with beginners thanks to the smaller waves.

Suffolk Park - Lying a few minutes to the south of the main town, this quieter destination has plenty of services without the big crowds.

Tallow’s Beach - The least known and quietest beach at Byron Bay located to the south side of the main town. Big swells hitting the beach directly mean it’s one for more experienced surfers.

Things to See in Byron Bay

As you might expect, the beaches here are the main attraction. With a few to choose from, whether you’re surfing, swimming or just topping up the tan, there’s a spot on the sand to suit. Check out Byron Main, Tallow Beach and Clarkes Beach amongst others. Walk along the track down to the lighthouse and climb to the top for stunning views out over the bay. Most destinations in and around the town are within walking distance, meaning you can take it all in during your stay. The Captain Cook Lookout, named after the man who discovered the bay, is a great place to meet nature face to face. The stretch of rainforest here is teeming with wallabies, bush turkeys and even wild goats.

Things to Do in Byron Bay

The bay is most famous for its surfing and there’s certainly a good variation for all levels. The main beach is great for longboards with endless rolling waves stretching across the shore. Watego is better for beginners and the swells get big at Tallow. There are a number of surf schools in the town where you can get tuition and rent equipment. Head out into the bay whale watching or explore the depths scuba diving at Julian Rocks, just a few minutes off shore. Take to two wheels and ride along the Byron Bay Cycleway or learn some circus skills at Circus Arts. Or, if you’re just here to relax, prop yourself up in a cafe or bar in the town and let the chilled out vibe wash over you.

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