The 34 Best Things to Do in Byron Bay & Beyond (2024 Guide)

Byron Bay

If you’re looking for things to do in Byron Bay, New South Wales, there’s plenty beyond just sitting on the beach! While Byron Bay’s beaches are spectacular, there’s an abundance of hidden gems in the town and the surrounding hinterland waiting to be discovered.

Whether planning a quick weekend getaway or embarking on a driving holiday up Australia’s east coast, Byron Bay is a destination that should not be missed. From wandering the quirky streets of Byron to dining on fresh organic food at one of the unique restaurants, swimming at beautiful waterfalls and visiting quaint country towns, these are a few of our very favourite things to do in Byron Bay.

Where is Byron Bay?

Byron Bay is located on Australia’s east coast and is known for its stunning vistas, tranquil ocean, and bohemian ambience. It’s only around 45 minutes from Coolangatta Airport on the Gold Coast. You can also do a great road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay and stop at some incredible spots.

Byron Bay’s proximity to Brunswick Heads, Lennox Head, and the Hinterland opens up a world of possibilities for exploration and excitement in the surrounding area, so you’ll have plenty of things to do and see if you decide to visit Byron for an extended period.

Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse

The only way to kick off any trip to Byron is at the world-famous Cape Byron Lighthouse. Either trek through the Cape Byron Walking Track or keep it laid-back and drive up (make sure you get there early in the day to grab a park!) to enjoy mesmerising views of the Pacific Ocean from the most easterly point of Australia.

Visit the Byron Farmers Markets

This haven for locals and visitors seeking a taste of the region’s local offerings is the perfect addition to any Byron trip. Offered each Thursday from 7-11 am, pick up some organic fruit and veggies, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewellery, and everything in between, with its laid-back charm and beachy atmosphere.

Swim at Wategos Beach

Located just 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre, Wategos Beach is a slice of coastal perfection sure to capture a little of your heart. This serene and sheltered beach makes it the perfect backdrop to settle in for the day and spend hours alternating between floating amongst the gentle waves and lounging in its golden sands.

Enjoy a Whale Watching Tour.

If you’re keen to go beyond just a swim in the ocean, a whale-watching tour is one of the best ways to get amongst Byron’s pristine waters and wildlife. These gentle giants migrate along the Australian east coast from June to November. Byron Bay whale-watching tours offer all the expertise to make the most of this unique experience.

Horse Riding

If you’re an animal lover, you can’t go past the enchanting adventure of a coastal horse tour with Zephyr Horses Byron Bay. Choose between a forest trail ride or a beach ride, and get ready to trot along golden sands or lush hinterlands in the comfort of your guide’s presence.

Visit “The Farm”

The Farm is a main attraction in Byron Bay, and for good reason. Stop in here and say g’day to various farm animals, stroll through the sprawling fields at your leisure or make a day of it and grab a meal at Three Blue Ducks restaurant. With its farm-to-table concept, the culinary experience will surely capture the essence of locally sourced flavours and farm-fresh goodness.

Stone & Wood Brewery Tour

Stone and Wood Byron Bay

Stone & Wood craft brewery has become a hallmark of this laid-back coastal town, known for its commitment to sustainability and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a range of distinctive and delicious brews that capture the region’s essence while experiencing the brewing process firsthand.

Broken Head Guided Aboriginal Tour

Set in the Broken Heads Nature Reserve and led by knowledgeable First Nations guides, this immersive journey into the ancient culture and heritage of the Indigenous Australian people is a magical addition to any Byron Bay itinerary. Through storytelling, bush tucker tastings, and hands-on activities, get ready to fall in love with the extraordinary heritage and spirituality of the land.


Experience Byron Bay’s rich marine arena from a different perspective. GoSea Kayaks Byron Bay offers a great way to experience the sea beyond the beaches, getting up close and personal with turtles and dolphins (maybe even spotting a whale if you’re lucky!), and even guide you to significant landmarks along the way like Julian Rocks.

Surfing Lessons

No trip to Byron is complete without jumping on a board and riding a wave. Known as a total surf haven, taking a surf lesson in Byron Bay is an unforgettable experience amidst the sun-drenched waves. Whether you’re a novice seeking your first taste of riding waves or a seasoned surfer looking to refine your skills, the renowned beaches of Byron Bay cater to all levels of expertise.

Take A Dip at Killen Falls.

Only a short 30-minute drive south of Byron Bay, you will find the magical Killen Falls, one of New South Wales’ most beautiful waterfalls, amongst the lush forest and bustling wildlife. Jump in to swim under the towering trees or cruise around the many viewpoints for that perfect picture.


Adrenaline junkies, keen to take it up a notch? I hear you. The skydiving experience in Byron Bay is totally unforgettable. Besides the obvious thrill of jumping out of a plane, the panoramic views of Byron Bay’s golden beaches, divine hinterlands, and Pacific Ocean skyline give this a unique twist not to be overlooked.

Chill Out at Main Beach

Byron Main Beach is framed by the iconic Cape Byron headland, waiting for you to get your tan on, cool off with a dive under the crystal-clear waves, or bring your board and go for a ride. The surrounding town is full of vibrant cafes and charming stores, completing this surfing haven.

Swim at Tea Tree Lakes

Byron Bay’s tea tree lakes are full of natural and therapeutic beauty. About a 25-minute drive south of Byron Bay, these shallow freshwater lakes are infused with the essence of tea tree oil, known for its healing properties. The water’s unique amber hue comes from the fallen leaves of the surrounding Melaleuca trees, creating a visually stunning and calming environment.

Bike the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Northern Rivers Rail Trail
Courtesy Tweed Shire Council

Cycle or walk along the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, just north of Byron Bay. Once a historic railway line, this trail now calls visitors to immerse themselves in the Northern Rivers’ charming villages, abundant wildlife, and local art, culture, and heritage of Bundjalung country.

Dine at Folk Byron Bay Café

Folk Byron Bay is the place to be for a wholesome and seriously delicious plant-based meal. Folk will impress health nuts and foodies with a to-die-for menu full of local produce and a gorgeous outdoor garden to sit in and enjoy a meal.

Visit the Crystal Castle

Spirituality, nature, and art enthusiasts meet your match. Byron Bay’s iconic Crystal Castle is among some of the most well-known things to do when visiting the region, and for good reason. From giant ancient amethyst caves, daily crystal sound healing sessions and ten hectares of botanical Shambhala Gardens and rainforest to explore, the crystal castle is the perfect addition to any trip to the region.

Go Shopping for Unique Treasures

Shopping in Byron Bay is a bohemian haven. A perfect blend of surf-inspired fashion, handcrafted jewellery, markets and boutiques, a meander through the bustling main streets of Byron town is sure to lead you to a purchase (or two) to fall in love with.

Book a Standup Paddle Tour

The perfect fusion of adventure and relaxation, standup paddleboarding is a well-loved thing to do in Byron amongst locals and tourists alike. Byron Stand Up Paddle offers small group tours on the beautiful Brunswick River, nestled away from the hustle and bustle but only about 10 minutes from Byron Bay!

Snorkel Julian Rocks

Just off the coast of Byron Bay lies Julian Rocks, a snorkellers paradise awaiting exploration. Located within the Cape Byron Marine Park, this reserve is jam-packed with divine coral, sea turtles, vibrant fish and marine life. Our tip? Make a full day of underwater adventures by combining this with a standup paddle tour in the Cape Byron Marine Park.

Sunrise hot air balloon

Hot air balloon
Say hello to sunrise with Balloon Aloft Byron Bay

I know what you’re thinking: an early morning alarm on holidays, no thanks! But trust me, this one is worth it. There is no better way to capture the essence of Byron Bay’s natural beauty than to watch the sunrise over the ocean from the sky. A once-in-a-lifetime captivating experience, floating thousands of feet above Byron Bay is worth the wakeup.

Visit Raes on Wategos Dining Room

Raes on Watego

Raes Dining Room is the place to be if you love delicious Aussie food with a Mediterranean twist. Housed within the iconic Raes on Wategos Hotel, the dining room perfectly blends coastal elegance and luxury. Complemented by panoramic views of the crystal-clear Wategos beach, this restaurant should be top of your dining list.

Dine at Light Years

Embark on an incredible culinary journey at Light Years restaurant. This Asian fusion menu is ready to transport you light years away from the ordinary, full of vibrant and exotic flavours unique in this beachy town.

Catch a local gig

Renowned for its boho vibe and laid-back energy, it’s no surprise that Byron Bay is no stranger to a vibrant music scene. From regular gigs featuring local bands to world-class festivals, checking who is playing is always worthwhile when travelling to Byron.

Try a Pilates class

Are you missing your gym routine or craving something new? Byron is home to several iconic Pilates studios ready to be put on your to-do list. Peaches Pilates will sort your Pilates fix. It’s home to fun and high-energy mat work only streets away from the beach. Plus, the studio is gorgeous!

Visit the Glow Worm Caves

If you’re a nature lover, a visit to the Glow Worm Caves is a must-do activity when in Byron Bay. The mesmerising display created by the glow worms is a visual treat and a clear indication of the region’s unique and diverse natural beauty. You can book a tour with Rise Up Byron Tours to experience the glowworm caves, as well as breathtaking lookouts, crystal-clear waterfalls, and ancient forests in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Trek Arakwal National Park

This coastal sanctuary, co-managed by the local Arakwal people and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, is an inspiring opportunity to engage with and learn about the region’s abundant Indigenous heritage and diverse natural wonders. Trekking here is a journey into the heart of Byron Bay’s peaceful energy and beautiful landscapes.

Drive through the Hinterland

Byron Hiterland

Take a drive through the hinterland and lead your own road adventure! Byron Bay’s hinterland is bustling with tranquillity, gorgeous rolling hills, and charming small towns you will fall in love with.

Related: A driving itinerary from Sydney to Byron Bay (including the best places to stop off!) // This Short Break Guide to Byron Bay Includes a Three Day Driving Itinerary

Take a Yoga Class

Keep things cool and calm with a yoga class in Byron. Byron Yoga Centre is the place for those jumping into their first flow or refining their advanced practice. There is no better way to settle into the beautiful energy of the region than taking some time out for yourself.

Visit Lennox Head

Byron Bay - Lennox Head

Around 20 minutes south of Byron Bay lies Lennox Head. While known for its incredible surf culture, the Lennox Head boardwalk is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and settle into the sound of the crashing waves and salty air.

Byron Bay Solar Train

Take a short journey on the Byron Bay Solar Train for a break from the sun and surf. The return coastal track only takes 25 minutes and runs on a restored 1949 heritage train, using a 4.6-billion-year-old power source run entirely off the sun!

Romantic Things to do in Byron Bay:

Take a sunset river cruise

Byron Bay - Brunswick River, NSW

If you’re looking for a luxurious and relaxing way to explore scenic waterways, consider booking a river cruise. With stunning seaside vistas and vibrant sunset hues, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful location to unwind and take in the sights than Northern NSW. Byron Bay Eco Cruises offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature as their comfortable vessel, Jasmine, quietly navigates the narrow, pristine waterway of Brunswick River, allowing you to experience the incredible sounds and sights of the natural world from the best vantage point. Bring your camera – the photos are sure to be amazing!

Have a sunset picnic at The Pass

Byron Bay - The Pass Beach

Keep it casual with a sunset picnic at The Pass. One of Byron’s most iconic beachside spots, The Pass is a space where time slows down, and the beauty of Byron Bay shines. Grab some takeaway and a blanket, or take it up a notch with an organised picnic by Wandering Folk.

Book a Spa Day Together

The spa at Elements Byron (supplied)

Let time stand still with a day spa at Byron, where you are not short of options. Some of our faves are Gaia, which offers an array of treatments and wondrous natural healings, and Osprey Spa at Elements Byron, which serves up the best facial and massage therapy. For those seeking another level of tranquillity, why not book a three-day retreat with Soma Byron? This three-day reset is designed to unveil your most relaxed self, leaving burnout and anxiety at the door.

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