A 1-day Byron Bay road trip, NSW Australia

Wahey! Here I am again with another epic road trip itinerary for you guys.

This time the road trip is in New South Wales, Australia, starting at and returning to the one and only Byron Bay.

Having been to Byron Bay twice before, this time I was looking to go a little further afield with my Byron exploring…

And what’s better than a cheeky road trip?

After all, curating road trip itineraries {and bringing the boombox} is what I do best.

I won’t go on. If you want to read more about Byron Bay, you can check out my two guides here and here. 🙂

Otherwise, let’s get straight to it.

Here I’ve mapped out the exact road trip itinerary that we embarked upon, starting and ending in Byron Bay…

{This is the first time I’ve mapped it out on Google Maps and embedded it on here… how cool is that?! Now you can open the route on your phone and have it right with you, should you decide to do the road trip!}

Come along and join us on the whole adventure in real time…

The stops on our Byron Bay road trip included…

– Byron Beach Resort {start}

Located in Belongil {a 15 minute beach walk from Byron Centre} this hostel had a super chilled vibe and I wouldn’t hesitate at all to recommend it to you guys after my recent visit.

See my ‘Guide to choosing a hostel in Byron Bay’ here

Here is where we began the road trip…

Mt. Warning Rainforest Park

We left Byron Bay in the evening and checked into Mt. Warning Rainforest park for the night so that we could get maximum sleep before the 3am start and hike to the peak of Mt.Warning. You can camp here if you’re on a budget, but there are lodges available too.

Book your stay at Mt. Warning Rainforest Park here.

It’s a great idea to stay overnight near the start of the hike, if you want to do the sunrise climb. Otherwise you’ll have to get up an extra hour early to drive from Byron to the start of the track.

At 3.15am we drove 2 minutes down the road to the start of the track…

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Sunrise Hike Up Mt. Warning

It took us 1 hour 30 mins to climb up and 1 hour 15 mins to climb back down. We spent about an hour and a half up there whilst the sun rose and lit up Australia. It really is one of the most stunning sunrise view points in Australia and it is worth every sweat bead shed. We set off at 3.30am and got back down just before 8am…

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Mt. Warning Rainforest Park

With check out time still being 2 hours away {10am} we all headed back to our lodge for a well deserved shower, cup of tea, and freshen up before we got back on the road…

Nimbin Town

Nimbin is a colourful, creative and crazy town which is top of many people’s bucket lists for Byron Bay. If you haven’t already booked on to the Happy Bus tour that comes out here from Byron, add Nimbin to your road trip itinerary and check it out for yourself…

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Cooling off in the waterfalls

The waterfalls we went to were forbidden (oops!) and I don’t know what they were called. I don’t advise you head there. There is always a reason places are forbidden, and I feel these waterfalls are forbidden for safety reasons {cliff jumping}. Listen to the rules people! If you want to head to some waterfalls, try Minyon Falls. They were dry when I was visiting, but they are a very popular choice for road trippers in NSW.

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Lake Ainsworth

This is a fresh water lake that is surrounded by tea trees creating a brown, super smooth water that you can freely bathe in. The tea tree oils pass through to the water creating a natural haven of moisture and healing…

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Pat Morton viewpoint

Soak up the incredible views over Lennox Head as para-gliders grace the skies…

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Lunch in Lennox Head

Return the car to Byron Bay

We rented our car last minute from Hertz in Byron Bay 🙂

Watch the drum circle / sunset at Cape Byron Lighthouse

Every evening, just as the sun sets, it’s become a bit of a ‘thing’ that the drum circle appears on the rocks at the Main Beach Car Park. Musicians jam, travellers dance, campers sit in the backs of their vans with beers, and photographers snap away as the ocean roars and the sun sets. You can’t miss it.

That, or head up to the lighthouse and join the crowds with their chilled beers at another incredible sunset viewpoint.

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Have you done a road trip in NSW?

I’d love to know!

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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  • Ooh these pictures are giving me a serious case of wanderlust! I’m in awe of you getting up so early to do a sunrise hike (I did sunrise at the Grand Canyon about 6 years ago and accidentally woke up an hour earlier than needed – my body clock was not impressed!) The pictures show it was more than worth it though! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    Ive never been to Australia before but when I do travel there, Byron Bay is somewhere I want to visit so badly. A roadtrip around the area sounds like such a fun idea 🙂

    http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love Byron so much, have been there twice now but have never really gone further afield like this! Definitely will have to do a road trip if I go again. The sunrise hike looks incredible!
    Chloe

    http://chloebecca.blogspot.co.uk