The Ultimate Guide To Byron Bay, Australia

 In Australia, New South Wales

Once upon a time, the haven that we now know as Byron Bay was discovered by the aboriginals and actually went by the name of Cavvanbah. Cavvanbah translates to ‘The Meeting Place’ and was a place where people united and shared resources, which still holds true today.

Byron Bay is no doubt the hippie epicentre of Australia. People travel from all over (typically in their run down VW campers) to experience the carefree, chilled out, slowed down pace of life that Byron Bay is legend for.

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Byron Bay gives home to an alternative community, one that rebels against the 9-5 lifestyle and searches for a deeper and purer existence. It’s this very honest and free living nature that has Byron attract unique individuals from all over the world.

The creative energy is undeniable from the moment you step foot in ‘The Bay’, as locals name it, and you’ll find art in every form as you wander through.

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Honestly, I’ve witnessed some of the best buskers i’ve ever heard here in Byron, alongside some of the most beautiful street art and the most beautiful live paintings being created.

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Among travellers, some of the most popular things to do in Byron sit among the likes of Kayaking with the Dolphins, watching the sunrise at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, learning to surf  and hopping aboard the Happy Coach to Nimbin.

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Then there’s the drum circle at the main beach for sunset, dining through the organic cafes and acai hubs, basking in the park or on one the golden beaches all the way to grabbing a drink at The Railway, watching live music at Beaches and continuing on down for a dance at Cheeky Monkeys.

Byron Bay has grown ridiculously over the years. People have come, people have stayed and people have spread the word. Even since I first visited 3 years ago, the change is evident.

The centre of town itself is one that I actually find myself trying to avoid now due to the increase in footfall and traffic, but Byron most definitely still has beauty to be enjoyed.

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Where should you stay in Byron Bay?

The majority of Byron Bay’s highlights light within its central region but as with any popular destination, being in the centre has a price tag. If you’re visiting on a budget check out my Byron Bay Hostel Guide here or have a browse on AirBnb {you can get £25 off your first AirBnb booking here}.

Browse the best price hostels and properties to stay in on HostelWorld here

If you’re coming on holiday and can afford something a little extra, I’ve heard amazing things about The Byron at Byron or just chuck Byron Bay into Booking.com / tripadvisor.com.

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My Top Byron Bay Picks…

  • Catch the sunrise at Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Watch the sun set at Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Cycle over to Tallows Beach and have a beach day
  • Head out on a Kayak Tour with the dolphins {get a discount on these tours here}
  • Get some beers and head to the drum circle at the main beach for sunset
  • Plummet from the skies and do a SkyDive! {get a discount here}
  • Horseriding on the beach
  • Rent a car, grab your mates and head to Mt.Warning for an epic roadtrip adventure {see my blog post here}

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Cheap Things To Do In Byron Bay…

  • Hop on the Happy Bus to Nimbin {get a discount on these tours here}
  • Rent a surf board and hit the waves!
  • Head to the cinema at Arts Factory {$15 ticket, $9 if youre staying at the hostel}
  • $1 Oysters at The Balcony {i can’t remember which day it is or if it’s everyday but it’s in the centre so go check!}
  • Rent a car, grab your mates and head out on a roadtrip adventure {see my blog post here} SEE VIDEO ABOVE. Suggestions and things we did: Minyon Waterfall, Tea Tree Lakes, Lennox Head, Nimbin and Mt.Warning.

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Free Things To Do In Byron Bay…

  • Take on the coastal walk to Byron Bay Lighthouse via Wategos and the furthest point east of mainland Australia
  • Laze around on the beach all day. You can choose between the golden sands of… Main beach, Belongil, Wategos and Tallows. Infact, I recommend a day on each ;-).
  • Free brewery tasting at Arts Factory {Saturdays + Sundays at 2pm. Available to anyone,just call up 02 66396100}
  • See if your hostel / hotel has free bikes and explore along the coastal path.
  • Browse the Byron Bay Sunday Market {first sunday of every month}
  • Wander through the town and browse the gorgeous boutique and craft shops
  • Watch out for the Whales!

Tip: If you’re looking to save the pennies, view my ‘Guide To Saving Money In Australia’ here.

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My Favourite Places To Eat In Byron Bay…

  • Healthy bowls and food at Naked Treaties
  • Treehouse on Belongil {all around amazing food, good vibes and live music just outside the centre}
  • The brownies from the Spar Express {the outdoor counter} opposite The Balcony. Tip: get them to warm up your brownie.
  • Guzman Y Gomez for a rough and ready incredible Mexican Feast
  • Falafel Pitas at Orgasmic
  • Salads and cocktails at Byron Fresh Cafe
  • Healthy Brunch at Combi
  • $10 sushi meal deal on beach front
  • Brunch at DIP (next to Combi)

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Where to go out in Byron Bay…

  • Warm up your night with a few BYO’s at the Drum circle {every evening at sunset, see picture below}
  • The Beach Hotel {I saw Hayden James DJ here which was EPIC. It’s a pub / music venue with an awesome outdoor patio. They regularly host live music and it’s always packed! Check out the line up here}
  • The Railway {for drinks and beers}
  • Cocktail Happy Hour At Miss Margarita’s
  • Cheeky Monkeys {for a fun times, mad backpacker night out}
  • Aquarius {to get the backpacker party started}
  • Woody’s {the club where most people end up}
  • I’ve heard La La Land is good too, though i haven’t been yet 🙂

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Events to watch out for in Byron Bay…

Tips and tricks for visiting Byron Bay…

  • Exercise and sunbathe at the outdoor swimming pool at main beach for $4 entry {cheaper than the yoga centres and gyms, if the ocean won’t cut it}.
  • September and October are the best Whale Watching months

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Have you been to Byron Bay?

What did you think? Do you have any tips? I’d love to know! ?

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