Watch the sunrise from Byron Bay Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is located upon Australia’s most easterly point and the views are amazing! The walking trail from Byron Bay’s Main Beach to the Lighthouse will take you around 45 minutes each way. Tip: on the way back down, take a slight detour to Fisherman’s Lookout where you can watch the morning surfers hitting the waves at The Pass.
Explore Byron’s lesser known beaches
There’s no doubt that Byron Bay’s Main Beach is an attraction within itself, but Byron Bay’s surrounding beaches are where the locals go and are well worth a visit. Some of Byron Bay’s best surf beaches are just a short (relatively) stroll away. Tip: if you are planning on taking the Byron Lighthouse walk, pack a day bag and explore some of the beaches that are accessible from the main track. My favourites? Wategos Beach and Tallows Beach.
Go on a day trip to Nimbin
Nimbin is totally stuck in the ’60s. A unique village well known for its – umm, let’s just say “funny smelling cigarettes.” Many of the Nimbin tours also offer the opportunity to explore the surrounding Byron Bay hinterland. One of my favourite little hot spots? Minyon Falls – perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day.
Scuba Dive or snorkel at Julian Rocks
One of the premier diving destinations in Australia. Julian Rocks is a protected reserve for the gentle natured Grey Nurse Shark and is therefore a great place to look out for Sea Turtles and 500 species of fish! You can choose from an Intro Dive, a Certified Dive or a Snorkel tour.
Visit Killen Falls and Minyon Falls
Killen Falls in located in Tintenbar, which is about a 20-minute drive from Byron Bay. It is a beautiful natural waterfall with a cave-surrounded pool in the center. It’s the perfect place to explore on both hot days and slightly rainy days when the waterfall is at it’s fullest. Minyon Falls is a huge waterfall that descends more than 100 metres over huge cliffs in the hinterlands of Byron. There are various trail walks, with the shortest being about half an hour, and all include stunning scenery and wildlife.
Visit The Farm
As you turn off the Pacific Highway towards Byron Bay you’ll find the Farm on your left. Fundamentally it’s an 80 acre working farm, it’s a modern take on a working co-operative where the individual businesses are united in their aims to grow, feed and educate.
Take a wander through to meet the farm animals either on your own or on the guided tour, stop for a meal or snack, pick up some produce and contemplate what you will do differently next week for a healthier lifestyle, to help the environment or to support the community.
We enjoyed a fabulous brunch here which heavily featured the fresh organic vegetables grown on site, eggs from their free range hens and the divine Byron Bay smoked bacon. We followed that up with a wander around and a very relaxing sit out in the macadamia and pecan tree orchard with our coffee until this little bandit, a minature cow I believe, broke through the fence with the aid of a goat and went exploring on their own.