Make the most of your time in Byron Bay by paying a visit to some of the area’s most popular and unique attractions. Whether you’re planning your first visit to the area, or looking for somewhere new to explore, take a look at our top 7 things to do in Byron Bay.
1. Check out the Big Prawn in Ballina.
Head south of Byron Bay to Ballina and spend some time admiring the town’s 9 metre tall fibreglass prawn. Refurbished in 2012, the giant crustacean has been returned to its former glory and is perfect for an unusual photo opportunity. If the Big Prawn tickles your fancy, it can be visited all day, everyday.
2. Visit the beautiful white sands of Seven Mile Beach.
Starting from Lennox Head and stretching north, the breathtaking Seven Mile Beach is the perfect place to feel the sand between your toes and the sun on your shoulders. Home to pristine white sands and clear turquoise waters, the long stretch of unspoilt coastline offers a great opportunity to sample one of the country’s top surfing breaks and also enjoy family friendly swimming spots.
3. Experience a rustic community vibe in Bangalow.
Make the journey to Bangalow and be charmed by the town’s 19th century streetscape and strong community spirit. Holding monthly markets and events such as an annual billy cart derby and monthly markets, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the town’s friendly community firsthand. Foodies will also find themselves at home in Bangalow with plenty of gourmet restaurants and cafes serving the region’s fresh produce.
4. Explore the diverse ecology and marine habitats in Cape Byron Marine Park.
Found between Brunswick Heads and Lennox Head, the marine park houses a wide range of sea life and habitats that are well worth seeing. Take a hike around the edge of the reserve to spot dolphins, turtles and other unique animals in the water or head out for a dive and explore the park’s corals and underwater environments.
5. Learn how to surf at Main Beach.
Immerse yourself in Byron Bay’s beach culture and learn how to surf from one of the many surf schools operating from the town’s Main Beach. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to polish your form, Main Beach is the place to head!
6. Visit the World-Heritage listed national parks in Nimbin.
Discover the astonishing beauty that surrounds Nimbin by spending time at national parks including the Nightcap National Park, the Border Ranges National Park and the Wollumbin National Park. Wander through ancient rainforests and areas of untouched wilderness or soak up panoramic views of Byron Bay from the parks’ lookouts.
7. See the sunrise from Mount Warning.
The peak’s 360 degree views make it the perfect place to worship the morning sun or enjoy the last of the evening’s light. As you make your way up the mountain, you’ll encounter subtropical and temperate rainforest, sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland, as well as plenty of places to set down a picnic blanket and enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner break.