Byron Bay is a special place. It has an energy and mysticism that words can’t describe. The beauty of its beaches and the power of her sunrises move me, remind me of home. Wake up early and you will be able to see dolphins and whales playing in the most eastern point of the Australian mainland. The best surfing of the country also happens here. I don’t know what exactly it was, but this is a place that I know I will visit again. Follow this travel guide and I will show you the magic of Byron Bay.
Top 10 Things to Do in Byron Bay
The area is full of long, white sand beaches, big mountains, valleys, and impressive landscapes that will amaze you even more when free falling from the sky. I did it with Skydive Australia and the experience…well…here…let me just show you…
#2 Take a surf lesson
Being at the best surf town in Australia, you will find dozens of super hot, attractive dudes that can teach you a couple of tricks. Even if you know how to surf, get an instructor. Seriously. Single classes go for $60 AUD and there are good packages that are worth it if you are going to be in the area for a longer time. Five classes for $200 AUD. There are also surfer schools in the area with longer and detailed schedules. I recommend Mojo Surf.
#3 Do the Lighthouse hike
If you wake up early you will be able to spot dozens of dolphins playing in the waters of the bay every morning. The hike is nothing short of extraordinary. With cliff views, secluded, wild beaches, and the furthest eastern point in Australia as a lookout, you will be happy you did it. Once at the top, you will have a perfect aerial view of Byron Bay’s main beach and Tallow beach.
#4 Wake up for the sunrise
Put your alarm for 4:30 am, get up, put on your sandals, and make an early 40-minute hike from the town to Tallow Beach and witness some magic. If you do this on a weekday it is more likely that you will have the entire beach for yourself. Get naked, dance around, sing a song, and be blessed with the wonder of the sunrise.
#5 Get nude at Kings beach
This is an unofficial, clothes-optional beach that, unofficially, the gays have made a gay heaven cruising beach. It’s the first beach you come to along the dirt road leading over the headland at Broken Head. The sand isn’t always present but the beach can be up to 100 meters long in the right conditions. We, the gays, have the best taste, and this is probably my favorite beach of the entire area. With beautiful rock formations at the sides that you can climb and enjoy the view from, and a littoral rainforest in the back, Kings beach is a hidden paradise.
#6 Sleep under the cave in Whites Beach
A straight, non-nudist, and smaller version of Kings beach, Whites beach is as scenic and gorgeous without threatening our straight hostel friends with beautiful, flaccid phalos. A hidden treasure situated at the southern end of Broken Head, Whites Beach is only accessible by a dirt road and then a 15-minute walk along a track through the littoral rainforest over the headland. Once you get down to the beach, there’s a little, gorgeous cave on the left side of the beach. Go and take a nap and enjoy the view of the rest of the cove. Whites and Kings are both a great alternative to the busier town beaches, particularly in the summer months. Be prepared for some steep hiking and take food and water with you!
#7 Get your scuba license
If you are going to be here over a week, it is one of the best places in Australia to get your license. Don’t wait to be in Cairns or Whitsunday beach, the prices can sometimes double. If you want to explore the Great Barrier Reef and haven’t been lucky enough to go to Thailand and get it there (The cheapest place on earth to get your scuba license) then get it here. Of all the places in Australia this is one of the cheapest.
#8 Go eat at the Farm
Byron has dozens of high-quality, fresh food restaurants, but the experience of the Farm is truly unique. An actual 80-acre farm with a high ethical code in the treatment of their animals and farming methods, they promise to be 100% spray and chemical free. Everything they grow and produce on their lands is what they use for their restaurant. The Farm is the house of a collection of micro-businesses all sharing in a common goal. Not only inspiring but delicious and tasty; you will leave the Farm wanting for more.
#9 Explore the markets
Every week along the beach, a farmer’s market, in which locals and artists bring their crafts and sell their creations, takes place. From jewelry to food, clothing to dream catchers, you will find a great gift for yourself or someone you love.
#10 Visit the Crystal Castle
Hippie culture is something that resonates with Byron, and this unique place serves as an oasis in which yoga, meditation, and Buddhist influences blend to form a harmonious, peaceful atmosphere. Just the beauty of the gardens is enough to come for a visit. Escape the crowds, embrace silence, and contemplate this magnificent place.
Budget Travel Guide
Hostel prices – Expect to pay, on average, $16 AUD per night for a bed in a dormitory room and about $100 AUD for a private room with an in-suite bathroom. For hostels, I recommend Aquarius Backpackers. They are my favorite! With a pool, bar, full kitchen, and a free meal every night, it is one of the most popular and best hostels of the area.
Budget hotel prices – A night in a budget hotel will cost about $110-140 AUD in a single room and $150-180 AUD for a double room for a two-three star hotel with basic amenities. I recommend staying in a hostel. There are so many things to do in Byron that you will not be in the room most of the time.
Average cost of food – Casual meals and fast food cost around $15 AUD. A meal in a sit-down restaurant with table service will cost from $22 AUD. If you are on a budget, your best option is to cook your meals using hostel kitchens.
Transportation costs – Get a bike or walk around! It is a small, charming town that you can walk in its entirety in an hour or so. If you want to explore further areas then get the bus. A single metro ticket costs $2,10/4,50 AUD. Taxis are just a rip-off, they go up to $18 AUD for a 5-minute ride. There’s no reason to ever take them!
Hope you enjoy Byron as much as I did!!!