A Local’s Guide To Byron Bay

This small city only has approximately 5,000 residents, however it is full of life. In reality, the native Arakwal Aboriginal individuals named the area”Cavvanbah,” which means”meeting place.”

Out and About

There’s something for everybody here, from lying on the shore to kayaking, hiking the paths to walking the hunting places in town.

The Beaches

When you first arrive, visit the Byron Bay Visitor’s Centre where you can get maps of the area and data on what is happening while you are visiting. Additionally, there are two weekly newspapers, Byron Bazaar and the Byron Shire Echo, which are free and full of local details.

Watersports and Adventures

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Walking and Hiking

If you are lucky, you may be in town through one of the many festivals, from songs fests to cultural festivals, to holistic and food festivals. You can locate a garage sale together Bangalow Road, especially on weekends. And from June to November, you can go through the spectacle of migrating humpback whales, which often swim close enough to the cape.


A number of the more eclectic excursions incorporate a distillery tour in Cape Byron Distillery, a film in Pighouse Flicks, or a ride on the planet’s first solar-powered railway.


There are a large number of beaches to explore, so that your choice will be based on what you want to do. For browsing, The Wreck beach is popular, and also you may find it just north of the public pool of Byron. Wategos and the Pass are also surf spots.

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Where to Stay

If you are into swimming, Broken Head, Wategos and Captain Cook’s are perfect places. Snorkelers will enjoy Main Beach, which has a little-known wreck about 100 metres that brings sea life. Tallows called Cosy Corner’s sheltered nook is a terrific spot if it’s windy.

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If you would like to take your puppy, the only beach in the town that allows it’s Belongil, where Byron’s primary sweep of beach begins. Picnic place and the beachside barbecue is Wategos.

Living by the shore means that watersports are a popular way to spend daily. Aside from lying and swimming in the shore, you can make the most of getting out to the water in other ways.

You can surf with the help of local businesses like ESP Surfboards or Dr. Ding.

In which you can also book snorkel tours, there are dive centers like Byron Bay Dive Centre or Sundive. And there are local businesses to take out you on top of the water too: Cape Byron Kayaks and Go Sea Kayak.

In addition, there are yoga centers, healers, day spas plus hundreds of masseuses.

The shore life itself is enough to keep you amused in Byron Bay, but don’t limit yourself! There’s so much more to see and do.

There are a few tracks out there for those who want to escape for a walk, a run or a hike.

The Cape Byron walking Trail Is Now a 3.7-kilometre loop that goes out of Captain Cook’s through a patch of Volcano and comes out in the base of the of the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

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Then it goes back down the cape via Wategos, The Pass, also Captain Cook’s, with the option to be on the shore or to a wooden boardwalk. Be forewarned that there are a good deal of stairs but there are also a lot of views that were excellent.

The 3 Sisters walking track is a 3.6-kilometre course that goes through the Broken Head Nature Reserve. The Nightcap National Park, which is 30 kilometres west of Byron, has several walking paths, if you would like to stray from Byron Bay.

You could also enjoy your walking into town, where you’ll get a enormous selection of stores and boutiques. A new area for purchasing is the Industry and Arts Estate — and now you can get there on the train!

There’s also the Byron Market, which is held on the first Sunday of every month, and the weekly Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday. On Saturday evenings the Artisan Market is held at the Railway Park.

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You may want to take home some locally made food products, and several shops promote the locally made merchandise of Byron Bay Chilli Company, Byron Bay Coffee and Byron Bay Chocolate Co, to name just a couple.

If you have arrived at Byron Bay hoping to eliminate weight, it probably won’t occur. There is an endless variety of local breweries, cafes, quality restaurants and pubs. You’re only limited by what you want to attempt. The options are there to help you pick from coffee that is fresh to lunch, to supper or any night entertainment.

The options for lodging will also be diverse. There are hotels such as Components and The Byron at Byron Resort, there are guesthouses such as the Atlantic and the Bower, and there are many bed and breakfasts in the town.

But be adventurous and take advantage of this special opportunity to stay in cottages managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. There are six cottages dating from the 1920s to 1950s. You can choose from among two assistant among four possessions surrounded by the shore between The Pass and Cook’s or lighthouse keeper’s cottages. Make sure you book well beforehand.

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There are also a good deal of Airbnb choices, and campers can make the most of Clarke’s Beach Caravan Park, which has a seaside setting making it the finest of the campgrounds in the town.

Your experiences are waiting to happen at Byron Bay, Australia.

Cal Bailey runs www.mountainleon.com — a traveling blog he started after two years on backpacking round the world. If you would like to learn more about life you may read his latest blog posts.

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Visiting Byron Bay has been on my bucket listing for some time, so it was a real deal when I finally got there last month. I did some previous research on this beautiful beachside city in New South Wales, Australia, while seeing, but I discovered so much more.

For people that are thinking of a trip — do it! This point of Australia, situated north of Sydney and south of Brisbane, has some of the most beautiful beaches. It is well worth the trip, and I’ve put together some juicy info to make the trip even more rewarding.