Byron Bay is a magical coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. This cozy little heaven is best known for its pristine beaches, stunning nature and surfing and scuba diving sites. It doesn’t matter whether you like to go it alone or bring along your loved ones, there is no doubt that Byron Bay has something in store for you. Let’s take a look at what you can experience on one adventurous weekend in Byron Bay.
How to get there & where to stay
Byron Bay has it all when it comes to accommodation – from luxury lodges through hotels and resorts, apartments and holiday houses all the way to holiday parks and campgrounds. However, if you’re bringing your significant other and you two want your own quiet piece of heaven here, you can opt for romantic Byron Bay accommodation with relaxing spas that is perfectly suitable for your needs. Getting to Byron Bay is quite easy. You can opt for air travel, as there are three airports within a two-hour drive from Byron Bay (Ballina/Byron Bay Gateway Airport, Coolangatta Intl Airport and Brisbane Intl Airport). If you want to drive to Byron Bay, know that it is just 6 km off the Pacific Highway, 180 km south of Brisbane and 35 km north of Ballina. If you are driving south, approximately 40 minutes south of the Queensland/New South Wales border you will see the turnoff on the left to Byron Bay. You can also take a bus to Byron Bay thanks to the Byron Bay Transit Centre.
There is a myriad of things that you can do in and around Byron Bay. Those include nature walks, day spas, surf schools, sea kayaking, scuba diving etc. In order to help you find just the right activity for you, take a look at the categories below:
Land-based activities include day trips, guided walks, golf, tours, markets and more. However, it is recommended that you try Byron Lighthouse tours. Many happy tourists claim that the best photos they snapped in Byron Bay originate from the Lighthouse area. And when you’re done with the tour, you can enjoy a meditation class. Byron Bay offers meditation classes, workshops and retreats. Meditating is a good way to relax after exploring.
These activities include scuba diving, surfing, kayaking along with sailing and more. If you are a sea lover and would like to meet the underwater residents of Byron Bay, you just have to try dolphin and marine tours and cruises. Byron Bay’s Marine Park has dolphins, turtles and whales that are waiting for you to meet them. On the other hand, if you’re someone who likes an adrenaline rush, go for a surf! Byron Bay even offers a quick surfing course where you’ll learn the ropes and soon enough you’ll ride the waves on your own. After you’re done with surfing, diving or kayaking, you can go for a sunset cruise, because there is no better way to end your perfect day in Byron Bay.
Yes, there are even activities based up above. Air-based activities range from skydiving, ballooning and gliding all the way to whale watching. Obviously, tourists almost always go skydiving in Byron Bay. Why? Because of the breathtaking coastal views and the adrenaline. However, more and more tourists nowadays take interest in whale watching. You can watch whales from a totally different perspective in Byron Bay – actually, from 2,500 feet in the air aboard a microlight aircraft. Last but not least, couples adore ballooning here. Experience a breathtaking panoramic view of the Green Cauldron, floating gently above the lush green hills with views of the Mt Warning volcanic caldera to the north and the coastline to the east. There is no doubt that you and your significant other have an experience of a lifetime waiting for you in your hot air balloon.
As you can see, Byron Bay really has a lot to offer. These were just some of the popular activities that you could do during a weekend here. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and come!