Byron Bay Area

From a lush hinterland to a spectacular coast, the Byron Bay region is acclaimed for its natural beauty, creative communities and fresh produce. For those seeking respite in nature, meditative renewal or surfing paradise, the region is a marvellous destination.

Impeccable natural attractions are a drawcard, with Cape Byron Marine Park extending from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. Walk in rainforest in national parks including Bundjalung, near Ballina, and visit the magnificent Minyon Falls, near Byron Bay.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

Accommodation options range from rustic hideaways in the hills to world-class beachfront resorts to friendly budget hostels. Check out the events calendar when planning your trip. Tours include kayaking to see dolphins and whale-watching cruises during the annual migration. Diving in the crystal-clear waters is popular too, with the likes of Sundive Byron Bay and Blue Bay Divers.

Rich soils and sustainable farming help create enviable fresh produce. Savour the delicious local produce in quality restaurants and cafes, such as Folk Byron Bay and the Rock & Roll Coffee Company in Mullumbimby. Taste Byron Bay and Nourish Food Safaris offer tours of the area’s culinary delights. You can also taste local produce at markets held in various communities.

Hinterland, Byron Bay

The captivating region is billed as Australia’s music festival capital, with Splendour in the Grass and BluesFest both drawing international music stars.

Set in the beautiful hinterland of northern NSW, the Byron Bay Bluesfest is held each year during the Easter long weekend. With more than 200 performances across seven stages over five days, the festival showcases music from around the world, and in previous years has boasted the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and James Brown on the bill. 

Three Blue Ducks, The Farm, Byron Bay

Since its humble beginnings in 1990, Bluesfest has won numerous tourism and music accolades and now attracts more than 100,000 festival goers over the long weekend. Held on 120 picturesque hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 11 kms from Byron, Bluesfest is a family-friendly event, with children’s entertainment and a daily kids’ program on offer.

For a smaller festival and local live music, enjoy the Mullum Music Festival and gigs in community halls. Meet the locals and find out more about the spectacular attractions and the nearby World Heritage-listed Wollumbin-Mount Warning National Park.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Mullum Farmers Market

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Friday 15 February 2019 , Mullumbimby

    Mullumbimby Farmers' Market, every Friday morning 7am to 11am, is where you'll see Mullum at its colourful best. The market has become the gathering spot for Mullumbimby's vibrant community, re-inventing the age old tradition of a communit…

    27 Apr - 15 Feb
  2. Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , Byron Bay

    Looking for volunteer work with a view? If you’ve got a minimum of 3 hours a week to spare, come and be part of a friendly team at Cape Byron. Lead guided tours of the museum and lighthouse, sharing the area’s fascinating maritime history w…

    27 Apr - 11 Jul
  3. Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

    Sunday 29 April 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018 , Ballina

    Ballina Missingham Farmers Market is on every Sunday. They are the best way to do your weekly shop - buying fresh fruit, vegetables, and other produce directly from the grower. At Farmers Markets and organic markets, customers can talk t…

    29 Apr - 24 Jun
  4. Lennox Community Markets

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Lennox Head

    The vibrant Lennox Community Market is held on the second Sunday (and if applicable the fifth Sunday) of the month. It is located directly behind the Lennox Head central business district in the grounds of the Community Centre, allowing you…

    29 Apr
  5. Mindfulness Escapes Byron Bay

    Sunday 29 April 2018 to Sunday 20 January 2019 , Byron Bay

    Half a day meditation and mindfulness workshop in nature. You will learn different meditation techniques to quiet the mind and become more in control of your thoughts. The workshop includes sitting meditations and walking meditations. The…

    29 Apr - 20 Jan
  6. NRF Harvest Food Festival

    Friday 04 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Byron Bay

    Northern Rivers Food (NRF) is an independent, not-for-profit food industry association in the Northern Rivers region, with members from gate to plate. Their NRF Harvest Food Festival has been developed by food producers in the region who v…

    04 May - 06 May