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. Ballina Market

    Sunday 21 January 2018 to Sunday 16 December 2018 , Ballina

    The East Ballina Lions invite you to the Ballina Market at Canal Road Ballina - a monthly market affectionately known as the 'friendliest market around'. Held on the third Sunday of the month, the stalls offer a wide variety of goods from…

    21 Jan - 16 Dec
  2. Mullum Farmers Market

    Friday 21 December 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…

    21 Dec - 15 Feb
  3. Secret Sunrise Byron Bay

    Saturday 22 December 2018 , Byron Bay

    What is Secret Sunrise? Is it a party? Is it a dance? Is it a silent disco? Is it a yoga session? No. In fact, its all of these things and more! Secret Sunrise is a gathering of like minded individuals who are not scared of radical self…

    22 Dec
  4. Silk Painting Workshop

    Saturday 22 December 2018 to Saturday 31 August 2019 , Ballina

    Create your own hand painted silk with a world renowned artist who has over 30 years of experience. This is the perfect tutor to introduce you to the world of silk painting. The gallery over looks the Richmond River and is the perfect…

    22 Dec - 31 Aug