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.
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 offer tours of the area’s culinary delights. You can also taste local produce at markets held in various communities.
The captivating region is billed as Australia’s music festival capital, with Splendour in the Grass and 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.
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.