7 November 2017
For years, the coastal town of Byron Bay has welcomed visitors from all walks of life. Read on to discover what to do in Byron Bay, from scenic walks to brewery tours and more.
The famous lighthouse trail (officially Cape Byron Walking Track) is one of Byron Bay’s most popular attractions. This scenic walk skirts the coastline of Australia’s most easterly point, passing Wategos Beach, Tallows Beach, and a stretch of serene forest. The path leading up to the lighthouse is rather steep, but successful climbers will have their efforts rewarded with stunning 360-degree views from Cape Byron Lighthouse. The entire track takes about 90 minutes to complete and offers the chance to spot dolphins, wallabies, and even whales breaching along the coast.
Byron Bay’s markets are a wonderful representation of the community that created them. Held on the first Sunday of each month, Byron Bay Community Market offers a colourful assortment of art, food, and handicrafts. Every Saturday evening between October and Easter, Byron Artisan Market showcases boutique stalls selling clothing, jewellery, accessories and crafts, with a focus on sustainability and originality. The Byron Beachside Market only takes place four times per year, but each iteration presents a massive collection of handmade crafts and homewares, fashion, art, and of course, food. With a number of local musicians also performing throughout the day, Byron Bay’s markets make for a fantastic outing an any time of year.
Hidden away from Byron’s tourist hotspots is the home of one of Australia’s favourite brewing companies. Since 2008, Stone & Wood has been blessing thirsty Australians with a host of award-winning craft beers. Independently owned and operated, Stone & Wood has become one of Byron Bay’s most successful exports. Book a tour with one its passionate employees to learn all about the history of the company, and to gain a detailed understanding of the brewing process. Finish off in the tasting room, where you can buy a tasting paddle to sample all of Stone & Wood’s delicious beers.
Just a short drive from the centre of town, The Farm is a revolutionary new project embodying Byron Bay’s values of sustainability and farm-to-table eating. Sprawling across 80 acres, The Farm is both a fully-operational farm as well as a hub of small, likeminded businesses. The property is home to a community of growers and producers, eateries, as well as passionate educators. Take a tour of The Farm and meet its Scottish Highland cattle, heritage-breed pigs, and free-roaming chickens. Learn all about farming and conservation, or stop for some farm-fresh food at the on-site restaurant. Those looking for something to take home can also find lots of delicious products for sale at the produce store.
With its network of scenic waterways, Byron Bay is a fantastic place to embark on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure. Byron Stand Up Paddle gives locals and visitors alike the chance to join Ricky and his friendly dog, Bobby, on a two-hour journey along the Brunswick River. With equipment and training provided, this paddleboarding tour is suitable for all fitness and ability levels. Take in the region’s tranquil scenery and complete your outing with an array of tasty homemade snacks. The river is also home to a diverse range of wildlife; if you’re lucky, you might even spot stingrays gliding beneath your board, or sea eagles soaring overhead.