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The seaside escape of Byron Bay is one of New South Wales' most beautiful and beloved regions. Lauded for its pristine beaches, enchanting rainforests, and glittering ocean, Byron Bay is a popular destination for both Australians and international travelers. The area, abundant with marine life and great surf swells, is ideal for water activities like surfing, swimming, and snorkeling. The city also offers access to the incredible natural wonders of New South Wales, with Mount Warning, Nightcap National Park, and Cape Byron within reach. Explore all the things Byron Bay and its surrounding hinterlands have to offer during your stay.
Byron Bay is much more than sun-drenched beaches and markets. The bush around the developed areas is rich with iconic Australian wilderness and dense rainforest. Take a day or 2 to explore both the land and sea to get a sense of the region.
Cape Byron Marine Park - Extending from the Brunswick River to Lennox Head, the Cape Byron Marine Park bursts to life with a wide variety of plants, bird species, and marine fauna in its many ecosystems. The park's Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a popular scuba diving and snorkeling spot where you can encounter aquatic creatures like sea turtles, sharks, and unique wobbegong.
Nightcap National Park - The Nightcap National Park is a part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sprawling reserve encompasses the tree-covered Nightcap Range, and the region acts as the base for the Bundjalung Aboriginal Australians. Wander nature-lined trails through the dense forests to discover sights like the towering Minyon Falls and an abundance of flora and wildlife.
The postcard-perfect beaches that line Byron Bay's coastline make the city a picturesque destination on its own. You can also take to the skies to soak in the beauty from a different perspective. Microlight aircraft and hot air balloons offer spectacular views of spots like Main Beach, Wategos Beach, and out over the glistening turquoise waters. Stop by the historic Cape Byron Lighthouse, built more than 100 years ago on the easternmost point of mainland Australia, for excellent vistas over the ocean that are ideal for relaxation or whale watching. The Cape Byron walking track takes you past lush rainforest and relaxed beach scenes and along rugged cliff tops to the lighthouse and the very tip of the cape.
Surfing is one of the most popular things to do in Byron Bay thanks to the city's oceanside location blessing it with optimal wave and water conditions for the sport. Areas like Belongil Beach, Wategoes, and The Wreck are favorite surf spots among locals and tourists alike, making them great places to learn to surf or improve your skills. The crystal-clear waters around Byron Bay are also perfect for other aquatic activities like kayaking, scuba diving, or snorkeling, and an abundance of marine life makes every journey into the sea an exciting one. Catch sight of dolphins, watch the migration of humpback whales, or discover an underwater world of sharks, turtles, and fish. Byron Bay has its share of land-based activities as well, including bike rides through the Nightcap National Park and hikes up Mount Warning in the Tweed Range. Don’t forget to take time to enjoy local culture in the city, as Byron Bay plays host to a number of events year-round, including the Byron Bay Film Festival, Byron Bay Triathlon, and the East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival (also known as Bluesfest). Foodies can get their fill of amazing cuisine in Byron Bay at delightful restaurants and cafes that feature fresh seafood, spiced lamb, and decadent Byron Bay halloumi. The monthly Community Market, which boasts 300 locally owned stalls, also offers a chance to experience the diverse flavors from throughout the region.