There are a variety of things to do Byron Bay, from visiting the famous lighthouse to shopping at the weekend markets. Byron Bay is full of gorgeous viewpoints and beaches so your visit is sure to be memorable! Follow our guide for the best things to do while you’re in town.
Where to stay in Byron Bay
There are a variety of both cheap and expensive accommodation options in Byron Bay. Byron Bay Beach Hostel is a popular budget choice as it’s situated right by the main beach and in the middle of all the action. Waves Byron Bay is a new and trendy hotel located right across from Main Beach. It has large and super modern rooms so it’d be perfect for a few nights stay.
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Things to do Byron Bay
1. Visit All The Famous Beaches
Visiting the beaches is one of the best things to do Byron Bay as there is such a large amount for you to see. From surfer beaches to family beaches, there is something for everyone. One of the most famous beaches in Byron Bay is The Pass. It’s well known for its small wooden lookout platform. From here you have a full view over the beach and can watch all the surfers from a great perspective. Another favourite beach of ours is Wategos Beach. The perfect blue water and clean sand make this beach one you can’t miss!
For more beaches in Byron Bay, be sure to check out our Best Beaches in Byron Bay blog.
2. Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of the most popular places to watch sunrise and sunset in Byron Bay. From the lighthouse you have a perfect view overlooking the surrounding area. To access the lighthouse you can either drive and park close to the top, however there are a limited amount of parking spaces. When we arrived just before sunrise, all the carparks were full.
The more popular way to get to the lighthouse is to do the coastal walk. From Wategos Beach, you can follow the coastal walk up which takes roughly 10-15 minutes. Cape Byron Lighthouse is busy for sunrise and even busier for sunset, so having this place all to yourself is quite tricky. The lighthouse is still a beautiful place to spend your afternoon and admire the ocean, so we definitely recommend checking it out.
3. Most Easterly Point of the Australian Mainland
The most easterly point of the Australian Mainland is located just before Cape Byron Lighthouse along the Cape Byron walking track. If you start from Wategos Beach, you can follow the walk which will lead you to the top. This spot is a popular tourist attraction as you can take photos with the sign indicating the most easterly point in Australia. If you’re lucky, you’ll also be able to spot some dolphins swimming around below. We saw two giant pods and watched them swim by for a while.
4. Byron Bay Markets
There are a large amount of markets that happen in Byron Bay. Some markets happen every week and others happen only once a month. The most popular market is the Byron Bay Community Market which is on the first Sunday of the month. Here you can find all types of food, jewellery and beautiful artwork. This market can be found at Butler St Reserve.
Another popular market in Byron Bay is the farmers market. Here you’ll find plenty of locally grown fruit and veggies as well as many other delicious fresh products. The farmers market happens every Thursday at Railway Park.