Byron Bay is a popular stop for travelers (and locals) on the East Coast of Australia.
With “cheer up, slow down, chill out” as a slogan and its eclectic vibe, it’s not hard to find unique cafés, yoga classes, and hippies living the #vanlife.
The beaches are incredible and they stretch for miles so it’s not too crowded. A must-visit is Wategos Beach, which is tucked beside Byron’s iconic lighthouse. Make a day out of it by walking to the lighthouse, then loop down to the beach. Surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling are only a few of the many water sports available in Byron. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a dive with the grey nurse sharks at Julian Rocks or tandem skydive with a view of the coast.
Byron Bay’s white lighthouse is striking against the blues of the ocean. There is a path leading from the lighthouse to a lookout at the most eastern point of Australia. From here, you can look out to a disappearing horizon. Stick around for the sunset and you won’t be disappointed. However, if you plan on driving to the lighthouse, be aware that the gate to the carpark closes at 5:30pm and does not reopen until the morning.
For a bite to eat, make sure you plan to stop at The Farm. It is an 80-acre working farm that uses traditional and sustainable farming methods. They provide food and produce that is used on-site at a restaurant, café, and produce store. There is a 1km loop through the fields where you’ll see pigs asleep in mud, rows of sunflowers, and chickens wandering about. If that wasn’t great enough, they also do a yoga class (although, just about everyone in Byron Bay does a yoga class).
You can sit and enjoy lunch at Three Blue Ducks on a quaint covered patio that overlooks the farm and Byron’s hinterland. The menu includes abundant vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. Although I only had the chance to enjoy two meals here, every alternative on the menu was mouthwatering.
Downtown Byron has shops that range from brand names to the markets to funky hippy stores that sell jingling anklets. There is something for everyone here in Byron. Make sure you visit this laid-back, barefoot beach town.