Things to do in Byron Shire

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Things to Do in Byron Shire


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  • Traveller N
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This location provides a breathtaking vista, and during my visit, I had the privilege of observing dolphins playfully jumping in and out of the water. However, it is important to note that the trail was inaccessible during my visit. Additionally, be prepared to incur a parking fee of AUD10 unless you are willing to undertake a lengthy walk from the base to the lighthouse.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wanted to attempt this as the sign from the Holiday Park said it was only just over 2kms.

    As I've had several heart operations my wife thought it a bit ambitious but I wanted to try.

    Sufficient to say I didn't make it all the way to the lighthouse but the walk through the bush was lovely.

    Water Dragons scurrying out across the track scared the bejeezus out of us as being from New Zealand we were wary of snakes.

    There is a lovely cafe at the one car park which served great coffee and cream buns.

    A reasonably fit person could easily do this walk.

    Lovely scenery and ocean views.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • yazitravels
    Bordeaux, France415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 Parking spaces on grass if you have a trailer. 50$ each, a little expensive but it truly is a unique place that you wouldn't find elsewhere. We saved money by not eating at the restaurant (cheapest dish over 20$). The landscape is unique, creative, you feel like a fairytale. You automatically feel relaxed 😌! Spent 2h to visit plus 20 mins of meditation listening to Crystal bowls.
    Written 23 March 2023
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  • Ruth S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tom was a great host. The other guests on our tour were also good fun.
    Lots of interesting information, tasty samples and wonderful food to follow the tour.
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost every Australian who talks about Byron starts by saying in a wistful tone, ’It’s not what it used to be’ and then goes on to lament that the once bohemian surfers’ paradise has been ruined by tourism and commercialisation.
    Certainly it's a tourist mecca these days but it’s also a lively, fun, and stunningly beautiful part of the NSW coastline.
    The beaches all have rolling waves and long stretches of golden sand. We alternated between Main Beach, Clarkes Beach and Wategos but our favourite was The Pass.
    The thing that really ‘made’ our trip was staying right on the beach.
    Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments were directly opposite Main beach so we walked nearly everywhere and hardly moved our car during our stay.
    Car parking and congestion on the main road are two of the big frustrations for many visitors to Byron so if you can avoid this by booking centrally located accommodation then it will make all the difference.
    The village centre was also just a couple of minutes walk away. It’s crowded for sure but it also offers lots of shops, boutiques, cafes, street entertainers, bars, and upmarket restaurants.
    Japonaise Kitchen was our favourite for a casual meal.
    Byron Bay is mostly all about the beaches but if you need a change of pace, there are a lot of other things to do.
    One afternoon we decided to do a bit of exploring so we walked the Byron Bay History Walking Trail (see separate review).
    On the weekend, we went to the very popular Community Markets which are held on Sunday mornings.
    The best non-beach thing we did was visiting The Farm. Kids loved feeding the sheep, chickens and pigs and we loved relaxing at the cafe-restaurant.
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • VeniVeniVisitavi
    Adana, Türkiye70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Belongil Beach is a picturesque beach located to the north of the town of Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia. It offers a more tranquil and secluded atmosphere compared to the bustling beaches closer to the town center. Here's some information about Belongil Beach:

    Location: Belongil Beach is situated approximately 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) north of Byron Bay's central business district. It is accessible via Bayshore Drive, which runs parallel to the beach, or by walking along the shoreline from the town center.

    Natural Beauty: Belongil Beach is known for its natural beauty, with pristine sands, rolling dunes, and stunning coastal scenery. The beach is backed by lush vegetation, including coastal scrub and low-lying vegetation, creating a sense of tranquility and seclusion.

    Secluded Atmosphere: Belongil Beach offers a more relaxed and less crowded experience compared to the busier beaches closer to Byron Bay's town center. It's a great spot to escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful beach outing.

    Activities: Belongil Beach provides a range of activities for visitors to enjoy. These include swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, and picnicking. The beach's uncrowded nature makes it ideal for long walks, jogging, or simply unwinding and soaking up the sun.

    Dog-Friendly: Belongil Beach is one of the dog-friendly beaches in the Byron Bay area. It allows dogs off-leash in designated areas, providing an opportunity for dog owners to enjoy the beach with their furry companions.

    Surfing and Fishing: Belongil Beach offers surfable waves, particularly at the northern end near Belongil Creek. The beach is suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers. Additionally, fishing enthusiasts can try their luck from the shore or in the nearby Belongil Creek.

    Amenities: While Belongil Beach is a more secluded area, it does offer some amenities for visitors. These include parking spaces along Bayshore Drive, public toilets, and access points to the beach. However, it's advisable to bring your own supplies, such as food, water, and sun protection, as there are no nearby shops or facilities.

    It's important to note that Belongil Beach may have different conditions depending on the time of year, tides, and weather. It's recommended to check local surf and safety conditions before engaging in any water activities.

    Belongil Beach provides a serene and less crowded beach experience, allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and relax in a tranquil setting. Whether you're looking for a peaceful day at the beach, a stroll along the shoreline, or a spot to take your furry friend for a walk, Belongil Beach offers a serene and scenic escape from the busier parts of Byron Bay.
    Written 2 July 2023
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  • Leigh N
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous afternoon spent at the distillery and in the rainforest. The story of the distillery evolution is inspiring - if only we had more Mr & Mrs Brookies in the world..not to mention the beautiful gin - dry is our fave but there’s one for every taste. Our host was delightful, so relaxed and informative. Fantastic way to learn more about this wonderful company. And the wild Koalas in the car park were the icing on the cake!
    Written 4 March 2024
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  • Jai L
    Kingscliff, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is magical and visually spectacular. The hike through the forest is divine, I felt transported to another world. Towards the end of the hike, there is no path and you have to climb and traverse big rock boulders, so the hike becomes full body, it's not for the faint-hearted. But once over the rocks when you reach the bottom of the falls it feels like you could stay there for days, soaking up the beauty, expansive space and refreshing fresh mountain water. I'm not indigenous but when I was here I could feel the wonder of the location and immediately felt connected to what I would assume would be a special place for our first nations ancestors. Be prepared - bug spray, water, food and snacks. It's a big day out in nature, but your soul will be rejuvenated. Well worth it.
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • Mallo_Pahanen
    Helsinki, Finland616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice area on the side of Byron Bay where you can see beautiful beaches, surfers, a hiking trail with good views and finally the lighthouse.

    Check out the pictures!
    Written 1 July 2023
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  • Yuzutravel
    brisbane2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its been a few years since we visted the farm and it has lost abit of its magic. We started with the 10.30am tour however that was not at all interactive or give us much insight into the farm. It would definitely not be at all interesting to children however more suited to older couples interested in the business model. (Most of the businesses that operate are tenants of the farm). A few people left the tour early. Just save yourself the money and do a self guided tour. There are bee hives, chickens, pigs, horse which you can view yourself and a macadamia farm from which you can forage for nuts for with a cracking machine on picnic tables. The lunch at three blue ducks was very nice and service also really good. The coffee as someone else has mentioned leaves quite a bitter aftertaste. The gelato next to the play ground is definitely a highlight.
    Written 2 March 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wategos may not be the main beach in Byron Bay but it is very lovely. It’s a classic Australian surf beach with rolling waves and a long crescent-shaped stretch of almost white sand.
    It is a relatively sheltered beach, making it a good choice for swimming. There is some shade on the beach
    There are basic facilities including changing rooms, showers and toilets. However there are no lifeguards and street parking is metered and in any case, is extremely limited.
    Instead, we walked in from The Pass Beach. It’s paid parking here too but at least there’s a large carpark and lots of space. The walk up and over the headland starts from Palm Valley (alongside the carpark) and is definitely a challenging and steep path in the summer. However its a good way to work up a sweat before you dive into the waves at the other end and on the plus side, you get some absolutely lovely views along the way.
    Written 12 March 2024
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  • VeniVeniVisitavi
    Adana, Türkiye70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tallow Beach is a picturesque beach located in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. It is a stunning stretch of coastline known for its natural beauty, serenity, and scenic surroundings. Here's some information about Tallow Beach:

    Location: Tallow Beach is situated to the south of Byron Bay's town center, adjacent to Cape Byron State Conservation Area. It can be accessed by taking Suffolk Park Road and turning onto Alcorn Street, which leads to beach access points.

    Natural Beauty: Tallow Beach is renowned for its unspoiled natural beauty. It features a long, sandy shoreline backed by lush vegetation and rolling sand dunes. The beach is flanked by Arakwal National Park, adding to its scenic appeal.

    Secluded Atmosphere: Compared to the more popular Main Beach in Byron Bay, Tallow Beach offers a more secluded and tranquil atmosphere. It is a quieter alternative for those seeking a peaceful beach experience away from the crowds.

    Surfing: Tallow Beach is popular among surfers due to its reliable surf breaks. The beach is known for its consistent waves, making it suitable for experienced surfers. It's important to note that Tallow Beach is not patrolled by lifeguards, so caution should be exercised when entering the water.

    Dog-Friendly: Tallow Beach is one of the designated dog-friendly beaches in the Byron Bay area. Dog owners can bring their furry friends to enjoy the sand and water, provided they are kept on a leash and under control.

    Walks and Nature Trails: Tallow Beach is part of the Cape Byron Walking Track, which extends along the coastline. Visitors can embark on scenic walks that take them through coastal rainforest, offering opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy panoramic views.

    Clothing-Optional Section: The southern end of Tallow Beach, known as Tyagarah Beach, has a clothing-optional area. This section is popular among naturists and offers a more liberating beach experience for those who prefer clothing-optional recreation.

    Parking and Facilities: Tallow Beach has parking available near the beach access points, but it can get busy during peak times. Facilities such as public toilets and showers may be limited, so it's advisable to come prepared with necessary supplies.

    Tallow Beach offers a serene and scenic coastal experience for visitors looking to relax, surf, enjoy nature walks, or spend time with their furry companions. Whether you're seeking solitude, a surfing adventure, or a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, Tallow Beach provides a beautiful setting to enjoy the natural wonders of Byron Bay.
    Written 2 July 2023
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