A Weekend Away in Byron Bay

Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, Australia
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Despite being halfway through the summer, there’s still plenty of time to plan a weekend holiday to Byron Bay. In fact, with the school holidays winding up by the end of January, an early February getaway would suit any Sydneysider looking to explore Byron without the overwhelming crowds or cost. With plenty of short flights available, a weekend escape to simpler living has never been easier!

Activities you should definitely consider!

The coastal town of Byron Bay revolves around their world famous Clarkes Beach, which draws bathers from all around the globe. This quintessential attraction is a must for anyone travelling to Byron! Below, however, is a list of other activities you should do.

Clarkes Beach, Australia
Clarkes Beach, Australia by Andy Hay

A morning jog to the lighthouse and back

Towering above the southern side of Byron Bay is the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Not only does this cape provide breathtaking views of the town and the great Pacific Ocean, but it also signifies the most easterly point of the Australian Continent.

Looking south from the Cape, you should be able to see If you’re not too keen for the jog, the same trail can be walked. Thankfully the track has been freshly constructed and offers an easy climb among the bush with a frequent ocean view.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia by Hector Garcia

Local Markets

The Byron Bay community is defined by their relaxed lifestyle, healthy living and a strong sense of community. Unsurprisingly, the Byron community is major hub for artisan products and creative industries.

On the 1st Sunday of every month Byron hosts the Byron Bay Community Market and sells a wide variety of health foods, art pieces and other locally produced wares.

If you happen to miss the Byron community market, you should consider a quick trip to the neighbouring town of Bangalow, who host their own community markets on the 4th Sunday of every month. It is a gathering of locals, a get-together of artists, artisans, bakers, victuallers, therapists, farmers and friends.

Byron Bay Market, Australia
Byron Bay Market, Australia by Shannon McGee

Day trips from Byron

The whole Byron Bay area is packed with small communities in all directions. Each with their own vibe and attractions, it’s easy to spend a day exploring the towns just a stone’s throw from Byron.

As mentioned, Bangalow offers a similar vibe to Byron with its own selection of boutique shops down a gorgeously terraced main street. If you’re after a journey down Byron’s spiritual side, we recommend a visit to the sleepy village of Nimbin.

Thankfully a dedicated bus runs between the two towns, allowing you to easily spend an afternoon exploring the rain forest conditions Nimbin has on offer. Beware Nimbin is not for the feint hearted – Nimbin wears its long hair, its tattoos, its body piercings and its slightly outrageous manners with pride.

Other nearby destinations to consider include Lennox Head, Mt Warning, and Mullumbimby.

View from Mt Warning Summit, Byron Bay, Australia
View from Mt Warning Summit, Byron Bay, Australia by Aiden Casey

Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia
Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia by Madeleine Deaton

Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, Australia
Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, Australia by Paul Arps

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Bek Fraser

Rebekah is a Sydney Sider through and through but loves to travel. Seeing the world and sharing all it has to offer is her favourite part of life. She is passionate about getting out and staying active, which usually leads to the discovery of some amazing places and things.

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