Updated: Jan 22
Byron Bay, known more for its hippies and laid back lifestyle, has certainly grown in tourism popularity over the years, and is now a bustling village surrounded by beautiful beaches and lush hinterland. Don't worry, there's still plenty of 'alternative' going on in Byron Bay that this gorgeous seaside town famous is famous for.
The village is busy in peak holiday seasons so if you are planning a trip to Byron Bay do try and avoid the obvious busy times like school holidays, however if you have kids and that's the only time you can travel book your accomodation early and be prepared for crowds.
I stayed in a small cabin on a private property (Byron Haven) which was five minutes from the town and very peaceful; it was also pet friendly. I loved listening to the birds in the rainforest adjacent to this property and even being attacked by a Brush Turkey made for an interesting Instagram story!
You certainly won't go hungry in Byron Bay with plenty of fantastic cafes, restaurants and pubs to dine at.
The Byron Bay Lighthouse (pictured at top of the hill) is one of the tourist attractions and a great way to get some exercise walking up to see it. The Beach is typical of the North Coast, surrounded by hills and vegetation and is right next to the village. Speaking of the village, you will come across lots of fabulous boutiques and gift shops.
The Byron Bay Hinterlands are stunning with breathtaking scenery. A trip to the Minyon Falls is worth it, however when I visited it was fairly dry so I didn't get to see the falls. You do need to travel about 1km on a dirt road prior to arriving at the Falls but it can be done in a sedan.
If you are up that way the Crystal Castle is a major attraction with beautiful gardens, cafe, walks and plenty of serenity.
Byron Bay has an abundance of flora and fauna, and snakes!
Surfing, you will always find a wave somewhere in the Byron Bay area and if you can't surf take a surf lesson.
Get up early and watch the sunrise at Byron Bay Lighthouse
Go whale watching between May and October
Hire a bike and explore the area
Enjoy a walk on the Cape Byron walking track
Visit The Farm and discover life as a farmer
Have a magical experience in the Byron Bay Hinterland