Set on the furthermost easterly point of Australia, lies one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, however there’s far more to Byron Bay than pristine beaches and surf. The Byron region is home to quaint townships, ancient rainforests and national parks, and a hinterland to rival that of the English countryside. We recommend hiring a car and getting out on the road.
Only a short 10 minute drive along a windy road will bring you to the old town of Bangalow. The main street is lined with boutique stores and casual eateries. Our pick is the Bangalow Pharmacy, stocking a collection European perfumes, homewares and luxury goods such as Astier de Villatte, Cire Trudon, Santa Maria Novella, Creed and Isaac Reina.
Newrybar is now a must visit for Byron locals and tourists alike, with its flagship restaurant and café, Harvest, well and truly placing the town on the map. The acclaimed restaurant is our top pick for lunch or dinner, the Bakery out the back serves up masterly crafted pastries and breads baked in a century old wood fired oven, and the Deli brings together the best of local cheeses, salumi and everything in between. Just a skip across the road in a restored Queenslander is Newrybar Merchants, a collective of creative local artisans and curators of fine goods.
The windy roads through the hills of Byron continue and if it’s nature you desire, there is no shortfall. The spectacular Minyon Falls in the Nightcap National Park offer stunning views of the waterfall and rainforest, take a hike or settle in for a picnic. Killen Falls, approximately 35 minutes southwest of Byron, is a great swimming hole that makes for that picture-perfect snap. And for the ultimate experience, be the first to see the sunrise with a trek up Mt Warning. The 8.8 km, five hour return walk through the rainforest is worth the breathtaking 360 degree views around the ancient caldera with coastal views stretching from The Gold Coast to Byron Bay.
Heading north along the Pacific Highway you’ll find the eclectic town of Mullumbimby, or ‘Mullum’ as the locals call it. Stop in to the nearby Crystal Castle for your dose of ‘Byron healing’ and meander through the beautifully manicured gardens. Just a short drive away is another local favourite, Brunswick Heads. The coastal village is home to the Brunswick River, it’s crystal blue and perfect for a swim or paddle board.
There’s so much to do in and around Byron and there’s something for everyone. For an insider’s guide and extra tips, our Guest Relations team are here to help. 02 6639 2109.