Byron Bay travel guide

OMG Byron Bay is literally my most favourite place ever, it is simply incredible so I wanted to share with you my travel guide.

One of the first things we noticed with Byron is how laid back everyone and everything is, I mean literally so chilled out.

I’m going to split this post out into sections: stay, eat and activities to break it down a little, I hope you like it.

What to do

Walk to the iconic lighthouse

We had planned to walk to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise but, we didn’t quite make it up in time. 5am is early! We did leave after breakfast and it was such a fabulous walk but, there were steps, lots of steps! (This reminded me I need to get back to the gym!) The views were simply stunning, it was like stepping into a ‘holiday goals’ post card! Before we reached the lighthouse we stood on the most easterly point of Australia, although all we saw was ocean and lots of it! But between there and our final destination we were treated to the most incredible view of a massive pod of dolphins surfing the waves.

 

Lighthouse Byron Bay

Byron Bay is known for its amazing wildlife, between June and November its whale season and there are so many kayak tours to see them. There’s always pods of dolphins, they use the bay as a place to teach their babies and nurse them. We also spotted turtles swimming amongst the surfers and stingrays. Luckily no sharks but they have been known to swim those waters.

Pod of dolphins surfing the waves at Byron Bay

 

Kayaking Tours

We really wanted to do a kayaking tour to see the dolphins but they were all so booked up we didn’t manage tour. But, everyone we spoke to who had done it said it’s a must do. During our trip we booked a lot of our tours on the Viator app and they have some really fabulous looking kayaking ones.

 

Hit the Beach

Byron Main Beach is simply beautiful but we walked along for about 10/20minutes purely because it was so busy. We actually walked the whole beach every day and at the very end is the Cape Byron State Conservation Area with (more) steps to a lookout point. Such a great spot for watching the surfers catch waves. We also took a picnic with us, it was such a fabulous lunch spot.

Surfers entering the ocean at Byron Bay

 

steps leading to a lookout point at Byron Bay

 

Woman walking between rocks towards the ocean in Byron Bay

Where to eat

I actually don’t know where to begin with where to eat in Byron Bay, there are so many great places.

For a casual dinner on the beach head to Beach Kitchen Byron Bay, it’s opposite the start of Main Beach. Ideal for a pub classic, I’m not ashamed to say we ate here a couple of times because it was so good and reasonably priced. Thai beef salad and the chicken parmi were a couple of our faves.

We found Targa Restaurant which was perfect for breakfast, think freshly baked muffins and buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup – the dream. Ok so they didn’t do chai lattes but they did make amazing fresh berry smoothies.

Menu at Targa restaurant in Byron Bay

On a couple of days we bought sandwiches and took picnics to the beach, both the Hot Bread Kitchen and The Corner Store made amazing deep filled rolls and had incredible cakes. You have to try the mango smoothies made with ice-cream!

Mango smoothie next to sunglasses on a table

Another place we literally stumbled upon was Earth ‘n’ Sea, a family run pizza and pasta restaurant. OMG this place is incredible and so so popular. It’s been around since 1976 and from visiting I could definitely see why people keep returning. The menu was vast with literally every pizza topping you could imagine, if pizza doesn’t float your boat the pasta is just as good!

sign at a pizza restaurant

 

Where to go for live music

There is live music literally everywhere in Byron Bay, from buskers on the streets to live gigs in bars and restaurants.

The Rails Hotel (not an actual hotel) is one of the best live music spots in Byron, there’s free music every night of the week. From reggae to rock and blues to pop, literally something for everyone. It’s a little but tucked away at the back of the bus station car park but once night falls and the music starts it’s easy to find!

The Beach Hotel (where we ate several times) also has regular live music, it’s got a bigger undercover space than Rails and a stage so shorties like me could see!

Where to stay

We stayed at the Lord Byron Resort which is about a 10minute walk from the beach and it was so lovely. It’s a boutique self-catering hotel but has lots of added extras like cheese and wine night and bbq facilities by the pool, they’ve even got surfboards should you want to catch a wave. As you would imagine the décor was very nautical/beach inspired and our room had crisp white bedding with dark blue accents.

hotel sign byron bay

That’s it my Byron Bay best bits, I’m sure I could go on forever but in the interests of not boring you all I’ll stop here!

Have you been to Byron Bay? I’d love to hear about your best bits!

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