Top Things to Do in Byron Bay

Each year, more than 2 million people flock to Byron Bay for its beautiful beaches, idyllic weather, and bohemian atmosphere. If you’re ready to discover what the hype is about, check out some of the top things to do in Byron Bay below.

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Hike around Cape Byron

The stark white Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay's most famous landmark, sits atop the easternmost point of Australia. Offering 360-degree views, the Cape Byron Lighthouse is a fantastic vantage point for watching sunrises, sunsets, and even migrating whales between May and November. Follow the famous lighthouse trail, a 90-minute coastal track which takes visitors through Cape Byron State Conservation Area, past a stretch of tranquil forest, and along some of Byron's prettiest beaches. Keep a lookout for whales, dolphins and wallabies along the way, and pause at Cape Byron Lighthouse to enjoy sweeping views of the Australian coastline.

Explore the local markets

Soak up the spirit of Byron Bay by visiting one of its local markets. Ranging from weekly shindigs to monthly and seasonal events, these markets offer a wonderful representation of the Byron region and its community. Held on the first Sunday of each month, the Byron Community Markets attract thousands of visitors with its diverse collection of local food, art and handicrafts. Visit the Byron Farmers Market on Thursday mornings to find fresh local produce such as prawns, macadamia nuts, chutneys and olives. During the warmer months, you can also browse a range of sustainable clothing and jewellery at the Byron Artisan Market, as well as homewares, food, fashion and art at Byron Beachside Market. Wander between colourful stalls and chat with passionate vendors, all to a soundtrack of crashing waves and live music.

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Go skydiving

See Byron Bay from a thrilling new perspective by booking a one-of-a-kind skydiving experience. Since 1981, Skydive Byron Bay has been operating the most popular drop zone in Australia. Strap yourself to one of their experienced instructors and get ready to freefall for 60 seconds, reaching speeds of over 200 km/hr, before gliding gently over the gorgeous coast. Take in sublime views which stretch from Brunswick Heads to Mount Warning, Surfers Paradise, and beyond. Whether you choose the 7,000-foot jump or challenge yourself to the highest skydive in Australia (a stomach-churning altitude of 15,000 feet), this is one sightseeing trip you’re sure to remember.

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Splash around

There’s no better place to get into watersports than in an active beach town like Byron Bay. Boasting a pleasant subtropical climate as well as a variety of swimming and surf beaches, you'll need no excuse to take a dip around Byron. Join a class to improve your skills at one of Byron Bay’s surfing schools, or bring your own equipment to explore the region’s beautiful waterways in your own time. Try your hand at ocean kayaking and windsurfing, or enjoy a relaxing journey up the Brunswick River on a stand-up paddleboard.

Enjoy ethical eats at The Farm

Immerse yourself in a world of sustainability by spending some time at The Farm. Opening its doors in 2015, this 80-acre property is a perfect example of Byron Bay's forward-thinking culture and community. Wander around The Farm to discover a harmonious assortment of local growers and producers, small businesses, farm animals, entrepreneurs and educators. Stumble between free-roaming chickens, learn about conversation during a hands-on workshop, and buy a tasty souvenir or two at the produce store.

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