Byron Bay

Lighthouse hiking trail

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When you visit Byron Bay today, it’s hard to believe that this now thriving tourist hot spot was once  nothing more than a source of timber.  Over a period of less than 200 years, Byron Bay went from completely unknown to a top destination for surfers and holiday makers.  Today there are literally dozens of hotels, resorts, guest houses and other types of accommodation in Byron Bay to keep its guests happy during their visit. 

Fun things to do in Byron Bay

While Byron Bay hotels are designed to keep their guests comfortable, the local attractions are sure to lure everyone out of their rooms and keep them out from morning to night.

For those who enjoy taking in the views from an aerial perspective, don’t miss out on a hot air balloon ride.  Balloon rides are not just scenic flights but an adventurous activity that everyone will enjoy.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, then give the  a go.  It’s important to note that this trail is not extremely difficult but it can take a fair amount of time so make sure that you take water with you.  Take your time to enjoy your surroundings and look out for dolphins, whales and other wildlife such as wallabies and various types of birds to.  A good idea would be to time yourself on your way there so that you can make your way back with more than enough time to spare. 

The lighthouse marks the easterly most point of Byron Bay and, if you have fine weather, you can see for miles around you.

You have to visit the local beaches when in Byron Bay.  The water is amazing and there’s nothing more relaxing than spending the day outdoors.  It is important to note that Belongil Beach is known to be a nude beach so it may not be suitable for families with children.  On the other hand, there are other beaches along the coast where you can take the young ones. 

Other Byron Bay activities

Byron Bay is a town with the tourist in mind.  If you book in at a luxury hotel, you might be fortunate enough to receive extras like breakfast or even breakfast and dinner.  However, if you reserve a room at a cheap hotel, you may prefer to eat out at one of the local restaurants or even make your own meals now and then if you have a self catering apartment.

Whether you are planning on cooking for yourself or simply want to pick up some fresh fruit, make your way to the Byron Bay Farmers Market.  Stock up on your favourites and head out for the day with fresh, healthy snacks to keep your energy up.

You will also notice that there are several activities including surfing schools, horseback riding, kayaking, diving and even food safaris!  Although you will probably be inclined to stick with what you know in terms of cuisine, a food safari will allow you to experience and learn more about the local Byron Bay food and wine. 

There are several day spas in the area so feel free to book a massage or another treatment to make sure that you feel pampered during your trip.  After a few days of hiking, there’s nothing better than a professional massage to soothe those tired muscles.

If you are interested in learning more about the native Aboriginal culture, be sure to visit the Arakwal National Park.  This park has some of the best natural scenery in the area and will allow you to gain a better understanding of the native way of life, history and culture.