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5 ways to relax in luxury in Byron Bay and surrounds

Spend a day (or two) in a lap of luxury on the NSW north coast. Immerse yourself in spectacular natural scenery, recharge with a spa treatment, join a yoga or meditation group or just laze by the beach or pool. A premier luxury destination, Byron Bay and the nearby laid-back coastal towns of the northern rivers make the perfect spot for an indulgent stay. You’re bound to leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Get away from it all in a luxury villa or suite

Wake up rested and refreshed in your own little piece of paradise. There are so many superb accommodation options in Byron; from stunning resorts to impeccable luxury villas to gorgeous boutique hotels. Choose from a plethora of exclusive north coast stays and you can spend the day by the pool, at the spa, or in bed, with everything you could want and need at your fingertips.

Explore the stunning beaches of Byron Bay and surrounds

Start your day in Byron with a leisurely walk along one of the area’s gorgeous beaches. Go for a quick dip or just sit on the sand and survey the vast beachscape spread out before you and really take it all in; this will be your home away from home for the next little while. Take a stroll along the headland on the Cape Byron walking track, which weaves its way through ancient rainforests and has stunning views of the surrounding area.

Recharge at a meditation or yoga retreat

Relaxing by the sapphire shores of Byron Bay and it’s surrounding beaches is only the beginning of a truly revitalising break. While in Byron sign up for a class at the Byron Yoga Centre, which has been offering daily yoga classes in a range of styles since it opened in 1988. It also also hosts annual health, wellness and yoga retreats.

Dine in style

As far as dining goes, you’re spoiled for choice in this part of the world. Stop off for brunch at the Byron Beach Cafe, where you can linger over your coffee and eggs and the panoramic beach views to your heart’s content. Or try sustainable, farm-to-table Three Blue Ducks in Ewingsdale (just outside of Byron) for inspired breakfasts and lunches in their rustic renovated barn. For dinner book in at Byron at Byron; the restaurant is in a stunning rainforest setting and serves fresh, local produce.

Indulge in spa treatments

A day at the spa is a truly restorative experience, and Byron Bay offers a wide selection. Gaia Retreat and Spa near Ballina is known for its holistic approach to wellness, promoting health and wellbeing through tailor-made spa experiences within the gorgeous Byron hinterland. For an incredible relaxation or remedial massage, it’s hard to go past Ripples Byron Bay, who also offer day spa extras and beauty treatments.

Byron Bay Family (3 bed) Apartments

Larger three bedroom apartments offer families visiting Byron a less expensive option to enjoy the location, space and facilities they want. Here's a quick introduction to five Byron Bay apartments offering three bedroom options.

Byron Lakeside Apartments

You'll pay about $1600 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

Situated just a 10-minute walk from Tallow Beach, Byron Lakeside features a heated freshwater outdoor pool and self-contained apartments with a private courtyard or balcony.

Gosamara Apartments

You'll pay about $3700 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

Experience the beautiful Byron Bay area and stay at Gosamara Byron Bay Apartments, which are spacious, comfortable and convenient to town centre & beach. a flat 5-10 minutes walk to the centre of town.

Outrigger Bay Apartments

You'll pay about $2700 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

Just a short 150 metres stroll and you are in the centre of town which offers specialty shops, over 100 cafés and restaurants, live music, art galleries and markets. Outrigger Bay offers it’s guests direct access and a mere 50 metres walk to the beach, 5 minutes walk to town.

Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments

You'll pay about $3700 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

The Beachfront Apartments face north onto Denning Park, just 25 metres to Byron's beautiful Main Beach, with no roads to cross. This is the perfect place for kids of all ages to run & play. Just a few minutes walk to the centre of town.

Byron Links Apartments

You'll pay about $2300 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

A lush resort setting includes championship size tennis court and 17 metre salt-water pool with direct access to Byron Bay Golf Course. Located just four km from the centre of Byron Bay, and 10 minute stroll to beautiful Tallow Beach.

Spring School Holidays in Byron Bay

The September school holidays (19 September to 7 October in VIC, NSW & QLD) are a great time to visit Byron with the family. Spring has settled in, and the warm weather is perfect for outdoor activities. Plus, we’re right in the middle of whale season, so you’re bound to spot a few humpbacks on your trip.

Our Byron Bay school holiday accommodation guide is a great way to find somewhere to stay.

Patrolled Beaches

With temperatures reaching 25 degrees most days, the water is warm and perfect for swimming. Keep in mind that the only beach in Byron Bay that is patrolled through the entire school holidays is Main Beach. The Pass, Clarks, Wategos, Tallows, and Broken Head are only patrolled during the summer school holidays beginning in December.

Byron Markets

No trip to Byron Bay is complete without heading to a market. Over the school holiday break, there are two markets: the Byron Beachside Market, and the Byron Community Market.

The Byron Beachside Market is held four times a year, including late September. This market is located on the Byron Bay foreshore, east of the surf club, where hundred of artisans gather to showcase their original products. September 26, 8am to 4pm.

The Byron Community Market, located on the Butler Street Reserve, is held on the first Sunday of each month (plus the third Sunday throughout December and January). The Byron Market boasts an exciting array of handmade products and locally grown produce. And don’t miss out on the delicious market food! October 4, 8am to 3pm

The Farm Byron Bay

Join The Farm for some school holiday fun, with workshops for kids held almost everyday over the two week break. Workshops provide kids with opportunities to feed the chickens, collect the eggs, learn to cook, ride a pony, make a worm farm, play with bees wax, and plant some veggies.

Workshops run for three hours, and are $50 per child, per day. Bookings are essential. Visit www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au to learn more.

Minyon Falls

A short 45 minute drive inland will take you to Minyon Falls, a huge waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest. A wooden lookout provides the perfect vantage point for kids to have a good look at the falls, and on clear days, you can see all the way to the coast!

There’s a picnic area with barbeques and tables. Just make sure you bring your own drinking water, as there is none available.

The child-friendly Minyon Falls loop walk takes you to the base of the waterfall, and begins and ends at the picnic area.

6 Must-Dos for Your Byron Bay Camping Trip

The coast of northern NSW is known for its pristine beaches, temperate climate, lush sub-tropical rainforests and chilled out vibe. There’s plenty to do here, from beach activities to walks, to checking out the local markets and restaurants. There’s also plenty of campgrounds and holiday parks in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Lennox Head, Ballina and Brunswick Heads, many of them located right on the beach or very close to it. Set up camp in this part of the world and you’ll become part of the laid back northern NSW beach lifestyle, with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.

Here are six essential stops to make on your Byron Bay area camping trip, with fantastic homes-away-from-home to match.

1. Walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse

A walk through the Cape Byron Headland Reserve takes you along spectacular cliffs towards the historic Cape Byron Lighthouse, with stunning views of both the lush Byron Bay hinterland and the pristine waters of the Cape Byron Marine Park. You’ll need to put aside two hours for this walk, but it’s well worth it, with a guided tour of the lighthouse at the end of the walk for you to look forward to, complete with 360 degree views from the very top.

Nearest campground: North Coast Holiday Park Clarke’s Beach

2. Check Out the Byron Bay Area’s Markets

The Byron Bay Community Market is held on the first Sunday of the month and is well worth a visit. The market has over 300 stalls of local produce and homemade food, as well as crafts and other artisan products, and there’s also great live music by local artists. Nearby Bangalow hosts a laid-back monthly market under the laurel trees of the Bangalow showground, and don’t miss the vibrant Lennox Community Market at Lennox Head which is still going strong after more than 30 years.

Nearest campground to the Byron Bay Market: First Sun Holiday Park and Glen Villa Resort

Nearest campground to the Bangalow Market: Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

3. Explore the Brunswick River by Boat

Brunswick River, part of Cape Byron Marine Park, is a great spot for a leisurely cruise or kayak trip. Set off from Brunswick Heads, a beautiful coastal village at the mouth of the river and either take a guided tour by kayak or sit back and cruise the river in the morning, afternoon or to watch the sunset.

Nearest campgrounds to the Brunswick River: North Coast Holiday Park Ferry Reserve and North Coast Holiday Park Massey Greene

4. Go whale Watching in Byron Bay

Cape Byron is a well-known whale watching spot. During whale season, sightings are particularly common from Captain Cook Lookout, the Byron Bay Lighthouse and the surrounding cliffs of Byron Bay. In Ballina, head to the Lighthouse Hill car park, the viewing platforms at Angel's Beach and Flat Rock. A whale-watching tour is a great way to see whales up close; boats depart from Byron Bay daily.

Nearest campgrounds to whale watching vantage points: Discovery Holiday Park and Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park

5. Explore Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, Mullumbimby

The peaceful Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens is set in the Byron Hinterland, a private botanical garden filled with subtropical plants, lush vegetation and beautiful crystals. The park is spread over 5 hectares and includes walks, sculptures, daily guided tours and meditations.

Nearest campgrounds to Crystal Castle: Macca’s Camping Ground and Mullumbimby Showground Camping Ground

6. Hit the Beach

The gorgeous beaches of Byron and surrounds are really at the heart of what this place is all about. Stay beachside and get ready to surf, swim, walk the shores and laze on the beach whenever the mood takes you, from Broken Head all the way up through Suffolk Beach, to Cape Byron and on to Clarke’s Beach and Main Beach.

Best campgrounds near the beach: Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park and Broken Head Holiday Park

Get Pampered in Byron Bay

Whether you're after an indulgent, daylong spa experience, or a quick, rejuvenating treatment, unwind at one of Byron Bay's stunning spas.

Buddha Gardens Byron Bay Day Spa

For over 10 years, locals and tourists alike have escaped to the tropical gardens of the Buddha Gardens Day Spa. With its luxurious natural surroundings and quiet, thoughtful atmosphere, this day spa is dedicated to all things health and beauty.

Restore and revitalise with a range of exotic and traditional spa treatments. From the signature bamboo massage, to the natural rock bath and open air shower, all treatments are carried out within the Balinese-inspired setting.

All treatments include use of the tropical garden area, the heated plunge pool, and sauna.

For further information visit www.buddhagardensdayspa.com.au

Elements of Byron Spa

Byron Bay's newest luxury resort, Elements of Byron, is home to the Elements of Byron Spa. Set within the tranquil resort gardens, the spa is a perfect oasis to rest, unwind, and kick-start holiday relaxation.

The spa has five private treatment rooms: four singles, and one double for couples, which includes an outdoor stone bath. All treatment rooms have their own rainforest courtyard. The spa also has a mani and pedi salon, and a zen reflection room for meditation.

A range of specialised treatments and packages are available, including wedding party experiences.

For further information visit www.elementsofbyron.com.au

Gaia Retreat & Spa

Unwind at the Gaia Retreat & Spa, located on 25 acres of Byron Bay hinterland. With breathtaking panoramic views, flexible, customised treatments, and tailor-made packages, it’s no wonder the Gaia Retreat & Spa is one of Australia’s most awarded day spas and lifestyle retreats.

Not only does Gaia offer uniquely restorative spa treatments, it also has a healthy, gourmet restaurant, aqua amenities, fitness activities, and a naturopath clinic.

For further information visit www.gaiaretreat.com.au

Kiva Spa

Conveniently located in the centre of Mullumbimby, a short 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, is the Kiva Spa. Tucked away in a private bamboo grove, the spa offers ancient healing and bathing practices aimed to help you achieve inner peace.

Kiva spa has five treatment rooms, hydrotherapy contoured spas, a wood-fired sauna, and an oxygenated plunge pool. The spa uses organic Eminence skin care.

For further information visit www.thekivaspa.com

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

Located within the lush rainforest, the Spa at the Byron at Byron is an ideal destination for relaxation and healing. The Byron at Byron’s signature treatments draw inspiration from the natural surroundings, which makes for a truly unique spa experience.

The extensive spa menu offers two eco spa ranges: Pevonia Botanical and iKOU. Choose which suits your needs best, whether you’re looking for results, or just wish to quiet your mind.

The Spa at the Byron at Byron features six beautiful treatment rooms, a steam room, a spa, and a relaxation area.

For further information visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au

Byron Open Mic Nights

Check out some local talent or show off your skills at one of the many open mic nights Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays around Byron. Be sure to check full details with the venue.

Beach Hotel – Tuesdays at 7.30pm

With stunning views over Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is an iconic pub, restaurant, and music venue in Byron Bay. The Beach Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed in the sunlit beer garden or cosy interior.

The pub plays host to live entertainment every night of the week, with Tuesday dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming talent at the open mic night. The Beach Hotel’s open mic night starts every Tuesday at 7.30pm, and goes until late. Visit www.beachhotel.com.au.

Byron Bay Brewery – Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Since opening in the 1980’s as the Piggery, the Byron Bay Brewery has remained one of the most unique venues in Byron Bay. The recently refurbished bar and restaurant is a fantastic place for no-frills pub food and boutique beers.

Every Wednesday night at 7.30pm, the Byron Bay Brewery hosts an open mic night offering free entry, cash prizes, and future gig opportunities. Visit www.byronbaybrewery.com.au.

The Ginger Pig – Wednesdays at 8.00pm

Opened by two childhood friends from the UK, the Ginger Pig restaurant and bar offers quality tapas, delicious cakes, and an excellent wine and cocktail menu. Located on the corner of Marvell St and Jonson St, the Ginger Pig is a great place to sample the best locally grown produce.

The Ginger Pigs hosts live entertainment almost every night of the week. Open mic nights are held every Wednesday beginning at 8.00pm. The mic is open to all creatives – from musicians to poets! Visit www.gingerpig.com.au.

The Middle Pub – 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7.30pm

The Middle Pub is located in Mullumbimby, which is about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay. Full of character, Mullum’s Middle Pub offers a relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, and quality entertainment.

Jam nights are held on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, and are known to be some of the best in the Shire. Visit www.themiddlepub.com.au.

The Bangalow Hotel – Tuesdays at 7.30pm

The historic Bangalow Hotel (about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay) is home to an impressive a la carte restaurant, a great drink selection, and top-quality entertainment. With an intimate indoor dining area and a large outdoor deck, this pub is the perfect place to experience Bangalow’s hospitality.

The Bangalow Hotel’s well-established open mic night is frequented by many talented local singer/songwriters, and is held every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. Visit www.bangalowhotel.com.au.

Splendour in the Grass 2015

15th annual Splendour was the biggest yet with 30,000 in attendance... the music was great and diverse, the food choice was fantastic, the markets, bars and art rounded out the total festival experience.

The super headliners always put on a show worth watching, but I tend to have the most fun towards the front with a late afternoon act. My STIG 2015 festival favourite was The Districts.

The food and people watching round out my time at Splendour. My pick for best festival food is a toss-up between Mary's Burgers (only available in the Gold Bar) and the calamari at Tanker (and the pizza in the truck stop, and the organic doughnuts, etc.).

And, it was a little muddy all weekend! See you next year Splendour!

7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay has plenty on offer to keep you entertained throughout the cooler months. Whether you’re keen to check out local markets, enjoy the region’s festivals, get closer to nature, or experience the local arts and music scene, there’s something for everyone year-round.

Explore the Cape Byron Walking Track (Year Round)

Follow the 3.7km loop as it winds through lush rainforest and across the dramatic clifftops of Cape Byron. You’ll need about 2 hours to complete the walk, but the scenery is so stunning, before you know it you’ll have arrived at Cape Byron Lighthouse, a striking feature of this coastal reserve.

Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse (Year Round)

Perched on the edge of the Cape Byron Headland is the idyllic Cape Byron Lighthouse. Both the lighthouse and surrounding cottages were built in 1901, and you can take a short guided tour (around 20 minutes) between 10am and 3pm. Once you reach the top of the lighthouse you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean; you may even spot a whale during whale migration season between May and November.

Attend the epic Splendour in the Grass Festival (July)

With music acts and performances ranging from the contemporary to the cutting-edge, the laid-back environs of nearby Billinudgel is the ideal setting for this iconic Aussie 3-day festival. Day passes are available, or you can purchase a camping ticket and immerse yourself in the festival vibe.

Go whale watching (May - November)

Humpback whales migrate north from May to November, and since Byron Bay is mainland Australia’s most easterly point, it’s prime whale watching territory. See if you can spot them from the Cape Byron Headland or Lighthouse, or sign up for one of the many whale watching tours in the area. Cruises are a popular option, and there are also kayak tours.

Check out the local markets

The Byron Bay area is blessed with a string of bustling local markets. The Byron Bay Community Market, held on the first Sunday of the month, boasts over 300 stalls including local arts and crafts and food stalls. The nearby Bangalow Market is held on the fourth Sunday of the month under the laurel trees of the Bangalow Showgrounds. The markets have a strong arts focus and have been running since 1982. For fresh local produce, head to the bi-weekly Ballina Missingham Farmers Market held in Missingham Park, Ballina. And don’t forget to check out the Channon Craft Market in Channon, just 20 minutes from Lismore, held on the second Sunday of the month.

Experience the Byron Bay Writers Festival (August)

This annual 3 day festival brings together writers and booklovers in one of Australia’s largest regional literary events, with a strong focus on Australian writing and writers. The festival program is both relaxed and rigorous, with over 100 Australian writers in attendance each year.

Eat and drink at regional food and Wine Festivals

Held in July, the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival showcases local restaurants, producers, wineries and breweries. Here you can taste fabulous food by talented chefs, sample local produce, taste local wines, and join in the activities and see cooking demonstrations. Bangalow’s Sample Food Festival is held in September and attracts over 15,000 visitor annually. There are over 200 stallholders at this annual event, including local restaurant owners and farmers.

 

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Day Trip to the Worlds

Located just over an hours drive north from Byron Bay, the Gold Coast 'Worlds' are some of the biggest and best theme parks in Australia. Whether you’re after heart-stopping thrill rides, or entertainment suited to the whole family, a trip to one of the 'Worlds' is an easy day trip from Byron.

Wet'n'Wild

Escape the heat at the Wet'n'Wild water park, positioned just off the Pacific Motorway. Wet'n'Wild is home to some of the most exciting waterslides in the country in the Extreme H2O Zone. From the terrifying AquaLoop, to the iconic Tornado, you won’t find a better a range of adrenaline-pumping waterslides anywhere.

Not after a thrill? There are plenty of waterslides that aren’t scary at all, including the Wet’n’Wild Junior Park. Relax at Calypso Beach and watch the world float by, or take the whole family up Mammoth Falls.

For further information visit www.wetnwild.com.au.

Dreamworld

Dreamworld is Australia's BIGGEST theme park, and is home to the Big9 Thrill Rides, Tiger Island and water park WhiteWater World.

Ride some of the most iconic thrill rides in Australia, such as the Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and Claw, or enjoy some family fun on the River Rapids and Log Ride. For the little ones, Dreamworld has two special areas – Wiggles World and DreamWorks Experience. Don’t miss the beautiful tigers at Tiger Island.

Make a weekend of it and head to WhiteWater World too. With some of the most technologically advanced water rides in the country, you’re sure to find a water slide unlike any other you’ve been on before.

For further information visit www.dreamworld.com.au.

Movie World

Ever dreamed of going to Hollywood? It’s closer than you may think! Movie World on the Gold Coast is home is a range of rides, shows, and family entertainment.

If you’re looking for a thrill, try out the Green Lantern or Batman ride. The younger ones will love the Kids’ Warner Brothers Fun Zone, where movies come to life. Plus, the whole family will enjoy the world-class shows and entertainment on offer, including the stunt show and 4D movie.

For further information visit www.movieworld.com.au.

Sea World

Get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating marine life on the planet at Sea World on the Gold Coast. Spot sharks, dolphins, penguins, seals and even polar bears. Plus, see the incredible sea life in action at the renowned dolphin show and seal show.

There are rides for the thrill-seekers and the younger kids alike. Get your adrenaline pumping on the Cork Screw, or head to Nickelodeon Land for kids’ rides and Nick characters' meet and greets.

For further information visit www.seaworld.com.au.

Brunswick Heads a gem for weddings

Another amazing option for weddings and events in the Byron Shire is the town of Brunswick Heads. This gem of a village, situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River and by the shores of the Pacific Ocean only, 15 mins drive from Byron Bay, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for weddings and celebrations of all shapes and sizes.

Torakina Beach and parklands is an obvious drawcard for ceremonies, with its riverside enclaves of pandanas palms, gorgeous river beach and abundant natural beauty. And the town boasts an impressive offering and range of accommodation, restaurants and cafes, the expansive Hotel Brunswick, Memorial Hall and the Bowlo, which means that wedding parties can choose to keep their celebration entirely Brunswick-based or take their party to any number of other venues in the Byron Shire.

Often described as authentic, laid-back and friendly, Brunswick Heads is the place to go if you’re looking for something different from a standard reception-style wedding. This is the place where it is possible to create a truly original and unforgettable beach wedding or special event - and the best part – it doesn’t have to break the bank!

The Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre (7 Park St) this year launched an online A-Z Directory of Wedding & Event services to provide a free information service for those organising special events in town and beyond. Get connected to talented local service providers who can help you with everything from rings and flowers to photography, styling, event-planning, music, catering, babysitting, transport and much more. This is a helpful online directory designed by locals who’ve organised their own weddings in Brunswick Heads (and wish there’d been an online directory when they did it!). For further information visit the Brunswick Heads Wedding Guide

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