Byron Bay is well known for its relaxed beach lifestyle and stunning scenery. If you’re wondering how to see the best of the region during your stay, here are six ways to score a great ocean view.
1. Ride in a Gyrocopter
It’s hard to beat the view from 1,500 feet. Many who’ve done it swear that a gyrocopter flight is the best way to see Byron Bay. The helicopter’s slightly goofylooking cousin, gyrocopters are among the world’s safest aircrafts. Fly to heights between 150 and 500 metres, taking in the region’s countryside, mountains and beaches; you might even spot dolphins, rays and turtles swimming below. Other aerial activities to consider during a visit to Byron Bay include hang gliding and – for the truly adventurous – skydiving.
2. Hike the Cape Byron Walking Track (“The Lighthouse Trail”)
The Cape Byron Walking Track winds 3.7km through lush rainforest and along clifftops and beaches, stopping by at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. This coastal trail offers spectacular views of some of Australia’s best beaches and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. For a truly memorable experience, start your walk an hour or two before sunset. This way, you can add a splash of vibrant, autumnal colour to the already breathtaking views.
3. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse
If the weather is less than ideal, or if you’re just not feeling up to the walk, you can just as easily park your car at the lighthouse and skip to the highlight of the trail. Built in 1901, Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of Byron Bay’s biggest attractions, drawing over half a million visitors every year. Thanks to its status as Australia’s most easterly point, the lighthouse offers uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Byron Bay hinterland, ocean, and unending coastline.
4. Start Your Morning at Beach Byron Bay
Perched high on the dunes overlooking Main Beach and the ocean beyond, Beach Byron Bay (formerly ‘Byron Beach Cafe’) is one of the most scenic places to dine in Byron Bay. Enjoy a coffee as you watch the sun rise from furthest corners of the horizon, or treat yourself to a meal on the outdoor deck accompanied by the sound of crashing waves below. Beach Byron Bay is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.
5. Splash Around in a Sea Kayak
Consider soaking up Byron Bay from an entirely different perspective: from the seat of a kayak. There are few better ways to get up close and personal with the ocean and its inhabitants than by gliding through the crystal clear waters of Cape Byron Marine Park in a sea kayak. Book a tour to get the most from your time on the water and get the chance to encounter turtles, dolphins, whales, and other marine life. With many tour companies providing snacks and drinks, plus wetsuits in the cooler months, it’s easier than ever to get out on the waters of Byron Bay.
6. Grab a Pint at the Beach Hotel
For over 25 years, the Beach Hotel has been one of Byron Bay’s busiest food, drink and entertainment venues. On sunny days, the hotel’s beer garden is a great spot to enjoy a frosty beverage with the locals along with the stellar view. Evenings at the Beach Hotel often feature live music from established bands, as well as up and coming artists. Consider stopping at Main Beach’s only beachfront pub for a drink, a meal, and a priceless view.