So much to do, so little time! To help, we’re created the ultimate Byron Bay camping TOP 10 ‘Things To Do’ this winter. So whether you’re pitching a tent, caravanning, driving a campervan or taking it easy by staying in one of our heated safari-style tents, we’ve got you covered for a great winter break in Byron Bay.
1. Whale Watching. We spotted our first migrating humpback whale 10 days ago and they’re now a daily feature. Pack a picnic and take a short stroll up the beach from the park to the Broken Head lookout for an unbeatable (and uncrowded) view. Spread out a rug and enjoy this majestic sight. Don’t forget your camera and zoom lens!
2. Walking. There are great walks to be found all over Byron Bay and in the surrounding hinterland. One of the most popular, and a personal favourite, is the Lighthouse walk which rewards you with some of the best ocean views in Australia. Park your car at The Pass car park and then follow the walking track through the bush and over the headland to Wategoes beach. Wander along the beach and then take the clearly marked walking tracks up to the Lighthouse. On your return, enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Pass Cafe. Looking for adventure? Then jump in the car and take a scenic drive to Minyon Falls (about 45 min drive from Byron). From the car park there is a boardwalk that takes you to a lookout located at the top of the falls. Marvel at the truly jaw-dropping beauty of the falls and the panoramic views. However, to experience the full majesty of Minyon Falls, pull on your walking shoes and follow the 4km round-trip walking trail. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty and magic of this historic rainforest landscape.
3. Cycling. Byron Bay locals love to cycle! And for good reason. The town has over 15km’s of dedicated bike paths, which run straight past our front door. The family-friendly paths are flat, purpose built and great for all ages. Take a ride into town for the Thursday farmers market or Sunday community markets (1st Sunday of every month) or just grab a coffee and relax on the beach. Bike paths also take you out past the Arts and Industry Estate which is filled with artist studios, home wares, handmade jewellery and local Byron Bay fashion brands including Maddog, Goddess of Baylon and many more. Either bring your own bike or hire locally.
4. Hit the beach. Do you think of beaches as cold, unfriendly and to be avoided during winter? Not in Byron Bay. With water temperatures between 18-20 degrees and less crowds, now is perfect time to learn how to surf, enjoy a family day at the beach building sand castles and exploring rock pools or try your hand at Stand Up Paddle boarding. There are so many beautiful beaches in Byron Bay to discover! Our favourite has to be Tallow’s Beach, which runs along the eastern perimeter of the park, but we biased!
5. Sea Kayaking. Want to get up close and personal with the local dolphins? Then a Byron sea kayaking tour is a must! Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay offer 3 hour tours leaving from Clarkes Beach daily. The tour includes a sit-on-top-style kayak, safety equipment, free snorkelling gear, morning tea and free pick up from the park. They also guarantee if you don’t see a whale, dolphin or turtle you can paddle again for FREE.
6. Eat! Actually this should have been at the top of the list! This is one of Byron Bay’s greatest joys. With over 90 cafes and restaurants, you are spoilt for choice. Everything from takeaway fish & chips to organic cafes to award-winning restaurants. Let your taste buds run wild. In Suffolk Park there is a fantastic bakery, pizza shop, Indian restaurant, take away shop and of course the pub. There is also a great little supermarket for home cooked meals. At the park our facilities include a stainless steel commercial style kitchen (for all you Master Chefs!), free BBQs and undercover outdoor dining area – which is a great place to gather with friends, enjoy dinner as a family, or just sit with a glass of wine.
7. Mind Body and Spirit. Byron Bay is a mecca of holistic and natural treatments. Everything from Yoga on the beach, Kahuna massages, tarot card readings, Ayurveda treatments, spa & beauty treatments and much, much more. Escape to the beautiful Byron hinterland and experience the tranquillity of Crystal Castle including amazing crystal’s, the Buddha statue walk, rainforest walk, aura photos and a labyrinth and playground for the kids. Delight the senses.
8. Take to the sky! Winter is the ideal season for hot air ballooning and what better way to experience this beautiful region. Soar majestically over the terrain and be overcome by the beauty. Byron Bay Ballooning offer daily sunrise flights followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast. Also on offer to Byron visitors are skydiving, hang gliding and micro flights. Alternatively, unleash the daredevil within, and book a Flying Trapeze class at Circus Arts Byron Bay.
9. Byron Bay Community Markets. Take a stroll through the Byron Bay Markets and every sense comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the world. Shop for unique, locally designed clothes, jewellery, swimwear, kids clothes and home wares. Listen to live music, sip a hot cup of chai tea or indulge in some locally made organic ice-cream. The Byron Bay market happens on the 1st Sunday of every month and is held at the Butler Street Reserve.
10. Mullumbimby Markets. We love a market and this is one of our favourite. On the 3rd Saturday of every month head for Mullumbimby, ‘The biggest little town in Australia’, for some relaxed market fun. Again, the alternative community spirit here is palpable as you lazily browse for that perfect item. If you are looking for home made, locally sourced produce and objects, this is a great place to find them. Delicious food, everything from Indonesian Satay to Persian couscous and fresh tropical juice is available here.