Things to do in Byron Bay: Your weekend guide

Get to know New South Wales' coolest town, Byron Bay

There are always plenty of things to do in Byron Bay. Whether you like immersing yourself within the crystalline surf, relaxing by the pool, exploring the tropical coastal hinterlands or sampling some seriously good food, Byron Bay has it all and does it well.

We've narrowed down the search so that you can get busy eating, staying and playing at the best hot spots that the ultra cool and cosmopolitan Byron Bay has to offer.

Basque in the sun at Byron’s iconic surf beaches
Laying down a towel on soft creamy sand and watching the sparkling sun kissed waves roll into shore is one of the many great things to do in Byron Bay. Byron Bay is arguably one of the most well known surfing destinations in New South Wales renowned for its quality waves, warm water and beautiful coast line. With eight stella breaks, you’re sure to find the perfect place to hang ten, whatever your skill level.

For beginners, The Bay is the safest, most protected surf area in Byron Bay. Advanced long boarders will be most suited to - what the locals’ call - The Pass.

Take the trek up to Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is another one of the unmissable things to do in Byron Bay. Steeped in history with spectacular views of the coastline, The Cape Byron Lighthouse is the nautical heart of Byron Bay, guiding seamen across the bay and delivering spectacular 360 degree coastal views to travelers. Trek up the beautiful headland track to the summit of the lighthouse where you will see rain forest gullies melding into the shoreline and a pod of dolphins if you’re lucky. 

Head up to the hinterland and explore The Crystal Castle
If magnificent beaches don’t tickle your fancy then hightail to the Byron Hinterland to the magical Crystal Castle. Denoted the jewel of Byron, Crystal Castle is home to gigantic crystal formations surrounded by tropical rain forest.

Stay at luxurious B&B's
Another magnificent thing you can do in Byron Bay is treat yourself to a relaxing and lavish stay. Paradise truly begins at the private Barefoot at Broken Head just minutes from Byron Bay. This luxurious Balinese inspired home is surrounded by a rain forest with a private track to the secluded Broken Head beach and a two-level infinity pool.  Heavenly and breathtaking, this property has to be seen to be believed.

Indulge in panoramic views of Byron Bay’s rolling hills while sipping on a cocktail by the infinity pool at Sojourn at Byron. Sophisticated and charming, Sojourn sets the standard for B&B's.

Sample the superb Byron Bay food and wine culture  
Byron Bay is one of the cosmopolitan hot spots in Australia so you must keep up with the Jones’s and brunch your way to One One One. The little cafe has some serious flair with elegant, sophisticated food that is simply delicious.

For an upmarket affair Italian at the Pacific delivers on taste, service and atmosphere with views of the iconic Main Beach. Romantic and ambient with a drool-worthy menu to match St Elmo on Fletcher Street is the perfect spot for an intimate tapas dinner date.