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5 Amazing Day Trips from Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a magnificent holiday destination with its stunning beaches, cafe culture, arts and music scenes, superb eateries and nightlife. But it’s the multitude of attractions that are laying just outside of Byron Bay itself that will add a whole new depth to your holiday experience. Making Byron Bay your base and taking some of these amazing day trips is the perfect way to embrace and explore the best of both the coast and the hinterland. So let’s go…

1. Brunswick Heads.

This gorgeous little seaside town is only a 30 minute drive from Byron Bay and offers lots to see and do. Hire a boat or canoe and paddle on the ‘Bruns’ river, visit the historic Hotel Brunswick on a Sunday afternoon for their great live music and laid-back atmosphere, go bike riding, take a dip at Torakina Beach or simply enjoy some shopping with a great variety of boutiques, home wares, vintage stores and more. Brunswick Heads hosts many events throughout the year but one of its most popular would have to be the “Old and Gold Festival”, happening on Saturday 7th June 2014. If you enjoy a rummage for a vintage bargain, join the thousands who flock here to scour the hundreds of simultaneous garage sales, organised stalls and pop up market places that celebrate upcycling, recycling and repurposing. There is something uniquely special about the way folks of all ages from all walks of life come together to enjoy the thrill of finding a treasure.

2. Bangalow and the Bangalow Markets.

A short 15 minute drive inland will not only spoil you with unforgettable views over Byron Bay and its coast line, it will also lead you to the quaint village of Bangalow. You’ll love exploring Bangalow’s main street which is filled with bubbling cafe’s, clothing stores, antique furniture, toy stores, book shops, chic boutiques and a historic pub. There really is a shop here for everyone! Visit on the 4th Sunday of the month and you’ll find the town buzzing as the iconic Bangalow Markets fill the showgrounds bursting with mouth-watering food, local wares, massages, tarot card readings, organic produce and so much more. If you love shopping then you would be hard pressed to return empty handed. This is a great day out for everyone but especially if you have children. The buskers, vibrant colours and homemade ice-cream will keep kids entertained for hours without having to spend a fortune.

Bangalow Markets

3. Minyon Falls and Mullumbimby.

Mullumbimby’s catch cry is the ‘Biggest Little Town in Australia’ and it certainly pulses with the heartbeat of the hinterland. Located 25 minutes inland from Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is a pretty place to stop for lunch, coffee or to pick up some picnic supplies if you’re heading onto Minyon Falls or going for a drive along the picturesque Upper Wilsons Creek Rd. “Mullum” (as it’s called by locals) is home to many little gems that you may not spot on a quick drive through. Blissful day spas, vintage and rustic furniture stores and attractions like the Crystal Castle are all hidden off the main street or short drives from the main township. If you’re longing to connect with nature and the lush tropical rainforest then continue on from Mullumbimby into the hills through Goonengary and then follow the signs to the majestic Minyon Falls in the World Heritage Nightcap National Park. The beauty of this glorious rainforest waterfall can be experienced by almost everyone and is wheelchair friendly with boardwalks leading you to a viewing platform at the top of the 97m high waterfall. If you’re keen on bush walking then take the Minyon Falls Loop Walk, which winds through ancient rainforest to the beautiful rock pool at the base of the falls (approx 2 hour walk). You’ll finish the day feeling renewed, reconnected and ready for bed!


4. Protestors Falls and The Channon Markets.

Get a little rural and combine culture and nature by heading 40 minutes inland to the tiny hamlet of The Channon. A quiet place with a welcoming Tavern, The Channon’s population multiplies on the 2nd Sunday of each month when their one-of-a-kind market springs to life. The feeling of community and spirit is something you really have to experience to understand. Everyone is warmly welcomed and the good vibes flow freely, as do the wholesome organic food stalls, hippie clothes, vintage bric-a-brac and live music. These markets really are like no other and a must see while you’re in the region. 14 km from The Channon, along Terania Creek Road, is the famous Protestors Falls which was named after 1970 protests and blockades that lead to the protection of many NSW rainforests. The falls are nestled in some of the most magnificent rainforest and Bangalow palm groves you could ever encounter. The best times to visit are when there has been recent rainfall and the 1.4 km walk from the picnic area will take you around 40 minutes along the creek to the foot of the falls. The water looks so clean and inviting, however visitors are asked not to swim here as this is the home of the endangered Fleay’s Barred Frog and any interference can cause them harm.

Image courtesy of www.thechannon.com.au

5. Mt Warning and Nimbin.

Standing 1156m above sea level, this ancient mountain is the highest point in the region and the first place to see the sunrise on mainland Australia. Climbing Mt Warning is a day of adventuring that you will never forget! It takes approximately an hour to drive to the base of Mt Warning from Byron Bay and then another 4-5 hours for the return climb, so it’s important to come prepared with drinking water, snacks and comfortable shoes. Encounter wildlife and 4 different kinds of forest as you climb your way to the top, which will leave you speechless with 360 degree panoramic views of the region. Once you’ve made it back to your car we suggest taking the Uki to Kyogle Road and turning off to visit a town that really needs no introduction – the world-famous Nimbin. This little township, with a huge reputation, has quirky and interesting shops, art galleries and eateries. The whole town is like a giant living breathing artwork and you will be sure to find your own little piece of Nimbin to take home with you.

We’ve only touched on some of the many places waiting for you to explore! With our affordable and comfortable accommodation, let the adventure begin!

What’s On Guide

Byron Bay is the perfect short break destination this May and June. With an average mid-year temperature of just 23 degrees and no summer crowds, enjoy the start of whale watching season, take long walks along the beach, bike ride into town for great coffee and food, jump in the car and explore the hinterland or take in one of the numerous events being held throughout the region. Not to mention the pleasures of autumn and winter camping including warm mugs of hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows!!!

Whale Watching Season Starts in June!

From June, Byron Bay is one of the best spots in Australia to watch the migrating Humpback whales. The views from the Byron Bay lighthouse are breathtaking and, being the most easterly point in Australia, the whales come very close to the coastline right through the winter months. Looking for a less crowded spot to enjoy this spectacle? From the holiday park take a 15 minute walk up the beach to Broken Head, then follow the walking track up to the headland and enjoy! If you want to get up closer, then there are many boat tours operating daily and we can help you organise everything. The whale watching season runs from June through to November.

Mullum2Bruns Paddle

Looking for a family fun activity? The “Mullum2Bruns Paddle” on Sunday 26 May 2013 is the event for you. The 2 hour paddle has three main divisions – Echo Fun Paddle, Open Paddle Challenge and the Stand Up Paddle Challenge. The event starts at Heritage Park in Mullumbimby from 7am and finishes at the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads with a BBQ, free kayak and stand up paddle clinics, kayak expo, kayak raffle, live music, jumping castle, massage tent, a duck race and much more. There is also a shuttle bus service to take paddlers back to their cars at Mullumbimby.

Why not stay the weekend and enjoy a great family short break.

Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Collectibles Festival

The Old & Gold Festival is back on Saturday 8 June 2013. If you’re into collectables, antiques or anything second-hand, the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads is for you! Find a bargain in the much loved ‘All Town Garage Sale’, where over 70 households around town are taking part. In addition the festival also includes a collectables fair at the Memorial Hall, Ye Olde Church garden fair with clothes and bric-a-brac, school toy fair plus two second-hand book fairs.

Grab your family and friends and grab a bargain at this much loved local event, now celebrating its 12th year.


Lismore Lantern Festival

On 22nd June 2013, Lismore comes alight with the stunning annual Lismore Lantern Parade. This year’s theme is ‘imagine’ and will held on the longest night of the year, being the winter solstice. The parade attracts over 25,000 people celebrating art & crafts, regional cuisine, a spectacular lantern parade, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more. There will also be market stalls throughout the day and a fiery finale performance at Oakes Oval illuminating the night sky! The kids love it!

Stay for the weekend and treat the family to this magical lantern festival.

$1 Mondays!*

Getaway mid-week and stay in any of our beachfront accommodation, including our legendary safari style camping tents, ensuite cabins and powered caravan, camper trailer and tent sites for only $1 a night on Mondays. *Offer ends 31st August 2013. Min stay 4 nights. Excludes public / school holidays and major festivals. Subject to availability. Click here for more information.

Local Markets

The Northern Rivers is famous for its markets, held every week throughout the region.

    • 1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park
    • 1st Sunday, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve
    • 1st and 3rd Sundays, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)
    • 2nd Sunday, The Channon, Coronation Park
    • 2nd and 5th Sundays, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth foreshore
    • 3rd Saturday, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets
    • 3rd and 5th Sundays, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre
    • 3rd Sunday, Ballina Market, Circus Ground,Canal Road
    • 4th Sunday, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Farmers Markets:

    • Every Tuesday, New Brighton Farmers Market, New Brighton Oval
    • Every Thursday, Byron Bay Farmers Market, Butler Street Reserve
    • Every Saturday, Bangalow Farmers Market, Bangalow Hotel Carpark
    • Every Saturday, Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground

Splendour In The Grass

And if you’re heading to Byron Bay for Splendour in the Grass, why not stay a few more days? The region offers so much to explore from mountain biking through ancient rainforests, learning to surf, diving in a marine park, hang gliding over beach headlands, ballooning at day break or simply relaxing on the beach and recovering. We have some great beachfront accommodation options including:

Our legendary safari tents

Self contained cabins

Powered sites for camping, caravans and camper vans

Still looking for Splendour in the Grass accommodation? We have powered sites available for camping, caravans and camper vans. The festival bus will be operating from Suffolk Park to get you to and from the event. But hurry, these powered sites won’t last long.

Call us on (02) 6685 3353 to make a booking.

Thank you,

Paul and Maree Brooks

Upcoming Byron Bay Events – Not To Be Missed

Byron Bay Triathlon

The annual Byron Bay Triathlon returns on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2013. The two day multisport weekend includes a Junior Aquathon, the Triathlon, a ‘Run for Mum’ and Mother’s Day family walk. The Run for Mum and Mother’s Day family walk are both happening on Mother’s Day, Sunday 12th May. All money raised from the events will go to the ”Mummy’s Wish” charity, supporting mums with cancer. So get involved for your mum and to help mum’s living with cancer.

To view the full program or to register CLICK HERE to go to the website.

Byron Bay Ocean Classic Swim

The Byron Bay Ocean Classic Swim is on again, Sunday 5th May. The swim leaves from the stunning Wategoes Beach and follows a 2.5km course to Main Beach, Byron Bay. The event is open to all swimmers over 12 years of age and last year attracted over 2000 swimmers and 5000 spectators. In addition to the main event, there is also a ‘mini swim’ fun event which is a shorter 800 metre course from Clarkes Beach to Main Beach and is open to all swimmers over the age of 9.

All profits from the event are donated to local charities including Camp Quality, Westpac Helicopter Rescue, Breast and Prostate Cancer Organisations, Marine Rescue, Byron Bay Surf Club, St Johns Ambulance, Salvation Army and Early Intervention etc. For a copy of the entry form CLICK HERE to visit the official website.

So if you’re looking for a great event this May that will keep you active while doing something good for others, then head to Byron Bay for the Byron Bay Triathlon and Ocean Classic Swim.

Need accommodation? Visit our beachfront accommodation page for information on our safari styled tents, powered sites and ensuite cabins.

Locals Guide to Byron Bay

What to do in Byron? There is just so much to do and explore. To help you plan your next Byron Bay getaway we have created the ‘insiders’ guide to Byron Bay, local style! We’ve asked each of our team to provide their favourite local places to swim, eat, shop and play.

Favourite Breakfast and Coffee – Maree, Park Manager

The best locals hang out for a fantastic coffee and relaxed, carefree atmosphere has to be The Top Shop. Sit on the grass and enjoy a locally blended coffee with a delicious home-made muffin or their famous ‘breakfast burger’. This is a great place to stop after a lighthouse walk, early morning surf or to just soak up the sunshine. Located outside the town centre and slightly back from the beach, this cafe is a little harder to find but I promise you won’t regret it!

In the Byron hinterland, I also love a weekend breakfast at Harvest Cafe in Newrybar. This beautifully renovated old farm house bakes their own breads and pastries on-site in a 100 year old wood-fire oven. Magic with a morning coffee, some locally made jam and the weekend paper.

Favourite Beach Experience – John, Park Caretaker

If unpopulated and secluded beaches with pristine white sand, palms and astonishing natural beauty are your thing, then the little known ‘Whites Beach’ near Broken Head is for you! It is off the beaten track and there are no life guards, so this needs to be considered. However if you want to get away from the crowds, this is the perfect beach.

To get there, drive towards Broken Head beach and take the dirt road on the right before the Broken Head Beach car park and head into the national park. Follow the road past ‘Kings Beach’ car park, which is a nudist beach, until you get to a small dirt car park. Once parked, follow the well-worn path through the rainforest down to the beach. This path is fairly steep, but enjoys some magnificent ocean views and is well worth the effort. Don’t be surprised if you’re the only people on the beach!

Favourite Local Shopping – Hannah, Receptionist

I love to go shopping in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. It’s located just outside the town centre and has a wonderful mix of local fashion designers, home wares and hand-made jewellery boutiques. For the girls, check out Spell Designs, Goddess of Babylon and Byron Designworks and for the boys drop by Maddog Surfboards, McTavish Surfboards and Bear Surfboards.

If you’re in town for a few days, then head to the picturesque hinterland town of Bangalow for a cool collection of vintage shops, quirky home wares and for some serious fashion fabulousness the gorgeous Island Luxe! Shopping is thirsty business, so be sure to also pop into the Bangalow pub for a drink on their back veranda. It never fails to delight!

Favourite Cheap Eats – Paul, Park Manager

Eating out in Byron Bay can quickly become very expensive and hunting down a great meal at a reasonable price can be a bit of a challenge. My favourite cheap eats for a great meal is Pizza Paradiso in Suffolk Park. A favourite with the locals, Pizza Paradiso offers ‘giant size’ pizza’s on Tuesday nights for only $20! Choose to eat in, takeaway or they deliver and there’s a great little bottle shop located next door for BYO wine or beer.

Favourite Family Place to Eat – Sue, Receptionist

We love to take the family to the Suffolk Park Pub. ‘The Park’, as it’s affectionately called by the locals, has a fantastic large outdoor deck overlooking tropical gardens and an all-weather kid’s playground. They offer a traditional pub menu with lots of variety including vegetarian dishes and fresh local seafood. On Monday nights, KIDS EAT FREE, so for anyone on a budget this is a great way to enjoy a meal out with the entire family.

Favourite Hinterland Pub – Sarah, Marketing Manager

It has to be the Eltham Pub. Located in the Byron hinterland in the small historic village of Eltham, the Eltham pub is a great way to meet some local north coast characters! Grab a stool at the front bar and you’ll be chatting with the resident farmers in no time. The pub has a fantastic award-winning bistro with some of the best slow-cooked Bangalow pork in the district! The pub is well over 100 years old and is a favourite meeting place for visitors and locals alike.

Favourite Romantic Dinner Spot – Pauline, Receptionist

It is hard to go past the Byron Beach Cafe for their summer dinners. They have a large outdoor dining deck that looks out to the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy watching the sun sink slowly away over the mountains while sipping on a chilled glass of wine or cold beer. The cafe has won multiple awards and the food is always incredible. The dining deck has a retractable roof and at night, the atmosphere is very romantic with twinkling tea lights on the tables and the stars above. Bliss.

Favourite Local Drive – Jack, Park Maintenance

There are so many choices! Some of my favourite weekend drives include Coolamon Scenic Drive, which offers incredible views of Byron Bay, the lighthouse and the mountains. Another one of my all-time favourite drives is to Minyon Falls. This drive takes you through some of the prettiest countryside in the entire region. Once you arrive at the Minyon Falls car park, it’s just a short stroll through ancient palm trees to the waterfall’s viewing platform. What a view!