Best Free Things to Do in Byron Bay

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Byron Bay

Best Free Things to Do in Byron Bay

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  • Traveller N
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This location provides a breathtaking vista, and during my visit, I had the privilege of observing dolphins playfully jumping in and out of the water. However, it is important to note that the trail was inaccessible during my visit. Additionally, be prepared to incur a parking fee of AUD10 unless you are willing to undertake a lengthy walk from the base to the lighthouse.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • blossom03
    Blenheim, New Zealand11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I walked from the camp to the lighthouse (along with many others). Although part of the track is under reconstruction, it is still a great walk. Views are fabulous. We weren’t lucky enough to see any whales but others did.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,960 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost every Australian who talks about Byron starts by saying in a wistful tone, ’It’s not what it used to be’ and then goes on to lament that the once bohemian surfers’ paradise has been ruined by tourism and commercialisation.
    Certainly it's a tourist mecca these days but it’s also a lively, fun, and stunningly beautiful part of the NSW coastline.
    The beaches all have rolling waves and long stretches of golden sand. We alternated between Main Beach, Clarkes Beach and Wategos but our favourite was The Pass.
    The thing that really ‘made’ our trip was staying right on the beach.
    Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments were directly opposite Main beach so we walked nearly everywhere and hardly moved our car during our stay.
    Car parking and congestion on the main road are two of the big frustrations for many visitors to Byron so if you can avoid this by booking centrally located accommodation then it will make all the difference.
    The village centre was also just a couple of minutes walk away. It’s crowded for sure but it also offers lots of shops, boutiques, cafes, street entertainers, bars, and upmarket restaurants.
    Japonaise Kitchen was our favourite for a casual meal.
    Byron Bay is mostly all about the beaches but if you need a change of pace, there are a lot of other things to do.
    One afternoon we decided to do a bit of exploring so we walked the Byron Bay History Walking Trail (see separate review).
    On the weekend, we went to the very popular Community Markets which are held on Sunday mornings.
    The best non-beach thing we did was visiting The Farm. Kids loved feeding the sheep, chickens and pigs and we loved relaxing at the cafe-restaurant.
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • Marty ..
    Ballina, Australia3,136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Belongil Beach is another long scenic sanding beach , in the Byron Bay area

    As I’ve never seen Surf Life Guards on this beach .. Belongil Beach is mostly used for Surfing & dog walking
    Written 30 June 2023
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  • Yuzutravel
    brisbane2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its been a few years since we visted the farm and it has lost abit of its magic. We started with the 10.30am tour however that was not at all interactive or give us much insight into the farm. It would definitely not be at all interesting to children however more suited to older couples interested in the business model. (Most of the businesses that operate are tenants of the farm). A few people left the tour early. Just save yourself the money and do a self guided tour. There are bee hives, chickens, pigs, horse which you can view yourself and a macadamia farm from which you can forage for nuts for with a cracking machine on picnic tables. The lunch at three blue ducks was very nice and service also really good. The coffee as someone else has mentioned leaves quite a bitter aftertaste. The gelato next to the play ground is definitely a highlight.
    Written 2 March 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,960 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wategos may not be the main beach in Byron Bay but it is very lovely. It’s a classic Australian surf beach with rolling waves and a long crescent-shaped stretch of almost white sand.
    It is a relatively sheltered beach, making it a good choice for swimming. There is some shade on the beach
    There are basic facilities including changing rooms, showers and toilets. However there are no lifeguards and street parking is metered and in any case, is extremely limited.
    Instead, we walked in from The Pass Beach. It’s paid parking here too but at least there’s a large carpark and lots of space. The walk up and over the headland starts from Palm Valley (alongside the carpark) and is definitely a challenging and steep path in the summer. However its a good way to work up a sweat before you dive into the waves at the other end and on the plus side, you get some absolutely lovely views along the way.
    Written 12 March 2024
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  • Marty ..
    Ballina, Australia3,136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Byron Bay Farmers Market.. has plenty of fresher , organic fruit and vegetables

    There is also coffee , take away & frozen meat / chicken stalls
    Written 26 October 2022
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  • Sahar A
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye catching beach with wight sands and so clean, nice, romantic, and peas full.
    Pet friendly beach.
    Written 13 June 2023
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  • Mallo_Pahanen
    Helsinki, Finland834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice area on the side of Byron Bay where you can see beautiful beaches, surfers, a hiking trail with good views and finally the lighthouse.

    Check out the pictures!
    Written 1 July 2023
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  • Greg Nunn
    Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a pristine national park that is well maintained and has very safe walking trails with magnificent views.
    Written 12 October 2019
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,960 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a magical spot at the far end of the long stretch of beach that starts at Main Beach. It quickly became our favourite beach in Byron.
    This is a classic Australian surf beach with rolling waves and a stretch of almost white sand.
    At the furthest end is Fisherman’s Lookout, a steep set of wooden stairs leading up the side of a rocky outcrop, with a crows-nest like lookout at the top and an incredible panoramic view.
    Just below is a set of large rock pools that are large enough for small children to paddle and swim in. Even toddlers can lie in these warm waters and kick their legs as if they are swimming. This is a very sheltered, safe area.
    There are all the facilities you need for a day at the beach, including outdoor showers, toilets, The Pass Cafe, and a large carpark. Like most beachside parking in Byron, it is paid parking.
    The easiest parking is down by the boat ramp where you have an almost level walk onto the beach. Otherwise, you can park up at the Captain Cook Lookout but this is nowhere near as convenient. There are a lot of steps to get to the sand and it’s a trek if you have small children and a lot of beach paraphernalia.
    If you need to get off the beach and out of the sun for a while, there is a shady paved area with picnic tables back up near The Pass Cafe. There is also a nice, shady little looped walking path through Palm Valley.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Marty ..
    Ballina, Australia3,136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located just off the beach at The Pass .. the Fisherman’s Lookout has good views along Byron Bay’s foreshore

    As well as the surrounding views from Fisherman’s Lookout .. I liked the rock formations

    If you visited this Byron Bay lookout during higher tides .. you’ll need to walk through water
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Isabella
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were so grateful for all the assistance and support that Deb, Bronwen, Shona and Ivan provided after our accommodation reneged on its initial assurance that we could store our luggage on its site before the official check-in time. Not only did the Visitor Centre helpfully store our luggage, but Deb kindly arranged for Shona, a volunteer, to meet us after closing time to collect our luggage (which enabled us to enjoy a little extra time at the Byron Bay Writers Festival.) Shona and Ivan also very generously offered us a lift to our accommodation. We were also impressed with the presentation of the Visitor Centre, and the interactions that we observed Deb and other volunteers having with other customers. The centre provides a great public service and it would be terrific to see some financial support for the volunteers.
    Written 15 August 2023
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  • ShirishParanjape
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long popular beach

    We visited Byron Bay during ANZAC weekend.

    The beach is adjacent to the town centre, very nice and extremely popular. Even at 10.30 am, it was extremely difficult to find a place to park the car. But once this was done, the beach itself is superb.

    There is something for everyone- surfers, swimmers, walkers or those who were there to simply relax.

    The water was still quite warm and the sweeping views delightful.
    Written 16 May 2023
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  • TifMatJeff
    47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place, waterfall was flowing thanks to recent rainfall. The walk down wasn’t long, but quite steep & rocky in parts. Lots of rocks to walk on, water shoes not essential but would make your swim more comfortable. Half our group wore crocs, some wore joggers for the walk. Personal preference really.

    Water was ice cold but refreshing, really glad we did Killen Falls
    Written 23 April 2024
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