Tips for visiting Byron Bay:
- If you want to go camping, I recommend the Broken Head Holiday Park. The spots are quite close to each other but it’s only a few steps from the beach – you can hear the waves crashing in at night! They have a nice outdoor cooking area (including a fridge) as well as showers and toilets. They also rent out a limited number of little cabins. From here you can walk to Tallow Beach, a 15 km return walk on the stunning almost empty beach.
- Close to the campground, you can also walk/drive to Kings Beach (I believe it’s a nudist beach), whites beach and many more secluded and beautiful empty beaches. Just drive the 17-mile beach road until you hit a dirt road. There were a few good surfing spots along the way!
- Head to the Beach Hotel (which is really a big bar) to enjoy live music, a nice patio overlooking the beach and a cold beer!
- The Railway Bar also had good live music and the set up is pretty unique.
- Craving Italian pizza? Ill Buco is your place to go. They have very limited seating but it’s worth the wait!
- Many more restaurant and bar options around this town. Same goes for beachy type shops!
- Drive up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse to enjoy great views of Byron Bay and Broken Head.
- I also had Wategos beach on my list of places to check out, but I ran out of time! Many say it’s their favorite beach in the area.
Impressions of Byron Bay:
I absolutely loved exploring Byron Bay and surrounding areas. I could not get enough of the pristine, warm but cooling, empty beaches. I did notice that Byron Beach was a lot busier but you can easily access less crowded areas as the other beaches are so long and wide.
You will instantly be immersed in the beach, chill, no stress lifestyle when you set foot in this area (even in Byron Bay town). No one seems to be rushed to do or go anywhere. People just enjoy life here, and I loved it. My 2 evenings spent at the Beach Hotel were so much fun and I was very impressed by the quality of the music. I also noticed there were a lot of talented buskers on the streets.
The weather didn’t fully cooperate while I was here and it rained a lot the first 2 days, which isn’t the best when you’re camping but in the end the sunshine came out. I enjoyed my time here and would go back in a heartbeat!