East Coast

Byron Bay is one of the highest-rated tourist hot spots in Australia. Situated on the East Coast, it’s home to some of the most crystal-clear waters with soaring waves and a unique laidback lifestyle. It’s not just pure coincidence that the Hemsworth brothers call it home. But why is it so popular? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it’s described as the ultimate backpacker location.

Surfers Lifestyle

Byron Bay is a true surfer’s paradise. Everywhere you look you’ll see cool surf dudes and surf chicks walking with a board under their arm. There are more than a dozen surf spots around Cape Byron which are some of the best surf spots in Australia. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, surfing in Byron is always admired, with several surf schools on offer to help better your technique. Just picture yourself surfing along the waves with a pod of majestic dolphins by your side. Yes, we’re for real. How about that for a pic for the gram?

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron is the most Easterly point in Australia. One of the most beautiful trails with an ocean view. Keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins and humpback whales as you look out to the ocean. Make sure you walk to the end of the path where the ocean hits the rocks, getting to witness the force of nature is mind-blowing! Tip: Set that alarm clock super early and make sure you do a sunrise walk to the lighthouse – the sunrises beat the sunsets in Byron!

Kayak with Dolphins

One of the most enjoyable things to do in the Bay. Whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced kayaker, your adventure includes paddling the gorgeous Marine Park, the waves and the wilderness. Take in some of the most sublime sights the East Coast has to offer. Learn about the local and aboriginal history, the lighthouse, dolphins, whales and sea turtles. Make sure you bring your sense of adventure, your bathers and some sun cream!


Byron Bay is a hub for talented creatives and there’s no better place to discover the region’s artisans than the colourful community markets. These attract remarkable arts and crafts, loads of fresh produce, unique clothing and accessories. The perfect place to get the Byron Bay feel, with markets every week. Treat yourself to a couple of unique souvenirs or ten!

Whale Season

Observe and admire the stunning humpback whales majestically swimming and breaching along the Bay during migration through from May to November. Jump on some of the whale watching cruises and get a closer look at these beautiful sea creatures breaching metres away from you. Make sure you bring a waterproof camera!

Breakfast Spots

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely Sunday brunch or a quick bite to eat before heading to the beach, Byron Bay has some of the most authentic and delicious café’s around. There’s plenty of cafés to choose! Tip: Poached eggs with avocado on toast is always a delicious, safe bet!

The Lifestyle – Yoga and chill

There’s nothing better than actually experiencing the Byron Bay surfer’s lifestyle. When you ask people what they enjoy most about Byron, many of them will say they miss the vibe. Yoga is a trendy life-hobby that Byron has to offer with many free classes stirring up by the beautiful beaches. Start your day off the right way with a free yoga session and sweat it off with a dip in the turquoise waters. Tip: Soak up the sun by visiting some of Byron’s therapeutic tea tree lakes.

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