From the lush hinterland to the sparkling beaches on the coast, the region is full of natural wonders. Byron Bay is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgence.
Byron Bay’s natural credentials are impeccable – humpback whales cruise past the headland, storms create rainbows on the mountains across the bay, hang-gliders ride the thermals above the lighthouse.
The laid-back towns of Brunswick Heads, plus the arts-loving villages of Bangalow and Mullumbimby, combine the casual vibe of coastal retreats with a touch of city style.
Brunswick Valley Historical Museum and Park – Mullumbimby
The main museum building was Mullumbimby’s first post office, built in timber in 1907, which was relocated to its present site in 1984. Summers Park in which the museum buildings and external exhibits are located, has a replica slab cottage, a large collection of horse drawn farm implements, and equipment from the local railway, water supply facility and brick works. Mullumbimby is the service centre for the Brunswick Valley and lies in the heart of the Byron Shire. The museum houses a general collection of local history memorabilia, photographs and documents including newspapers which have been microfilmed for the years 1906-1942. A machinery shed contains a variety of machinery and tools from old local trades and industries including timber cutting, coach building, plumbing, printing, dairying and banana growing.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area – Byron Bay
The Cape Byron Lighthouse has stood on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland for a century, and today you can take a tour of the tower. The rugged headland, surrounded by sheltered rainforest gullies and subtropical waters, is a great spot for watching turtles, dolphins and humpback whales on their annual migration.
The magnificent clifftop walking track winds its way through diverse plant communities, offering panoramic views of the ocean and north coast hinterland. Treat yourself at the top with a drink or snack at the Cape Cafe. You can tour Cape Byron Lighthouse and even stay the night in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters (bookings essential). Walkways and toilets are wheelchair-accessible, though not inside the lighthouse and other buildings.
Cicrcus Arts Byron Bay – Byron Bay
Experience the thrill of the flying trapeze!
The vibrant cirque-style venue at the Byron Entertainment Centre is Australia’s first indoor circus school with a full size, high flying trapeze. Circus Arts Byron Bay has a weekly timetable of circus and high flying trapeze classes plus casual sessions for all ages and abilities. They specialise in creating unique and thrilling experiences for those visiting the region. Kids Play Space with jumping castle open daily from 9.30am (closed Sunday).
Too wet for the beach? Don’t sit in your hotel room. Come to Circus Arts where there is something fun for the whole family!
Crystal Castle – Mullumbimby
The Crystal Castle offers a unique place to escape and ‘Enrich Your Spirit’. Walk the ancient labyrinth, discover the Shambhala gardens and rainforest, wander the famous Buddha Walk, lined with rose quartz, hand carved statues; it is home to the awe inspiring four metre tall blessing Buddha. Visit the beautiful World Peace Stupa, a project blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. With only seven in the world, this sacred structure is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Marvel at the exquisite jewellery and amazing crystals from all corners of the globe. With an extensive array of books, CDs, body products and unique gifts ideal to suit any occasion. Relax at the Lotus Cafe with breathtaking views of the Byron hinterland, tempting treats and fresh produce.
The Crystal Castle is located only 20 minutes from Byron Bay and 40 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.
Federal Village Gallery – Federal
Federal Village Gallery is situated in the lush green hinterland of the Northern Rivers in the charming village of Federal which is a scenic short drive from Lismore, Byron Bay and Ballina. The gallery showcases Byron Bay hinterland artists specialising in handmade jewellery and fine silver jewellery. Classes for children and adults are available and are held on a regular basis and during the school holidays. Call the gallery for their school holiday arts program.
Main Beach Byron Bay – Byron Bay
With stunning views of distant mountains and passing whales and dolphins, these white sandy beaches have a northerly aspect. Main Beach is dominated by the Surf Club and is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers in summer. It is only a short stroll to Byron Bay town centre. Swim between the flags and always wear a hat and sunscreen.
Surf Lessons in Byon Bay – Byron Bay
Go Surfing in Byron Bay! Enjoy the sun, surf and sub-tropical water while you catch your first wave and experience surfing to shore in Byron Bay. Meet daily at the ‘surf shack’ located less than two kilometres away from the Byron Bay beaches, where you will get your surf board and suit up. Your surf coach will drive you to the best Byron Bay location on the day where you will learn to Surf and have fun! Whether you are learning to surf on your own, with a group, school trip or family vacation, there are programs to suit all. Go surfing with Surfing Byron Bay, they hope to see you soon.
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