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How to Spend 3 Days in Byron Bay

How to Spend 3 Days in Byron Bay

The small town of Byron Bay offers plenty of ways to fill a long weekend. A range of amenities and sights—from hippie-style shops and surf schools to a stupa blessed by the Dalai Lama—have made Byron a popular stop for travelers heading down the Gold Coast from Brisbane. Here are a few ways to enjoy a 3-day stay in Byron Bay. 

Day 1: Explore the Sights

Start your trip by exploring Byron Bay’s many offerings. Visit shops, local art galleries, cafes, and restaurants in town, and enjoy seasonal farmers markets and festivals. Immerse yourself in the crafty, creative spirit of Byron at the Arts and Industry Estate, or check out the World Peace Stupa, which is housed inside the Crystal Castle at the nearby Shambhala Gardens. 

In the afternoon, meander through villages like Mullumbimby and Nimbin, or spend an entire day swimming under rain forest waterfalls. If the weather's right, take a dip down at the conveniently-located Main Beach. Most guided tours of the area combine several area highlights on half- or full-day itineraries. 

Day 2: Beach Adventures

Start the day off early with a surfing lesson on Byron Bay's Main Beach. Known for its nice breaks and overall gentle nature, the beach is popular with both beginners and experienced surfers. After your morning workout, pause for breakfast, then heading off for a late morning walk along the Cape Byron Walking Track. This trail takes visitors to the Captain Cook lookout, Wategos Beach (where you can stop for a swim), and the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

If you’d rather see these sights from above, try a tandem skydive. Not only is the freefall experience exhilarating, but it also offers a scenic overhead view of the area. (If you’re lucky, you might even spot whales, dolphins, rays, and more in the region's waters.) Before heading back to town for some late afternoon shopping and dinner, explore more beaches, including Wategos and Little Wategos. 

Day 3: Day Trips by Land or Sea

On your last day, enjoy the gorgeous landscapes outside of Byron Bay. Head to Wollumbin National Park (formerly known as Mount Warning National Park), about an hour from town, and hike through the UNESCO-listed subtropical rainforest to the mountain’s summit for panoramic views. You can also book an overnight adventure in the park that includes kayaking and a campfire dinner. Alternatively, opt for a hike in Nightcap National Park, another World Heritage site in the hinterlands where you can cool off from your hike with a refreshing swim at Minyon Falls.

If you prefer snorkeling or scuba diving to hiking, take a boat to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. The unique area has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and is home to a variety of animal species that enjoy the warm currents that come down from the north. Be sure to bring an underwater camera to capture the colorful fish, rays, turtles, and sharks.

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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

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Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without having to head north with a 3-hour snorkeling experience at the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in Byron Bay. Practice your snorkeling skills in the training pool, cruise out to Julian Rocks, then dive in to swim and snorkel amid colorful corals, tropical fish, manta rays, wobbegong sharks, and sea turtles.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.84
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Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour

Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour

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Kayak alongside a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins in beautiful Byron Bay! Led by expert guides, this sea kayak adventure takes you through the calm waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Learn about the protected aquatic environment along the way, see Cape Byron lighthouse and refresh with a tea and Tim Tam biscuit break on the beach. All equipment is provided, and no kayaking experience is necessary.
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  • 3 hours
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Byron Bay Tandem Sky Dive

Byron Bay Tandem Sky Dive

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Feel a rush of adrenaline as you soar through the air on this tandem sky dive over Byron Bay.  Enjoy the thrill of a 60-second free fall from a height of more than 15,000 feet (4,572 meters), then look down over the spectacular beaches and bay during the five-minute parachute descent. Once you’re safely back on solid ground, celebrate your achievement with a personalized photo certificate to show off to friends and family back home.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

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Try scuba diving while in Byron Bay with a 5-hour class that includes a diving session at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Your diving course includes equipment hire, one lesson in the swimming pool, and a guided dive at Julian Rocks—where you can see tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef along with marine life from the depths of Australia's Southern Ocean. Species often encountered include manta rays, turtles, blue gropers, and wobbegongs, along with an assortment of hard and soft corals.
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  • 5 hours
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Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour

Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour

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Experience the Brunswick River the way nature intended—with only the noise of paddles gently sweeping the water—on a stand-up paddleboard tour in a group of maximum eight people. After a short introduction to the art of SUP, head out into the wilds with a guide to point out wildlife and capture digital photos, then return for water and home-made snacks. Tour includes pickup from Byron Bay, if required.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Brunswick River Nature Kayak Tour from Byron Bay

Brunswick River Nature Kayak Tour from Byron Bay

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Take in the scenery around you as you kayak along sweeping beaches, sand dunes and tea-tree lakes of the Brunswick River on this 2.5-hour guided kayak tour. Get up close to the local wildlife as you paddle along the serene water ways, spot sea birds swooping over the coast and tuck into breakfast (included) on the waterfront. This small-group tour includes optional hotel pick-up from Byron Bay.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Byron Bay Combo: Minyon Falls and Hinterland Day Trip and Learn to Surf at Byron Bay

Byron Bay Combo: Minyon Falls and Hinterland Day Trip and Learn to Surf at Byron Bay

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Soak up the scenery of the Byron Bay Hinterlands, then hit the beach for a surf lesson on this full-day tour. Set out on a scenic rainforest hike through the Nightcap National Park, then cool off with a dip beneath the Minyon Falls. After refueling with a hearty BBQ lunch by the waterfront, return to Byron Bay for a 2-hour surf lesson. Master the basics or hone your technique under the guidance of an expert instructor, then take to the water to put your newfound skills into action.
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  • 8 hours
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Byron Bay Kayaking with Dolphins and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner

Byron Bay Kayaking with Dolphins and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner

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Get your adrenaline pumping on an action-packed overnight adventure from Byron Bay. Kick things off with a 3-hour afternoon kayaking excursion and spot dolphins, sea turtles and migrating whales (depending on the season) in their natural environment. Then, journey to the foot of Mount Warning to set up camp and tuck into a campfire dinner, before sleeping beneath the stars. Make an early start the next morning for a 2-hour self-guided hike to the 3,802-foot (1,159-meter) summit and be the first to watch the glorious sunrise over Australia’s east coast.
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Mount Warning Day Trip from Byron Bay Including BBQ Lunch

Mount Warning Day Trip from Byron Bay Including BBQ Lunch

Climb to the highest peak of the hinterlands on this full-day hike to the summit of Mount Warning, including transfers from Byron Bay. Set out on a 4-hour self-guided hike, following the 9km (5.6-mile) round-trip trail to the summit and soaking up the scenery of the Mount Warning National Park along the way. Enjoy unrivalled views of Byron Bay, Cape Byron Lighthouse and Surfers Paradise from the 3,802-foot (1,159-meter) peak, then celebrate your return with a delicious BBQ lunch (included) and a dip in a natural pool.
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  • 8 hours
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Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruise

Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruise

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Embark on the only whale-watching cruise to depart from The Pass beach in Byron Bay, offering the fastest route to the path of migrating humpback whales, plus dolphins, turtles, and sea birds. Travel with a small group of no more than 12 on a vessel specially designed for marine life spotting, equipped with underwater viewing devices and a hydrophone to listen to whale songs. Whale sighting is guaranteed—if you don’t see one, take another cruise for free!
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  • 3 hours
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Byron Surrounds: Nimbin Waterfall Adventure - Swimming Tour

Byron Surrounds: Nimbin Waterfall Adventure - Swimming Tour

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Byron Bay isn’t just beaches and surf-spots; this full-day inland adventure is a great chance for visitors to the area to dig a bit deeper. Hike into the rainforest to the impressive Nimbin Waterfall. Walk behind the roaring waterfall and make the most of its picturesque swimming hole. Then head to Nimbin itself, a colorful ’hippie town’ with a charming counter-cultural vibe.
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  • 7 hours
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