Byron Bay is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and it is no surprise why. The iconic town has perfect beaches and weather matched with a laid back atmosphere that people just can’t get enough of.
There are plenty of things to do in Byron Bay, but you shouldn’t miss out on exploring the surrounding regions on one of these day trips from Byron Bay.
Having your own car will be the best way to explore the Byron Bay region.
These are the best day trips from Byron Bay!
Lennox Head is another small coastal town just 25 minutes South of Byron Bay. Lennox Head has the same stunning beaches as Byron, with fewer crowds.
If you do a day trip to Lennox Head, don’t miss Lake Ainsworth. Lake Ainsworth is a refreshing tea tree lake that you swim in. The Pat Morton Lookout is another place that you should check out.
Killen Falls is one of the best waterfalls near Byron Bay. The gushing 10-meter waterfall is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summers day with a large swimming hole below Killen Falls and plenty of space to sit back and relax. I suggest packing a picnic for your trip to Killen Falls because you won’t want to leave! This is a complete guide to visiting Killen Falls.
Another incredible waterfall near Byron Bay is Minyon Falls. Minyon Falls lookout offers the best hinterland views in the area. Minyon Falls is more impressive that Killen Falls, but it is more of a trek to get to. From the lookout, you can see the water rushing over the edge and into a deep palm-shaded valley roughly 100m below. The tops of the cliffs are forested with Australian eucalypts, blackbutt and scribbly gum. At the base of Minyon Falls, you will find a beautiful natural pool that was made for swimming. The hike down to Minyon Falls is approximately 4 km one way.
For a complete guide to hiking and visiting Minyon Falls, click here.
Nimbin is one of the most unique towns in Australia, best known for its funny smelling cigarettes if you get what I mean. If that is your thing, you will enjoy a trip to Nimbin. If you don’t, it is still worth a visit. The drive through the Byron Bay hinterland to Nimbin is incredible.
Brunswick Heads is the town 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, best known for its inviting river and Brunswick hotel. The Brunswick Hotel hosts amazing bands that attract many people from all over the region.
In Byron Bays hinterland you will find Crystal Castle, which is home to some of the most beautiful crystals in the world. Visitors can wander through 5 hectares of botanical gardens and rainforest, discovering a huge collection of crystals along the way.
Mullumbimby and Kiva Spa
Mullumbimby, locally known as Mullum, is one of Byron Bays hinterland towns. The adorable town is one of the most laid back in Australia, and worth a visit if you have a spare day in Byron Bay.
For those looking to relax, Kiva Spa should be on your itinerary. Kiva Spa has spa baths, a sauna, steam room and cold pool. For just $25 you can enjoy the facilities and relax. Afterwards, head to the local pub for a beer where you will be greeted by the friendly laid back locals.
Springbrook National Park
If you are looking for even more hinterland adventures, a trip to Springbrook National Park will not disappoint. The drive to Springbrook National Park will be just over an hour each way.
For the ultimate Springbrook National Park bucket list, click here.
Byron Bay day trips to nearby waterfalls
Minyon Falls and Killen Falls and some of my favourite waterfalls in the Byron Bay region, but there are plenty more if you are interested. To discover even more waterfalls near Byron Bay, click here.
Mount Warning is the highest peak in the Northern NSW region and the first place that sees the sun in Australia. Because of this, it is a popular sunrise hike, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
The hike to the top of Mount Warning is strenuous, at 9km return and taking 2 – 5 hours to complete.
For a complete guide to hiking Mount Warning, click here.
To book a tour to Mount Warning, click here.
The Gold Coast can be reached from Byron Bay in less than an hour. If you are flying it, it will be where you land. A lot of traveller’s head straight to Byron Bay and miss the Gold Coast, which is a real shame because it has so much to offer. The Gold Coast is home to 72 km of pristine beaches, waterways, national parks, rainforests, waterfalls and hiking trails. Not to mention the world-class dining and shopping. If you are currently planning your trip to Australia, allow a few days in the Gold Coast. You won’t regret it.
Looking to escape the crowds? Head an hour south to the coastal town of Yamba and you will be in paradise. Some places to check out in Yamba include:
- Angourie – green pools and walking track
- Yamba lighthouse
If you enjoy surfing, make sure you take your board. Yamba has some great waves.
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Getting to Byron Bay
Byron Bay is approximately a one hour drive South of the Gold Coast. If you are coming from afar, the Gold Coast airport is most likely where you will fly into. From the Gold Coast Airport, you can hire a car or arrange a transfer to Byron Bay.
Getting around Byron Bay
As I mentioned in the introduction, having your own car is the best way to explore Byron Bay. If you don’t plan to do any of these day trips from Byron Bay, you could walk around town or hire a bike, but you will miss so much. Public transport is limited.
Accommodation in Byron Bay
Byron Bay has a range of hotels, Airbnbs and hostels to choose from. Search for hotels below.
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Other tips for visiting Byron Bay
- Having a car will allow you to explore more of the area. In my opinion, you are missing out if you don’t explore the Byron Bay hinterland.
- 3 – 5 days is the perfect amount of time to stay in Byron Bay.
- Bring good vibes only!
- Respect the locals.
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