Top five things to do in Byron Bay this winter

Byron Bay is a classic Australian summer destination, but it’s equally as enjoyable to explore in winter. If you’re looking for a holiday experience by the coast for when the weather is a little cooler, Byron Bay still has many cultural, historical and natural wonders for you to enjoy. Top five things to do in Byron Bay this winter
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Top five things to do in Byron Bay this winter

Byron Bay isn’t just a summer holiday destination; explore beyond the beaches during the cooler months.


Byron Bay is a classic Australian summer destination, but it’s equally as enjoyable to explore in winter. If you’re looking for a holiday experience by the coast for when the weather is a little cooler, Byron Bay still has many cultural, historical and natural wonders for you to enjoy. 

Byron Beach Café, Byron Bay, NSW

Whale watching from the Byron Beach Café
Winter in Byron Bay is all about whale watching and the award-winning Byron Beach Café is well placed to give you a glimpse of these giant sea creatures. The Café’s large outdoor deck provides uninterrupted views of the bay and will give you a good chance of spotting and photographing whales as they pass by.

Byron Bay Community Markets, Byron Bay, NSW

Explore Byron Bay community markets
With over 300 unique sellers offering locally made items as well as exotic products and materials from around the world, Byron Bay community market is sure to have something for everyone. Enjoy delicious locally grown produce and fresh coffee or just wander through the markets for an immersive Byron Bay experience.

Splendour in the Grass music festival
Splendour in the Grass is the largest winter music festival in Australia. The festival shows off some big name music acts as well as emerging artists and bands. Splendour in the Grass draws a varied line-up of musical styles so, no matter what your taste, you’re bound to be watching an old favourite or discovering a new favourite at the festival.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, NSW

Walk the Byron Bay Lighthouse track
Take a short walk to the top of the historic Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse and enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from the most easterly point on the Australian mainland. After you’ve climbed to the top of the Lighthouse, stop into the Lighthouse Café for a refreshment before heading back, where you’ll enjoy beach views and a lush tropical rainforest.

Take a scenic drive through the Byron hinterland
One of the best parts about holidaying in the Byron Shire is the surrounding hinterland, full of tourist attractions and historic sites, hikes and walks. Take a drive just out of Byron Bay and discover your inner flower-child at Crystal Castle, watch the sun rise from the top of Mount Warning, hike through Nightcap National Park and stop off at Minyon Falls and visit the historic town of Bangalow, home to a range of local shops and boutiques.

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