When you first arrive in Byron Bay, you will want to explore the sparkling beaches which have made this town famous. Main Beach, located in the heart of the city, is popular with swimmers and surfers. Clarkes Beach, which is located further around the bay and towards Cape Byron, has a north-facing orientation that’s generally protected from wind. Wategos Beach lies close to the cape in the shadow of a lighthouse. You’ll see dolphins playing in the water.
Take a seat at the Kiosk outside Beach Byron Bay to enjoy a quick meal. You can choose from burgers and acai or Bahn mi and fish and chips. Then, you’ll be ready for your next adventure – a surfing lesson with Rusty Miller. Rusty’s surf school is the sole one licensed to teach at The Pass Byron’s iconic break. Rusty Miller or his daughter Taylor teach you the magic of surfing as you catch waves. You can also hire a surfboard from Bay Beach Hiring if you are an experienced surfer.
Swell Hotel is a retro-luxe hotel. The adult-only Swell Hotel has 16 rooms and an ozone swimming pool. It also offers an infrared sauna, ice bath, and ice bath.
Dinner is served at Balcony Bar and Oyster Co, a restaurant located just a few steps from the hotel. It offers a variety of seafood in secluded outdoor seating above the busy main street.
Day Two: Chasing Waterfalls
Day Two Key Facts:
Killen Falls can be found at:
- Killen Falls Drive, Tintenbar
- Swell Hotel is 25 minutes (25km) away by car
It’s time to go dolphin spotting! Cape Byron Kayaks offers guided tours in the Cape Byron Marine Park each morning. They see dolphins 90% of the time. You can also go back for free if you miss out. Also, you’ll see sea turtles or humpback whales during the winter months. You can also get a new perspective on the Cape Byron Lighthouse and stop at a secluded bay for a Tim Tam treat.
Stop at Harvest on your way to the hinterland. The popular café, bakery, and deli, which is located in a variety of historic buildings, offers a menu that features seasonal, local products.
Killen Falls can be found around 30 minutes south of Byron Bay. It is close to Tintenbar. This hidden waterfall is located in the last pocket of the large scrub rainforest left in the area. You can admire it from a lookout or take the trail down from the parking lot. This steep trail is rated as a Grade 3 Bushwalk and has some tricky sections. You can swim or walk behind the waterfall at the base.
Zephyr Horses will take you on a relaxing sunset ride through the sub-tropical bushland and along the beach. The Forest to Beach two-hour ride leaves at 5 pm. It is suitable for riders of all levels. The sun will set as experienced riders canter down the beach.
The local favorite Light Years has moved to the new Jonson Street precinct at the end of 2022. The restaurant is just 10 minutes away from the hotel. It serves colorful, bold Asian share plates and quirky cocktails.
DAY THREE: UNDER THE SEA
Day Three Key Facts:
Sundive can be found at:
- 9-11 Byron St, Byron Bay
- Swell Hotel is a six-minute walk (450m).
Get up early to walk Byron’s famous walking track. The Cape Byron Walking Track loops around the edge of the point and past the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse. The sun rises every morning in the first place on mainland Australia. The Pass Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast while enjoying the view.
Julian Rocks is the rocky outcrop that you saw on your morning walk. The area is renowned as being one of Australia’s best diving and snorkeling spots, located at the convergence point between tropical warm waters and cooler southern waters. This makes for an amazing array of fish, as well as mantas, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, leopard sharks, and grey nurse sharks. Sundive runs daily scuba tours and snorkeling trips.
Celebrate a weekend well spent with a tour behind the scenes, a guided tasting, or a cocktail on the balcony of Cape Byron Distillery. This distillery is surrounded by rainforest and only 15 minutes away from Byron. It’s the home of Brookie’s Gin, as well as Cape Byron whisky.