In between our beautiful beaches and hinterland wilderness you will find some quaint villages that are a delight to explore and enjoy.
Experience rustic charm blended with sophistication in this bustling, historical little village, nestled in the hills between Bangalow and Ballina, 15 mins drive from the beaches of Byron Bay. Newrybar is home to the renowned award-winning Harvest Restaurant which offers a unique experience in the flavours of the local region and genuine, relaxed hospitality. The Harvest Deli alongside the restaurant offers takeaway coffee and a fine array of local and international artisan products including a tempting display of the finest cheeses! On the weekends take a stroll through the organic vegetable garden with your coffee to the buzzing Harvest Bakery at the rear of the restaurant with its wood-fired sourdough and delicious pastries. Wander into Drift Lab clothing, The Newrybar Merchants for unique homewares and enjoy some delicious paleo food from the onsite vintage food truck. There are antiques, weekend pop up stalls in the historic Newrybar hall and some charming boutique accommodation. Before you leave you must make time for a massage at Olivia Newton-John's incredible Gaia Retreat & Spa just up the road!
Surrounded by subtropical forest and rolling green farmland 14km from Byron, Bangalow (Bangers to friends) is home to a flourishing creative community, a dynamic, sustainable food scene and a range of urbane boutiques. A new arts precinct, which houses community arts organisations plus several cute shops and cafes, is but a stroll up the hill on Station St. The little town heaves during the monthly Bangalow Market, but it's well worth making trip at any time for a dose of its languid sophistication.
If you happen to be in town in May, don't miss the annual Bangalow Billycart Derby!
Bangalow heaves during its monthly market, where you can find incredible local produce, both lovingly and sustainably grown, and some beautiful gifts. The Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
BANGALOW FARMER'S MARKET
One of the most favoured of the farmer's markets, it has everything you need to stock up your pantry with local produce! Held each Saturday morning from 8am till 11am in the Bangalow Hotel Car Park
A visit to Bangalow is not complete without popping into the iconic Bangalow Hotel in the main street. Great bistro food and genuine local country pub vibe awaits! In the colder months, the open log fire in the lounge bar creates a warm, inviting atmosphere and Friday nights are very popular from 5.30pm onwards!
The newly developed arts precinct is home to the very popular Woods Cafe, serving up good coffee and healthy food
Bangalow is home to some great restaurants some of our favourites are -
Town Restaurant & Cafe - Excellent degustation restaurant upstairs! (Uptown if you will) and charming cafe downstairs
The Italian Diner - a buzzy bistro! Enjoy a Campari and a bowl of linguine gamberi or a traditional wood-fired pizza
Bangalow Dining Rooms - great pub grub!
If its coffee you're after head to Sparrow Coffee 'Coffee on the Fly'. The folk from the acclaimed Harvest restaurant and bakery in nearby Newrybar opened this tiny spot that delivers excellent Allpress coffee, indulgent sweet treats and ready-made lunchboxes
The intense popularity of Byron Bay can be, at first, a mystery. Sure, the beaches are sublime, but there are spectacular beaches all along this coast. Its locals have come to symbolise an Australian haute-boho lifestyle, yet much of the town is a squat, architectural mishmash and has a traffic problem. So why the legions of global fans? As they say in Byron, it's the vibe.
Come to surf epic breaks at dawn, paddle through hazy beach afternoons and sigh at the enchanting sunsets. Come to do reiki, refine your yoga practice, do a raw fast and hang with the fire-twirlers by the beach at sunset. Idle with the striped T-shirt set at the town's excellent restaurant tables, then kick on with backpackers, musicians, models, young entrepreneurs, ageing hippies and property developers at one of its beery, shouty pubs. Or, because it's Byron, do all the above, then repeat!
take a walk up to the lighthouse by day to enjoy the view and watch the dolphins play in the ocean below, or take a bottle of wine and toast the magical sunsets at dusk!
Overlooking the sparkling waters of Byron's Main Beach, you'll find THE BEACH HOTEL, a unique and iconic destination and Byron's most famous pub.
Enjoy the pristine beaches
There are many activities to enjoy in Byron Bay. Learn to surf, scuba dive, or take a tandem skydive!
Enjoy the abundance of sea life
Byron Bay offers some of the best whale viewing in the country! Spot the whales during migration season (June to November) from the spectacular beaches and headlands, tor take a Whale watching tour. If you're keen to get up close and personal take a kayak tour and kayak with the dolphins and whales!
Soak up the vibe of Byron, eat in one of the many restaurants and cafes and do some fabulous shopping.
Try a cocktail or two at The Balcony, by day or night it's a happening scene!
A locals favourite, Miss Margaritas for Mexican! Be prepared to sip on a drink while waiting for a table. This place gets busy but they turn the tables quickly!
A favourite place for dinner is The Italian at the Pacific adjoining the Byron Beach Hotel. It makes a mean negroni and great lamb-shank lasagne.
ST. ELMOS Spanish Restaurant is a local favourite
Perch on a stool at this moody modern tapas restaurant, where rock-star bar staff create wicked cocktails or can pour you one of the better wines by the glass found in this part of the world (including natural and minimal intervention drops). The solidly Iberian menu is bold and broad, with traditional favourites mixing it up with contemporary flourishes.
Head to the markets for great local produce, locally made goods and lots of colour!
THE FARM - Popular with locals and visitors!
A community of growers and producers share this impossibly photogenic, 80-acre green oasis just outside Byron, along with the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, a produce store, a bakery and a florist. The passionate dedication to traditional and sustainable practices here is both a working ethos and an educational mission. Feel free to roam and picnic between veggie plots and cattle-dotted fields. Tours happen twice daily (9am and 1pm) during January and mornings the rest of the year.
THREE BLUE DUCKS RESTAURANT
The legendary Sydney team behind Three Blue Ducks moved up north to showcase its paddock-to-plate food philosophy. Their rustic barn cafe and restaurant forms the beating heart of The Farm
THE ROADHOUSE on the outskirts of Byron is a great place to hang out for coffee and brekky on the weekend. Be prepared it will be busy!
An elixir based coffee house & restaurant created and run by a small group of friends who believe in thriving through sustainable farming & nourishing whole foods. Sourcing & foraging the freshest & highest grade naturally-grown local produce, the menu changes daily at the Roadhouse! Locals tip - Try the fish tacos for lunch!
Byron has a great music scene and hosts two of Australia's best music festivals: Bluesfest and Splendour in the Grass. We also have the Falls Festival.
A good place to watch bands in town is The Northern bar.
Bluesfest is one of the area's most popular festival as it draws a mix of young and old!
Splendour in the Grass
Coffee is a big deal in Byron. The Top Shop cafe is on a corner block just off the main street; it's a great spot to hang out on the grass in the sun.
Spell clothing is a local designer with a style that is very "Byron bohemian", and Ahoy Trader is perfect for house-styling pieces. For those with a little higher budget, Island Luxe Tribe is a must visit.
The Byron Bay Writers Festival
One of Australia's premier literary events, The Byron Bay Writers Festival is an event that draws literature lovers and guest writers from across the globe.
The International Film Festival comes to Byron Bay
New Year's Eve in Byron Bay is always fun!
Just a short drive south of Byron Bay, Lennox Head is a vibrant seaside village with a relaxed atmosphere. It is the perfect seaside escape, with spectacular coastal scenery including a gorgeous lake for kayaking and canoeing and the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. At the southern end of the beach is Lennox Point, the world-famous point break. The headland is great for watching surfers and spotting whales, and nearby Lake Ainsworth has excellent barbecue facilities. Enjoy the many Al fresco dining spots and boutique specialty shops along the main street.
The Lennox Hotel is situated in the perfect beach location, where friendly locals and carefree holiday makers mix together enjoying the pubs great atmosphere.
Without a doubt, this is one of the very best beach hotels in Australia; sip an ice-cold beer in the historic main bar or relax on the balcony and soak up the amazing view down 7 Mile Beach.
Whether you want to listen to a live band or enjoy first-class cuisine on the balcony, the Lennox Hotel has something for everyone
The Hotel's Beef and Beach Restaurant is top quality steak and seafood with great service and fabulous ocean views!
Enjoy the beautiful Lennox Boardwalk
The magnificent Lennox Point draws surfers from all around the world!
Quattro Restaurant is very popular with the locals, especially their wood-fired pizzas!
There's always a queue at the Gelatto Bar!
Pancho Villa Mexican is a village favourite
The Chefs at Foam know exactly what they're doing
Shorty's for tasty tapas selection, fine cocktails and a nice vibe!
For great authentic Thai, head to Lex Thai in Lennox's main street - it's a real local favourite! Beautiful food and excellent service
Lex grows a lot of her own herbs and vegetables and the freshness is evident in the quality of food!