Top 7 things to do in Byron Bay in winter
Winter is actually a great time to visit Byron Bay, with less crowds but still plenty of sunshine due to a sub-tropical climate. We’ve pulled together our top 7 things to do during the cooler months here…
1. Go whale watching – One of the most spectacular sights is the annual humpback whale migration that takes place during winter. These magnificent creatures pass by Byron on their 2500km journey and can be spotted from various different walking trails and vantage points along the coast, such as the Lighthouse and the Three Sisters track. There are also several whale watching boat tours available too.
2. Explore the Hinterland – The cooler weather makes for ideal day trip conditions into Byron Bay’s Hinterland. Minyon Falls is about a 45-minute drive away and offers stunning views of the waterfall and surrounding rainforest from a lookout point, you can even see the ocean on a clear day. There are two different walking tracks varying in length and ability, as well as a grass area for picnics. Or there’s Nimbin, just over an hour’s drive away; a colourful hippie village filled with an array of weird and wonderful shops and cafes.
3. Visit the Arts & Industrial estate – Discover Byron Bay’s creative hub at the Arts & Industrial estate, from boutique stores and wellness spaces to hidden cafes and art galleries. Take a stroll around Habitat for all things fashion and lifestyle, before stopping off at Stone & Wood Brewery for a tasting board of Byron’s famous local beers.
4. Enjoy a long brunch – What better way to spend a chilly winter’s day than eat? And there are plenty of delicious cafes and restaurants all over town. But no one does brunch better than Byron (if you ask us!). We love The General Store for amazing smoothie bowls and buckwheat waffles, The Farm for homegrown goodness and Byron Fresh Café for fresh pastries and artisan coffee – just to name a few.
5. Do a bit of shopping – While away an afternoon browsing the many gorgeous boutiques in Byron Bay, from fashion and home interiors to crystal healing, high end jewellery and local gift shops. And refuel with an acai bowl, coffee, cocktail or chocolate crepe along the way!
6. Take a vintage train ride – The Byron Bay Train is the world’s first solar-run train, taking passengers on a 3km journey from the centre of town to North Beach station. Sit back and relax on this vintage train while taking in views over the rainforest, coastal wetlands and tea tree Belongil Creek. They also offer a ‘ride in style’ package that includes a return train ticket, lunch or dinner and a drink of choice at Stone & Wood or The Sun Bistro ($28 per person).
7. Wrap up warm and watch the sunset – Many would argue that the sunsets here are even more breath-taking in winter, so bring a blanket and flask of hot tea and set up camp to watch the sun go down over Byron after another glorious day. Some favourite spots of ours would have to be the Lighthouse or a dreamy sunset walk along Wategos Beach.
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