10. Scuba or snorkel Julian Rocks Marine Park
Julian Rocks Marine Park in Byron Bay is one of Australia’s favorite dive and snorkelling sites due to the incredible diversity and abundance of its marine life. Imagine swimming with a school of majestic manta rays, ancient sea turtles, gentle but endangered grey nurse sharks, the beautiful patterned leopard sharks, playful dolphins, schools of tropical fish and enormous whales (May to Oct). Lifelong memories are made of such moments.
11. Browse the Markets
There are three markets in Byron Bay.
Byron Farmers Market is a cornucopia of local produce – free range eggs, organic coffee, pickles, baked goodies, vegetables, fruit and fresh herbs. Every Thursday 8 – 11 a.m. at Butler Street Reserve.
Byron Community Markets has a broad range of hand-crafted products, exotic imports and local produce spread over several acres. Hear live music, have your fortune told, buy indigenous art, eat, dance and have yourself some fun! First Sunday of the month, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Byron Artisan Markets are held in Summer on Saturday nights from 4 – 9 p.m. providing a showcase for local arts and crafts. Come and enjoy the live music, the local food and the beverages.
12. Restore your Equilibrium at a Spa and Wellness Centre
Sometimes it’s hard to find time in your busy workaday life to massage those computer-craning neck muscles, or realign your chakras. Holidays are a great opportunity to do that.
In Byron Bay there are more spa and wellness centres than you can poke a stick at offering everything from massage to spiritual healing. To find one that best matches your needs, check the natural therapy pages. For reviews, check Trip Advisor. If only I could sample them all personally. But alas…
13. Meditation, Yoga and Health Retreats
Whether you want to kick start a healthy new you, improve your yoga discipline, or reconnect through some solid meditation time, you are very likely to find a retreat that suits you in Byron Bay.
For those on a budget who are happy to forgo 5 star luxury for some solid meditation time, take a look at Insight Meditation Australia. $395 includes 4 nights’ accommodation, meditation instruction, and all your vegetarian meals. The meditation teachers offer their services on a volunteer basis and donations are welcome.
14. Taste Beers
Byron Bay has its very own brewery – Stone and Wood Brewery – where you can take a tour. $10 includes not only the tour, but a taste of their beers followed by a schooner of your favourite. Stone and Wood Brewery supports local grassroots causes to assist in creating sustainable social and environmental outcomes.
15. Listen to Live Music
From drum circles on Main Beach at sunset to buskers in the street, live music is everywhere in Byron Bay. For a more immersive experience, consider participating in one of the Byron Bay music festivals. Venues that offer quality live music include The Rails, Tree House Belongil, The Northern, and The Beach Hotel.
For the latest listings check Byron Bay’s Gig Guide.
16. Take a Nature and Wildlife Tour
If you’re travelling with a group and find you want to go exploring while they’d rather lay on the beach, then perhaps a tour is the thing for you. There are three main tour operators in Byron Bay – Vision Walks and Byron Bay Adventure Tours and Byron Bay Eco Tours and Cruises. They offer half day tours, day tours, overnight tours, rainforest walks, hippie trails, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, cruises, kayak tours, mountain biking and lots more.
18. Sky Dive over Byron Bay
If you haven’t jumped out of a plan at 10,000 feet yet, what are you waiting for? Sky Dive Byron Bay offers photo and video packages so you can remember your free fall over Australia’s most easterly point.
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