Ask any backpacker where their favourite stop on the East Coast is and you’ll often hear the words ‘Byron Bay’ follow. From the beach to the bars, there’s so much to love about this small town. But with a massive backpacker population, it’s easy to feel like you haven’t even scratched the surface of the ‘real’ Byron Bay, until now.
Wash down falafel with beer at Orgasmic Falafel
Just back from the main beach, Bay Lane is a fan favourite for grabbing a bite to eat before hitting the town and Orgasmic Falafel is the perfect spot. If you haven’t already tasted one of these delicious little balls of joy being handed out on the street you’re sure to be hooked. There’s really no better way to line your stomach for a big night out in Byron than a pita pocket.
Take in a sunset at The Wreck
The Wreck is technically a Byron Bay surf spot, but it’s also an epic spot to catch a sunset. Head to the car park near the beach and follow the sound of drums, once you see the drum circles you’ll know you’re in the right place.
Take a trip to Nimbin
Locals might not spend every weekend there, but everyone’s been there at least once. This vibrant little town is like no other in Australia. The locals are characters, the stores offer interesting products and the waterfalls on the way are well worth a stop. Head out there with Grasshoppers to get the real Nimbin experience.
Escape the crowds at Broken Head
The famous beaches of the bay like Main Beach, The Pass and Wategoes are all stunning, but they tend to be pretty overcrowded. Escape the crowds and explore Broken Head beach. Only a 20-minute drive from town and with views like this, it’s a no brainer.
See a band at The Northern
For a small town, Byron has a pumping nightlife. Backpacker favourites are Cheeky Monkeys and Woodys but if you want a real local experience head to The Northern backroom and catch a band. There are often free gigs on Friday nights so it won’t even break your budget.
Get up and close to local wildlife
Byron residents are cute, but none are cuter than their resident dolphins and whales. Jump on a kayak with Go Sea Kayak and get up close and personal to these amazing animals while taking in epic views of the bay.
Eat brunch at one of the famous cafes
Sure it might not be within the usual backpacker budget, but we all need a break from jam on toast right? There’s no better place than Byron. From Bayleaf to The Top Shop, there’s a heap of places ready to cure your hangover.
Learn to surf
Byron bay was built around surf culture, so to be a true local you need to go for a ride on the waves. You can learn to surf with Mojo for half a day or extend your stay and become a pro.
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