Surrounded by stunning coastal and hinterland landscapes, Byron Bay is a nature-lover’s haven, filled with breathtaking moments and awe-inspiring experiences.
From hinterland waterfalls, native rainforests and a coastline known around the world for its pristine beaches, crystal waters and rich marine life, here you’ll find the serenity of nature all around you. Amid such beauty, the biggest challenge is selecting what to see in Byron Bay and the surrounding region.
To help you to plan your holiday, we’ve created this in-depth guide to Nature in Byron Bay. It’s filled with ideas and information for what, where and when to visit to enjoy the best of the natural beauty here. We’ve even included some local secrets that will help you see this famous place through fresh eyes.
From sunrise to sunset and beyond, we’ve offered ideas for every moment of your days. Read on, get inspired and start planning what to see during your stay.
Your week of pure Byron Bay nature begins right here.
It doesn’t take long for you to discover Byron Bay’s natural beauty.
As the first rays of a new day’s sun appear over the ocean horizon—broken only by the iconic outline of Julian Rocks—this coastal landscape slowly reveals itself in a timeless golden glow.
You can witness this daily ritual from many places, each offering a fresh dose of inspiration. As a resort guest, wander down to Heart of the Bay directly from your villa in just a few minutes. This elevated grass area offers unbroken views of Belongil Beach, the ocean and sunrise beyond.
- From $80/person (book online)
- Total Trip Time: 1-1.5 hours
- Meet at 144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, 2 minutes from Elements of Byron
Guided Rainforest Walk
- Free, included in the Nature experience
- Total trip time: 45-60 mins
- Meet at Elements Reception: 9am Thursday and Sunday, 10am Friday or 3pm Saturday or book a private tour.
You’ll discover not just what to see here and across Byron Bay, but how to look to unveil the wonders of this coastal landscape.
But why walk when you can trot, canter and gallop?
Weave along forest trails before emerging onto the expansive beach to feel the sea breeze on horseback with Zephyr Horses.
This unique coastal horse ranch offers personalised tours of the rainforest trails and Belongil Beach, giving you an exhilarating experience of discovering the awe-inspiring coastline on horseback.
With tours throughout the day and options to travel at sunrise or sunset, there truly is no better way to discover this landscape.
Continuing south from Broken Head, travel to Lennox Head to discover a lake with natural rejuvenating properties. Just inland on the northern side of town is Lake Ainsworth: a dunal lake surrounded by trees.
Its distinctive brown colouring comes from a staining caused by the oils from the tea trees that surround the water. The variety of benefits of these oils are well known to communities around the world. Even a quick dip will leave your skin and hair noticeably reinvigorated.
And with the ocean, only a couple of minutes’ walk away, enjoy the bracing waves of the ocean beach and the tranquillity of the inland lake in one trip.
- Park at Wategos Beach or Cape Byron Lighthouse (Lighthouse Road)
- Travel time: 17-minute drive & 10-minute walk
- Park at Broken Head Car Park (Broken Head Reserve Road)
- Travel time: 25-minute drive / 20-minute walk
- Park at Pacific Parade, Lennox Head
- Travel time: 30-minute drive /walk
- From $55/day (book online)
- Pick up bikes from Elements of Byron resort
- Less than 5 minutes walk from Elements of Byron (North Beach Station)
- View the Byron Train timetable.
After taking in the view, head back towards town for a spot of dinner or some more beach time before coasting back to the resort.
And if you’d rather someone else drive, enjoy travelling into and out of Byron Bay via the Byron Train.
Being fully solar-powered, this refurbished vintage train is a world-first and a Byron experience that’s quickly become a must-do.
To discover what to see in Byron Bay’s hinterland, get on the water with a River Kayak Tour along the Brunswick River.
This gentle 2-hour tour uses the tidal current to float effortlessly downstream through one of New South Wales’ most beautiful river systems. You’ll discover the fascinating river wildlife with local nature enthusiast guides and can even enjoy the opportunity to snorkel too.
Another gentle way to explore the Brunswick River is with Stand-Up Paddle boarding (SUP).
Let’s Go Surfing offer introductory lessons while Brunswick Buccaneers offer convenient hire of SUP boards, canoes and kayaks, right on Brunswick River.
- $59/person (book online)
- Total trip time: 3 hours
- Tours depart The Pass at 9:30am and 2pm daily
- $69/person (book online)
- Total trip time: 2 hours
- Tours depart Brunswick Heads (pick up available)
- Times vary – depend on high tide
- $75/person (book online)
- Total trip time: 2.5 hours
- Tours depart Wreck Surf Shop, 6/4 Cavanabah Arcade, Byron Bay
- $50/half day
- SUP boards, kayaks and canoes
Three Blue Ducks sits on an 80-acre farm at the edge of Byron Bay. Inspired by cuisines from around the world, their masterful chefs create exquisite dishes. Much of the produce comes straight from the surrounding fields.
With outdoor seating available, you can watch the stars drift passed as you tuck into the finest tastes of this land.
For a more coastal palette, head to Beach Byron Bay, the town’s only Hatted restaurant. With views over Clarkes Beach and the ocean beyond, you’ll savour a menu inspired by the Mediterranean with a delightful refinement borne out of simplicity.
When it comes to delicate taste combinations using the finest locally-sourced ingredients, there are few better restaurants in Byron Bay.
Restaurants Celebrating Nature in Byron Bay
- Three Blue Ducks – 11 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay. Dinner from 5pm Fri-Sun
- Beach Byron Bay – 2 Massinger Street, Byron Bay. Dinner from 6pm daily
- Harvest Restaurant – 18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar. Dinner from 6pm daily
- Azure Bar and Grill – at Elements of Byron. Dinner from 6pm daily
- Barrio – 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay. Dinner from 5.30pm daily
- The Treehouse – 25 Childe Street, Byron Bay. Dinner from 5.30pm daily
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.