Hinterland hills, endless beaches and tranquil trails that reconnect you to yourself and nature all around – walking in Byron Bay is a year-round pleasure.
Whether you prefer a flat beach stroll or challenging rainforest summit climb, there’s a walk for everyone in and around Byron Bay. Each is accompanied with near faultless scenery that will have you stopping regularly to stare (and snap a few photos!)
Here are five of the best local Byron Bay walks to enjoy during your next visit.
13km (3-4 hour return trip) – dirt track, some basic scrambling and steep in sections
One of the Byron Hinterland’s real gems, Minyon Falls, offers a range of trail options. From a short stroll connecting the car park (directions) to the viewing platform (about 15/20 mins return) to the longer hike we’ve featured below, there’s a whole host of ways to access these 100m waterfalls surrounded by stunning rainforest.
The longer hike begins at a trailhead located around 1km before the main viewing car park (directions). The road up to both is a well-maintained dirt road suitable for most cars.
Head down into the forest and descend via switchbacks for around 1km to reach Repentance Creek. Continue along this path which, with a short section of rock hopping, leads you directly to the foot of the falls. After a quick dip (no sunscreen, please), cross the creek and continue along the loop track as it climbs up towards the escarpment.
As you ascend, enjoy the views of Condong Falls. At the Quandong Falls fork, keep to the Minyon Falls Loop Track (on the right) and follow the escarpment to the top of Minyon Falls. This section is exposed, so ensure you have sunscreen ready-at-hand. After taking in the spectacular views about the falls, head back down the road to the trailhead.
You can read more about the falls and watch some gorgeous footage of this hidden gem in our Minyon Falls article.
Beach Walk from Brunswick Heads
Time and distance variable – flat all the way
If a beach stroll is what you’re seeking, you’re spoiled for choice around Byron Bay. There’s Byron’s Main Beach and The Pass, Suffolk Park’s Tallows Beach and the (almost) unbroken stretches south to Ballina and north to the Gold Coast.
But the beach walk from Brunswick Heads is a firm favourite.
Park in the fishing village (directions), which boasts a great range of cafes, shops and plenty of grass areas perfect for a picnic, then wander out towards the sea wall. From here, turn right and head out along the beach, bordered on one side by coastal bush and on the other by breaking waves.
This beach continues unbroken all the way to Byron Bay—though that’s a little over 10km away—so it’s perfect for a stroll of any length. Just remember to turn around and head back to Brunswick Heads before dark!
Three Sisters Track
1.6km – 30-45 mins – gently undulating dirt track
The Three Sisters Walking Track gives quick access to spectacular ocean views and a non-challenging coastal bush trail to the south of Byron Bay. It’s a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy some serenity.
The walk begins at Broken Head car park (directions). With the beach to your left, spot the trailhead tucked up a small grassy rise and under the canopy of coastal flora. Follow this track to its logical end, where it dives down steeply to the right to meet Kings Beach (this is the start an alternative loop route that’s only available at low tide).
En route, take time to read the aboriginal history of the Three Sisters and enjoy a little picnic on the grass overlooking the ocean.
Walk in Arakwal Bundjalung Footsteps
Walks of various lengths – Aboriginal cultural activities and guide
Australia is home to the oldest culture in the world. Walk alongside local Arakwal Bundjalung elder Delta Kay through important cultural sites, taste bush food you’ve picked yourself or make your own ochre body paint.
Learn about the stories and traditions of the Arakwal Bundjalung people and connect with this truly unique place.
Byron Bay Lighthouse
5km – 1-2 hours – undulating paths, some steep
The Cape Byron Walking Track, known locally as the Lighthouse Walk, is a loop trail that takes in beach, lighthouse and rainforest, as well as some of Byron’s most spectacular views. It involves a paved path, stairs, a stretch of sand and some trail.
There are many variations on this trail, but our recommended route begins and ends at Clarkes Beach car park (directions). Head down to the beach via the staircase alongside Beach Byron Bay, then turn right along the sand, away from the town centre. Walk to the Fisherman’s Lookout then head up to and through The Pass car park, up the stairs that lead over the cliff and down to Wategos Beach.
At the far end of this idyllic cove is a paved path rising to your left. These lead directly to the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Take time to enjoy the views en route, including those from Australia’s most easterly point. After pausing at the top, continue past the cafe and toilets, and follow the curving road until the pavement’s end.
Disappear into the forest up the steep paved path, passing the hang gliding launch point, and follow this trail as it undulates to its end. You’ll re-emerge by Captain Cook’s car park. Turn left and wander back down the road to refind the trailhead.
East Ballina to Lennox Head Coastal Walk
13km – 3-4 hours – undulating paths, some steep
Get ready for the drama! Sheer cliffs, long stretches of beaches, 150-year-old surf clubs and sweeping views – this recreation path is 13 kilometres in length and takes approximately four hours one-way. We recommend driving to Shaws Bay in East Ballina to begin the walk as it’s easy to catch the bus back from Lennox Head afterwards.
Some of our favourite elements of the walk include historic Fenwick House and the Lighthouse Beach Surf Club, the volcanic red cliff tops on the path up to Whites Head and then into the town of Lennox Heads.
A significant portion of the track is open which allows for wonderful views, but please ensure you come prepared with sunscreen, hats, water and snacks.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.