Byron Bay is the pitch perfect destination all year round.
There are always plenty of reasons to book a visit. In April, the seemingly endless ‘yes’ list includes just-right temperatures and world famous beaches to an eclectic mix of artistic events, including one of the region’s most popular music festivals.
So hold on to your (sun) hats and relish the intoxicating mix of nature, laid-back fun and cultural happenings in our Top 5 Byron Bay for April.
1) Easter Long Weekend
19 April – 22 April
The Easter weekend in Byron Bay has long been associated with the internationally renowned music revelry that is Bluesfest (more below). But if massive crowds isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to keep your holiday vibes alive and kicking.
One of the best ways to soak up the spirit of Byron is to head to one of our pristine beaches or immerse yourself in the soul-soothingly lush hinterland.
But on Easter Sunday, the place to be is the quarterly Byron Beachside Market.
Held on the foreshore east of the Surf Club, you’re sure to find something original and wonderfully homegrown as you peruse the hundreds of stalls peddling artisan goods, health and well-being pamper treatments, and yummy food.
Still on the theme of markets, the region is positively pulsing with vibrant community markets – not just in Byron, but further afield. Check out this handy guide to plan another Easter Weekend market outing!
18 April – 22 April
Over five days of blues’n roots music, Bluesfest unites generations, warms the soul and creates a lifetime of memories with an astounding lineup of artists. Headliners this year include Iggy Pop, Jack Jonson and Australian singer-songwriter sensation Tash Sultana, among many more.
The award-winning festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has had a colourful history, with genuinely humble beginnings. The venue location is a tea tree farm, complete with honey making bees and a koala population (you might spot one wearing ear muffs)!
Another undisputed highlight of Bluesfest is the Boomerang Festival, which showcases world-class traditional and contemporary indigenous arts, music, dance, culture, comedy and theatre acts.
3) Pottery at the Byron School of Clay
You pick the date
At the Byron School of Clay, you’ll experience, literally, the earthy essence our region is so famous for. Working with the sensuous, silky nature of clay seems to have that effect.
This gorgeous studio, which you can find in the Industrial Estate, offers intensely local and highly creative (some say meditative) pottery making experiences. With a bunch of offerings for short-term visitors, including 2-hour private workshops and taster sessions, it’s a delightful way to make your stay even more memorable.
Sessions are suitable for everyone, from beginners to experienced potters. Find out more.
4) Art at the Lone Goat Gallery
Various dates in April
Conveniently located in the same building as the Byron Bay library on the corner of Middleton and Lawson streets is the Lone Goat Gallery.
An important venue promoting the rich and diverse talents of Byron Bay’s artistic folk, the gallery is small, but well worth a visit. Running until April 17 is the Bunjalung Women’s Ways group show, which includes the work of a stellar group of Aboriginal women artists.
You can also catch Colleen DaRosa’s aptly named ‘Luminous’ exhibition, which celebrates the study of light. Read more about this inspiring local artist here.
5) Explore the Beauty of Ballina
Whenever it works for you
Best known as the gateway to Byron Bay given its airport, this regional town is not always on the radar of visitors to the area, though it should be.
Perched on the Richmond River and with a heap of drop-dead gorgeous beaches in its own right, Ballina is only a 30-minute ride from Elements, so can be done as a leisurely day trip, rather than a last-minute attraction on the way back to the airport.
The attractions in Ballina are many. Worth a mention is the chic-yet-relaxed cafe and store The Belle General. Run by two sisters and a cousin, this family-run affair serves up deliciously healthy food and a shop where you can find carefully curated items of jewellery, artwork and homewares.
Another must do in Ballina is Sharps Beach in Skennars Head. Due to its strong currents, you’re unlikely to find huge crowds at this beach, which only adds to its appeal. It’s great for surfing, fishing and long walks fossicking for shells.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.