If we had one word to describe the ambience of Byron Bay in February, it would be – chilled.
With the school holidays over and most interstate visitors back at work, you’ll notice the pace sliding into an even more relaxed gear. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the last of the glorious summer days, while unearthing the smorgasbord of things to do in the region.
Not sure where to start? Here are out top picks of Byron Bay in February.
1) Savour the Final Month of Summer
There’s no such thing as a shoulder season these days in Byron.
But in February, it’s definitely more mellow than the previous summer months as the crowds pour out of town and head, reluctantly, back home.
With average highs of 27ºC and average lows of 21ºC, the weather is fantastic for pretty much anything. Stretch out poolside, fossick for shells at the beach, shop till you drop or go for a moonlit walk with the waves licking at your toes.
2) Toast to Love on Valentine’s Day
Did you know the tradition of wooing your loved one with blooms, confectionery and greeting cards started way back in 18-century England?
If you’re one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you couldn’t be in a more perfect place than the Bay. Pick up the phone and reserve two seats at di Vino, a charming Italian bar and eatery where even wrapping your tongue around the dish names (caprese stracciatella and rigatoni amatriciana, to name a few) is enough to lift the heart and soul. Italiano, after all, is one of the great love languages!
Wine lovers rejoice. The venue is not called di Vino for no reason. It has an impressive range of quality beverages, including a range of orange wines that have been fermented on their skins to add texture.
Still on the Italian theme but for a gastronomic experience of a completely different kind (and we mean, completely different), head to No Bones. This made-with-love all-women venture plates up exquisitely delish plant-based options and hearty homemade dishes. Try out the ‘calamari’ and ‘duck’ pancakes for size.
3) Restaurants to Rave About
Afternoon and nights
With its lush hinterland areas and knockout string of beaches, Byron Bay is renowned as a destination for folks from far-flung corners of the globe.
From pensioners to poets, hipsters to hippies, the rich cultural infusion is reflected in Byron’s world-class culinary scene. Tuck into a tasty burger by day and dine at a swish hatted restaurant by night, there’s sure to be something, somewhere, to tickle your taste buds.
We’ve made your selection a little easier with a list of some of Byron’s newest and most raved about foodie outfits.
4) Dive into the Byron Bay Surf Festival
20-24 February 2019
With its ripper swells and longstanding reputation as one of the world’s best surf destinations, it’ll come as no surprise that Byron Bay hosts an annual surf festival!
Immerse yourself in this five-day event, which does a mighty fine job of paying homage to the art and science of the town’s most addictive, adrenaline-fuelling sport.
Illuminating, fascinating and fabulously fun, the Byron Bay Surf Festival showcases an impressive program of ticketed and free events that cater to everyone, whether you’re a longtime surf aficionado or yet to paddle out into the big blue.
5) New Stone & Wood Brewery
Any day (but maybe not every day!)
The Industrial Estate just got better, with the homegrown Stone & Wood Brewery moving its new Byron premise to 100 Centennial Circuit.
A leisurely 1.5kms walk from Elements of Byron, the brewery is consciously green, community focused and deliberately experimental with limited-release pilot batches available for tasting along with tried-and-tested favourite handcrafted beers.
For visitors, it’s well worth booking in for a tour. It’s hands down the best way to sample the remarkable beers available and see how far things have come since “the boys” sat around a kitchen table dreaming up the original Pacific Ale.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.