There’s nothing quite as lovely as Byron Bay in March. Expect long days of luxurious sunshine and the odd tropical shower that’s sure to transform the hinterlands into mesmerising lushness.
There’s no shortage of cool activities and events, either. With fewer crowds, it’s a great time to catch the surf bug at one of the many spectacular Byron bay surf spots.
Still on the theme of aquatic adventures, Byron Bay in March plays host to one leg of an annual international ocean festival, where you can soak up a range of illuminating perspectives. Or you can simply grab a wickedly healthy bite in town or spend a day blissfully immersed in nature with a to-go gourmet picnic hamper.
Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Byron Bay this March.
1) Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants
Any day of the week
If you haven’t already noticed, there’s a slow and steady global shift towards plant-based eating. Not only is this kind of diet awesome for the planet, it’s also delicious and packed with nutrients – which explains why it attracts a following of non-vegan or non-vegetarian eaters too.
Byron Bay is synonymous with alternative culture, so it won’t surprise you to learn that there are oodles of plant-based dishes to sample. You’ll find everything from jackfruit lettuce wraps and hemp burgers to super smoothies and cosmic cocktails (which may go down well after a tarot reading!).
Head to Bare Blends in town for a power-packed breakfast smoothie or try the hip-yet-totally-cosy Folk café or The General Store for a leisurely lunch. And for dinner, it’s a no brainer with one of our faves, No Bones.
Before you go forth and explore, here are more tips on Byron’s best vegan and vegetarian options.
2) Learn to Surf in Byron Bay
Any morning you like
In the same way a visit to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower, or a trip to Egypt wouldn’t be the same without gawking at the great Pyramids, many visitors to Byron Bay only feel they’ve experienced the region’s beauty once they’ve caught a white-crested wave or two. Or at the very least, tried to!
In March, the water is just as inviting as in summer, with an average of 26ºC. And with the summer holiday crowds a distant memory, you won’t be jostling for space as you tackle the waves at favourite newbie spots at The Pass or Clarkes Beach.
3) Ocean Film Festival at Byron Theatre
7 & 8 March 2019
Kick back, relax and enjoy the wonders of the ocean…from the comfort of a seat. Held at the Byron Theatre in the heart of town, the annual Ocean Film Festival Australia shines a spotlight on the world’s most inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking films – all with a watery theme.
Made by independent filmmakers, the unique selection of films is shown covers topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean-related sports and coastal cultures. Not to be missed if you’re an ocean lover!
4) Best Spots for a Romantic Picnic
Any fine-weather day
Byron Bay in March is breathtakingly beautiful and simply ideal for a romantic picnic. If waterfalls are your thing, head to Minyon Falls or take a leisurely drive into the hinterlands where you’re sure to find a spot far from the crowds.
For an unbeatable ocean walk, you can stroll from north Belongil Beach towards Brunswick Heads. Even if you don’t make it all the way, you’ll enjoy the serenity, locals-only vibe and many picnic beach options.
If you’re planning to pop the million-dollar question to your loved one, why not enlist the help of Wild Goat Events? They specialise in curating custom marriage proposal packages (and elopements) to make the whole process go according to plan. In case you’re wondering, scattered rose petals to make an appearance!
If you don’t want to do any food preparation during your trip to Byron Bay, pick up a ready-made picnic hamper. Byron Bay Picnics creates feasts using premium local products in unforgettable settings, including self-driving boats, while the iconic Harvest Newrybar has deli hampers which have everything you need for an impromptu picnic, especially to the nearby Killen Falls (see below).
Read more about romantic picnic spots in Byron Bay.
5) Killen Falls
Any time you need a nature boost
It doesn’t have the celebrity status of some of the other waterfalls in the region, but Killen Falls in Tintenbar is well worth a visit.
This undiscovered gem offers an easy walk to a lookout, followed by a more challenging descent to a swimming hole with a roaring 10-metre waterfall at one end. Don’t forget to wear sturdy walking shoes so you negotiate the rocky trail, as well as to explore the caves under the falls.
Nestled in one of the last standing areas of Big Scrub rainforest, this is a nature experience you will treasure for life. From Elements, Killen Falls is a 25-minute drive south, with spectacular views along the way.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.