November is hands-down the best time of the year to visit Byron Bay. The humidity is yet to arrive, the days are bright and sunny, and the Christmas crowds are still holiday planning so the place is buzzy but not brimming.
November is perfect for couples in need of a short break before the end-of-year schedule goes crazy. There’s loads of fun things to do in Byron Bay, however, while staying at Elements of Byron you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to just kick back and relax. Make sure you nab a hanging daybed at sunset, or commandeer a private cabana at our adults-only pool. If you’ve forgotten how to switch into holiday-mode after a big year, this is the ideal month for a quick recharge before the final gallop to the festive season.
We’ve put together some of the best things to do in Byron bay in November, including ways to make the most of the uncrowded, pre-Christmas early summer season.
1. Voted Australia’s best pool
It’s not hard to see why Elements of Byron’s adults exclusive pool was voted Australia’s Best Pool by Gourmet Traveller in their 2018 Australian Hotel Guide. For a languid, undisturbed day tucked away from everything and everyone, it’s hard to beat.
Laze in shady comfort in your own private cabana with a good novel, or slip into an afternoon poolside snooze. The adults exclusive pool is the ideal spot if you’re looking to escape everyday demands with nothing to do aside from sunbake and swim – and sink a cocktail or two.
Your hardest choice will be whether to slide into the pool and glide up to the swim-up tequila bar, or to opt for the pool-side service direct to your cabana. It’s a tough choice.
Summer Salt Bar serves a dazzlingly good array of agave spirits and signature cocktails. A retro-styled taco-van serves Mexican-inspired cuisine made from fresh produce sourced locally each day from the Byron Bay region. Think tacos stuffed with prawns or Tecate-braised brisket washed down with a lunchtime tequila.
Spend even just one afternoon at our adults-only pool, and you’ll know why it’s been voted Australia’s best pool. Bar open from 11am, food service from 12pm daily.
2. Explore Byron Bay’s hinterland
Byron Bay’s stunning hinterland is packed with lush landscapes, pretty villages, and plenty of hidden gems for food and drink pit-stops.
Exploring the region’s rolling hills and picturesque towns such as Bangalow and Newrybar, Federal, is a highlight of any visit to Byron Bay. It’s also hands-down one of the best things to do in Byron Bay for families.
From scenic day-long hikes in gorgeous natural surroundings to lazy mornings enjoying brunch with a view, the land beyond Byron Bay is the perfect place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and slow things right down.
Picture-perfect Bangalow is a good place to begin your hinterland adventure. Located within the Northern Rivers, this lovely little town is centered around one main street. Take a leisurely stroll, popping into stylish boutiques such as Hendrix & Harlow, ROWIE, and Island Luxe.
If you work up an appetite along the way, a fab spot to swing in for a bite to eat in Bangalow is Woods café. With a menu that celebrates clean, wholesome, tasty food sourced from the Byron Bay region, you’ll leave feeling happily nourished.
One of Byron’s Bay’s hinterland lesser-known gems, but no less delightful than its neighbours, Newrybar, is another one-street-town that over-delivers in terms of stylish boutiques, cute cafes, and super friendly locals.
Harvest Newrybar is great place to refuel in laid-back style. Located in a charming old weatherboard house, Harvest Newrybar has a historic bakery, a private dining room and deli. The menu features innovative, delicious seasonal, locally sourced and artisan foods.
Set in a striking 1890s dwelling Merchants of Newrybar is a collective of creative local artisans and curators of fine goods. Honouring the essence and rugged beauty of Byron Bay’s hinterland, Newrybar Merchants blends rustic charm and modern style within a stylish, unique retail space with aplomb. Definitely not one to miss.
Driving through the hinterland will reward you with breathtaking views of undulating hills green hills and the ocean in the distance. Make sure you stop at Federal, an attractive little village with some stand-out places to eat and drink.
Drop into Federal Doma Cafe, an excellent modern Japanese-Australian fusion cafe celebrating super fresh locally sourced food. While the food is exquisite, the vibe is low-key. Think rustic wooden share tables and pared-back Japanese style. Pop into Moonshine Coffee for amazing coffee and chai.
While in Federal be sure to visit nearby Minyon Falls. These 100m-waterfalls have a viewing platform that’s easily accessible via an unsealed but well-maintained road. Alternatively, enjoy a range of bush walks that take in the creek, rainforest and escarpment landscapes.
3. Byron School of Clay Workshop
Extend your holiday adventure by trying something new and nurturing your creativity. Nothing helps you feel more grounded than spending a day with your hands kneading, sculpting and massaging a piece of clay into something special (or quirky).
Located a mere eight-minute walk from Elements of Byron, Byron School of Clay is dedicated to teaching pottery and ceramic art in different class-type formats. The School is another wonderful new space that joins Byron’s vibrant set of artistic studios and workshop spaces.
If your holiday itinerary is pretty packed, Byron School of Clay’s one-day workshops and private wheel workshops teach you how to throw beautiful, sustainable pottery in a group or private setting. Their wheel workshops cater for all levels of experiences – from absolute beginners to well-seasoned potters.
Byron School of Clay was founded by artist and teacher Todd Beatson whose passion for ceramics inspired him to open a studio dedicated to give others the same opportunity to learn and fall in love with the craft as he had.
4. Banff Mountain Film Festival Worldwide Tour
After all that the poolside relaxation, who doesn’t love a bit of action amidst jaw-dropping nature-scapes? A selection of award-winning, hand-picked adventure films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival Banff is coming to the Byron Theatre. It’s one wild ride for one night only.
When: Wednesday 6 November, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Byron Theatre: 69 Johnson St, Byron Bay
The new line-up features two-and-a-half hours of short adventure films that celebrate the camaraderie, courage and conviction of today’s most out-there adventurers. Packed full of long lines, steep jumps and skilful stunts, the films pay homage to the wild and rugged playgrounds of today’s thrill-seekers.
The vistas are stunning, the cinematography is captivating, the vantage points are unbelievable. Witness daring footage of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, wing-suit pilots, skiers, snowboarders and mountain-bike riders alive today.
5. Meet your favourite farm icons
Looking for fun things to do in Byron bay for families? Don’t miss Icons of the Farm tour at The Farm at Byron. The one-hour tour celebrates many of the famous farm icons we’ve all grown to love.
From pink piggies to golden-haired chooks, this brand new tour allows visitors to meet their favourite farm friends, while learning the story behind each animal. Kids will love this fun interactive activity, and will leave with muddy boots, big smiles, and heads full of fun farm facts.
There’s plenty more to do at The Farm at Byron, discover what’s on offer here.
Sundays & Mondays at 9am. Cost: $20 per adult, $15 per child (kids under 5 years are free). Online booking essential and must be at least 24 hours before tour date.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.