The locals have known it all along. But now the secret’s out – July is one of the best times to be in Byron Bay!
With gorgeous blue skies and pleasantly cool temperatures, winter in Byron offers a delightful smorgasbord of activities, indoors and out.
From one of the area’s greatest live music festivals and fine dining by the sea to exploring the hot spot that is North Beach, there’s plenty to see, smell, hear and taste in the Shire.
Discover our top things to do in Byron Bay July.
1) North Beach Byron Bay winter escape
Before August 31
Nestled between the northern end of Belongil Beach and the Arts and Industrial estate, North Beach used to be a fairly sleepy neck of the woods. Today, it’s transformed into a community bustling with colour and creativity.
Catch the solar powered train from here (the first of its kind in the world), or amble through the Habitat shopping precinct. There are plenty of artist studios, wellness spots, healthy eateries and boutique stores in this eclectic zone.
This winter, Elements of Byron and Habitat have teamed up to offer a 3-nights-or-more North Beach Byron Bay winter escape. Receive 20% off Elements room rates and enjoy special offers on a collection of activities and retailers for stays anytime between now and August 31.
2) Party at Splendour in the Grass
19-21 July 2019
Byron plays host to an incredible range of music festivals. Splendour in the Grass is right up there with the best of them with three days of live magical soundscapes.
Headlining acts this year include Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper. As always, there’s a sensational line up of homegrown talent including Courtney Barnett, Matt Corby, Pond, Meg Mac and more.
You’ll find the festival sitting pretty at its new permanent home at the North Byron Parklands in Yelgun, a 20-minute drive north from Elements. By all accounts, it was a deal that took almost a decade to lock in!
3) Winter Botanicals at Cape Byron Distillery
Tours available Friday – Sunday (bookings only)
Did you know gin is made from juniper berries, a super berry high in antioxidants, and it’s a drink that helps you live longer, fight off coughs and has a heap of other health benefits? A fascinating way to learn more about this spirited alcohol is through the Cape Byron Distillery.
The family-owned distillery is a special place, set in the heart of a macadamia farm surrounded by subtropical rainforest in Byron’s verdant hinterland. Book into a Cellar Door Tour to learn about the art of distillation, take a guided tour through the rainforest and uncover which native fruit and botanical flavours make up the award-winning Brookie’s Gin (think delights such as aniseed myrtle and native ginger).
4) Check out the new Palace Cinema
It’s time to ditch the little screen for the big screen. Head to the new Palace Byron Bay as a fun (and super cosy) winter outing. With its doors opening in April this year, the cinema offers something for everyone, with a mix of blockbusters, international and Australian art-house films.
Previously known as the Dendy, Palace Byron Bay has stepped up a notch in razzle and dazzle. With nine screens, state-of-the-art digital sound and projection technology, a wine and coffee bar, and a plush location in the new Mercato Centre on Jonson Street, the cinema is an essential winter’s treat.
Cinema patrons get three hours of free parking in the Mercato Centre parking station.
5) Dine by the sea at Shelter
There’s plenty to explore in and around Byron Bay. Sneaking into our top 5 things to do in Byron Bay July guide is a captivating day trip to one of our nearby towns. It’s well worth it.
Spend the day in Lennox Head. Enjoy the wild coastline and the tea-stained waters of Lake Ainsworth before indulging in a delicious meal. One of our top picks is Shelter.
It’s flavour-packed menu revolves around fresh local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Shelter is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For an unforgettable twist on a traditional breakfast, sample the maple sweet and sour pork belly, served with kimchi and fried eggs.
This chilled seaside venue also boasts lovely seafood dishes and a cast of intriguing native bush ingredients.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.