With clear blue skies, pleasant temperatures and relaxed vibes, it’s no wonder Byron Bay is regarded as the perfect winter destination in June.
Visitors can dose up on vitamin D in a host of invigorating nature activities, with whale watching and dolphin spotting top of the list. Swimming also remains a popular activity, with or without a wetsuit!
Another must-do is exploring Byron via a gourmet food trail. Savour the region’s sumptuous produce and flavours, along with some delicious alcoholic beverages. Any over-indulgence can be sweated off during an energetic fitness session at one of Byron’s many health and wellness centres.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 things to do in Byron Bay for June.
1) Kayak with dolphins
Throughout June (and beyond)
Blessed with extraordinary intelligence, dolphins are seen to be magical, wondrous creatures. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to spot Byron’s resident bottlenose dolphins from the beach or while swimming. A surer way, though, is to book into a 3-hour sea kayak tour to the Cape Byron Marine Park, which comes with a dolphin guarantee!
The Cape Byron Marine Park is one of the area’s most spectacular natural treasures. This marine wonderland extends about 37kms along the coastline from the Brunswick River to Lennox Head. The park is also home to the revered Julian Rocks, which boasts more than 1000 recorded species of marine life, including leopard sharks and loggerhead turtles.
Discover more about Byron’s special coastline from a kayak.
2) Go on a whale watching cruise
June to end of October
Still on the theme of personalised oceanic adventures, Out Of The Blue Adventures runs a fantastically unique whale watching cruise (it also offers an ocean safari and scenic Richmond River cruise). The whale cruise is offered from the comfort of a purpose-built eco vessel with a 360-degree viewing experience and has on-board, a marine-biologist tour guide! Key to the popularity of the cruise is the ability to witness these magnificent giant creatures intimately in their environment during their annual migration.
3) Workout this winter
As residents in the southern parts of Australia pull out their winter knits and start hibernating, visitors to Byron can continue to enjoy an active pace, indoors and out. Keeping up with fitness training is one of the top things to do in Byron Bay in June, especially when surrounded by stunning coastlines or forest. In recent years, the area has exploded with health and wellness venues such as boutique barre and pilates studio Bende and The Academy, which is devoted to a range of martial arts.
Don’t leave Byron without completing the amazing Cape Byron Walking Trail up to the lighthouse, Australia’s most easterly point. A good starting point is from Main Beach in Byron. Follow the path heading east. You’ll get great beach views once you hit Lighthouse Road. Take a different route back by meandering along the Tallow Ridge Track forest trail. Then top off the experience with a well-earned coffee or meal at Beach Byron Bay, or one of our other great eateries.
4) Follow the gourmet food trail
Days vary depending on tour (link below)
If you’re a devoted foodie whose idea of a perfect day is visiting local farmers’ markets, sustainable producers, off-the-beaten track eateries, local distilleries and participating in cooking classes, then we’ve got just the thing. Taste Byron Bay offers all this and more – from the charming seat of a classic Kombi. You’ll be intoxicated by the lush hinterland, rich farmland and coastal views on these scenic one-of-kind food tours hosted by Sydney transplant Terase Davidson.
5) Warm up with some wine
Dinner 7 nights from 5pm, lunch Saturday & Sunday from 1pm
From natural food tours to natural wines, another must-do in June is Supernatural Cellars. Billed as Byron Bay’s ‘first wine bar’, Supernatural brims with natural vegan wines (50 from vineyards around the world, to be precise) and a flavour-packed grazing menu. The brainchild of a biodynamic winemaker and a restaurateur, the Bay Lane wine bar is a heart-warming winter’s treat. The wines are lovingly made with no or minimal chemicals, reflecting Byron’s environmentally conscious ethos. If you’re looking for a special venue to toast the start of winter, Supernatural is a terrific choice.
Keep your taste buds satisfied with more local tips on Byron’s best restaurants and bars.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.