What makes September such a special time to visit Byron Bay?
As the weather warms up—September averages between 22-24º—with sea temperatures rising too, you can leave the wetsuit at home and enjoy what Byron Bay is best known for: pristine beaches, a local food experience, great yoga, and sunset drinks.
Spring officially arrives across the Southern Hemisphere in September, so this month is a great opportunity to revive after winter and prepare your body, mind and soul for a new, and warmer season. Where better to do it than right here in Byron Bay!
Discover our Top 5 Guide of things to do in Byron Bay in September.
1) Daily Yoga in Byron Bay
Available every day
There aren’t many things more invigorating and nourishing than a daily yoga class, and Byron Bay has some of the best yoga studios in Australia.
From hatha yoga to ashtanga and vinyasa, there’s a class and schedule to suit everyone. Start your day with complimentary sunrise yoga at Elements of Byron overlooking Belongil Beach. If you wish to extend your practice beyond the resorts daily beachfront yoga, take a look at our guide to Yoga in Byron Bay and revitalise your body, mind and spirit in the yoga capital of Australia.
2) Sample Food Festival
7 September 2019
Prepare your taste buds for one of the best food festivals of the year. For the ninth year running, Bangalow Showground will be home to the best chefs, farmers and food producers at the Sample Food Festival on 7 September, 2019.
Come early and you can enjoy a whole week of culinary indulgence! From September 1, Bangalow is alive with opportunities to learn food photography and styling. Or, take a seat at the Sample Lunch where you can look forward to being served delicious delights from Harvest Newrybar, Paper Daisy, Friday Hut Dining and more.
Entry is $5 (kids are free) and there are $5 and $10 restaurant tasting plates, live music, workshops and even a cooking stage.
Why not make it an annual event – held on the first Saturday in September every year the Sample Food Festival is not to be missed!
Why not try… heading out to Harvest in Newrybar before the festival begins and sample the freshest pastries from their 107-year-old wood-fired oven or grab an espresso from the coffee cart–open from 6.30am every day.
3) Take flight with Hot Air Ballooning
Every day (weather permitting)
With views of Mt Warning to the North and an expansive stretch of pristine beaches to the East, taking to the air at sunrise in Byron Bay is nothing short of spectacular.
As the sun lifts over the horizon you might even spot a migrating humpback whale as they take their annual journey north. Byron Bay in September is one of the best viewing spots for the migration of humpback whales.
With early sunrises throughout September, you can enjoy a Hot Air Balloon experience and still have plenty of your day to enjoy all the gems Byron Bay has to offer.
4) Beach Horse Riding
Available Monday – Saturday every week
If you love being in the great outdoors then Byron Bay has it all. With yoga, great food and hot air ballooning ticked off your list, you can feel the wind in your hair with horse riding at Elements of Byron.
September in Byron is traditionally dry and warm making it the perfect time to saddle up and take a leisurely horseback ride on the beach or a trail ride through the forest.
At Zephyr, levels are catered for and regular tours are capped at 8-10 people. Custom rides for large groups can be arranged and ride times will vary depending on the weather so be sure to call ahead.
It’s a fantastic experience that’s perfect for a September trip to Byron.
5) Sunset Cocktails at Brunswick Heads
Every day 5-7pm
Just 15 minutes’ drive from Elements, Brunswick Heads offers old world charm with a modern twist.
Facing the famous Brunswick River (a tidal outlet where you can hire stand up paddle boards or go for an afternoon dip) cocktails and tapas are the order of the day at The Kinsgwood.
Open 5pm till late Wed-Sat and from midday on Sunday, this relaxed coastal kitchen has a seasonal menu and great wine list – with plenty of non-alcoholic options too.
Just around the corner, Park St Pasta serves up homemade pasta with a gorgeous outlook that feels like you’re in the heart of Italy. Great for families and couples, you can BYO beer or wine and there’s a small but perfectly formed kids menu.
Check out these other great places to eat and drink in Byron Bay.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.