Byron Bay is such a beautiful coastal town and is the most popular destination in Australia. It has plenty of things to do and with the pristine coast and the hippie vibe, Byron Bay is my favourite town too. One day in Byron Bay is definitely less for the town and I recommend spending at least 4 to 5 days enjoying and exploring the town. But if you just have one day, then you are at the right place. I will try to recommend and suggest the itinerary and the things that can be done in one day at Byron Bay.
For a complete guide to Byron Bay, read my post Travel guide to Byron Bay.
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Where is Byron Bay?
Byron Bay is a coastal town in New South Wales (NSW) state of Australia. It is in the north coast of the state and is more close to Brisbane than Sydney. Known for its beautiful surf beaches and the hippie vibes in the town, Byron Bay should definitely be on your list of places to see.
How to get to Byron Bay?
Byron Bay is closer to Brisbane than Sydney, even though it is in NSW state.
- The distance between Byron Bay and Sydney is about 770 kilometres north of Sydney and takes about 8 hours 30 minutes to drive.
- There are toll roads in between.
- The distance between Byron Bay and Brisbane is 166 kilometres and it takes only about 2 hours 10 minutes to drive.
- The fastest way to get to Byron Bay is by flying into the town. It has its own airport in Ballina, which is about 31 kilometres from the Byron Bay Central Business District (CBD).
- Jetstar is the budgeted airline.
- There are buses that go between Ballina airport and Byron Bay CBD. This is definitely a cheaper option but it takes almost an hour to reach the CBD.
- The quickest way to go between the Ballina airport and Byron Bay CBD is by taking a shuttle bus. Even though it is pricey (AUD 30 per person for one way), it is a door to door service.
- Contact details of the shuttle are:
- Phone number: 0414 660 031.
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If you are more than one person, then taking an Uber between the Ballina airport and Byron Bay CBD is the best way to go. The cost is around AUD 60 for one way taxi ride.
- The cheapest way to get to Byron Bay from Sydney is by taking a train. The train fare only costs between AUD 60 to AUD 90 one way. But the journey is around 14 hours.
- Train tickets can be purchased on the Transport for NSW website.
One day in Byron Bay
Note: The itinerary listed below does not include the flights and there is an assumption that you have landed in Byron Bay the previous day.
As you start your day, have a nice and beautiful breakfast at one of the cafes in Lawson or Jonson streets. There are quaint and cosy cafes around with delicious coffee and breakfast. My favourite breakfast at the cafe was the corn fritters at Mokha on Lawson cafe.
Once you have the breakfast, I suggest the sea kayaking. It is a great way to be in the waters and see some friendly marine animals like the dolphins. There is nothing like kayaking with the dolphins or whales (during the whale migratory season).
If you are not into kayaking, take a whale watching tour to go see the whales from a boat. It is spectacular to see them during the migratory season. The whale migration season starts from May and ends at November. During this season, the whales travel from south to the north on the east coast of Australia and then go back down south after the mating/birth season.
For a guide on seeing the Humpback whales in Sydney, read my post Whale watching in Sydney.
For lunch, head over to the Orgasmic Falafel and have their delicious and beautiful falafels. It is a small place but the falafels are totally worth it. Try out their Falafel plate with humus, salsa and salad.
After lunch, go for a walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. It is a 2.4 kilometres walk (one way) from the town centre. The walk is refreshing and is a popular walk around the area. It has views of the ocean and the lighthouse. The Cape Byron Lighthouse is also a great place to see the whales and dolphins.
If you are not up for walking, then definitely take the 10 minutes train ride between Byron and North beaches. The train is the World’s first solar train and is a unique experience at Byron Bay. The tickets can be purchased onboard and the cost is AUD 5 per adult one way.
Head to one of the massage centres and have a relaxing and therapeutic massage. It is worth ending the day with a lovely massage from a trained masseur. I had massages at multiple places, one was right on the Main beach, second was from Byron Bay massage clinic and the third was at a Thai massage centre next to the Success Thai restaurant. My favourite was at the Thai massage centre as it was value for money.
After a massage, head to one of the beaches where you can see the mesmerising sunsets. The sunset at Byron Bay is absolutely gorgeous and there is nothing else you would rather do than ending the day with the pretty and dramatic sky colours.
Finish the day with a tasty dinner. I suggest either the Mexican restaurant Miss Margarita or the restaurant at Beach Hotel. Both are amazing and the restaurant at Beach Hotel has lively and happening music.
As I mentioned, one day is definitely not sufficient for Byron Bay. The town has so many things and is great for people who love outdoors. I would at least spend 5 to 6 days in Byron Bay to enjoy the town and all the things that the town can offer.
For a memorable road trip and all other coastal towns, including Byron Bay, in the east coast of Australia, read my post “The ultimate road trip in the east coast“.