Byron Bay on the east coast is known as the hippie capital of Australia. Few days surfing, chilling out on the beach, listening to the music and good vibes
Where to eat?
THE ROADHOUSE, 6/142 Bangalow Rd. – The menu changes daily, and all ingredients are not only organic but sourced from local farmers. http://roadhousebyronbay.com/
FISHMONGERS TAKEAWAY, 2/9 Bay Ln, Byron Bay – Nice atmosphere and delicious fish and chips. http://fishmongersbyron.com.au/
BAYGER, 1/8 Jonson street – One of the best burgers I have ever eaten. Variety, quality and taste. http://www.bayger.com.au
Where to sleep?
BYRON SPRINGS, 2 oodgeroo gardens, www.byronsprings.com.au – Such a lovely place! A restored sea-home is cosy, peaceful and simply gorgeous. The staff is friendly and helpful, the owner is adorable. Rent a bike and go to the beach, not far from the Byron centre the beaches are deserted and it won’t be difficult to find some dolphins willing to have a swim alongside you! http://www.byronspringsguesthouse.com
ARTS FACTORY BACKPACKERS LODGE, 1 Skinners Shoot Rd – Hostel and camping options available here, in a very relaxed and creative atmosphere with that hippie vibe. If you’re on the road alone and wished to do so, here’s the right place to meet people. You can also learn how to play the drum with free lessons going on around the day!
What to do in Byron Bay
CAPE BYRON WALKING TRACK
You’ll need a good two hours to properly experience this track. You’ll enjoy the ocean view from the lookout, Easterly Point lookout of Australia. With a bit of luck you can see dolphins and whales.
Rent a kayak and paddle between dolphins and turtles
BROKEN HEAD NATURE RESERVE
Enjoy the silence of a deserted beach where you can have the luck of swimming with dolphins
When in Byron Bay you can not miss this little village a but further inland, just an hour drive from Byron Bay (shuttle buses depart from Byron in the morning) hippy community since the 1960s. Artists, musicians, writers and environmentalists have made Nimbin their home. It is a village where the principles of permaculture and self-sufficiency are applied. Nimbin is the only place in New South Wales where the cultivation and use of cannabis is legal.
NIGHTCAP NATIONAL PARK
Nightcap National Park and Minyon Falls, just 20 minutes drive from Nimbin by an hour and a half from Byron Bay
NATURAL BRIDGE IN SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK
Half an hour from Byron Bay, this national park is worth a visit. Famous for its tropical forest and the cave where the fireflies illuminate the starry sky ceiling. You can make night tours and admire the beauty of this cave especially in summer evenings.