Top Ten Things to do in Byron Bay!

We all know Byron is a special place, and no matter how much time you have here you will most certainly be able to accomplish all of the things on this list.
The summer months are such a great time to be here, lots of tourists, busy streets, busy nights, and plenty of beaches!

Take a look at the top ten things you must do while in Byron Bay!

1. Byron’s Beaches

There are so many amazing beaches in and around Byron Bay with some hidden away from the general public. The central Byron beaches are fantastic if you don’t want to go too far. If you want to venture to some less known beaches take a look at our Byron Bay Beaches Blog


2. Surf lessons

Our friends at Let’s Go Surfing are the best in the business so if you’re wanting to surf for the first time or if you’re a pro and just need a board then Let’s Go Surfing are for you. Lexis students receive a fantastic discounted rate for a two-hour lesson and there’s even a discount if you want to book more than one lesson. Come to reception and book or pop down and see them in person.


3. Kayak with the Dolphins

You can pretty much guarantee that you will see dolphins when you kayak in the Bay of Byron. Just head to the Byron Bay Touring Co travel desk downstairs in the student lounge and they will give you a great deal for Kayaking with the Dolphins and any other adventures you might like to do!


4. Hire a bike

One of the cheapest and best ways to get around Byron is by bike and there are plenty of bike trails that begin in the town centre which take you through local rainforests to the beach. Come to reception and you can get yourself a bike for just $2 a day. You can’t get any cheaper than that! 


5. Day trip to Nimbin

Nimbin is totally stuck in the ’60s. A unique village with a very hippy vibe! Jump on board and book a Happy Coach with Byron Bay Touring Co. You are guaranteed a great day out in the hinterland.


6. Local markets

Byron loves its markets and there’s always something for everyone also there are plenty of markets to explore in the Byron region. Some of the most regular markets are – Byron Bay Artisan Market (October to March, every Saturday night), Byron Bay Markets (first Sunday of every month) & Byron Bay Farmer’s Market (every Thursday morning).


7. Snorkel or scuba dive at Julian Rocks

A protected reserve for the gentle-natured Grey Nurse Shark, Julian Rocks is also the perfect place to look out for Sea Turtles and around 500 species of fish! You can choose from an Intro Dive, a Certified Dive or a Snorkel tour.


8. Visit Crystal Castle

If you want to feel a little more spiritual then head to Crystal Castle which is located in the hinterland behind Mullumbimby. With tranquil gardens, the world’s largest crystals, and a daily peace experience. You’ll leave Crystal Castle feeling calm and centred!


9. A night out in Byron

Byron is small with a big town feel and it certainly has enough pubs, clubs, and bars for everyone. There’s live music on most nights of the week but the weekend is when it really heats up with local musicians playing in the streets. You only need to walk around to discover them for yourself!


10. Sunrise from Byron Bay Lighthouse

The Lighthouse walk is a must. Get up early to see the sunrise or take a picnic and watch the sunset! The Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point and the views are amazing! The walking trail from Byron Bay’s Main Beach to the Lighthouse will take you around 45 minutes each way. It’s also worth taking a detour down to Little Watagos beach. 



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Lighthouse Bushwalk! May 6

Today was  another gorgeous day in Byron Bay, so it was a perfect afternoon to enjoy a walk to the Lighthouse.


It is such an icon of Byron Bay and was complemented by many other Australian icons including wallabies, kookaburras, bush turkeys and dolphins!


Estelle, Yuka, Ayu and I enjoyed the amazing scenery and ocean views.

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

A Brief History of Byron Bay…

Have you ever wondered about Byron Bay’s past?

Byron hasn’t always been a laid-back surfer town…

The original inhabitants were the Arakwal people, part of the Bundjalung group. They called the area Cavvanbah, meaning meeting place.


Byron Bay has changed dramatically in the last 250 years. Here’s a time line of European history…

1770 : Captain Cook named Cape Byron as he was sailing past


1828 : William Johns on the HMAS Rainbow mapped the Bay

1884/5 : The village of Cavvanbah was surveyed. 200 lots of land were sold.

1894 : Opening of the railway. Cavvanbah was renamed Byron Bay.


Early 1900’s : Dairy and pig industry dominated.

1930’s : Sand mining was established between Ballina and Brunswick Heads


1954-62 : The whaling industry took as many as 150 humpback whales per year.


1960’s : Surfers discovered the many beaches around Byron Bay.


1973 : Nimbin’s Aquarious Festival established Byron Bay as hippy / alternative town.

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1980’s : Byron Bay discovered by backpackers as a must visit destination.


1990’s – present : Tourism is the largest industry in Byron Bay, with people flocking from all over the world to enjoy the beaches, the surf, the markets, the festivals and that famous Byron atmosphere!

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