10 Must-do winter experiences in Byron Bay
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10 Must-do winter experiences in Byron Bay

As winter arrives, Byron Bay unveils its enchanting side, captivating visitors with its natural beauty and vibrant events. If you're planning a getaway to this coastal paradise during winter, get ready for a memorable experience filled with warmth, adventure, and endless possibilities.

Here are some must-see attractions and events that will make your winter stay in Byron Bay truly unforgettable.

1. Whale watching

June marks the beginning of an extraordinary natural phenomenon in Byron Bay—the annual whale migration. Set against the backdrop of the stunning coastline, Byron Bay provides a prime vantage point to witness the awe-inspiring journey of humpback whales as they migrate along the eastern coast of Australia.

Join a dedicated whale watching tour and embark on an unforgettable adventure out at sea. 

As you set sail, keep your eyes peeled for the unmistakable spray of water, indicating the presence of these majestic creatures.  It's a thrilling experience to witness the immense size and power of these magnificent creatures up close. 

A Whale Jumping Out Of The Water

2. DIY Gin Making at Lord Byron Distillery

Unleash your inner mixologist and embark on a unique gin-making experience at Lord Byron Distillery. Learn the art of crafting your very own personalized gin, guided by expert distillers.

Explore an array of botanicals and experiment with flavours to create a gin that suits your taste preferences. Indulge in the process and take home a bottle of your own handcrafted gin, a perfect memento of your time in Byron Bay.

3. Explore Aboriginal Byron

Dive into the magical history of the area with a guided tour by Delta Kay, an Arakwal Bundjalung woman who is passionate about sharing Aboriginal culture. You’ll have the opportunity to learn some Bundjalung language along the 2-hour guided walks through some of Byron Bay’s most spectacular scenery, as well as all about bush tucker (food), natural medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.

4. Byron Bay Markets

Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by visiting the Byron Bay Markets. Held regularly throughout the year, these markets are a treasure trove of unique arts, crafts, fashion, and local produce.

Explore the stalls, interact with local artisans, and discover one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home. From handmade jewellry to organic skincare products, the markets offer a delightful shopping experience filled with local charm.

5. Lennox Community Market

Extend your market adventure by visiting the Lennox Community Market. Just a short drive from Byron Bay, this market showcases the creative talents and community spirit of the region.

Browse through stalls brimming with fresh produce, baked goods, handmade crafts, and more. Immerse yourself in the relaxed atmosphere, chat with the friendly locals, and savor the flavors of the Northern Rivers region.

People At A Byron Market

 Byron Bay Markets

6. Hiking and waterfalls

Explore the natural wonders surrounding Byron Bay by embarking on a hiking adventure. Discover the lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and breath-taking coastal vistas that adorn the region.

Popular trails include the Cape Byron Walking Track, offering panoramic views of the coastline, and the Minyon Falls Walk, leading to a spectacular waterfall surrounded by pristine wilderness. Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. 

7. Learn to Surf with Lets Go Surfing

With great surf all year-round, learn to surf with Lets Go Surfing as you don a super warm wetsuit and enjoy conditions that are more beginner friendly in the winter months. The whales are an extra bonus. You can also opt in for a stand-up paddleboard tour, great for all ages and fitness levels. 

8. Shop ‘till you drop

Cooler weather means a very legitimate excuse to indulge in shopping.  There are so many awesome local brands to check out in Byron Bay. We recommend heading to the Industrial Estate where you will find local labels such as Naganta, Rowie The Label, Tigmi Trading, and, of course, sustainable St. Agni (our personal favourite) among others. We love St. Agni so much we’ve dressed our entire Experience Curator team in their clothing. Pop past the front desk at Crystalbrook Byron for some outfit inspo.

Two Women Looking At Clothes Smiling
Image credit: Destination NSW

9. Swim. Sauna. Repeat.

Crystalbrook Byron’s infinity swimming pool is heated to a delicious 27 degrees which means wallowing in the warm water is a year-round (highly encouraged) activity. And while it might be a tad too chilly to laze on the loungers, the sauna is located within the pool area which makes it perfect for a bit of post-pool heat therapy.

10. Lighthouse Walk

It’s a must. Have you always put it off because you’ve been visiting during summer and the heat is just *too much*? We recommend going really early (just after sunrise). The light at either end of the day is seriously spectacular. Jump on the track near the corner of Lawson and Massinger Streets in town and head off. There are lots of stairs and big hills in parts, but it’s all very worth it. The views will blow your mind. If you are walking between August and November, you will be blessed with many whale sightings and most likely dolphins as well.

A Group Of People Walking Near Lighthouse
Image credit: Destination NSW

Stay with Crystalbrook Byron

This luxurious Byron Bay resort offers a serene escape nestled amidst lush greenery and just moments away from the beach. From rejuvenating spa treatments to soothing dips in the heated infinity pool, every moment is designed to enhance your relaxation.

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