A visit to the Byron Bay area isn’t complete without a visit to the magical Minyon Falls. This worthy walking track offers a gorgeous day out and the opportunity to experience a range of forests, pristine creeks and a spectacular waterfall in Nightcap National Park, which was added to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Site in 1986.
Winding through Nightcap escarpment, this track is sure to both challenge and delight bushwalking fans. Leading through a rainforest to a scenic waterfall the view of the falls themselves and the coast (on a clear day) is something to behold indeed.
From the lookout, watch the cascades flow over to a deep palm-shaded gorge below that serves as a beautiful natural pool that is perfect for swimming.
Minyon Falls Byron Bay is a great place for a quick stop, but if you’d like to spend longer at this special place, there’s a picnic area with plenty of shady trees, barbecues and picnic tables. There are also a couple of bushwalks that leave from the picnic area, including one trail that follows a 4.5km route from the top of the falls, across the ridge, near Quandong Falls, down into the valley to the bottom of the Minyon falls. This track continues for 2.5km to Minyon Grass, then joins the road for 1.2km back to the falls car park to form a loop. A shorter, 2.5 km track runs from Minyon Grass to the bottom of the falls. Another walking trail in the area is the Boggy Creek Walk from the Rummery Park Campground to the top of the Falls (45 minutes each way).
Note: this walk is in a remote location and weather can be unpredictable, so ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
Byron Bay is unique in so many ways, but one of the biggest jewels in this world famous town’s crown would have to be its beaches and right in front of the town is one of the best!
Main Beach is located directly in front of the town of Byron Bay and continues southeast toward Clarke’s Beach and the lighthouse. A large grassy park with play equipment, picnic tables and barbeques occupies the beachfront and continues south beyond the Surf Club. This beach’s safe, north-facing curve of beach offers a popular surfing break, soft white sand and turquoise ocean as far as the eye can see.
The Surf Club, which opened in 1907, is the second oldest Club north of Sydney and provides the Surf Lifesavers that patrol the beach year round.
Main Beach is popular with young swimmers and families alike, as most of the waves that reach the shore need to refract around Cape Byron, limiting wave height and providing safer swimming conditions. This also means that the surf breaks are relatively small.
Main Beach is also great for snorkelling adventures. The State’s most northerly Aquatic Reserve is positioned about 3km from the shore around the area of Julian Rocks. This area has many caves and corals that attract both tropical and temperate fish. It is a popular place for snorkelling and diving. You can also snorkel out to the Tassie II, a wreck just off the coast.
Situated between Main Beach and the Pass, Clarkes Beach is an idyllic north-facing beach with beachfront parking, amenities and Caravan Park. A protected area, with near-perfect swimming conditions all year round, the waves here are relatively small in the area, attracting many of the learn-to-surf programs.
Clarke’s beach provides ideal conditions for many water activities, including body boarding, windsurfing, paragliding, kite-surfing and long boarding. Humpback whales have also been known to frolic in the waters of the bay with their calves, as they head back to Antarctica in the wintertime.
Situated between the Fisherman’s Lookout and the headland, The Pass beach curves around, facing a north-easterly direction. Waves that refract around Cape Byron therefore run at near right angles toward the shore which can create dangerous swimming conditions but also internationally recognised surf. The positioning of the bay creates long, tubing right-handers that are considered world class and puts the Pass into the Top 15 best surf beaches in Australia.
The Fisherman’s Lookout is a large wooden structure, with a platform at the top from which you can admire the beautiful view, the crowds of surfers, fish, dolphins, and migrating whales during the Winter.
If you are looking for limousine car and driver hire to take your party to Minyon Falls Byron Bay; require transfers from Ballina Byron airport, or need any assistance on how to get to Byron Bay from Gold Coast, contact us today.
Looking for something to do the weekend of August 4-6? The Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional writers’ festival, held in August every year at its iconic beachside location at Elements Resort. Renowned for its sense of community and thought-provoking programming, the festival explores the importance of literature and debate in shaping our lives.
This year, yet another riveting line-up of writers and thinkers will converge on beautiful Byron Bay to inspire and entertain all those interested in art of writing and anyone who just loves to read a good book. The Byron Writers Festival is the central hub to the Northern Rivers’ active, vibrant literary culture. The purpose of this annual event is to create and delivers programs that involve and enrich professional, amateur and aspiring writers (and readers) of all ages.
The promotion of literature (particularly Australian), enhancing the skills of writers, and fostering a culture of reading and writing among all age groups in the Northern Rivers and beyond forms the foundation of this very special festival. This year, the festival will see more than 130 writers join panels on 120-plus sessions over the 3-day event, welcoming artists, environmentalists, philosophers, journalists and musicians as well as our more traditional storytellers.
‘The 21st Byron Writers Festival program aims to soar high across many different dominions. We seek to inspire, engage and cultivate accessible conversations between our writer guests and avid audiences,’ says Festival Director, Edwina Johnson. ‘We are especially proud of this year’s Program – for its cultural diversity, scope and probing amalgamation of important topics and different writing genres.’
Acclaimed Australian novelists include Kate Grenville, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Hannah Kent, A.S. Patric, Nicolas Rothwell, Kim Scott and Byron Bay based Rob Drewe who will launch his new novel Whipbird at the Festival. They join a best-selling line-up of Australian crime writers, including David Free, Mirandi Riwoe (M.J. Tjia), Michael Robotham and Jock Serong.
ABIA Award winner and rock icon Jimmy Barnes will discuss his bestselling, critically acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. Legendary singer and songwriter Tex Perkins will reveal his newly released autobiography. The two will come together for a special ABC Radio National session with presenter Sarah Kanowski. Sarah Blasko will feature in a one-on-one conversation with The Saturday Paper’s Erik Jensen as well as a Music Makers session with musician and novelist Holly Throsby.
This year’s festival reveals an exciting and compelling program across six stages and will be complemented by diverse writers’ workshops, satellite events and literary dinners throughout Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region. For more information and tickets go to www.byronwritersfestival.com or call (02) 6685 5115
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” – William Faulkner –
From headlands and beaches to cruise boats and kayaks, the Byron Bay region is wonderful for watching whales on their annual migration along the spectacular NSW coast. Enjoy watching these magnificent creatures at Australia’s most easterly point between May and November, when whales migrate in their thousands. If you would like to experience dana point whale watching, there are many companies which will give you the once in a lifetime chance to see whales.
The Byron Bay region, offers excellent opportunities to spot whales frolicking around Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina. Land-based vantage points include. In Ballina, head for Lighthouse Hill and the viewing platforms at Angels Beach, Flat Rock and Skennars Head. Rocky Point and the Pat Morton Lookout in Lennox Head are popular too. You can go whale watching with companies like Ocean Extreme to give an overall experience of getting up close and personal with the whales.
For the chance to get even closer to the whales, Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and Cape Byron Kayaks offer kayaking tours to observe these majestic mammals up close and Sundive Byron Bay offer the opportunity to view whales while snorkelling at Julian Rocks.
A whale-watching cruise with Blue Bay Whale Watching, Byron Bay Eco Charter or Whale Watching Byron Bay is another exciting way to experience these amazing animals up close, with some of the cruise boats having hydrophones that enable you to listen to the whales singing.
To see where the whales are right now check out the Wild About Whales app. Enjoy!
When you think about what to do on a sunny day in Byron Bay, it doesn’t get much better than lazing on one of the many stunning beaches that grace these shores. Surrounded by natural beauty, you’ll find it easy to unwind and relax on soft sand, enjoy invigorating swims in crystal-clear water and glorious sunrises and sunsets over the deep blue ocean.
Whether it’s swimming, surfing, kayaking fishing, or just rolling out your towel and relaxing on the soft sand Byron Bay’s gorgeous beaches have something that will suit everyone.
Belongil is great place to walk anytime of the day, but if you’re looking for something to do in the early morning this beach is pure magic! Wake before sunrise, grab a coffee and take in the views that stretch north towards Brunswick Heads where you can witness Mount Warning in all it’s glory in the distance.
In the evening, head down to the main beach car park at sunset to enjoy the famous drumming circle that happens Friday to Sunday. Dance with diverse characters, musicians and vagabond travellers as they celebrate the end of another beautiful day in Byron Bay.
A short walk from the Main Beach and centre of town The Wreck named after the remains of the Wollongbar ship lodged just 30m offshore. The ship lost its tie to the old Byron Bay Pier during a cyclone in 1922 and sank. It now provides great snorkelling options and surf in the right conditions. Dogs are allowed here, providing the opportunity to socialise with other dog lovers or just enjoy a swim or surf when the swell is up.
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Head over to Byron Bay Luxury Homes blog page and take a look at some of the fantastic activities available around Byron. The team have put together a great line-up of the best of the region and their personal favourites with some wonderful images to get you excited about your adventure.
If getting out further into the hinterland is your thing, Byron Bay Luxe Limousines can drive you in style. If it’s a day of shopping around in the region, or a special lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants situated out of Byron, BBLL can make sure you can relax and have a personalised service to take you there and bring you back. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view.
Get out and about, go adventuring and discover the charms of the Northern Rivers with Byron Bay Luxe Limousines. The hinterland is a tropical paradise full of fresh rivers and swimming holes, waterfalls surrounded by lush green forest. READ MORE
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