In case you’ve got a week or so to spend in Byron over the summer, or maybe you live here and just want to make the most of your time off work, we put our heads together and compiled the Byron Bay Bucket List for 2016/17. The days are long and nights are warm. We’re embracing all there is about this beautiful part of the world, and you should too!
This one is a bit of a given… But what better time to overdose on a bit of Vitamin D. For us, the epitome of summer is early morning coffees sitting on the beach. The fresh sea breeze, a couple of people walking their dogs, and the vast expanse of ocean in front of you (before the crowds build up and the sun reaches its peak).
Sunrises and Sunsets in Byron
This too, frequents our days all year around, but summer is the perfect time to lap up as much of magic hour at dawn and dusk as possible. Think early morning walks along the pass and up to the lighthouse, watching the sun rise over the most easterly point of Australia (before making that coffee and beach pit stop on your way home!), and balmy evenings watching the sunset with friends.
No Byron Bay bucket list is complete without this! The iconic three-day festival that heads to Byron Bay over New Years every year. High up on the priority list for the summer! If you can score tickets, then you’re in for a festival not to be forgotten. From the early morning buzz at the campsite, to the late nights meandering home and all the music, dancing and energy in between, Falls is a tick on our list.
Brunswick Twilight Christmas market
Ok so it’s not exactly Byron, but Bruns hosts the Twilight Christmas Markets every year, this year falling on December 14. The markets, running from 3pm to 10pm host 150 stalls ranging from candles, artwork, clothing, jewellery, household goods etc. All perfect Christmas gifts! All the local café and restaurants stay open for the evening and live music fills the air, to make a perfect evening in Bruns!
Dedicating an entire day to exploring Minyon Falls is a must-do for us over the summer. The long 13km round trip is quite the distance, but with plenty of water and food and good shoes, you won’t even notice it. The days are hot, but among the shelter in the rainforest it’s easy to feel completely removed from civilisation.
We can just imagine the breathtaking view, watching the world below rise for the morning as you soar above in a hot air balloon. Byron Bay Ballooning is world renown, and with scenery like ours, we’re not surprised.
Every Saturday over the summer, the artisan markets are held at Railway Park in Byron. Featuring a different musician/artist every week, they provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying an early evening bite to eat and beverage with friends. The artisan markets are our first stop for Christmas presents this year also, with an abundance of original, sustainable art and design products.
Sometimes it can be too hot during the day to venture away from the poolside, and these are the times evening picnics are perfect! Pack a picnic or order your favourite takeaway and head down to Main Beach for a beautiful evening spent watching the waves rolling in. Over the summer the grassy area is filled with people doing the same as you, and performers, fire twirlers and other entertainers will often frequent the area.