If you’re lucky enough to be at Byron Bay and the surrounding region at Christmas time, (or any other time for that matter) here’s a list of the 8 favourite things to do:
1. The beach (es)
There’s a lot of stunning beaches on the far north coast – from Byron Bay (Tallows, Belongil, Main Beach, Clarkes) to Lennox Head and several around Ballina. At Christmas time, one thing that you can be sure of – it’s going to be hot. So head to the beach for the sea breeze, warm sub-tropical waters and lots of fun activities to do or just relax and enjoy the view.
There are many local markets in the area. There’s always a large community market every weekend and farmers markets at various locations. Get gifts, arts & crafts, fresh, local produce, tasty food and much more. See our market list here.
3. Eat & Drink
Well it is Chistmas afterall! You’ll be spoilt for choice with the many restaurants and bars in the area. Many have won food awards. There’s something for all tastes and budgets though. From cafes to pubs and bars to fine dining.
You can also pick up great locally produce food from the local shops and markets. Cookies, coffee, chocolates, cheese, craft beer, local nuts (this is the Macadamia region) to name a few.
4. Be pampered or treat a loved one
Get yourself relaxed for your holiday. There’s many day spa and wellness clinics around Byron Bay and Ballina. From massages, full day spa treatments to facials.
Surf – this area’s renouned for great surfing breaks. Or try one of the local activites including surfing lessons, stand-up paddle boarding, hot air ballooning, horse riding on the beach and many more.
The Byron Bay region isn’t just about the beach, the hinterland as World-Heritage listed national parks and sub-tropical rainforests. Climb Mount Warning, visit Nimbin, check the lookout at Minyon Falls. Enjoy lunch or buy some crystals at the Crystal Castle.
7. Be entertained
Check local papers and guides, there’s always a band on at The Beach Hotel or The Rails in Byron Bay. Lismore and Ballina have local theatre shows too.
8. Go to Bangalow Christmas Eve Festival
Yes, it’s on Christmas Eve. The main street of Bangalow is closed to traffic and becomes a pedestrian-only zone for the night. There’s street stalls with great food, many street entertainers and the local restaurants and bars are also open. There’s a great Christmas atmosphere.
We recommend that you get there early as parking is a bit tricky. From 5pm onwards.