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Things to do in Byron Bay

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“The Byron Bay Lighthouse is at the most easterly point of Australia. There are magnificent views in all directions. Dolphins and whales [June to October] can be seen from the lighthouse and the walking track. The track is quite steep. If you are not fit its best to drive up. If you are fit, the walking track has some spectacular views. Tips: Take a hat, water and sunscreen and avoid walking in the middle of the day when its very hot. Visitors to Byron should not miss this, its the number 1 attraction. ”
  • 170 locals recommend
Café
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“Great cafe by day and restaurant and cocktails by night at the end of our street ”
  • 118 locals recommend
Resort
“A great place for a cool drink with views of the ocean. There is often live music, especially on Sunday afternoons. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Café
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“Top Shop is good for brekkie and lunch....and COFFEE. 2 min walk will have your morning coffee taken care of. Take a mug from home and help the planet :) (not the pink hand made ones please...they're my precious favourites. Granola/yohgurt and fresh fruit is our favourite brekkie, but egg and bacon rolls are also very good. Lunchtime is burgers, but they have a ready made quinoa salad that is very yummy too.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is a relaxed place for outdoor casual dining, and is opposite Belongil Beach. Great pizzas”
  • 82 locals recommend
Café
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“Fantastic place for brunch, lunch and coffee. Also have great take away salads.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Oysters & tapas is beautiful here - great views of the streets of Byron from above. Good afternoon spot here!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“The name says a lot.. Mexican delicious food. fun vibrant atmosphere. Make sure you book.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“This is a great place for a drink and some delicious greek inspired food. Book in advance and not suitable for kids really.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great place for an inexpensive but tasty evening meal - plus entertainment. Suitable for all age groups. This venue has stood the test of time with locals and holidaymakers. BEST TIME TO VISIT: Nighttime”
  • 52 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Wategos Beach has a great little coffee and food cart if you are looking for a nice sunrise spot and a light brekkie. Equally this is a great spot for a bbq. Take your snags, salad and beers and enjoy an arvo barbie.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Special night out? Look no further than St Elmo’s - amazing food, and a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is snaring a table as, even on a quiet night, St Elmo’s is often booked out, so remember to book early. Whether you start at the bar or head straight to your table for some of the Bay’s best tapas, you‘re assured of a fantastic evening at this superb venue. REMEMBER: Put on your best holiday outfit and head to St Elmo’s for a night to remember! Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm st elmos byron bay ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Lodging
“They have a great & undervalued Restuarant which is open to the public, they serve great vegetarian and vegan options. Better yet when you’re finished eating you can stroll through the natural forest ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Place to eat
“ - Vegan/Vegetarian - Folk is a small, funky daytime café where all products are made in house with a commitment to vegetarian & plant-based eating. Folk advertises as: Organic, local, ethical. Super food, it is super enjoyable to sit there and it has super friendly owners ;-). Has featured in Vogue, Monocle, Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveller and in many more. It is a bit out of town (1/399 Ewingsdale Rd) but everyone seems to find it! ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“Sitting just below Byron’s iconic lighthouse, the Cape Byron Lighthouse Cafe is a great morning tea destination. Great whale-watching spot overlooking the ocean. Tasty snacks, muffins, coffee and cake. (For a special occasions, ask about booking a sunrise breakfast - one of the most interesting breakfasts I’ve had in Byron.)”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
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“Open from about 7 am the Kiosk at the Beach Cafe is an ideal place for a grab-and-go snack or coffee from early morning. Simply order your coffee, snack etc and relax on the tables provided on your way to or from Clarke’s Beach. Convenient, casual ‘beachy’ eating - in your swimmers! Can suggest the prawn roll, when available, as a great after-swim light lunch. ”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Great cafe by day and restaurant and cocktails by night at the end of our street ”
  • 118 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“This is a relaxed place for outdoor casual dining, and is opposite Belongil Beach. Great pizzas”
  • 82 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Oysters & tapas is beautiful here - great views of the streets of Byron from above. Good afternoon spot here!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“The name says a lot.. Mexican delicious food. fun vibrant atmosphere. Make sure you book.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“This is a great place for a drink and some delicious greek inspired food. Book in advance and not suitable for kids really.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Special night out? Look no further than St Elmo’s - amazing food, and a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is snaring a table as, even on a quiet night, St Elmo’s is often booked out, so remember to book early. Whether you start at the bar or head straight to your table for some of the Bay’s best tapas, you‘re assured of a fantastic evening at this superb venue. REMEMBER: Put on your best holiday outfit and head to St Elmo’s for a night to remember! Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm st elmos byron bay ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Open from about 7 am the Kiosk at the Beach Cafe is an ideal place for a grab-and-go snack or coffee from early morning. Simply order your coffee, snack etc and relax on the tables provided on your way to or from Clarke’s Beach. Convenient, casual ‘beachy’ eating - in your swimmers! Can suggest the prawn roll, when available, as a great after-swim light lunch. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“If you like a hit of golf, the golf course is challenging and stunning. The club house offers an outside deck area for dining and drinks and Sunday's you usually can catch a live band. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

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