As someone who's fortunate enough to live just about an hour's drive away from Byron Bay, I can't help but share my love for this coastal oasis.

Byron Bay has so many things to offer, so it's no surprise it has cemented its status as a sought-after destination along Australia's East Coast.

Byron Bay itinerary 3 days
Wategos Beach

Find a vibrant blend of experiences, ranging from world-class surfing and refreshing swimming spots to beautiful boho cafes and classy restaurants serving up locally sourced delights. Yoga enthusiasts can immerse themselves in rejuvenating retreats, while nature lovers can explore lush rainforest trails. As the day transitions into the evening, indulge in exquisite cocktails and savor live music performances in Byron's charming laneways.

I first visited Byron Bay in 2007 and have witnessed the evolution of the town over the years from a quiet hippie hideaway to a thriving cultural hub that still manages to retain its laid-back charm.

In this article, I'll not only provide you with an insider's perspective but also sprinkle in some local wisdom and tips to make your three-day adventure in Byron Bay truly unforgettable.

Getting to Byron Bay

If you're starting your journey from the Gold Coast, you'll drive south along the Pacific Motorway (M1), which will have you arrive in Byron Bay in just over an hour. There are also express shuttles that you can take several times a day in case you want to travel without a car.

Travellers coming from Brisbane can road trip taking the M1 southbound for approximately two hours to reach this idyllic destination. From the Sunshine Coast, you can be in Byron Bay in about 3 hours, depending on traffic.

If you're flying into Australia and landing in Sydney, don't worry – Byron Bay is accessible by air as well. You can catch a domestic flight from Sydney Airport to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, located approximately 30 minutes away from Byron Bay by car.

Where to stay in Byron Bay

Of course, staying in the centre of town or along Main Beach is a wonderful spot to be within walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars, however, it also gets quite busy (and loud!), especially on weekends.

If you're looking for a quieter alternative, I suggest checking out Crystalbrook Byron, a luxurious 5-star resort set amongst 45 acres of pristine rainforest.

I loved my 2 night/3 day stay at the Crystalbrook Byron and really appreciated this tranquil alternative while still being only a few minutes drive from the town centre, as well as only footsteps away from Tallow Beach.

Crystalbrook Byron Bay Resort
45 acres of rainforest to explore
Crystalbrook Rainforest Resort
Crystalbrook Byron pool and rainforest bird's eye view

I stayed in a Treetops Luxe Suite, which has beautiful natural finishes and is set on the second floor, with all windows of the suite overlooking the beautiful green rainforest.

The suite features a king-sized bed for a comfortable night's sleep from where I could hear the birds in the morning with literally no other noises around. The spacious bathroom has both a great rain shower and a luxurious freestanding bathtub. I like that there is a separate living area and kitchenette with a dining table, as well as two private verandahs enveloped by the rainforest.

Overall, the suite was spacious and comfortable and the perfect weekend escape to celebrate our anniversary. I believe it would suit very well for couples and honeymooners.

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Crystalbrook Treetops Luxe Suite
Checking in to our Treetops Luxe Suite
Treetops Luxe Suite Crystalbrook Byron Bay
Open living space and bedroom with king bed

I have a special appreciation for hotel brands committed to sustainability, and Crystalbrook Hotels stands out for its dedication to environmentally friendly practices.

Across all Crystalbrook properties, you'll discover upcycled, recycled, and locally sourced materials, a commitment to eliminating plastic bottles and straws, and the use of eco-friendly bathroom amenities – an aspect I already appreciated during my stay at the Crystalbrook Vincent in Brisbane.

Read my comprehensive guide on Byron Bay accommodation, covering all neighborhoods and the best hotels both within the heart of Byron Bay and in its tranquil outskirts.

Byron Bay Itinerary

Day 1: Explore Byron Bay's Coastal Beauty


Arrive at your accommodation to check in and settle in for the weekend.

If you find yourself arriving around noon, I suggest easing into the slower pace of Byron life with lunch on the deck at the Forest Byron Bay, a restaurant that is part of the Crystalbrook Byron.

We loved the tranquil atmosphere and the dishes were fresh, and so was the cocktail that was poured right in front of me, topped with fairy floss!

Forest Restaurant Byron Bay
Raw Hiramasa Kingfish, for starters
Forest Restaurant Byron Bay
Eye fillet, market fish, charred broccolini & of course, a cocktail!

Alternatively, go exploring some of Byron Bay's exceptional lunch spots:

The Roadhouse: Located near Crystalbrook Byron, The Roadhouse is a rustic eatery offering dishes from Ramen to Pizza with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. Closes at 2 pm!

Raes Dining Room: Offering beachside dining at its finest, Raes Dining Room is a renowned restaurant offering exquisite cuisine while enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean in a sophisticated setting. Book ahead!

Beach Byron Bay: A personal favourite, Beach Byron Bay offers a casual-chic dining experience right on the beach, serving fresh and flavorful dishes with an emphasis on locally-sourced seafood and produce. Great for a romantic lunch!

The Farm: Situated on your way into Byron Bay, The Farm is an immersive experience where you can explore the farm grounds, interact with animals, and savor farm-to-table meals in a picturesque setting. Great for families!

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co: The Balcony Bar is a popular choice for those seeking a blend of Mediterranean and Australian flavors, all while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and street views from its balcony location in the heart of Byron Bay.

Lunch at Beach Byron Bay
Lunch at Beach Byron Bay
The Farm Byron Bay
The Farm Byron Bay

Up for something a little different? Plan a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of Byron Bay's picturesque parks, such as Arakwal National Park.

If you're coming to Byron Bay on a Thursday already, you can also catch the Farmer's Market and pick up some fresh produce for a picnic right here. The markets are on Thursday from 7 am til 11 am at Butler Street Reserve.


Enjoy some beach time and soak up the sun and take a refreshing swim at Main Beach, located right in the heart of Byron Bay.

You can also go for a walk along the beach, as it's huge and you can take a right towards Clarke Beach and The Pass to watch the surfers there or right towards Belongil Beach, which is the more family-friendly end of the beach.

For those seeking more adventure, take a surf lesson or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and glide along the shoreline.

Byron Bay Main Beach
Byron Bay beach and its stunning hinterland backdrop

For dinner, there are plenty of choices:

Light Years: Light Years offers a blend of modern Asian cuisine in a chic and cozy atmosphere. The menu features an array of dishes inspired by Asian street food, perfect for sharing! It's pretty popular so book your table ahead of time.

Bang Bang: Bang Bang offers a usually packed (book ahead!)! It offers a vibrant atmosphere with a menu highlighting the flavors of Southeast Asia. The restaurant's colorful and lively ambiance complements its diverse menu of Asian-inspired dishes and cocktails.

Chihuahua Taqueria: For lovers of Mexican cuisine, Chihuahua Taqueria serves up delicious tacos, burritos, and other Mexican classics in a casual and inviting setting. I love it as a casual dinner and it's great for anyone who loves authentic Mexican!

Moonlight Japanese: Moonlight Japanese provides an authentic Japanese dining experience featuring fresh sushi, sashimi, and a variety of traditional dishes. The restaurant's got a dimly lit romantic atmosphere like you're dining under moonlight.

The Mez Club: The Mez Club is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant known for its vibrant atmosphere. Share some of their Mediterranean small plates and pair them with a classy cocktail.

Chihuahua Taqueria Byron Bay
Authentic Mexican at Chihuahua Taqueria
The Mez Club Byron Bay
Cocktails at The Mez Club

Day 2: Explore the Hinterland


Start your day with a yoga session at Crystalbrook Byron, where their hour-long class begins at 7:15 am on the verandah, offering a tranquil and beautiful start to your morning.

Alternatively, you can opt for a rejuvenating yoga class at one of Byron Bay's local studios to set a peaceful tone for the day. There are many studios where you can drop in for a one-time visit.

Having begun your day bright and early, you'll be all set for a journey into the Byron Bay Hinterland, where lush rainforests, rolling hills, and picturesque villages await. If you haven't had breakfast yet, start with a short 15-minute drive into Bangalow for coffee and a filling breakfast at WOODS Bangalow.

From here, you'll find plenty of scenic hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, local wineries, and farm-to-table dining experiences.

Head to Crystal Castle, which is 25 minutes from Byron Bay, to wander a green sanctuary filled with stunning crystals, botanical gardens, and a sense of spiritual wonder.

The Hinterland of Byron Bay is not to be missed and promises a world of natural beauty and rural charm waiting to be explored.

WOODS Bangalow
Morning coffee at WOODS Bangalow
Crystal Castle Byron Bay
Day trip to Crystal Castle, 25 minutes from Byron Bay


After a morning of Hinterland adventures, indulge in a leisurely afternoon. Return to Crystalbrook Byron and take your pick between unwinding by the heated outdoor pool (28 degrees all year around!), basking in the rainforest ambiance, or treating yourself to a rejuvenating spa experience at Crystalbrook's luxurious spa facilities.

Whether you choose relaxation or pampering, it's the perfect way to cap off your day in paradise.

Crystalbrook Byron Bay Pool
Relaxing in the rainforest ambiance at Crystalbrook Byron

Before or after dinner, head to the Byron Bay Twilight Markets. They are on every Saturday night from 4 pm til 9 pm, showcasing local talent and flavours.

Whether you're browsing for unique crafts, sampling delicious local produce, or simply soaking up the lively atmosphere, these markets are a nice evening experience in Byron Bay if you don't feel like heading to a bar.

As some places seemed very crowded, we simply wandered the streets of Byron, finding the best ice cream at Frankies Gelato Naturale and listening to live music in Bay Lane, which is more casual and usually buzzing after sunset.

Day 3: Hike to Cape Byron Lighthouse


Watch the sunrise at Cape Byron Lighthouse. You can either park your car in Wategos Beach and hike up if you feel like exercising or drive all the way up to catch a mesmerizing sunrise over the Easternmost point of Australia.

Alternatively, watch the sunrise over the ocean at Tallow Beach, which is within walking distance from the Crystalbrook Byron and makes for a great sunrise beach walk. From here, you can see all the way to the Byron Lighthouse. If you're in Byron Bay between June and October, you'll be able to see whales splashing on the horizon as well.

We had breakfast included at Crystalbrook Byron, which is served in their Forest Restaurant with a stunning backdrop of lush tropical rainforest. The menu is full of local flavors, with over 80% of ingredients sourced within a three-hour drive.

Forest Crystalbrook Byron
Morning coffee at Forest Restaurant at Crystalbrook Byron
Top Shop Byron Bay
Popular Byron breakfast spot Top Shop

If you don't have breakfast included at your accommodation, there are plenty of great breakfast places in Byron that I can recommend you check out:

Bayleaf Café: A beloved local gem renowned for its coffee and a menu brimming with locally sourced breakfast options.

Top Shop: A charming corner cafe that captures the essence of Byron Bay's laid-back vibe, offering a range of scrumptious dishes and a welcoming atmosphere. Try the Acai bowl!

Sunday Sustainable Bakery: My favourite bakery is dedicated to sustainability, crafting delicious pastries, bread, and treats using locally sourced ingredients.

Folk: A little outside of Byron Bay centre, this rustic and eco-conscious café serves up a wholesome, organic fare in a cozy setting, making it a favorite among health-conscious diners.

Combi Byron Bay: A trendy eatery celebrated for its innovative plant-based dishes, smoothie bowls, and acai creations, perfect for those seeking nourishing and Instagram-worthy bites.

After breakfast, browse the shops in the heart of Byron Bay. The town's main shopping hubs are located along Jonson Street, Lawson Street, Fletcher Street and Bay Street.

Stroll along these bustling thoroughfares and discover a wide range of stunning boutique shops, offering everything from fashionable beachwear to locally crafted souvenirs, all in line with Byron Bay's unique blend of bohemian chic and coastal charm.

I also like visiting Feros Arcade, which is filled with restaurants and shops and has a small square, nice for some people watching.

Checkout & goodbye Byron

As your Byron Bay adventure comes to an end, it's time to check out from your accommodation. I guarantee it won't be long until you're missing Byron and want to visit the beautiful beaches, vibrant markets, and stunning Hinterland again.

I think Byron Bay has so much love and happiness in the air, and I love soaking it all up and always depart with my heart full.

Byron Bay Itinerary – Final Words

Whether you've immersed yourself in the crystal-clear waters, explored the lush Hinterland, or eaten your way around Byron Bay, I am sure its magic will have filled your cup.

This itinerary has only scratched the surface of what this destination has to offer. As we head home, I know that Byron Bay is always changing and evolving and there'll be more to explore when I return to its sun-kissed shores once more.

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