Craving exploration and adventure close to home? Byron Bay offers the ultimate beach town staycation experience. Nestled along the Australian coastline, our charming hometown boasts incredible marine life, creative dining options, and a lively surf culture. For those with a penchant for wanderlust and thrills, Byron Bay is a sanctuary waiting to be discovered. Growing up in the Northern Rivers, our founder has explored this beautiful land for years, and we've curated some top spots in Byron Bay for you. Explore like a local with the Wandering Folk Byron Bay Guide.
A MORNING ITINERARY
The Pass: Start your morning with a breathtaking view at The Pass, where you can watch surfers tackle epic waves and witness the sunrise. To avoid the midday crowd, the early morning is the ideal time to enjoy the scenery.
Wandering Folk and Picnic at Wategos Beach: Before embarking on your adventure, stop by our showroom for picnic accessories. From bohemian blankets to hand-painted rugs, enhance your outdoor experience with our locally designed treasures. Head to our favourite Wategos Beach for a morning of sun, sea, and sand.
The Cape Byron Lighthouse: Continue your exploration with the Lighthouse Walk, a scenic trail along the coastline offering panoramic views. Reach the easternmost point of Australia and the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, providing a stunning 360-degree seascape.
Top Shop Byron: After working up an appetite, enjoy a meal at Top Shop in the heart of Byron Bay. Indulge in locally sourced ingredients, from hearty breakfast bowls to mouthwatering pastries. Top Shop also welcomes picnickers, so even if it's incredibly busy you'll have a place to sit with your rug!
Byron Farmers Market: Held every Thursday morning, this community event offers fresh produce, flowers, music, and a vibrant local atmosphere.
Byron Markets: Explore locally designed and made goods at the eclectic Byron Markets, held on the first Sunday of each month.
Soul Life: Immerse yourself in crystals, tarot, and spirituality books at Soul Life, where Byron's old-school hippy culture comes to life.
Wandering Folk: Visit our showroom for all your outdoor adventure and picnic needs.
Spell: Discover bohemian fashion at Spell, a magical store in Byron catering to floral and vintage enthusiasts.
The Farm Byron: A day trip in itself, Three Blue Ducks at The Farm offers a perfect brunch spot surrounded by nature and farm animals.
Folk Byron Bay: A cozy cafe just outside Byron, Folk is a local favorite for a relaxed brunch.
The General Store: Grab a coffee in town early in the morning at The General Store, but avoid peak hours due to its popularity.
Roadhouse: Venture outside town for a vintage-inspired brunch spot with delicious food and drink options.
High Life: Another great spot in town for coffee, but visit early on weekdays to avoid weekend closures.
DINNER & DRINKS
Lightyears: Experience Asian-inspired dining at Lightyears, now located on Johnson’s Street.
The Balcony: A classic choice for cocktails and oysters after a day at Main Beach, offering Australian favorites.
The Smoking Camel: Enjoy a modern twist on traditional Middle Eastern cuisine in a curated space with an Arabian nights theme.
Rae’s: Mediterranean-inspired dining near Wategos Beach, offering a bright, breezy, and coastal aesthetic.
Belongil Beach: A quiet and reserved beach close to the Wandering Folk store, perfect for reading or a peaceful run along the expansive stretch of sand.
Clarke’s Beach: A favorite sheltered spot just a short walk from town, ideal for watching the surf.
Main Beach: Right next to Byron, the main beach is a favorite spot for sunset, live music, and picnics with fellow holidaymakers.
Whites Beach: A dreamy and secluded beach a 20-minute drive from Byron, rarely visited and untouched, making it an absolute gem.
Kayaking at Main Beach.
Snorkelling at Julian Rocks.
Whale watching during the Spring months.
Killen Falls - a beautiful waterfall located at the end of a short 15 minute walk through lush greenery
Tea Tree Lakes Suffolk. A serene place to picnic and observe nature.