You don’t need to splash your cash to get the best out of Byron Bay. The buzzing township harbours a fantastic community vibe and is spoiled with natural resources meaning that free activities are never hard to come by. Whether you’re after a beach from BBQ or live music, Byron Bay free activities always deliver.
Free Balloon Workshops at Circus Arts
Learn to twist balloon animals, flowers, swords and more! Drop in to Circus Arts during school holidays at 1pm Monday to Friday and take home your very own balloon sculpture made by YOU! Monday – Friday during school holidays. This activity is recommended for ages 8 and over and younger children will need to be assisted by an adult.
Whale Watching From The Headland
Between May and November, Byron Bay plays host to some of its most spectacular tourists in the form of migrating pods of Humpback Whales. For the best vantage point head to Australia’s most easterly point where the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse adorns the headland. The high vantage point and panoramic coastal views not only offer sweeping landscapes but also your best opportunity to spot these annual migrations from dry land.
Get Creative On The Byron Bay Arts Trail
For a unique taste of something truly authentic to the area, embark on the Byron Bay Arts Trail. With an environment and atmosphere that fosters creativity and innovation, it’s no surprise that the area is bursting with art from both local and international creators alike. Just 3km out of town, the trail was created to offer visitors a first-hand glimpse into this energic community and allow you to delve straight into the heart of the community’s artistic centre. Covering everything from handcrafted surfboards to one-off handmade fashion and artisan coffee, the Byron Bay Arts Trail is a feast for all of your senses.
It’s surrounding pristine bush means that Byron Bay has no shortage of stunning waterfalls to explore and best of all, you don’t have to spend a cent. Getting back to nature is one of Byron’s biggest drawcards and there’s nowhere better to wander waterfalls than at Minyon Falls in the Nightcap National Park. About 45 minutes out of Byron Bay this 100m waterfall cascades down a sheer cliff to form a natural swimming hole and can be enjoyed from ground level with the Minyon Falls bushwalk and a dip in its clear pool or from the lookout which offers panoramic views and picnic facilities – this is one of our favourite Byron Bay free activities. Please note that all Minyon Falls walking tracks are currently closed for repair following the floods in early 2022. There is access to the lookout.
Spend A Day With The Animals Of The Farm
One of Byron Bay’s most popular dedications to organic produce and natural sustainability comes in the form of ‘The Farm’. With a motto that centres around ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’, this endeavour aims to support the environment and contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Catch a glimpse into sustainable farming practices while enjoying the company of nature. Animals, florists, fresh bakeries and an onsite restaurant combine to create the ultimate farm experience where the best day is spent under the sun and surrounded by nature.
Free Sunset Drumming
Few things encompass the culture of Byron Bay like its free sunset drumming sessions. With an emphasis on community and soaking in the good times, head to Main Beach where you’ll find drumming circles offering fantastic music and a carefree atmosphere where participation is encouraged. There is no schedule to these sessions – their spontaneous nature adds to their charm so head to the area in the late afternoon and try your luck.
Take A Walk Or Two
You’re spoiled for choice with walking trails and tracks in the Byron Shire that cover all landscapes from sheer cliffs, bushland, rolling sand dunes and secluded beaches. Opt for Byron’s most iconic loop walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse where not only will you see the town’s famous symbol, but you’ll also be greeted with stunning views of the rugged coastline and visit mainland Australia’s most easterly point. Other options include the comprehensive walking trails of Broken Head National Park where you can opt for either beach or bush walks.
Hunt For Bargains At The Byron Flea Market
There’s nowhere better to people watch then the Byron Flea Markets held on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Hunt for bargains at the eclectic mix of stalls held by locals and travellers alike that boasts a quaint charm in the heart of the town’s lush parklands. Second-hand goods, crafts and food combine to offer the curious visitors a great glimpse into local Byron.
Sunrise From The Most Easterly Point
To experience one of Byron’s more magical experiences, head to the headland just before dawn to experience sunrise over the mainland’s most easterly point. Cape Byron is Australia’s most easterly point and boasts panoramic views of the coastline that is not to be missed. Head to the Cape Byron Conservation Area where you can embark on one of the many walks to the iconic lighthouse. From here all you have to do is follow the signs 200ms200 m to find the spot where you can stare straight out into the South Pacific Ocean just in time to see the first golden rays hit the waves.
Head to the Byron Bay Surf Festival
Nothing gets to the heart of Aussie coastal culture then surfing. Every year, the town plays host to the annual surf festival that celebrates all areas of the lifestyle over the course of an action-packed weekend. Head along to the free event and wander the multiple stores and activities including surfing competitions, Surf Art Markets, live music, Sunset Cinemas, board shaping and more. For more information on dates and event schedules please visit Byron Bay Surf Festival’s page.
Things to do
Lone Goat Gallery
Lone Goat Gallery is a contemporary art space, presenting emerging and established artists from the Northern Rivers region and beyond. Located in the Byron Bay Library building in downtown Byron Bay, just a short walk from Main Beach - a quiet cultural haven among the hubbub of town.
NINBELLA is contemporary Australian aboriginal art, contemporary international and local art, sculpture, cultural gift-ware + fair and ethical trade.
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