There's no surprise that Byron Bay has become a famous destination amongst Australians. With their laid back vibe, amazing beaches, focus on health and wellbeing, insane food scene and local artists, this hot spot is a must! I find myself escaping to Byron Bay when I need a break or if I need to recharge, take a breather and raise my Serotonin levels. This is why I am excited to announce the launch of my new Airbnb - SEROTONIN MEETS BYRON BAY! I wanted to share my love for this magical place and give you some tips on how to NATURALLY raise your Serotonin Levels (I will do another post on where to eat because #FOODISLIFE!) when you are visiting this place and enjoying the magical Airbnb I have created for you!
1. MORNING COFFEE/ MAGIC LATTE
I myself do not drink coffee but I LOVE starting the day off with an epic chai or hot chocolate. My favourite place is Barefoot Brew Room Barista. It is a super local spot, but I love to journal out the front and talk about nothing with the owner ;). 1A Lateen Ln, Byron Bay NSW 2481 | Opens Weekends 7am - 12:30pm Weekdays 6am - 4pm
Byron Bay has a variety of hikes you can immerse yourself in and explore the beautiful nature around you! The best part about it is the weather is genuinely good and won’t usually throw out 4 seasons in one day ;) Easier to plan and prepare!
- Hike Killen Falls is smaller but nice, lots of turtles.
- Minyon Falls has a good walking trail down to the bottom, there are 2 options (a 45 min and a 4 hour.)
- Protesters Falls is a beautiful hike that is worth the drive (trust me!)
- Dalwood Falls is the best for jumps, perfect for the adrenaline junkie - I find them scary!
- Devils Holes (+Unicorn Waterhole) is awesome in Mt Jersulum (45 mins from Doma), there are old birthing pools for indigenous tribes
- Goonengerry National Park (18 mins from Doma) has to be the nicest place for a picnic, you sit on the rocks at the top of the Falls and look out over the valley- a lesser-known spot.
- Mt Warning is a great Hike- further away though.
I have popped all the hikes on a map for you HERE
3. FARMERS MARKETS
Byron has some of the best weekly Farmers Markets! What better way to raise your Serotonin Levels than walking around outside in the sunshine and talking to all the local artists and seeing their passions come to life!
THURSDAY: Byron Farmers Market
FRIDAY: Mullumbimby Farmer's Market
- New Brighton Farmers Market (New Brighton Oval River St New Brighton) - Tuesday (8am - 11am)
- Rainbow Region Organic Market (Lismore Showground, Alexandra Pde) - Tuesday (7.30am - 11am)
- Byron Farmers Market (Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay) - every Thursday (8am - 11am)
- Mullumbimby Farmer's Market (Mullumbimby Showground, 51 Main Arm Road) - Friday (7am - 11am)
- Bangalow Farmers Market (Bangalow Hotel Carpark, 1 Byron St, Bangalow) - Saturday (8am - 11am)
- Lismore Farmers Market (Lismore Showground, Alexandra Pde, Lismore) - Saturday (8am - 11 am)
- Blue Knob Farmers Market (10 min north of Nimbin) - Saturday (8.30am - 12.30pm)
4. Take the Cumbebin Wetlands Boardwalk
Just a ten-minute walk from the Byron CBD, the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary is a pocket of rejuvenated paperbark wetlands hidden behind the Butler St market grounds
5. Visit the famous Protestors Falls
The Falls are among Australia’s tallest and most spectacular and lie along the outstanding Protestors Falls trail – an easy walk of about 1.5km return, partly along a boardwalk, which begins at the Terania Creek picnic area about 15km from the village of The Channon.
6. SKYDIVE over the town
Byron Bay is an amazing skydive location (and a great deal cheaper than further North!). Because of its geographical location, you can visualize part of the map of Australia beneath you as you descend 14,000 feet. Not to mention the gorgeous scenery you will witness as you see miles of jungle meet the golden coastline which spills out into the deep blue sea… there’s nothing quite like it! Book your skydiving tour by clicking here.
7. SCUBA DIVING or SNORKELLING
Byron Bay is located at the confluence of two types of marine life; tropical, coral fish from the North and coldwater animals from the South. This makes for very interesting scuba diving or snorkeling; here you can swim with dozens of leopard sharks and colorful fish aplenty in one session.
8. Byron Bay BEACH PARTY
News of these beach parties is only spread by word of mouth, but if you hear about one, get there. They’re normally awash with great music, fire spinners, and hula hoopers and a cozy bonfire. It’s a night out like no other!
9. REGGAE NIGHT at the Beach Hotel
The Beach Hotel hosts a weekly reggae night every Monday. It often hosts semi-famous acts, but even if it's just the resident DJs, the tunes are always cheery and aplenty and there’s always a great vibe there.
10. LIVE MUSIC at The Railway Bar
Known by locals as ‘The Rails’, The Railway Bar hosts live music every Friday night and has a great ‘al fresco’ pub vibe.
11. TEA TREE LAKES
There are lots of tea tree lakes within and around Byron. Most easily accessible are those by Tallows and Belongil. They have the ingredient ‘tea tree’ in them, which is great for your skin. Take a dip in some of these pools and feel like you’ve had a spa treatment! Have a Reiki treatment. There’s normally somebody at the Arts Factory who is able to perform Reiki which is spiritual healing. One of these treatments will help you get rid of any stress and tension, or any negativity weighing you down.
12. DIDGERIDOO LESSON
Because if you didn’t try the didgeridoo, did you even go to Australia? This will be sure to put a smile on your face!
13. Must do’s when in Byron Bay:
- Kiva spa in Mullumbimby (On a rainy day go-to for a steam and massage)
- Brunswick Heads cinema
- Watch a movie at “The Arts Factory” HERE'S WHAT'S ON AT THE MOVIES
- Pilates at Bende
- Get a massage at Holistic Massage Centre Call (02) 6680 9298 1/14 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
- Surf lesson
- Tennis in Bangalow $10 and the key to the courts is at the Drive-Through Bottle-O on station St
- Whites Beach and Braes in Broken Head National Park (this is my secret spot so shh) go swimming!
- Brunswick Heads (cafes and the pub on a Sunday with live music. This town is super cute too with a cinema and the Brunswick river is good too- especially on the incoming tide when you can float all the way around down the river and then jump off the bridge and run back to the beach.)
- Swim at Wategos Beach in town before or after you walk up to the lighthouse!
- Get up for sunrise and hike the lighthouse (you can go from the main street or start at Wategos beach)
- Crystal Castle
- Watch the sunset from the ‘water tower’ at the highest point in Byron or lighthouse
- Creature Yoga (they have 2 x studios now on each side of town!)
- Rainbow Centre in Mullumbimby (yoga, workshops and vegan cafe)
- Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay (book this before you go! BOOK HERE)
- You can always drive out to the hippy town ‘Nimbin’ haha an experience in itself!
- Byron Bay Night Vision Walk (Book this before you go as well BOOK HERE
- Channon Market (only once a month) then do the rainforest walk/hike
So there you have it. My secret spots, tips, and places to visit to increase your Serotonin Levels naturally and immerse yourself in the magic of Byron Bay. I hope you LOVE my Bohemian Bangalow Cottage as much as I do! I cannot wait for you to see it.
Smiles, Emily Hazell
Founder and Head Dealer xx