Day Trips from Byron Bay!
Just a forty-five minute to hour long drive from Byron you will find the tallest mountain on the Gold Coast. I recommend hiking up to the top for sunrise. Mt Warning offers impressive 360 degree views of lush the mountains and the sea. Be sure to bring a headlamp and water as the hike ends with an intense rock climb.
The first forty-five minutes of the hike is easy peasy. It is a well groomed path that winds up the mountain at a comfortable incline. The last 30 minutes of the hike is the most difficult. They do have a built in chain which offers support as you ascend the big slates of rock, but I found it easier to climb with my hands. Be aware it can get really windy so hold on tight! At one point, I actually thought I was going to be blown off the mountain. Thankfully, I was hiking with one of the paramedics who makes all the emergency pickups via helicopter at Mt. Warning so I was in good hands. He even brought a water boiler for hot tea and snacks! The climb was well worth it for sunrise and views were extraordinary! The early bird definitely gets the worm in this scenario.
Just outside of Byron Bay is Killen Falls. The drive is about thirty minutes through the tunnels of trees and New South Wales' beautiful hills. Once you arrive the hike down to the bottom is extremely simple. This hike is all age friendly. As you loop around down to the creek it will open up to a beautiful waterfall. A perfect area for a bit of meditation. I know I personally enjoyed an hour of peace and serenity.
Protestor Falls is also about thirty minutes outside of Byron. The drive is a beautifully winding road through the feilds and trees of the outback leading you to a very easy, flat hike in the forest. You will shortly find yourself at the base of a massive waterfall after walking through huge trees and shrubbery of all kind. You can bring a picnic with you and sit among the trees and rocks as you watch the water cascade down the rock face.
The first time going up the East coast in our trusty white van, Moby we attempted to visit Protestor Falls, but the bald tires and wet roads kept us from reaching this beautiful spot. I had a panic attack and turned around after sliding and getting stuck in mud. We finally made it on our way back down with our lovely friend Joel who drove us in his roadworthy car.
The Blue Lagoon
About twenty minutes outside of Byron you will find a Blue Lagoon. The certain shade of blue is from the minerals in the water, as it used to be an old mining spot, so don't drink the water or open your eyes under water! Bonus: It offers a rope to climb & cliff jump off of.
Just 15 minutes outside of Byron Bay at Broken Head Reserve, you will find a beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs painted green from the vegetation. Broken Head Reserve is a cool little hike in Suffolk Park. King's Beach can be accessed at low tide or you can drive down a dirt road to get there.
Nimbin is a small mountain town about seventy kilometers West of Byron Bay. It's known for its cool markets and hippie vibes. We stayed at the camper van park in town, a two minute walk from the main street. It's a beautiful place to go relax in nature and meet some interesting people.
Springbrook National Park
Just North of Byron Bay you will find Springbrook National Park. This park is full of many different nature trails and waterfalls. We drove our trusty van through all of the winding roads and beautiful forests while hiking in between. It was nice to take a full day and spend it outside.
Be sure to check all of these places out! You will not be disappointed.