From its aqua blue shores to its laid back beach vibes, Byron Bay is a must visit location in Australia. While you’re visiting this magical town, why not explore its surrounds? From Mullumbimby to Yamba there are some beautiful and interesting spots nearby that you can easily check out as a part of a scenic drive from Byron Bay.
Top Attractions: Antique shops, Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, whale watching, Simpson Creek, Brunswick Picture House.
Fancy whale watching? Maybe you’d prefer swimming in aqua water? Or, are you an antique lover? No matter what you love doing, Brunswick Heads will have something for you. Filled with an array of trendy antique shops, you’ll be able to browse the boutiques dotted around Brunswick, and who knows... you might even find a treasure. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve is the perfect place for you to check out.
Popular for whale and dolphin sightings, Brunswick Heads is one of the best places to spot these magical creatures. If you’re looking for an awesome spot to swim, Simpson Creek is the locals’ hidden paradise. After your packed day of relaxing and exploring, why not head to the Brunswick Picture House to wrap up your day.
Travel time: 17 minutes
Directions: Drive from Skinners Shoot Road and Butler Street to Byron Bay. Take Ewingsdale Road and M1 to Old Pacific Highway in Brunswick Heads.
Top Attractions: Yamba Lighthouse, surfing, Yurigir National Park, Farmers Market.
Situated at the confluence of the Clarence River and the ocean, Yamba is a beachy town that is an excellent day-trip location, and is popular for good reason. From the amazing beaches that line Yamba to the hidden spots locals like to keep secret, expect to be impressed. Visit Yamba Lighthouse for sweeping views of the ocean or perhaps catch some waves. Yamba is a surf lover’s dream come true and you’’l see just why once you get here.
For a change of scenery, drive to Yurigir National Park where you can explore everything from coastal walks to swimming. On Wednesday mornings check out the Farmers’ Market in town as well. If you love fresh seafood, you’ll love Yamba — sit by the water, eat seafood and watch the sunset to finish your day.
Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Directions: Follow Yamba Road to Pacific Highway/A1 in MacLean. Continue on Pacific Hwy/A1 to Ewingsdale. Take the exit from M1. Take Ewingsdale Road and Shirley Street to Skinners Shoot Road in Skinners Shoot.
Top Attractions: Lyrebird Ridge Road forest drive, Purling Brook Falls, Goomoolahra Picnic Grounds, Canyon Lookout and Twin Falls Circuit, Natural Bridge.
Just two hours from Byron Bay and filled with mind-blowing scenery, Springbrook National Park sits on top of an ancient volcano and is home to rare animals and plants. The great thing about Springbrook is that there are so many species of flora and fauna. Not only that, there are impressive canyons and swimming holes to cool down in. Spot rare birds, go hiking, bask in the view and reset in this stunning national park.
Some of the park’s highlights include Lyrebird Ridge Road forest drive, Purling Brook Falls and the Canyon Lookout and Twin Falls Circuit. You can also pack a picnic and relax at the Goomoolahra Picnic Ground. Natural Bridge is a stunning crystal clear waterfall tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave, and is home to thousands of twinkling fireflies.
Travel time: 1 hour 37 minutes
Directions: Get on M1 in Ewingsdale from Shirley St and Ewingsdale Road. Follow M1 to Somerset Drive in Mudgeeraba. Take exit 82 from M1.
Top Attractions: Coolamon Scenic Drive, Crystal Castle, Mount Chincogan, Farmers Markets.
Mullumbimby is a hidden gem, only a 30 minute drive from stunning Byron Bay. Unlike Byron, Mullumbimby transports you back to the 70’s in no time. Maybe it’s the laid back locals, artisan farmers’ markets or the picturesque scenery you’ll have the pleasure of seeing on your way into town. If you’re looking for a relaxing day filled with drool-worthy food, luxurious wellness spas and epic memories made, you have to visit “Mullum.”
On your way, check out The Farm. As its name suggests, this place is a dreamy farm with an epic eathouse. Those who visit Byron rave about this place, making it a great first stop. Take the Coolamon Scenic Drive instead of the Pacific Motorway to bask in the amazing scenery this section of New South Wales boasts. From there make sure to check out Crystal Castle and Mount Chincogan.
Travel time: 30 minutes
Directions: Drive from Skinners Shoot Road and Butler Street to Byron Bay. Follow Ewingsdale Road and Myocum Road to Possum Shoot Road in Ewingsdale. Take Coolamon Scenic Drive to Laurel Avenue Mullumbimby. Turn right onto Laurel Avenue.