Take a walk on the wild side and explore the many scenic walking tracks in the Byron shire and beyond!
Here are our favourite spots to get off the beaten track and reconnect with nature. A wonderful family activity for the Easter long weekend. Pack a picnic, switch off from wifi and get outdoors!
Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk
The Cape Byron Walking Track is a 3.7 kilometre loop which leads you on a hike through rainforest and across clifftops with stunning views of the ocean and hinterland. It’s arguably one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the country running from Clarkes beach to the beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse, the most easterly headland point in Australia. Take in the surfers at iconic right-hand break ‘The Pass’ and spot dolphins, turtles and even humpback whales (May-November) from Wategos Beach. Once at the top, be amazed by the breathtaking panoramas of the entire Bay. On your way back down the path, take a dip to cool off in the stunning, turquoise waters at Wategos Beach and fire up one of the public barbecues for a spot of lunch or come prepared with a picnic.
Broken Head Nature Reserve
The Three Sisters walking track at is an easy 1.6km return walk through lush rainforest overlooking Broken Head and the secluded Kings Beach. With incredible panoramic coastal views, this is another fantastic vantage point to spot migrating whales, and great for birdwatching too. Take a moment to learn about the Aboriginal story behind Three Sisters, which tells the tale of three sisters who were turned into the rocky outcrops near the headland.
Lennox Head Boardwalk
Located on the top of Lennox Point – known locally as ‘The Point – the Pat Morton Lookout offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. The stunning, sea views span north across Lennox Head and Seven Mile Beach and south to Rocky Point, Boulders Beach and Skennars Head. It’s the ideal spot to take your morning tea and watch the local surfers and resident dolphins carve up the right hand point break. The pleasant walking track has easy boardwalks for all of the family to enjoy. The gentle walk runs from town, along the oceanfront and climbs the headland.
Nightcap National Park
Nestled deep in the Byron Shire hinterlands, the Nightcap National Park is home to the iconic Wollumbin/Mt. Warning. The World Heritage-listed rainforests of Nightcap National Park near Lismore has heaps of nature trails and waterfalls to explore such as Minyon Falls and Protestors Falls. The lush rainforest is the ideal getaway for a day trip with lots of picnic areas, bushwalks and stunning views.
Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Located 45 minutes drive from Byron Bay in the Lismore region, the Victoria Park Boardwalk is an easy 0.4km loop that is accessible for all. Meander through the sub-tropical rainforest and seek shade under the canopy of wild bushland. Spot the local wildlife and birdwatch as you picnic in this idyllic spot. With a series series of informative displays in place, learn how the indigenous people of the Bundjalung nation, used the plants of the rainforest. While in the area, stop off at the nearby Dalwood Falls and Marom Falls and cool off with a fresh water dip.
Even without visiting one of these natural landmarks, a country drive through the Byron Bay hinterland reveals heaps of hidden treasures and magical landscapes to take in.
Featured image of Palm Valley, Cape Byron Walking Track courtesy of NSW National Parks