So many, many backpackers come and go from Byron Bay without ever having a little adventure and seeing some of the amazing places that are situated just in and around the Byron Bay Hinterland.
Therefore I highly recommend either getting to know a fellow traveller that owns a reliable car or simply get a few friends to pitch in and hire a car for the day, car hire can be as little as $50 for a day well worth it for the fun trips to be had. So here are my top 5 random adventures that are a must see.
1. Natural Bridge / Glow Worms
Natural bridge is located in Springbrook Natural Park just outside the Gold Coast. Natural bridge is created by millions of years of water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. The bridge is home to a large colony of glow worms, the glow worms can be seen at any time of year after sunset.
On summer nights you could also be lucky enough to see fire flies and mushrooms that glow in the dark. In summer take your swimmers as it’s perfectly fine to swim in the pristine clear waters under the waterfall.
2. Rocky Creek Dam
Rocky Creek Dam is located in the Wain Wain forest approx 20km north of Lismore which is around 1.5 hours drive from Byron Bay. Water stored in the dam is used to supply drinking water to the Northern rivers, sounds a little boring but it’s a beautiful picnic or BBQ site on a sunny day, with all the facilities you need like toilets, bbq area etc. Nature lovers may even be a able to spot a platypus there from the platypus viewing platform! There are a range of walks around the dam too if you’re keen.
3. Mount Tamborine Winery and Vodka Distillery
Mt Tamborine is in the Gold Coast hinterlands approx 1.5 hours drive, for this day trip I highly recommend a designated driver or throw a tent in the car and stay the night as Mt Tamborine is not only home to a brewery and a number of amazing wineries but also a distillery that makes the best vodka and lemon chello I have tried in a long, long time and I have tried a lot! You’ll also find a range of good cafes and a few shops selling homemade fudge. Tamborine mountain distillery is definitely a must see, sit with Michael Ward himself or a member of his family and be thrilled by the huge range of spirits made on site, they are very welcoming and happy for you to sit and try any mixture you can think of.
Just a 20 minute drive north of Bryon Bay, Mullumbimby is a true counter culture community that many visitors to Australia have never heard of. Wandering through the town you will find locally grown coffee and produce, truly unique clothing and accessories and mind warping arts and crafts. Crystal Castle is an enchanting attraction that you simply must visit. The Castle is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and walking trails, marble statues, a 4m tall Buddha, Crystals, Tarot Reading and the ancient labyrinth – a walk of spiritual reflection.
5. Mt Warning
Located in the Tweed Coast Hinterland, give yourself approximately 1 hour to get there. Visiting Mt Warning is all about good timing and picking the right day. Clear blues skies are a must as it is possible to see all the way over to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. It’s a good 5 hour walk there and back so pack supplies, food, water, camera and take someone funny to entertain you during the walk. I definitely recommend taking good torches and doing a late night / early morning mission to see the sunrise or the sunset from the lookout at the top.
Have fun exploring these less known places for day trips from Byron Bay!