We love our campus in Byron Bay, it's very cozy and full of incredible people. Location is also great, within a short drive you can reach a lot of stunning destinations. Here are our top 4 spots for an awesome weekend break.
1. Explore Nimbin
Jump in the car or on one of the rainbow bus tours and take the winding road through rainforests and farmland until you reach the very unique and very memorable town of Nimbin. This is a famous alternative lifestyle, quirky destination—yes, there is a place considered even more hippie than Byron Bay! Nimbin features lots of colourful shops and cafes as well as many ways to find your “inner hippie”. Consider starting the day at one of the many funky local cafes where you can relax with your morning coffee and people watch.
2. Minyon Falls and Mullumbimby
Located 25 minutes inland from Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is a pretty place to stop for lunch, coffee or to pick up some picnic supplies if you’re heading onto Minyon Falls or going for a drive along the picturesque Upper Wilsons Creek Rd. “Mullum” (as it’s called by locals) is home to many little gems that you may not spot on a quick drive through. The Minyon Falls loop takes three to four hours and requires a moderate level of fitness. The view is breathtaking — the plunge waterfall descends as much as 104m (no one has ever accurately measured it) over cliffs which were once part of the Tweed Volcano. Minyon Falls is spectacular at any time of the year and especially after a lot of rain, usually during summer.
3.Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Take a spiritual day out. Visit home to the world’s largest amethyst cave, and the world’s biggest (5.5 m) crystals. Plan your trip in advance and be sure to include some extra time the free meditation class. It adds another layer of tranquility. Crystal Castle reviewers note that you can easily spend a full day at the property and still not see everything on offer. For example you can walk the ancient labyrinth, also referred to as ‘a walk of spiritual reflection’, which allows you to quietly reflect, or just have a peaceful walk.
The Crystal Castle is more like an open planned house, with a beautiful veranda where you can sit and relax at the Lotus Cafe, with a local produce menu, you can enjoy including, breakfast or lunch. All this while you take in the stunning view over the rainforest and sweeping valley while holding/wearing your newly found suited crystals for healing or purely just enjoyment.
4. Lennox Head
Lennox Head is one of the iconic National Surfing Reserves. Around 15 minutes drive south of Byron Bay, Lennox Head is a small, coastal town where there’s surfing, windsurfing, hang gliding and many more popular activities. “Lennox Head’s twice as good as Byron Bay, but half the price,” says mayor David Wright, who cites no traffic, crystal clear water and community atmosphere as the town’s major drawcards. Dolphins sometimes join surfers riding the waves, offering a wonderful sight. Later, go to Lake Ainsworth on the north side of the village. This fresh water lake features a tea-tree stain, giving it a unique colour. It is a great place to swim as well as stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe.