Our top 5 things to do in Byron Bay in August...
August is a great month to explore Byron Bay and the surrounding hinterlands. It’s the calm before the storm when the weather gets warmer and the streets get busier. It’s the last month of winter to enjoy the crisp morning sunshine and the ever so slightly cold but exhilarating dips in the ocean.
For arguably our favourite month of the year, we’ve put together our top 5 adventures that you don’t want to miss out on!
1) Try the new Vegan menu at No Bones restaurant
We’re super excited to be trying the new vegan menu at No Bones which launched this month. I have some friends visiting from Sydney next week and it will be the first place that I take them for sure!
More than just your standard plant based menu, No Bones supports local suppliers for every option possible on the menu, using fresh and seasonal ingredients to make quality dishes from scratch.
No Bones is pretty awesome too as they ‘do their bit for future generations by keeping everything sustainable, biodegradable and environmentally conscious’.
It’s a yes from us! I can’t wait to try the Peking ‘Duck’ Pancakes and Chick’n Skewers…and maybe a few of the cocktails too.
They're open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm onwards.
11 Fletcher St, Byron Bay NSW 2481 or click HERE
2) Bangalow Music Festival - 10th to 12th August
“Enriching lives through the power of music.”
This year the Bangalow Music Festival is presented by the Southern Cross Soloists. If chamber music is your thing, or you just want to experience something new then give this a go! Nestled within the hinterlands, the festival features the highest calibre chamber and orchestral musicians from around the world.
Over the weekend, there are nine concerts and three special events in total, providing something for everyone. Complete with music, food, unchallenged scenery and relaxation. Don’t miss the champagne opera on Saturday night!
Discover the programme here:
3) RSC presents a live screening of Romeo and Juliet ~ 11th August
Oh, who doesn’t enjoy a night at the theatre. This August there is heaps going on at the Byron Theatre, but this month they’re showing my personal all time favourite – Romeo and Juliet. I may hold a little bias with this one being performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (being from England and having studied Romeo and Juliet in theatre school). However, with over 1 million annual visitors taking the trip to the Stratford-Upon-Avon theatre this is not one to be missed!
“The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change but leads all too quickly to heart breaking consequences.”
Get your tickets and more info here:
4) Sourdough weekends at Harvest Newrybar - throughout August
Every Saturday and Sunday enjoy freshly baked goods from Harvest’s 107 year old wood fired oven in the charming Newrybar village. From dawn, Harvest sends the wholesome smells of organic sourdough, fresh pastries and delicious donuts into the hinterlands. Whether you’re just visiting for the weekend or are a true local, this is one not to be missed.
The views and coffee aren’t bad either so take the morning to visit the old bakery and enjoy the surroundings too.
5) Get outdoors- throughout August
As Byron Bay is in the middle of winter, it may surprise some visitors to see so many surfers and swimmers out in the water, with barely a wetsuit in sight. It might also be surprising that the water temperatures in August are still a pleasant 21ºC.
Warm water and big swell, all framed by the beautiful blue skies of Byron Bay it’s not only a surfer’s haven, found in Australia in the middle of winter. It’s also absolutely still warm enough to bask in the sunshine at any of the beaches around town. Our favourite spot is Wategos…here you can take a well-deserved break from your Lighthouse Trail walk.
Winter is a refreshing time to visit the national parks. Arakwal National Park is a 183-hectare park which stretches from the most easterly point of Australia (along the lighthouse trail) all the way to Tallow Beach. You’ll admire panoramic views of the north coast hinterland and most likely still some of the whales migrating north in search of warmer waters for their babies!
If you like something a little more daring, take a boat out to the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve and do some snorkelling or scuba diving. There’s also the option of a kayak tours around The Pass area too.
Enjoy beautiful Byron Bay!