Guest post by Zara Lewis. Zara is a regular contributor at Highstylife Magazine, a traveler and a mother of two. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Passionate about spreading the word about fantastic places to visit and creating a better world for the generations to come.
Adrenaline-Filled Weekend Adventure in Byron Bay
Summer is finally here people, do you have your adventure escapade all planned out? It’s time to visit one of the hottest surfing, skydiving, and exploration destinations the Land of Oz has to offer – Byron Bay.
Named by James Cook himself after an esteemed naval officer John Byron, the town of Byron is no more than 5000 people strong and a home to an astounding array of sea, land, and air adventure activities.
From surfing and hang gliding, to jumping off cliffs and staying at nature-inspired suites overlooking the ocean, Byron Bay has everything you need for an unforgettable summer adventure.
Hope you have a strong stomach – here is an adrenaline-filled weekend adventure in Byron Bay.
Adventure rides to book in advance
Okay, so you can definitely parachute your way unannounced into almost any event, but some excursions are better booked well in advance of your arrival. You might want to consider booking your surfing lessons, kayaking and cruising, as well as skydiving.
Because Byron Bay has grown in popularity over the years, plenty of adrenaline junkies and adventurers will be testing their skills and courage on its shores this summer season, so be sure to research your preferred activities and book your spot in time.
How to get there & where to stay
Byron Bay is just a two-hour drive south of the capital of Queensland, Brisbane, and a whopping eight hours north of Sydney. Better catch a plane if you’re a Sydneysider.
If you’re coming from Brisbane, you want to take the M1 straight to Byron Bay. Likewise, if you’re a true adventurer and you’re driving from Sydney, you want to take the scenic A1 highway straight up. Simple, beautiful, exciting.
As far as accommodation goes, there is plenty of options to choose from – from nature lofts and cottages to classy Byron Bay accommodation for all your leisure vacation needs.
Pamper yourself to infinity and recover from a day of pure adrenaline with a relaxing massage, a glass of wine in your hand, and a front-seat view of the ocean.
Learn how to surf and then snorkel with the turtles
Once there, you want to immediately hit the beach to catch the waves.
If you’re new to surfing, Byron Bay has several schools that can help you get started. If you’re an avid surfer though, you are going to fall in love with the roaring waves.
You also don’t want to miss an opportunity to dive and snorkel around the sea depths, meeting and greeting many friendly marine animals, and even petting a friendly sea turtle as well. Bring a few tasty baits, and you will be making friends in no time.
Hang gliding and skydiving
Looking to take your adventure up in the air?
Don’t miss jumping out of an airplane and hang gliding around Byron Bay for some spectacular views. The former is as straightforward as they get – you jump off a plane, you scream a lot, you film it all for your Instagram story, and you have the time of your life.
Hang gliding is a different, but equally exciting activity as well. While still adrenaline-rich, it takes a step back and provides a more enjoyable, prolonged experience. You know, because you’re not falling to your death. Rather, you are gliding around through the air, soaking in the breathtaking landscape and the expansive ocean ahead. Magical.
Jump off the cliffs in Nimbin
Finally, you want to visit the nearby town of Nimbin for some good old cliff jumping. There is nothing quite like standing on the edge of a tall cliff wondering if everyone can see just how terrified you are of taking that leap of faith. Just so you know, they can.
So don’t overthink it, close your eyes, say your prayers, and jump as far as you can. Once you hit the water, you will have no problem spending the rest of the day climbing back to the top and jumping over and over again.
Byron Bay is an amazing place to visit for an unforgettable, adrenaline-filled summer adventure. Whether you are taking the entire family, your significant other, or a whole entourage of friends, you are bound to have the time of your life in this not-so-hidden Gem of Australia.
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