length

5 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

From $2895pp

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length

5 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

From $2895pp

Guided Trip

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Map
  • On the trail
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Food and drink
  • Walks with locals
  • Where do we stay?
  • FAQ's
  • Positive impacts

Overview

Food, Wine and Walking - Byron Bay

Prepare for a relaxing yet expansive program of great food, sensational drinks and hiking in Byronshire and the Northern Rivers, exploring some of the producers and lesser-known attractions of this famous region as well as the town’s most loved eateries. This trip has so many good experiences included it’s hard to know where to start.  ( Okay, so there’s not much in the way of wineries up here but we’ve found delightful substitutes to visit and drink at!)

We have included visits to Hinterland distilleries, coffee and macadamia farms, amazing cafes and restaurants loved by locals, a Byron brewery and in the delightful village of Bangalow you’ll get to experience a Bush Tucker walk exploring native food sources with a local Indigenous Woman, Delta. We explore the local food culture with meals at renowned restaurants, famous for their emphasis on native ingredients as well as their unique community vibe.

For the walking we have a sensational hinterland waterfall visit and a visit to Nightcap National Park within the outstanding Gondwana Rainforests. We also include walks on the wonderful section of the coastal trail between Lennox Head and Ballina and walk the outstanding trails around Cape Byron and the expansive ocean beaches between Brunswick head and Byron bay. So you’ll enjoy fabulous local food of the region at the same time as we connect with nature, hiking in some of Australia’s most beautiful locations.

Your trip will also indulge you with wonderful healthy eating options each morning so your energy levels will benefit for the hiking! We take breakfast each day at the best cafes and most popular spots favoured by locals, the food on this trip is nothing short of sensational. You’ll be staying in hotel accommodation in central Byron so that you can go out and do your own exploring or relaxing on the magnificent beaches and thriving cafe scene.

 

 

 

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Highlights

Food and Walking - Byron Bay

  • 5 x daily hikes with a RAW leader and driver
  • Hotel Accommodation in a central location in Byron Bay
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 2 restaurant dinners at iconic venues
  • Bush Tucker walk with a local Bundjalung woman
  • Distillery and Brewery tastings and tour
  • Macadamia and Coffee farm visits
  • Fabulously healthy food showcasing local producers and suppliers
  • Trailhead transfers each day
  • Carbon offset for your trip and a native tree planted on your behalf
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Byron Coastal and Hinterland

  • Walking & Activities on 5 days
  • Overall distance walked: Approx 40km
  • Grade: Moderate

NOTE: Chart shows optimal months for walking not beach weather!

Day 1: Cape Byron walk 5km

Day 2: Lennox head – Ballina  Distance: 8.8km

Day 2: Lennox head – Ballina  Distance: 8.8km

Day 2: Bangalow Bush Tucker Walk approx 1km

Day 3: Hinterland waterfalls walk distance : 13km

Day 4: Brunswick heads to Tygarah reserve distance 7.5km

Day 4: Broken head walk with local guide 1.6km

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On the trail

The Experience

The walks are a mixture of different terrain and conditions underfoot but generally not challenging for anyone of moderate fitness and walking ability. Coastal walks take place on well-defined easy-to-follow paths and we have one day of ocean beach walking from Brunswick Heads to Byron. The Hinterland walks through rainforest to waterfalls follow paths and do involve some uphill and trail walking to reach the waterfalls.

Itinerary

DAILY DETAILS

Day 1: Rainforest walk, Gin tasting tour. Walk Cape Byron headland (5Km)

Arrive by 10am into Byron Bay and we start at our hotel with a welcome meeting and briefing to inform for the week’s activities ahead. Following a sumptuous and healthy lunch, we will drive inland to the Cape Byron distillery on a family farm. We’ll walk through the rainforest with a Brookie’s gin & tonic in hand while hearing the story of the distillery and learning the history of the Big Scrub. See, smell and touch the different native rainforest botanicals that are used to make their award-winning spirits. Finish with a guided tasting, and learn all about the art of distillation.

After the tasting we take a walk on the stunning Cape Byron headland, climbing first to the famous Lighthouse and lookout before making a circuit around the headland on a path with many stairs and stunning views. Expect to see many Humpback whales passing by the Cape Byron Headland, which is the most easterly point of the Australian continent. After taking in a magnificent Byron bay sunset we head into town, having a chance to change before we head out to dinner at an excellent restaurant, loved by locals and renowned for it’s incredible food;  The plant-based menu is modern Asian and dishes are matched with a diverse vegan wine list, local spirits and cocktails, and their own brewed range of craft beers, cider, kombucha and other beverages.

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Day 2: Coffee & Macadamia Farm visits. Walk Lennox Head to Ballina (8.8km) Bangalow Bush Tucker walk

A full day planned today and we start the day with a nourishing breakfast bowl at one of Byron’s most iconic cafes. Today we have a wonderful walk along the coastline between the surfer’s hangout of Lennox Head and the town of Ballina. Before we begin that we will call into Zentveld’s Coffee farm and roastery for a morning caffeine hit! This family farm is situated on beautiful Bundjalung Country in the hills behind Byron Bay. The cooler subtropical climate of Northern NSW means their Arabica coffee is slow ripened with only one harvest each year. At Zentveld’s they farm using regenerative practices, actively produce compost, and grow cover crops to assist in soil health & coffee production.

Then we start our hike from Lennox Head along a coastal trail. Along the way you’ll pass coves and headlands that are rich with Aboriginal history and there are many informative signboards along the way that tell the story of the First Nations people in this area. Today’s walk is a mixture of trails, sealed paths and boardwalks and the views along the rugged coastal headlands are excellent. We will finish by the compact and neat little lighthouse in Ballina before we drive off to our lunch at Harvest in Newrybar. Harvest is a contemporary restaurant led by a team of Australia’s most talented and forward-thinking chefs, showcasing the diversity of local produce and supporting the farmers, growers and artisans behind everything it serves, Harvest is not only one of the Northern Rivers region’s most exciting dining experiences, but has engaged community at every corner

Following our leisurely lunch, we visit a nearby Macadamia farm for a quick visit and tastings before we transfer to the nearby town of Bangalow, nestled in the hinterland hills. Here our local Indigenous guide Delta takes guests along the stunning Byron Creek, located within Bangalow Parklands, which has been regenerated this area with hundreds of native plant species that are really important to Bundjalung people. During the walk, Delta points out a variety of these edible bush tucker plants, as well as plants used for natural medicine, jewellery, fibre, tools and weapons. She speaks about local indigenous history and shares traditional stories that have been passed down to her from her ancestors. There are opportunities to learn some Bundjalung language and we are sometimes lucky to see Binging the river turtle or Junbung the platypus. At the end of the walk, we enjoy tasting a variety of delicious bush tucker foods and have cup of bush tea and a biscuit.

Dinner not included tonight but we will make recommendations.

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Day 3: Hinterland food, walks and waterfalls. (9km)

We start our day with breakfast at one of the Byron Locals’ favorite Breakfast cafes with a good feed and great coffee. Today we are going to be driving into the lush hinterland rainforests, exploring the remnants of what was referred to by early settlers as  ‘The big Scrub‘. This was a vast area of Gondwanan forests, that was largely cleared but pockets remain in the hillsides where the land was too steep for farming. We will walk to some of the outstanding waterfalls in the region such as Minyon Falls, Goonengerry or Whian Whian Falls ( depending on local closures with track restoration). These are breathtaking waterfalls and the scenery is outstanding as we walk on both wide and narrow trails through the forest to reach the viewing points.

Tucked away in one of the Hinterland valleys is a very special cafe which is our next destination. We have a delicious lunch at the superb Lilium Love cafe nestled in the hinterland hills, whose food and products are ‘100% Organic, Seasonal , Medicinal and Consciously Created’.  After savoring this beautiful food with a late lunch we head back to town in time to take in a spectacular Byron sunset 

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Please note that this day was originally scheduled for the Minyon Falls walking tracks which at the time of writing remain closed after recent heavy flooding but are due to reopen in June 2023. Daily walking distance may vary according to which tracks are open at the time we visit.

 

 

Day 4: Walk Brunswick Heads to Tyagarah. Brewery lunch.(13.5km)

This morning we transfer to Brunswick Heads for breakfast at a popular local cafe there before we start a wonderful walk along the Tyagarah nature reserve, following a mixture of a fire trail through bushland and a walk along the shore. The beach walking is on an open and flat expanse of ocean beach that has wonderful views across the bay to the Cape Byron headland. Look out for white-bellied sea eagle sea eagles and other seabirds along this wonderful shoreline walk. Reaching the car park at Tyagarah we meet the van for a break and have morning tea. We then continue on our way to reach the outskirts of Byron at beautiful Belongil beach, walking into town for our lunch at the Stone and Wood brewery. We get to sample tasting plates of their food and beers, in a fun and convivial space.

The rest of that afternoon is free time to explore Byron or just relax by the beach or pool. In the evening we’ll be heading to the sensational Karkalla restaurant in town. Karkalla is the passion project of Mindy Woods, proud Bundjalung woman of the Widjabul Wia-bul clan. Featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce and native indigenous ingredients, ‘Karkalla’ is a nod to Mindy’s indigenous heritage as a proud indigenous woman and delights diners with the novel tastes of the local bush and produce.

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Day 5: Walk Tallows beach (5Km) / Depart Byron

We start our final morning with a last delicious Byron breakfast at the popular Byron Bay General store, a firm favourite with locals and visitors, followed by a walk along the stunning open expanses of Tallows Beach to finish our trip. We have a late checkout (12 pm) and those who are heading to the airport that same afternoon can be transferred back.

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Important Note: Times and locations of walks and venues may vary each day according to local weather, closures and other factors. We will deliver all elements of the itinerary but some flexibility may be required to adapt the order of the schedule on the day.

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included

 

  • 5 daily hikes with a RAW leader and driver / support vehicle
  • Twin-share accommodation at the Lord Byron in Byron Bay
  • 4  Breakfasts at the area’s best cafes
  • 4 Lunches at outstanding local venues, Including ‘Harvest’ restaurant
  • Dinner at the Karkalla restaurant, Byron Bay
  • Dinner At Yulli’s restaurant Byron Bay
  • Rainforest and Gin Tasting tour at Cape Byron Distillery
  • Visit to Macadamia and Coffee farms
  • Excellent food showcasing local producers and suppliers
  • Bush Tucker walking tour with an Indigenous guide
  • Trailhead transfers each day
  • 10% GST included
  • Carbon offset for your trip & a native tree planted
Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to Byron Bay from your location
  • Any meals not specified
  • Single supplement (on request only)
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Food and drink

Local producers

There are many wonderful food experiences on this trip as we explore some of the best local producers and cafes the area is known for. You’ll get to taste whatever’s in season locally as we eat at the renowned Karkalla and Harvest restaurants and Illium Love cafe in the Byron Hinterlands. Other popular spots we visit in town include ‘ The Farm’, ‘ Yulli’s’ and ‘Combi cafe’ –  all known for their innovative and delicious offerings.Karkalla restaurant is the passion project of Mindy Woods, proud Bundjalung woman of the Widjabul Wia-bul clan. Featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce and native indigenous ingredients, ‘Karkalla’ is a nod to Mindy’s indigenous heritage as a proud indigenous woman. ‘Harvest’ is a contemporary restaurant led by a team of Australia’s most talented and forward-thinking chefs, showcasing the diversity of local produce and supporting the farmers, growers and artisans behind everything it serves, Harvest is not only one of the Northern Rivers region’s most exciting dining experiences, but has engaged community at every corner

 

 

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Walks with locals

Local insights

On this trip we have included a couple of experiences with locals ; We’ll be guided on a Bush tucker walk with Delta, a wonderful local Bundjalong woman who’ll share her knowledge of the native fruits and produce that grows in the area of the village of Bangalow. Delta points out a variety of these edible bush tucker plants, as well as plants used for natural medicine, jewellery, fibre, tools and weapons. She speaks about local indigenous history and shares traditional stories that have been passed down to her from her ancestors.

Then at Cape Byron farm and distillery we will walk through the rainforest with a Brookie’s gin & tonic in hand while hearing their story and learning the history of the Big Scrub. See, smell and touch the different native rainforest botanicals that are used to make their award-winning spirits. We finish with a guided tasting, and learn all about the art of distillation.

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Where do we stay?

Accommodation

Located in the heart of Byron Bay within a tropical setting, The Lord Byron has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The property is home to a range of uniquely decorated Queen-size rooms – each with a private balcony – and fully-furnished apartments; as well as a recently renovated swimming pool and spa with wraparound decking, tennis court, and spacious cabana BBQ area. All rooms are beautifully decorated and also include air-conditioning, a refrigerator, and tea/coffee making facilities. The property is a 11-minute walk from the main beach and very close to centre of town. We will be using a mixture of both twin-share rooms and one 3 bedroom apartment to accommodate our group. A single room is available upon request by paying a supplement.

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Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

RAW Travel hit the nail on the head with creating the ultimate Byron Bay experience. From the incredible food options, perfect yoga studio setting and hikes that capture the breathtaking views of the sea and the Forrest. This trip truly was the perfect reset button for the heart, mind and soul!

Diamond Sinanis

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Customer Testimonials

Highly recommend. Our trip was well organised with wonderful hiking, yoga, great food and terrific tour guides. A great way to explore the beauty of Byron Bay!

Tania Cincotta

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Well organised, great food, great walks and experiences. Really couldn’t have been much better particularly considering this was a 1st off for this particular trip. Have done 3 trips with Raw travel in the last 4 or 5 years and they have all been brilliant, well organised and a great feeling of adventure mixed with exceptional food and accommodation. Will keep coming back as long as my body allows me.

Simon Schubert

FAQ's

Need to Know

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is quite moderate on this trip, the coastal hikes follow a mixture of well-defined paths and trails, with some beach walks taking place on broad relatively flat expanses of beach. The day that we hike to the hinterland waterfalls is a bit more demanding as we will follow narrow trails through the scrubland and requires proper footwear such as walking shoes. If you are a regular walker of reasonable fitness and used to bushwalking then you won’t find this overly difficult.

What's the food like? Can dietary preferences be catered for?

The food on this trip is fabulous and a real highlight! We eat out at some of the local’s favourite venues throughout the region. Meal choices are aimed at supporting you with really healthy nutritious and delicious fresh food and taking advantage of some of the fabulous vegetarian / vegan meals ( though there are also non-vegetarian meals / venues each day). We will visit some of the Hinterland primary producers and also eat at venues that support the concept of growing their own produce, sourcing the rest locally and putting an emphasis on community in their approach.  We will also be enjoying some of Byron Bay’s best venues for eating out in a town that is probably Australia’s foremost for conscious and healthy eating.

Please indicate any dietary restrictions that you have either prior to or at the time of booking, so we can advise and prepare accordingly. Many common dietary restrictions can be catered for but this may not be a suitable trip for people with very restricted diets and we reserve the right to refuse a booking on this basis.

What are the accommodations & facilities like?

You will be staying the Lord Byron Hotel in central Byron bay. The hotel is a modern light-filled building that is home to 30 rooms and three fully-furnished apartments,  Enjoy the tranquility of a property surrounded by lush foliage, a divine swimming pool and spa with wraparound decking, spacious cabana, and tennis court.

From shops, cinema and cafes on your doorstep to the glow of golden hour spent poolside, your hotel experience at The Lord Byron will complement a wonderful week of walking, food and relaxation.

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Positive impacts

Social and environmental

All our adventures are fully carbon offset so that you know your travel has minimal impacts. Hiking itself is a low-impact activity but we offset the cost of all our office operations and food production as well, so you can be satisfied that you have chosen a form of travel that is both good for you and good for the planet. Each year we also plant trees on behalf of every customer who has travelled with us, aiming to build towards a carbon positive effect with our operations.

As a B-Corp a focus on local community is an important part of who we are. We are committed to supporting our local community and charities in many ways through fundraising events, sponsorships, environmental clean-ups and empowering people through training.

 

TRIP date selection

when would you like to travel?

Please select your preferred dates for on-demand trips or select a scheduled date for group departures. If you have booked a self-guided trip please understand that because your trip date is on demand and we must check availability of all properties on your chosen dates before it can be fully confirmed

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04/09/2023 - 08/09/2023
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$2,895
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