Byron Bay is a unique area and we love it. We have been there several times and never tire of it. It has become a compulsory stopover for us on the way up to Queensland.
Here's some of the things I love about the place and the neighbouring towns:
1/ The laid back lifestyle of Byron is very contagous and it is very hard to get back to work after a holiday to this part of the country. It is for this reason that Byron has a large amount of hippies that reside in the area and also artists. Therefore the shopping is amasing and you can usually find many usual things within them.
2/ The markets are a must, as not only can you find that something unusual for someone, but you can also find the most amasing sights as you wander around. Every fourth weekend the markets are in Byron and the other weekends the markets are held in three other neighbouring towns, one of those being Bangaloo.
3/ The Byron Bay lighthouse is great to visit and you can get your photo taken at the most easterly point in Australia. The lighthouse has a walking trail which takes you along the steep cliff top to this point. Great for viewing dolphins, I've seen dolphins all three times I've been up there.
4/ Take a trip out the Mullumbimby and the Crystal Castle, for a day with a bit of a difference. Mullumbimby has a high population of hippies and therefore a very relaxed lifestyle. The Crystal Castle houses a great collection of crystals, both semi precise and precise, and some are on sell if you wish to purchase any.
5/ If you love the beaches the area has many to offer - such as Lennox Head and Ballina. We spent a few days at Ballina just lapping up the sun, swimming and diving.
6/ If you enjoy climbing, then I've heard that to climb Mount Warning, near Mullwillbah, is worth it for the veiw you get when you reach the top.
7/ If you are in Byron Bay on Easter Weekend, go to the Blues Feastival. We went one year and we had the time of our lives. It is non-stop blues music, drinking and other bad habits for 3 days. Bands come from all over Australia, some well known and some not so well and some International groups. It's one big party. If you stay in the make shift camping ground that is just behind the venue don't expect to get a lot of sleep. It's the best.
Byron and the neighbouring towns all have holiday parks, with cabins and cavarans for hire and Byron and Ballina both have Youth Hostels.