When you stay at The Lily Pad, you’ll want to explore the beautiful surrounds of Byron Shire.
Take a look at our Google Map with key places to visit and directions from the Lily Pad to main beach.
The Lily Pad is located on Skinner’s Shoot Rd, approximately 2 km to Byron Bay town and main beach. It’s just a 5 minute drive along a picturesque, treelined country road.
Take the Byron Bay exit from the Pacific Highway and drive along Ewingsdale Rd, which will turn into Shirley St as you get closer to town. At the first roundabout near the Byron Bay police station, turn right onto Butler St, then right again onto Burns St and follow this road as it becomes Gordon St. Drive past the Byron Bay Brewery and Arts Factory Lodge and follow the road as it curves left, turning into Skinners Shoot Rd, a picturesque 2km country drive to The Lily Pad at Byron.
Some recent highlights and discoveries include Il Buco Italian restaurant in Bay Lane. It’s a tiny “hole-in-the-wall” style place, very casual and friendly, and we often have to wait for a table. They’ll call you when a table is free, so it’s no bother to take a wander up to the beach or drop in at The Beach Hotel for a quick drink. We always enjoy Thai Lucy too, also located in Bay Lane, just near Il Buco.
If you can’t decide, just take a stroll along Bay Lane from Jonson Street to Fletcher Street and you’ll discover loads of little eateries featuring cuisines from around the globe.
When exploring beyond Byron Bay town, be sure to check out Federal Doma Cafe for excellent Japanese in a relaxed outdoor setting, Harvest at Newrybar for great bread, coffee, deli items and breakfast/lunch/dinner on the verandah, and Fleet in Brunswick Heads for that extra special dining occasion.
OUT & ABOUT
If you’re keen to get active during the day, you can’t go wrong with an adventure on the water with Cape Byron Kayaks. Dolphins are spotted every day throughout the year, but in winter, you might even see a whale or two!
The Lighthouse Walk is a well known and very well worn path, but something few visitors do is take the Tallow Ridge Track which starts (or finishes) in the side street opposite Captain Cook Lookout. It’s a gorgeous mix of coastal bush and beachfront which winds its way to Cape Byron Lighthouse via Wategos Beach and The Pass.
If you prefer to experience the beauty of Byron Bay on horseback, we highly recommend Zephyr Horses which offers both beach and coastal bush trail rides. Seeing the orange glow of sunrise as you ride up an over the sand dune and down on to the beach is truly one of Byron’s most memorable experiences!
Discounts on horse riding and sea kayaking are available when you mention you’re staying at The Lily Pad. Read more here.
Don’t forget, when you visit Byron Bay, you’ll most likely need to pay for parking at some stage, so we recommend you plan ahead. Here’s more information from Byron Shire Council with maps and details on pay parking.
And, when visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse, or beaches at Captain Cook Lookout, The Pass, or Tallows Beach (Cosy Corner), we suggest you buy a NSW National Parks “Single Parks Pass” from the National Parks office which will give you unlimited parking at these sites within Cape Byron State Conservation Area. For more info, visit the NSW National Parks website.