During these unprecedented times, we’re all asked to social distance. However, we can still go out an exercise (with no more than 1 other person from the same household) and we should. Exercise is not only important for physical health but mental wellbeing too, it also helps to strengthen our immune system.
So with that said, there’s lots of great outdoor places to exercise, with space from others, in and around the Byron Bay hinterland region. Here’s a quick list:
Cycling / Mountain Biking
- around the Byron Hinterland country roads. Lots of beautiful scenery and fresh air.
- local beaches – Tyagarah at Byron Bay and Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head are some of the longest.
- Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park – Alstonville (check local details before visiting – https://www.dirtywheels.org/duck-creek-mountain-bike-park-alstonville/)
Walking – yourself and/or your dog.
- Tyagarah Beach at Byron Bay is dog friendly. It provides the opportunity for a good long walk from the Wreck carpark (near the Byron swimming pool) to many miles north.
- Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head is dog friendly (follow signs for correct dog access as some of the beach is closed to dogs – north of the Surf Club is fine).
- Walk along the river at Ballina
- Fish at any of the local beaches or Ballina/ Richmond River. Fishing permits apply.
- Brunswick River front
- Walk the headland from Lennox Head to Ballina or vice-versa
Swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding
- – Brunswick Heads, Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head, parts of the Richmond River and North Creek at Ballina.
- – Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Evans Head, Brunswick Heads
National Parks – there are lots of National Parks and reserves around the Byron Hinterland region. While many have great walking trails, do check with the National Parks and Wildlife Service if they are open in your area. The most popular areas that are likely to be busy are closed. Also remember that travelling out of your region is not accepted as part of the Covid-19 crisis.
Please observe local rules for Covid-19 and what you’re allowed to do at the time.
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