As I’ve mentioned in a few recent posts, I’ve started to develop an interest in crystals. So when Freddie was working in Ballina for a few weeks and asked me to come visit him one weekend. I jumped at the opportunity, because it was exciting to get to go see him. And also because I knew I’d be able to pass through Crystal Castle in Byron Bay along the way.
Ever since we moved to the Sunshine Coast I’ve been dying to get to Byron Bay and explore this magical crystal wonderland. I almost had mum convinced when she was here but she didn’t fancy the long drive. So I was thrilled when Freddie invited me down. Plus it’s been so long since I went on a long drive on my own which is one of my favourite things to do. So you couldn’t get me down there quick enough.
I’ll talk about my trip to Ballina in another post. For now, I want to tell you all about Crystal Castle in Byron Bay.
What is Crystal Castle?
Not to be mistaken with Crystal Castles (one of my favourite electronica bands back in the day). Crystal Castle is home of the biggest and most beautiful crystals in the world.
And no, the pictures don’t do the place justice. You have to see it and feel it to truly understand the magic of Crystal Castle in Byron Bay.
History of Crystal Castle
Crystal Castle in Byron Bay started operating in 1986. Back then it was a small business on a huge plot of pretty bare land. And was Australia’s first direct importer of quality natural crystals from around the world. Word spread and tourists kept showing up and eventually Crystal Castle opened for limited trading to the public.
Reading the stories of how these large crystals were located and came to be transported from South America to Australia is just incredible.
The place has been founded and continued to be built upon a deep desire to create a place of peace and magic, of lasting beauty and wonder. And I can hands down say it does all those things!
Highlights at Crystal Castle
Some of the highlights at Crystal Castle in Byron Bay include.
- The Crystal Guardians which are those giant crystal geodes you see as the iconic picture most people have on Instagram. The crystal is smoky quartz with delicate sprinklings of amethyst and calcite crystal flowers as well as clear quartz and agate. You think they look amazing in pictures? They’re absolutely breathtaking in real life!
- Dragon’s Egg is a smaller cave of lavender amethyst which you’re allowed to sit and take a picture in. It’s a truly magical experience immersing yourself inside such a giant, natural wonder.
- Damanhur Spiral is a crystal spiral which is an energy link connected to the stone spirals and labyrinths that live in the Sacred Woods Temple of Damanhur, Federation of Communities in Nothern Italy. They are used to reawaken the divine essence present in each individual
- Reflexology Walk is a pleasant walk around a 4 tonne rose quartz. Reflexology is an ancient healing art and involves walking barefoot on cobbled paths. It’s known to significantly reduce blood pressure and improves balance and overall physical performance.
- The Buddha Walk is a beautiful walk where you’ll come across many large crystals and also large buddha statues. You’ll also come across the bamboo path.
- Gratitude Tree where you can write down a wish and something you’re grateful for and hang it on the tree.
- And of course your visit wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t check out the amazing crystal shop. With all different rooms filled with wonderful treasures, it’s a wonderful place. And of course I couldn’t leave without adding two new crystals to my new collection.
My experience at Crystal Castle
Oh wow, what can I say. This was one of the most magical experiences I’ve had in a long time. From the moment I entered the gardens I could feel a sense of calm wash over me. And this meant a lot because this was a few weeks ago when I was going through quite a big anxiety attack.
Mum had just left and Freddie had to go work away again. So after months of having people around me I was on my own again. And I was stressing over money because I lost motivation in my affiliate business but wasn’t really sure what else I could do at such short notice.
A few weeks earlier, mum had bought me my first crystal and I’ve been feeling really drawn to learn more about them. So it’s like everything aligned perfectly and I was meant to go there that particular weekend. Walking around the gardens and admiring all the giant crystals was such a humbling and moving experience.
But the part that really left a mark on me was the Damanhur Spiral. After reading the instructions I knew it was going to be powerful but I wasn’t expecting to feel it quite so immensely. I could feel the effect as I was walking through the spiral but when I sat down on the crystal these intense feelings washed over me and it’s like I stopped breathing for a moment and had this moment where I just realised everything was going to be ok. Like a real reawakening just like it said it’s meant to do. Since then, so many things have unexpectedly fallen into place.
I’ve never experienced anything like that and that’s why I’m so interested in learning more about crystals now.
Make the most of your experience
Sadly I didn’t really plan my time well because I didn’t actually realise how much this lovely place has to offer. I could’ve stayed there all day to truly embrace the magic. If you’re planning to go, I’d advise to make a proper day of it as there’s plenty to do around the gardens.
Thankfully I’m close enough to be able to visit again. But if you don’t have that luxury then you’ll want to plan ahead.
Some of the experiences I read about but didn’t get a chance to do are:
- The Peace Experience which is a chance to be guided in meditation around the crystals and peace stupa. This runs twice daily at 12:30pm (30 min) or 3:10pm (50 min).
- Music of the Plants which teaches you about the music of the plants and allows you to deeply connect with nature. Current program is displayed on website and signs around the gardens.
- The Crystal Experience which gives you a brief history of the castle as well as an introduction to how crystals form as well as how and why they work. Current program is displayed on website and signs around the gardens.
- The Great Bell Chant runs on the hour daily and is a 7 minute world peace meditation. I wasn’t there for the official chant, but I did get a chance to walk around the stupa spinning the wheels which is a prayer intending for peace.
- Enchanted Cave experience (this should be booked online ahead of time). This allows you to be immersed in the world’s largest amethyst cave.
- Aura images and readings (book online at the Crystal Matrix counter). You can discover the unique and beautiful colours of your energy field with a personal aura image. And you’ll also get a mini-interpretation by the team there.
Here’s all the highlights from my visit….
Ok, now for the important details.
How do you get there?
Crystal Castle is actually near a place called Mullumbimby which is about 20 minutes out of the main centre of Byron Bay. If you just type Crystal Castle into your Google Maps it has all the directions you need.
It’s nestled in the forest but the drive is all normal sealed roads so you can go with a standard car. The roads do get a bit windy and narrow around the area but just go slow and you’re fine.
When can you visit?
Crystal Castle in Byron Bay is open from 10am to 5pm (NSW time) – except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & Good Friday.
Entry is $32 for a day pass for an adult. If you plan to go multiple times it’s worth considering the annual pass as that’s only $70 so even if you only go twice you’ve already basically used the full value. Children are $26 and concession is $29 (this includes discount for people who live locally)
And that’s my first experience at Crystal Castle in Byron Bay. I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience and I’d love to hear about yours if you end up going.
As usual, thank you so much for reading my post and please feel free to like, comment or share if you enjoyed it. Your support means the world to me.