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Byron BayAustralia

Duck into a quirky store to pick up some hippy gear, hike through national parks, or grab a board and get surfing at one of Australia’s favourite beach towns.

Byron Bay is where people go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. What started out as a timber and dairy settlement has evolved into a town of hippies, surfers, musicians, and artists. Enjoy some of Australia’s favorite beaches, lots of groovy bars and cafés, and national parks only a short distance from town.

Wander the streets and enjoy the combination of hippie and surf culture. You’ll see stores selling everything from surfboards to tie-dyed clothes. Take a yoga class, shop for herbal medicines and enjoy great locally grown coffee, excellent Chai and tasty homemade food.

Byron Bay is renowned for some of the best breakers in the country, so surfers are in for a treat. Head to the Pass, Wategos Beach or the quieter Tallow Beach to join long-boarders waiting for that perfect wave. If it's busy, sitting on your board "out the back" is as much fun as the surfing itself. Strike up a conversation with a local and enjoy bobbing around on the crystal-clear water. Those who’ve never jumped on a board but want to give it a try can take lessons with local instructors.

For anyone just out for a quick dip in the waves, Main Beach has smaller surf and plenty of room for sunbathing.

Take the coastal trail up nearby Cape Byron to the lighthouse. You’ll get great views of the town and bay, and are likely to spot dolphins, stingrays and, occasionally, whales in the water. Head inland to the nearby nature reserves and national parks to see some of the local flora and fauna. Arakwal National Park is great for bird or lizard watching and borders a near-untouched beach.

Don't miss lunch or an afternoon at the Beach Hotel. This sprawling pub-on-a-hill overlooks the beach and is a local institution. Check out the local papers for the live music guide. Byron is a popular stop off for touring bands, and plenty of big acts pass through the town.

Top hotels in Byron Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Elements of Byron MGallery by Sofitel
Elements of Byron MGallery by Sofitel
5 out of 5
144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, NSW

Nestled on the beach, this Byron Bay hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Belongil Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Main Beach. Byron Tourist Information Centre is 2.8 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (200 reviews)

"Amazing resort! Lovely and helpful staffs. My husband and I really enjoyed our stayed. Thank you :)"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Elements of Byron MGallery by Sofitel
Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is £81 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay motel is within a 10-minute walk of Arakwal National Park and Main Beach. Clarkes Beach and Tallow Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (523 reviews)

"Had air conditioning. Which was fantastic. Provided a nice light refreshment for breakfast even though no restaurant at location. Huge bathroom."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Waves Byron Bay
Quality Hotel Ballina Beach Resort
Quality Hotel Ballina Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
Compton Drive, (Corner Cedar Crescent), East Ballina, NSW
The price is £67 per night

Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Ballina Golf Club and Ballina District Hospital are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (421 reviews)

"Lovely gardens with a tropical feel,spacious room.Despite having a lot of rooms, you still felt private."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Quality Hotel Ballina Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Byron Bay

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Swim or stroll at this beach sheltered by the rocky bluff of Cape Byron and you might see dolphins surfing on the offshore swell.

Tallow Beach
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Tallow Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Whether you’re relaxing in the sun and surf or keeping watch for some of the region’s diverse wildlife, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this broad, sandy beach.

North Byron Parklands
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North Byron Parklands

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Find out what's happening in North Byron Parklands during your trip – a top convention centre in Yelgun. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Main Beach
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Main Beach

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Snap photos of the emerald peaks, take part in aquatic activities at the surf club and stroll through forest paths near this urban beach.

Clarkes Beach
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Clarkes Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a care-free day in Clarkes Beach, a popular beach in Byron Bay. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or seek out the cycling trails.

Mount Warning National Park
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Mount Warning National Park

5/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Mount Warning National Park, a popular green space in Byron Bay. While you're in the area, wander around the rainforest.

Top things to do in Byron Bay

Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle
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Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle

98% of travellers recommend
£59
Per adult
Private 1.5 Hour Surfing Lesson
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Private 1.5 Hour Surfing Lesson

£52
Per adult
Byron Bay Surfing Lesson
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Byron Bay Surfing Lesson

100% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult
Rainforest & Waterfall Tour in Nightcap NP
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Rainforest & Waterfall Tour in Nightcap NP

100% of travellers recommend
£80
Per adult
Dolphin-Spotting Sea Kayaking Tour
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Dolphin-Spotting Sea Kayaking Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£40
Per adult
Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting
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Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting

£37
Per adult

Reviews of Byron Bay

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Byron bay is a super relaxed place, everyone is so friendly and they make a real effort to keep everything clean, especially the beaches. The walks in the area are truly beautiful too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Unique, beautiful and laid back

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Jan 2020

Surprised how much Byron Bay had changed since we were there several years ago.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Dec 2019

Surfed the pass and really enjoyed' Snorkelled at Julians rock and was the highlight.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

Nice beaches but tacky and busy town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2019

Great place for surfing and chilling.

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