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Byron Bay
Travel Guide

Cape Byron Lighthouse which includes a sunset and rocky coastline

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.

Where to stay in Byron Bay

Glen Villa Resort
Glen Villa Resort
3 out of 5
80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is £49 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this holiday park is within a 15-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos ...
4.2/5Very Good! (659 reviews)
"Friendly, helpful staff and a lovely quiet park. We had a lovely cabin. We were also very happy with the location and value."

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2021

Glen Villa Resort
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is £107 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos ...
4.3/5Excellent! (694 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Great sized king bedroom. Comfortable bed and pillows. Adequate room amenities. Perfect location, everything is within a walking distance."

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
4 out of 5
1 Ronan Place, West Ballina, NSW
The price is £75 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in West Ballina, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Richmond River Nature Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre and Ballina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (351 reviews)
"Would be nice if spa were heated"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is £107 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos ...
4.3/5Excellent! (694 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Great sized king bedroom. Comfortable bed and pillows. Adequate room amenities. Perfect location, everything is within a walking distance."

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
5-37 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is £72 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arakwal National Park and Tallow Beach. Main Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (277 reviews)
"I like that the cabin we stayed in has a kitchenette, aircon and free wifi, and still affordable. Also, the distance from the beaches and tourist spots is short, with an access to Tallow beach. I wasn't a fan of having to struggle with parking my car as the space was tight between two cabins."

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2021

Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
4 out of 5
75 Rifle Range Rd, Bangalow, NSW
The price is £118 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Situated in Bangalow, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bangalow Market and Bangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms. Tallow Beach and Main Beach are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"The place is magical but it’s Kahn the property manager that makes the stay amazing"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Byron Bay

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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.

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6 Feb 2020

Unique, beautiful and laid back

4/5 - Good

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3 Jan 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Dec 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

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14 Oct 2019

Nice beaches but tacky and busy town

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Feb 2019

Great place for surfing and chilling.

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