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Byron Bay

Travel Guide
Cape Byron Lighthouse showing a sunset and rugged 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 favourite 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 AU$89 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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! (673 reviews)
"Good service Clean Quiet"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 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 AU$199 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
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! (702 reviews)
"Great amenities and location. Really enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$178 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos ...
4.4/5Excellent! (576 reviews)
"The staff were really friendly and I liked the little extras like weekend wine nights and breakfast muffins. The location was awesome - practically on the beach, right in town (but still very quiet). My only criticism: the bed was a bit lumpy and the pillows need replacing."

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2021

Waves Byron Bay
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.
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
5-37 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$129 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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! (284 reviews)
"Very happy with the villa"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$199 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
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! (702 reviews)
"Great amenities and location. Really enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
4 out of 5
75 Rifle Range Rd, Bangalow, NSW
The price is AU$242 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"The 360 degree view of the Bangalow valley was amazing, and our bedroom window faced the stunning morning sunrise over the horizon. The house was stunning, everything we needed was there, or available easily on request, and our host Kahn was generous and friendly without fault. This was our first ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 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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