Byron BayAustralia

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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.

Top hotels in Byron Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
AU$175
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in the heart of Ballina, this luxury hotel is steps away from Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum and Ballina Visitor Information Centre. Ballina District ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,550 reviews)

"The position of the Ramada is great you can walk to local earing places"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
5-37 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay, NSW
AU$71
per night
Mar 26 - Mar 27

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 and Clarkes Beach are ...

4/5Very Good! (225 reviews)

"Loved how modern and clean our studio was despite being dog friendly, compared to the other Ingenia holiday park we stayed at in Albury, Victoria."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
AU$179
per night
Mar 24 - Mar 25

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Clarkes Beach and Tallow ...

4.3/5Excellent! (649 reviews)

"Walking distance to everything. Staff were very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments

Popular activities in Byron Bay

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

4.5/5(308 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(169 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.

Main Beach
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Main Beach

4.5/5(420 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.

Top activities in Byron Bay

Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

76% of travellers recommend
AU$80
Per adult
Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle
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Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle

98% of travellers recommend
AU$110
Per adult
Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay
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Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay

100% of travellers recommend
AU$130
Per adult
Introductory Scuba Diving Tour
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Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

AU$195
Per adult
Half-Day Byron Bay Surfing Lesson
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Half-Day Byron Bay Surfing Lesson

100% of travellers recommend
AU$69
Per adult
Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting
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Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting

AU$69
Per adult

Reviews of Byron Bay

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 25, 2020

I loved it. One could be overwhelmed by the hype but we had a fabulous time. Gorgeous food, beautiful beaches, friendly people. I would visit Sunday to Friday next time, as weekends certainly ramped up. We will be back ❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Byron is fabulous just this hotel that gets the bad rating

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Drives to Ballina, Bangalow, Lismore,Brunswick heads-worth visiting and will go back again-spectacular scenery.Wedding-Fig Tree Restaurant and Byron Surf Club-both excellent.Paid parking meters-not user friendly-use money to fix bad pot-holed roads.

5/5 - Excellent

cole

Feb 6, 2020

byron bay very quiet weekend away beach good food but not alot to do in regards of activities so if u are looking for a quiet relaxing weekend this is the place

4/5 - Good

Del

Feb 4, 2020

It’s still a beautiful place but it’s not like it used to be 20 years ago. It’s getting very commercialised and has lost that casual, free feeling lifestyle until you go out of town it’s so much better.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

If I could live in the Byron Bay area, I would do it in a heartbeat!

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