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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 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

Top hotels in Byron Bay

Discovery Parks – Ballina
Discovery Parks – Ballina
4.5 out of 5
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$119 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in East Ballina, this luxury cabin is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Angels Beach and Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (479 reviews)

"Great location Great amenities Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2020

Discovery Parks – Ballina
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 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (651 reviews)

"Cabin itself was really clean, plenty of space. Staff were great as i was set to check in late ,they set up everything ng easily Very easy walk into main town centre, but far enough away to get some quiet. Would look to stay back for sure"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2020

Glen Villa Resort
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$215 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Located in the heart of Ballina, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, Ballina Racecourse and Ballina Golf Club. Shelly Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)

"We had a spectacular view of Richmond river right in front of our balcony"…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec. 2020

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
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Holiday Rentals in Byron Bay

Discovery Parks – Ballina
Discovery Parks – Ballina
4.5 out of 5
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$119 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in East Ballina, this luxury cabin is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Angels Beach and Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (479 reviews)

"Great location Great amenities Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2020

Discovery Parks – Ballina
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$220 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.

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! (695 reviews)

"Our room was nice, clean and cosy, and the bathroom was great. Best part was the convenience of being right in the middle of town! Perfect location."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2020

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 AU$149 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

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! (261 reviews)

"fine"…"

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2020

Ingenia Holidays 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.

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