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.

Glen Villa Resort
Glen Villa Resort
3 out of 5
80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481
The price is AU$99 per night from 5 Jul. to 6 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star holiday park in Byron Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the property condition in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (699 reviews)
"Within walking distance to shops. Spacoius cabins."

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Glen Villa Resort
Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481
The price is AU$132 per night from 27 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly holiday park in Byron Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (949 reviews)
"Quiet, clean, so many modern cabins with comforts"

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Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481
The price is AU$303 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Byron Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (729 reviews)
"staff were amazing, friendly and very helpful, didnt like the noise from nearby nightclub? It was unbearable - perhaps consider double glazing to block out noise."

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2022

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
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Byron BaySide Central Studio Apartments
Byron BaySide Central Studio Apartments
3.5 out of 5
14 Middleton Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481
The price is AU$169 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Byron Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the bathrooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (330 reviews)
"Spacious with all the appliances. Erin was very friendly and helpful on reception"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

Byron BaySide Central Studio Apartments
Eco Beach Resort
Eco Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
35-37 Shirley Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 02481
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Byron Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the overall value in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (478 reviews)
"Loved the place! The check-in process was very easy and the room was very clean and cosy! The price was very reasonable and the location of the resort is great as we could walk to the town centre in a few minutes. Not to mention the amazing service we got from Manager Josh. We definitely recommend ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2022

Eco Beach Resort
Bayview Beachfront Apartments
Bayview Beachfront Apartments
4 out of 5
22 Bay Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481
The price is AU$360 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Byron Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (159 reviews)
"Local to everything from the beach to the shops…"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2022

Bayview Beachfront Apartments
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