Byron BayAustralia

Sunbathe on white sand, chase the perfect wave or watch the sunrise from Australia’s easternmost point in this relaxed beachfront community. 

Find peace and quiet and friendly conversation in Byron Bay. This laidback town is known for its welcoming locals, made up of surfers, hippies, backpackers and artists. Relax on its long golden beaches, drink at bars overlooking the ocean or climb the Cape Byron Lighthouse to see the sunrise.

Byron Bay has come a long way from its beginnings as a timber and dairy town. Wander the wide streets and find clothing boutiques, gift stores and surf shops. Try a beachside yoga class, taste some chai tea or peruse a wide range of herbal medicines available for purchase. The area is especially famous for its locally grown coffee.

Surfers can choose from numerous breaks around the bay. Try the big waves at the Pass or ride one of Australia’s longest breaks at Wategos Beach. Inexperienced surfers should stick to the calmer Tallow Beach. Though local surfers can be possessive of their waves, the view of the coast from “out the back” is well worth the effort.

For swimming, head to Main Beach, the town’s largest beach. The waist-high water here is crystal clear and perfect for kids.

Admire the local scenery with a walk up Cape Byron to the lighthouse. This path passes Australia’s easternmost point and takes around an hour each way. Visit before dawn and be one of the first people in Australia to see the sunrise. Inland, Arakwal National Park offers great walking trails where you can spot native birds and lizards.

In the evenings, grab a drink and a meal at the Beach Hotel. This lively meeting place overlooks Main Beach and often hosts live music performances. Restaurants and cafés around town serve a range of cuisines from fish and chips to Lebanese.

Byron Bay is a day’s drive north from Sydney, or 2 hours’ drive south from Brisbane. Feel your troubles disappear as you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and natural beauty of Byron Bay.

Where to stay in Byron Bay

Lennox Head featuring a coastal town

Lennox Head

Travellers come to Lennox Head for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre and Lennox Head Beach while you're in town.

Lennox Head
Broken Head showing a bay or harbour, surf and rugged coastline

Broken Head

Travellers like the beaches in Broken Head, and Tallow Beach is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Broken Head

Top hotels in Byron Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$102 per night

This family-friendly Byron Bay campsite is located on the riverfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Belongil Beach and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos Beach are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (854 reviews)

"Our stay was so good! The place is very well located and everything was cleaned and in great condition. Great for people with kids. We had a great stay!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
Beach Hotel Resort
Beach Hotel Resort
4 out of 5
Bay Lane, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$264 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Main Beach and Belongil Beach. Arakwal National ...

4.4/5Excellent! (432 reviews)
good location and good hotel

"We had a 2 day stay in newly renovated room and we are very happy with the stay."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Beach Hotel Resort
Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$224 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay motel is within a 10-minute walk of Arakwal National Park and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (535 reviews)

"The hotel is excellent. The receptionist was awesome."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020

Waves Byron Bay

Popular places to visit in Byron Bay

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

4.5/5(316 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(173 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(436 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

Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle
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Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle

NZ$118
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting
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Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting

NZ$74
Per adult
Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

NZ$85
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Dolphin-Spotting Sea Kayaking Tour
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Dolphin-Spotting Sea Kayaking Tour

NZ$80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Byron Bay FULL Day Tour with The Farm and Lighthouse
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Byron Bay FULL Day Tour with The Farm and Lighthouse

NZ$107
Per adult
Hiking & Surfing Day Trip with Lunch
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Hiking & Surfing Day Trip with Lunch

NZ$234
Per adult

Reviews of Byron Bay

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
414
5 - Excellent 60.087082728592165%
4 - Good
230
4 - Good 33.38171262699564%
3 - Okay
34
3 - Okay 4.934687953555878%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8708272859216255%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7256894049346879%

5/5 - Excellent

Lin

4 Jun. 2020

Geographically one of the most beautiful and magical spots in the world.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

No parking roads are appalling but nice beaches when you could find a parking space

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

The Beach Hotel did a wonderful job of providing space between patrons in this time of social distancing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

We live here, so a staycation for us is perfect!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Byron has become very commercial and lost some of its layed back appeal. Still a beautiful place visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar. 2020

Last visit to Byron bay was 18 years ago.It has grown so much. Great food & coffee .Beaches still beautiful.Hinterland area amazing.

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