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.

Known for

Beaches, Surfing and Diving

Top hotels in Byron Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW
NZ$64/night
28 Aug. - 29 Aug.
4/5Very Good! (687 reviews)

This family-friendly Byron Bay campground is located on a river, within 2 mi (3 km) of Belongil Beach and Main Beach. Clarkes Beach and Tallow Beach are also ...

4/5Very Good! (687 reviews)

"Everything was great - good accomodation for everyone. Thank you 👍"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2019

Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
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Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
NZ$222/night
27 Aug. - 28 Aug.
4.4/5Excellent! (448 reviews)

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

4.4/5Excellent! (448 reviews)

"Nice staff, very helpful. Great position right in town and close to beach. Only thing was the bed was very uncomfortable and kept me awake for part of the night. It seemed quite old and dipped in the centre of each area you slept in. Apart from that, perfect."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2019

Waves Byron Bay
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Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
NZ$164/night
26 Aug. - 27 Aug.
4.4/5Excellent! (587 reviews)

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (587 reviews)

"With no exterior view, only a wall with the pool to one side and no sun the apartment thought very well presented was quite drab. The location was good being in the middle of town and easy walking distance to the beach."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2019

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments

Popular activities in Byron Bay

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

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

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

Snap photos of the emerald peaks, take part in aquatic activities at the surf club and stroll through forest paths near this urban beach.

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Cape Byron Lighthouse

Enjoy magnificent ocean views, learn about shipwrecks and spot dolphins when you visit this historic lighthouse on mainland Australia’s most easterly point.

Kings Beach
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Kings Beach

Hike along scenic rainforest trails to arrive at a secluded and tranquil sandy haven that is popular with nudists and the gay community. 

Belongil Beach
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Belongil Beach

With sandbar surf breaks, a shipwreck snorkeling site and a safe strip of lifeguard-patrolled ocean waves, it’s easy to see why this beach is favored among locals.

Top activities in Byron Bay

Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

NZ$79

Put your snorkel gear on and jump into the waters of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Swim alongside sea turtles in their natural habitat in the Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary. Swim among schools of exotic fish and experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.

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

NZ$116

Take a day trip to Byron Bay—Australia’s premier resort town. Relax on the beach, stroll past the shops and cafes, take in panoramic views from the famous lighthouse, and visit the magical destination, the Crystal Castle.

Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay
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Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay

NZ$137

Join a private surf lesson with a professional instructor and you'll be riding the waves in no time. Tackle the crests of Byron Bay, one of the world's most popular surf destinations, and gain valuable tips from an experienced surfer during this personalized introduction to the sport.

Introductory Scuba Diving Tour
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Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

NZ$206

Experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Swim with marine life such as turtles and manta rays, as well as interesting Southern Ocean animals like blue gropers and wobbegong sharks.

Half-Day Byron Bay Surfing Lesson
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Half-Day Byron Bay Surfing Lesson

NZ$73

Learn how to surf on the shores of Byron Bay with an expert instructor who shows you how to ride the waves with ease. Your instructor joins you in the water while providing helpful tips and tricks to conquer the waves so you feel confident and secure during this wild and wet adventure.

Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting
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Guided Kayaking Trip with Dolphin and Whale Spotting

NZ$73

NExperience all the fun and adventure of a guided kayaking tour. Feel the exhilaration as you paddle with the dolphins, sea turtles, and whales frequenting the enticing waters of Byron Bay. Whether you are a novice or experienced kayaker, enjoy the waves and tea with Tim Tams on a beautiful beach.

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