Byron BayAustralia

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Visit Byron Bay

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.

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
NZ$116
per night
19 Dec. - 20 Dec.

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

4/5Very Good! (765 reviews)

"The park was very near to the main town. A quite place to relax and close to nature."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Discovery Parks – Byron Bay
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
NZ$183
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

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! (1,525 reviews)

"Everything was to our like. There was nothing to comment on in the negative."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2019

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Glen Villa Resort
Glen Villa Resort
3 out of 5
80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW
NZ$93
per night
16 Dec. - 17 Dec.

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

4.2/5Very Good! (598 reviews)

"The property was good for our short stay, with friendly staff that held our luggage before check in and after check out. The cabins were basic but had the essentials for us to have meals at ‘home’. The location was great with the beach being a 10 min way and the town centre being about a 5 min walk ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Glen Villa Resort

Popular activities in Byron Bay

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

4.5/5(290 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(159 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(385 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$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$205

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

Experience 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.

Byron Bay Surfing Lesson with Local Instructor Gaz Morgan
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Byron Bay Surfing Lesson with Local Instructor Gaz Morgan

NZ$66

Itinerary We pick you up from the Quiksilver Surf Shop 2 Jonson street Byron Bay or meet at the Carpark where we surf on the day. We will get you into a Wetsuit / Rash Shirt and hand over a surfboard to suit your ability then head onto the beach for the surfing & safety instruction then hit the surf.

Reviews of Byron Bay

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
359
5 - Excellent 59.33884297520661%
4 - Good
207
4 - Good 34.21487603305785%
3 - Okay
30
3 - Okay 4.958677685950414%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.8264462809917356%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.6611570247933884%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Dec. 2019

I like that there are no traffic lights, like a big country town. Clothes shops galore, plenty of places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Dec. 2019

They are investing money in Byron and from what we saw they are managing to update the town whilst keeping the character that is unique to Byron Bay

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Nov. 2019

Nice place to spent some days. But often it is too crowded. But that depends on what you like.

5/5 - Excellent

Jessica

23 Nov. 2019

My mum LOVES it!!

5/5 - Excellent

Mike

20 Nov. 2019

A great location, a must visit for all tourists.

5/5 - Excellent

LoveyLatu

20 Nov. 2019

Beautiful

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