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Byron Bay
Travel Guide

Cape Byron Lighthouse showing a sunset and rugged coastline

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

Glen Villa Resort
Glen Villa Resort
3 out of 5
80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$96 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this holiday park is within a 15-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos ...
4.2/5Very Good! (652 reviews)
"I stayed in a cute little studio cabin for one night and it did the job! The staff were delightful checking in and even assisted me to my room as I was limping. Sure there are a few little cleaning pick ups in the bathroom and the air con was a little loud but the room was clean and the bed comfy ..."

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2021

Glen Villa Resort
Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
4 out of 5
1 Ronan Place, West Ballina, NSW
The price is NZ$137 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
Located in West Ballina, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Richmond River Nature Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre and Ballina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (347 reviews)
"Would be nice if spa were heated"

Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2021

Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
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 NZ$238 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
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! (981 reviews)
"Friendly, professional staff. Great setting. Would definitely return."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
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Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$204 per night from 10 May to 11 May
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! (691 reviews)
"Location of this property is perfect. Right in the middle of town - 5 minute walk to the beach, plenty of restaurants all within a short-walk, plus an Aldi on the same block. Woolworths is no more than a 10 minute walk away. One thing to do is the walk up to Cape Byron lighthouse - well worth it, ..."

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

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 NZ$161 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
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! (272 reviews)
"I like that the cabin we stayed in has a kitchenette, aircon and free wifi, and still affordable. Also, the distance from the beaches and tourist spots is short, with an access to Tallow beach. I wasn't a fan of having to struggle with parking my car as the space was tight between two cabins."

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2021

Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Lennox Beach Resort
Lennox Beach Resort
4 out of 5
7 Park Lane, Lennox Head, NSW
The price is NZ$226 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Located in Lennox Head, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lennox Head Beach and Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre. Shelly Beach and Ballina Fair ...
4.3/5Excellent! (346 reviews)
"Beautiful unit and facilities. I few too many stairs to get to the unit though."

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2021

Lennox Beach Resort
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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Reviews of Byron Bay

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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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