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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$94 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
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! (672 reviews)
"Good service Clean Quiet"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2021

Glen Villa Resort
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$209 per night from 21 Aug. to 21 Aug.
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! (702 reviews)
"Great amenities and location. Really enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$198 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Wategos ...
4.4/5Excellent! (576 reviews)
"The staff were really friendly and I liked the little extras like weekend wine nights and breakfast muffins. The location was awesome - practically on the beach, right in town (but still very quiet). My only criticism: the bed was a bit lumpy and the pillows need replacing."

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2021

Waves Byron Bay
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.
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$136 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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! (284 reviews)
"Very happy with the villa"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$209 per night from 21 Aug. to 21 Aug.
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! (702 reviews)
"Great amenities and location. Really enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
4 out of 5
75 Rifle Range Rd, Bangalow, NSW
The price is NZ$255 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Situated in Bangalow, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bangalow Market and Bangalow Historical Museum & Tea Rooms. Tallow Beach and Main Beach are ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"The 360 degree view of the Bangalow valley was amazing, and our bedroom window faced the stunning morning sunrise over the horizon. The house was stunning, everything we needed was there, or available easily on request, and our host Kahn was generous and friendly without fault. This was our first ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

99 Acres Bangalow Retreat
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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