Byron BayAustralia

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Duck into a quirky store to pick up some hippy gear, hike through national parks, or grab a board and get surfing at one of Australia’s favourite beach towns.

Byron Bay is where people go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. What started out as a timber and dairy settlement has evolved into a town of hippies, surfers, musicians, and artists. Enjoy some of Australia’s favorite beaches, lots of groovy bars and cafés, and national parks only a short distance from town.

Wander the streets and enjoy the combination of hippie and surf culture. You’ll see stores selling everything from surfboards to tie-dyed clothes. Take a yoga class, shop for herbal medicines and enjoy great locally grown coffee, excellent Chai and tasty homemade food.

Byron Bay is renowned for some of the best breakers in the country, so surfers are in for a treat. Head to the Pass, Wategos Beach or the quieter Tallow Beach to join long-boarders waiting for that perfect wave. If it's busy, sitting on your board "out the back" is as much fun as the surfing itself. Strike up a conversation with a local and enjoy bobbing around on the crystal-clear water. Those who’ve never jumped on a board but want to give it a try can take lessons with local instructors.

For anyone just out for a quick dip in the waves, Main Beach has smaller surf and plenty of room for sunbathing.

Take the coastal trail up nearby Cape Byron to the lighthouse. You’ll get great views of the town and bay, and are likely to spot dolphins, stingrays and, occasionally, whales in the water. Head inland to the nearby nature reserves and national parks to see some of the local flora and fauna. Arakwal National Park is great for bird or lizard watching and borders a near-untouched beach.

Don't miss lunch or an afternoon at the Beach Hotel. This sprawling pub-on-a-hill overlooks the beach and is a local institution. Check out the local papers for the live music guide. Byron is a popular stop off for touring bands, and plenty of big acts pass through the town.

Top Hotels in Byron Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
CA $141
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

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! (1,550 reviews)

"The position of the Ramada is great you can walk to local earing places"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
3.5 out of 5
5-37 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay, NSW
CA $64
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

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 and Clarkes Beach are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (222 reviews)

"5 min drive to town. Close to beautiful surf beach"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
5 out of 5
77-97 Broken Head Road, Suffolk Park, NSW
CA $327
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Situated by the ocean, this luxury resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Byron Bay Golf Course and within 3 miles (5 km) of Tallow Beach and Main Beach. Clarkes Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (535 reviews)

"Beautiful property. Amazing spacious rooms. Great service.. lovely location.. highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Popular things to do in Byron Bay

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

5/5(12 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(10 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(20 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

Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

CA $72

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.

3-Hour Small-Group Byron Bay Tour
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3-Hour Small-Group Byron Bay Tour

CA $69

See all the best bits of Byron, you might find difficult to get to under your own steam. You will find your expert local guides are; knowledgeable, entertaining, and informative. At the lighthouse, you have the opportunity to walk the the most easterly point on mainland Australia.

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

CA $99

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

CA $117

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

CA $175

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

CA $62

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.

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