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Synonymous with sand, sea and surfing, Australia's Byron Bay is a sunny town situated in New South Wales. This coastal heaven is a destination for all – featuring windswept beaches, yoga retreats, excellent cafes and breweries. Be it a relaxing hideaway or an adventurous getaway, Byron Bay gives you exactly the kind of holiday you want.

A classic Byron Bay experience involves a walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, from where you can witness views of the glimmering blue sea touching the sky. Take your experience up a notch by visiting the lighthouse to catch the glimmering rays of the sun at sunrise or sunset.

Surfing is one of Byron Bay’s most popular activities. Depending on your level of expertise, there’ll be instructors to help you glide through the frothy waves, or guide you to the spots frequented by experienced surfers. You can also spend an afternoon with marine life at Julian Park, a popular scuba diving site in the town. Here you can spot grey nurse sharks, leopard sharks, turtles and manta rays.

Tastes from all over the globe meet at Byron Bay in its award-winning restaurants and eateries. With a plate full of fresh regional produce, Harvest restaurant offers a sustainable dining experience to its visitors. Try Raes if you're looking for Australian cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flavours. Celebrate the vivacity of authentic Mexican cuisine with a plate full of tacos and fish wings at Chupacabra, along with a glass or two of traditional margarita.


From per night

This weekend

From $562 per night

Next weekend

From $332 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency AUD 10 = $6.53
Language English
Average weekend price $219 per night
Average weekday price $232 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Great Restaurants, shops and wine bars with amazing food.

February 16, 2024

Great Restaurants, shops and wine bars with amazing food. We ate at Bang Bang, modern Asian the first night beautiful setting, the best red duck curry we have ever had and fantastic service. There are a lot of Mexican, Asian and Japanese restaurants but something to suit everyone. We ate at Three Blue Ducks which was dissapointing and expensive. We took a hot air baloon flight over Byron Bay, everyone should do this it was perfect. Near by places to visit are Bangalow a charming village with an amzing bakery and great shops, only 15 min drive away.

Clare Australia

Relaxed place.

January 23, 2024

Relaxed place. Hippy kind of vibe. Hotel Marvel rooftop bar (Horizon)was incredible. There was lots of great nightlife and restaurants. The beaches around the place were beautiful. Shopping was good.

michelle United Kingdom

Stunning beaches and the sea, great places to visit around...

January 14, 2024

Stunning beaches and the sea, great places to visit around (Byron Bay Lighthouse, Crystal Castle, Nimbin, natural lakes with tea trea oil, great restaurants and cafes, all needed for a great holiday. I would stay one week at least.

Danka Slovakia

Only stayed two nights, perhaps enough for elderly couple.

December 24, 2023

Only stayed two nights, perhaps enough for elderly couple. Good local shops, had reasonable meal at the Services Club. Nearly Xmas so very busy in town and on the beaches. Hard to park car , but walking around local shops easy. Glen Villa Caravan Park good location, and easy walk into town, albeit a bit expensive for our cabin.

GJNorfy Australia

Such a beautiful location and people are so warm and...

November 10, 2023

Such a beautiful location and people are so warm and friendly. I wish the weather had been kinder however we still had lots of fun. Lots to see and do and will definitely be returning. Fishes Heads is a fabulous restaurant, Crystal Castle for a truly holistic experience, crystal sound bowls, including wonderful gardens, amazing variety of crystals, and a wonderful cafe. Take away from Indian restaurant Bombay to Bryon is great in case of bad weather. Great shopping, also fabulous markets, got a gorgeous thai take away $16 each and we were stuffed, also lovely juices, mango, passion fruit etc, and they were sublime. Great crystals also from Rose Crystal I think. Check out clothing stores though as they do vary in price, (some are dreaming with over inflated prices ;)

Kathleen Australia

Being a person who travels all over NSW for work, visiting...

November 4, 2023

Being a person who travels all over NSW for work, visiting Byron at least once a year, I find it is inherently over populated, with literally thousands of vehicles and people pouring into the seaside village killing any peace there may have been. 15 years ago when we first visited, it has become way over priced and over rated as a place to visit in Australia. There is no parking, what parking there is, Council charges $5 an hour! So people won't stay long in town. Be careful of tourist drivers, many drive on the wrong side of the road, pull out in front of you, speed around town and don't know the road rules. Not to mention the bike riders and pedestrians who are constantly on the road disregarding their own safety. Plenty of places to eat, bit hit and miss with quality, ask around and see where the locals eat. Drinking out can be expensive, some more than others. Look around for accommodation, it can also be hit and miss, unfortunately there's not much under $180 a night and that doesn't mean it's good.

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