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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.

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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency AUD 10 = $6.46
Language English
Average weekend price $40 per night
Average weekday price $80 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

fabulace location, a few minutes walk to town, walking...

September 19, 2022

fabulace location, a few minutes walk to town, walking distance to main beach, friendly helpful staff, spacious and super clean, extremely quiet and restful place to stay. would definetly book here again a bit of a shame that the pool was not heated but being solar heater and not much sunshine it is understandable. the spa was great. and the spacious outdoor barbecue area was perfect. the decor was contemporary and modern a lovely costal vibe.

Vickie
Vickie Australia
8.0

Byron Bay was exactly how I imagined it to be, relaxed and...

September 12, 2022

Byron Bay was exactly how I imagined it to be, relaxed and plenty to do. The beach was great, there are numerous restaurants to choose from so you cannot go hungry. The info centre is great for any information required. There is a lot of traffic most times of the day but still easy to get around. The only problem having a vehicle is you have to pay for parking everywhere in Byron Bay and it really isn't cheap. We really enjoyed our time there and visited many places in the Hinterland and also at the local distilleries and breweries.

Perry
Perry Australia
10

I loved the layback pace of Byron Bay.

August 29, 2022

I loved the layback pace of Byron Bay. The beaches were amazing, and the amount and quality of restaurants, bars and retail shopping was fabulous. Would definitely recommend it as destination. Would like to return very soon. Walk to the lighthouse was beautiful, a trip to the industrial estate to see so many boutique vendors was great, and the restaurants were fab.

Maureen
Maureen Australia
8.0

The beach is clean and long.

August 2, 2022

The beach is clean and long. It was a great walk to the beach and to the light house. There are also some nice cafes around the beach, in case you get hungry during the walk!! Heaven for Vegans, lot of options!!

Nency
Nency India
10

Main township is too crowded with expensive unsuitable...

July 18, 2022

Main township is too crowded with expensive unsuitable personal properties and brand shops but any where else were more natural to the image of Byron Bay still. Mixture of locals and trades men and women... people are relaxed and friendly. Air is clean and beach was also clean. many option of eatery and cafes. Unlike most of Australian coast towns, Byron bay has a strong character of its own, landscape wise, people wise and culture wise. Near one week stay felt like a trip to another country, I returned to Sydney well refreshed.

Isao
Isao Australia
10

Loved everything.

July 18, 2022

Loved everything. The food scene is fantastic - we loved the tacos at Chihuahua (they were so fresh and delicious); the seafood chowder at Fish Heads was sublime (also insanely fresh); the donuts and fresh loaves of sourdough at The Farm were excellent; as were the fantastic pizzas at The Roadhouse; not to mention the delicious food at Bang Bang. The Suffolk Park Bakery (about an eight minute drive from Byron) also served delicious chocolate croissants and donuts. We made a day trip to beautiful Bangalow and also up to the Gold Coast. Byron is a wonderful place for stunning walks - and we were lucky enough to see breaching whales off the continent's most easterly point (July 2022) whilst we were walking back from the lighthouse. Can't wait for another visit. My only negative, if you could call it that, is I wouldn't want to wander around town too much after dark though. Perhaps if I was thirty years younger I wouldn't mind, but with impressionable teens/tweens, an early dinner was preferable before returning home.

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