Byron Bay Area

Highlights

The Byron Bay region is home to unique eclectic towns and villages, stunning hinterland and truly world-class beaches. The lively creative spirit is adored by all who visit. This is the true essence of the place. Get amongst the people at the regular markets, in the surf or at a live music event.

  • Sunset at The Pass Beach at Byron Bay.
  • Panorama of Tallow beach from Cape Byron lighthouse, Byron Bay, Northern Rivers.

Byron Bay Area

From lush hinterland brimming with eclectic creative communities to some of the world's most acclaimed coastline, the Byron region is internationally renowned. And it's little wonder. For those seeking respite in nature, spiritual renewal or surfing nirvana, Byron Bay has long been a favoured destination.

The laid-back towns of Brunswick Heads, plus the arts-loving villages of Bangalow and Mullumbimby, combine the casual vibe of coastal retreats with a touch of city style.

Explore the coastal town of Ballina, located at the mouth of the Richmond River. The town offers many opportunities to explore the outdoors with great vantage points for whale watching during migration season, areas for waterfront picnics and barbecues, and dedicated coastal cycle paths. It is also a fantastic gateway to the surrounding national parks, including Broadwater and Bundjalung National Parks.

Lennox Head is a quiet seaside village situated at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach between Ballina and Byron Bay. There are a range of water activities to take part in, including swimming and surfing at Lennox Head Beach and kayaking along Lake Ainsworth.

Impeccable natural credentials were the original drawcard and the same remains today. Locals and visitors alike are humbled by the elements at Australia’s most easterly point, where rainforest meets ocean in breathtaking parks and reserves preserved in perpetuity.

In recent years Byron Bay and the surrounding towns and countryside have earned serious stripes as a culinary hot spot. Hip cafes, bars and restaurants serving healthy cuisine in laidback Byron style abound. In unexpected corners you can find truly one-off cafes such as Folk Byron Bay or Mullumbimby’s Rock n’Roll Café.

Home to Splendour in the Grass and BluesFest, Byron is Australia’s music festival capital. Time your visit to experience any number of live music events like the Mullumbimby Music Festival or a gig in one of the many country halls. Meet the locals and you will soon see the passion that goes into protecting Byron, a place of healing and creative inspiration for indigenous Australians for many thousands of years.

From rustic hideaways in the hills to world-class beachfront resorts to super friendly budget hostels, the Byron Bay accommodation caters to all. And captures the hearts of most who visit.

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  • Beaches

    Byron Bay owes its laidback surfer culture to the stretches of beautiful beaches that surround it. Relax on the sand, swim in the waves or learn to surf at popular beaches such as Main Beach and Clarkes Beach. Surfing lessons are also available at The Pass.

  • Whale Watching

    Visit between the months of May and September to make the most of Byron Bay's fantastic vantage points and watch whales cruise through the water during their annual migration. Get up close by heading out on the waters on a whale watching tour with local guides.

  • Markets

    The Byron Bay Community Market is held on the first Sunday of every month and showcases a wide range of locally-made and imported goods, unique artworks and tasty takeaway meals. Support local growers and buy fresh local produce at the Byron Bay Farmers Markets on Thursday mornings.

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  • Ballina Ballina is a bustling holiday town with beautiful beaches and is the home of the Big Prawn.
  • Bangalow Bangalow is a relaxed village close to Byron Bay, an idyllic location to relax in the countryside.
  • Brunswick Heads A beautiful coastal town on the mouth of the Brunswick River that offers a relaxed village experience.
  • Byron Bay Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and 'style capital' of the North Coast.
  • Lennox Head Lennox Head is a quiet seaside village situated at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach.
  • Mullumbimby Mullumbimby sits on the Brunswick River with beautiful surrounds of subtropical hills.

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