Byron Bay Area

Highlights

Natural beauty and creative spirit

Discover Byron Bay region's enchanting and eclectic towns and villages, stunning hinterland and world-class beaches. All who visit adore the lively creative spirit, the area’s true essence. Relax and enjoy great surf, delicious food, vibrant markets and music festivals.

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

About the Byron Bay region

From a lush hinterland to a spectacular coast, the Byron Bay region is acclaimed for its natural beauty, creative communities and fresh produce. For those seeking respite in nature, meditative renewal or surfing paradise, the region is a marvellous destination.

Impeccable natural credentials are a drawcard, with Cape Byron Marine Park extending from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. Walk in rainforest in national parks including Bundjalung, near Ballina, and visit the magnificent Minyon Falls, near Byron Bay.

Accommodation options range from rustic hideaways in the hills to world-class beachfront resorts to friendly budget hostels. Check out the events calendar when planning your trip. Tours include kayaking to see dolphins and whale-watching cruises during the annual migration. Diving in the crystal-clear waters is popular too, with the likes of Sundive Byron Bay and Blue Bay Divers.

Rich soils and sustainable farming help create enviable fresh produce. Savour the delicious local produce in quality restaurants and cafes, such as Folk Byron Bay and the Rock & Roll Coffee Company in Mullumbimby. Taste Byron Bay and Nourish Food Safaris offer tours of the area’s culinary delights. You can also taste local produce at markets held in various communities.

The captivating region is billed as Australia’s music festival capital, with Splendour in the Grass and BluesFest both drawing international music stars. For a smaller festival and local live music, enjoy the Mullum Music Festival and gigs in community halls. Meet the locals and find out more about the spectacular attractions and the nearby World Heritage-listed Wollumbin-Mount Warning National Park.

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  • Beaches

    Byron Bay owes its laid-back surfer culture to its beautiful beaches. Relax on the soft sands, swim in waves or learn to surf at popular spots such as Main Beach and Clarkes Beach. Surfing lessons are also available at The Pass.

  • Whale watching

    Visit the Byron Bay region between May and November and spot whales on their annual migration. Coastal headlands offer great vantage points or you can get closer on whale-watching cruises with local guides.

  • Markets

    Charming community markets are held monthly in Brunswick Head, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, as well as in Mullumbimby and Nimbin. You can also buy fresh produce from local growers at weekly farmers markets too.

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Local areas

  • 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.