Byron Bay

With its stunning natural attractions and eclectic community, Byron Bay on the North Coast of NSW is one of the world’s most famous coastal towns. You’ll be captivated by gorgeous beaches, breathtaking hinterland rainforest, spectacular coastal trails, amazing marine life and a buzzing food scene.

Woman meeting one of the horses at Zephyr Horses in Byron Bay, North Coast

Beaches and nature

There’s a beach for everyone in Byron. Main, Clarkes and Wategos beaches are patrolled year-round. The quiet Belongil Beach is dog-friendly. Little Wategos is Australia's easternmost beach and is accessible on foot from the path to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Look out for dolphins, turtles and whales offshore.

In Cape Byron Marine Park, you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters, dive off famous Julian Rocks and kayak up close to dolphins or whales during whale-watching season. The Cape Byron walking track has stunning ocean views or follow trails through ancient rainforest around Wollumbin (Mount Warning). Explore the region on horseback with Zephyr Horses – they offer regular rides along the beach or through local woodland.

Women enjoying a shopping experience at Zulu and Zephyr clothing store in Byron Bay.

Shopping and markets

Many designers, artists and creatives call Byron home, making it a great place to shop. Visit Spell for high-end boho fashion, Hope & May for beachy homewares and the Habitat complex for lots of independent boutiques and a concept store. Then there’s the excellent markets – you’ll find one on every weekend.

Woman enjoying food and drink at Targa Cafe in Byron Bay, North Coast

Eat and drink

Byron Bay is one of the State’s best place to eat and drink. Start the day with a vegetarian breakfast bowl at Folk, eat fresh seafood overlooking the ocean at Beach and enjoy Mexican straight off the sand at Miss Margarita. You could spend the whole day at The Farm, a working property with a restaurant, bakery, shop and classes.

Try Byron General Store for vegan eats, take your dog to Treehouse on Belongil, feast on oysters at Balcony Bar and settle in for tapas at The Mez Club. The Roadhouse is a cafe by day and a small bar serving woodfired pizza at night. Pick up locally made chocolates and vegan treats at Love Byron Bay.

There are also vibrant markets where you can pick up fresh local produce, like the Byron Farmers Markets held every Thursday. Sample locally made beverages at The Bucha Shed, Australia’s very first alcoholic kombucha bar, the Byron Bay Brewery and Cape Byron Distillery, producing botanical-infused gin.

Couple enjoying food and drink at Beach Byron Bay, Byron Bay

Byron Bay nightlife

Byron is known as a party town and there are plenty of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Start your night with a beer at the waterfront Beach Hotel, a rooftop cocktail at The Bolt Hole or a glass of natural wine at Supernatural Cellars. Then catch some live music at The Railway Friendly Bar and dance to late night tunes at Woody’s Surf Shack.

Getting there and where to stay

Byron Bay is an 8hr 30min drive north of Sydney and two hours south of Brisbane. You can fly into Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, just over half an hour from town. Accommodation ranges from luxurious beachfront resorts to boutique hotels, hideaways in the hinterland, holiday houses and lively backpacker hostels.

Ballina Airport

Flying into Ballina Airport

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is located 5km from Ballina’s town centre and 35km from Byron Bay. Use the shuttle bus or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip to these coastal destinations. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasJetstar and Virgin Australia operate daily direct flights between Sydney and Ballina Byron Airport. Regional Express flies to Sydney two days a week and Fly Pelican flies direct to Newcastle six times a week. Jetstar also operates daily direct flights to Melbourne.

Things to Do and Places to Stay