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.
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.
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.
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.
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.