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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Travel guide & tips

Soak up the bohemian vibes in the coastal town of Byron Bay - this little beach town has surfing, independent boutiques and cafes, perfect beach sunsets, and the laid-back attitude you expect when you visit Australia. The barefoot policy is well and truly alive here. Discover this free-spirited corner of Australia, and learn how to chill like an Aussie. 

Top things to do in Byron Bay

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Cape Byron Lighthouse
This is a must-see when you visit Byron Bay - it's situated up a hill with a great view over the whole of the coast. Take a walk up for the sunrise over the beach, we promise you won't regret it.
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Sunset at the main beach
Just like the sunrise, the sunsets are also amazing in Byron Bay. Not only does the sky look like a painted picture of colours (sometimes orange, sometimes purple), the atmosphere along the beach is buzzing. People arrive with picnic blankets, beers, and musical instruments, and just chill out with their mates while watching the sunset. Typical Aussie beach life.
You can't visit Byron without taking a little day trip to Nimbin - it's only a half hour drive away, and it's a place you'll never forget. It's a small hippy village in the middle of a beautiful valley, full to the brim with tie-dye, colourful street art, cute independent coffee shops, fabrics and interesting locals.
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Another must when you visit Australia, surfing is a local pasttime, and Byron Bay is a great place to carve it up or just sit and watch the other surfers do their thing. Never surfed before? There's a few schools in Byron that will get you started!

Byron Bay Accommodation

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Aquarius Backpacker Resort
Located right in the centre of town, right infront of all of the bars, cafes and shops, and only 150m walk to the main beach. This is a super popular hostel for backpackers, as it's the only Byron Bay hostel to offer a cafe and a bar onsite. So relax in the tropical pool area, join the free nightly meal, the sunday BBQ's and drinks at the bar.
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Arts Factory Byron Bay
This Byron Bay institution was created in the 70's by hippies and artists. Today, it retains its original 'free spirit' with a range of weekly activities from yoga to bongo classes. Laze by the pool or swing in the hammocks, and stay in anything from a teepee to a dorm.
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Nomads Byron Bay
A perfect location off the main strip, and a short stroll from the beach - but if you're not feeling the beach, this hostel has jacuzzis and an outdoor cinema. Perfect for flashpacker's, Nomads is big, bright and loads of fun. 

What's the closest airport to Byron Bay?

The easiest airport to fly to in order to get to Byron Bay is the Gold Coast Airport, which is about a 50 minute drive away, or just over an hour by bus. The closest airport to Byron is Ballina, which is a 30 minute drive away. 

Where is Byron Bay?

Byron Bay is in the far northeast of New South Wales, about 480 miles north of Sydney and 103 miles south of Brisbane. Travelers often either hire a campervan or buy a car to drive up or down the east coast of Australia, or they'll buy a hop-on hop-off bus pass either from or to Sydney.

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