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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Travel guide

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 colors (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. 

Byron Bay surfing

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Surf & Stay at Spot X
• 2 night surf and stay
• 3 days at Spot X
• Learn to surf or improve your skills
• Chilled beachfront surf camp vibe
• Two nights accommodation and all meals
• Choose a 4 night package and get 2 free nights in Byron Bay
From $187
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Surf Australia
Great Aussie Surf Adventure
• 5 days, Sydney to Byron Bay
• Learn to surf on one of Australia’s best beaches
• Embrace the surfers way of life with campfires and beach parties
• Make loads of like-minded new friends after five fun days together!
From $516
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Livin' the Dream
• Similar to the Great Aussie, but with two extra nights at Byron Bay
• Experience five surf lessons iat Spot X and two in Byron Bay
• Enjoy 7 nights accommodation, all meals and transport between Sydney and Byron Bay
From $699
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Surf Australia
Byron Bay Surf Lesson
▪ Spend half a day with fully qualified instuctors
▪ Focus on five key areas that will get you surfing with style
▪ Lessons suitable for all levels of surfers from beginner to advanced
From $68
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Surf Australia
Beginner Surf Development Course
No trip to Australia would be complete without attempting to try the Aussie pastime of surfing. But why just learn to just about staying upright on a day course when you can spend 2 months perfecting the art to impress everyone back home? Choose from a 30 or 60 day program at the secret Spot X surf camp! And with all meals and accommodation, surf lessons, equipment and a 5 day Sydney to Byron Bay tour - this is the ULTIMATE surf package!
From $2,360
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Surf Australia
Learn to be a Surf Instructor
• Develop your surf skills from beginner to intermediate
• Get up to speed with surf safety, wave selection and maneuvers
• Learn weather and surf forecasting skills, coaching and training skills

Spend three months based north of Coffs Harbour and south of Byron Bay eating and breathing surf culture - at the end of it you'll get an internationally recognized Level 1 Surf Instructor Qualification. Outside of pure surfing you can enjoy long days kayaking, skydiving and camping out with some of the best surf coaches in Australia – quizzing them for pro tips to your heart’s delight. Don't want to be an instuctor, but still want an intensive surf course? Ask us about our 1 month and 2 month (from $6,635).

From $6,635*
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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.

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. 

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