Byron Bay

This Insta-famous destination is one of Australia’s most talked-about (and visited) beachside towns, and rightfully so.

Byron Bay is bursting at the seams with eateries, shopfronts, markets and festivals that promote the easy-going boho lifestyle that this region is renowned for. 

Byron’s lush subtropical climate is an outdoor lover’s dream. The hinterland’s rolling hills and rainforests are just begging to be explored, and the dramatic coastline is a prime spot for surfing, diving and whale-watching. Coastal walks are in abundance, some will take you up to the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse and others through national parkland that gives way to some of the best surf breaks you’ll find in Australia. 

From sun-up, Byron is pulsing with an eclectic mix of on-trend cafés and eateries championing paddock-to-plate ethos, late-night bars and an array of boutiques that are overflowing with lustful homewares and fashion.

Plus, there’s the weekly farmers’ market which brings in the region’s freshest farmgate produce. 

Without missing a beat, Byron’s music and arts scene is thriving. The annual events calendar is filled with an array of sell-out festivals, and even on the streets you’ll get your music fix, with roaming buskers and street performers aplenty. Art galleries shine a spotlight on local and international talent, and monthly community markets are a platform for local artisans.   

Being the popular travel destination that it is, adventure sports have etched their way in, in a big way – from mountain biking to sea kayaking to skydiving – and surf schools are in abundance. And although the many holiday homes and boutique guesthouses are a growing presence, they do little to detract from the easy-breezy lifestyle that Byron is renowned for.

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Wategos Beach
It’s no secret that Byron is famed for its many spectacular beaches, dotted up and down the coast.
There's Main Beach right on the edge of town, The Pass, with one of the best surf breaks, and Tallow Beach’s long sandy stretches. But for an option that’s just as beautiful, with easy access, Wategos Beach is where you should lay down your towel. Tucked in below the cliffs of Cape Byron, you can park right in front, and skip down the few steps to the sapphire waters below. When you’re done basking for the day, just pop up and grab a coffee, juice, or a cocktail from the nearby Raes.
Foodie Hotspot
Dine on farm-to-table cuisine in a beautiful coastal setting.
Thanks in large part to Byron’s lush sub-tropical surrounds, Byron’s on-trend cafes, eateries and restaurants embrace the area’s farm gate produce in a big way. And in a town where anything goes, you’ll find everything from wholefood cafés to storefronts pumping out ocean-fresh fish n’ chips to burger joints.
Retail Therapy
Pick up one of a kind treasures and beautiful threads.
Homewares to fashion to surf stores, the shopping scene in Byron just keeps on outdoing itself. Jonson and surrounding streets are the go-to spots but venture out of Byron to the smaller towns, and you will stumble across little gems and boutiques.
Coastal Walks
The best way to see Byron Bay’s beautiful surrounds.
Don your walking shoes and hit the many trails that hug Byron’s coastline – at every turn you will be floored by the stunning views. Especially at Byron Bay Lighthouse, which is swarming with people eager to soak up the panoramic vistas.
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