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Byron Bay

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Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country. Surrounded by dense forests and sporting long sandy beaches, the town exudes a laid-back atmosphere favored by younger travelers, artists, and nature lovers. Surfing ranks among the top things to do at Byron Bay, and each year hundreds come here to catch the perfect wave. The town's population of around 5,000 increases exponentially at high season, especially during its numerous festivals. Probably the busiest and the rowdiest period in Byron Bay is between late November and mid-December, when high school graduates flock to the town during "schoolies week." Explore the family-friendly attractions of Byron Bay and add them to your vacation plans using our Australia online tour builder.
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Hiking Trail
Cape Byron Walking Track
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Lighthouse
Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Byron Bay

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Playground
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens Mullumbimby
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Wildlife Area
Tropical Fruit World Duranbah
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Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Lennox Head Beach Lennox Head
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Spas in Byron Bay

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Spas
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Byron Bay

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Byron Bay

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Shark Diving
Sundive Byron Bay
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Byron Bay Dive Centre
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Nature in Byron Bay

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National Park
Arakwal National Park
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Duration: 8 hours
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Farm
The Farm Byron Bay
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Beach
Belongil Beach
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Brewery
Stone & Wood Brewery
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Byron Bay

Popular with everyone from backpackers and surfers to the rich and famous, Byron Bay features accommodations for a range of tastes and budgets. In the center of the town, just a short walk away from the bustling nightlife and the main beach, you can find budget-friendly hostels and luxurious hotels and villas, as well as plenty of in-between options. Those looking for a more secluded vacation can look for lodgings on Cape Byron, the easternmost point of Australia, a bit farther away from the town center. If you're planning a visit during peak season or during one of the festivals, make sure to reserve in advance.
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Message from Tourism Australia

Mainland Australia's easternmost town is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative lifestyles and hedonistic pursuits. Unwind in mainland Australia's easternmost town. It's home to excellent beaches, lush rainforests, great regional dining and new-age retreats. You won't want to leave. Domestic flights arrive at Ballina Airport, a 25 minute drive south of Byron Bay, or at Gold Coast Airport, a 45 minute drive north of Byron Bay. Many people choose to drive to Byron Bay: it’s about a nine hour drive north from Sydney or a two hour drive south from Brisbane.