Byron Bay, NSW: Destination Guide

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Soak in the sunshine of one of Australia's most iconic beaches.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Byron Bay or find and book accommodation in Byron Bay today.

About Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a picturesque beachside town located on the north coast of NSW and just 40 minutes from the Gold Coast. The town is known for its surf beaches, warm weather and well preserved natural landscapes making it a favoured destination for those who love the great outdoors.

Things to do in Byron Bay

The adventure travel vendors in the main town offer a range of surf experiences; try a surfing lesson or for the more experienced take a surf tour of the local area. Byron Shire also offers plenty of other water activities including kayaking tours, eco cruises, scuba diving and snorkel trips. Head to nearby Lennox Head to enjoy a horse ride along the beach while serious adrenalin junkies should book a skydive for a different perspective of the spectacular coastline of Byron Bay. Indulge in the bohemian vibe of the town by taking an art class or by visiting Crystal Castle, a unique gardens in the Byron hinterlands specialising in all things crystal. Finally, the Byron Bay Market is held on the first Sunday of each month and offers organic produce, international cuisine and handcrafted wares. 

Attractions in Byron Bay


Byron is home to a range of events and festivals. The Byron Bay Spirit Festival held in February,  proves popular with the free-spirited of all ages. In March, check out the Byron Bay International Film Festival held across four venues in the Northern Rivers region. Byron Bay is also home to the Bluesfest and Splendour in the Grass music festivals, both attracting premiere Australian and international musicians. In October, the Byron Surf Festival takes over the Byron Shire offering attendees with a glimpse of surfing’s creative heart.


There is a beach for everyone in the Byron Shire. Clarkes beach, between Main Beach and The Pass, is a popular sandy spot located near the main town. The Pass and The Wreck are popular spots for surfers. Wategos Beach offers free electric barbecues making it a favourite with families and groups while Tallow Beach is good for beach fishing. Cape Byron is the most easterly point of Australia, so why not walk up to The Lighthouse to take in the majestic views of the bay.

Mt Warning

Hikers should head inland to Mt Warning; start your climb early to make the most of the light hours and pack plenty of food and drinks to enjoy at the summit.

Getting to Byron Bay

Byron Bay is located on NSW northern most shore, close to the Queensland border and 165km south from Brisbane.

By car

Driving to Byron Bay from Sydney will require about eight hours and forty five minutes via the Pacific Highway, while the drive from Brisbane requires only two hours on the Pacific Motorway.

When to visit Byron Bay

Byron Bay has a sub-tropical climate. Expect humid conditions in the summer months; the bay is prone to rain from December to April with the humidity easing in late March. Winter and spring are characterised by crisp blue skies and light rainfalls with maximum temperatures of around 20⁰C. Byron Bay is a perfect holiday destination anytime of the year with the weather permitting visitors to make the most of the outdoor-oriented lifestyle.

Where to stay in Byron Bay

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