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What’s the hype about with Byron Bay?
Byron Bay is probably Australia’s most popular beach town. You’ll find absolutely everyone here from the surfers, families, hipsters, hippies, backpackers and wealthy folk who all come together with a love for Byron’s authenticity and all round beautiful vibe.
Byron Bay weather: when is the best time to visit?
Byron Bay gets very busy during the school holidays and very hot too. The humidity can be unbearable for some and I know when we visited during Christmas time once, even Stevo found it too much and he’s Australian!
We’ve also visited during June and loved how quiet it was. We had no problem finding parking anywhere and it was still warm enough to go swimming in the ocean. There’s also much more to do in Byron than going to the beach which we mention further into this post.
Basically you could visit Byron Bay all year round if you wanted to.
How to find cheap flights to Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a 30 minute drive from Ballina airport and 45 minute drive from Gold Coast airport. You can pick up flights for as little as $50 to get to these airports from Sydney from here!
If you’re not fussed on hiring a car, you can get a private shuttle bus from Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay here.
Want to drive to Byron Bay?
It takes around 9 hours to drive to Byron Bay from Sydney – almost the same distance as driving from Sydney to Melbourne. We have driven to Byron Bay before and we must say we much preferred to get a flight.
There are so many tour companies offering up hop on hop off routes from Sydney to Cairns which all stop off at Byron Bay along the way. This takes away the hassle from having to organise anything yourself.
The almost all inclusive Sydney to Cairns tour
If you want almost everything organised for you like activities, transport, most meals and accommodation, then we’ve found the tour just for you. You’ll also be able to go at your own pace up the coast so if you want to stay in Byron Bay for longer, you’ll be able to do so. Click here to find out more about this popular Sydney to Cairns tour.
Here’s a tip for you, East Coast of Australia tours are actually cheaper if you go from Cairns to Sydney. You might be going against the majority but it’s much cheaper. Check out this popular tour here.
Prefer a surfing tour up the East Coast of Australia?
If you’re unsure if Byron is the right beach town for you, here’s a little run down on some of the places nearby so you can have a better understanding of what’s around.
The Gold Coast is a very popular part of Australia for families who are looking to stay in a classic Aussie beach town with lots of activities for kids and affordable accommodation options. Places like Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads are popular spots to look out for.
If you’re wondering about Surfers Paradise, this is a place that’s really popular for cheap accommodation and those who want to booze it up. It also sort of reminds us of a very small version of Las Vegas too – only if we had to compare it to somewhere else. Make sure you check out the theme parks in the area too!
Noosa is known as the posher version to Byron Bay. It’s got an interesting mix of people from very wealthy folk to backpackers but it kinda works. Surfers LOVE Noosa National Park and there’s some excellent restaurants to choose from.
If you’re thinking of heading to Mooloolaba, it’s got a similar vibe to Gold Coast with lots of accommodation options where you can score an affordable sea view apartment like we did here.
Nothing dodgy about it. It’s just because we’ve used them so much around the world, we’ve built up a referral from them so you can get almost a night’s stay for free!
Byron Bay Camping / Best Byron Bay Backpackers
The Arts Factory has been around for years in Byron Bay and is the central hub for backpackers. This awesome hostel has a swimming pool, health centre, gym and some decent double rooms too. It’s the type of place I wish I went stayed at when I was backpacking. But fear not, there’s so much going on here from yoga to live music, it’s worth checking it out even if you’re not staying here.
Although it’s a 20 minute walk to Main Beach, a lot of long stay backpackers specifically love The Jungle which is almost like a festival-esque camp ground at the back of the lodge.
Other backpacker options include Byron Bay YHA and Wake Up! I’ve stayed in YHA’s around Australia (they are always a brilliant budget option for everyone) and I stayed at Wake Up! in Sydney when I first came to Australia as a backpacker. It’s an excellent backpacker hostel in Australia!
Byron Bay budget accommodation
We stayed in a beautiful airbnb at Wategos Beach which is under $200 a night. We think that’s really good value considering it’s location at Byron’s most exclusive area.
If this doesn’t take your fancy, we also recommend staying at Byron Springs which is under $175 a night to stay in a beautiful beach cottage.
There’s loads of mid range accommodation options in Byron Bay but one of the most popular places to stay is at Atlantic which is an oasis, right in the middle of Byron Bay. It’s also incredibly Instagrammable too!
There's so much going on in Byron Bay, you'll never be bored.Welcome to your Byron Bay guide:)
1.Cruise around on a vintage electric bike
One of the first things you'll notice in Byron is that everyone rides a bike around town. It's the easiest way to get around as traffic can build up very quickly.
We LOVE thevintage electric bikes from herewhich you can rent from a few hours to the whole week if you need to.And if you've never ridden an electric bike before, you honestly won't want to go back.It's a game changer. Make sure you book your bike now as they get booked out quickly!
2. Take a romantic hot air balloon ride over Byron Bay!
If you're looking for romantic things to do in Byron Bay,look no further!We can't think of a more romantic way to start the day than with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the coast and to Mount Warning. You'll finish the one hour flight with a champagne breakfast.
If you're looking for romantic places to propose in Byron Bay, then this is it!
Byron Bay is home to some of the best beaches in Australia, but which one's are the best?
When I first came to Byron Bay,I just went to Main Beach,thinking that was it.Don't make this mistake.
This is a really handy Byron Bay map to use when checking out the awesome beaches!
Personally my favourite beach in Byron Bay is Wategos Beach. There's something quite magical about it and if you time it right,you'll be able to walk over to Little Wategos on the right hand side which is almost completely secluded. Continue on to the right and you'll find some awesome rock pools to swim in.
The Pass is a popular surfing spot and Tallow Beach is a gorgeous long beach to get away from it all.
4.Learn to surf
A lot of people want to learn to surf in Byron Bay as there's some great spots for beginner surfers. Fear not, we've found some great tours you might be interested in.
Kayaking in Byron Bay is something everyone needs to experience because the liklihood of bumping into some dolphins along the way is almost a given.
When I was a backpacker a long time ago,I remember doingthis three hour tourand absolutely loved it!If you're looking for things to do with kids in Byron Bay then you're in luck-you can bring kids over the age of 5.
If you visit between May to October,you might even see some whales as well!
Best of all,the kayaking tour is really cheap but you mustbook ahead hereas they book up fast.
If you want your kayaking trip to include a visit to the hinterland(somewhere you really must go and visit)thencheck out this tour.
6.Go dolphin&whale watching from a boat instead
Love the idea of going dolphin watching or whale watching from a boat instead of a kayak?No problem.
Ever wanted to learn to scuba dive?Well,you can learn to dive in Byron!The five hourintroductory scuba diving tourwill take you around the famous Julian Rocks Marine Reserve where you'll be able to learn all about the sea life in Australia.
Snorkeling with turtlesis a bucket list item on many people's lists. Luckily you can experience this once in a life time opportunity in Byron Bay! If you've not snorkled before,you can practice in a pool before heading out into the ocean.
Do you need to take some time out and re-evaluate your day to day life? This two hour holistic wellness course will transform your life and help you break down patterns you've been repeating for years through yoga&meditation.
One of the biggest highlights when you visit Byron Bay is to visit the famous Lighthouse which overlooks the beach town at sunrise.Byron is also known to put on incredible sunrises so make sure you wake up early to tick this one off your bucket list.
12.Go sky diving in Byron Bay!
If you're thinking about doing a sky dive in Byron Bay then here's your opportunity.We've both sky dived before and it's just one of those bucket list items everyone needs to do in their life.You're never experience anything ever like it!
Byron Bay is also an incredibly popular spot for sky diving, especially for backpackers. If you're thinking of doing it,book it nowbecause it books up fast.
You know Byron's coastal walk is just as good as the Bondi to Coogee walk. It's an absolute must do when visiting Byron because you'll want to take loads of photos along the way.
It takes just 30 minutes to walk from the Main Beach (opp The Beach Hotel) to get to Wategos beach. Just keep walking up the hill and you'll reach the Light House in no time!For us,we LOVE the lookout over to Tallow Beach on the other side-it's purely magical!
14. Go on a romantic horse ride along the beach
We couldn't think of a better thing to do in Byron than to go on a beautiful horse ride along the beach!
The one and a half hour horse ride takes you along Belongil Beach and also up into the sub tropical woodlands around Byron Bay.
Tours run from 7am-7pm so you could go on one at sunrise or sunset!Get in quick though because these tours book out fast.
Prefer to spend the day in complete relaxation?If you're looking for a Byron Bay spa, look no further.
Elements of Byron is one of THE most luxurious hotels in Byron Bay and equally has an incredible spa which you can book to use for the day.
Gaia Retreat & Spa is located in the beautiful hinterland, a place where you can truely get away from it and has a Byron Bay day spa you can use as well.
Lastly, The Byron at Byron is another one of the most exclusive resorts in Byron which is home to an excellent day spa as well.
Looking for a cheap Byron spa to use?
The Kiva Spa in Mullumbimby charge just $25 to use their bath house for an hour. If you want to spend longer there, it costs $15 per extra hour. Awesome!
Or a FREE Byron Bay spa?
Lake Ainsworth or what's known the the locals,Ti Tree Lake is a common place to take a dip in and it's free!
Located 30 minutes south of Byron towards Ballina, the tea trees which grow beside the lake are the reason why it works wonders on your skin. The oil from the trees moves down towards the lake which produces the oils to rejuvenate your skin. Although the lake might look a bit murky, fear not... it's the oils from the trees which causes this colour and will start working it's magic on your skin.
16. Go on a gourmet lunch tour
If you're a foodie who loves tea and finding decent coffee shops,this gourmet lunch tourmight be just for you.You'll be taken to various local tea and coffee spots, as well as the award winning Madura tea plantation and a gourmet lunch to follow.
Ever wanted to join the circus? Circus Arts in Byron Bay is an amazing place to visit for the whole family! If you're looking for kids things to do in Byron Bay when it's raining, this is where it's at!
There's loads of kids activities in Byron Bay when the holidays are on, a place space, a climbing wall, trampolining, and acro circus.
Did we mention you can learn trapeze too? This 90 minute class is something fun for everyone! Best of all, kids from five years and up can take part in trapeze so you've got them sorted for raining activities in Byron!
Circus Arts caters for everyone,from corporates,to kids parties.Make sure you check them out as it's a truely awesome place to visit.