50 Best Things To Do In Byron Bay

Are you looking for things to do in Byron Bay or you’re not sure what to do in Byron Bay? Fear not, we’ve found over 50 things to do in Byron Bay – there’s literally something for everyone. We’ve included everything from Byron Bay accommodation options, the best Byron Bay beaches to the best Byron Bay walks and so much more.

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What’s the hype about with Byron Bay?Byron-Bay-Wategoes-Beach

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!

We seem to always find cheap flights to Gold Coast and we always hire a car from here so we can get around easily.

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.

If you’re wondering which is cheaper to drive or fly to Byron Bay, it doesn’t work out that much cheaper to drive when you factor in petrol costs as you can get super cheap flights to Gold Coast from here.

Need to hire a car? Find a great deal below!

Want to do a Sydney to Byron Bay tour?

Click here to read: 13 Secret places you must visit on the East Coast of Australia

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.

Cheap Sydney to Cairns tour

Looking for a cheap Sydney to Cairns tour? If you’re looking for a Sydney to Cairns tour which is cheaper and let’s you organise your own food and accommodation, and is valid for up to 12 months. Click here to find out more about this Sydney to Cairns tour.

It’s cheaper to do a Cairns to Sydney 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?

Check out this awesome 10 day surfing tour from Brisbane to Sydney which stops off in Byron Bay.

What about Noosa or Gold Coast?

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.

If you’re thinking of doing a day trip from Brisbane to Byron Bay, check out this awesome tour.

Byron Bay Accommodation

There are so many options when it comes to booking your accommodation in Byron Bay, from amazing airbnb’s like we stayed in to backpacker accommodation, high end and more.

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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.

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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.

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Byron Bay mid range accommodation


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!

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Byron Bay luxury accommodation

Read our review of the amazing beach house we stayed at on Main Beach in Byron Bay here >

Looking for luxury Byron Bay hotels? We found an AMAZING beach house on right on main beach which costs around $400 a night. It’s great value for money and has a couple of bedrooms. The view out to the beach is incredible! Just make sure you use our $76 off your first airnb booking here before you book.

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If you’re looking for some luxury, the most popular resorts include:

Byron at Byron which costs around $470 a night. Book here to get the best deal>

Elements of Byron costs around $400 a night. Book here to get the best deal