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Unwind in Byron Bay

Elements of Byron Bay, Byron BayCREDIT: Destination NSW

Elements of Byron guests enjoying morning beachfront yoga sessions, Byron Bay.

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Unwind in
Byron Bay

Elements of Byron Bay, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Elements of Byron guests enjoying morning beachfront yoga sessions, Byron Bay.

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Renowned for its surf beaches, bohemian-luxe vibe, and A-list locals (including all three Hemsworth brothers), Byron Bay, 800km north of Sydney, is one of the most popular seaside escapes on the New South Wales North Coast. A 30-minute drive from Ballina Airport, or 45 minutes from Gold Coast Airport. Here’s how to plan your visit. 

Highlights: 

  • Relax in nature, from Byron’s beautiful beaches to the lush hinterland 
  • Indulge in wholesome, farm-to-plate produce at local cafés and restaurants 
  • Shop for covetable local designer fashions  

Where to eat and drink 

Byron Bay has long been a wholesome dining hub, and here you’ll find an incredible array of cafés focussing on nourishing cuisine showcasing local produce. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at the likes of Bayleaf, The Byron Bay General Store or Topshop, or perhaps grab a healthy smoothie from vegetarian café Vagabond, one of the newer foodie openings in Byron’s hip Arts and Industry Estate. Five minutes’ drive further west, Three Blue Ducks at The Farm is another popular brunch spot; you can also sign up for a tour of the working farm, perhaps by horseback with Zephyr Horses.  

For lunch with a water view, treat yourself to a smart modern Australian lunch at Raes Dining Room in the luxe Raes on Wategos boutique hotel, just steps from magnificent Wategos Beach; or at Beach Byron Bay, perched above Clarkes Beach. More casual restaurants such as Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. and newer addition Loft also offer great people-watching from their breezy, elevated locations.  

You’re also spoiled for choice for dinner options in Byron, with local favourites including beachside Italian Belongil Beach Italian Food, modern Asian restaurants Light YearsBang Bang and Mexican cantina-style eatery Miss Margarita

For a sophisticated afternoon cocktail try, Raes Cellar Bar or if it’s a pub you’re after, head to The Rails, the Beach Hotel or The Great Northern Hotel for bistro fare, beers, and tunes.   

Hinterland, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerial of the rolling hills in Byron Bay's hinterland.

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Hinterland, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerial of the rolling hills in Byron Bay's hinterland.

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Belongil Beach Italian Food, Byron Bay CREDIT: Nikki To

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Belongil Beach Italian Food, Byron Bay CREDIT: Nikki To

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Where to play 

A sunrise stroll on the Cape Byron Walking Track, a 3.7km loop that passes Byron’s heritage lighthouse, is a quintessential Byron experience. From May to November, look out for humpback and southern right whales making their annual migration along Australia’s east coast; bottlenose dolphins can also be spotted throughout the year.  

Byron’s famous beaches include the year-round patrolled Main Beach, which curves east towards The Pass, a famous surf beach with an epic right-hand point break. Further east, Wategos is also popular for swimming and surfing, while Little Wategos, accessible on foot, is Australia’s easternmost beach. If you’re interested in learning to surf, Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay offers surf lessons, including women-only classes and sessions just for kids. Soul Surf School also offers a variety of lesson options. 

You can also get below the water with turtles, fish and myriad other marine critters on a snorkelling or scuba diving trip to Julian Rocks (Nguthungulli), 2.5km off the coast, with Sundive or Byron Bay Dive Centre. There’s also seasonal Byron Bay Whale Watching tours, and you can kayak with dolphins with Cape Byron Kayaks or Go Sea Kayak.  

To learn about local Aboriginal history and culture, sign up for a walking tour of Byron Bay or nearby Broken Head with Arakwal woman Delta Kay. Delta also guides bush food tours with Vision Walks Eco Tours

Dip into Byron’s wellness scene by signing up for a morning fitness class at the likes of Creature Yoga, Bende, or Hustl in Byron’s Arts and Industry Estate before indulging in some retail therapy in this precinct, where many local brands have stores. Don’t miss St. Agni for handmade leather footwear and apparel for women, McTavish for men’s surfwear, and Zulu and Zephyr for women’s and kids beachwear. You’ll find more boutiques in town, including cult womenswear label Spell & the Gypsy Collective, which also sells whimsical clothing for little gypsies; Auguste, known for its feminine floral dresses; and Rowie, another popular homegrown casual-chic womenswear label. 

Beyond the beaches lies Byron’s lush hinterland. Just a 10-minute (8km) drive to the southwest is Bangalow, a picturesque hinterland town with plenty of boutiques and cafés. Just six minutes (6km) to the south, the tiny village of Newrybar is home to one of the hinterland’s most lauded restaurants, Harvest Newrybar. Set in a beautiful timber house and celebrating underutilised native ingredients, it’s an atmospheric destination for a memorable long lunch. 

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Cape Byron Lighthouse sitting on Australia's most easterly point, Byron Bay.

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Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Cape Byron Lighthouse sitting on Australia's most easterly point, Byron Bay.

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Go Sea Kayak, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerial over a guided kayak tour with Go Sea Kayak, Byron Bay.

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Go Sea Kayak, Byron Bay CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aerial over a guided kayak tour with Go Sea Kayak, Byron Bay.

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Where to sleep 

An oasis tucked in a verdant subtropical forest the luxurious Crystalbrook Collection restaurant Forest showcases the hotel’s emphasis on sustainable luxury via its commitment to supporting local growers and producers.  

At the other end of town sits the similarly luxurious Elements of Byron resort, which has direct beach access and an adults-only pool. If you prefer a guesthouse vibe, 28 Degrees and Bask & Stow are suitably stylish choices. Centrally located, small boutique hotel The Bower Byron Bay offers the best of both worlds along with a highly Instagrammable circular pool. 

Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay CREDIT: The Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Chill out by the pool at Crystalbrook Byron, resort in Byron Bay.

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Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay CREDIT: The Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Chill out by the pool at Crystalbrook Byron, resort in Byron Bay.

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The Bower, Byron Bay CREDIT: Jessie Prince

The Bower Cottage in Byron Bay

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The Bower, Byron Bay CREDIT: Jessie Prince

The Bower Cottage in Byron Bay

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