Byron Bay, or just ‘Byron’ is probably one of Australia’s best known beach towns. It’s got the spectacular beaches that this whole strip of coastline has, but it’s also got a wonderfully relaxed vibe which flows down from the hippy communities in the hills surrounding the town - Nimbin being the most famous. So it’s fun and relaxed, which is what a lot of people are looking for when they visit Australia… And of course the surfing is excellent. The best places to stay in Byron Bay can be found both grazing the ocean and up in the hills where the views are spectacular and the breezes much cooler.
Cape Bryon Lighthouse marks Australia’s most easterly point, and if you can get down here for daybreak you’re in for a beautiful sight. In fact one of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Byron Bay is just a few minutes stroll away. And that’s the best way to do things in Byron, take strolls, enjoy your food at a leisurely pace, relax into the evenings, amble along the beach and don’t come in until it’s really time for bed.
Byron Bay’s natural assets don’t stop at the coast and the sunrise though, there’s great diving, opportunities for whale watching, or to surf in amongst dolphins, and a wonderful interior just ripe for exploration.
Byron Bay is just 175kms south of Brisbane and 800kms north of Sydney, so it’s a very popular place to stop along the Pacific Highway, and has a reputation for visitors who turn local, beguiled by the community spirit, reputation for home-based businesses and of course the famously relaxed lifestyle.
Byron is also a bit of a mecca for spiritual pilgrims, and you’ll find plenty of meditation workshops, yoga classes and the like.
Stylish beach house B&B just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Byron Bay. Bedrooms are smart and spacious and the house feels calm and peaceful. Enjoy communal breakfasts with owner Peter and relax in the sunny garden before exploring everything Byron has to offer.
A heritage property in landscaped gardens, a stone's throw from the centre of Bangalow. Four elegant bedrooms with clean white lines and original artwork. Wide shaded verandas provide the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast whilst overlooking Byron Creek. A stylish base for exploring the area.
Set in 45 acres of tropical rainforest and minutes from the beach, this luxury hotel offers comfort and style in surfing town Byron Bay. Rooms are light, airy and all have private balconies, kitchens and massive freestanding bathtubs. Great facilities include daily yoga, pool & spa.
Country manor styled luxury guesthouse just outside Byron Bay, set in four acres of lush gardens. Chic rooms and suites feature private balconies or open onto the courtyard. Breakfast is served on a terrace by the pool and picnic hampers can be organised.
Located by the beach and minutes from the Cape Byron Lighthouse, ten guest rooms boast private terraces with wonderful views. Stylish interiors feature four poster beds, white and cream furnishings and marble bathrooms. Fully air conditioned, and open fires for the cooler winter months.