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Byron Bay

A hideaway for hippies, musos and Hollywood stars, Byron Bay is one of Australia's most popular destinations. With stunning beaches, great surfing, natural eateries and near-perfect weather, Byron is paradise. Whether you want to lounge on the beach or hike the hinterland, discover the very best Byron Bay has to offer with the help of our travel guide.

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Places to stay

Byron Bay is a traveller’s dream. Attracting everyone from backpackers to billionaires, the destination is fully equipped to accommodate every budget. There’s no shortage of beautiful boutique stays in the centre of town. If you want to stay closer to the main beach, you'll find The Atlantic’s relaxed guesthouses or wake up to the sound of crashing waves in one of the luxurious rooms at Raes on Watego.

Staying near Belongil Beach is ideal for families. Airbnb has a huge selection of villas in town or bush bungalows in the surrounding hinterland areas. With mild temperatures year-round, Byron is the perfect place to camp out. Clarkes Beach or Belongil Fields are top spots to pitch a tent. Want a room with a view? Bed down in one of the heritage-listed Assistant Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages set on the clifftop overlooking Cape Byron.

Things to do

From killer surf to culinary hotspots, Byron is a free-spirited beachside oasis. Sometimes referred to as the wellbeing capital of Australia, Byron is the perfect place to disconnect and unwind. Start your day by stretching out with yoga at Creature Yoga. Take in the views from Australia's most easterly point with a morning stroll to Byron's lighthouse. If your version of a healthy start is a big brekkie, dig into the hearty, plant-based brunch menu at Folk. To try Byron's effortless style on for size, visit Spell Boutique for boho dresses. Beach-hopping is one of the best ways to explore Byron. Wategos is a standout. The lagoon that forms near Captain Cook Lookout after high tide is also a favourite waterhole, especially for little ones.

Venture inland to the nearby town of Ewingsdale for lunch at The Farm. This paddock-to-plate style eatery is housed on a 32-hectare property complete with gardens and beehives. Looking for surf? The gently curved shoreline at The Pass means great waves for beginners and pros alike. Hikers should venture out of town for trails around Minyon Falls or take a day trip out to quirky Newrybar. While you’re there, pop into The Newrybar Merchants which showcases local artisans and fine goods. Head back into town for dinner at Barrio, where the menu focuses on grilling meat, veggies and seafood to perfection. Post-dinner drinks and tunes can be found at Locura.

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Markets

Don’t miss out on discovering the next big thing at one of Byron's many markets. If you’re in Byron on a Thursday pop down to the Byron Farmer’s market, for great produce and delicious fresh juices. On the fourth Sunday of every month, browse the stalls of jewellers, designers and artists at Bangalow Markets.

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Events

Byron's laidback vibe and creative spirit have made it a popular place for festivals. Over the Easter long weekend in April, Bluesfest showcases blues and roots music from around the world. Big-name acts also roll into town in July for Splendour in the Grass, one of Australia's biggest music festivals. In August, writers and thinkers fill the town for the Byron Writers Festival.

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Getting around

From the airport: Ballina Airport is located approximately a 30 min drive from Byron Bay and is serviced by taxis and rental cars. Our tip is to pre-book a return transfer with one of the friendly airport shuttle companies. Alternatively, you may wish to fly to Gold Coast Airport, which is around a 1-hour drive.

In and around the city: the best way to explore Byron centre is by walking or hiring a bike from one of the many rental stores. You may wish to hire a car to explore some of the surrounding towns such as Brunswick Heads, Bangalow and Minyon Falls.

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