Byron Bay Travel Guide

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Byron Bay Things to Do

  • Cape Byron Kayaks

    Took the afternoon tour in early June. Surf was rough but we all got out into the bay and back in safely thanks to detailed instruction from the guide. This group has been operating the longest (around 17 years) and is well resourced with experienced guides. Unfortunately no dolphins were spotted despite paddling out quite far, but they aren't...

  • Cape Byron Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse is constructed in 1901, and stands on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. The Lighthouse is still in service today, and you can join a tour if you want to take a close look.We didn’t go inside the Lighthouse, but only enjoyed the spectacular view from the Lighthouse.

  • Walking tracks

    In the area around Byron Bay there are several walking tracks. You’ll pass rainforest, rugged cliff faces and amazing views of the ocean. We took the walking track from Byron Bay to the Lighthouse (see other tip), and it was a beautiful walk.The terrain is isolated - be back before it gets dark, and remember to bring water on your walk.


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Byron Bay Restaurants

  • Earth and Sea Pizza and Pasta

    4 out of 5 stars

    Just like everyone else has said. It sells the best pizza. I am just really writing to let you all know it has moved. It is now located on the Corner of Fletcher & Byron Streets, Byron Bay. I love the Hot Lips pizza.

  • Quality Mexican food

    An indoor/outdoor restaurant, perfect for a seaside town like Byron Bay, with quality Mexican food in a relaxed atmosphere.Extensive menu with the usual Mexican items but also some that you don't find too often.They put enough chilli in the dishes for an authentic taste, fortunately.There's a good drinks list and the margueritas are good. I like ...

  • Best shop seriously.

    This is the best food in Byron if you like healthy mix up food. Its a salad bar with wraps and baked potatoes as well so theres something for everyone. You can make your own bowl of salad etc but you can also have stuff like chicken caesar wraps and tuna melt wraps or baked potatoes with beef bolognaise or mexican beans! Its a place you hear about...


Byron Bay Nightlife

  • Entertainment / Music

    The Beach Hotel has plenty of live music on weekends, large crowds and cold beer. Entertainment commences during the afternoon and goes into the night, the music appeals to all age groups. Casual

  • Backpackers bar

    You can get a cheap meal here and after that you can dance all night. They've got special tables you can dance on and there are games for drunk backpackers all night. If you come late, you may even find a line outside.

  • Byrons' Live Music Venue

    This venue happens to pull an unbelievable amount of international touring and Australian bands. I think that bands like to play here just to have a stay over in Byron.


Byron Bay Transportation

  • Rex to Lismore and Ballina

    Time to update this tip as times have changed and airlines have come and gone since I last put one here! Rex (Regional Express) fly from Sydney to Ballina (the closest airport to Byron Bay) and also to Lismore (north-west of Byron but still manageable).Rex fly 36 seat Saab 340 aircraft and have about 3 flights per day on weekdays to these airports...

  • Premier motor service

    Despite a bit unconfortable going by bus is one of the cheapest way to go from sydney to Byron bay. The travel is long: i started at 10:30 pm from sydney central station and i got in Byron at 10:30 am in the following morning. You can buy a single ticket or a pass that allows you to travel along all the east coast making some stops.

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Byron Bay Shopping

  • Baby equipment rental

    If you're traveling to Byron with a baby or toddler and don't want to lug everything along give the Byron Baby Shop a call. We rented a backpack carrier/"papoose" for $25 for the week. Great to have when hiking in the hinterlands or walking on the beach. Friendly staff. The store sells new and used baby gear, clothes, toys etc. as well as doing...

  • Nothern Rivers Markets !

    Renowned as one of the best craft markets on the North Coast, Byron Market is an experience not to be missed. Buskers performing original songs to performers miming or juggling can entertain the whole family. The food is out of this world and the craft is unique and colourful.There are also other very interesting markets happening in the northern...

  • Best Supermarket For Your Groceries

    For those travellers wanting to self cater a visit to Woolworths Supermarket will ensure you have the widest selection of groceries, fresh meat, fish etc at very reasonable prices. Woolworths are the leading supermarket chain in Australia.


Byron Bay Local Customs

  • You must visit the lighthouse at Byron...

    As I said, I didn't get up close and personal with the lighthouse on this occasion but I can show you how close to this most easterly point of Australia you are, when you visit the main beach.The beach area is also ideal for the lunch stop-over. The surf club has toilet facilities, and the promenade boasts of a nice playground for children.

  • Life's a Beach..

    The Local Custom here is plain and simple.. Eat, drink, relax, swim, surf, dive, fish, see the sites, or just lay on the beach and do nothing at all...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Byron Bay Warnings and Dangers

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    by DennyP Written Oct 2, 2013

    Travelling in Australia and enjoying its amazing coastline with its many beautiful beaches is a must ..Many visitors overlook the fact that the Australian sun can be a real danger from overexposure especially for little children..
    When heading off to the beach or if only getting into the sun for a short period ALWAYS make sure that you AND your children have a sufficient sunblock cover on especilaly in the heat of the midday sunshine.(don't foget your ears ) .also reflection off the water can also contribute to bad sunburn.Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world ..Take care...A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses are also a must


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Byron Bay Tourist Traps

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    by 2Cities1Love Written Jul 18, 2006

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    Please make sure you have spare change for the parking coupons.

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure you get a ticket,so you won't get a fine.

    Fun Alternatives: If you don't want to pay for a coupon then park away from the main shopping area.

    Buy a coupon
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    • Backpacking
    • Surfing

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Byron Bay What to Pack

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    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will definitely want to bring your bathing suit.. and some casual day/evening wear also.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I usually take my own when travelling, but you can buy toiletries here.
    Take your medical supplies with you.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your photographic equipment. Might also be a good idea to bring extra film and batteries as well. Could be expensive here.

    Miscellaneous: Sunscreen and insect repellent, or you can buy these items here.

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Byron Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Byron Bay Lighthouse

    Well having only visited here once and sort of like a stop over for snack and bathroom stop, I really only have photos from a distance of the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse.None the less I am proud to show them to you knowing that next trip through I will get the close ups too. Byron Bay lighthouse is famous because it is on the most easterly point of...

  • Nimbin Day Trip !!!

    What a unique place Nimbin is, nestled in the mountains, just 25 mins drive inland from Byron Bay. I have been to Nimbin on a few occasions over the years.To alot of people Nimbin can be quite confronting, with people of all ages trying to sell you weed, but you have to try and look past that to see this towns true qualities and beauty.If you can...

  • Ballina

    Ballina is about 34km from Byron and a beautiful town to visit. It's beaches are incredible. The fact that the town is about double the size of Byron it offers more amenities. Shelley Beach and Shelley Beach Cafe should be a 'must-see' for any traveller. I recommend the banana and coconut cheescake at the Cafe. The Ballina River offers a number of...


Byron Bay Sports & Outdoors

  • Soar with the birds above the coast.

    BYRON SOARING CENTRENothing can match the sensation of soaring through the air without an engine whirring away. You can experience gliding here at the Tyagarah Airfield, just north of Byron Bay.You don't need any experience, just to along for the ride, and the instructor will fly for you. Modern large two-seater sailplanes make great aircraft to...

  • Byron Bay Accomodation

    Have you heard about "Byron Beach Resort", it is a nice hotel in a characteristic part of Byron Bay and close to the shops, bars and restaurants. Clean rooms, friendly reception staff which provided us with a lot of great city tips and other handy information!

  • Climbing Mt Warning

    We heard that the sunrise at Mt Warning were supposed to be beautiful, so we got up at 3.30 o'clock in the morning... It was really dark, and we just the heard animals around us, but we didn't see much until we were almost at the top. The last part you have to climb, but then you are at the top. Unfortunately it was clouded when we reached the...


Byron Bay Favorites

  • General Atmosphere

    This place has a really laid-back feel about it. Buskers every 50 metres or so, playing their tunes in hope of your spare change. Very tourist like - no pushbike helmets in site, people drinking alcohol on the main beach, people sleeping under trees, topless folk and their jubilant capering along the beach. Also, more hippies and unemployed people...

  • Magnificent Coastline

    The beaches along this coast are great.You can go surfing, fishing, or anything else that takes your fancy. Byron Bay is well known for Artists, Authors, Poets, and Musicians.They also host a 4 day "Blues & Roots Festival" over the Easter Holiday. What a wonderful time to visit Byron Bay.. Just the serene beauty of the place. You can holiday in...

  • Drink bottled water...

    Fondest Memory...perhaps not!Byron Bay's infrastructure is about 10 years behind the town itself. This means that the town can often struggle to keep up with the number of visitors and the tap-water seems to be the first casualty of this. When I visited the area was in quite a drought and the council had to pump water out of a nearby creek - the...


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