Byron Bay, New South Wales
Guide to Byron Bay
- Getting to Byron Bay
- When to visit
A mecca of sand, sun and serenity, this New South Wales beach town is a coastal paradise.
Look back a few decades and Byron Bay was known for its alternative culture, easygoing surfers and off-the-grid hippies. Now, Byron may be a bit more refined, but it’s no less beautiful. You’ll still find incredible surf breaks and tranquil yoga retreats that give a nod to Byron’s hippie history. You’ll also find newcomers including award-winning restaurants, luxurious beach houses and craft breweries. From barefoot backpackers to Hollywood celebrities, Byron Bay has retained its status as a destination for everyone.
Byron Bay is around an 80-minute drive from the nearest major city, Gold Coast, and is serviced by a regional airport at Ballina, around a 30-minute drive to the south.
- Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) is 35km (22mi) from Byron Bay and services domestic arrivals
- Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is 66km (41mi) from Byron Bay and services international and domestic arrivals
- Hire cars and shuttle services are available from both airports
- Hire cars are also available in Byron Bay
You can explore Byron Bay town by bicycle, but to venture further you’ll need to hire a car.
An iconic beach destination, Byron Bay is a great place to holiday at any time of the year. The spring months are warm and relatively dry, so you may want to time your visit before the busy summer holiday season. Come in autumn and you'll still enjoy good beach weather. The best surfing conditions generally occur in winter.
- High season: Spring and summer (September to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: The line-up of music, art and food festivals that happen year-round