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Byron Bay

28.6474° S
153.6020° E

The Northern NSW boho beach town of Byron Bay is a melting pot of cultures and communities, from alternative lifestyles to Aussie surf culture, and remains high on the bucket list of travellers near and far. The easternmost point on the Australian mainland, Byron Bay is home to breathtaking beaches, mountains, rivers and rainforests, as well as a lush hinterland and thriving underwater environments.

A diverse foodie scene has emerged in Byron Bay and the surrounding communities, with a large emphasis on sustainability and locally-sourced produce, along with an impressive number of independent Australian fashion labels, beach & lifestyle brands, and award-winning breweries & distilleries. Despite all of this, it's still the relaxed coastal charm and laid-back lifestyle that draws most visitors to the golden beaches and oceanfront cafes of New South Wales' favourite beach town.

Cover photo by Pat Suraseang for Destination NSW.

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Byron Bay is a popular east coast road-trip stop, roughly 8 hours drive north of Sydney. It is just 30 minutes from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, with daily flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and within two hours of both the Gold Coast and Brisbane international airports.

Spring is the best time of year to visit Byron Bay, with warm weather and low rainfall between September - November. Whales can still be spotted in early Spring, and the water is warm enough to swim without a wetsuit. The hotter summer months are much more crowded, with higher prices.

Byron Bay has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all types of traveller. The hostels in town are perfect for budget backpackers, while Byron at Byron or Elements of Byron provide a more luxurious option a little further out of town. For unique stays in the surrounding area, check out our guide here.

Byron Bay offers endless natural sights, from the perfect waves of The Pass, to the thriving underwater world at Julien Rocks. With sweeping panoramic views of the bay, Cape Byron Lighthouse is the best sunrise spot in town, while The Farm is popular with foodies keen on a more rustic experience.

Within a day's drive from both Sydney and Brisbane, and with several airports nearby, Byron Bay is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Although you could always spend longer here, visiting for 3 days is the perfect little introduction to Byron Bay before splurging on a month-long summer getaway.

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