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About Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a friendly little town located on the Australian east coast, and is popular among both international backpackers and Australian sun-seekers. The place is hippy-chic and has some amazing beaches, lots of (surf) shops, many restaurant options also for vegetarians and vegans, and a hinterland with waterfall and rainforest galore. The people in Byron Bay are friendly and very environmentally aware (so think twice before littering here). Most travelers arrive intending to stay for three days and end up staying for three months!
There are many activities available ranging from lawn bowling and sunbathing to a visit to Nimbin (weed capital of Australia), surfing, sea kayaking, shark and sea-turtle spotting while scuba diving at Julian Rocks, and skydiving. Or take the scenic walk up to the lighthouse and the most easterly point of Australia, and spot some whales and dolphins on the way up! Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, and Brisbane are all less than a two-hour drive away; you can easily go and visit one of the many theme parks around Surfers Paradise.
Most hostels in Byron Bay are within the small town center, or in walking distance. Byron Bay hostels are generally clean, comfortable, and safe and most of them have a pool even though they are in walking distance from the beach. The hostels can become quite expensive during the summer months, especially during the Australian "schoolies" in December, when high school students from all over the country go on a holiday to the Gold Coast to celebrate the end of school. In less busy times, it is easy to find a hostel and there are many travel agencies around town that are happy to book accommodation for you and make arrangements for the remainder of you trip, anywhere in Australia -- if you are able to leave this wonderful place, that is.
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Arts Factory Lodge
"Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge is the best hostel we have ever visited. It is a little hard to find the first time, though it's actually quite close to the main street when you're heading into town. We arrived minutes before a heavy rainstorm and the staff told us to quickly set up our tent before we paid or handed our IDs in or anything, which we managed to do just in time. The Location There is another hostel in the area, but the Arts...
Byron Bay YHA Hostel
"As if Byron Bay itself wasn't magical enough, The Byron Bay YHA is a little slice of magic situated in the town that time forgot. The Location Finding your way to the YHA will be no problem at all as the friendly staff are there to meet you off the bus, giving you a helpful tour of the town en-route. Starting from the word go, the friendly ambiance at the YHA is unrivalled by any other Australian hostel we visited, and you will be made...
Cape Byron YHA Hostel
"Extremely nOt suitable for family - Thought we would have a cheap and quick visit to this place. Picked this place and totally regretted. Might be nice if you wanna have crazy funky environment. But if you are after a quite relaxing place to stay for a night, Don't come here. Noisy, lots of yelling talking and people running around slamming doors at night. Music loud ... Impossible to have an early night sleep. Worst place ever to stay for a...
"Awesome facilities, so close to the beach - Had a great stay here at Aquarius and it must have changed. The kitchen, common area, bar, and reception areas are all brand new. The kitchen is huge, has a walk in fridge, five stoves and a huge dining/TV area. The new bar by the pool is pretty impressive too always something on like karaoke or other stupid and real cheep drinks. You get a free dinner every night in the bar included in your stay....
Backpackers Holiday Village Hostel
"Backpackers Holiday Village Hostel is undoubtedly a party hostel -- very lively and very loud. The Location Byron Bay is a very small town, so with as everywhere here, the hostel is well located, on the main street, and only ten minutes' walk to the beach. Opposite the hostel is the very popular bar Cheeky Monkeys, which offers certain meals for a low price and various drinks promotions. Rooms and Bathrooms The bedrooms are very...
Backpackers Inn Byron Bay
"The staff here at Backpackers Inn- Byron Bay are very nice and will give you some good local knowledge. The Location Backpackers Inn is located just a five-minute walk from the town centre and is pretty much on the beach! There's a nice, little sandy pathway in the hostel garden leading to a really nice beach, which seems to be fairly empty most of the time, primarily used by people staying in the hostel. The hostel is also very easy...
Nomads Byron Bay Backpackers
"Amazing - Had everything you need, balcony in the rooms clean and comfortable." … "Not friendly - Staff are very rude, unfriendly, and not willing to help. They made a mistake with my booking and didn't acknowledge their mistake or try to fix it and we very rude when I complained. A friend of mine also had an issue there of someone climbing into their room from the balcony & smashing a glass in there and nothing was done about it. They...
Evans Head Surf Shack
"… are 40 mins south of Byron Bay DEAL. BOOK 3 NIGHTS 1 FREE SURF LESSON 1 FREE KAYAK TOUR At Evans Head Surf Shack we aim to make you feel like part of our happy surfing family. At our surf camp, you will meet and befriend people from all across the globe as well as the locals who have many an interesting tale to tell around the fire. We would also love to hear your stories and show you around this amazing place, so come and join...
Byron Beach Resort
"Great stay - great hostel, clean, nice stuff, nice people, good place to relax. beach is just a minute away from the hostel." … "Great hostel/resort - We stayed in a 4bed dorm for 2 nights and really enjoyed it. The resort itself looked very good. It was clean and enough toilets and showers. Just 30 seconds walk to the beach. Would definitely recommend. The free shuttle service from the hostel to the inner city is very good, too."...
Byron Bay Bunkhouse
"Big sh*t - dont stay here! you can do nothing. there is no bbq, no TV room, you cant use the balcony before 3 p.m., forget the pancakes, and if you need help dont ask the "manager." he's not here for you." … "Nice people, very clean rooms and very relaxed. Loved the pancake breakfast!" … "There's no swimming pool, but the atmosphere and the hammocks, the smaller, more personal rooms (I find it's easier to get to know people) and...
Backpackers Inn on the Beach
"Backpackers Inn on the Beach is great. It is very secure, with twenty-four-hour surveillance. The staff here -- both at the hostel and surf school -- are awesome, friendly, and honestly invested in you having a good time. It is a very social hostel with BBQs, games, and events in which you can participate. The Location This hostel has an excellent location, and if what the brochure says is true, it is the only hostel in Byron Bay with...
Main Beach Backpackers
"Main Beach Backpackers is a quiet place, with the best location in Byron Bay if you want to go to the beach. The hostel has private rooms and dorms, and the common areas are clean and good looking, which gives the hostel a good vibe. The unique exception is the bathrooms that sometimes are a bit messy with a lot of sand on the floor of the showers (understandable because it's a place near the beach, but deserves a little bit more cleanliness...
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Discovery Holiday Parks - Byron Bay
"… family friendly caravan park and offers a range of excellent accommodation. Accommodation options include self-contained cabins, ensuite sites and powered sites all located within a beautiful setting adjacent to Belongil Creek. Laze by the pool, enjoy the full size tennis court, or take a short walk to the nearby beaches. The added convenience of internet access, BBQs, and a fully equipped camp kitchen makes Discovery Holiday...
Byron Palms Guesthouse
"A full continental breakfast is included in the rate along with free wifi. We also provide laundry facilities at no charge. There are opportunities at competitive rates for expert surfing lessons. Late check outs and left luggage arrangements can be organised. For travellers arriving and departing by bus, we do our best to provide a free transfer service. In any event it is only 7 min by foot to the bus terminal. Space is available for guests...
"… BBQ, and a number of lovely outdoor areas. Our rates offer great value in this town and always include coffee/tea, linen and towels. Your host, John, has lived in the area for over 20 years and can guide you on wonderful bush tours in and around town or just assist you to relax. And, if you want more, he can help you choose from the many activities offered in this great town. We also have an Annex for the budget traveler. It is...
Coast Inn Motel Ballina
"… We have undercover parking or parking adjacent to your room. We can also accommodate trailers or for trucks and large vehicles there is ample space on the main road directly in front. 24 hour check-in... is available, please include an ETA in your booking or contact us on the day of arrival to make arrangements. Free Wifi... password protected internet access, just request a coupon upon arrival or throughout your stay. Keeping it...
Byron Bay Travel Tips & Suggestions
I remember Byron when my older cousins used to drive up the old pacific highway from Sydney in two days in the VW beetle laden with camping gear, food, and a variety of boards for a week of surfing extravaganza. I am lucky and get my family to the bay (Byron) three or four times a year but getting tired of commercialism creeping in to town -- poxy clothes shops and brand labels that you see in any city and to make things worse Domino's Pizza and Hog's Breath Cafe are owned by companies with franchises so do not support these businesses. There's a lot of overpriced food and some having the audacity to charge 10% to 12% extra on Sundays. Support local cafes and local people who are not selling the commercial type of merchandise. As for Byron surrounds you will still find some original sixties hippies and colourful personalities that allow you to see what a cool place this still is. The beach and Cape Byron are fantastic and the council seems to be preserving the place well, emergency services are always around and the word is they do a great job. Spend a couple of days or a week to experience one of the nicest places and judge for yourself.
— Hippy @ 52
I stayed a week and that is not enough for everything but enough for a lot of funny things. Byron Bay is very expensive sometimes, watch out for extra offers that spur you to spend more money. Clothes and food are way too overpriced compared to cities. Those over thirty may not have so much fun going out to nightclubs either since 90% are twenty-something, old, well pumped surfers locking for girls to have sex with. It is a funny place.
I had way too much fun with the lovely ladies, sun, and sand. I will return soon.
Byron is the most beautiful place you're likely to encounter. But beware, money has crept in, food is extremely expensive, and the wages totally crap. Accommodation is extremely expensive also and there's really not a lot to do if you stay four months-plus. And there's a strange influx of new age creeps. Get yourself a cabin in the hills as I did and you will be sublimely happy.
Byron is a great place. In a year's holiday, I spent six months of it in Byron Bay. I spent the last ten years arranging my life so I can emigrate there, I love it that much.
Byron Bay is amazing -- I went there for a couple weeks and stayed six months and even then I was gutted to leave.
Byron Bay is great.
Byron is like the best chilled out place to be after 4 years of backpacking. A backpackers holiday from backpacking man. Just a little sour note, age discrimination is creeping into the industry. Not very cool for we over 40s...remember we started the craze 20 years ago and some of us are still going!
Byron Bay is awesome. I live in Australia and can't stay away! The people are friendly and relaxed and are up for a good time! Looking forward to going back for my birthday!
Over rated. Over hyped. Over priced!
I did a study abroad last year in Austrlaia. I heard a lot of things about Byron Bay, but I thought the place was a complete dump, along with the hosels there. There are much much better places in Australia. If you want to see a nice beach go to Townsville, the Sunshine coast or Coff's Harbour. Don't waste your time here.
Byron Bay was amazing. A super mellow stay with astonishing, breathtaking natural surroundings. I recommend hiking up to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise on a partially cloudy day for full effect. I want to move there.
Byron Bay is the most beautiful town we've seen so far. So lush, great health minded shops, lots of holistic therapies available, we'll be back to stay much longer next time!
Don't be surprised if you come to Byron with the intention of staying a couple of days and end up staying a couple of weeks. This place is beautiful .... a must-see for anyone travelling in Australia.
I'm in Byron right now. Great place. A must see.
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