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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 Backpackers 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...
Cape Byron Lodge
"This place absolutely rocks. I've got to admit that it's been a while since I stayed here, about two years by now, but I had a couple of really great weeks. It's cleaner than lots of other places I've stayed at, and the staff were pretty cool back than. The common area is just perfect to meet people to go out with, and if they still have that free boogie board offer you should stay here because boogie boarding at Tallow Beach rocks. Max and...
Hostel Byron Bay YHA
"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...
Hostel Byron Bay – Cape Byron YHA
"I have stayed at this hostel four times in the last three years. The first time in 2004 i was a little nervous as i had never stayed in a hostel in my life before. However, i was pleasantly surprised and had one of the best summer holidays i have ever had! Since then, i have visited Cape Byron at least once a year (always in summer and once in springtime). It has never failed to disppoint and always maintained a high level of cleanliness,...
Backpackers Inn- Byron Bay
"… which has everyone meeting at the central courtyard next to the pool, provides an awesome atmosphere where many friendships begin. This coupled with the huge grassy backyard make it the ultimate place to hang. A large clean communal kitchen, TV/Video room with ESPN and Fox Sports, laundry, plus games area and lounge room finish the touches for all a traveller needs. Our motto at The BPI is to “Chillax” – this is a combination of...
Nomads Byron Bay Backpackers
"More Sydney than Byron bay - Nomads is the newest and also by far most expensive hostel in Byron bay. Sadly it's not the best. Way to big and absolute no feeling of Byron bay at all. Staff and guests are not that friendly and "chilled" as Byron bay is famous for. This is a typical Sydney hostel placed in Byron bay only to make money." … "I moved out quick! - if you want to get woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning by drunken guys...
"Well, what can I say? It definitely ROCKS!!! This is the best place to be living and working, for sure. The staff absolutely rules!" … "This hostel just rocks... nothing but beautiful rooms, nice bar, clean kitchen and friendly, helpful staff. Very central and close to the beach!!!" … "Aquarius is the best on hostel in oz! It's chill but always a party, clean comfortable and wicked welcoming staff!" … "Absolute Beauty! -...
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...
Byron Bay Bunkhouse
"Nice people, very clean rooms and very relaxed. Loved the pancake breakfast!" … "Great hospitality. I felt at home, far from my home...Italia!" … "I had a fantastic stay here. It's probably one of the best hostels I've stayed in. The staff were friendly and helpful, and most importantly, it was clean. Is that old hippie guy still there? I can't remember his name. A great stay." … "There's no swimming pool, but the...
"Belongil Beachouse is a relaxed hide-out that allows travellers to escape the crowds typically found at the more well-known backpackers in Byron Bay. In this regard, the guests tend to be slightly more mature but there is still fun atmosphere nonetheless. Most guests are between the age of 20-25, although the hostel consistently attracts alternative lifestyle travellers in the 35+ age range. Located on Belongil Beach, the hostel is a...
Backpackers Inn on the Beach
"Byron Bay has a relaxed, social atmosphere which is also present in this hostel. The hostel is quite large with numerous facilities including a volleyball court, pool table, small swimming pool, and direct access onto Byron Bays main beach. Backpackers Inn on the Beach is situated about a ten minute walk from the coach stop, however the hostel does provide shuttle buses at certain times throughout the day. The hostel has a real party...
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...
Middle Reef Beach House
"Middle Reef Beach House is a very nice place to stay in Byron Bay. The location on a quiet street is excellent -- less than ten minutes' walk from the bus stop where the Greyhound buses drop you, fifteen minutes from the train station, and less than ten minutes' walk from the main beach and the town centre. There are two buildings with nice common areas. The owner is very helpful. For instance, if you have a laptop with wireless connection...
Byron Springs Guest House
"Byron Springs may be a little far from the center of the city (around 25 minutes of walking), but this hostel is perfect for relaxing a couple of days. The atmosphere is very friendly and the owner really puts guests at ease. The building is not particularly new nor old, and it is well maintained. The common areas are large and are comprised of a kitchen, a lounge, and a garden. The kitchen is well-equipped, with conventional and...
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...
Baystay Bed & Breakfast
"… comfortable and clean guestrooms, your stay will be relaxing and enjoyable. Fridge, BBQ and cooking facilities available in rooms. Baystay has a budget annex at 118 Bangalow Rd. Different Location. The annex is 20 minutes walk to town and 10 minutes walk to Tallow Beach but is clean and very comfortable and self catering for the budget conscious. This property supports Intrepid Foundation, World Vision, Amnesty International,...
"… accomodation, located only 2 km from the heart of Byron Bay. Set amoungst the Lilly Pilly nature reserve this peaceful, rainforest, non-smoking Studio provides a double room with queen bed, ensuite and private deck in a tropical garden setting. Kitchenette, bench top oven and hot plate, lounge, TV, DVD, and laundry facilities available. Guests are welcome to use the complementry bikes provided to explore the local area, just a...
"Treetops House offers simple but cozy accommodation, nestled in unique forest environment located only 2km from the heart of Byron Bay. Set amongst the Lilly Pilly nature reserve this peaceful, non-smoking two bedroom town house provides a peaceful environment with two double rooms, one with an ensuite and balcony. This is a fully equipped town house with all living amenities available, kitchen, lounge/dinning, TV, DVD and laundry...
Byron Beach Resort
"Byron Beach Resort is the NEW name & all new management team of the former Belongli Beach House. In keeping with our vision for a 'Beach Resort' management are hoping to ensure your stay at Byron Beach Resort is an 'Experience' across all levels. Being the only Byron Bay Hostel & Resort with direct beach access we're also only a 10-15 minute walk along the beach from the main city centre. The Belongli beach area is also a much...
"With a private path to the golden sands of the beach and a two minute walk to the centre of town, Wollongbar Motel is the perfect venue to relax and enjoy the peaceful side of Byron Bay. Wollongbar Motel is friendly, clean and quiet. Features include: Clean, quiet, spacious rooms. Direct beach access. Continental Breakfast Available. An outdoor saltwater pool. Large BBQ area with complimentary utensils and condiments. Off street...
Byron Bay Rainforest Resort
"The owners are back in charge now after a babybreak, so the previous "managers" are gone. Murray (owner) and David (manager) are friendly and helpful without being pushy. I found the cabin we stayed in roomy, clean, and tidy, the reverse cycle aircon was as welcome for chilly nifghts as I'm sure it will be for hot summer days! The bathroom was clean and roomy, (thanks to design for wheelchairs I think), the shower hot, and the best absorbent...
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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