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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...
Cape Byron Lodge
"BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD - in my eyes this place is the best place ive ever been, i lived here for 10 months from may 6th 2009 - march 3rd 2010! i had the best time of my life, the bus left on time most of the time if not then a minute or two out, granted its not spotless but thats what makes it and gives it the atmosphere it has. its just relaxed and chilled out. yes theres alot of weed smoked but oh well, get on with it, nimbins up the road....
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
"This is the best hostel I ever stayed in. Except for that one of the staff was not very friendly, and that the pool is unaccessible for a part of the day because it's filled with scuba divers (what's with that?), this hostel is excellent. It's very clean, in good condition, wonderful places to hang around. I would highly recommend this hostel." … "This hostel was really good. The rooms were clean, as were the bathrooms and the kitchen....
"Aquarius is the best on hostel in oz! It's chill but always a party, clean comfortable and wicked welcoming staff!" … "Absolutely loved it!!! The atmosphere was awesome, the people were great fun, the guys were hot, and the rooms and facilities were gorgeous! I'm definitely going back; this was the best hostel we could have stayed in." … "Well if all my fellow Aquarius chumps are gonna get a quote on this page I will have to as...
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...
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." … "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." … "This...
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
"… room can accommodate up to 3 people, guest can request for an extra bed for an additional charge payable at the property. A variety of dorms from four to six bed dorms, both single & mixed dorms for travelling couples. All of the six bed dorms have connecting en-suite bathrooms shared between two dorms. The four bed dorms are close by the shared communal Bathrooms and Kitchen. Sheets, Blankets and pillows are all provided....
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...
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...
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...
"… 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...
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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