Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay
The relaxed beach town filled with surfers and easy-going locals of Byron Bay is one of the best places to chill out, switch off and truly relax. Our guide to Byron Bay will help you plan your next trip!
Camping & Caravanning
Get the camp gear ready, or pack up the caravan because there’s nothing like camping steps away from the pristine beaches of Byron Bay. Suffolk Campgrounds and Ingenia Holidays are more than well equipped for whatever your style is! Powered and unpowered sites, cabins, caravan sites and more the only choice is which part of the beach you want to enjoy!
Luxury & Budget Friendly Resorts
Of course, sometimes when going on a holiday you want to kick back without having to pitch a tent and sleep on a luxurious mattress instead. Luckily, Byron Bay being a coastal town that relies on tourism, there are resorts aplenty! If you’re looking to escape into luxury and elevate your stay, Cape Byron Retreat is exactly what you’re after. And if you’re seeking something a little more budget-friendly that doesn’t compromise your comfort, Outrigger Bay is definitely the place to check out!
Things To Do
Beach & Surfing
The iconic beaches are beautiful, patrolled by extremely capable Aussie lifeguards, and are a fantastic place to learn to surf. With over 15km of beach to choose from, it’s not surprising that Byron Bay is a must-visit for anyone who loves the ocean or relaxing on the beach! Bring the kids for a swim, the doggos, or try out surfing with the extremely skilled team at Soul Surf School.
As Australia’s most Easterly point, the Cape Byron Lighthouse has quite a fascinating story with shipwrecks, working throughout the 1900s and being one of the best places to see whales. The Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful places in Byron Bay, we’re sure you’ve seen the multitudes of Instagram photos. We recommend you go early in the morning and enjoy the sunrise over the lighthouse. Check out the lighthouse on your own, or book a 20-minute guided tour with one of the knowledgeable volunteers, and definitely make sure you have a look through the museum. You can also do the Cape Byron walking track, a 3.7km track through rainforest, clifftops and gives you unparalleled views of the water and the hinterland.
Byron Bay’s infamous Farmers Market is one of the best ways to connect and meet the lovely, lively Byron locals. A bustling market space filled with local produce and stalls, the markets are loved by tourists and locals alike. After a rough few months losing most of the tourist community, know that you are helping support the local Byron Bay community if you pop by.
If you want a break from the beach and are looking to head inland, The Farm is the place to check out. You can enjoy a self-guided tour through the 80 acres coming across their beautiful Scottish Highland Cows (the fluffy ones!), pigs, macadamia trees and more! Their little restaurant (cafe and produce store) the Three Blue Ducks uses mostly produce from The Farm and will make sure that everything else they use is sustainable and ethically sourced. The Farm is free to explore and will not disappoint the kids nor the adults!
Check out our trip to The Farm here.
Need to Know
If you choose to camp whilst enjoying the stunning area of Byron Bay, make sure that you have booked your campsite prior to arriving.
Anyone can enter New South Wales unless they have travelled to Victoria in the last 14 days. You must comply with the states own entry requirements. If at any point you start displaying symptoms, each state requires for you to get tested immediately.
When travelling from Queensland to New South Wales you’ll need a Queensland Border Declaration Pass, you can apply for a pass here.
South Australia requires all returning travellers to not travel through Victoria and to register their intention to travel, you can do so here.
ACT currently doesn’t have any forms needed to fill out, just make sure you keep up to date with New South Wales’s alerts.
Western Australia is currently not allowing people who have travelled to NSW back into the state unless you are essential personnel.
Anyone arriving in Northern territory must fill in a border form and if you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot are required to quarantine for 14 days.
Tasmania’s borders are closed for recreational travellers currently but they are talking about opening up in October – here’s hoping!