Location Information

Byron Bay has been a holiday destination for over 100 years blessed with a temperate sub-tropical climate, natural geographic features and versatile community.

Cape Byron was named after Vice Admiral John Byron by Captain Cook, who described the Bay and the significance of Mount Warning in the distance being visible from the Cape to Point Danger to the North during his Endeavour voyage in 1770.

Today Cape Byron is home to Australia’s largest working lighthouse and Byron Bay is known for its relaxed beach lifestyle and eclectic array of restaurants, boutiques, farmer’s market and colourful community market.

The Northern Rivers area is characterised by green rolling hills, white sandy beaches and dotted with quaint coastal and country towns: Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Newrybar, Alstonville and Lismore.

When visiting Byron Bay embrace the outdoor lifestyle of this beautiful part of the world. Suggested activities options include surfing, sea-kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, whale/dolphin watching, bush walking, ballooning and skydiving.

Beaches around Byron are numerous and each has its own unique allure.

Beaches of Byron

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Belongil Beach is on the North side of town with views across the bay to the Lighthouse and out to Julian Rocks. Belongil is a favourite for dog walkers, surfing and easy access to town via the beach.

The Wreck located just north of main beach is less than a hundred metres off shore and is a popular snorkelling and dive site and known for a fast surfing wave.

Main Beach is located in front of the Surf Life Saving club and is patrolled all year round, ideal for swimming and easy access to parks, shops and restaurants along the beachfront.

Clarke’s Beach is further along main Beach towards the lighthouse and is a great place to picnic and swim with children as lagoons often form at various times of the year.

The Pass is a very popular beach area with picnic areas, rainforest walk and a long surf break from the point all the way down to Clarke’s. Many of the dive tours launch from this area, there is an elevated public BBQ area that overlooks the beach, so plan for an early breakfast in this highly sought after spot!

Watego’s Beach is a small cove positioned below the lighthouse and home to some of Byron’s most exclusive luxury properties. This protected cove is a favourite with malibu riders. There is a small picnic area and access to the lighthouse walk, with stairs and steep incline in forms part of the daily fitness regimen for many locals.

Tallow’s Beach on the south side of the lighthouse stretches all the way to Broken Head and is an expansive open ocean beach. Cosy Corner at the northernmost end offers protection from the northerly winds and is recommended for the experienced surfer. Further along this stretch is Suffolk Park where a number of beachfront properties are available for holiday accommodation, dog walking area and small village community with local pub, bakery, cafes and Spar, a convenient small grocer. The beach is patrolled in front of the Suffolk Park Caravan Park during school holidays.

Broken Head is the next headland south of the Lighthouse and doorway to the lesser known back beaches such as Kings Beach, White’s Beach and the northern end of Seven Mile Beach.

Getting There

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Travelling to Byron Bay and beyond is easy with airports located at Coolangatta and Ballina. Coolangatta, approximately 100 km to the north has both domestic and international terminals and Ballina, just 30 km to the south has regular flights from all capital cities via Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Rex Regional Express. The sunny Queensland Gold Coast is famous for Australia’s premier theme parks; Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet n Wild, Warner Brothers Movie World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Brisbane airport is approximately 200 km north of Byron and is serviced by 32 different Airlines fly in to Australia everyday including American Airlines, Delta, Singapore Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Air France, Etihad, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas to name a few. Airport transfers are available from all 3 airports to Byron Bay CBD.

To really experience the Northern Rivers we recommend hiring a car during your stay. Take the road less travelled and create your own unique itinerary to explore neighbouring towns and attractions. Families enjoy visiting Ballina’s Waterslides, Alstonville has Amaze N Place and Summerland House. Knockrow is home to Macadamia Castle where you can see kangaroos, emus, wombats, pet a rabbit, feed the lambs and goats, watch the kids play miniature golf. Pack a picnic or grab a snack at the café.

Shopaholics will enjoy browsing the quaint boutiques in Bangalow or the make it, bake it, grow it markets style community markets. Foodies can experience a range of diverse cuisines in Byron and beyond with many innovative award winning restaurants and cafes specialising in locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Byron Bay is also known for its music scene with live music most nights at the Northern Hotel, Beach Hotel and Buddha Bar. Internationally renowned music festivals include the East Coast Blues Festival and Splendour in the Grass both founded in Byron Bay over a decade ago. They attract many international acts and crowds from around the globe. Byron Bay offers unparalleled natural beauty, a seaside rural vibe and an eclectic blend of adventurous nomads from around the world!