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Stay near Byron Bay's top sights

Cape Byron Lighthouse402 locals recommend
Cape Byron State Conservation Area3 locals recommend
Byron Bay530 locals recommend
Elements of Byron33 locals recommend
Belongil Beach73 locals recommend
Byron Bay Dive Centre25 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Byron Bay

  • Total rentals

    1.4K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    79K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    850 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    250 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    500 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    360 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Byron Bay

All About Byron Bay

Located in the northern reaches of New South Wales along Australia’s easternmost shores, Byron Bay is known for its sparkling blue waters, golden sand, and monster surf breaks. This coastal community has long been a destination for wave riders and, in the 1960s, people looking to explore alternative ways of living. Today, the area is more developed and attracts everyone from celebrities to families with its laid-back vibe and world-famous beaches. It’s also a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, who make the two-hour drive south. Explore miles of shoreline with dolphins frolicking off the coast or hike inland in the Whian Whian State Conservation Area with its tranquil waterfalls, towering cliffs, and dense forests. Back in town, the palm-lined streets host a weekly farmers market with local produce, regional coffee, and ready-to-eat meals.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Byron Bay

Keep in mind that seasonal weather patterns in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite those in North America. The warm summer months range from December through February, while the winters begin in June and run to August. However, subtropical weather patterns and seasonal variations in Byron Bay are incredibly mild, with warm, pleasant conditions for most of the year. Even at the height of winter, temperatures remain warm during the day — though they sometimes get brisk at night, so you’ll want to pack a few layers if visiting during this time. Rain is also a constant in the area — don't forget a light, waterproof shell — with the driest months coming in the winter and a moderate increase in precipitation during the summer. With the town attracting such a wide array of travelers and their varied interests, there are a plethora of festivals throughout the year, ranging from a music festival in April to the Latin Fiesta and surf festivals in February.

Top things to do in Byron Bay

Tyagarah Nature Reserve

Rare and endangered ecologies ranging from inland rainforest floodplains to coastal saltmarshes and several miles of vast, golden beaches run through the Tyagarah Reserve. Located just a few minutes north of Byron Bay, this easily accessible park has several options for swimming, water sports, and hiking. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, ospreys, and wallabies in the dense tropical forests.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Sitting on the easternmost prominence of the Australian continent, Byron Bay Lighthouse is more than 100 years old, and classified as a maritime heritage site. Take a ranger-guided walk of the grounds, check out the on-site museum, and climb the tower for some of eastern Australia's most spectacular ocean vistas.

Belongil Beach

One of the lesser-known strips of sand near Byron Bay, this 1.5-mile long beach has plenty of room for spreading out and taking in the sun. Its long easy breaks make this a popular attraction for surfers who want to get away from the busier beaches. Locals refer to the area as the Wreck, named for the half-submerged ship sunk off the coast that’s visible from shore. The wreck site is also a popular diving and snorkeling spot.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Byron Bay?

    Byron Bay features a comfortable subtropical climate with relatively consistent temperatures year-round. Summers, which occur from December to February, can reach up to 86°F (30°C), while winters, from June to August, are cooler with temperatures around 68°F (20°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Byron Bay?

    Byron Bay has activities such as hiking to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, surfing at the Main Beach, or taking part in a local cooking class. Also, wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Arakwal National Park for bird watching.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Byron Bay?

    Byron Bay experiences steady tourism throughout the year, however, the most popular time to visit is from December to February during the Australian summer. During this time, the Byron Bay Bluesfest, a five-day international music festival, takes place. In September, visitors also enjoy the Byron Bay International Film Festival, which showcases diverse and innovative films from around the world.

  • What are the best places to stay in Byron Bay?

    Popular areas to stay in Byron Bay include the town centre for its accessibility to shopping and dining, Wategos Beach for its peaceful atmosphere, or Suffolk Park for its proximity to both the beach and the town.

  • What are the best places to visit in Byron Bay?

    People often visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland Australia, and the Byron Bay Markets for local crafts and food. Moreover, the Tallow Beach and the Arakwal National Park are also frequently explored locations.

  • What are some hiking trails in Byron Bay?

    The Cape Byron Walking Track, which leads to the lighthouse, is a popular trail. Further afield, the Three Sisters Walking Track in Broken Head Nature Reserve, and the Minyon Falls walking track in Nightcap National Park, are also often recommended.

  • What are some family activities to do in Byron Bay?

    Families in Byron Bay can enjoy a picnic at Apex Park, a snorkelling session at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, or a visit to the Macadamia Castle, which has an animal park. The Byron Bay Toy Library is also a fun place for children to explore.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Byron Bay?

    Day trips can include exploring the Cape Byron Lighthouse, visiting the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, or going on a whale-watching tour. Alternatively, take a short drive to the nearby town of Bangalow for a blend of heritage charm and modern style.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Byron Bay?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 360 vacation rentals in Byron Bay featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Byron Bay?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Byron Bay. Choose from more than 250 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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