- Escape guide to Byron Bay -
Located at the most easterly point of the country’s coast, Byron Bay’s glass-clear beaches, secluded hideaways, vibrant restaurant scene and day-trip worthy surrounds make a favourite of those wishing to get away. You won't want to leave!
Unwind in mainland Australia's easternmost town. It's home to excellent beaches, lush rainforests, great regional dining and new-age retreats.even just for a weekend.Mainland Australia's easternmost town is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative lifestyles and hedonistic pursuits.
This tiny café hidden away at the Byron Bay Holiday Park offers a pretty setup: think 70s decor, vintage ceramics, whitewashed walls, hanging greenery and recycled wood.
The menu is plant-based and really delicious. You’ll be so distracted by choosing which breakfast bowl (like the organic quinoa, grapefruit, garden greens, coconut scrambled egg) to pair with which latte. Pick a sunny spot outside to catch those first morning rays or nab an Instagram-worthy table on the front porch near the wall of log ends.
1/399 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
The Top Shop
A tiny nook on the outskirts of town, The Top Shop is a well loved destination for breakfast. Grab yourself a drink, then relax and recline on the grass outside to blend right in with other smoothie-sipping locals. Here you’ll find muesli and baked treats, great coffee, cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
Fresh and seasonal, Bayleaf is one of Byron’s coolest and most delicious cafés in town. The dukkah poached eggs, the summer porridge and oh the coconut cold drip. We recommend an early breakfast (before the lines start!) followed by a dip down the road at main beach. The vibe here is seriously Byron: relaxed, bustling and attentive staff that treat you like a best friend, locally roasted coffee, good tunes pumping on the sound system, and an indoor/outdoor breezy space to people watch, be merry and while away the day.
2 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
Just a 20 minute drive from Byron sits Newrybar, a town one part sleepy and two parts lovely. Harvest is a foodie institution here and packed with all the coolest Northern NSW locals. Harvest serves up organic, local fare, with ingredients sourced from the surrounding hinterland. If you can score a table, consider yourself lucky, otherwise grab a coffee and an artisanal pastry to enjoy in the kitchen garden.
There’s also a Harvest general store next door, where you can find locally made produce, breads baked on site and a also a cheese room.
Go for lunch and explore the surrounding area for the rest of the day.
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar Village
One of the most exclusive destinations.The food is sophisticated, as one would expect from this infamous eatery with the iconic hotel overlooking one of Byron’s most beautiful beaches: Wategos. This is where you come for elegant seafood dishes, divine desserts and exceptional wine. The cocktails are excellent and tend toward modern twists on the classics. Rae’s is the ultimate location for a long lunch so make the most of Byron’s beautiful weather and do lunch while watching the Dolphins and surfers make the most of the crystal clear waters of Wategos beach.
6-8 Marine Pde, Byron Bay
St Elmo Dining Room & Bar
On the finer side of dining, St Elmo is a highlight of Byron Bay’s dinner scene. Serving up Spanish tapas and shared plates. With a creative mix of flavours, textures and combinations you won't be disappointed. Drinks reach the same high standard as the food. The wine menu features more than 100 Australian and international.
22 Fletcher Street & Lawson Lane, Byron Bay
Located in one of Byron Bay's last remaining historical buildings in the centre of Byron. Think tropical palms, alcoves replete with mid-century modernist furniture and lots of whitewashed walls.
The Balcony is THE place to watch Byron’s spectacular sunsets with a glass of bubbles or cocktail and plate of freshly shucked oysters. The deck is the perfect place to make the most of Byron’s balmy nights by securing one of the outdoor tables or on the daybeds with their views out to the hinterland.
Jonson St & Lawson Lane, Byron Bay
The Mez Club
Beautifully laid out eatery and bar with it’s white-washed walls reminiscent of balinese holidays and summer vibes. With floor to ceiling doors that open up to bring the outside in, the space makes the most of Byron’s balmy weather. Tables are laid out to encourage shared dining with alcoves for a more personal experience.
This is the cocktail bar of the moment with excellent drinks list and pumping vibe!
4/85-87 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Treehouse on Belongil
This Byron Institution hidden in a leafy jungle is a great value. The crowd is always a pleasant, the retro-kitsch décor lovely and wood-fired oven pizzas divine! Also the original cocktails, breezy indoor/outdoor dining and live music all contribute to a “very Byron Bay” ambience.
Good tunes and buzzing atmosphere guarantee.
25 Childe St, Byron Bay
Treehouse on Plantation
The perfect cosy and luxury getaway, literally minutes away from town, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The stunning pool house is perfect to relax and chill. Breakfast at the Treehouse [the other super laid back local hotspot run by the same owners] was a treat every morning. The location, the attention to detail, the tastefully designed interiors, the ridiculously fluffy bed, make your stay a dream. If you can book room #4 if it's free, it's got a private access and deck overlooking the pool.
66 Plantation Dr, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
The Atlantic Byron Bay
This home away from home is the perfect lifestyle hotel. The perfect combination of location and style surrounded by swaying palm trees and the sound of the ocean. Located in the heart of Byron Bay with cafes, shops and white sandy beaches all steps from your deck. Soak up the sun on the lawn, hide under a palm tree and enjoy the balmy evenings by the fire pit. Atlantic Byron hides deep in the gardens an American Airstream popular for chic "camping"
13 Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Cactus Rose Villa
This leafy oasis seems coming straight from the pages of a magazine. The beautifully decorated retreat is the perfect base in Byron Bay, located only a short walk to shops and beaches and the cherry on the cake is the private solar-heated pool surrounded by white pebbles, tropical palms and desert cacti. With Aztec vibes you feel like your are in Central America. If the afternoon sun becomes too much, simply pop downstairs to the outdoor shower, made private with bamboo screenings, then dry off on one of the sunloungers in the shade.
The light and airy open-plan living room features a giant welcoming couch and the galley-style kitchen is fully equipped and well designed. For outdoor dining, the covered entertaining deck with natural timber decking is large and private, and catches the evening breeze, while the attic-feel bedroom offers a king bed covered in natural fibre sheets and blankets, and hanging mosquito netting.
You can't go wrong!
15 Browning St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Walk to the Byron Bay lighthouse
Pack your most comfortable shoes and get moving. This 3.7-kilometre loop gives you a more spectacular perspective on the scenery you glimpsed from Main Beach. You’ll pass through rainforest gullies, above beaches, across open grassy areas and along sheer cliff faces, taking in the legendary Byron Bay Lighthouse on the way. Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and during winter, whales. The panoramic coffee at the top is great reward!
Byron Bay’s hinterland sister, Bangalow is a charming little town with a reputation for great cafés, homewares and a laid-back hinterland atmosphere — think Byron Bay but 10-15 years ago. Try out Woods café and Town Restaurant for food, and boutiques Bisque and Johansen are our picks for shopping.
Indulge yourself: Comma
Comma in Byron Bay is a modern day-spa with a difference. As its name implies, Comma is more than a massage, it's a reminder to slow down and relax. Comma belongs on your Byron Bay bucket list.
7A/11 Banksia Dr, Byron Bay NSW 2481