About Byron Bay

Byron Bay is famous for its natural bounty. Rich in spectacular beaches, lush rainforest hinterlands, great coastal flavours and a bohemian community, Byron Bay is Australia’s most iconic lifestyle destination. This charming town is situated on Cape Byron in the northeastern corner of New South Wales. The town stands on the ancient grounds of the Bundjalung Nation of the Arakwal, Minjungbal and the Widjabul people who have been living there for about 20,000 years.

Once upon a time, Byron Bay was a hippie town, attracting backpackers and seachangers. Surfers, artists, craftspersons and musicians also flocked into the small town. These locals never really left, but were joined by newcomers who set up modern restaurants, craft breweries, and homegrown fashion labels. The town is perfect for tourists seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and a holistic approach to well- being as it has a plethora of yoga studios, wellness centres, and spas.

People visit Byron Bay to surf and enjoy its beaches, to go eco cruising, to snorkel in Cape Byron Marine Park and to explore the abundant rainforest. The waters of Byron Bay are blessed with abundant marine life such as fish, corals, sharks, rays, etc.

Offering unique and natural experiences that capture the essence of coastal living, Byron Bay has become a sought-after destination for tourists from all over the world.

Byron Bay Cruise Experiences

River Cruises

2 Cruises

From $70

Dolphin Watching cruises

1 Cruise

From $95

Whale Watching Cruises

1 Cruise

From $129

Featured Cruises

4 Cruises

Byron Bay Adventure Whale Watching Cruise

Byron Bay’s only whale-watching tour led by an expert marine biologist (June to Oct). Exciting Humpback encounters & hydrophone to hear whale songs.

Duration 2hr

From $129

Byron Bay Morning Eco Rainforest Cruise

Experience the best of Brunswick River onboard a fascinating river cruise offering glimpses of the area’s history, environment, culture and more

Duration 2hr

From $70

Byron Bay Dolphin Cruise

An unforgettable dolphin cruise in Byron Bay, which gives you the chance to see the Bottlenose Dolphins and learn from an expert marine biologist

Duration 1hr

From $95

Brunswick Heads Eco Sunset River Cruise

Wonderful rainforest sunset cruise on Brunswick River on board the ‘Jasmine’ offering informative commentary, selection of drinks etc.

Duration 2hr

From $95

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Know Before You Go

Best Time To Visit

As Byron Bay is a coastal town, it has enjoyable weather throughout the year. If you are into surfing, paddleboarding or any other water sports, December to February is a great time to visit the town. To avoid crowds, visit during Autumn (March to May).

Or visit anytime between September and November when it is Spring in Byron Bay for clear sunny days with nearly no rainfall. If you enjoy swimming or surfing in cold water, winter time that falls between June to August is perfect.

Public Holidays

National Public Holidays:
Sunday, 1 January: New Year's Day
Monday, 2 January: Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
Thursday, 26 January: Australia Day
Friday, 7 April: Good Friday
Saturday, 8 April: Day following Good Friday
Sunday, 9 April: Easter Sunday
Monday, 10 April: Easter Monday
Tuesday, 25 April: Anzac Day
Monday, 25 December: Christmas Day
Tuesday, 26 December: Boxing Day

Other public holidays declared by the state and territory governments:

New South Wales
Monday, 12 June: King's Birthday
Monday, 2 October: Labour Day

Events & Festivals

Byron Bay Bluesfest (April)
The Byron Bay Bluesfest is an Australian music festival that takes place annually over the Easter weekend ever since it was first held in 1990. Many national as well as international Blues and Roots artists perform at the festival, making it one of the world’s popular contemporary music festivals.

Splendour in the Grass
Splendour in the Grass is regarded as Australia’s biggest winter festival. It began as a boutique one day festival in 2001 and has now become a grand three-day affair featuring talented artists from all over the world.

Byron Bay Surf Festival
Byron Bay Surf Festival is perfect for fans of the sport. The festival celebrates the surf culture in the past as well as the current wave. The fun event works towards bringing surfers and surf enthusiasts together while focusing on sustainability, education and innovation.


In Byron Bay, choose whether you want to stay in the lively areas of the town, or near the breathtaking beaches, or the serene hinterlands. If you are in the town for a longer period, apartments and holiday houses are good choices. Ranging from luxury lodges in the hills of Byron Bay to Bohemian backpacker hostels near the beaches, there are plenty of options. Analyse your needs and choose something that fits you.


As Byron Bay has people coming in from all parts of the world to enjoy its unparalleled natural bounty, the dining scene in the town is very diverse. The region offers a wide range of culinary options, with a particular emphasis on local cuisine prepared with fresh, high-quality farm produce. Look out for cosy beachfront cafes, restaurants serving interesting vegetarian and vegan options, and several diners that focus on international cuisines.


Commuting in Byron Bay is convenient and hassle-free. You can find several companies that offer airport transfers in the town. Buses are fast, feasible, and reliable. There are also plenty of options if you need to hire a car or a bicycle. Avail the taxi services available and travel comfortably in taxi cabs, limousines, and mini buses.

Byron Bay Tourist Information

Public Conveniences

Byron Bay has all the necessary amenities to make your stay in the town smooth and comfortable. You can easily find public toilets, ATMs, and recharge stations in the town. When it comes to medical services, Byron Bay is well-equipped with facilities to cater to the healthcare needs of both residents and visitors.

Shopping & Market Hours

Byron Bay offers a thriving shopping scene. The town has a lively local fashion culture nurtured by homegrown designers. Shop chic bohemian-inspired designs, beachwear, and other pieces that reflect the town’s laid-back coastal vibes. You can also find many local labels that promise top notch homewares. Byron Bay regularly hosts markets that offer everything from handmade crafts to vintage treasures to local produce.

Medical Services

Byron Bay has efficient hospitals, medical centres and clinics that provide a range of services, including general medical, emergency assistance, and care for children. Visit Byron Central Hospital, Ballina District Hospital, Lismore Base Hospitals, etc. in case of a medical emergency. The town has plenty of well-stocked pharmacies as well.