An awesome laid back surfer town just south of the Gold Coast, Byron Bay was our favourite small town in Australia. The beaches were massive and relaxing, the shops were cute and quirky and the scenery was spectacular. Make sure to spend some time on the Lighthouse Walk along the ocean cliffs, and try your skill at surfing the renowned swells.
How to Get There
We travelled from Surfer’s Paradise to Byron Bay on our Hop On/Hop Off Greyhound Bus and it took about three hours. Keep in mind that there might be a time difference between Queensland and New South Wales, as Queensland does not observe Daylight Savings whereas New South Wales does. We were able to walk from our bus stop to our hostel as the main area of town is not very big.
We also travelled between Byron Bay and Sydney which was a 14 hour trip (we took a night bus). The bus drops you at central station, where you’re able to get on a train easily to almost any destination in Sydney.
Where to Stay
- Aquarius Backpackers – We had somehow still not adapted to the fact that we needed to book ahead to get a good/cheap room in Australia. There aren’t many nice hostels in Byron Bay, especially considering the amount of people they accommodate during high season, so book ahead. We were lucky enough to snag a semi-private double room for $75 AUS at Aquarius. The room was simple, though it did not have a fan and it got pretty hot. It was within a dorm room, which was nice because we had our privacy but also had the social aspect. We shared the bathroom with the dorm room. The hostel itself was nice, though more of a party hostel than we were used to. There was a pool (it was really dirty) and a cool hammock hang out area on the roof. Our favourite perk was that there was a free dinner included in the price of our room, as long as we made it to the restaurant between 7-8pm. Though it wasn’t great, we were super down for any kind of free food.
What to Do
- Lighthouse Walk – A 3-4km walk along the beaches and oceanside cliffs just outside of town, this hike is a great way to spend the day. On our trek we saw dolphins playing in the waves and lizards lounging in the sun, made it to the eastern most point of mainland Australia and saw the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse. Stay tuned for a full post of our hike coming soon!
- Surf – Byron Bay is a renowned surfing location, for both beginners and pros. There are lots of shops that offer lessons and board rentals, just take a walk through town and search for a good deal!
- Shopping – There are lots of cool souvenir shops in the main part of town, as well as surf shops, trinket shops and aboriginal shops with beautifully decorated items. Spend some time wandering around and see what you find.
Where to Eat
- Beloporto Burger Bar – Located in Feros Arcade near the corner of Johnson and Lawson, this burger bar makes some amazing burgers. For $10 you’ll get a great meal you can take away and enjoy on the beach.
- The Pass Cafe – A small cafe near Captain Cook Lookout and The Pass Beach along the Lighthouse Walk, this cafe was surprisingly good. Not to mention it’s meals were cheaper than almost anything you’ll find in town. It’s only open until 12:30pm though so make sure you plan accordingly!
- In the Pink – A gelatto joint on Johnson cured our cravings for some ice cream. Large portions and unique flavours (Alex got toblerone!) really hit the spot.
- Arts Factory – Attached to Byron Bay Brewery, we learnt about this place after making friends in our dorm. It’s a 20 min walk from the main part of town, but definitely worth a try. There are multiple Byron Bay beers on tap to try for reasonable prices, and cover is $5. The bar has an inside stage area for the band, a main bar area as well as a large outside area to chill in. We went on Reggae Night and the band was atrocious, but we still had a ton of fun.