City Guide Byron Bay, Australia

Visiting Byron Bay

Home to sufers and those who enjoy the alternative lifestyle, Byron Bay is also home to both hippies backpackers. With numerous beaches, national parks, and one of the country’s most famous walks, it isn’t hard to see how those who stop here find it hard to leave. Situated 800kms north of Sydney, it is usually the first or last stop on the itinerary for those travelling on the east coast of Australia, depending on which you way you are going.

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Byron Bay City Reviews

  • 100%


    Cool, chilled, hippie style party town. Visit Nimbin - village and the lighthouse. Go surfing, relax on the beach and look for some dolphins and whales ! Lots of packpackers - didn't see that as a bad thing though.

  • 80%


    Byron Bay

    There's plenty to do in Byron Bay, from surfing to sky diving or just simply chilling at the beach. Also walking to the lighthouse going to Australia's most easterly point where you can see most of the gold coast from miles away is spectacular. A place I didn't really want to leave.

    Insider Tip:If you go on a night out then you have to go to cheeky monkeys as it's simply the best! It's cheap, they pick you from your hostel, food for only $5! Drinking games and more. A simply must for any partygoers!

  • 50%


    Superb place...

    Really lovely place on the East coast - definitely a place to visit for a couple of days. Not the biggest place ever so wouldn't spend a crazy amount of time there but great beach, funny bars, and really good backpacker feel.

  • 90%


    Byron Bay, the place where to go and where to stay

    Byron Bay is definitively THE place to visit ! It is wonderful ! The beaches are so nice, with good music and a real natural environment. After taking a bath, you can walk in the natural park and see the magic lighthouse. You can make some shopping and enjoy a busy night life. Do not hesitate, Byron Bay is the place you have to go and even i advise you to spend there a few days, it is worth.

  • 60%


    Cool and Hippie....

    The town itself is so peaceful and relaxing. Lots of hippie vibe around the town. But things are quite expensive around here. So be warned.

    Insider Tip:You might want to have extra cash in hand to be here even in backpackers hostel.

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Sydney is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Travelling north, the next city is Brisbane which is also worth a visit en route to Cairns. And with a hippified town and commercialised city in between, the trip between Sydney and Brisbane is one of the most varied in Oz.

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