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Byron's top reviewed accommodation on Booking.com

Byron is host to a wide variety of accommodation options, booking.com collects reviews from people that have actually stayed at each property, here's a snapshot of Byron's best reviewed accommodation.

Brunswick Heads Treetop Studio 

10 out of 10 (as of September 2019). The apartment features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a balcony with garden views.

Lily Pad at Byron Bay

10 out of 10 (as of September 2019). This light-filled accommodation features high ceilings and contemporary furnishings. The lounge area offers plush sofas and a flat-screen TV. The kitchen is well-equipped and includes a dishwasher and an oven.

Blackbird Luxury Accommodation

9.9 out of 10 (as of September 2019). Blackbird Luxury Accommodation in Mullumbimby provides adults-only accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, barbecue and a garden. Featuring room service and a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and luggage storage for guests.

Barefoot Lane - beach house

9.8 out of 10 (as of September 2019). This holiday home has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 4 bathrooms with a shower. The property has a sun terrace and garden with a barbecue.

Sundays at Byron

9.8 out of 10 (as of September 2019). A family run bed and breakfast. Take in green pastures, endless sky and blue ocean. The full 180º panorama includes Byron's iconic lighthouse, the beautiful coastline looking north to the Gold Coast and finally Mt Warning. 

KoKo's Beach Houses 1 and 2

9.8 out of 10 (as of September 2019). Stunning four bedroom, three bathroom, two level 'Beach Houses' featuring high quality furnishings and luxury appliances. Conveniently located a short walk to Belongil Beach and Byron Bay town centre.

Byron Bay Fly Over by photographer Luke Taylor

Recently I took a Helicopter ride over Byron Bay as part of a Canon Collective workshop that was held at Elements of Byron. The workshop was great & certainly gave us some pointers in the right direction for furthering our photography career's. Canon Australia provided me with the Helicopter flight as part of their promotion of the event & wasn't it epic. 

I have always wanted to see Byron from above & to photograph it at the same time was amazing.

The flight I took was with AIR T&G Helicopter Services located in Ballina, just near the Airport there. I carried two camera's with me, both Canon camera's, a 7D & a 5D Mark iii with a 17-40mm f/4 lens & a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens so that I could capture as much as possible. 

What a ride it was.

A shout out to my partner in photography for the day - David Hall Photography, we had a good time & we even won the last brief of the day, which was "Show Byron Bay as you've never seen it before". Thanks Dave for the good memories of the event & the good times + Beers ;-)

Some of these images are singles frames & some are Panorama's stitched together in Lightroom.

I'd like to express a big thanks to Canon Australia & Air T&G Helicopter Services for this opportunity.

See more of Luke Taylor's aka Surflife Australia Photography images via
Facebook; www.facebook.com/SurflifeAustraliaPhotography
Vimeo; vimeo.com/surflifeaustraliaphotog
Instagram; @slap_byronbay
Twitter; @slap_byronbay
 

Byron on sale - browse some winter specials

There are a range of Byron winter deals on offer, here's a few to inspire you...

Whales migrate north May through August and Byron Bay is an excellent spot for whale watching. Either from land on the beach or up at the lighthouse, or on a whale watching tour.

There are a range of markets in the Byron region each weekend + farmers markets during the week.

Winter temperatures typically reach a high of about 20°C and a low of about 12°C.

Beach House on Armstrong

5 Bedroom holiday house (Sleeps 11 - max. 8 adults) in Suffolk Park, just $1,700 for 7 nights in June.

Guest review "What a fantastic place! A week with the family, including parents AND the in-laws, and we all had a ball. The house is so well laid out that we all had room to spread out and not trip over each other." - Jodie

SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay

Escape the City with a 3 night romantic break & get some bounce back in your step.

Includes 3 nights in a bespoke S/C spa bath cabin or villa with a king bed, great views, serenity, side-by-side 90 minute massage, bottle of sparkling wine & late checkout

Prices for 2 people (n/a festivals/public holidays/school holidays) :-

$1,345 for a 3 night midweek escape

$1,495 for a 3 night weekend escape

Half Moon Cottage

A beautiful, light filled, self contained apartment with kitchen/living area, separate bedroom, bathroom, outdoor garden and courtyard. Located just a 2 min walk from Belongil Beach and 15 min walk from Byron’s town centre. Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to the sounds of birdsong.

Book direct with and receive an extra 10% off the already reduced rate!

Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Enjoy glorious Byron Bay in Winter, warm days and cool nights we have created a package to make the most of this stunning time of year, including a lunch  for two to sample our new Winter menu. From $908.

Package Inclusions: Two night’s accommodation in a Standard Suite, A two course set lunch for two in the restaurant, full breakfast for two daily in The Restaurant.

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

Absolute beachfront in Suffolk Park with a choice of cabins, camping, powered sites and their eco friendly safari style camping tents.

Book online or over phone for specials. Come in Sunday or Monday for midweek special, stay 4 nights, pay for 3. Or stay longer by staying 7 nights, but only paying for 6. 

The Byron Bay Triathlon

The Byron Bay Triathlon is back, and this year’s event is gearing up to be better than ever. 

Triathlon in Byron Bay is steeped in history and 2019 is its 24th year. The event runs a variety of distances from Olympic to Sprint and attracts around 1,200 competitors from many different countries. 

The Byron Bay Tri is regarded by many as one of the friendliest triathlons on the coast. Competitors in the Olympic distance enjoy a 1.5km ocean swim in the crystal clear, tranquil waters of Byron Bay; a 40km cycle through the CBD and out through the gently rolling hills to Suffolk Park; then top it all off with a run along the foreshore, under the picturesque Byron Bay Lighthouse.

It also signals as one of the last events on the QLD/NSW Triathlon calendar. As a result, it is often seen as an end of season party for many competitors with a big party on the Saturday night. Due to its fantastic location, many competitors also bring their family, stay for a long weekend and relax in the beautiful Byron Shire.

More information can be found on the Byron Bay Triathlon website - www.byronbaytri.com.au.
 

Most popular social media posts of 2018

We're pretty active across social media, we like posting and sharing a wide variety of images in order to best showcase the Byron region. Looking back over 2018, here are some of our most popular posts. Be sure an follow byronbay.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest

The World Naked Bike Ride day in Byron Bay

The World Naked Bike Ride is both popular AND popular to share on social, our 2018 post was huge, the 2019 details are available now.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls are located a little outside of Byron, but a popular waterfall to visit and always popular on our social media.

Jared Hues Lunar Eclipse over Cape Byron Lighthouse

This was very popular when we re-posted it in July.

Sunset Surf video by ali_byron2481

Alison posts sunrise photos of Byron Bay most days, this sunset clip was v.popular when we shared it in November.

Bluesfest Sunset

All the great Byron festivals generate plenty of popular social posts, but the rays in this sunset image made it a little more popular than most.

Sean O'Shea encountered Migaloo the white whale off the coast of Byron Bay

Sean captures so many great images of Byron's coastal wildlife and landscapes, but his photos of Migaloo truely went viral in July and August.

Welcome to Byron Bay

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out... always popular across social media.

Photography Byron Bay - Sera J. Wright

Sera is a local photographer that's immensely popular on social media, our followers lover it every time we share one of her images. 

Crystal clear lagoon at Wategos Beach

Saxon Kent is a young, local creative, aerial photographer who has a knack of capturing another view of Byron with his drone. Everything he posts is popular.

 

A holiday in North Byron

Tucked away in the northern end of the Byron Shire are stunning waterfront holiday rentals that offer a more affordable alternative to accommodation in the heart of Byron. From there, you can escape the hustle and bustle while remaining a short drive from Brunswick Heads’s thriving cafe scene, Byron Bay’s lively atmosphere, and more.

Here are just some of the drawcards that attract travellers to North Byron’s hidden gems.

Spectacular beaches and waterways

South Golden and New Brighton are two quiet, open beaches situated in the north of the Byron Shire. These beaches rarely attract as many visitors as Byron’s beaches and both have dog-friendly areas.

After a short 10-minute drive, you’ll find yourself in Brunswick Heads, a quaint holiday village. The idyllic Brunswick River runs through the town and can be explored by kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, or by swimming.

Cross the Brunswick River via the bridge and discover one of the region’s most picturesque beaches: Torakina (pictured above). Perfect for kids, this sheltered beach offers crystal-clear water and little to no swell.

Cafes and restaurants

Just 8.5km away from the tranquility of North Byron Shire are the many gourmet cafes, restaurants, and eateries of Brunswick Heads.

Bruns – as the locals call it – serves up some of the best coffee and breakfasts in the region. For dinner, enjoy fresh fish and chips (best eaten picnic-style by the river), indulge in an award-winning fine-dining meal, or check out some local musical talent and relax in the beer garden at the iconic Hotel Brunswick. 

Markets and other activities

Although Byron is a short 20-minute drive away, there is plenty to do closer to home.

The Brunswick Heads Markets are held on the first Saturday of each month. And, the New Brighton Farmers Market, held Tuesdays from 8am – 11am, is a great place to sample some of the region's best fresh produce.

If you’re visiting with kids, explore the many playgrounds dotted throughout the North Byron region: in South Golden, New Brighton, and two along the riverfront in Brunswick Heads.

This end of the Shire is also home to a magnificent championship golf course. The Ocean Shores Country Club’s course was designed by world-renowned golf architects in 1972 and remains one of the most highly regarded courses in the country.

Close to two major festival sites

The northern end of the Byron Shire is home to two of the major festival sites in the region: North Byron Parklands (Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival), and the Blues Festival site at Tyagarah.

If you’re attending a festival, staying a stone’s throw from the site can be a quick, inexpensive, and convenient option.

 

South Golden Beach, New Brighton and Brunswick Heads accommodation inspo 

Stingray South Golden Beach, is beautifully designed 4 bedroom home, situated on the Capricornia Canal, featuring a large deck with views of the canal.

Twin Waters New Brighton, is a unique 3  bedroom beach house with views and access to the pristine Beach and River of New Brighton.

Norfolk On Fawcett Brunswick Heads is a three bedroom rental just a short walk to river, beach and centre of Brunswick Heads.

5 Best Walks Around Byron Bay

There’s no shortage of beautiful places to see around Byron Bay. I mean, we all know that. But did you know that exploring on foot gives you access some of the best places available? 

The greater Byron area has a wealth of natural treasures that are just waiting to be explored, from dramatic sun-drenched coastlines to subtropical remnant rainforests. 

Not sure where to start? 

Here are 5 of the best walks to tick off your list. 


1. Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk 

When considering the best walks around Byron Bay it's impossible not to include the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk. It's a classic. Not only do you get stunning panoramic vistas from the lighthouse itself, you also get the cool shade of coastal rainforest, beautiful beaches to have a quick dip and lots of cafes to stop and treat yourself. 

It's the kind of walk you could take a half a day over and experience some of the best of what Byron has to offer in one impressive loop. 

The walk has lots of steps and some steep sections so while it's ideal for taking young kids on your back it's not a good walk for a stroller 


2. Big Scrub Loop 

The Big Scrub rainforest once covered northeastern NSW and was the largest area of subtropical rainforest in Australia, covering a whopping 900 square kilometres. Less than 1% of the Big Scrub remains today. However significant remnants of lowland subtropical and littoral rainforest (one of the rarest types in Australia) still exist. 

One such rare remnant sits in the Rocky Creek Dam area of Nightcap National Park and has a beautiful walking trail that loops its way through it. 

The old-growth forest is stunningly beautiful and rich with life so if you want to hear and see the forest wildlife it's not a bad idea to do the walk slowly and quietly. 


3. Shaws Bay in Ballina 

Shaws Bay is at the mouth of the Richmond River in Ballina. The North Wall of the river creates the bay and offers a fabulous vantage point up the Richmond River. It's an expansive walk with lots of variety. Perfect for a family walk, the beautiful river beaches offer gentle resting spots and a nice place for a dip on a hot day. 


4. Brummies Lookout 

The majestic Wollumbin or Mt Warning is the most outstanding feature in the area. Wollumbin is the remnant core of the Tweed volcano, which formed around 23 million years ago when the whole area was a volcanic hotbed. It's visible from several places in the Byron and Tweed areas, including Cape Byron. 

One of the more unique views of Wollumbin is from Brummies Lookout in Wollumbin National Park which offers vast and rare views of the sheer western cliff face of Wollumbin. 


5. Norries Head Loop 

Cabarita Beach is a coastal gem. The quaint little town has beautiful beaches and one of the best restaurants in the area - Paper Daisy. It's an easy place to explore on foot and the locals have put great effort into creating beautiful walking areas. The Norries Head Loop takes you out to Norries Headland, a perfect place to do some whale spotting during whale season. 

Want to explore further? Check out the Byron Trails guidebook for a complete guide to the best of the natural gems in the area.
 

School Holiday Fun for Families in Byron Bay

The school holidays are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy family time in Byron Bay. As well as relaxing it’s a good idea to have some special activities planned to keep little hands and minds occupied. If you’re looking for some school holiday fun for families, read on. We’ve compiled a list of attractions and activities to satisfy all ages that will make these school holidays memorable for the whole family!

Circus Arts

Give the kids an experience they will never forget at Circus Arts Byron Bay. Whether your child is an absolute beginner or an experienced acrobat Circus Arts offers an amazing School Holiday Program to suit all ages and skill levels. Activities range from circus skills, flying trapeze, balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and kids play space. The school holiday program runs throughout the QLD and NSW school holidays. 

Farm Kids at The Farm

Let the kids get their hands dirty and learn from a real working farm. The Farm runs exciting programs aimed at teaching kids about topics such as where food comes from, paddock rotation, pollination, organic and ethical farming and much more. There’s also plenty of opportunity for the children to get up close and interact with the pigs and chickens. Workshops run all year round and they also have a School Holiday Program.

Cape Byron Walking Track

There’s something magical and mysterious about a lighthouse when you’re a child. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you head up The Cape Byron Walking Track to the Lighthouse. The track is not considered stroller friendly in some areas, as there are steep hills and lots of steps. However you can access the track at numerous points along the boardwalk that are flat. All the information you need can be found at the National Parks Cape Byron Walking Track page. There are also tours of the Cape that are suitable for children 5yrs and over.

Byron Markets

If you’re looking for an activity that’s fun for you and the kids the Byron Bay market hits all the right spots. Delicious food, unique local shopping, great entertainment and a relaxing environment. There are a number of different markets on throughout the year as well as the regular monthly market so make sure you check which markets are on before you head out. The Byron Market provides special entertainment such as puppet shows and jumping castles during the school holidays.

Whale Watching

What greater way to inspire awe in our children than with the wonder of seeing a whale in its natural environment. Between May and November each year the majestic Humpback whale migrates north from their southern feeding grounds towards the tropics to breed and give birth. Byron Bay is the east coasts most easterly point so the whales pass by very close to the shore making Byron Bay a premier whale watching location. All you have to do is sit back and watch or there are numerous whale-watching tours available.

Byron KidzKlub

KidzKlub aims to provide kids with so much fun and entertainment they won’t want to leave! KidzKlub runs their school holiday program at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Activities include art and craft, kits, toys and games. Children can play freely or join in the structured art sessions facilitated by fully trained staff.

Horse Riding

Kids love horses. There’s just no denying it. Byron Bay offers some amazing horse riding experiences including beach rides and trail rides. Most equestrian centres will cater for all ages and skill levels. So saddle up and make your kids dream come true these school holidays!

Main Beach Byron Bay

There is no better natural playground for a child than the beach and in Byron Bay you are spoilt for choice. Take your pick from any of the spectacular Byron Bay beaches and the kids will be entertained for hours.

Byron Bay Skateboard School

Did you know that your child could go to Skate Camp? How awesome. The Byron Bay Skateboard School offers Warehouse Day Camps and Skate park Tours during the school holidays as well as private and afterschool lessons during the school year. Founder and instructor Flavio Biehl is passionate about passing on the positive, creative and unique skateboarding lifestyle to his students.

Pighouse Flicks Cinema

Your kids might be a worried about the name but rest assured there are no pigs at this cool cinema. Pighouse Flicks is an independent family run cinema that boasts the latest technology and custom made lounge style seating. A really fun and different cinema experience for the kids during the holidays.

Experience luxury Byron style

Our curated collection of luxury properties offers a level of comfort and service above and beyond. Each is situated in the heart of town or a stone’s throw from one of Byron’s spectacular beaches.

28 Degrees Byron Bay

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, 28 Degrees Byron Bay offers boutique accommodation for travellers looking for a luxurious haven within walking distance to all the town’s delights and a 3 minute stroll to the beach.

28 Degrees Byron Bay provides total privacy and heavenly comfort for its guests.

Beach Suites

Offering a range of stylish boutique studios and large airy apartments. Beach Suites combines discreet personal service, beachfront access and a central location, creating Byron Bay’s most refined accommodation.

Penthouse apartments have sweeping ocean views, modern kitchens, vast living areas, spacious bedrooms with bath spa en-suites… and private, rooftop swimming pools.

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Set within a stunning 18-hectare rainforest, the Byron at Byron strikes the perfect balance between relaxed luxury and unforgettable service in one of Australia’s most iconic beachside locations. 

Featuring 91 suites, a multi-award winning day spa, and a restaurant overlooking the rainforest.

Elements of Byron is a Resort & Spa

Nestled on 50 acres of absolute beachfront, Elements Of Byron Resort & Spa features private beach villas. Each villa boasts modern beach architecture and interiors inspired by the natural beauty Byron Bay has to offer.

There are four different accommodation types, each with unique and defining features and décor.

Watermark at Wategos

The Watermark at Wategos is a unique beachfront property offering specialty lodging in four separate luxury suites / apartments. 

Settle in to your self-contained luxury suite, with absolute beach frontage onto one of Australia's most beautiful beaches, Wategos Beach at Byron Bay.

Byron Bay's Most Popular Social Posts of 2017

Social media gives us more ways to highlight the region to all the people who love Byron.

Here are byronbay.com's most popular Facebook posts from each month in 2017 - a great snap shot / re-cap of the year. Please enjoy.

 

January, Circus Arts Byron Bay posted a video of their flying trapeze near the Beach in Byron Bay.

 

February, The Australian newspaper posted a nice little clip of dolphins surfing the local beaches.

 

March, our Byron Insider blog post on the World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay was hugely popular.

 

April, visiting photographer Remi Bedora captured this perfect shot of The Pass.

 

May, traveler with the Instagram name my_endless_summer posted this classic sunset over Belongil clip.

 

June, there are always plenty of buskers in Byron. Tom Banks took this short video.

 

July, whale season with Migaloo the white whale story featured in the regional newspaper The Norther Star.

 

August, a clear winters day at the beach captured by local riephiniji.

 

September, time-lapse moon-rise over the lighthouse by local photographer Rod Evens. This was our most popular post of 2017!

 

October, local shop Barefoot Blvd was quick to capture some heavy rain on Lawson Street.

 

November, Buzfeed Mates highlighted the popular Crystal Castle in this fun video clip.

 

December, drone footage of some summer fun in the surf by visiting interior designer derlot.

 

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