The lively coastal town of Byron Bay is a mecca for surfers, beach lovers and those who want to enjoy good food and a laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can choose between holiday rentals right on the beach, restored holiday cottages within strolling distance of Byron town, or opt for private rural hideaways in Hinterland and surrounding quaint villages located only a short drive from Byron Bay attractions.
Cape Byron with its historic lighthouse is the main landmark of this popular NSW holiday destination. Byron Bay has a succession of beautiful sandy beaches for surfing, swimming and building sandcastles with the kids. Nearby Arakwal National Park is a peaceful haven for birds and wildlife. Follow the Cape Byron Walking Trail to the top of the headland, Australia’s most easterly point on the mainland and pause at scenic lookouts to spot playful dolphins and passing whales during the whale watching season.
Byron Bay bustles with life from dawn until late. Breakfast cafés, ice cream parlours, coffee shops and restaurants blend with independent boutiques, craft shops, art galleries and upscale food stores. The area exudes an unhurried, beach-town atmosphere with time for social chit-chit as you browse and shop near your Byron holiday home. After dark, the bars offer friendly nightlife, live music and surprisingly good food while street artists and fire dancers entertain along the beachfront.
Further inland, the rolling Hinterland with its historic villages beckon. Historic buildings and old taverns house gourmet restaurants that make excellent use of local organic produce, seafood and farm-fresh meat. Whether you opt for a spacious Hinterland holiday villa with pool and gardens or a characterful beach house in Byron Bay, the area has plenty of attractions and activities to make your stay complete.
Check out some of the areas around Byron Bay that offer holiday accommodation for families, couples or groups.
Stretching southeast from Belongil Creek, Belongil Beach accommodation puts visitors in a picturesque area of white sandy beaches and gentle surf. Bordering the protected area of Byron Bay Beach Reserve, Belongil holiday homes are just 2 minutes’ drive from the heart of Byron.
East of Byron Bay Main Beach, holiday homes at Clarkes Beach are within easy reach of the surf break at The Pass. Perfect for family beach holidays, Clarkes Beach accommodation is within strolling distance of Byron’s shops and cafés.
Tucked beneath Byron Headland, in the shadow of the iconic lighthouse, Wategos Beach holiday rentals are on a quiet sandy cove within sight and sound of the surf. Secluded from town on Australia’s most easterly point, it’s the perfect retreat for romantic getaways and family holidays whilst just minutes by car from Byron’s bustling main street.
Tallows Beach & Suffolk Park
Suffolk Park accommodation takes advantage of the quieter eastern side of Cape Byron, yet offers beautiful sandy beaches at Tallow Beach with pet friendly areas, surf, and local amenities and cafes at the growing Suffolk Park township. Byron Town is just 7km away.
Head inland for exclusive holiday homes in Byron Hinterland, surrounded by babbling streams, lush rainforest, productive farmland and chirping birds. Historic villages provide scenic destinations for lunch and dinner, a world away from modern-day stress.
Things to do in Byron Bay
Surfing and watersports are the main activities from well-located Byron holiday rentals. Snorkelers can explore around the Wreck, a sunken supply boat near the old jetty on Byron Main Beach.
The firm sandy beaches provide miles of easy walking along the shoreline with just the sound of the waves for company. More energetic walkers can climb Cape Byron Headland to the landmark lighthouse for superb clifftop views. Hiking and cycling in the Byron Hinterland rainforest will reveal waterfalls and a host of photo ops.
Nature lovers can explore nearby wildlife reserves at Byron Bay Beach Reserve and Arakwal National Park. Hinterland drives may result in sightings of birds and wildlife while whale watching can be enjoyed from the headland lookouts or on boat tours from May to October. Timeless rural villages such as Bangalow and Coorabell provide a pleasant destination for scenic drives while families will enjoy a hands-on day at “The Farm” attractions in Ewingsdale.
Close to the town, Byron Bay holiday homes put visitors within easy walking distance of shops, cafés, markets, restaurants and bars. Whether you want a romantic meal for two in the countryside or a family BBQ by the beach, Byron Bay has something for everyone.