Byron Bay is a coastal town in the North East of NSW. The Cape Byron Headland occupies the most Easterly point in Australia and is the first place the sun touches in Australia every morning.
Byron Bay’s stunning natural beauty, relaxed and friendly people and excellent accommodation, entertainment and restaurants make Byron Bay a top-rated travel destination.
Festivals and Events in Byron Bay
Byron Bay plays host to many exciting festivals and events throughout the year. Some highlights include Bluesfest Byron Bay, Splendour in the Grass, Writers Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Byron Latin Fiesta and the Byron Bay Tri & Multisport Festival.
Attractions in Byron Bay
From north to south, the beaches in Byron Bay include; Belongil Beach, Main Beach, Clarkes Beach, The Pass, Wategos Beach and Tallow Beach.
An eclectic assortment of local products and farm-fresh fruit and vegetables available on the first Sunday of the month.
An excellent place to find everything you need to fill up the fridge with some locally made products and the freshest fruit and vegetables. On every Thursday morning.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is a well-known symbol of Byron Bay. The Cape Byron Lighthouse has a museum, cafe, walking track, tours, whale watching, panoramic ocean views.
Shops and Restaurants
The abundance of shopping opportunities in town and in the Arts and Industry Estate reflects Byron Bay’s creative and unique style. There are also some fantastic restaurants and cafes in and around Byron Bay. From high-end experiences to simple smoothie, there is something for everyone and every occasion.
Byron Shire’s meeting place of sport and culture. Facilities include an indoor auditorium and sports hall, meeting rooms and multi-purpose rooms, three outdoor basketball/netball courts, and canteen.
Julian Rocks Marine Sanctuary rates as one of the best dive sites in Australia. “Nguthungulli” the local Arakwal name for this incredible place, offers protected safe and shallow waters perfect for snorkelling.
Byron Bay Public Pool has a 50 metre swimming pool, 10 metre kids learn to swim pool, 5 metre paddle pool and Fishheads takeaway and restaurant. It is open for the season between mid September and mid May. For more information, please visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au.
Arakwal National Park
Located along and around Tallows Beach Arakwal National Park offers a secluded beach retreat, offering birdwatching, whale watching, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. The park is open at all times. For more information, please visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/arakwal-national-park.
Byron Bay Community Centre and Byron Theatre
The Byron Bay Community Centre has been at the heart of Byron Bay for over 30years. Entirely self-funded the community centre provides a host of services and events for locals and visitors. The community centre is home to The Byron Markets Office, Byron Theatre, Community Projects office, Byron Shire Volunteering, Byron Theatre Box Office and local radio station Bay FM.
Facts and Figures
Name origin: Arakwal Aboriginal people’s name for the area is Cavvanbah, meaning “meeting place”. Explorer James Cook named Cape Byron after Royal Navy officer John Byron, famous for circumnavigating the world and grandfather of the poet Lord Byron.
Founded: The history of Europeans in Byron Bay began in 1770. For more information on the history of Byron Bay, please visit the Byron Bay Historical Society. LINK
Climate: Summer: 20-28C / 68-82F Winter: 12- 20C / 53-68F
Nearby towns: Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Ocean Shores, Brunswick Heads
Distance from: Brisbane – 165km, Sydney – 789km, Nearest Airport: Coolangatta – 67km, Ballina – 37km
Nightlife: Great Northern Hotel, The Beach Hotel, Woody’s Surf Shack, The Rails, The Byron Theatre, Casa Luna, Saltwater Social Club, Treehouse on Belongil, North Byron Hotel.
Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ’s
How do I get to Byron Bay?
Please visit our Getting to Byron page for information about transport to and around Byron Bay.
Are the beaches in Byron Bay patrolled?
The Byron Bay SLSC is responsible for patrolling the beaches in Byron Bay. For information about individual beaches, please visit beachsafe.org.au/nsw/byron/byron-bay, you can also contact Byron Shire Council via www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Community/Recreation/Surf-life-saving-services
Where are the Byron Bay Markets?
The Byron markets are on the 1st Sunday of every month at the Beachfront, Main Beach Byron Bay. For more information about markets in the local area, please visit our Byron Bay Regional Markets page.
Where is The Pass?
The Pass is a stretch of beach between Clarkes Beach and Wategos. It is located at the base of Cape Byron Headland.
Where is Byron Bay in NSW?
Byron Bay is in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Where is Byron Bay in Australia?
Byron Bay is a coastal town on the far north coast of NSW in Australia. It is the most easterly point in Australia.
What is Byron Bay known for?
Byron Bay is known for surfing, embracing an alternative lifestyle, health and wellbeing, independent fashion designers, excellence in local food production, unique restaurants, innovative start ups, and luxury in a stunning natural environment.
What is the origin of the name Byron Bay?
Explorer James Cook named Cape Byron after Royal Navy officer John Byron, famous for circumnavigating the world and grandfather of the poet Lord Byron.