Destination guide

You'll make first-rate mates in friendly Byron Bay

About an hour's drive south of glitzy Gold Coast, Byron Bay is a friendly beach town that's so welcoming you'll never want to say goodbye. Book Byron Bay vacation rentals, and you'll be able to soak up the sun, watch for whales, ride some waves and just veg out on the beach. The town really livens up during summer, as it's a popular destination for backpackers and schoolies. And a number of festivals and markets celebrate the outdoor scene, as well as highlight the lively local music culture, as well as artisan goods and produce.

Things to do

Grab that selfie stick for unforgettable photos at Cape Byron

If you visit Cape Byron, you've gone as far east as you can in Australia. And while you're there, visit the maritime museum that's also Australia's most powerful lighthouse, the Cape Byron Light. Just a couple clicks south of Byron Bay is Arakwal National Park, an ace place to see wildlife, catch some fish or idle on the beach. Feeling the need to cleanse your aura? Head out to Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens in the inland rainforest, where you can tour the enchanted cave, and ogle at the world's largest crystals.

Activities

Go whale watching and leave with a 'tail' to tell

Be eco-adventurous and take a whale-watching tour or 2. You won't be sorry. Pods of humpbacks frequently pass through Byron Bay from May to November, so chances are high you'll see a whale breaching, or at least flipping its tail. Wanna get in touch with your spiritual side? There's many a yoga or meditation class to take in this locale. Hit the laid-back beaches for surfing, scuba-diving and swimming, and then head to Jonson Street for a huge selection of quirky pubs and tasty eateries.

Weather

Get rowdy with schoolies during good ol' summer break

If you want to party with a rowdy crowd, the schoolies and coasties hit the beaches of Byron Bay for summer breaks in December and early January. The sun's scorchin' hot, making the water extra inviting, especially as a rainshower is only likely to drench the area a few times in this season. Things mellow out in spring, fall and winter, when temps hit the lower 20s and upper teens, and the sea turns a little chillier. These are great times to take advantage of lower prices for Byron Bay vacation rentals, and the town's peaceful vibes and tranquil meditation areas.

Natural highlights

You've just found Australia's best whale-watching bay

Nearly all of Byron Bay's coast is wide beaches with sugary white sand, except for Cape Byron, a rocky hill jutting out into the water. Inland you'll find lush vegetation, the Cumebin Swamp Nature Reserve, and waterways like Belongil Creek meandering through town. Get your binocs or your snorkel – whether you're on the water or below it, you'll catch a glimpse of some marvellous marine life. Humpbacks migrate here between May and November, and all year round there are dolphins, corals, rays and (yeah, you know it) sharks. Keep a sharp eye for great whites and bull sharks.

How to get there

How to get to and around Byron Bay

The nearest airport is in Ballina, NSW (BNK-Ballina - Byron Gateway), located 13.9 mi (22.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Lismore, NSW (LSY), which is 25.1 mi (40.5 km) away.

Where to stay near Byron Bay?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 599 holiday rentals near Byron Bay. From 309 Houses to 32 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Byron Bay for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Byron Bay?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Byron Bay. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Wategos Beach: 1,206 holiday rentals
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse: 1,204 holiday rentals
  • Captain Cook Lookout: 1,205 holiday rentals
  • Belongil Beach: 1,245 holiday rentals
  • Main Beach: 1,206 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Byron Bay listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Byron Bay?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 309 Houses in Byron Bay. Our other popular types of Byron Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 32 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 175 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 20 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Byron Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 213 holiday homes with pool available in Byron Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.