"Byron Bay and surrounds" Top 5 Page for this destination Byron Bay by leffe3

Byron Bay Travel Guide: 172 reviews and 324 photos

If you want a fairly lazy time lying on beaches, occasional surfing or diving and hanging out in cafes, bars and restaurants, Byron Bay is perfect for this. In spite of its reputation as a major holiday destination, its a pretty low-key place minus the development of its counterpart just an hour's drive north across the state border in Queensland (namely the Gold Coast).

It has a reputation as something of a 'hippy' hang out, which is reflected in the laid back, lack of development environs, but the reputation is based as much on reputation than reality. There's plenty of 'alternative' attitude, but its just as popular with the surfies and families wanting a low-key, stress-free holiday. There is the massive Byron Bay Blues Music Festival though, that takes over the place over the Easter long weekend. And along with the alternative lifestyle, there's the town of Nimbin which certainly adds to Byron's attractions for some (see 'Things To Do').

But the real beauty as far as I'm concerned of Byron is to explore the surrounds. Sea and coastal scapes are extraordinary, no question. But the immediate hinterland is lush green farmlands of rolling countryside with a fabulous backdrop of mountains and rainforests.

  • Last visit to Byron Bay: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2006 at 2:51 AM

    Superb tips & great photos; thanks for sharing! A friend of mine recently moved back home to Byron Bay, and "oh boy!"... now I see why! Greetings from Dubai :-) Jess

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2006 at 12:53 AM

    Nice pictures of Byron Bay, I was there 10 years ago, ... I now see what I missed...

  • clicca's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2006 at 2:16 PM

    all the picture about your country are absolutely great...i have to stopped altrought i start to cry...how beautiful is australiaaa!!!make more picture for australian dreamer..kisses from italy

  • Oct 21, 2004 at 5:17 AM

    Hey there, beautiful pics..Keep on dreaming and discovering, greetings from Croatia

  • chris_i79's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2004 at 10:58 AM

    I think I have the same pic of the lighthouse!!! Loved my time in Byron, thanks for taking me back

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2004 at 10:51 AM

    Nice page Keith though i admit its nothing like i imagined after the article i read.However There are still aome areas that looks so nice and peaceful....

  • laughingsun69's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2004 at 10:43 PM

    hey great tips and nice shots ,personally i like the surrounding areas of byron also ,the moo moo cafe is a classic ive only stopped for fuel and it was pricey ,will check it out next time :)


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