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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Travel Guide

This quaint beach town is exactly what you'd expect from Australia: beautiful beaches, tons of surfing, seriously chilled out lifestyle, cool locals, independent shops and cafes, and a heap of live music around the town. You'll come in as a crazy traveller, and leave feeling like an Aussie.

Top things to do in Byron Bay

Lighthouse in Bryon Bay

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Australia's most powerful lighthouse is sitting and looking over the main beach of Byron Bay. Take a scenic walk or a drive up to the lighthouse for amazing views across the town. Grab a local coffee, and head up there for the sunrise - a perfect photo opportunity!
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Sunset at the main beach

After you've seen a beautiful sunrise at the lighthouse, and spent your day chilling out in the centre, walk on over to the main beach strip and take a seat in preparation for some seriously nice sunsets. Not only are the sunsets great, the atmosphere is buzzing - with locals coming down and setting up picnics, playing acoustic music and relaxing together. 
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A quirky and surreal town situated within a beautiful valley, only half an hours drive from Byron Bay. You'll find yourself letting out your inner hippy as you wander around shopping for tye dye, fabrics, incense sticks and looking at the street art. 
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Ready to hit the waves and carve it up? You'll see surfers at all times of the day, and the waves are great for beginners and pros - Byron is also home to a few surfing schools, so you've got every chance of becoming just as good as a proper Aussie surfer!

Byron Bay accommodation

pool at YHA Hostel

YHA Hostel Byron Bay

Located right in the centre of town, within 5 minutes walk to the beach, cafes and bars. Relax in the hammocks on the veranda overlooking the swimming pool. Enjoy free WiFi, laze by the solar heated pool, catch a movie, and get involved in BBQ night.
pool at arts factory

Arts Factory Byron Bay

This Byron Bay institution was created in the 70's by hippies and artists. Today, it retains its original 'free spirit' with a range of weekly activities from yoga to bongo classes. Laze by the pool or swing in the hammocks, and stay in anything from a teepee to a dorm.
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Nomads Byron Bay

A perfect location off the main strip, and a short stroll from the beach - but if you're not feeling the beach, this hostel has jacuzzis and an outdoor cinema. Perfect for flashpacker's, Nomads is big, bright and loads of fun. 

Australian experiences and tours

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Bondi Surf Experience

• Perfect for beginners with plenty of help to get you riding your first waves
• 2 hour session in groups no bigger than 5
• Friendly, experienced instructors
• All equipment including wetsuits & sunblock
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Byron Bay Surf Lesson

▪ Spend half a day with fully qualified instuctors
▪ Focus on five key areas that will get you surfing with style
▪ Lessons suitable for all levels of surfers from beginner to advanced
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Sydney Surf Pass

• Take on Sydney’s best beaches whenever you want with 5 x 2 hour lessons, plus plenty of extra time to practice

• The pass is valid for 6 months.

• Lessons run everyday from 6.30am to 6.00pm, so you get to surf at a time and pace that works for you.

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Surf & Stay at Spot X

• 2 night surf and stay
• 3 days at Spot X
• Learn to surf or improve your skills
• Chilled beachfront surf camp vibe
• Two nights accommodation and all meals
• Choose a 4 night package and get 2 free nights in Byron Bay

Book a 4 night package and get 2 free nights in Byron Bay, an Iconic Sydney trip & Kangaroo Golf at Spot X*
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Great Aussie Surf Adventure

• 5 days, Sydney to Byron Bay
• Learn to surf on one of Australia’s best beaches
• Embrace the surfers way of life with campfires and beach parties
• Make loads of like-minded new friends after five fun days together!
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Livin' the Dream

• Similar to the Great Aussie, but with two extra nights at Byron Bay
• Experience five surf lessons iat Spot X and two in Byron Bay
• Enjoy 7 nights accommodation, all meals and transport between Sydney and Byron Bay

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