Byron Bay
By Emma Gregg, author of The Rough Guide to East Coast Australia

Laidback and lovely, Byron Bay in North Coast New South Wales is a firm favourite of many East Coast travellers. It's a pleasant little town where surfers, spa-seekers and alternative thinkers mingle peacefully.

Byron Bay

Busy morning

  • Hike up to the lighthouse and take a guided tour
  • Explore the bay by sea kayak, looking out for wild dolphins
  • Catch a wave with the smart surfing set

Lazy afternoon
  • Relax with a herbal infusion at the famously hippyish Byronian Cafe
  • Potter around the shops selling beads, boards, books and bikinis in the centre of town
  • Join the crowd for a drink at the Beach Hotel

Where to stay: top end
The Byron at Byron (
Utterly fabulous resort; you'll feel like you're wandering through the pages of a luxury magazine

Where to stay: budget
Amigos (
Charming little guesthouse close to the town centre with colourful, Latin-influenced decor

The perfect flat white
Bay Leaf Cafe, Marvell Street
Tuck into a fabulous breakfast of ricotta and marscapone pancakes with berry compote

Light bite
Fishmongers, Bay Lane
Gourmet fish 'n' chip shop serving fabulous fare that would put many a posh restaurant to shame

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