Byron Bay is a popular spot on the east coast of Australia. I can’t put my finger on one specific thing that defines it other than the vibe.
As cliché as it sounds there is something about the vibe, or atmosphere call it what you will, that makes Byron so special.
There are pristine beaches, great surfing spots and amazing buskers. As well as independent restaurants, cocktail bars and lots of activities to do.
I travelled to Byron from Sydney via the greyhound night bus. It left at 7pm, and arrived at 7:45am the next day.
It’s a long journey with lots of stop offs but it isn’t as terrible as it sounds. The only thing which was really frustrating is that the recline leaver broke on my chair, so I had to sit bolt up right all night.
When you arrive by night bus so early in the morning it’s always annoying to wait around to check in to you accommodation.
Fortunately happy travels and greyhound open their shops and provide tea and coffee. They both say you can’t go to your hostels until 12pm, this is a ploy to keep you in the shops to encourage you to spend money.
I waited until 9am and was able to store my bags at my hostel, shower and then head to the beach.
Byron backpackers holiday village
The dorm rooms are arranged in two lines around the pool and row of benches. This makes the atmosphere very sociable.
The rooms are however a bit dingy and small, and without aircon. There is pretty much nowhere to keep your bags and everything felt a bit grubby which was a shame.
But the location is great, right on the main road heading to the beach.
Sunrise at the lighthouse
It takes around 45 minutes to reach the lighthouse, so obviously if you are going for sunrise that means a very early start. But the views are amazing.
I heard the views at sunset are also pretty.
The main beach is a popular spot to hangout and is surrounded by bars and restaurants.
I went with Hannah, who I met in Sydney and Helen who I met on the bus. It’s a really nice spot to chill, and socialise with other backpackers.
Though make sure you only swim when the lifeguards say it’s safe to do so. The sea was evacuated whilst we were there due to a bull shark being on the shore.
Hannah and I decided to walk to Tallows beach from the town, it took around 30-40 minutes to get there but it was a really pleasant walk.
When we arrived we were so surprised to see how quiet it was considering how busy the main beach was. There were literally only us and a few surfers on the whole stunning beach.
We messed around in the sea and sand before heading over to the tea tree lake for a swim. Yes, there is a lake with a natural source of tea tree in.
It was a really lovely day exploring the beach without hundreds of other people.
Byron is famous for its surf schools, so I gave surfing a go with little avail. But it’s a lot of fun.
Kayaking with dolphins and snorkelling with turtles and rays
Hannah and I had booked to do this, but unfortunately the windy weather meant the waves were to strong and the trips were all cancelled.
Byron has so many lovely clothes shops. Like literally so many! It took all my will power not to spend the rest of my travelling money on all the amazing clothes they had to offer!
Eating and socialising in Byron
Byron has so many cool places to eat drink and socialise but it’s not all that cheap.
Your cheapest option as a backpacker is to buy food from Woolworths and make it in your hostel.
I’m lazy and haven’t really been doing this, I tend to just buy a main meal in a restaurant and a few snacks from the supermarket.
This is a really swanky little restaurant with an open terrace area, stylish decor and great small plates of food.
Hannah and I stopped here on our way back from Tallows beach and had pita and hummus, feta chips and halloumi balls.
The serving sizes are actually big considering it’s supposed to be small plates and the prices are reasonable for Byron.
Byron bar and restaurant
Another really upmarket place in Byron, they have live musicians and a roof terrace overlooking the popular road in Byron.
Situated right on the beach this is a very popular place all day and night. I’m the evening it’s a great place to watch the sun setting over the sea whilst enjoying a cocktail.
They also have live bands, and later on in the evening a DJ, at which point it gets really lively.
I had a great night here with some girls I met in my hostel and Sophie from Ratpack travel.
We had to wait 40 minutes for a table at this Mexican restaurant, but it was so worth the wait.
The food was absolutely delicious!
Breads pies and cakes
A yummy little bakery open all day and late at night, ideal place for a quick-lunch or evening snack on the way home.
This place has the best ice cream, I had salted caramel and ice cream and it was amazing!
Byron is a lovely place, the vibe here really suited me and I would definitely return.
The beaches are amazing and the restaurant and bar scene really upmarket and stylish.
The shopping is to good it’s dangerous and the activities available are plentiful.