Best Places for Backpackers in Byron Bay, Australia.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Byron Bay, Australia.

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Top 10 hostels in Byron Bay, Australia.

These are the 10 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Byron Bay, Australia.

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Wake Up! Byron Bay

95 /100

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Wake Up! Byron Bay

Located on the beach! FREE High-Speed WiFi | FREE Bike Hire | FREE Surf & Paddleboard Hire | FREE Yoga Classes | FREE Personal Training Sessions | FREE Pancake Breakfast on Sundays | Live Music | $10 Food Events --- ALL Rooms Fully Air-conditioned Just seconds from Belongil Beach, a compliment...
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Byron Bay YHA

91 /100

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Byron Bay YHA

Byron Bay YHA is located right in the centre of this popular seaside town and only metres to some of Australia's top surf beaches. It is Byron's newest hostel with a contemporary chilled extension and new communal areas opened in early 2018. Enjoy the new large kitchen, extra outdoor decks and s...
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Backpackers Inn on the Beach

88 /100

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Backpackers Inn on the Beach

''NO PARTY POLICY INCLUDING BUCK'S, HENS, BIRTHDAYS, SPORTING GROUPS, SCHOOLIES ETC...'' We have great FREE WiFi throughout the whole hostel for all our guests to use. Set in sand dunes just metres from the golden beach by the pristine waters of the bay and the iconic surf break known as “The...
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Cape Byron YHA

86 /100

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Cape Byron YHA

Come and enjoy everything Byron Bay has to offer whilst staying at Cape Byron YHA!! Only one block from the main beach and in the heart of town spend your days relaxing, shopping, eating in cool cafes then hire a surfboard or borrow a free body board and hit the beach or hire a bike to explore f...
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Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay

84 /100

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Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay

Free dinner every night you stay with us! Aquarius Backpackers is located on Byron Bay’s iconic Lawson Street, and only 100m from the world famous Main Beach! We have lots of super cool awesome activities includes in your stay here at Aquarius great High-Speed WiFi, Ping-Pong table. We have...
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Byron Bay Beach Hostel

83 /100

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Byron Bay Beach Hostel

Where the true magic of travelling combines with brand new purpose built facilities just 50m from Byron’s Main Beach, you cannot beat this location! Byron Bay is known as ‘Cavanbah’ or ‘Meeting Place’ by our local Arakwal people and this accommodation is just that! We encourage people to meet and ge...
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Backpackers Holiday Village

83 /100

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Backpackers Holiday Village

Backpacker Holiday Village is a unique open concept hostel, centrally located on the main street of Byron Bay, and only a short walk or bike ride to Byron Bays beautiful Main Beach, Wategos, Clarkes, and The Wreck beaches. Jonson Street, the main street in Byron Bay, offers a wide range of reta...
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Nomads Byron Bay

81 /100

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Nomads Byron Bay

Located just 2 minutes from the stunning main beach, behind the iconic Great Northern Hotel, Nomads Byron Bay is the perfect place to stay in the centre of town. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, visit the Byron Bay lighthouse or just hang on our BYO, sun-drenched courtyard with two 12-seater jacuzzi's a...
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Arts Factory Lodge

79 /100

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Arts Factory Lodge

Welcome to the Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge. We invite you to come and relax in our enchanted 5 acre, subtropical haven. Laze by the pool, swing in the hammocks and soak up the friendly atmosphere for which we are universally famous.birthplace of much of the fame and spirit of Byron Bay and it sti...
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The Lord Byron

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The Lord Byron

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, guests at The Lord Byron can relax and enjoy this comfortable, air-conditioned hotel in its centrally-located yet quiet tropical atmosphere. Take advantage of the leisure facilities, simply relax or enjoy a short stroll to the beach while passing by the many colour...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Byron Bay, Australia.

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1} Brekkie at the Sky Point Observatory Deck

Located 230 meters above the Surfers Paradise beach of Gold Coast, Sky Point offers a 360 degrees view of Brisbane (North), Gold Coast (West), Pacific Ocean (East) and Byron Bay (South).

Aakansha Gurnani

BYRON BAY

The Thunder Bird Park is also just around the corner on Tambourine mountain and is another perfect destination for young kids and families or if you just want a day of adventure, expect to spend a full day here though, wake up early and designate a full day, or camp out overnight for more excitement in the morning! There are thunder egg hunts, mini golf, natural rock pools, a zip line, tree top challenges, trail rides and some delicious food. It is the largest adventure playground in Australia and is most certainly worth the coin. BYRON BAY Further down is Byron Bay, about a 1.5-hour drive from the Gold Coast although the drive is worth it. I’d recommend spending a few days here, it definitely has a relaxing vibe and doesn’t take long to settle in. Byron is known as the most easterly point in Australia, the ocean is calm and steady, crystal clear and if you’re looking to relax at a beach with very little waves or you have young children, this is the place for you. Ever see Television ads advertising Australia as the home of glorious beaches, sun kissed skin and beers in hand? Well, it sure is very much the truth. The beach offers lifeguards and flags for your safety as well as a Local Pub just a short distance for your convenience. The Beach Hotel provided great service and decent food that wasn’t overly expensive and filled the hunger void.

Jade Arthur

The Secret of Brisbane’s Success

Mimicking Melbourne, there are laneways leading to hidden gem cafes and too-cool-for-school bars where one can sip cocktails through honeycomb surrounded by decorative hams (popular for Tinder dates). There’s the man-made lagoon, a feature of many towns where, if you go into the sea today, you might get a big surprise. Should you crave a real beach, Byron Bay is two hours away, Gold Coast a mere one. Alternatively, take the water taxi to North Stradbroke Island, ‘Straddie’ to its friends, a smaller version of Fraser Island. The former is the world’s largest sand island. The latter is its second, minus the hordes of backpackers crossing places off their East Coast grand tour like nanas at the bingo. There’s also no need to carry a dingo stick for protection on Straddie which can only be another mark in its favour.

Fran Gibson

Brisbane districts and things to do

Brisbane has lots of things to offer for tourists, but all in all it is not as big as Sydney or Melbourne, therefore some people say it is quite boring. For me, after 6 months of living there, I found it very nice, small and comfortable for living. Even though it can get quite hot and humid in Brisbane, it is still very close to such nice places like Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast with its famous Surfers Paradise. Also Byron Bay is a special place on earth only few hours from Brisbane. There are lots of things for every tourist in the City or in its surroundings. I would definitely recommend staying there at least for a week or so, it is totally worth it!

Stjuxa

5. Margaret River Wine Region

Margs as it affectionately known to local Western Australian’s is the Byron Bay of Western Australia. The region is known for its laid back ‘trendy’ surf culture, beautiful wineries and scarcely populated beaches.

Alexis Zahner

Burleigh Heads - Gold Coast

I was fortunate enough that my friend lives in this little bit of paradise. I highly recommend basing yourself in Burleigh if you decide to head to the GC. It has escaped the tourist driven feel of Byron Bay and boasts fantastic surfing conditions, paired with an authentic beach vibe. I have put together a list of my must-haves in Burleigh, just for you!

Alicia Fay

Yamba: Byron Bay’s Cooler Older Sibling

When six foreign twenty-something-year-olds take a road trip up the east coast of Australia, there are many spots you can expect to find on their list: Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise, Airlie Beach, Cairns. These are the buzzword places; the places pictured on Qantas airline pamphlets and bartered off to you by student travel companies in neat little packages. They are stylish and established homes to World Heritage UNESCO sites, brimming with world-famous attractions and activities. I mean, it was practically our duty as young travellers to take pictures at Whitehaven Beach—one of the most photographed sites in Australia—snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and walk barefoot up to the lighthouse at Byron Bay, right? I’m not saying all these places and experiences weren’t amazing, because they really were some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen, but one of my most favourite places ended up actually being Yamba, a little fishing town located about an hour and a half’s drive south of Byron Bay. In fact, we all liked it so much we stopped there twice, once on the way up and once on the way back down.

Jazz Siddiqui

Where the Whales Are - Byron Bay, NSW

Like pilgrims on a sacred journey, my husband and I religiously make the trip from our little farm in Canungra, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, to Byron Bay, New South Wales, in early September every year, to watch the humpback whales play in the bay, gracefully thrusting their giant backs, gleaming silver in the brilliant sunlight, out of Byron’s pristine sapphire waters.

Rhiannon Day

Separating The Wheat From The Chaff

The Whitsunday Islands had the most recommendations, while Byron Bay & Cairns tied for second place.

Lolly McCafferty

Byron Bay Lighthouse - More than a light on a rock

Sadly enough to say, I am one of those Australians that may not realise just how lucky they are to live in this beautiful country! I have lived in Australia for 28 and a half years (it would be longer, but that’s only how long I have been alive for), and over 3 of those years have been in Brisbane, Queensland. Now within easy driving distance from Brisbane (2 hours on a good day, 5 if someone forgets how to drive on the Pacific Highway), is a beautiful coastal tourist mecca called Byron Bay. My point? For some inexplicable reason, I have talked about visiting Byron Bay since I moved to Brisbane. On any given day, it wouldn’t be unusual to hear me say ‘you know where we should go to / where I want to go to / gosh I would love to go to – Byron Bay’. But somehow sleeping, eating homemade cookie dough and housework always seemed to take up my entire weekend. So when my husband suggested that we actually stop talking about Byron and actually VISIT Byron, I remembered why I continued to keep him around – he has some genuinely good ideas! So we booked a room, packed the car and prayed that the highway was clear (which thankfully it was).

Emma Denning

Bellingen and the Dorrigo Rainforest

Laura and I met in Melbourne during our first weeks in Australia. We were a close group of four girls, one of which has headed North, the other we are meeting in Sydney in a few days. Laura met me in Byron Bay last week and we have decided to meander our way down the East Coast, stopping off in towns we wouldn’t have originally planned to and discovering places less highlighted on the map.

Helen Frances

Byron Bay: Our Weekend Adventure

Having heard all about Byron Bay from people we’ve met so far on our travels and hearing only good things there was no question we had to stop there. Finding ourselves in Gold Coast with a month to spare we decided to travel down the East Coast to Sydney and our first stop just had to be Byron Bay, no question about it.

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