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Best Byron Bay accommodation to book in 2020

Find the best hotels, hostels and other places to stay whether you’re on a budget, looking for luxury or bringing your furry friends along.


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Catering to backpackers, bigwigs and everyone in between, Byron Bay may be a small beach town of about 10,000, but it comes packed with accommodation options suited for any traveller.

Within easy reach by car or plane from most of the east coast, Byron Bay is the ultimate beach destination, complete with whale watching (from June to November), perfect surf conditions and a lush hinterland.

Bring drivable from southern Queensland and cities in New South Wales, if you're down for a bit of a road trip, make the area an ideal spot for pet-friendly holidays. A host of Byron Bay accommodations allow you to bring the whole brood along.

If you're after a luxury escape, the region is also home to a healthy selection of upscale and boutique hotels, as well as a few hatted restaurants to boot.

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Where are the best places to stay in Byron Bay?

Best cheap accommodation in Byron Bay

With many of Byron Bay's attractions, like the beach and walking track up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse being free, pairing these with some cheap accommodation in Byron Bay can help you keep your holiday on a tight budget.

We considered user reviews and nightly prices when recommending these stays and found that booking private rooms in hostels, like Backpackers Holiday Village, can get you a hotel-style room for a budget price.

Our top picks for cheap Byron Bay accommodation: Backpackers Holiday Village, Wake Up Byron Bay, Byron Springs

Best Byron Bay luxury accommodation

Although a haven for backpackers, there's a healthy selection of upmarket accommodation available in Byron Bay, unfortunately often with price tags to match. Crystalbrook Collection's The Byron at Byron and MGallery's Hotel Elements of Byron are just a couple of the luxury Byron Bay accommodation options on offer. They typically go for about $350+ per night.

If you're looking for luxury on a budget, keep an eye on sites like Luxury Escapes and Groupon's travel section. While the hotels and resorts listed do frequently change and are only available for a limited time, you can bag a bargain of 50% or more off regular pricing. Plus, those sites tend to throw in extras to sweeten the deal, like complimentary breakfast, parking or late check-out.

Our top picks for Byron Bay luxury hotels: Hotel Elements of Byron, The Villas of Byron, Victoria's at Wategos

Elements Of Byron - MGallery by Sofitel
Elements Of Byron - MGallery by Sofitel

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Best pet-friendly Byron Bay accommodation

With five dog-friendly beaches in the area, Byron Bay holidays have no reason to be pet-free.

In terms of places to stay, most pet-friendly Byron Bay accommodation is found on sites like Airbnb and Stayz, but some hotels and resorts, like the Byron Bay Rainforest Resort, do allow pets to stay. If your pet does need space to run around, make sure to consider the outdoor space or balcony at the property. Pet-friendly campgrounds and caravan parks could also be a good option, with easy access to the outdoors.

Our top picks for pet-friendly Byron Bay accommodation: Byron Bay Rainforest Resort, Shambhala @ Byron, Byron Holiday Park

Best Byron Bay hinterland accommodation

It's tucked away from beaches, but with restaurants catering fresh produce and national parks boasting lush rainforests and waterfalls, you'll soon forget all about the ocean. Sneak away into a cabin in the woods or a luxe villa with these Byron Bay hinterland accommodation options.

Our top picks for Byron Bay hinterland accommodation: Cape Byron Retreat, Murwillumbah YHA, Silk Pavilions

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Alternate Byron Bay accommodation options

If you prefer to self-cater your holiday (and take advantage of all the fresh, North Coast produce), are looking for a bit more privacy or want a home away from home, there are plenty of alternative accommodation options available in Byron Bay, including Airbnb, Stayz, caravan parks and campsites.

Frequently asked questions about Byron bay hotels

Where should I stay in Byron Bay?

If you're keen to spend most of your time at the beach, stay in Byron Bay town. It's easily walkable and it's where you'll find the biggest selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation. The town sits between two beaches, Main Beach and Tallow Beach, separated by Cape Byron State Conservation Area, where you'll find the lighthouse and walking track.

If you're hoping to explore the area's national parks and rainforests, stay in Byron Bay hinterland. This includes towns and villages like Federal, Bangalow and Mullumbimby.

How far is Byron Bay from Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast?

  • Gold Coast: 93 kilometres, or a 1 hour and 20 minute drive
  • Brisbane: 166 kilometres, or a 2 hour and 15 minute drive
  • Sydney: 773 kilometres, or an 8 hour and 30 minute drive

Important to note if you're planning to drive to Byron Bay, check to see if your accommodation offers free or paid-for parking. Most of the streets in the town centre don't offer unlimited parking.

Where can I park a caravan in Byron Bay?

Most streets in Byron Bay town don't allow unlimited parking, so it's important to check the street rules before parking for the night.

There are a handful of holiday and caravan parks in the Byron Bay area where you can book a spot.

Where can I camp for free in Byron Bay?

The closest free official campsite to Byron Bay is Wiangaree Aboody Park, a 90-minute drive from town.

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