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Byron Bay and North Coast | The Ultimate Travel Guide

When to go, where to stay and what to do in New South Wales' slice of paradise.

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Byron Bay surfer at sunset

Stretching along the northern region of NSW, the North Coast is a melting pot of surfing hotpots, family-friendly beaches, sleepy towns and national parks. It encompasses everything from the legendary Pacific Coast drive to the beautiful Coffs Harbour and its iconic Big Banana, though perhaps its most famous town is Byron Bay.

This hippie town has fast gained itself a reputation for being a surfer's paradise and a festival punter's dream. Blessed by near perpetual sunshine, its beaches are a mix of family-friendly waters and challenging surf and its cuisine has been hailed as some of the freshest and most innovative in the state.

Getting around Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a small town. Although the local government offers a fleet of buses to move in and out of the city, most people prefer to walk.

Walking tracks abound to major attractions such as the Cape Byron lighthouse, which is just on the outskirts of the town, and the beach is just a stone's throw away, too.

Below we have outlined all the transport options available in Byron Bay and North Coast which should help you to pick the best option for you.

Byron Bay and North Coast public transport

Types of transport: There are limited public transport options in Byron Bay and North Coast. NSW TrainLink operates trains which have stops in the North Coast towns of Wingham, Woolgoolga, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Nambucca Heads and Grafton. Public buses are run by Blanch's bus company in only six routes. The Byron Bay area is walkable but hiring a bicycle would allow you to explore more freely.

Paying for transport: Discovery Pass is the electronic card of NSW TrainLink that allows unlimited travel across 365 destinations along the east coast. You have the option to choose from 14/30/90/180 days passes as per your plans.

Freedom Pass and Weekly Freedom Pass offer unlimited travel in Blanch's buses for 1 day and 7 days respectively. You can find more information here.

Getting to and from the airport: Several public and private buses (lines 640 and 641) run regularly from Ballina Airport to Byron Bay costing around $10 each way. If you're flying into the Gold Coast, airport transfers can be organised for a seamless travel.

Best apps for getting around: There is no official transport app for getting around Byron Bay and North Coast.

Byron Bay and North Coast car hire

If you're planning on exploring the coast or hinterland, or if you don't want to walk or cycle around the town and want to move freely, you can rent a car from several companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty at Ballina and Gold Coast airports.

Check out our guide to car hire in Byron Bay

Taxis and Rideshare

Taxi: Although taxis can be hailed from the streets in Byron Bay, it is more convenient to book them over the phone or online.

Uber: You can book Uber as an alternative to taxis to get around the town or to reach Byron Bay from Ballina Airport at a cost of $45–$65

Byron Bay and North Coast airport transfers

Depending on where you are staying, organised airport transfers can easily get you from the airport to your hotel. If you're not planning on travelling to far during your stay, it could cost you less than the price of hiring a car during your trip. Transfers are available to and from Gold Coast.

Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay arrival shuttle
Gold Coast airport to Byron Bay arrival shuttle

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