Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Byron Bay Holidays

Byron Bay is renowned for its pristine white sand, surfing beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Surrounded by beautiful rainforests, the coastal resort offers many beautiful accommodation retreats and therapeutic healing centres. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports on offer, along with experiencing the strong café culture, quirky bars and surf shops that makes Byron Bay holidays a unique Australian experience.

It was Captain James Cook who first named the region Cape Byron after the navigator John Byron and not, as was first thought, after the poet Byron. The bay itself is actually the remains of an ancient shield volcano that erupted 23 million years ago. Temperature wise, Byron has an enviable climate of warm winters and hot summers.

Although Byron Bay is a small town it is internationally famous. Located just south of Brisbane the area grew to fame partly due to its beautiful long sandy beaches and favourable surf breaks and the promise of that laidback Aussie lifestyle that has drawn visitors for years.

This tiny corner of Australia was central to the hippie movement of the early Seventies and Byron Bay - including the inland towns of Nimbin and Lismore - were referred to as the Rainbow Region, Although the area was the site of many industries including cedar logging and dairy farming it was the famous Aquarius Festival held in Nimbin back in 1973 that gave rise to its popularity and reputation as a peace-loving enclave. Favourable surf breaks merely added to the mystique. 

Explore Byron Bay's beaches

 

The coastline at Cape Byron became an obvious destination for beach lovers seeking tranquillity and it is no different today. Byron Bay still possesses that strong cultural reputation. There are many arts and crafts centres and international renowned festivals including writer’s festivals, music and food festivals. For foodies, regular farmer’s markets bring fresh produce for the farm to the table. The beneficiaries are the excellent restaurants and the vibrant Australian cafe scene that is much in evidence here. 

Today the town attracts thousands of visitors every year, and there’s plenty to do in Byron Bay, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, scuba diving and snorkelling.  There are also plenty of surfing and windsurfing schools to help you hone your skills. Meanwhile, on land bike tours will help you discover much of the fine scenery. For peace and serenity cycle or trek through Arakwal National Park to reveal the natural beauty of Cape Byron, beach retreats and whale watching opportunities.

With so much to do Byron Bay will leave you with an indelible image of beauty and culture, where tranquil pursuits mixed with active adventure. Welcome to Australia.  

a person in a red shirt
Just one road back from Byron's main beach you’ll find Bay Lane with some great little restaurants like Ill Buco and Asia Joe’s – both local favourites.
Sue, Travel Designer

What to do in Byron Bay

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Byron Bay.

Choose your adventures

Places to stay in Byron Bay

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Byron Bay holiday.

Choose your accommodation

Recommended experiences

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love.

There are 2 itineraries to choose from below. Use the filters to refine your options.

a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background

APT East Coast Adventure

12 Day Guided Tour
From £4,399 per person

This luxurious holiday takes you to Sydney, the Gold Coast and Cairns - iconic Australian holiday destinations.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Escorted tours
a bridge over a body of water

Pacific Coast Explorer

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,999 per person

North of Sydney on the coast of New South Wales, lies miles of pristine coastline, wildlife havens and stunning natural bays.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Visiting friends & family
  • Wildlife & nature

Other places to go in New South Wales

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love.

a body of water with a city in the background
Sydney

Sydney

a canyon with a mountain in the background
Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

a herd of sheep grazing on a lush green field
Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

a group of people in a body of water
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay

a close up of a hillside next to a body of water
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

From the blog

a large mountain in the background

Top 6 day tours in New South Wales

With so much to do and see, we've picked our most popular tours in Sydney and beyond for your next trip to this beautiful Aussie state...
a tree in front of a body of water

Where to stop off on Australia's east coast

From laid-back beach towns in New South Wales to the dazzling beaches of sunny Queensland, Australia’s east coast really has it all. Have you been yet?
Brighton Beach, Melbourne

6 of the best alternative beaches in Australia

Escape the crowds and enjoy the untouched natural beauty of some of Australia's lesser-known beaches. Discover the best alternative Aussie beaches…