The Best Places to Stay in Byron Bay, Australia

Come to backpacker-friendly Byron Bay for chilled afternoons on sandy stretches, including Belongil Beach
Come to backpacker-friendly Byron Bay for chilled afternoons on sandy stretches, including Belongil Beach | © David Young / Alamy Stock Photo
Richard Collett

A stalwart on the Australian travel scene, Byron Bay is packed with first-class accommodation, from vibrant hostels to tranquil villas. Here are the best – all bookable on Culture Trip.

The most easterly point on the mainland of Australia may be classic surfing territory, but you don’t need to have mastered the waves to enjoy the sandy beaches and boho vibes of Byron Bay. Budget backpackers can join the free spirits at Aquarius Backpackers Resort, while luxury travellers can rent their own villa with a private pool at Beach Suites. Whatever your style, the best places to stay in Bryon Bay have you covered.

1. Raes on Wategos

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Penthouse suite Raes on Wategos Byron Bay Australia
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With just two penthouses and five suites, Raes on Wategos is the place to book if you’re searching for secluded luxury. Overlooking Wategos Beach on the Cape Byron Headland, it’s far from the main town, surrounded by wilderness. The hotel itself is far from wild, though. Rooms come with four-poster beds, while Raes Spa features a Moroccan bathhouse. The dining room serves gourmet Aussie food with a Mediterranean touch, and there’s even an artist in residence at this plush spot.

2. The Cactus Rose Villa

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Villa

An outdoor pool outside The Cactus Rose Villa
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Book early to stay in this spacious home – the Cactus Rose Villa is one of a kind in Byron Bay. Located above a designer shop – Spell & the Gypsy Collective, right in the centre of Byron Bay – this converted one-bedroom attic is far more spacious than you might imagine and even features a palm-lined outdoor area with yoga mats. Guests have access to the adjacent swimming pool and are invited to get around town using the vintage bicycles at the villa.

4. The Lord Byron

Boutique Hotel

Exterior of The Lord Byron
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The Lord Byron caters to a laid-back travel crowd, with everything about the hotel geared towards making your stay in Byron Bay as easy as possible. Every guest is provided with a complimentary late checkout, so you can make the most of your time on the beach, while the hotel swimming pool has a poolside bar offering cocktail and cold beer delivery to your sun lounger. Book into a deluxe queen room or bring along friends or family and stay in one of the swish two-bedroom apartments.

5. Elements of Byron

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel

Wide-angle birds-eye view of Elements Of Byron Resort and Spa
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If you’re a barefoot luxury traveller, Elements of Byron is the spa hotel you need in your travel life. This luxury hotel features beachside villas spread across acres of secluded tropical coastline. Start the day with a treatment at the Osprey Spa and end it at the adults-only Summer Salt Bar for swim-up cocktails. Then there’s the Lagoon Pool, where drinks are delivered straight to your lounger.

6. Abelia House

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

An outdoor terrace at Abelia House
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One for the romantics, Abelia House is the old fashioned Byron Bay getaway that couples will love. This homely guesthouse is just a 10-minute drive from Byron Bay and the main beaches, but with a location among 40ha (100 acres) of secluded forest, it’s a world away from the bistros and bars of the town. Take a stroll through the trees then sit back on the veranda and watch the kangaroos bounce past as the sun sets.

7. Aquarius Backpackers Resort

Hostel

A terrace in the sun at Aquarius Backpacker Resort
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Byron Bay is classic backpacker territory and you can expect your cash to go a long way in this part of New South Wales if you check into a budget hostel. One of the best hostels in Byron Bay is Aquarius Backpackers Resort, where travellers are just 150m (492ft) from the main beach. That said, you may not find the time to leave the outdoor swimming pool, bar and grill area. If you’re in Byron Bay to socialise, Aquarius Backpackers Resort is the place to be.

8. The Bower Byron Bay

Boutique Hotel

An outdoor pool at The Bower Byron Bay
Courtesy of the Bower Byron Bay / Expedia

The Bower Byron Bay is where classy boutique accommodation meets laid-back beach vibes. The suites may feature four-poster beds and sleek decor, but no one is going to complain about you walking around the hotel in flip-flops. Groups can book out the Bower Cottage, a five-bedroom, 100-year-old spot that’s been renovated to exude effortless elegance.

9. Beach Suites

Independent Hotel

A living room at Beach Suites with double doors leading to a terrace with a sun lounger
Courtesy of Beach Suites / Expedia

Right on the sands of Main Beach, these luxury oceanfront studios have timber decking, gas barbecues and private plunge pools. Garden suites are surrounded by trees, providing guests with that added level of seclusion while sticking with the tropical vibe of northern New South Wales. If it’s privacy you desire, book a top-floor penthouse suite with a private veranda, swimming pool and unbeatable views across the Pacific Ocean.

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