Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the iconic jewel of the Far North Coast, renowned for it’s pristine white-sand beaches, world-renowned surf artisan culture and alternative lifestyle.

But Byron has become much, much more than a surfer-hippy haven.

The bustling streets are rich with local businesses, cafés and restaurants, galleries and retail stores, catering for people of all ages, from all walks of life. Development remains tastefully minimal with no high-rise apartments or dominating hotel blocks hindering the spectacular vistas from Mount Warning in the north to the famous lighthouse and beyond to the south.

Byron’s Arts and Industry Estate is home to thriving local businesses and a local hub of creativity, healing, art and culture. Just five minutes from the Pacific Highway, you’ll find everything from handblown glass, handmade jewellery and unique fashion outlets to yoga and pilates classes, award-winning coffee outlets, surfboard manufacturers, garden centres and mechanics.

Byron Bay has emerged as a sub-tropical paradise with a head for commerce and a heart for fun, peace and serenity.

The small and popular suburb of Pacific Vista is a sanctuary of calm just a short cycle ride from Byron’s CBD and only a few minutes from the Top Shop cafe which serves tasty pastries, hearty lunches and some of the finest coffee in Byron Bay. Wategoes is firmly entrenched as a luxury beachfront address, boasting access to one of the most beautiful north facing beaches on the east coast.

The warm, crystalline waters of Cape Byron Marine Park are home to diverse ocean life including dolphins, fish, sea turtles and the annual migration of humpback whales. Gracing the bay, and three kilometres from shore, sits an indigenous heritage site, Julian Rocks. The Bundjalung people tell of how a jealous husband threw a spear at the canoe of his wife and lover who perished in the ocean. The only remaining traces were the bow and stern of their canoe, which protrudes from the water to this day. Recognised as one of the world’s finest diving locations, two professional diving businesses offer regular trips daily to the landmark.

With Ballina Byron Gateway Airport just 30 minutes to the south and the Gold Coast Airport 45 minutes to the north, travel is both quick and easy. The new Pacific Highway upgrade provides fast and picturesque access to the Gold Coast, Brisbane and beyond.

The family-oriented community of Byron Bay offers diverse education options from daycare to year 12, while Byron’s SAE College and nearby Southern Cross University and Community College support further education for school-leavers and mature students.


  • St Finbarr’s Primary School
  • Byron Community Primary School
  • Byron Bay Public School
  • Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
  • Byron Bay High School


  • Population: approx. 9,000
  • Av. winter day temp: 19C
  • 175 km south of Brisbane
  • Aboriginal name: Cavvanbah