For the best breaks in town, surfers head to the long waves of The Pass, Wategos Beach and Cosy Corner – just three of the 14 beaches around the Byron Shire area. For more need-to-know info before you go to Byron Bay, read on.
Australian residents can explore the country with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits three months travel within Australia over a 12 month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian embassy or consulate.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ is ideal for international travellers as it can hold a range of currencies including Australian Dollars, and can be used like a credit card.
Byron Bay is probably the only place in Australia where there are options for vegetarians and vegans in every establishment. The focus is on fresh, local and organic produce with plenty of cafes, sushi bars and juice spots around serving everything from Mexican to Greek fare. Some of Australia’s best chefs have also relocated to the area bringing some award-winning dining options to the greater Byron Bay foodie scene including Fishheads at Bangalow and Harvest at Newrybar. The legendary Earth ‘n’ Sea Amazing Pizza & Pasta on Byron Street is another local fave. Fish and chips eaten on the Main Beach is a must, as is sampling the local craft beers.
Byron Bay has a number of nightspots from backpacker nightclubs to refined wine bars, earning it a reputation as a party town and destination for school leavers. For live music, The Backroom of the Great Northern Hotel on Jonson Street is the place to go with many Aussie and international acts touring here throughout the year while the Beach Hotel opposite Main Beach offers local acts in an upmarket pub environment. CocoMangas on Jonson Street is famous for its jam jar drinks and backpacker party atmosphere, while trance and dance music aficionados can get their musical fix at LaLaLand on Lawson Street.