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Located on the NSW north coast, Byron Bay is a very popular destination for those who were attracted to an alternative lifestyle, so much so, that it has attracted many wealthy people, and as a consequence is now becoming an more expensive locale.

One of my own personal favourite destinations Byron Bay still caters for all types of visitors from the down at heel feral’s to the wealthy and showbiz glitterati.

Located approximately 790 km north of Sydney and only 173 km south of Brisbane, Byron Bay is nestled between the rocky headland of Cape Byron and the hills to the west. Cape Byron was named by Captain James Cook in 1770, after Vice-Admiral John Byron (who was the grandfather of the poet Lord Byron). In 1828, Captain H J Rous named the bay to the north of the cape, Byron Bay.

The traditional owners, the Bundjalung Aboriginal people knew the area as “cavaba” which is suppose to mean “meeting place”. Some early maps spelt this “cavvanba”, and for a brief period it was known as “Cavanbah”.

Check out our listing of Byron Bay accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Byron Bay

Information Centre

Byron Visitor Centre
Station Masters Cottage, 80 Jonson Street
Ph: 02 6680 8558

Byron Bay Tours

NSW Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Air T&G
• Hangar No1, Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, BALLINA NSW
• Ph: 02 6681 4915 • Mobile: 0419 673 852 • Email
• AIR T&G operates from the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, providing exclusive heli tours and aerial services to the far north coast NSW. Experience some of Australia's most pristine coastline and hinterland. Available 7 days a week.

Ballina-Byron ToursStill the Best Value on the N.S.W. North Coast

Ballina-Byron Tours
• 329 River St, BALLINA NSW 2478
• Freecall: 1800 028 528 • Mobile: 0419 437 937
• Fax: 02 6686 8011 • Email

Ballina-Byron Tours is an 8 day / 7 night touring holiday for seniors of the beautiful far North Coast of New South Wales. You'll be touring in luxury air conditioned, modern coaches to ensure your maximum comfort and safety throughout your holiday.

BlackDog Surfing
• Shop 8, The Plaza, Jonson St, BYRON BAY NSW 2478 • Ph: 02 6680 9828 • Email
• Learn to surf at one of the best locations in Australia. Our ratio of 1 instructor to 5 students ensures a lot of individual attention. We offer 1, 2, 3 and 5 day courses. Everything you need to go surfing is provided.
Byron Professional Charters
• 20 Old Pacific Hwy, BRUNSWICK HEADS NSW 2483 • Ph: 02 6685 1913 • Email
• Sports fishing - specialising in groups of 4 to 5 anglers, or individuals, whale watching (in season) or general private charter operations.
Dive Australia with Sun Dive Byron Bay
• Middleton St, BYRON BAY NSW 2481 • Ph: 02 6685 7755 • Email
• Established in 1989. Sundive have been the leaders in Diver Training and dive charter in Byron Bay. Winners of the coveted ‘PADI Outstanding Contribution To Diver Education Award’ and the ‘PADI Outstanding Customer Service Award’.
Kool Katz Learn to Surf
• Ph: 02 6685 5169 • Email
• Crack an unwipable smile as you stand and ride a wave for the very first time. Learn to surf with Terry Hannon, Byron Bay's original and most experienced surf tour operator.
Mountain Bike Tours
• BYRON BAY NSW 2481 • Mobile: 0429 122 504 • Email (online form)
• Based out of Byron Bay, Mountain Bike Tours are specialists in mountain biking and cycling tours in Northern NSW and South Queensland. Choose from our range of tours, which range from one day to multiday, wilderness camping to luxury beach holidays, nature experiences to hard core adventure!
Steve’s Tours
• 2 Honeysuckle Drv, BYRON BAY NSW 2481 • Ph: 0414 660 031 (Ballina Shuttle)
• Steve’s Tours is a locally based company with 3 air conditioned buses and 20 years of sound knowledge of the local area. Take Steve's Tours Airport Shuttle Bus from the Ballina airport to your accommodation in and around Byron Bay.

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Byron Bay Transport

Transport: National • NSW
Blanch’s Bus Company
• 5 De Havilland Crescent, BALLINA NSW 2478
• Ph: 02 6686 2144 (24 hour timetable info line) • Email
• Blanch’s provide comprehensive school and route services in and around Ballina, Lennox Head, Suffolk Park, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Bangalow. Blanch’s provide transport services to major local events such as The East Coast Blues & Roots Festival (Easter), Splendour In The Grass (July) and Byron Bay New Years Eve. Also bus charter hire.
byron easyBus
• Ph: 02 6685 7447 Mobile: 0421 606 509 • Email
• byron easyBus provides a fast, frequent, value for money service. Our Door 2 Door service operates to Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports and Brisbane CBD four times a day and we service all Virgin and Jetstar flights arriving and departing Ballina Byron Airport. Forget the hassle of arranging your transport when you arrive. Book online, your booking is instantly confirmed. It’s EASY and you SAVE! All our vehicles can be chartered, if you have a group, contact us for a special rate.
Xcede Transport Solutions
• Ph: 02 6620 9200
• Provide a cost-effective and reliable shuttle bus and limousine service to Byron Bay, New South Wales. We have regular shuttle services to Coolangatta and Ballina Airports and we also have limousine services to Brisbane and Lismore airports.

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Byron Bay Distance

Distance to Byron Bay
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Byron Bay:
• Ballina 37
• Banora Point 61
• Coffs Harbour 243
• Coolangatta, QLD 66
• Gold Coast, QLD 90
• Grafton 169
• Lismore 45
• Mullumbimby 18
• Murwillumbah 50
• Nimbin 74
• Sydney 775
• Tweed Heads 64
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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• Byron Bay Maps
Some maps of the area can be viewed at
Bing Maps - Byron Bay, NSW
Google Maps - Byron Bay NSW 2481
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