Byron Bay

Byron Bay
31st August 2020 Safer Travel

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a great family holiday destination, with glorious beaches that are known for surfing and scuba diving activities. Home to some of Australia’s wonderful wildlife, this town is must see. To capture Byron Bay’s iconic views, head to Cape Byron State Conservation Park, where lies a lighthouse making a great lookout.

British Consulate General Sydney
Gateway Building
NSW 2000
+612 8247 2200
Surfers and beachgoers in Byron Bay


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: Triple Zero (000)
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Country Code: AU
  • Travel Visa: Required (click here for more info)
  • Population: 9,000

Risk Level

Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 24%
Pickpickets 35%
Mugging 10%
Common Crimes 20%

Travellers Tips

Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.


For the Emergency services just dial 000 from any phone.

Hospitals in Byron Bay

Tourist Offices

Travelling Around

Byron Bay offers versatile transport links throughout its areas. Most common, train service provide for efficient ways of getting around. A solar trail that operates from the North, to the centre, an hourly service. Parking can be hard to find. You can find free all-day parking at the Butler Street Reserve.

Train Stations

Byron Bay Safety

Byron Bay

  • How do I keep up with the local news?
  • What are the top safety tips?

    Water is the biggest hazard in Byron, if you are learning to surf or going swimming make sure you are in patrolled areas and take extra care if swimming at night.

  • What are the common crimes?

    Beware of pickpockets as they tend to operate in tourist areas, keep your belongings secure at all times and be careful if strangers try to make conversation or distract you as it could be an attempt to steal your valuables.

    Not really a crime but something to be aware of, the main hazard in Byron is drunken people. They are not likely to take your belongings but if in large groups they can be intimidating. Make sure you keep control and in a group, there should be no problems.

  • Are there any areas to avoid?

    Byron is considered a very safe town and is a huge draw for tourists, backpackers there are no real danger hotspots but the usual safety precautions apply.

Improve Your Personal Safety

Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.

Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.

Response – the right reaction can change a situation.

Local Traditions

Every culture has its customs and traditions, they have been handed down the generations and are always held in high regards by the local residents.

Annual Events

Byron Spirit Festival 
The Byron Spirit Festival brings together many art forms and concentrates on the evolution of personal spiritual growth. There are many events held during the festival with parties and music that all have a natural vibration is a theme, it has a very relaxed atmosphere and very friendly towards visitors and locals just like the feel of the town itself.

The Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic
For over 25 years the ocean swim has been held on the first Sunday in May from Wategos Beach to Main Beach, Byron Bay. The swim is around 2.5 km’s and is open to all swimmers over the age of 12. It is a great event that attracts over 2,000 swimmers and over 5,000 spectators. All funds raised are donated to local charities and it a great event for great causes.

Annual Events

Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Byron Bay Events

Byron Bay International Film Festival
The Film Festival has been running for over 8 years and offers a platform for young and independent film makes to showcase their work, the festival has an emphasis on content that seeks to raise social, cultural and environmental awareness. Its a festival that does not have the same focus on big budget films like many of the other festivals.

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival
Usually taking place in October of each year, this festival offers many established writers and comedians the opportunity to read their works and practice their art on a public stage. One of the main focuses of the festival focus is on Australian writing, with recognition of our physical place in the world through the inclusion of Indonesian and Asian authors. Many writers love the festival and people travel from all over the country and world to attend the event.

Byron Bay Surf Festival
The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival focuses on the creative culture within surfing, the three day event features surf art, photography, live music, films, history, surfing and lifestyle. Byron Bay is the perfect destination to showcase the festival as surfing is a way of life for many residents.

Byron Bay Highlights

Byron Bay Highlights

  • Are there any good beaches?

    Main Beach
    Directly in front of town, this Main Beach is the most popular in Byron Bay. Visitors come for sunbathing, yoga classes and strolls. Catch an amazing sunrise if you decide to hit the beach early.

    Belongil Beach
    High dunes and fun activities are common sightings of this beach. Northwest of the town centre, this beach is popular for surfers.

    Watego’s Beach
    Do you want to see dolphins? This beach is located East of Byron Bay, a small crescent that is home to amazing wildlife. A popular destination for the family, to get a glimpse of Australia’s wonder.

  • What are the highlight attractions?

    Cape Byron State Conservation Park
    Home to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, this attraction is the perfect lookout. It includes the most eastern point of the Australian mainland. From 1901, the lighthouse is the country’s most powerful shipping beacon, a symbolic display of its heritage.

    Rainforest Walk to Minyon Falls
    Take a guided tour of a rainforest walk to see Minyon Falls. A day trip on Byron’s Hinterland Tour can provide for an insightful walk around an amazing natural attraction. At Nightcap National Park, there are pools of freshwater, hard flowing waterfalls and breathtaking views.

    Byron Bay Tandem Sky Dive
    If you are a thrill seeker, you can sky dive above Byron Bay. An incredible view of the beaches and wildlife. Certainly one for an unforgettable adventure.

  • What else is there to see?

    Crystal Castle
    Located in Byron’s beautiful hinterland, the Crystal Castle offers a getaway to the spirituality and reflective parts of life. The whole area has a feel of the spiritual and many people travel to the Crystal Castle to have sometime with themselves and loved ones, a great place to chill out and reflect on life.

    Tropical Fruit World
    An agricultural tourist attraction which grows over 500 different tropical and rare fruit. It is also an ecological tourist destination where fruit growing is blended with a native reserve of rain forest trails, landscaped waterways and native animals. Its a beautiful place located outside of Byron its self but well worth the drive if you have transport.