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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Visit the most easterly point of Australia. The Lighthouse walk is a scenic hike that winds through rainforest, beach, grassland and cliff tops, ending at the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Keep an eye out for Wallabies, Dolphins and bird life. Take your swimming gear and stop off at Wategos for a swim on the way back. A 3.7km loop.”
  • 162 locals recommend
Café
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“Twists on your warm coffee with mushroom brews and butter coffee as well as the best banana bread you can wrap your mouth around. Be sure to try the fish tacos for lunch and now some epic pizzas for dinner next door in the PM”
  • 114 locals recommend
Resort
“Can't miss this, it's right by Main Beach and a lovely spot for a beer, pub food and live music. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
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“The best bacon n egg rolls. Old Skool sit outside on the grass joint. Burgers n smoothies so either for breakfast or lunch ”
  • 89 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Treehouse is just down the road in Belongil Beach and is open for lunch and dinner. They often have live music and it’s a great spot for a cocktail and bite to eat under the trees.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Café
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“Bayleaf is Byron’s go-to morning coffee place to hang out. Popular with locals and visitors, always busy, and a must-do Byron experience. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Perfectly positioned high on the verandah overlooking the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay. Open all day”
  • 62 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Fun, colourful, casual Mexican located in town on Jonson st. Great spot for lunch on sunny days & a lively happy hour. It can sometimes be a long wait for a table in the evening so give them your name and number and pop over to the beach hotel or the balcony for a drink and they will call you when your table is ready. My personal fave Crispy Snapper & mango naked burrito 🙌🏽 ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
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“Classic remnant of old Byron still supporting local music. The food here is actually really good too.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Stylish Mediterranean eatery - great tapas, tasty meals, licensed, cocktails and coffee. Smart casual vibe. Sophisticated Mediterranean decor. Great people-watching vantage point. Interesting menu. Lunch, dinner and in between. Great meeting place. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Protected beach that has great swimming, amenities, frequented by a local pod of dolphins on any given day. This is a place for the rich and famous, a great spot to start the famous lighthouse walk to the most Easterly point in Australia, 100's of people walk this track daily, not for the faint of heart, lots of stairs. Saturday Mornings from 6am the 440 running club do laps of the Wategos hill if you are a fitness freak. Great accommodation and the renowned award winning Rae's on Wategos Restaurant for a posh lunch, or the outside downstairs now has cocktails and light snacks.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Lodging
“The Byron at Byron Spa offers revitalising massages, facials and spa treatments, using natural ingredients. Each treatment is designed to deliver maximum relaxation and leave you with a sense of wellbeing. Location: 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay Open times: 7 days from 9am Contact / bookings: (02) 6639 2110”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Special night out? Look no further than St Elmo’s - amazing food, and a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is snaring a table as, even on a quiet night, St Elmo’s is often booked out, so remember to book early. Whether you start at the bar or head straight to your table for some of the Bay’s best tapas, you‘re assured of a fantastic evening at this superb venue. REMEMBER: Put on your best holiday outfit and head to St Elmo’s for a night to remember! Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm st elmos byron bay ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Café
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“Food is on point. This cafe is environmentally conscious and always has a great buzz Always busy”
  • 23 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Thursday mornings, 7-11 am, come and check out Byron Bay's delicious fresh produce. A range of food outlets sell yummy breakfasts and pastries/muffins/bread. Coffee is ok (but we prefer it in town).”
  • 37 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Taste the essence of Byron Bay in a beer, the Canteen here is also pushing out quick and amazingly good food. Laid back vibe, definitely a must visit. The founding Partner Jamie Cook is also a top bloke”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Twists on your warm coffee with mushroom brews and butter coffee as well as the best banana bread you can wrap your mouth around. Be sure to try the fish tacos for lunch and now some epic pizzas for dinner next door in the PM”
  • 114 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Treehouse is just down the road in Belongil Beach and is open for lunch and dinner. They often have live music and it’s a great spot for a cocktail and bite to eat under the trees.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Perfectly positioned high on the verandah overlooking the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay. Open all day”
  • 62 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Fun, colourful, casual Mexican located in town on Jonson st. Great spot for lunch on sunny days & a lively happy hour. It can sometimes be a long wait for a table in the evening so give them your name and number and pop over to the beach hotel or the balcony for a drink and they will call you when your table is ready. My personal fave Crispy Snapper & mango naked burrito 🙌🏽 ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Stylish Mediterranean eatery - great tapas, tasty meals, licensed, cocktails and coffee. Smart casual vibe. Sophisticated Mediterranean decor. Great people-watching vantage point. Interesting menu. Lunch, dinner and in between. Great meeting place. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Special night out? Look no further than St Elmo’s - amazing food, and a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is snaring a table as, even on a quiet night, St Elmo’s is often booked out, so remember to book early. Whether you start at the bar or head straight to your table for some of the Bay’s best tapas, you‘re assured of a fantastic evening at this superb venue. REMEMBER: Put on your best holiday outfit and head to St Elmo’s for a night to remember! Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm st elmos byron bay ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
“If you like a hit of golf, the golf course is challenging and stunning. The club house offers an outside deck area for dining and drinks and Sunday's you usually can catch a live band. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Offering sophisticated dining to kiosk takeaway, this award-winning restaurant and kiosk - almost on our doorstep - is a ‘must-visit’ on any trip to Byron. The restaurant has a spectacular panoramic view that takes in Clarkes Beach and The Pass and stretches to Julian Rocks in the distance. It is the only restaurant in Byron right on the beach. The restaurant has a smart-casual vibe and a great menu. It’s also a great place to head for coffee or a glass of wine and perhaps a shared plate - and a chat! The public beach-access path can be found to the left of the restaurant, when facing the sea. *Prefer takeaway? Sit at the outdoor tables under the trees. ‘Beach’ Kiosk serves takeaway coffee, tea, smoothies and snacks from early morning until late-ish, making this a great option for swimmer-clad eating on the way home from the beach. Or, do as the locals do: step inside and walk along the restaurant’s interior boardwalk to check the surf (and the view). Byron Council specially designated that this interior boardwalk, which is on the ‘town side’ (far left) INSIDE the restaurant, should remain free from tables and chairs so people can walk to the front of the restaurant to check the surf. Note: No wifi available in restaurant. ”
  • 36 locals recommend

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