Byron Bay is a destination that draws travellers from far and wide. It offers spectacular beaches, lush hinterland rainforests, fine dining, great shopping and incredible spa retreats. We could go on about the fabulous festivals, markets laden with handmade goodies and fresh produce, galleries galore and incredible entertainment, but the main thing you need to know is that Byron Bay is a top spot (dare we say the best in Australia) and we’re all ready for your arrival. So how to get here?
Roads and Car Hire in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is situated on the far north coast of New South Wales, just off the Pacific Highway. It is located 800kms north of Sydney (around a nine hour drive), or 170km south of Brisbane (a two hour drive). It’s also just 90km south of the Gold Coast. If you’re not driving all the way, you may choose to fly to Brisbane or Ballina and then hire a car. There are a number of car hire operators in the vicinity through which cars can be pre-booked. Or you might arrange a car on arrival at the airport. It does pay to do your research to find out the best available rates. Discounts may apply if you choose to hire a car for longer periods.
Flying to Byron Bay
Fly Direct to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. Arriving from Sydney, Newcastle or Melbourne? Start your journey with an easy flight and quick transfer into the beautiful Byron Bay and surrounds. Jetstar, Virgin Australia, FlyPelican and REX each have daily flights.
Coach and Bus Travel
Byron Bay has a long-distance bus terminal located in the centre of town. Coach companies such as Greyhound Australia offer regular services to and from Byron Bay. Check out bus operator sites for timetables, fares and any specials that may be available. There are also a few companies that offer express bus services to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Locally, Blanch's Bus Company operates various routes in and around town and between Byron Bay and nearby spots including Bangalow and Ballina. You’ll really start to feel like a local when you start bussing about town.
CountryLink operates long distance trains from Sydney to Casino where you can then catch a bus to Byron Bay. You can choose from economy or first class fares. First class carriages provide wider seats, more leg room and roomier bathrooms. Both hot meals and snacks are available on trains. A train can be a comfortable way to travel and see the countryside at the same time.
Transport in and around Byron Bay
Taxis, hire cars, limos and buses are also available in Byron Bay. Hail a cab from the kerb or there’s a taxi stand in central Jonson Street.
To make the most of your Byron Bay visit it’s best to plan ahead and have your travel organised early if you can. Don’t forget that peak times can be busy not only for accommodation, but for planes, trains and buses as well. If you’re thinking of staying close to town you’ll be fine without a car. Hop on a local bus, take a taxi if needed, or there are local tours to help you get out and about. With gorgeous beaches, great shopping, cinemas and bars all within walking distance, you probably won’t need to travel far at all.
However, if you’re looking to do lots of exploring in the hinterland region and further afield, a car could certainly be an asset. You may be able to hire one for a few days to really take your time and discover some of the wonderful sights in the region. With colourful villages, rainforest lookouts and spectacular waterfalls to discover, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to fill your days in beautiful Byron Bay.