Byron Bay is a tourism mecca and internationally renowned surf spot, with thousands of motorhome rentals travelling through each year. People walk barefoot through the city and life travels at a slow pace. Located just 40 minutes south of the Gold Coast, Byron Bay could not be more different. Long, balmy days and perfect surf breaks could see you never wanting to leave. Give in to the casual vibe and take a stroll along the beaches.
Byron Bay motorhomes – all the brands are right here
Unsurprisingly for such a popular Australian tourism spot, there are many campervan/motorhome rental options. However, Motorhome Republic makes the whole process stress-free by collating and comparing all of the best brands. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking for a specific size of vehicle, let us take care of your Byron Bay camper adventure.
The ultimate Aussie holiday, things to do in Byron Bay
Take a walk to the eastern-most part of Australia. This stroll takes you along the coastline, past some pretty beaches and eventually up to the lighthouse. The views are amazing and you can spend a fair while dolphin spotting. Be prepared for steps and steep paths.
Byron Bay ballooning is a truly amazing experience. Perhaps indulge in a champagne breakfast and float over some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It is simply breathtaking. Belongil Beach is the quieter sand-spot in Byron, and is especially lovely at sunrise when the sand is firm and not populated with sunbathers. Nudity is also permitted all year.
Those from Byron understand the healing powers of nature. Try it for yourself and take a walk through Arakwal National Park. The scenery is stunning and you’ll see lizards, wallabies, echidna, and snakes, plus Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Stone and Wood Brewery is worth a tour and tasting of their amazing beers. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive, and you can’t go wrong with a free tour and a couple of complimentary drinks while learning about the brewing process.
Nightlife, bars and restaurants of Byron
Cicchetti Byron Bay is a tapas restaurant Italian style. The chef once worked in a Michelin Hatted restaurant so the food is exquisite. Harvest offers modern Australian fare with fresh seafood the star attraction. It is sophisticated yet charming and has won many awards.
Waking up or winding down, the Roadhouse is the perfect pitstop for a nomadic traveller. The locals are friendly, the food is tasty and the atmosphere relaxed. Pass Cafe is a must stop when you’re off visiting the lighthouse or taking a beach walk. The coffee is spot on and the treats are lip-smacking.
Il Buco is a little hidden gem in Byron with perfect pizzas and gelato. It’s a casual place where BYO is welcome and the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing. As the sun sets, Cheeky Monkeys and CocoMangas, both on Jonson Street, gather a backpacker crowd. For something a little more sophisticated, the Owl & the Pussycat Tapas Bar and Restaurant has live blues, jazz and piano music every night from 6pm.
Byron Bay accommodation – camping options
For the serenity of nature and reassuring hiss of a cappuccino machine, North Coast Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach is your perfect holiday destination with your Australia campervan rental. It’s within walking distance to Byron Bay around the beach. In fact Main Beach, The Pass and Wategoes Beach are all within walking distance.
Surrounded by tropical gardens and lakes 2km from the town centre, Byron Bay Tourist Village offers a family-friendly holiday atmosphere. A swimming pool and full-sized tennis court, barbeques and on-site cafe and kiosk make this place feel like a resort.
Suffolk Beach front Holiday Park offers a quiet and tranquil experience. Located directly on the beach on the south side of town, just a 10-minute drive down the road, it’s far enough away to relax yet still close to the action.
Those after an altogether different experience may be tempted by the river-mouth based fishing village of Brunswick Heads 15 minutes to the north.
For those keen to try ‘free camping’, there are parking spots just north of Byron Bay on the Pacific Highway. Free camping in Byron Bay is not permitted, with fines issued by the Byron Shire Council rangers. Please respect the Bay and remember to take all rubbish with you.
Road-trips from Byron
Coff’s Harbour is a three-hour journey from Byron Bay heading south. It’s a little adventure paradise with skydiving, white-water rafting and surfing all on its doorstep. It’s a friendly beachside city halfway from Brisbane to Sydney. On the way to Coff’s, stop in at Yamba to indulge in a pastry treat from the famous Pot Belly Pies, then walk along one of 11 uncrowded beaches to work it off.
Detour to Duranbah for Tropical Fruit World – the largest grower of tropical fruits in the world. Taste a wide range of fruits, feed the birds and take a boat ride. If you’re a coffee fiend, travel inland to Newrybar plateau and the Broken Head Coffee Plantation to see it being made.
Of course travelling along the coast is one of the most beautiful trips in the world and it would be a shame to miss it. Byron Bay is about a nie-hour drive from Sydney and two hours from Brisbane. There are plenty of beachside towns on the way in either direction.
Just chill in Byron – a handy motorhome driving guide
Mitre 10 Byron Bay and the local service station provide gas bottle refills. They’ll also point you in the right direction and offer help where they can.
Booking ahead is a good idea in summer or if your visit coincides with one of Byron Bay’s many festivals.
Share the driving and take rest breaks every two hours.