Byron Bay, Australia

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Rates from (inc tax)$293.14

Price information

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Relaxed rainforest resort


A totter from Tallow Beach

Bed down in the rainforest at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, a tropical treat with an excellent restaurant, award-winning spa and flocks of resident birds and butterflies. Toast the forest from the glittering green pool, stroll to the beach or laze around in your fig-and-fern-surveying room.

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Need to know


92 suites.


11am; earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $293.14 (AU$386), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD425.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast. The hotel has a free scheduled shuttle service into town. There's a 1.8 per cent surcharge for all credit-card payments.


Have a couple's massage in the serene green lotus gardens, with the waves breaking in the background. Given your surroundings, it makes sense to try the Native Flora Journey, which features hot oil and clay, or the Everglades Escape, a facial that begins with a foot bath.

At the hotel

Rainforest, lake, beach (an eye-bogglingly beautiful five-minute walk away), swimming pools, gardens, spa with six treatment rooms, gift shop selling local products, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, radio, minibar (Superior and Deluxe Spa Suites also have bathrobes and slippers). Each room has a kitchenette with an oven, microwave, dishwasher, sink, washing machine and kettle; rooms also all have a netted verandah.

Our favourite rooms

Deluxe Spa rooms are closest to the beach and removed from the resort's main facilities, meaning more privacy and romance. Rivergum 88, decorated with hits of berry-red and orange, has one of the best spots. Lie like a starfish on your big bed and enjoy the sounds of the forest, or sit out on your balcony with that book you've been meaning to plough through.


Eyeball the rainforest from the raised infinity pool, sheltered from the elements by a curtain-like wall of thick greenery. There’s teak furniture and generously sized sun loungers to sprawl out on; you can order cocktails or pick which factor sun lotion to splash on from the serviced pool stand.

Packing tips

Binoculars and beach towels. It can get cool in the evenings, so bring warmer layers to slip on.


Smokers should only light up in the designated smoking verandah next to the restaurant; your balcony and the walkways are all non-cancer-stick territory. In June and July 2014, communal areas will have a light spruce-up (disruption should be minimal).


This hotel is designed for older Smiths; leave the bairns behind.


The hotel is as green as its surroundings: the architecture relies on the flow of fresh air, rather than air conditioning; recycled grey water is used for washing; staff are trained on rainforest conservation; light bulbs are ecologically sound and the hotel recycles as much as possible.

Food and Drink


Top Table

Sit out on the deck facing the curtain of greenery shrouding the pool. At night, soft lighting, little candles and the sounds of the rainforest make for naturally romantic meals. If it’s cold, retreat inside and admire the same view from the windows.

Dress Code

Rainforest-ready: linen and light layers.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel's smart but relaxed restaurant is a shining example of Australian design: the inside-outside dining area has a soaring roof, exposed beams, fold-back doors and skylights. Natural timber and a calm colour scheme add up to a restful setting for upscale dishes with Asian accents. Breakfast is one of the best buffet spreads we've ever clapped eyes on, with excellent hot options, too.

Hotel bar

There's no separate bar as such, but the open-plan design of the hotel means you can enjoy a drink anywhere: in the restaurant, by the pool, on the deck that flows through from the restaurant and in the gardens. The thyme-topped whisky and peach concoction is particularly toothsome.

Last orders

It’s a pretty relaxed set up: drinks are served as long as guests are thirsty; the last dishes are plated up around 9pm, with a little wiggle room.

Room service

Order food from the restaurant menu to your room between 12pm and 9pm.


The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa
77-79 Broken Head Road
Byron Bay


Most guests will fly into Gold Coast Airport (, an hour away by car. Alternatively, Ballina Airport is 40km away, a half-hour drive (‎). Hotel transfers are from $20 a person, each way.


It takes an hour to drive here from the Gold Coast. If you’re coming from the north, drive to Byron Bay, through Byron Bay and onto Broken Head Road. The resort is about 4km along this road.

Worth getting out of bed for

Though staff are on hand to zip you around the resort in little golf buggies, we recommend you stroll down the raised timber walkways that curve around the trees and cut into the rainforest’s canopy of figs and ferns. You’ll see lizards climbing trees, bush-turkeys foraging in the rainforest’s leafy litter and observe all manner of brightly coloured tropical creatures going about their beastly business. While you’re stomping around, take in the earthy smells of the forest and the salty scents from the beach. Speaking of the beach, go and visit it: Tallow Beach’s swathe of sand is accessed by a security gate just for guests, and shrouded by wetlands and thick scrub, making it a private and serene spot. Keen surfers and divers will get their kicks here; you can also fish along the beach, go for a bracing stroll or enjoy a colourful rainforest hike. Visit the secluded lake and admire the massive tidal lagoon from one of the viewing platforms. If you’d rather do very little at all, beach yourself on one of the pool loungers and while away the hours by the pool or on your balcony, or book one of the brilliant treatments (we liked the hot-stone massage) at the spa. Of course, you’ll probably want to head into Byron to potter around the beach resort’s glut of galleries, shops and cafes. The hotel’s free shuttle leaves three times daily (or you can pay for a private transfer at a time that suits you).

Local restaurants

Targa café has a handy location on Middleton Street, right by Byron Bay’s beach, and an open-plan, open-air setting so you can sit back and watch the world go by. The café doubles up as a modern Italian restaurant by night (+61 (0)2 6680 9960; Have breakfast or lunch at Bayleaf (+61 (0)2 6685 8900) on Marvell Street; Top Shop (+61 (0)2 6685 6495) on Carlyle Street is another great option for good coffees and even better burgers. After walking to the lighthouse and appraising the surf, reward yourself with a flat white or fresh fruit juice at the Pass Café (+61 (0)2 6680 8028) on Brooke Drive. If you’ve a yen for dumplings, book a table at Red Ginger (+61 (0)2 6680 9779), which is at 111 Jonson Street. Don’t miss a trip to Harvest Café in Newrybar, set in a historic cottage five minutes from Bangalow and 20 minutes from Byron (+61 (0)2 6687 2644; Book well in advance for breakfast or dinner (it’s a popular spot), and potter around pretty Bangalow afterwards.




Anonymous review

Australia’s most easterly point used to get visits from us a couple times a year. We even got engaged and married in Byron Bay. But that was BC. Before child. Like many of her kind, Baby Smith slammed a spanner in our freestyling, weekending ways. Our trip to the Byron at Byron resort marks the first time we’re holidaying alone, just Mr and Mrs Smith, since her birth two years ago. But enough of all that – it’s not as though you should suffer your style being cramped by nippers – let’s cut to the good bit. After a little setting of the scene.

Whisked away from the check-in queue, a friendly staff member registers us with minimal fuss and gives us a map of the resort so we can find our way around. We jump in the back of a golf buggy; our room is one of 92 scattered throughout the 45-hectare property – all easy meandering distance from the main restaurant and pool area. Oh yes.

‘Inspired by nature’ is a shtick that gets our thumbs up with sub-tropical rainforest backing onto the beach, and anything man made blended sneakily with the surrounds. Our one-bedroom deluxe suite is more self-contained studio apartment than hotel room. With fly-screened patios on both ends, you can leave the doors wide open to welcome the outside in. It’s like taking up residence in a chic jungle cabin. If I were to bang on about how clever the use of space is I’d tell you that the bedroom can be sealed off from the living area with Japanese-style sliding doors; as can the bathroom, with its stand-alone bath – truth is I’m just thrilled to appreciate a bath that doesn’t include rubber duckies and a tiny, squishy small person. Did I mention the fully equipped kitchenette with stove, microwave, full-size fridge, dishwasher and washing machine? No. That’s because I resolve to ignore each of these items for the duration of our trip.

While Mr Smith has a snooze, I skip down the boardwalk to throw myself into the great outdoors. It’s 6pm but still warm and light for another couple of hours. I grab a deckchair by the pool and order a glass of rosé. I even tuck into a new book. I haven’t read a book since the fall of the Roman Empire. Now to the good stuff. That pool. All glorious 25 metres of it. The rainforest provides a soundtrack of native Australian bird and insect life and wind rustling in the trees and it all alludes to us being in the middle of nowhere, not in one of the country’s most popular tourist towns. More than 1.4 million visitors descend on this casual 9,000-population beach town a year, yet right now. I’m the only person enjoying the pool’s serenity. I’ve noticed a mix of couples and families at the resort, but as I spy a sign declaring kids under-three banned from the main pool I discreetly do an air punch.

The Byron at Byron makes you feel like you're not in Byron. Which is good and bad – depending on your priorities. No backpackers. No drunken teenagers or bearded hipsters. It’s all very civilised. Sure there are no ocean views, but the beach is but a five-minute walk through the rainforest, and town is a short car ride or shuttle away.

Obviously for dinner we sit outdoors, and it is sublime. Just-baked sourdough with butter and dukka; fresh asparagus with goats curd; Balinese fish with Nimbin Valley rice, eggplant and chilli macadamias – it’s always local produce where possible. On Thursday mornings, you can even do a farmers’ market tour with the chef. The following morning, we abandon plans to do the daily yoga class by the pool in favour of a luscious lie-in, followed by more food. I’m a sucker for a hotel breakfast, but this buffet is overwhelmingly fresh and healthy. I run, nay, sprint there, where I stock up on sourdough, cheeses, roast tomatoes and mushrooms, fresh fruit, muesli, yoghurt and freshly squeezed orange juice. As I make my way back to our table, I notice there are pancakes and pastries. I drop my plates on the table and run back.

After my 19-course breakfast, we jump in the car to hit the beach before it gets too hot. There are a few spots to choose from – the resort backs onto Tallows Beach, which, while still patrolled, isn’t the best for swimming, so we head to Clarke’s Beach. Byron always looks beautiful, but today it is perfection. The water is crystal clear and 27 degrees. We frolic in the gentle waves and take a leisurely walk before retiring to our hotel’s pool.

An afternoon nap is followed by another spectacular meal. There are so many great restaurants in Byron these days. Once known as an alternative hippy town, Byron has well and truly shed that label, with an upmarket food-and-wine scene as shiny, sparkly and pricey as you’d find in any major city. Our day proves so dreamy that when we wake up we just hit repeat. We re-enact everything in the same order, with military precision, except this time I throw in a spa treatment. I’d love to rave about my one-hour spa pedicure, except I fall straight to sleep. On the plus side, I wake to coral-coloured toes; impressive, considering I twitch wildly when slumbering.

When our sojourn is close to ending, we make a snap decision to ask reception if there’s space to keep us another night. There isn’t. Our devastation is quelled with a magnificent cocktail overlooking the pool. We remind ourselves that we’re going home to the best tiny person either of us has ever met; though neither of us can recall her name. We toast a goodbye to the resort and vow to return urgently, if not sooner. Maybe next time we’ll bring the child. (As if.)


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The entire property, what a relaxed vibe with rooms in clusters amongst the rainforest. Pool perfect size and temperature, free shuttle service into town (15 mins) 3 times a day, a short walk to the beach, a great place for any occasion. Rooms come with a great sized kitchenette (including microwave, oven, hobs, large fridge, seating for 4 and washing machine). Great lounge area with coffee table and TV, large bedroom and bathroom plus walk-in wardrobe. A bungalow amongst the forest. Protective screens fully secure the room, which have a front and back balcony, from insets and bugs. Main town is 15 mins away offering supermarkets, boutique shops and restaurants, along with the main beach. Stroll and enjoy the sites, the people and the sounds and smells of this buzzy town.

Don’t expect

Breakfast includes only 1 coffee from the coffee machine made by staff (you have to pay for further cups). They do have endless pre-brewed coffee for free.


Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The pool, proximity to the beach and relaxing atmosphere. Loved everything!


Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

The pool and surrounds, absolutely amazing. This is our second stay and would not book at any other place when visiting Byron Bay. Harvest in Newrybar serves great breakfast lunch and dinner. Domo in nearby Federal is worth the drive for amazing sushi. Bayleaf in Byron for great breakfast or all day dining.

Don’t expect

The hotel and surrounds are amazing there is nothing lacking.


Stayed on 22 Oct 2015

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