Discover hotels and villas in reach of great surfing in New South Wales, Australia

Some jokingly refer to Byron Bay as the most northern suburb of Sydney – everything you can find in the big smoke is on your doorstep here, too. There’s also a charming ‘peace, love and mung beans’ vibe about this beach town and the hinterland beyond that attracts stressed-out, well-to-do city folk and backpackers from all corners of the earth. The New Age, eco-friendly lifestyle here has made Byron the yoga capital of Australia, with a smorgasbord of alternative therapies on offer from massage to flotation tanks, plus healthy, organic food to match. If you can tear yourself away from your mellow day spa, there are rolling hills for walking and splendid beaches to swim, dive and surf off. Add to this northern New South Wales town laid-back bars and restaurants, and the rolling hills of the Byron Bay Hinterland beyond, and you’ve got one of Australia’s best-loved destinations.