Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay and the Rainforest – Under $200

Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay

With a unique Bohemian vibe Byron Bay offers long white beaches, cool cafes, surfing, rejuvenating spas, year round sun and relaxation. You’ll find quirky places to stay in Byron Bay: in the lush rainforest surrounding the bay and cool lodgings at the beach too.

Want affordable? These are all less than $200 per night. But check with the links because prices are always seasonal.

Note: If you’ve never heard of HomeAway it’s similar to AirBnB with holiday lets – homes and studios.

What’s Ahead? Treehouse, Converted Butter Factory, Off-Grid, Dome, Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Retro Cottage, Bali-inspired, Japanese-style, with Bonus quirky places to eat and things to do…

Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Byron and the Rainforest.

Garden Burees Bali Feature

The Garden Burees of Byron Bay – Luxury

Best for: Central Byron Bay, Style, Groups, Families, CouplesGarden Burees Lounge Byron Bay

Quirky, beautiful and funky these exotic Burees sit in tropical gardens in the heart of Byron Bay. Right next door to The Buddha Gardens Day Spa and Byron Bay Brewery.

Each Buree is unique so you can relax and rejuvenate in style:
Luxury Grand Buree 3-bedroom villa for groups and families, Balinese-Style Burees for romantics and Edgy and Chic-Style Burees.

Garden Burees Pool


Wategos Treehouse Studio – Your Own Treehouse in Byron Bay

Best for: Treehouse, Rainforest, Right in Byron Bay, Sunset, Beach, Couples

A beautiful romantic treehouse set in the rainforest just below Byron Bay’s lighthouse and a short walk above the beach.Wategos Treehouse Studio Byron Bay
In the heart of Byron Bay you’re close to everything Byron Bay has to offer. You can walk through the rainforest to the Lighthouse and beyond, enjoy a flat white at one of the local cafes, eat healthy vegan in town, swim at the beach, rejuvenate at a spa, enjoy the sunset on your treehouse deck.

Byron Bytter Factory Apartments

Byron Beachside @ Butter Factory Byron – Central Byron Bay, Contemporary

Best for: Central Location, Modern, Plenty of Space, Groups, Families

You may not think of factories when you dream of your Byron Bay break but this 1895 butter factory, in the centre of town, is converted into warehouse-style holiday apartments.

Although not much of the old character left, except some exposed brick and high ceilings, each apartment is very modern, stylish and spacious. In the heart of Bryon Bay!

The location is superb so you are only a few minutes from supermarket, shops, restaurants, Byron Bay Markets and around 15 minutes walk to the beach. (might be too hot in summer to walk that distance though!)

Partridge Cottage Byron Bay

Partridge Cottage and Geoffs Shed | NSW National Parks

Best for: Nostalgia, Retro, Byron Bay Main Beach, Cottage for Groups, ‘Shed’ for Couples

Partridge Cottage is an original beauty smack bang on Byron Bay’s main beach. Done up in retro 50’s style but with your mod cons for comfort and located right in the heart of the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Why not experience an original Aussie beach holiday?

  • Cottage Hire
  • Partridge Cottage fits 5 guests with 2 bedrooms (2 queen beds, 1 single bed, cot hire)
  • Kitchen, BBQ, TV
  • Book Here

Geoffs Shed, next to Partridge Cottage, offers nostalgia at the beach for 2 lucky guests!

  • Studio aka Shed Hire
  • Swimming & Sunbathing at Bryon Bay’s Main Beach
  • Kitchenette
  • 1 bedroom with double bed, bathroom.
  • Book Here

Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages | NSW National Parks

Best for: Acting like a Lighthouse Keeper! Incredible Views, HistoryLighthouse Keepers Cottage Byron Bay

Those incredible views from the Byron Bay Lighthouse are all yours when you play lighthouse keeper in one of the two heritage listed Assistant Lighthouse Keepers’ cottages!

Set on the site right next to the lighthouse – you’re surrounded by visitors during the day but at 4.30 the place is all yours.

  • Cottage Hire
  • Each cottage has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 6
  • 2 queen beds, 2 single beds
  • Kitchen, TV.
  • Families, Couples, Groups
  • Book Here

Azabu Byron Bay

Azabu – Japanese Nature Hotel

Best for: Japanese-Style Boutique Lodging, Set in the heart of a forest, Massage, Day Spa

This Japanese-style nature hotel is set in a forest 4kms south west of Byron Bay. Peaceful and relaxing but like hotels in Japan the rooms are small. The forest setting seems to polarize guests – they either like the closeness of the trees while others find it damp.

Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay and the Rainforest – up to 3o Minutes Inland

Rainforest Room near Byron Bay

Rainforest Room – Romantic Hideaway for Two with Awesome Views

Best for: Romantic Rainforest Retreat, Amazing views, Private, Outdoor dining

This Homeaway studio for two is set on stilts in the sub tropical hinterland overlooking the rainforest, Cape Byron, and the ocean. Located in Coorabell which is a 27 minute scenic drive to Byron Bay. You can see the Byron Bay lighthouse from this forest perch.
When you want a romantic nest in Byron Bay without the hefty price tag.

Araluen Dome – Off Grid Dome in the Rainforest

Best for: Nature Lovers, Sustainable Living, Permaculture, Families, Groups, AffordableAraluen Dome Wilsons Creek

Experience off-grid living in this simple solar powered dome set within an organic permaculture farm and sub-tropical rainforest. Your drinking and showering water comes straight from a mountain spring. Or even better swim in one of the local creeks or swimming holes.

Interested in permaculture gardening? You’re welcome to watch the farmers in action. With friendly farm animals, rainforest adventure and affordable price this wilderness retreat is great for families.

  • Holiday Home/Camp
  • Affordable – less than $100 per night
  • Up to 4 guests (maybe more with tents)
  • 30 minutes drive north west of Bryon Bay
  • More like camping with no flush toilet in sight. No worries composting toilets are way better for the environment!
  • Suitable for: Group of like-minded friends, families, eco couples
  • Check Availability and Price at Araluen Off Grid Dome

Bonza Bamboo Hideaway

Bonza Bamboo Hideaway @ The Pocket – Handcrafted Bali Hideaway

Best for: Feels like a Treehouse, Lush Tropical Gardens, Birdsong, Spacious, Affordable

This exotic bamboo retreat is a mix of handcrafted quirky architecture, Balinese-style design and enchanting art. Thirty kilometres inland north west of Byron Bay at the Pocket, Bonza sits in farmland next to a huge bamboo plantation.

Although only one-bedroom this bamboo holiday home is very spacious. You have plenty of creative spaces to relax inside or outside in the tropical garden.

  • Holiday Home
  • Can fit 4 – 1 Bedroom with 2 Queen Beds
  • Kitchen, balcony and WIFI (if you must!)
  • Adults only
  • 28 minutes to Bryan Bay
  • Check Availability and Prices at Bonza Bamboo Hideaway

Bonus Do/Eat:Treehouse on Belongil Byron Bay

Treehouse on Belongil – Gigs and Pizza

With live music, woodfired pizzas, cocktails and daily specials this spot for global free spirits might just become your local! Check out their gig guide and menu here.

Elixiba Byron Bay – Super FoodElixiba Vegan Cafe Byron Bay

Elixiba believe in the power of active botanicals. Their food, sourced locally and cooked fresh everyday, is vegan, low allergy and full of goodness. Herbal Elixirs, super salads, and home of the Hemp Burger! Find them on Facebook.

Tee Tree Lake – like a Free Spa!

Have you tried Tea Tree Oil for your aches and pains? Just 15kms south of Byron Bay at Lennox Heads sits Lake Ainsworth surrounded by Tea Trees. The oil from these trees infuses the lake with the healing power of tea tree. The water is stained a dark brown colour but that’s just the tannin. Swim, relax and rejuvenate. For a quiet soak visit in the evening.

Best Byron Bay Beach

Sheltered Cosy Corner, near Tallow Beach

Byron Bay Beach

Why Not Splash Out?

Treehouse on PlantationTreehouse on Plantation

Grab the friends and family and hire the whole house and pool. Treehouse on Plantation accommodates up to 12 people so plenty of room for everyone. This guesthouse is owned by the owners of Treehouse on Belongil. Don’t want the whole house? You can also just rent individual rooms if you want a spot of privacy. Book here.

I hope you enjoyed this article: Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay and the Rainforest. Have you ever visited Byron Bay? What was your experience like? Do you have quirky hotels to recommend? Leave your comments below!


  1. Paul

    Hi Alisa,
    Really enjoyed this article, drove through Byron last week and dropped in for a swim. I don’t really know Byron, and having my girl arrive from China in the next month you’ve given me some greats ideas of places to stay that I know we will both love. Byron is a beautiful part of the world, its location beaches rainforests, but the variety of accommodation certainly has somewhere to stay other than backpackers accommodation.You’ve certainly opened my eyes.
    So it’s lookout Byron here we come

    1. admin

      Hi Paul – great to hear you’re heading to Byron Bay. Originally Byron was a backpackers destination for young surfers and adventurers but it’s now seen as a perfect weekend retreat for anyone who wants sea, spa, healthy restaurants, cafes, and relaxation. So yes there’s now a fantastic range of places to stay – I hope you have a wonderful visit! Alisa 🙂


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