Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay and the Rainforest

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.

Location: Byron Bay | Byron Bay Hinterland | Mullumbimby | New South Wales | Australia

Accommodation Type: Tree House | Eco-friendly and Organic | Lighthouse | Conversions | Dome

Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay and the Rainforest.

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The Garden Burees of Byron Bay – Luxury

Central Byron Bay | Up to 6 Guests

Garden Burees Lounge Byron Bay - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay - under $200

Best for: Central Byron Bay, Style, Groups, Families, Couples

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 Chic-Style Burees.

Garden Burees Pool - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay - under $200

Wategos Treehouse Studio – Your Own Treehouse in Byron Bay

In Rainforest below the Lighthouse | 2 Guests

Wategos Treehouse Studio Byron Bay - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay - under $200

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.
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 Butter Factory Apartments – Central Byron Bay, Contemporary

Central Byron Bay | Up to 6 Guests

Byron Bytter Factory Apartments

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 and Geoffs Shed | NSW National Parks

Byron Bay Main Beach | Up to 5 Guests

Partridge Cottage Byron Bay

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

Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Byron Bay

Best for: Acting like a Lighthouse Keeper! Incredible Views, History

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

The Surf House – Hit the Waves

Central Byron Bay | Up to 2 Guests

Best for: Near Restaurants and Main Beach, Beach Vibe, Couples

The Surf House is a hostel with dorm rooms but they also have fantastic private hotel rooms for two with beach-chic interior designs and private balconies. Each bright room includes an en-suite, daily housekeeping, linens, towels, toiletries and views. The beds can be double or twin. So you’re paying backpacker prices but getting way more!

But an even bigger plus is the amazing location – you’re  in the heart of Byron Bay town centre near boutique shops, bars and restaurants, and only a couple of minutes walk to Main Beach. The Surf House also has a cool rooftop bar. You’ll receive a free drink voucher on your arrival at this chic beach pad in the heart of Byron Bay.

Azabu – Japanese Nature Hotel

5 kms from Byron Bay | Up to 2 Guests

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 5 kms south west of Byron Bay in beautiful forest. Peaceful and relaxing, the rooms are small, but the attentive hosts, unique location and spa experience make up for it!

Loved the hot tub and beautiful deck looking over the rainforest. Also loved the Japanese/Zen theme.

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Treetops Everglades Villa – by Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach | Up to 6 Guests

Plantation shutters and tropical gardens give these stylish villas a beachy peaceful vibe. Located close to Tallow Beach, Byron Bay’s best beach, you won’t have far to walk for a refreshing swim. Back at your Treetops Everglades Villa jump under the outdoor shower to wash off the sand and then lounge on the outdoor daybed as the day cools.

Choose from one-bedroom villas that can accommodate up to three guests and two-bedroom villas that have room for up to six guests so there’s plenty of room for families or friends. The Byron Bay shops are a 15 minute walk away and the Byron Bay Market is 2kms away.

Each villa has fantastic indoor/outdoor flow with an outdoor terrace with dining table and chairs. Indoors the kitchen is well-equipped, the lounge is modern and comfy with TV, DVD and Netflix. All in all a wonderfully affordable stay by the beach!

Absolutely Belongil Tree House – Beach, Palms and Birdlife

Belongil Beach | Up to 2 Guests

A 15 minute walk north of central Byron Bay at beautiful Belongil Beach you’ll discover Absolutely Belongil Tree House. Perched near the beach and two amazing cafes, Tree House Cafe and the Belongil Bistro you’ll find the area beachy, less crowded and tranquil.

The tree house is a nautical-style apartment for two with a queen-size bed, lounge, dining, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor living with a tropical garden. The treehouse is perfectly located next to Belongil Beach, with a sandy track leading to the ocean, where you can go for long walks. For safe swimming, head to the patrolled area at the southern end.

At this fun and affordable tree house you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves at night, and in the morning wake to the sounds of birds, then head off for a delicious breakfast at the Tree House Cafe – perfect!

Shambhala @ Byron – Balinese Hideaway

Belongil Beach | Up to 5 guests

Best for: Holiday Studios and Cottages on the Beach, Sauna, Steam Room, Massage

If relaxing on a Balinese day bed in a tropical garden sounds like you then Shambhala is the place to stay! The accommodation is a group of gorgeous cottages and studios with spas on the deck surrounded by lush gardens and only a few steps to Belongil Beach. Take a 15-minute stroll along the beach and you come to the centre of Byron Bay with restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. There’s also cafes only a 5-minute walk away.

Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay and the Rainforest – up to 30 Minutes Inland

Rainforest Room – Romantic Hideaway for Two with Awesome Views

Coorabell | Up to 2 Guests

Rainforest Room near Byron Bay

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

This 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.

Tip: Coorabell is on the Coolamon Scenic Drive which starts just north of Bangalow in St Helena and weaves through beautiful countryside to Mullumbimby

Bonus: Places to Eat, The Best Beach and Tea Tree Lake:

Treehouse on Belongil – Gigs and Pizza

Treehouse on Belongil Byron Bay

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 – Vegan Cafe:

Elixiba 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

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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