11 Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay for a Beach Break

With a unique Bohemian vibe, Byron Bay offers long white beaches, cool cafes, surfing, rejuvenating spas, year-round sun, and relaxation. This list of Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay includes high-end designer hotels, a treehouse, warehouse-style apartments, beach shacks, Balinese spa retreats, and lots more….See also 28 Top Things to Do at Byron Bay

Location: Byron Bay | New South Wales | Australia
Accommodation Type: Tree House | Conversions | Lighthouse | Boutique and Spa
Price Range: Cabin/Hostel $ | Budget $$ | Mid-range $$$ | Luxury $$$$ | Super Luxe $$$$+
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1. The Beach Shack Byron Bay

The Beach Shack Byron Bay
Best for: 5-Star Beach Shacks, B&B, Beach Shacks, Healthy Breakfast, Swimming Pool, Belongil Beach, $$$

This tranquil boutique B&B is a popular home-away-from-home. Each shack is uniquely designed with wooden floors and white-on-white interiors.

Garden or Sea Shacks

The Beach Shack Byron Bay is only a 3-minute walk to the beach and 7 minutes to the centre of Byron Bay. Choose from garden shacks or ones facing the sea. The garden shacks are more private. While you can fall asleep to the sounds of the waves in the sea-view bungalows. They’re all created as quiet places to unwind and chill out.

My garden room was modern, clean, and bright with lovely furnishings and a super comfy bed. I enjoyed delicious breakfasts on my deck each morning; each one different than the day before. 

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  • Near town but feels very private
  • Each shack has its own bathroom, towels, cotton bed linen
  • Some bungalows have kitchens, all have tea/coffee making, a toaster, and a fridge
  • Free WIFI
  • Air-conditioning, TV, DVD player
  • Free parking on site
  • See more at Agoda

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2. The Bower Byron Bay

Bower Byron Bay Hotel - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay
Best for: 4-Star Designer Hotel, Stunning Suites, and Homes, Swimming Pool, Up to 10 guests, $$$+

WHO IS THE DESIGNER?? The Bower Byron Bay is totally gorgeous with sophisticated interiors and tropical gardens. The black-and-white interior design is timeless. Artistic purity and glamour shine throughout the monochromatic elements.

Beautiful place for a staycation. Very Instagram-able. I love that we can ride a bike around. Free bikes. The aesthetic of this place is for the gram. It’s so simple and beautiful. The staff was super lovely and friendly.

Guest Review
Bower Hotel Byron Bay

Head to the Beach

You’ll adore the heated circular mineral pool for all-year use, and the bicycles for ambling around BB (you’re only 1km from Arakwal National Park, 1.1 km from Tallow Beach, and 2.4 km from the Lighthouse).

Modern Suites

You’ll be blown away by the amazing features of The Bower’s suite rooms! From the floor-to-ceiling windows that let in ample natural light, to the tea and coffee pod facilities complete with a mini fridge, you’ll have everything you need to make your stay super comfy. And let’s not forget about the Smart TV and daily room servicing!

Designer Details

The room design is super chic with polished floors, luxurious rugs, and top-quality linens that make you feel right at home. Plus, the private bathroom with rain showers, plush towels, and luxury Hunter bathroom amenities are the perfect finishing touch to a truly luxurious stay.

Bower Hotel swimming pool

Good to Know

  • Apartments, Rooms, and Studios can accommodate up to 5 guests, depending on your needs
  • The 100-year-old Cottage at the Bower can sleep up to 10 guests
  • The House at the Bower, a modern four-bedroom house can accommodate up to 8 guests
  • Free private parking is available on site
  • Complimentary bike use
  • Luggage storage
  • Book your stay at The Bower Byron Bay with Agoda

3. Wategos Treehouse Studio

Wategos Treehouse Studio Byron Bay - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay - under $200
Best for: Treehouse, Rainforest, Below the Lighthouse, Sunset, Beach, Couples, 2 Guests, $$$

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, or enjoy the sunset on your very own treehouse deck.

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4. Byron Butter Factory Apartments

Best for: Luxury Apartments, Central Location, Modern, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, BBQ, Groups, Families, Up to 6 Guests, $$$

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 fun warehouse-style holiday apartments.

With exposed brick and high ceilings, each spacious apartment is modern and stylish. In the heart of Bryon Bay!

Great Location

The location is awesome, you’re only a few minutes from the 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!)

Lovely comfortable beds, amazing open plan living area, and 2 large terraces at opposite ends of the property, giving sun & shade options both in the morning and evening. Allocated parking space in the garage within the property. Would definitely recommend this apartment.

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Bryon Butter Factory Apartments Bedroom - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay

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5. Garden Burees of Byron Bay

Best for: 3-Star Balinese-Style Lodge, Central, Tropical Gardens, Bikes, Pool, Groups, Families, Couples, up to 6 Guests, $$$

Quirky, beautiful, and funky these exotic Burees sit in tropical gardens in the heart of Byron Bay.

Garden Burees of Byron Bay sits next door to The Buddha Gardens Day Spa, Byron Bay Brewery, and The Arthouse Lounge Cinema. The nightly rates are great too!

Style and Comfort

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

The rainforest vibe was amazing and I love the outdoor showers and baths.

Guest Review

Good to Know

  • 3-Star Boutique Hotel
  • 7-minute walk to the town centre
  • Outdoor shower, kitchen in some of the burees
  • Bikes, surfboards, and beach towels are available to hire
  • Room Service
  • Well Being and Wedding Packages are available
  • Book your stay at Garden Burees with Expedia

6. Partridge Cottage and Geoffs Shed | NSW National Parks

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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?

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

Good to Know

  • Partridge Cottage fits 5 guests with 2 bedrooms (2 queen beds, 1 single bed, cot hire), bathroom, kitchen, BBQ, and a TV
  • Geoff’s Shed fits 2 guests, with a kitchenette, 1 bedroom with double bed and bathroom
  • Enjoy swimming and sunbathing at Byron Bay’s Main Beach
  • Book the cottage and the ‘shed’ with National Parks NSW Here

7. Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages | NSW National Parks

Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Byron Bay
Best for: Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, Incredible Views, History, Up to 6 Guests

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. What a quirky Byron Bay Stay! Loved by kids and adults.

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8. The Surf House

Best for: Backpackers, Affordable, Central, Near Restaurants and Main Beach, Beach Vibe, Couples, Friends, Solo Travellers $$

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 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!

Near Everything

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.

Party Time

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.

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9. Azabu Retreat and Spa

Best for: 4-Star Japanese-Style Boutique Lodge, Affordable, Set in the heart of a forest, Massage, Hot Tub, Sauna, Day Spa, $$$

This Japanese-style nature hotel is set in a forest 5 km southwest of Byron Bay in a beautiful forest. Peaceful and relaxing, and 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.

Guest Review
Azabu Retreat and Spa Bryon Bay

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10. Shambhala @ Byron

Shambhala Resort Byron Bay Cottage - Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay
Best for: 5-Star Resort, Pet-friendly, Sauna, Steam Room, Hot Tub, Massage, BBQ, Belongil Beach, up to 5 Guests

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.

Beach Walks

Take a 15-minute stroll along the beach and you come to the centre of Byron Bay with restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. There are also cafes only a 5-minute walk away.

It was the most relaxing getaway I’ve ever had, the cottage was gorgeous with our own hot tub and direct access to the beach. The location was spectacular! Belongil Beach at your doorstep and set amongst a tropical oasis.

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Shambhala Resort Byron Bay Cottage

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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 – Vegan Cafe

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

Tea Tree Lake – a Free Spa!

Have you tried Tea Tree Oil for your aches and pains? Surrounded by tea trees, Lake Ainsworth is only 15 km south of Byron Bay at Lennox Heads.

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

Cosy Corner at Tallow Beach Byron Bay

The winner is Sheltered Cosy Corner, near Tallow Beach! This beach stretches between Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Broken Head Nature Reserve. Tallow Beach is in the Arakwal National Park 3.2 km from the centre of Byron Bay.

Swim, surf, play in the sand, and watch the whales migrating north in the spring and winter months. Bring a picnic. Cosy Corner has picnic grounds and public restrooms.

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!

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2 thoughts on “11 Quirky Places to Stay in Byron Bay for a Beach Break”

  1. 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

    • 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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