Main Beach, Byron Bay Main Beach – Image courtesy of Planula B&B Retreat

How to get to Byron Bay

Byron Bay is Australia’s most easterly point and sits on the north coast of New South Wales, around 165km south of Brisbane and 800km north of Sydney.

The most convenient route to Byron Bay is to fly into the Gold Coast Airport (also known as Coolangatta Airport) or into Ballina Airport, both less than an hours drive away.

Getting to Byron Bay

Less than an hours drive away from Byron Bay, the Gold Coast Airport offers the most daily flights from major capital cities in Australia.

Alternately, international flights arrive at Brisbane airport, a two-hour drive to the north.

From Australia: Virgin Australia Airlines, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Airways operate direct flights to the Gold Coast Airport from Sydney and Melbourne.

Virgin Australia Airlines, Regional Express and Jetstar Airways operate direct flights to Ballina Airport from Sydney.

Jetstar Airways offers both direct and connecting flights from Perth.

From New Zealand: Virgin Australia Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Air New Zealand operate direct flights to the Gold Coast Airport from Auckland.

From the UK: The most convenient 1-stop flights are via Brisbane on a choice of airlines including Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Airlines or Qantas via Singapore, Emirates via Dubai or Qantas via Hong Kong.

From the USA: From New York, the most convenient 1-stop flights are on American Airlines to Dallas Ft. Worth or Los Angeles connecting with Qantas to Brisbane. From Los Angeles, the most convenient direct flights are via Brisbane on Qantas or V Australia.

Flight time to Byron Bay (via Gold Coast Airport)

Sydney to Gold Coast Airport is 1hr 20 min, direct flight
Sydney to Ballina Airport is 1hr 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Gold Coast Airport is 2 hours, direct flight
Perth to Gold Coast Airport is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight

Auckland to Gold Coast Airport is 3 hrs 25 min, direct flight
London to Brisbane is 22 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Brisbane is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Brisbane is 13 hrs 50 min, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

The Gold Coast Airport (or Coolangatta Airport) is located 100km south of Brisbane and 68km north of Byron Bay, a 50-minute drive. Bus shuttle services offer a regular service from the airport to Byron Bay. Taxis and hire cars are also available.

Entry requirements to Australia

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel and sufficient funds. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) valid for 90 days. ETAs are obtainable online at: www.eta.immi.gov.au.

Getting around

On foot and by bicycle, which are easily hired. Buses, taxis and hire cars are all available.


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Latest update: How to get to Byron Bay: 18 November, 2018


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