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The best Airbnbs in Byron Bay

From hinterland villas nestled in Northern NSW's surrounds to beachside shacks in town

Written by
Divya Venkataraman

The Northern NSW township of Byron Bay has come to occupy a sort of cult status for holiday seekers in recent years. Be it for the natural beauty of the beach-meets-hinterland landscape, the laid-back creative vibes, or its slew of chiselled Hollywood heartthrobs (okay, most of them are Hemsworths), travellers keep flocking to Byron – and it's seen an upswing in accomodation options since. So how do you settle on just one? Fear not. We've searched high and low for the best so you can just focus on the chilling, kombucha-drinking and sun-lounging. Here's our pick of the best Airbnbs in the area. 

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Rest your head in paradise

For a resort-style experience for less than a night at a Holiday Inn, gather ten of your nearest and dearest and book in for a stay at this awe-inspiring, minimalist villa. Set a measly hundred metres from Belongil Beach, this glass-walled abode is the perfect spot for a luxe group getaway or for a family gathering: beach, bevvies, rinse and repeat. Or just take a dip in the glittering swimming pool out the back – no fighting over the shower, either, because it's got as many bathrooms as it has bedrooms. When you've had enough socialising, take a breather in one of the upstairs bedrooms: each has expansive views out over the hinterland and across to Cape Byron. From $1,513 per night. 

Set in the tiny village of Tintenbar, Paddock Hall is a far cry from the cookie-cutter Byron beach shack – its wooden, cosy interiors and low-key vibes embody the rustic, creative spirit of Northern NSW while allowing you to take in the natural scenery of the surrounding areas. With a clawfoot bath on the verandah, exposed ceiling beams and sunlight streaming into the open-plan space, the renovated farmhouse doesn't emphasise the distinction between indoors and outdoors; giant sliding doors between the two allow a seamless transition. Light up the fireplace and it's an ideal winter destination, too. From $306 per night. 


For a bit of an off-beat stay, say hello to Maple, a caravan parked in the Broken Head Caravan Park. Strung with fairy lights and kitted out with all the essentials (and non-essentials, like chilled rose mist spray and coconut water). You'll be parked a 20 second stroll away from the beach, so you can roll in and out, and fall asleep to the sound of the sea. A bar fridge will keep you hydrated, and the park has cooking and barbecue facilities on site. Wondering what to do when night falls? Snuggle up with Maple's very own film projector inside, or project a flick outdoors under the stars and live out those van-life fantasies. From $119 per night. 37582207

A dreamy, lakeside cottage seems more like something you'd find in the English countryside than on the NSW east coast, but trust us: this one's a doozy. This five-bedroom abode is quirky, unusual and set on a 10-acre permaculture farm: wander around the rolling hills, read in the sunny, undiscovered corners of the property, or take a dip in the lake. It's a hand-built home, created to enhance your communion with nature – so don't expect year-round heating or modern amenties like a TV. Thankfully, the lush outdoors should be entertainment enough. From $380 per night. 


Tucked into the backyard of a Suffolk Park home, this little studio is functional, practical and has little doses of luxury where you wouldn't expect them. With an outdoor shower, a sunny, umbrella-covered patio and two bikes for you to roam the streets, you'll be living the true Byron lifestyle in no time. The little studio is set in suburbia, but you're only a five-minute ride to the beach, the farmers' markets and to hot spots in town. Another big bonus? It's super private and furry-friend-friendly. From $138 per night. 

With the typical exposed-brick walls and rustic-chic furnishings you'd expect of a Byron Bay abode, Magnolia House is located a short walk from the town centre (where you can grab a drink at St Elmo, or feast on pasta at Targa) and a few steps from Clarkes Beach, a quieter and more relaxed alternative to the bustling seaside of Wategos. If you can pull yourself off the generous deck set with swinging chairs and a luxe, lazy hammock, that is. From $1438 per night. 



Compact, cosy and kitted out with all you could ever need. This tiny house nestled in the green wilds of the Northern NSW hinterland is set off the beaten track – it might suit you better if you're keen to explore the natural draws of the region, rather than if you're doing Byron to hit up the Beach Hotel every night. Wake up to tropical birds' squawks mingled with the morning routines of the mooing cows nearby. Pastoral bliss. From $201 per night. 

If you're uncharmed by the archetypal earth-toned, bohemain-inspired décor that washes over many of Byron's interiors, the Kigsley by Byron Bay Black might have the sleek edge you're looking for. With five bedrooms (all with ensuites), chic, marble benchtops, a litany of loungerooms and a striking ozone pool, this super-luxe property sits just a five minute walk from town and Main Beach (and it's right next door to Topshop and its famous acai bowls, best eaten sprawled on the grass outside, like the locals do). From 

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