There’s no mistaking the vibe of Byron bay. A down-to-earth and easy-go-lucky tone permeates through the town from the moment you pass the entrance sign that reads “welcome to Byron Bay chill out, slow down, relax”.
In true keeping with the style of holiday, staying in a Byron Bay backpackers is for everyone; young and old. Byron Bay backpackers are scattered throughout the township, with some also on the outskirts for an objective to be removed form the party scene. What you’ll find is that each Byron Bay backpackers has gone to lengths to craft it’s own specific charm and choosing the right style for you will only enhance your Byron Bay holiday.
The Arts Factory
Located on Skinners Shoot Road, the The Arts Factory lodge is centred around 5 acres of tropical bush. Nestled conveniently a short 10 minute walk from town The Arts Factory has the appeal of being away from the party scene, tucked into the bush, yet with it’s own charming vibe happening.
The first thing you will notice is the relaxed staff. They’re friendly, happy, and bend over backwards to help you create the best Byron Bay holiday possible. The next thing to hit you is the feeling that you are in a resort, yet easy reminders the you are in a grungy backpackers.
For a start; you’re in the bush. Sleeping in a tee-pee under the trees is one of the accommodation styles available and best suited to those who want the appeal of that true travel nomad scene complete with sun down guitar sessions passing the odd joint around. But equally there are your standard backpacker dorms or double bed rooms available too, and they border a swimming pool for cooling off under the hot NSW sun. With hammocks hanging from trees, activities happening next to the log fire in the main lounge space, a healthy smoothie menu and fully equipped restaurant, you can certainly feel happy not to make the walk into town if you don’t want to.
Arts Factory gives the impression that all ages, cultures, and races are welcome.
It’s a clean, bordering on sterile, vibe that greets you with Wake Up. Clean has it’s merits but is not entirely in keeping with the Byron Bay hippy scene. None the less, at Wake Up you get a slightly more professional Byron Bay backpacker experience in a small complex that caters to an activity enthusiast guest.
Rooms are a selection of dorms, doubles and singles and Wake Up is centrally located right next to the beach. Staff are friendly and organised, and there’s a free timetable available to guests which features a mixture of yoga on the beach, personal training, and sunrise lighthouse walks.
Backpackers Inn on the Beach
Hailed as the only backpackers situated right on Byron Bay beach, this is the place to stay if you’re a social 20 something and have an interest in surf. Rooms are clean, simple and positioned around a swimming pool which is a perfect place to laze about for the day before hitting the Byron Bay nightlife.
Being located on Byron Bay’s main town doorstep means that enjoying the nightlife is easily achieved from here.
Backpackers Inn on the Beach has everything you need in a backpackers; 24 hour security, room lockers, female only dorm options, hammocks and volley ball court, but it also features the benefit of surf camps.
From as short as 3 day surf camp options you can combine a stay in the hostel with daily surf lessons. If you haven’t learnt to surf then Byron Bay is the place to do so, and it makes sense to book accommodation at a place which specifically provides the lessons.
Nomads Byron Bay
Positioned in the heart of the village there is no escaping the nightlife at Nomads but there are a few things with Nomads that make the bustle worth while.
The first is that Nomads is possibly the only modern, newly renovated Byron Bay Backpackers. The building is the iconic great Northern Hotel and with being positioned in such a respected building it’s clear that attention to detail was an important aspect of the upgrades.
Standard bunk bed dorm rooms are affordable and available, but nothing to write home about. The bathrooms however, are more like something you would expect from a 5 star resort; modern tiles and lighting make them a pleasure to bathe in rather than the traditional grimy backpacker bathroom vibe.
There’s a 12 seater Jacuzzi, pool table and Internet pods, plus poolside cabanas to enhance that outdoor chill vibe. Nomads has a strong reputation throughout Australia and the brand appears to have a keen interest in keeping the reputation alive with the care they applied throughout their Byron Bay backpackers.