Completed at the beginning of 2017, Byron Bay Beach Hostel is a brand new building built around the heritage listed old Byron Council Chambers. The character façade is a contrast to the modern purpose built hostel beyond. Offering a mix of private and dormitory style accommodation the Hostel will suit backpacker travellers with its’ enormous communal kitchen and many terraces for meeting fellow travellers. More independent guests will appreciate the privacy of our Queen rooms, ideal for those looking for a cheaper, quality alternative to motel accommodation. All of this located in the most central position in Byron. 50m from the Main Beach and in the midst of Byron’s shopping and nightlife.
While the building is state of the art we have a very traditional ethos to independent travel and encourage our guests to meet one another by providing plenty of common space to mingle and interact.
The tradition of connecting is long in Byron Bay. Byron or ‘Cavanbah’ was historically a meeting place for local indigenous peoples and our hostel is about 100m from the site of one particularly important meeting ground. During excavation of the current building a number of items dating from the early 1900’s were found. They tell the tale of an American ex-serviceman who operated a dancehall on the site until the 1920’s when the local Council built its Council Chambers. Our Hostel now occupies part of the old Council Chambers which has NSW Heritage protection.
Our hope is to tell this story in more detail through information you will find during your stay. We also hope the spirit of ‘Cavanbah’ leads you to meet your fellow travellers and to share your story.