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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Byron Bay Australia (2024 Updated)

Perhaps it’s the region’s San Francisco–like weather and progressive vibe, or its diverse yet well-integrated population (you won’t find a concentrated “gayborhood” like Sydney’s Darlinghurst and Oxford Street here); Melbourne and Byron Bay in  Australia are about as LGBTfriendly as they come. With many gay friendly hotels Byron Bay to choose from it’s a great summer or winter destination

Australia is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world. In a 2013 Pew Research poll, 79% of Australians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, making it the fifth most supportive country in the survey behind Spain (88%), Germany (87%), Canada and the Czech Republic (both 80%).

Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a popular holiday destination, known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites. Cape Byron State Conservation Park is on a headland with a lighthouse. Between June and November, humpback whales can be spotted from headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout.

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1. The Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay

The Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses
The Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses

Just 400 m from Tallow Beach, Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses is set on 6 acres of native bushland. The self-service accommodation boasts free WiFi and a patio or balcony. Guests enjoy a tennis court, a sauna and a heated swimming pool.

Byron Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses is 5 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay’s main beach, live music venues and restaurants. It is 8 minutes’ drive from the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Each of the air-conditioned houses and apartments offers a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and a lounge area with cable TV. All offer views over the lovely gardens or towards the beach. There is on site parking for 1 vehicle per room.

Byron Bay accommodation offers fully self-contained, relaxed, gay friendly apartments and treetop houses in a tranquil setting bordering the Arakwal National Park in beautiful Byron Bay. Magnificent Tallow Beach is just a 400 metre walk through the National Park while the bustling heart of Byron Bay, where you will find cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, is only a 5 minute drive away.

Our wide range of accommodation choices includes Self Contained Holiday Apartments, Treetop Houses, Ibis Beach House and VUE Beach Houses. Set in lush tropical gardens you will enjoy the comfort and uniqueness of The Oasis and our resort style facilities which include; a heated pool, spa, sauna, floodlit tennis court, poolside BBQs, well equipped gym, games room and children’s facilities.Enjoy the best of both worlds at The Oasis Byron Bay!

To start with the gardens, pool, spa and outdoor sitting areas are excellent. The gym was also not too bad. We stayed in the Kingfisher treetop house which had a lot of stairs to get up to the door, was hard work with suitcases. The house is located well off the ground and you can feel it move and sway when people are walking around. The house itself was pretty cool being split over three levels. My only suggestion with the house is it needs a bit of a face lift, looking a bit tired. Some of the cutlery and cooking utensils need upgrading as they looked like my grandmas when I was a young fella. The views are simply awesome from the balcony.

Located approximately 400 metres from the beach you overlook a pretty natural reserve but still can see the surf breaking. The walk to Tallow Beach is nice and we were lucky enough to see some wallabies. The accommodation is located about 5 minutes by car away from downtown Byron Bay which was good because it was quiet.

The Oasis is really well located. Just out of town and down a side street, so no through traffic noise, just the sound of the waves crashing on Tallows Beach. It’s walking distance to town (only about 2.5km to the surf club) if you’re the energetic type. More than doable even for the kids, take their scooters or bikes. Otherwise take the car or catch the bus.

Close by for coffee and breakfast are the Byron Bay General Store or The Roadhouse. Oasis’s position (close to the hub of Byron township’s fantastic shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, yet not so close that it impacts the tranquility many look for in a getaway escape) also puts us in a great place for exploring more of the Bay region including the hinterland and places such as Gaia, Crystal Gardens, Bangalow, Newrybar, Lennox Head and Brunswick Heads.

Our bed was super comfortable and it was great to have a huge space to ourselves downstairs, with large en-suite and walk-in robe. It has a view of the ocean and the beach is just an eight minute walk through the bush, where we saw a wallaby having breakfast and a beautiful rainbow bee-eater dive into his nest in the ground.
It has a full, well-appointed kitchen, and the TVs in the two living areas have surround sound. There is a pool with spa, tennis court, and games room.

What a great find! Loved every minute of staying at the Oasis. I was looking for something tranquil and high quality and found it here. The grounds and facilities are impeccable and its just a short walk to the beach where you can stroll for miles. The General Store and Roadhouse cafes are within walking distance and have great food and excellent coffee which is important for a Melburnian! It’s close to everything and we also visited amazing Gaia Spa Retreat which is a short drive away and was divine.

The Oasis Resort in a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment.It is such a lovely peaceful place and only a about a 5 minute walk to Tallow beach which is gorgeous and very quiet.The apartment was immaculate and extremely well equipped.We overlooked the pool from our balcony and enjoyed the morning sun there.Eloise was incredibly helpful and kind.Everyone in Reception was brilliant and able to give us useful information.

We didn’t have any transport and the resort was a little further out than we thought but you can walk into town in 25 minutes and get a cab back if necessary for 10 dollars.Even better you can walk along Tallow beach into town,which takes longer but is delightful.In the evening we were able to do a barbecue on the balcony after relaxing in the bubbles of the hot spa.WiFi was not always very strong but we could not recommend this place more highly.If we come back to Byron Bay I wouldn’t stay anywhere else.

Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay
Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay

How much does a room costs at Resort The Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses ?

Prices start 220 $/night for Two-Bedroom Apartment

This apartment features a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and cable TV. There is on site parking for 1 vehicle per apartment.

Where to book online – Resort The Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses – Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay you can find the best hotels deals in Byron Bay during Byron Bay Bluesfest which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Byron Bay on Booking.com or  Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. The Crest Byron Bay 4* – Gay Friendly Accommodation Byron Bay

The Crest Byron Bay
The Crest Byron Bay

Offering a heated saltwater pool and a BBQ area, Crest Apartments Byron Bay are just 3 minutes’ walk from Belongil Beach and 5 minutes’ walk from central Byron Bay. All accommodation offers a balcony or patio with outdoor furniture.

All apartments and villas offer kitchen and laundry facilities, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a DVD player. Bed linen and tea/coffee making facilities are provided. All accommodation have a private en suite bathroom.

Welcome to The Crest Byron Bay The Crest Byron Bay Holiday Accommodation offer apartments and villas set in a tranquil environment of sub-tropical gardens and beautiful shade trees. All apartments and villas have easy access to our beautiful heated salt water pool, BBQ and alfresco dining area. The Crest invites you to come and relax and enjoy the beauty of Byron Bay. Discover for yourself that our resort style complex is the perfect destination for your next Byron Bay holiday. Byron Bay Apartments and Villas The Crest is conveniently located within a leisurely stroll to all Byron Bay has to offer.

Being only 500 metres from the centre of town it is the perfect spot because we are close to everything but far enough away for peace and quiet as well. You can choose to laze by our heated salt water pool, stroll across the dunes to the beach or walk into town to enjoy the multitude of trendy cafes and restaurants, boutique shops and colourful markets. The Crest Byron Bay Accommodation Options We offer spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with balconies and 2 bedroom villas with their own private fenced courtyard and all accommodation is self-contained with a modern kitchen and laundry.

The location is pretty good – about a ten minute easy walk into the centre of town. However it is on a very busy road and we could hear road noise quite a lot. The pool area is fantastic, pool was nice and warm and well-maintained. The complex is very secure with gated access and secure parking facilities.

A great little place about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of town. Everything was clean and tidy. The kitchen had everything we needed (dishwasher, blender, coffee machine, etc) and the room included some nice bonus items like playing cards, books, an iron and access to a pretty extensive DVD collection

The bedroom was light and spacious with a large wardrobe, with of plenty of coat hangers. The living space was roomy with a nice lounge to stretch out on and big footrest. The kitchen was great and well stocked. Dining table to seat 4. Shower was Excellent! Great water pressure and nice and big. Bathroom also had a good sized washing* machine and dryer. Extra luxuries to make life easy included a washing basket and massive drying rack that held a whole load of washing. Pool towels and all other linen included. Car park was easy to manoeuvre in and out of.

The apartments were very spacious and well stocked. The pool area and gardens were lovely and the whole complex had a really relaxing vibe. The location was great, about a 5-10 minute walk to the city centre and there was also back access to a secluded beach.

The apartment is well appointed. The main room has plenty of space with sofa and dining table and integral kitchenKitchen includes 2 plate electric hob, microwave and dishwasher with plenty of kitchenware and crockery. The bathroom is small but adequate with washing machine and dryer. The bedroom has a double bed and plenty of storage space. There is a pleasant balcony. There is a tv with Fox in the lounge and a second Freeview tv in the bedroom.

The basement car park was never busy. There is a nice pool with BBQ area. The Villa had all the facilities we required and a nice outdoor eating area as well as the kitchen/lounge dining room inside. All the outdoor areas were well cared for and the pool/BBQ area was inviting for an after beach swim and evening meal.

The kitchen was very well equipped with microwave/convection oven, dishwasher, large frig & an excellent assortment of utensils.The decor was easy on the eye & I loved the large print that was in the living area.We had a pleasant outdoor area close to the heated pool.We appreciated the washing machine & dryer located in the bathroom. Excellent WIFI.

Close to the beautiful beach & reasonably close to restaurants & shopping areas.

Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay
Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay

How much does a room costs at The Crest Byron Bay ?

Prices start 350 $/night for One-Bedroom Apartment. The Two-Bedroom Villa is 510$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This 2-storey villa features a private courtyard, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.

Where to book online – The Crest Byron Bay – Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay you can find the best hotels deals in Byron Bay during Byron Bay Bluesfest which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Byron Bay on Booking.com or  Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



3. Waves Byron Bay 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Byron Bay

Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay

Situated just 60 m from Main Beach, Waves Byron Bay offers spacious suites and luxurious rooftop penthouses. Guests have free use of beach chairs, beach towels and boogie boards.

All accommodation features king-size beds, flat-screen TV, minibar and air conditioning. The penthouses feature a private outdoor terrace with BBQ facilities. One suite offers a Teppanaki BBQ. All accommodation features a granite and marble bathroom.

Guests are invited to start each day with free muffins, juice, tea, coffee and fruit in the hotel foyer. Free secure covered parking is provided. WiFi access is available in all areas and charges may apply.

Waves Byron Bay is a 20 room Stylish Boutique Hotel located in the heart of Byron Bay on the Beach. Guests enjoy a high standard of amenities. All rooms include Air-Conditioning, King Size Bath and separate Shower,STD/ISD phones,Plasma TV’s, Austar, DVD Player, Stereo System, Clock Radio, Wireless Internet, Electronic Room Safes, Ironing Board and Iron, Mini Bar and Tea and Coffee making facilities. Secure undercover basement parking. Room rates include a complimentary ‘light start to the day’ of locally sourced muffins along with coffee, tea, orange juice and fruit.

Spacious king room with lounge area and private courtyard . Perfect position only 100m from the beach and great location for walking or cycling . Big roomy bathtub with great shower opposite. 5 mins walk to loads of restaurants and gay friendly bars.

This hotel is located just through the main township. It’s about 100 meters to the beach. Walking distance to Main Street. The staff are excellent and could not be more welcoming. The room was a good size and clean. Bathroom had great facilities. Large bath and good size shower. A sitting area in the room as well.

Outside the room on first floor area to sit. Morning muffins and coffee available for guests and well as wine Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are going to Bryon Bay would highly recommend this hotel.

Location was great,only a few hundred metres to the beach and very close to all the lovely cafes and shops.

Our room was lovely and clean with a great big bathroom with shower and bath. We had a partial ocean view from the balcony. The morning complimentary fresh baked muffins and coffee great.

It’s just 5 minutes stroll to the beach and we enjoyed hanging out there in the afternoon. I also managed to catch a lovely Byron Bay sunrise! A nice touch was the light breakfast of apples, hot drinks, orange juice and lovely muffins provided in the morning. I really enjoyed the berry muffin – not to sweet, moist with a hint of cinnamon. It is walking distance to the main shopping area in Byron Bay so restaurants and cafes are within easy reach.

Room was clean with great facilities – aircon, tea and coffee, hairdryer, safe, iron etc. Bathroom was huge with walk in shower and a bath. Very comfortable nights stay.

Hotel provides beach towels, you need to ask for these at reception. Free parking is available on site and we were able to leave our car here for the day after we had checked out.

Location of the hotel is excellent, a few metres away from the beach and a short walk to the main shops and restaurants. It is also close to the start of the cape Byron walk up to the lighthouse.

LGBT Friendly Hotels Byron Bay
LGBT Friendly Hotels Byron Bay

How much does a room costs at Waves Byron Bay ?

Prices start 260 $/night for Boutique Suite. The Penthouse Suite is 350$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Features a private outdoor terrace with barbecue, plus full kitchen, plasma TV in the bedroom, laundry facilities, and lounge area.

Where to book online – Waves Byron Bay – LGBT Friendly Hotels Byron Bay you can find the best hotels deals in Byron Bay during Byron Bay Bluesfest which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Byron Bay on Booking.com or  Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.