Byron Shire


Byron Shire is located on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 560 square kilometres. Byron Shire includes rural areas, national parks, residential and rural-residential areas, and some commercial and industrial land use. The urban areas are concentrated along the coast, at Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, New Brighton, Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach and Suffolk Park. Rural-residential areas are located in the hinterland, including the small townships of Bangalow, Ewingsdale and Mullumbimby. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly dairy farming, and sugar cane, fruit, nut and coffee growing. Tourism and fishing are also important industries.

The key employment sectors in Byron Shire are accommodation and food services (tourism), retail trade, health care, education and manufacturing. The major retail area in the Shire is Byron Bay town centre, with numerous smaller retail centres, including Byron West Shopping Fair, Ocean Village Shopping Centre and Suffolk Park Shopping Centre. The main health care facilities are Byron District Hospital and Mullumbimby & District War Memorial Hospital, with a number of aged care facilities. Education facilities are provided by numerous public and private schools. Small industrial areas are located in sections of the townships of Bangalow, Billinudgel, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Pacific Highway


  • Sydney GPO 800km
  • Brisbane GPO 200km
  • Ballina Byron Airport 35km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Bangalow township (Dudgeon's Lane)
  • Billinudgel township (west of Pacific Hwy)
  • Byron Bay township (north of Ewingsdale Rd)
  • Mullumbimby township (east of Manns Rd)

Byron Shire

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