A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Gold Coast vs. Byron Bay

Should you visit Gold Coast or Byron Bay?

Should I visit Gold Coast or Byron Bay? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier destinations. Famous for gorgeous beaches, warm weather, watersports, and plenty of activities for all ages, millions of tourists from Australia as well as everywhere in the world flock to this region every year. With beaches, national parks, theme parks, shopping and dining, nice resorts, boating, fishing, diving, theme parks and more, the Gold Coast offers something for everyone.

Byron Bay

South of Brisbane, off the Pacific Highway, is the coastal town of Byron Bay. It is close to Cape Byron, which is the easternmost point in mainland Australia. Byron Bay makes its way onto most traveler's itineraries because of its wonderful beach activities. The area is world famous for its waves, making it popular with surfers, but it also has incredible scuba diving, whale watching, and a generally relaxed atmosphere. The area continues to rise in popularity with travelers and as such, amenities and facilities are popping up everywhere.

Which city is cheaper, Byron Bay or Gold Coast?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Gold Coast is $93, while the average daily cost in Byron Bay is $127. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Gold Coast and Byron Bay in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $104 in Gold Coast For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Byron Bay is $110. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Gold Coast $52
    Byron Bay $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Gold Coast $104
    Byron Bay $110


Food

The average traveler spends about $26 per day in Gold Coast for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

Byron Bay food costs typically run travelers around $51 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Gold Coast $26
    Byron Bay $51

Typical Food prices in Byron Bay

Some typical examples of dining costs in Byron Bay are as follows:


  • Dinner at Olivo (for 2)
    $69

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Byron Bay

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Byron Bay.

  • Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $166
  • Byron Bay Kayaking with Dolphins and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $224
  • Byron Bay Surfing Lesson and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $224


Local Transportation

Gold Coast's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $22 per person, per day on transportation in Gold Coast.

The average price of local transportation around Byron Bay is $23 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Gold Coast $22
    Byron Bay $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gold Coast

Also for Gold Coast, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer: $17
  • Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer: $18
  • Brisbane Airport Departure transfer From the Gold Coast shared shuttle: $43
  • Private Airport Transfer to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) from South Gold Coast 1-6px: $47
  • Private Airport Transfer to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) from North Gold Coast 1-6px: $67
  • Private Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer: $89
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Business Car: $92
  • Departure Private Transfers from Gold Coast City to Gold Coast Airport OOL: $92
  • Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from North Gold Coast 1-6 pax: $107
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Van: $118
  • Departure Private Transfers from Gold Coast City to Gold Coast Airport OOL: $124
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Car: $128

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Byron Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Byron Bay:

  • Private Byron Bay Transfer to Gold Coast Airport 7am-6pm: $79


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Gold Coast can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Byron Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $41 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Gold Coast $18
    Byron Bay $41

Tours and Activities in Gold Coast

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Gold Coast.

  • Surfers Paradise and Midday River Cruise: $18
  • SkyPoint Observation Deck 1 Day Ticket: $20
  • Tickets to Aida Opera on the Beach at Gold Coast: $28
  • Southport Cemetery Paranormal Activity Tour QUEENSLAND: $29
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket: $29
  • Aquaduck Gold Coast Tour: $29
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & Koala Photo: $50
  • Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter: $62
  • Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast: $76
  • Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast: $84
  • Springbrook - Mount Tamborine National Park Small Group Tour: $109
  • World Heritage Rain Forest and Wilderness Tour: $115

Typical Entertainment prices in Byron Bay

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Byron Bay are as follows:


  • Buddha Gardens Spa (for 2)
    $147
  • Surf Lesson
    $50

Tours and Activities in Byron Bay

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Byron Bay are as follows:

  • 3-Hour Dolphin Spotting Kayak Tour in Byron Bay: $56
  • 3-Hour Kayak with the Dolphins Tour: $56
  • 3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay: $78
  • 3-Hour Small-Group Byron Bay Tour: $67
  • 5 hour - Byron Bay Cycling Tour + Lunch: $150
  • 5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour: $170
  • Beyond Byron Hinterland Tour: $134
  • Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour: $119
  • Byron Bay Combo: Hinterland Tour Including Minyon Falls and Kayaking with Dolphins: $182
  • Byron Bay Half-Day Tour: $72
  • Byron Bay Hinterland Tour Including Rainforest Walk to Minyon Falls: $124
  • Byron Bay Lighthouse and Hinterland Tour: $74


Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Gold Coast, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.94.

The average person spends about $7.93 on alcoholic beverages in Byron Bay per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Gold Coast $4.94
    Byron Bay $7.93

Sample the Local Flavors in Gold Coast

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Gold Coast:

  • Mt Tamborine Winery & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch: $117

Sample the Local Flavors in Byron Bay

Also in Byron Bay, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Afternoon session Brewery and Distillery tour in Byron Bay: $116
  • Full Barrel Brewery and Distillery tour: $141



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Gold Coast and Byron Bay, we can see that Byron Bay is more expensive. And not only is Gold Coast much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gold Coast would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gold Coast and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Byron Bay would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Byron Bay than you might in Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast vs. Byron Bay Travel Comparison

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