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The best wedding and engagement photo locations in Byron Bay

Byron Bay and the surrounding hinterland are a wedding photographer's (and subject's) dream. Feast your eyes on a range of ecosystems, rainforests, beaches, mountains and Byron Bay attractions, all accessible on the same day. 

Given the region's unsurpassed natural beauty, narrowing down the best places to take engagement or wedding photos in Byron Bay can be challenging. To help you out, we've selected the ultimate things to see in Byron Bay, featuring some of our local favourites. These dreamy locations offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding or engagement photographs, but a few on the list double as Byron Bay wedding venues, so keep a notebook handy.

For rainforest and fairy-tale vibes: Crystalbrook Byron

Nestled amongst 45 acres of subtropical rainforest, Crystalbrook Byron offers a variety of picturesque surroundings and unique image opportunities for Byron Bay wedding photographers. From the wooden boardwalks through a panoramic rainforest backdrop to the infinity pool, every photo captured at this iconic Byron venue is rich with green foliage and warm interiors, guaranteed to create the most stunning Byron Bay wedding photos. With rainforest walkways, private views of Tallow Creek and a spectacular grove of paperbark trees, Crystalbrook Byron is not only one of the best wedding venues but one of the top places to visit in Byron Bay. 

For uninterrupted beach views: Tallow Beach

Byron Bay is known for its beautiful beaches, with Tallow Beach being one of the most photographed areas in Australia. Just a short walk from Crystalbrook Byron, Tallow Beach is a 6.5km stretch of sand bordered by tall grassy sand dunes and Arakwal National Park. This virtually empty beach, and prime Byron Bay wedding photo location, offers uninterrupted views whichever way you look, whether towards the lighthouse on your left or the promontory of Broken Head on your right. Tallow Beach is dog-friendly, so you can include your furry friends in your Byron Bay wedding or engagement photos. For cliffs and wild waves: Broken Head Beach

At the far end of Tallow Beach is easily accessed Broken Head Beach. This beautiful Byron Bay location features a rocky metamorphic outcrop in the background and deep blue waves rolling in, providing Byron Bay wedding photographers with a variety of photo opportunities.

For rainforest and beach views: Little Wategos Beach

Little Wategos is famous amongst both locals and tourists and is considered one of the best places to visit in Byron Bay. The beautiful, tucked-away location features expansive ocean views and plenty of jaw-dropping photo opportunities along the walking trail (pack your flats) from Wategos car park. Go early in the morning to capture the sunrise, and you’re almost guaranteed the beach to yourselves (and your Byron Bay photographer). 

For colour and quirk: Byron Bay Town

Vibrant, quirky and bursting with colour, Byron Bay’s town is filled with many unique backdrops and hidden laneways. The wall next to Bayleaf café features an ever-changing mural, while the farmer's market provides a fun and bustling setting (but bring your gumboots if it's wet). Hop on the solar-powered train for a unique wedding or engagement photo, or grab an ice cream cone from Bella Rosa Gelato to add to the fun.

For epic views: the Byron Bay Lighthouse

This iconic Byron Bay location receives over 500,000 people visiting every year, and once you’re at the top, it’s easy to see why. Set on the highest point of the cape on rocky cliffs overlooking the bay, the entire area around the lighthouse offers one of the best locations for wedding photos, with breathtaking views of the shimmering turquoise water and Wollumbin in the distance. Pro tip: go during different seasons or early in the morning/evening to get a radically different Byron Bay backdrop.

Escape to the Hinterland

Few places are as magical as the hinterland for Byron Bay photography, especially when capturing those special wedding or engagement moments. Go during sunset to bask in the warm hues of golden hour as the sun sets in over the hills. St Helena lookout features panoramic views over the hills and down to the blues of the bay. Alternatively, Bangalow's Hinterland House—a former dairy farm, heritage-listed house and top Byron Bay Wedding venue— is set on eight sprawling hectares of land, with plenty of picturesque wedding photo opportunities. 

Don’t forget the props!

A great vintage car, fun umbrellas, a quirky hat or a funky pair of glasses can add a unique element to your Byron Bay wedding or engagement photos, while providing a welcome distraction if the weather is less than ideal. We’re obsessed with the gelato bike from Wheel and Spoon, and who could resist the prettiest (and pinkest) vintage car in the Northern Rivers, May The E.K?