I became a hippy at Arts Factory Lodge Byron Bay

In the 70’s many hippies, local and international artist’s created the ‘Arts Factory Village’! In the 80’s it was an internationally recognized rock and roll venue and it was also the ‘Birthplace’ of much of the fame and spirit of Byron Bay. It was also where The Inbetweeners filmed their movie a few years ago and has been more popular ever since. 

Amazingly as a backpackers hostel it still maintains that original spirit today which is great and is what makes it such an amazing location to stay.

The Arts Factory Lodge was also the birthplace of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival and is now home to a diverse range of businesses offering a unique selection of accommodation, food, entertainment, arts, health & well-being. 

Located only 10 minutes walk from the beach they offer a wide range of budget accommodation for every type of traveller including Teepees, Island Retreats, Backpackers Dorms, Private Doubles & Twins and even Jungle Camping… The choices are endless!

Arts Factory Lodge Byron Bay

There is also a free courtesy bus available for pick-up from the bus station, and they also run their own bus all night so you can go out on the town and still get home safe!

There lots to do and see so make sure you enjoy all the facilities; laze by the pool, swing in the hammocks, play a musical instrument, get involved with the talent show and soak up the friendly atmosphere in the tropical haven for which The Arts Factory Lodge is universally famous.

It’s a wonderful stay with a unique twist and no matter whether your the hippy type or not this place will leave a lasting impression on your heart.

Dorm Rooms: Prices from $28 to $36.


Their Funky Workshops include Didgeridoo Making and lessons, Crystal healing, reiki and massage, African drumming and Yoga. Or if you want to go out head down to the beach and hang out in hip Byron Bay or relax on the spectacular beaches only ten minutes walk away from the hostel.

They also impressively have a recording studio on site so if you are musically inclined, go and record your songs in paradise at their very own Recording Studio, Buzz Studio!

They are an integral part of the Arts Factory Village which incorporates the Byron Bay brewery and restaurant, formerly the Historic Buddha Bar, The Byron Lounge Cinema, The Buddha Gardens Day Spa and The Garden Burees – all which are located on the same site just across the car park! Don’t miss this ‘experience of a lifetime’ at this Byron Bay hostel.


Byron Bay is the home of my pals at RatPack Travel, these guys are legends when it comes to creating epic east coast adventures. Pop in and see their mobile HQ in Byron Bay, you can’t miss it as its a huge 1973 bus! Chat to them for advice and they can get you 10% off all trips and transport using the code SOPHIE10! To book your tour contact Sammy at [email protected].

You Might Also Like