Byron Bay

General News

Mary Ryan's in beautiful Byron Bay has undergone a few changes over the past year resulting in more space for more wonderful books. Customers who visit the store often, have responded favourably to the extra space and stock, and new customers have commented positvely to the huge range and diverse choice.

The friendly staff love to help you find a good read, a special present or that classic you've always had on your list.

We love a chat and are especially interested in talking about books.

John & Karen


Byron's Top Sellers

Optimism - Bob Brown

Lost & Found - Brooke Davis

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton


The Whitlam Mob - Mungo MacCallum


Loyalty Program

We love to be able to provide frequent visitors with special discounts and benefits. We may even ask you to join our growing readers army to review an upcoming release.


Sometimes wrapping that special gift is not so easy while on holidays or at the last minute. Please ask our super friendly staff about our gift wrapping service.


Our little cafe prides itself on friendly service, fresh food and beauitul coffee. We have no WIFI but provide a quiet and casual atmosphere where you can catch up with friends and enjoy a quiet  conversation .We are a local family business and support other local businesses including the local growers market where we buy our seasonal products. Victoria Cosford our resident cook turns the produce into delicious food on a daily basis.

We provide take-away, do deliveries around town and can cater for light functions

Staff Suggestions


Read by John 

Adult Fiction - The Strays (Emily Bitto)

Adult Fiction - The Free (Willy Vlaughtin)

Adult Non-Fiction - Flashboys (Michael Lewis - author of Boomerang & moneyball)

Read by Karen

Adult Fiction - Lost & Found (Brooke Davis)

Adult Non-Fiction - Mr Owitas Guide to  Gardening Tips (Carol Wall)

Read by Kristin

Adult Fiction - Eucalyptus (Murray Bail)

Byron Bay - Location

For many generations the pristine beauty and natural lifestyle of Byron Bay has attracted a wide array of visitors and residents to the once sleepy seaside village.

Geographically, Byron Bay is the most easterly location on the Australian mainland and when you gaze at the ocean from Cape Byron you are often rewarded with sightings of the abundant marine life. Located on the north coast of NSW, Byron is a leisurely 2-hour drive south of Brisbane.

To experience all that is unique to this area take the time to explore the magnificent beaches and the world heritage listed rainforests. The alternative lifestyle also attracts artists, writers, and musicians, so awaken your creative senses or relax your muscles with a massage from one of the many healers. Byron Bay is more than a popular tourist destination, it is a celebration of life and a place where you can nurture your soul.To the local indigenous people Byron is known as the place of healing, or 'Arakwal'.

What's on at Byron Bay?

  • Splendour in the Grass
  • Byron Bay Writers' Festival
  • Dolphin Kayaking
  • Weekly markets
  • Blues Festival
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Mary Ryan's - Byron Bay

21-25 Fletcher St, Byron Bay
ph: +612 6685 8183
fax: +61 6685 8138

Opening hours:

Mon-Sat 8am - 5pm
Sun 8.30 4.30

Mon - Fri 7.30 -3pm

Sat 8-3

Sunday 8.30 - 2.30

Times may change depending on business/staffing/weather ....