Byron Bay

General News

Welcome to Mary Ryan’s in beautiful Byron Bay. Come in and say hello and let us help you find what you might not even know you were looking for. We are continuing to change the shop to display our huge range of books and keep our special Mary Ryan's feel.

We are currently preparing our displays for the winter season and the latest Good Book Guide selection, as well as receipting the new releases for 2013. 

This Friday the 6th of September the author of The Stalking of Julia Gillard, Kerry-Anne Walsh, will be in store. Kerry-Anne will be in conversation with journalist, Alex Mitchell. This is a free event which starts at 5:30pm. Drinks will be available. 

For reservations please contact the bookstore on (02) 6685 8183 


Locals Loyalty Program

We love to be able to provide locals with special discounts and benefits. Ask about our locals discount next time you are in.


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.


We want to reward visitors with a free coffee after 9 purchased, so ask for a Visitors Card next time you visit the café.

Do you live in Byron? Make yourself known to our wonderful staff and receive our thank you of 50c off your coffee of choice. Or, if you prefer, collect stamps and receive a free coffee after 6 purchased at normal price. Locals cards can be collected from the café.

Our café staff have been busy preparing delicious meals with produce sourced from the local growers markets. Try our freshly baked quiches, home made soups, and creative salads. We source quality cakes and pastries and are always on the look out for a special yummy to accompany that perfect cup of coffee. Recently voted the best coffee in Byron by just about everyone, so come in and try for yourself.

Staff Book Suggestions

Read by John & Karen 

Adult Fiction - The Red House - Mark Haddon

Adult Non-Fiction - High Season - Jim Hearn

Read by Bryony

Adult Non-Fiction - The kids - Patti Smith

Read by George

Young Adult Fiction - The Hunger Games (1) Suzanne Collins

Read by Jane

Adult Fiction - The Cartographer

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 9:00-5:00
Sun 9:00-4:30

Mon-Sat 7:30-4:00
Sun 8:00-3:30