Sun, surf, relaxation and creativity – a laid-back tourist mecca that’s one of Australia’s top destinations for local and overseas visitors looking to experience a heady mix of beachy indulgences, cultural intrigue, and some of the best nightlife our vast country has to offer. Captain cook thought it was worthy of a visit way back in 1770 and for decades now many writers, artists, filmmakers and other creative individuals have made Byron Bay their home.
Byron Bay may have a population of around 30,000, but in summertime you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it’s twice that. While relatively balmy enough all year around, holidaymakers include couples looking for a romantic getaway, friends & groups looking for sun fun and adventure, have just found it here, the location that will please & surprise everyone.
A life changing amusement park, Byron Bay offers not only sights and activities galore, but a array of pristine beaches lapped by rolling waves, the arcing tails of huge whales, the lush and fragrant local flora, and the binocular-worthy native fauna. The day will pass quickly, surfing, swimming, diving, and cycling, while arts and culture lovers will find themselves thumbing through thick lists outlining the array of festivals, events, retreats, and exhibitions that occur in Byron Bay throughout the year.
Food comes to mind when talking Byron Bay wining, dining, and eye’s wide open as the large slab if sticky date reaches the table ( twisted sister cafe ), Byron Bay doesn’t disappoint. This on-the-pulse city boasts an impressive array of global eats ranging from cheap snacks to fine dining, to your casual and familiar corner pub to up-market lounges serving up some of Australia’s best vino and brews. Accommodation options abound: whether you’re in need of somewhere to pitch your tent, you’ll find it in Byron Bay.
Byron Bay might be positioned about as far east as it’s possible to get while still being on Australian shores, but it’s not difficult to reach. With the gold coast international airport and the Ballina Byron Gateway just forty minutes away, and the trip from Brisbane international taking just under an hour and a half, Byron Bay’s famous lighthouse will be in sight before anyone gets around to saying “great day tours?”