The small town of Byron Bay is situated in the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 165 km south of Brisbane. It draws visitors from all over Australia year-round, and especially in the summer.
Byron Bay gained popularity in the 1960s as a destination for surfers and hippies. While many do come here to surf, many come here to scuba dive, sunbathe, or just to enjoy the view of Byron Bay’s blue waters. Visitors should include time in the sun and sand at one of Byron Bay’s many beaches as part of their stay in the area. Whale watching is also a popular activity. You can take a whale watching or even dolphin-watching tour – chances are you will see one. The humpback whale is a common sighting.
Having been the Australian home to the hippy culture in the 1960s, the atmosphere of Byron Bay is remains free-spirited, and is now home to many creative and artistic individuals. If you are interested more in the artistic side of the area, be sure to explore the art galleries in town. Artists here use a variety of mediums – glass, metal, paint, photography, and more – to express their creativity.
If music is more your passion, you are likely to find a music festival occurring during your stay. The Grass, Byron Bay music festival brings in top musical acts, and the Bluesfest is well known throughout Australia.
Allow yourself time to meander through the rainforest-like surroundings, and take a scenic drive. Car hire is possible through one of the rental agencies in near the town center. The so-called “Rainbow Region” has many small towns worth visiting, as well as a handful of beautiful waterfalls. The road between Ballina and Byron Bay is especially enjoyable.
A lone white lighthouse stands alone on top of a 94-meter cliff at the most easterly point in Australia. This sight is one of the most well known attractions of Byron Bay. Car hire makes it possible to drive to the Cape Cod lookout or the lighthouse, walk the 3.7 km Cape Byron walking track. The scenic trail hugs the coastline, lead into the rainforest, and into the path of many beautiful Australian botanical treasures, like the brown. Allow at least 2 hours to complete this enjoyable walk.
There are a variety of top vegan, vegetarian, and other healthy living restaurants, stemming from Byron Bay’s hippy culture. Of course, there is an abundance of fresh seafood as well. If people watching is your thing, be sure to stop by one of the quirky cafes that line the streets of Byron Bay.
Byron Bay is best seen in at least a two-day trip, making it an ideal laid-back weekend escape. Don’t be surprised if you want to return again and again.