Set on the most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay is renowned for its pristine beaches, incredible surf and unique community spirit. Between the countless sunny days and balmy weather, it’s no wonder why this laid-back beachside town is loved by so many.
Byron Bay bids some of the most incredible surf spots for ‘grommets’, pros and all else in between. Iconic break The Pass lures travellers from all over the world, yet perfection brings popularity, so expect to make some new friends amongst the waves. Before you get your surf in for the day, be the first in Australia to watch the sunrise and discover Cape Byron walking track starting from The Pass leading you all the way up to the iconic lighthouse. This 3.7km loop winds through native rainforest made up of shady palms, grassland and stunning views of the ocean. You may even catch a glimpse of Byron Bay’s vibrant sea life with dolphins and turtles playing in the water along the coastline below. In the winter months (from May to November) look out for pods of whales making their way along the east coast during their annual migration too.
Spend your days rotating between the crystal clear water, shady pandanus trees and scenic rocks of Wategos or Main Beach with year-round patrolled swimming areas. Otherwise, venture south a few minutes out of town and you’ll find Tallow’s Beach, a white sandy, expansive beach, made up of 8km stretch of ocean or head north to Belongil Beach, 2.5km of beach leading up to Belongil Creek.
Jonson Street known as the main street is a great starting point to find your bearings in Byron Bay. Creativity is truly flowing in town with a choice of local brands and an abundance of creative professionals now calling Byron Bay their home. Fuel your caffeine addiction or love of fine dining and uncover a variety of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and buzzing nightlife with everything situated along or just off the main street. As the sun goes down enjoy a sunset picnic at Apex Park, and watch the sky fill with shades of pastel hues over the water. As night falls, listen for the echoes of street buskers playing their guitars and singing as passers-by flock together to listen in unity.
The region itself provides an incredible number of gushing waterfalls and hinterland villages. For a day trip, take a scenic road trip surrounded by rolling hills and natural wonders leading you to an array of diverse towns each with its own distinctive charm; choose from Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby or Nimbin just to name a few.
Byron Bay gathers an eclectic mix of travellers and locals all year round, with weekly events, fresh food markets (like the Byron Farmer’s Markets) and live music (check out The Northern and The Beach Hotel) to keep the town buzzing. With its diverse range of awe-inspiring natural beauty just waiting for you to uncover, why not see for yourself what it has to offer?