Byron Bay – An Introduction To Australia’s Paradise!
With its laid-back way of life, Byron Bay is a tourist hotspot for sun, sand and sea lovers but despite the crowds, the township retains its charm. Byron Bay is the perfect place to unwind for those who prefer bikinis, sarongs and a sense of the bohemian. It is well-known for its relaxed alternative lifestyle, spectacular beaches (for surfers and swimmers) and beautiful scenery. Byron Bay is also a popular place for festivals and large scale events.
Where is it?
Byron Bay is located south of the Gold Coast, Australia. It’s a relatively small town that has become widely popular as one of holiday destinations to visit in Australia. It is famous for spectacular beaches and alternative culture.
In fact, Byron was quickly claimed by surfers after it was settled by the working class. It is within recent years that Byron has become so popular so the authenticity of the culture remains. Some would even suggest this laid back lifestyle as ‘hippie’ but very refreshing.
Where Should I Stay?
There are many accommodation options when visiting Byron Bay. As the beach is a huge draw to the area, most accommodation is situated on the beach or within walking distance. From self-contained apartments, motels, hotels or luxurious pamper retreats, there is something for everyone. Byron Bay accommodation caters for all budgets and traveler types.
Byron Bay used to be a whaling station but is now renowned as the alternative culture within Australia. The beaches are one of a kind, and because of this, tourists and locals alike flock here. You can enjoy snorkeling, go fishing, canoeing and, of course, surfing. Byron Bay is a wonderful location for any beach lover.
Byron Bay Beaches
Located at Australia’s most eastern point, Byron Bay has a variety of beaches, all of them popular for different reasons. However what sets Byron Bay apart from most other Australian beaches is that, when an on-shore wind is blowing on one, you’ll be able to find another that provides for that ultimate calm Australian beach experience.
The name says it all – this is Byron Bay’s main- and most popular beach. It’s patrolled by Surf Lifesavers from the Surf Club during summer and has ample safety advice, perfect for families and those who like to take life one step at a time.
Things to do here include a short walk through bush and a stretch of rainforest to the lighthouse and the actual most easterly point.
If a northerly wind is blowing, just head to Cosy Corner where you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the Australian sun.
Located right next to Main Beach and stretching all the way past Belongil Creek is Belongil Beach. Contrary to its vibrant neighbour, this stretch of sand provides young and old with the opportunity to get to know nature in an unspoilt state. You’ll be able to walk for miles but might just come across people walking their dogs (yes, this beach is dog-friendly).
If you’re bringing the kids or anyone who might be offended by nudity, then we’d advise against north Belongil Beach where, although unofficial, those with naturist inclinations often walk around or swim in a state devoid of clothing.
Eastward of Main Beach you’ll find Clarkes Beach. Just beyond that is The Pass, bordered on the other side by Fisherman’s Lookout and the headland.
The Pass is one of the most popular surf spots in the Byron Bay area as well as the north coast and is also the location where many kayaks and dive boats are launched (which means, if you’re in the water, take care!).
If there’s a southerly or easterly wind blowing on Main Beach, then The Pass should be your destination of choice.
The amount of other beaches in and around Byron bay are numerous. Here’s a short list of the remainder that deserves just as much detail as the three above, but for which we unfortunately do not have enough space.
– Clarkes Beach
– Wategos Beach
– Little Wategos Beach
– Cosy Corner
– Tallow Beach
– Broken Head
– King’s Beach
– Brays Beach
– Whites Beach
– Brunswick Heads
– Tyagarah Beach
– Cabarita Beach
– New Brighton
– South Golden Beach
– Ocean Shores
These beaches are as idyllic as some of their names, so be sure to pay them a visit when you’re in the Byron Bay area.
Byron Bay Activities
Not everyone likes the beach – it’s a fact some can’t understand, and others agree with. Luckily Byron Bay offers everyone something to do that doesn’t necessarily involve sun, sea and surf. Here’s a short list of our favourites:
Whenever you feel like taking a stroll along the beach, be sure to check out the wreck of the SS Wollongbar. It’s located at the end of Johnson Street just off Belongil Beach.
Yes, we know this is supposed to be a list of ‘other things to do’ that doesn’t necessarily involve sand, sun or beautifully tanned bodies. But luckily you’ll be submerged while taking one of the numerous diving tours Byron Bay has to offer.
They’re safe, they’re fun and they’re something to tell your children about. This is the ideal activity for those who want to try something different or who are considering a career in aviation.
Australia’s east coast Humpback can be seen from the shore as it migrates for the season. If you’re in the area between June and August, be sure to stop at Cape Byron and give audience to some of the largest mammals on the planet.
Not many places offer its visitors the chance to learn some invaluable circus skills. If you’re older than five and have always wanted to clown around, then this is the thing for you!
In a place that offers so much, the thrill of hang gliding should be expected, naturally. Whether you’re a pro or someone who have always wondered what it would be like to race through the skies like a giant bird, you’ll find this an experience not to be missed!
Again, the above only represent some of the more popular activities favoured by many who make Byron Bay their destination of choice. Byron Bay has something to suit everyone, so be sure to do a little research before you come.
It’s good to know something about your potential holiday destination before you get there.
Maximize Your Byron Bay Holidays With This 6 Day Self-Drive Itinerary
6 Day Self-Drive Itinerary
Byron Bay and Beyond
Gold Coast – Kingscliff – Byron Bay – Lennox Head – Coffs Coast – Gold Coast
Total Distance 651kms
* Sunrise from the Cape Byron lighthouse on the Headland Walk
* Surf the world famous ‘break’ off Lennox Head
* Tropical Fruit World
* Humpback whales between July and September
* Award winning restaurants along Kingscliff’s ‘eat street’
* The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
* Mt Warning
* Sea kayak with the dolphins
* Experience and ‘aura’ reading at Crystal Castle
From the lush hinterland to the sparkling beaches on the coast, the Northern Rivers region is full of natural wonders. Enjoy the great natural beauty and soak up the atmosphere in Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Coffs Coast which combine the causal vibe of coastal retreats with a touch of city style.
Day 1 – Coolangatta to Kingscliff (16km, 15mins)
Head south to the tranquil ocean-side town of Kingscliff. On arrival at Kingscliff explore the 2km stretch of stunning white sand beaches and take a dip in the crystal clear water. Upon nightfall head to one of Kingscliff’s vibrant cafes and restaurants which provide unique culinary experience using fresh local produce.
Day 2 – Kingscliff to Byron Bay (94kms, 1hr 40mins)
Drive to the majestic Mt Warning first thing and kick start your morning with a walk to the summit. Explore the stunning Tweed Valley hinterland with a relaxing Tweed River cruise. Admire the sub-tropical rainforest or visit Tropical Fruit World and partake in one of the numerous activities on offer. Upon nightfall continue south to Byron Bay and enjoy the culinary delights on offer at one of Byron’s many restaurants or cafes.
Overnight: Byron Bay
Day 3 – full day at Byron Bay
This morning soak up the stress-free atmosphere, have a surfing lesson or kayak with the dolphins. Cruise out to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve and snorkel with the sea turtles. Visit the craft shops, Bangalow markets and art studios for which Byron is renowned. For those seeking a true ‘alternative’ Byron style time, experience the Crystal Castle or partake one of Byron’s many natural remedies such as Yoga, massage and meditation. Finish the day’s activities by walking the 5km Cape Byron Headland walk and watching the sunset. For dinning take your pick from Byron’s wide selection of groovy cafes or gourmet restaurants.
Overnight: Byron Bay
Day 4 – Byron Bay to Lennox Head (18kms, 15 mins)
Lennox Head is a peaceful seaside village renowned for its world-class surfing. Enjoy the beach and surf then admire the masses of tropical fish, crustaceans and shellfish whilst snorkelling in The Moat. Indulge your spirit of adventure by hiring surf skis, catamarans or windsurfers. Experience breathtaking panoramic views and watch the sunset from Pat Morton lookout.
Overnight: Lennox Head
Day 5 – Lennox Head to Coffs Coast (222km, 2 hrs 50 mins)
After a refreshing morning swim at Lennox Head drive to Lake Ainsworth, the fresh water lagoon stained ‘billy tea’ red by tea trees and take a revitalising dip to experience the rejuvenating properties it is renowned for. Then continue south to the stunning Coffs Coast. Tucked in between a string of headlands, Coffs Coast offers both sheltered and surf beaches. Dive or snorkel the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Check out local craft shops and galleries. Treat yourself to scrumptious seafood at one of the local restaurants.
Overnight: Coffs Coast
Day 6 – Coffs Coast to Gold Coast (301kms, 3 hrs 15 mins)
This morning venture out for a leisurely brunch at one of Coffs Coast’s charming eateries. Visit the Big Banana or play a round of golf at one of the many sculptured golf courses. In the afternoon drive back to the Gold Coast on the Pacific Highway.
What Is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Byron Bay?
People often go to tropical countries because of the year round summer season which only gets disrupted by an occasional rain or short rainy season, but why do you have to go far when you can visit a tropical paradise within driving distance or short air travel?
Yes, Byron beach is a tropical paradise within Australia– a country known to have four seasons in a year. At Byron bay most of the long term residents and even the locals are proud to say that they get to enjoy having only two seasons, summer and rainy seasons, which could account for the fact that when surfers in other parts of Australia have to don their thick winters wetsuits on, those staying in the Byron bay area do not have to.
If you’re planning to visit Byron bay and a little bit hesitant because you have no idea which time of the year would be best to enjoy the beach and be able to put those sexy swimwear on, and to have that natural tan you’ve been dreaming of having for a long time, here are the some tips for you.
The Rainy Seasons
The rainy season in the Byron bay area normally falls on April and November. Though, the sudden rainstorms often surprise tourists, these does not last long enough for them to be disappointed, and most often they quickly get replaced by a golden sunshine and cool breezes. Despite that, there are still good things to see during rainy seasons like watching rainbows go through the mid-afternoon. Or rather watching magnificent raindrops falling through the ocean which is a must see as well.
The “Winter” Season
Winter in Australia usually falls from June till September, but visitors from the Northern hemisphere looking for some fun, sunny adventure in Australia would still be able to enjoy the heat of the sun. And, even though the temperature could dip to a cool 12°C (55°F) at night, you’ll still be able to enjoy an average 20°C (68°F) temperature during the day, making Byron bay a great place to stay at during the dreary winter season in Australia.
So, if you’re going to ask us when is the best time to visit Byron bay and enjoy the world class activities and holiday accommodations it has to offer, visit the destination anytime of the year, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the sun, sand, heat, and activities without having to go very far.
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