Byron Bay is a beach resort in a beautiful setting and one of the ‘in’ places in Australia. The natural beauty of the beaches, lush hinterland, surfing, yoga, shopping, clubbing, dining, drinking, favourable climate and diving are the reasons Byron Bay has grown and prospered in the last few years.
Byron Bay is the eastern most point of Australia ‘s mainland on the New South Wales ‘ north coast. It is famous for its alternative lifestyles and attracts people from all walks of life. Byron Bay is about 1? hours south of Brisbane and 40 minutes south of the Gold Coast. Gold Coast accommodations are easy to find for anyone on a budget.
Captain James Cook named the area on May 15, 1770. He named the area Byron after John Byron, the grandfather of Lord Byron (the famous poet) and a navigator. Byron Bay was once a whaling station and is still a popular stop for tourists to go whale watching and experience some of the world’s best eco tourism. It is now home to people from all socio economic levels and is a world class holiday resort with its magnificent beaches.
Byron Bay has a subtropical climate all year with the cooling coastal winds in summer a relief. Cape Byron is a 107 metre high rocky promontory at Australia ‘s most eastern point. It protects Byron Bay and the Cape Byron lighthouse stands tall upon its top. Its light beams more than 40 km out to sea to warn sailors to beware of the treacherous coastline.
While you explore the Byron Bay area, take a walk to the top of the Cape and take in the breathtaking views. If you are feeling really brave, try jumping off and hang glide your way to the bottom. Byron Bay is a place of mystery, myth and legend. Stories of the sailors and the traditional owners of the land are legendary. It is famous for relaxed its lifestyle and has many interesting people living in the area. Throughout the Byron Shire, you will find the markets in towns like Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay.
These local markets come alive with singers, dancers and musicians while the local falafel vendor competes for customers against the hotdog seller next door. And hand in hand with this cultural mix come the music and the music festivals. The accommodation is as diverse as the locals. Staying at Byron gives you the best of both worlds with the Gold Coast only 40 minutes up the road.
Byron Bay Markets
Byron Bay Markets is a world famous destination for travellers to the east coast of Australia. Situated in the Butler Street Reserve in the heart of Byron’s sleepy, but never dull, little township the markets are many things to locals and visitors alike.
Byron Bay weather
The North Coast of NSW enjoys a wonderful sub-tropical climate and Byron Bay weather has been described as an all-year delight. Byron Bay’s climate means it has hot, rainy summers and cool, dry winters. The summer months of December – February will see an average of around 27C with evening showers often coming in off the coast to cool things down. Sea temperatures are also warm at this time of year with 22-23C not uncommon although late summer will see the climate become more humid. Winter is usually dry with endless cloudless, blue skies and daily temperatures of 20C. Still great to wear shorts, although cooler evenings require warmer clothing. read more about the weather in Byron Bay.
Byron Bay tours
Seen microlights flying around but not sure what they were? Now’s your chance to find out with as a passenger on a trial flight. Your experienced pilot will handle the controls as you experience flying in an open cockpit – although once airborne you’ll have the chance to take the controls yourself. Choose from a variety of routes over Byron Bay’s stunning scenery – the headlands, the beaches, the hinterland – even whale watching if the season is right!
Brush up on your culinary skills with the range of cooking classes offered in the Byron Bay region. Whether you prefer cooking demonstrations or the hands-on approach, classes and workshops are offered for a complete spectrum of cuisines ranging from traditional Aussie grub to the finest French cuisine; festive cooking to vegetarian and vegan. All classes are limited in size so you are sure to get individual attention and have all your culinary questions answered.
Once a year, the laid back town of Byron is transformed as the Byron Bay Bluesfest gets underway. Attracting thousands of national and international visitors and artists, the Bluesfest is now nearly a week long event and not to be missed if you are in the area in April/May. The 2011 lineup included artists like Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and ZZ Top. Located at the Tyagarah Tee Tree farm, Bluesfest transforms the 120ha rural section with not only the performance areas but places to eat, drink and camp.
One of the Byron Bay tours is to see one of the more waterfalls in the region, follow the Minyon Loop which will take you right past the stunning Minyon Falls. Watch from the top as the water plunges around 100m into the gorge below, then follow the trail down through the rainforest to the base of the falls. Here you can stop for a picnic lunch and a swim in the secluded swimming hole – make sure you save some energy for the hike back up.
The most easterly point of mainland Australia, Cape Byron is definitely worth a visit. Get there early to watch the sunrise, then take a tour of the lighthouse. If you are there from May-October keep an eye out for the migrating humpback whales, easily visited from the Cape’s high vantage point.
Health and wellbeing, both mental and physical, are a key component of Byron’s laid back culture. For you, this means there are a wealth of opportunities to try alternative therapies offered by experienced practitioners, in the serene setting that is Byron Bay. Try your hand at one of the many yoga styles, or try a traditional Thai massage. Cleanse your chi and then your body at one of the many day spas in the region. You are guaranteed to leave Byron more relaxed than when you arrived!
Byron Bay is small and compact, so finding one’s way around is easy. The railway station and bus stop are adjacent to the Byron Visitor Centre. Byron Bay is a town replete with accommodation, but it is not necessarily cheap, since demand keeps up well with, and sometimes even outstrips, supply. Even backpackers accommodation tends to be rather more expensive than one might expect. This small town caters very much to the backpacker market, so there are pubs, and a multitude of different and mostly moderately priced food establishments.