A number of popular and scenic beach towns punctuate Australia’s famous Gold Coast. Byron Bay is one such town.
Why we love it?
First founded all the way back in 1770 Byron Bay has since become a highlight of visitors to New South Wales due to the gorgeous beachfronts and scenic views.
Despite its popularity, Byron Bay still allows for plenty of time and space for chilling out. Locals get around either by bike or by board and the cars that do roll through town drive a very relaxed speed.The sizeable swells also attract surfers from miles around, with Byron Bay being a popular weekend retreat for city dwellers, especially those coming from Brisbane 165 kilometres away.
Although not the most “chilled out” of activities, sky-diving is hugely popular in Byron Bay and the scenery is a major reason why. However, for those looking for something fun that doesn’t include jumping out of a plane at 15,000 ft, scuba-diving and snorkeling offer a more relaxed way to spend your time whilst still enjoying the best of what Byron Bay has to offer.
The idyllic beachfront extends for miles and there are plenty of walking trails to explore inland too. Many of the bars and restaurants overlook the beach and provide great sights and sounds for every mealtime. The Railway Friendly Bar is a particular highlight. Although not overlooking the beach, regular live music and great drink and meal deals make “The Rails” a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
Before leaving Byron Bay, it is highly recommended to join in on the morning hike to Cape Byron Lighthouse to watch the sunrise. The daily trek is free and you’re sure to meet some new friends as well.
How to get there
Getting to Byron Bay can be a bit of a chore but there are a number of shuttles (at varying prices) from Brisbane that can get you there in about 2.5 hours. Once in town, don’t worry about transportation. Everything is in walking distance and there are bikes available for hire if you fancy a change of pace.
When to go
Best time to enjoy this fun-loving beach town is Deccember until February. Although quieter outside these months you will want to enjoy all Byron Bay has to offer during these peak months when the weather is at its finest.
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