Situated along the coast, north of Sydney and south of Brisbane, Byron Bay is a popular destination with whale watchers, surfers, divers, bushwalkers and lovers of all things mellow. Backpackers also flock to this cosmopolitan beachside town as they travel up and down the east coast of Australia.
Named after Vice Admiral John Byron, popularly known as Foul-Weather Jack, Byron Bay definitely does not share its namesake's bad luck with weather. Byron Bay's warm weather, sunny beaches, and brilliant seas lend themselves well to outdoor activities both in the coastal and inland areas. At the coast, surfers of all ages enjoy the waves, scuba divers discover the underwater world, and sunbathers soak up the heat. More people can be seen horseback-riding, kayaking, kite boarding, sky diving, and swimming. If you come from June to December, you will be one of the lucky few to witness Byron Bay's sea visitors like whales, dolphins, stingrays, and turtles. These sea wonders can best be seen from the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is the most powerful beacon in all of Australia.
Farther inland, activities range from nature-tripping, like mountain climbing and meeting the sun on its first touchdown in Australia, and bar-hopping in the many nightclubs in town. With activities such as these, who needs to worry about bad weather?
Byron Bay is one of those holiday destinations you never want to leave. In fact this unique seaside village is home to many people who came for a holiday and stayed for a lifetime and, who can blame them.
Byron Bay actually lies on the easternmost point of Australia and the local lighthouse is famous for being located on Australia 's most easterly point. This fact and the gorgeous views are just some of the things that draw skydivers from all over the world to the area.
Byron really is a melting pot of people, ways of life and ideas, but what is truly special about Byron is that whether you are a hippy at heart or someone seeking inner peace and improved health, a backpacker, an entrepreneur, or even a celebrity, you will find a place within this community.
From its range of accommodation options, organic cafes, seaside pub and restaurants to its spectacular beaches and lush rainforests, Byron has something for everyone and every budget. And whilst you are here make sure you visit one of the many massage therapists or why not book a yoga or spa retreat.
Byron also boasts a vibrant festival scene. For music lovers there is Splendor in the Grass and Blues and Roots fans should not miss the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival held each year in Byron at Easter. Patrons of the Arts will appreciate the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Byron Bay Film Festival. And make sure you check out the local art scene for a special souvenir to take home from Byron.