Byron Bay is renowned for its pristine white sand, surfing beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Surrounded by beautiful rainforests, the coastal resort offers many beautiful accommodation retreats and therapeutic healing centres. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports on offer, along with experiencing the strong café culture, quirky bars and surf shops that makes Byron Bay holidays a unique Australian experience.
It was Captain James Cook who first named the region Cape Byron after the navigator John Byron and not, as was first thought, after the poet Byron. The bay itself is actually the remains of an ancient shield volcano that erupted 23 million years ago. Temperature wise, Byron has an enviable climate of warm winters and hot summers.
Although Byron Bay is a small town it is internationally famous. Located just south of Brisbane the area grew to fame partly due to its beautiful long sandy beaches and favourable surf breaks and the promise of that laidback Aussie lifestyle that has drawn visitors for years.
This tiny corner of Australia was central to the hippie movement of the early Seventies and Byron Bay - including the inland towns of Nimbin and Lismore - were referred to as the Rainbow Region, Although the area was the site of many industries including cedar logging and dairy farming it was the famous Aquarius Festival held in Nimbin back in 1973 that gave rise to its popularity and reputation as a peace-loving enclave. Favourable surf breaks merely added to the mystique.
Explore Byron Bay's beaches
The coastline at Cape Byron became an obvious destination for beach lovers seeking tranquillity and it is no different today. Byron Bay still possesses that strong cultural reputation. There are many arts and crafts centres and international renowned festivals including writer’s festivals, music and food festivals. For foodies, regular farmer’s markets bring fresh produce for the farm to the table. The beneficiaries are the excellent restaurants and the vibrant Australian cafe scene that is much in evidence here.
Today the town attracts thousands of visitors every year, and there’s plenty to do in Byron Bay, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, scuba diving and snorkelling. There are also plenty of surfing and windsurfing schools to help you hone your skills. Meanwhile, on land bike tours will help you discover much of the fine scenery. For peace and serenity cycle or trek through Arakwal National Park to reveal the natural beauty of Cape Byron, beach retreats and whale watching opportunities.
With so much to do Byron Bay will leave you with an indelible image of beauty and culture, where tranquil pursuits mixed with active adventure. Welcome to Australia.