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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Byron Bay
780kms - 10:20 hours
Brisbane to Byron Bay
165kms - 2:25 hours
Ballina to Byron Bay
38kms - 35 minutes
Gold Coast to Byron Bay
88kms - 1:25 hours
Closest Capital City:
Brisbane 165kms
Closest Airport:
Ballina
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About Byron Bay

Byron Bay is Australia's most eastern point and one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations. Byron Bay is surrounded by exquisite sandy beaches and lush hinterland. The coastline surrounding Byron Bay is one of the best areas for surfing in Australia, with a good swell all year round, its mechanical point breaks and consistent beach breaks. Byron has produced many top surfers over the years.

Since the 1960's Byron Bay has attracted people seeking an alternate lifestyle. The laid back lifestyle of Byron Bay provides visitors a mix of cosmopolitan chic, alternative philosophies, beach culture and indulgence. Byron Bay can be described as a quiet, picturesque coastal town which offers a mix of great surfing, art galleries, health spas, shops, cafés and restaurants.

Byron Bay is a town of contrasts; on the Byron beachfront (the ultimate people-watching venue) you will find sand sculptors, fire dancers and performers, whilst in the hinterland you can enjoy the serenity of lush dairy farms, and gently wooded hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

At night you can dine out at one of the many award-winning restaurants or experience the Byron music scene with the pubs, clubs and cafés offering jazz, rock and blues, folk, funk and comedy.

Byron Bay was named by Captain James Cook as he sailed up the coast in 1770. Captain Cook named the Cape Byron after Vice-Admiral John Byron who was the grandfather of the famous 19th century poet, Lord Byron.

Things To Do

Beaches
Byron Bay shire has 37 kms of sandy beaches catering for all needs. The patrolled beaches include Wategos, Main Beach, Broken Head and The Pass. There is a designated nude beach located 500 metres west of Belongil Creek for those wishing to get an all over tan.

Broken Head Nature Reserve
The Broken Head Nature Reserve offers 98 hectares of lush rainforest. Located 4km south of Byron Bay the walking trails provide excellent views of the coastline. It is one of the few places in NSW where secluded beaches are fringed with rainforest. The Nature Reserve is a great place for whale watching during winter.

Byron Bay Lighthouse
Byron Bay's most famous attraction is the Byron Bay lighthouse. It is situated just 300 metres south of Australia's most eastern point, Cape Byron. The lighthouse was completed in 1901 and is 22 metres tall, standing 113 metres above sea level. The lighthouse is one of the most powerful on the New South Wales coast with a range of 42 km out to sea.

Cape Byron Headland Reserve
The 99 ha reserve is managed by the Cape Byron Trust as part of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Cape Byron Headland Reserve includes the famous lighthouse as well as several walking tracks which head both north and south from the lighthouse. The northerly track meanders around the cliffs to the most easterly point before dropping down to Wategos Beach. The southerly track follows the ridge towards Captain Cook's Lookout. Both tracks provide exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean and are the ideal location for spotting the humpback whales which migrate up and down the coast.

Mount Warning National Park
The Mount Warning National Park is a World Heritage-listed park which is the remnant of the central plug of an ancient volcano. Mount Warning stands 1100m highland offers a fantastic walk to the summit through rainforest, with a challenging final scramble to the top which will reward you with 360° vies of the Tweed Valley.

Whale Watching
The beautiful Humpback Whales can be seen from Cape Byron traveling north every July, and south every September, during their migration.

Festivals & Events

East Coast Blues and Roots Festival (Easter)
The 5 day festival is held in Easter each year. The organisers of this festival spend most of the year getting together an incredible international selection of performers. Several sound stages, which see dozens of acts are set up in the largest marquee in the southern hemisphere. This means that the festival can be held come rain, hail or come shine. See www.bluesfest.com.au

The Byron Bay Writers Festival (August)
The writers festival is always held on the first weekend of August each year. It attracts writers from around the country as guest speakers.
See www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

Byron Bay Triathlon
The annual triathlon includes a 1500m swim, 40km cycle to Lennox Head and back, and a 10km run along the foreshore of Byron Bay. See www.byronbaytriathlon.com

Splendour in the Grass
This famous music festival is held at Belongil Fields about 2km from the Byron Bay. It features some of the best contemporary bands and DJ's. See www.splendourinthegrass.com

Whale and Dolphin festival (September).
The humpbacks pass very close to the headlands, and the high cliffs provide a prime vantage point to observe this spectacular natural event. At Cape Byron, there’s a centre for whale research run by the Australian Whale Conservation Society and NSW National parks and Wildlife, who monitor the habits of the whales and keep photo-records.

Climate

Byron Bay is a year round tropical paradise with the average temperature in summer of 27 degrees and 19 degrees in winter. The monthly average rainfall for January is 165.4 mm and for July 92.9 mm

  Max (Celsius) Min (Celsius)
January 27.5 20.7
February 27.5 20.6
March 26.6 19.6
April 24.5 17.2
May 22.1 15.1
June 19.8 12.3
July 19.4 11.7
August 20.4 12.5
September 22.1 14.3
October 23.2 16.1
November 24.7 17.8
December 26.3 19.5

Getting There

Byron Bay is located in the Northern Rivers region in NSW, just off the Pacific Highway, about 800kms north of Sydney, 160kms south of Brisbane, 90kms south of the Gold Coast. There are two airports in the vicinity, a train station and bus depot located in the centre of town.

BY AIR
Brisbane International Airport is about 2 hours north of Byron Bay. Virgin Blue & Jetstar both service the Ballina airport about 30 mins south of Byron Bay and Gold Coast Airport, located in Coolangatta QLD about 60mins north. Airport transfers and car hire available at these airports.

BY CAR
Byron Bay is accessed via the along the Pacific Highway and is about a 9 hour drive north of Sydney, 2 hours drive south of Brisbane and 1 hour drive south of Queensland's Gold Coast.

BY BUS / COACH
Greyhound and Kirklands bus lines run daily services via the Pacific Hwy from Brisbane , Sydney and Melbourne. The Bus Depot is conveniently located in the centre of Byron Bay.

BY TRAIN
Country Link offer regular services from Sydney and Brisbane to Byron Bay. For more information see www.countrylink.info

Accommodation

There is accommodation in Byron Bay area to cater for all tastes from five-star to budget including bed & breakfasts, farm stays, health spas, cottages, motels, self-contained apartments, backpackers and cabins.

More Information

For more information about Byron Bay visit:
Byron Bay web site - http://www.byron-bay.com/

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