About Byron Bay
Byron Bay is Australia's
most eastern point and one of Australia's most popular
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
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
Byron Bay can be described as a quiet, picturesque
coastal town which offers a mix of great surfing, art
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.
Bay was named by Captain James
Cook as he sailed up the coast in 1770. Captain Cook
named the Cape Byron after Vice-Admiral
who was the grandfather of the famous 19th
century poet, Lord Byron.
Things To Do
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,
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
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
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
Mount Warning National Park is a World Heritage-listed
park which is the remnant of the central plug of an
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.
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
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.
The Byron Bay Writers Festival (August)
The writers festival
held on the first weekend of August each year. It attracts
writers from around the
as guest speakers.
Byron Bay Triathlon
The annual triathlon includes a 1500m swim, 40km cycle
to Lennox Head and back, and a 10km run along the foreshore
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.
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
Byron Bay is
located in the Northern Rivers region in NSW, just off
Highway, about 800kms north of Sydney, 160kms south of
Brisbane, 90kms south of the Gold Coast. There
airports in the vicinity,
a train station and bus depot located in the centre of
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.
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
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
Country Link offer regular services from Sydney and Brisbane
to Byron Bay. For more information see www.countrylink.info
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
For more information
about Byron Bay visit:
Byron Bay web site
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