Byron Bay - Why visit you say?
Byron Bay is a quaint coastal town located on the far-north coast of NSW, Australia. This famous destination is home to Australia's most easterly point, which also houses the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse. The Byron Bay region is notorious for its remarkable beaches, unique shopping and dining experiences, world-class festivals, as well as a lively community vibe. Beyond the township of Byron Bay, the region is home to seaside villages, charming towns, and beautiful national parks.
Eat, sleep, beach, repeat. Soft white sand, smooth turquoise barrels, gently leaning pandanus palms—Byron’s beaches truly are the star of the show. Main Beach is one of the few patrolled beaches and is a great spot for swimming. You can work your way down the coastline past Clarkes Beach towards the Pass where you will find a peeling surf break perfect for all. Around the corner you will find Wategos Beach perched beneath millionaires’ mansions and the Cape Byron Lighthouse. On the other side of the cape, you will find Tallow Beach at Suffolk Park. This is a stunning, long, open beach break, bordered by coastal mountains. Many locals opt to exercise their beloved doggo’s at Tallow’s as it is an off-leash beach. To the north of Main Beach is Belongil, a slightly quieter stretch of coastline where you can explore, swim and climb upon the wreck of the SS Wollongbar. Belongil is also another dog-friendly beach located within the Byron Shire. Byron Bay and the surrounding beaches are well known for their surf breaks. It is highly recommended that you bring your own board or hire one locally so you can experience riding these world class breaks alongside the locals.
Get up early and watch the sunrise! The perfect location is from Cape Byron, the most easterly point of Australia. You can either drive to the historic lighthouse (entry is $8), or alternatively you can take the iconic lighthouse track which passes through rare littoral rainforest, along pristine beaches and across grass-covered cliffs where you will finally arrive at the stately 1901 lighthouse. This walk is filled with sweeping views of the ocean. From May to October you’ll be able to spot humpback whales cruising past on their annual migration, bottlenose dolphins, and even giant sea turtles. The full lighthouse loop is 3.7 km and takes approximately two hours to complete.
Drink local brews. You’ll be craving a cold one after a long day in the surf or a bustling day around town. Order a pint of locally brewed Stone & Wood Pacific Ale or Green Coast Larger, while visiting the Arts & Industry Estate. Alternatively, you could drop by their brewery for a tour and a ‘tasting paddle’, and sample some of their delicious menu items. It’s well worth the visit! In fact, why not make a day of it and plan a visit to the nearby Byron Bay Brewery as well—a good option if rain has interfered with your outdoor plans. If beer isn’t for you, then head for the hills where you will find the family owned Cape Byron Distillery. Here, their gins and Macadamia Nut Liqueur are flavoured with ingredients sourced from their regenerated rainforest.
The Byron Bay Hinterland is definitely worth exploring. A delightful experience will be had by all. With its rolling green hills, fertile farmlands, historic towns and national parks, the hinterland offers a scenic and cultural contrast to Byron's beach lifestyle. Meander along the winding country roads and you'll soon discover numerous, picturesque villages such as Bangalow, Newrybar, Mullumbimby, and Federal. Each have their own unique personality. In many of these towns you can find local cafes and restaurants serving up the best of the region's cuisine, handmade threads selling high quality items, antique stores, as well as unique homewares. The Byron Bay Hinterland will take you back in time. Whether it’s visiting church’s, homesteads, art galleries, homestay farms, or agricultural areas it’s an area steeped in history where you will rub shoulders with the past.
There is so much to see and do in Byron Bay: sun-rain, winter-summer, it’s definitely a vacation that you will want to put on your bucket list. With travel restrictions easing, it is the perfect playground for a getaway with family and friends where you will find something to do for everyone! With a central location, our holiday parks are the perfect place to stay! We can’t wait to see you and share a one of a kind experience.