Byron Bay is located 811km north of Sydney and 169km south of Brisbane and is the eastern most town on the Australian mainland. This popular holiday destination offers magnificent beaches, scenic lookouts and coastal walking trails.
The stylish town centre is always bustling with activity and there are shops galore. Restaurants, café and bars are also plentiful, many advertising happy hours and promotions to lure you into their establishment.
Byron Bay’s beaches are superb, attracting many holiday makers and of course surfers. Belongil Beach is the most northerly of the beaches with “The Wreck” forming a surf break. This beach is fairly quiet with limited parking, however dogs are permitted at this beach only so this is a good spot for pet owners.
Main Beach is Byron’s popular hangout, located right in town at the end of the main street and across from luxurious resorts and apartments. This beach is just gorgeous, with a well equipped foreshore and surf club, and is the perfect place to spend time in the sun and get the relaxed Byron feel.
Clarkes Beach is known for its right point break off the headland called “The Pass”. The popular surf beach has a lookout with stunning views over Clarkes Beach and around towards Wategos Beach.
Wategos Beach is one of the calmer beaches and known for safe swimming. This beach is located in a prestigious residential area. From here Little Wategos Beach is accessible on foot over the headland with views back toward Wategos along the walking trail.
Little Wategos Beach is Australia’s most easterly beach and a 250m walk over the Cape Byron Headland Reserve finds this stunning little patch of paradise. A further 150m is the tip of Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point, which can also be accessed via Cape Byron Lighthouse, however this walk is much easier.
Tallow Beach and Cosy Corner are south of Cape Byron. Tallow Beach stretches for 7km and attracts many keen surfers to its point break. The prominent northern headland is very picturesque and acts as a protective wind barrier for beach goers.
Broken Head Beach is south of Tallow Beach and offers surfers both point and beach breaks. An easy 800m walk over the headland reveals stunning views back toward Broken Head and Tallow Beaches and lookouts over the Three Sisters and Kings Beach.
Byron Bay’s beaches are the major attraction as well as the Cape Byron Lighthouse overlooking the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. The lighthouse lookout boasts fantastic coastal views either side of Cape Byron. A maritime museum operates inside the lighthouse and tours to the top are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am, 12pm and 2pm, extra tours on Saturdays during school holidays. The Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage built in 1901 is open for viewing and accommodation is available in the refurbished Cape Byron Lighthouse Cottages. A steep descending walking trail leads to the tip of Cape Byron from here, however access on foot from Wategos Beach is less demanding.
Byron Bay holds two lots of markets at the Butler Street Reserve. The Farmers Markets
are every Thursday between 8am-11am and the Byron Community Markets
are on the 1st Sunday of every month. With a few hundred stalls on the Sunday you wouldn’t want to miss them.
Byron Bay has all sorts of accommodation to suit all budgets. From 5 star resorts and plush beachside apartments to motels, B&B’s, caravan parks and backpacker hostels, Byron can accommodate the wealthy traveller seeking luxury and the budgeting backpacker looking after the finances.
Byron is a marvellous seaside location appealing to all who visit. The stunning coastal scenery teamed with welcoming locals and a permanent holiday atmosphere makes Byron a special place worth discovering and staying a while.
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