The Best of Byron Bay

October 7, 2011 by

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Visit Byron Bay for some of the best waves in Australia!

Byron Bay, just south of the Gold Coast on the east coast of Australia, has long attracted artists, surfers and hippies seeking a simpler, more laid-back lifestyle. They couldn’t keep Byron’s golden beaches, perfect surf and temperate weather all to themselves, however, and before long, the wealthy and sometimes famous caught on to the area’s divine natural beauty and richly forested hinterland.

These days you’re as likely to find a bunch of hippies and their barefoot children jamming on the foreshore as you would a couple sipping lattes in a café and chatting on their iPhones. While somehow managing to maintain its laid back, alternative vibe, Byron has evolved to become a destination that suits travelers from all walks of life. Here are just some of the things that make Byron so special:

Cape Byron
The Cape is mainland Australia’s most easterly point. You can often spot whales from here during their migration season (May to November) as well as dolphins who choose to live here permanently!

Glorious beaches
Byron is blessed with clean, sheltered beaches backed by rainforest that offer great swimming and some of Australia’s best surf breaks.

Coastal rainforest
You can walk along the coast through this forest full of Bangalow palms, cabbage palms and melaleuca species.

Temperate climate
Byron enjoys warm summers and mild winters.

Great seafood
There are plenty of restaurants, including Japanese, where you can sample freshly caught seafood.

Yoga on tap
Byron is Australia’s yoga central and there are several studios, classes and courses to choose from around town.

Surfing
Learn to surf here at one of Byron’s many surf schools. Experienced surfers need no introduction to Byron’s infamous surf breaks.

For more information visit: http://www.byron-bay.com/byronbay

- Emma McMahon

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