Byron Bay. It’s one of the most highly visited places on the Australian Coast with over 1 million visitors. Byron Bay is an amazing place. Popular with ‘hippies’ who have had a great influence on the town. The development has been carefully planned and there will never be any high rises here. Until very recent years many large chain stores were also kept out.
Photo courtesy www.abovephotography.com.au
Today, it’s a delightful mix of the uber cool and hip and those that don’t care for material things. Many celebrities own properties in the region. Watego’s beach has become home to some amazing architecture and beautiful homes.
Byron has several beaches of which some face south providing protection and good surf. I learnt to stand on a board here. It’s a great beginners place to learn about the surf and the waves are gentle enough to build your confidence.
Byron Bay Lighthouse
The walk all the way from town may be too hard but up and down the hill from Watego’s is an alternative. (provided you can cope with the hill) There are car parks half way up the hill and at the top is that is more your speed. The views are spectacular. This is the most eastern point on the Australian Coast.
From June – October it is a vantage point to watch whales as they migrate up and then back down the coast. If you want to catch the babies you need to go later in the season. The turquoise waters of the region make them easy to spot especially with the added advantage of looking down.
Byron Bay Kayaks
I can’t recommend kayaking Byron enough. Not only is the water pristinely clean but also warm in the right season. You may see dolphins. It is not unlikely. There are many in the area because of the clean water and large numbers of fish.
photo courtesy nomadsworld.com
Byron Bay Markets
The markets rove around and share the responsibility between the local areas. The best in my mind is Bangalow in the hinterland. The markets are full of art and handy made delights. There are tasty food morsels to snack on as you meander around. The kids can get their face painted and enjoy some of the activities on offer. You can even purchase toys and games made locally.
Byron Bay has a great nightlife and lots of restaurants to choose from. Mosey along the footpath from your accomodation to dinner and back and soak up the atmosphere. Would I visit again? I have been to Byron Bay about 20 times and I never tire of it. There are always new little cafes to try and lovely shops. The beach never gets old. It’s great place to visit. I prefer it out of the busy season, but you may thrive on the buzz. Be aware that schoolies is on in Byron Bay each year should you want to avoid that time. It’s not my choice for an annual holiday, I’ll leave that to the hipster crowd. I do like a short visit and Bangalow is an area that makes you start dreaming about a sea/tree change and how simple life could be.