THE FRIENDLIEST TOWN IN AUSTRALIA – BYRON BAY

Hippie culture, Healthy Food, Gorgeous Beaches, Surf, Yoga, Concerts… WELCOME TO BYRON BAY.

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Byron Bay is located 170km South of Brisbane and about 770 km North of Sydney.

BEACHES

Byron Bay is surrounded by 30 km of gorgeous and unique beaches. Swimming, relaxing, surfing everyone can find his own PARADISE 🙂

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Surfers, Byron Bay. Photo Credit: Sera J. Wright @photography_byron_bay

Main beach is right in the center of the town, it’s accessible to swimmers and surfers. It’s a really nice beach but it’s also the most popular one and it gets overcrowded during the high season. Walk a bit further and you gonna find a quiet spot like Belongil beach. Belongil is a 2,5km beach located at the beginning of Main Beach and it’s definitely less crowded.   

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The Pass, Byron Bay. Photo Credit: Sean O’Shea

The Pass is a really good beach for surf beginners. The small waves are perfect to try to stand on your board for the first time! It’s also a perfect spot for the families with kids thanks to the natural pool on the wide sand. At the end of this beach, you gonna find the Fisherman’s Lookout which offers you a panoramic view of the ocean, admire the view and the surfers 🙂 LOVE IT

Clarkes Beach is located between Main Beach and the Pass, it’s a nice quiet beach away from the crowd 🙂

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Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

Wategos is also an idyllic beach for beginners surfers and longboard. There is a picnic area with barbecues overlooking this lovely beach. Wategos is a good place to enjoy the spectacular Australian sunsets!

Tallow beach is more for advanced surfers, the swimming and surfing conditions can be dangerous.

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Photo Credit: Sean O’Shea

From the end of June to October, the beaches of Byron Bay are awesome spots for whale-watching.

HIKES

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Photo Credit: Sean O’Shea

The Cape Byron Walking Track is WELL worth it. I actually love it! It’s a loop of 4km where you walk through the rainforest, up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and, back down along the coast. The view from the cliffs is just STUNNING.

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Photo Credit: Sean O’Shea

I do recommend to walk early morning or later in the evening to enjoy the lights of the sunrise (or of the sunset). In the morning, you also can easily see the dolphins playing in the waves, sooooo COOL! And don’t worry, if the hike sounds too long for you, there are also shorter walk tracks in the same area 😉

MARKETS

I love walking through markets when I’m traveling to feel the vibes of the place, discover new cultures, products, and food 🙂

In Byron Markets you can find everything you need, from organic and handmade clothes, jewelry, decoration, souvenirs, local and imported products and arts.

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Byron Bay Market. Photo Credit: Byron Bay 

The Byron Bay Market is the first Sunday of every month AND the third Sunday of December and January. To read more about the markets in the area click here.

Byron is also famous for its healthy food culture. On the markets (and also in the shops, cafes, and restaurants), you can find fresh local and organic food, PERFECT!

CAMPING

Wild camping is not permitted in Byron Bay and surroundings. There is a day use area called Yelgun where you can sleep for free (in your car). It’s located about 25 km from Byron. Right next to the Pacific Highway, it’s definitely not the best spot to hang out but when you’re traveling on a (small) budget, it’s helpful! To find all the free camp in Australia click here.

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Discovery Camping, Byron Bay.

During my stay in Byron Bay, I camped few nights at the Discovery Park. It’s located around 2km of Byron town center (map here). It’s was a cheap place if you camp in a tent or in a van, for sure don’t rent a bungalow! I think I was paying around $10 per night.  The price depends on the season of your stay. The camping offers comfortable facilities, a pool, and a big kitchen with huge fridges and everything that you need 🙂 Pretty cool!

MORE INFORMATION

  • In my opinion, Byron can be done in 3 days but if you have time, RELAX and ENJOY the Byron life!
  • Byron Bay gets crowded during the summer and the school holidays, avoid these periods if you want to appreciate the calmness of the town. Or come during this period to enjoy the parties and the music festivals 🙂
  • The lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily (free entrance)
  • You have to pay fees for car park everywhere in the town. One TIP: park at the Woolworths car park 😉
  • There are also plenty of second-hand shops in Byron, JUST LOVE IT!

Lots of love, Amandine

@whynotabroad

 


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