Byron Bay Australia
is a very
A sleepy coastal township only 20 years ago, Byron Bay took off and
developed into one of the most popular travel destinations in
It's popular with surfers and famous for its excellent beaches, yoga
classes and alternative therapies.
It's also got some great markets and restaurants, and the beautiful
Byron Bay lighthouse. And - it's the easternmost point of Australia.
The most easterly point of Australia. By
Baloozer via Flickr.com
Old Hippie Haven
Established in the 1890s, Byron Bay was a small coastal settlement of
whalers, timber loggers, then banana and pineapple farmers, until in
the 1970s it
turned into an artists’ and hippie community, and in the 1980s it got
for Hollywood celebrities who started to move in and build their huge
mansions in the hinterland.
Few travellers had bothered before to turn
in to Byron from the highway, now everyone wanted to find out what was
so special about the place. Tourists started to arrive, buildings
started to rise and today Byron is a vibrant town with laid-back
locals, backpackers and other travellers.
Street scenes in Byron Bay Australia. By
TCL_1961 via Flickr.com
Town Centre and Central Byron Bay Beaches
Byron Bay’s town centre is in the blocks around Johnson
Street. Here you find the surf schools and dive centres, travel
agencies, tour operators, alternative therapies and shops, cafes,
restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
North of the town centre is Main
Beach; west of it is Belongil Beach and right of it are Clarks Beach
and The Pass.
The Lighthouse. By AllPosters.
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Byron Bay Restaurants
The amount of Byron Bay restaurants and eateries will not leave anyone
hungry: there are the Boomerang Grill, Cyprus Tree, Dish, Driftwood
Restaurant, Fig Tree Country Restaurant, Fishheads@Byron, Fresh, Great
Northern Kitchen, Hogs Breath Cafe, Le Sirrocco, Olivo, Peppers,
Piggery Restaurant, Raving Prawn Restaurant, Red Hot & Green,
Sushi Wave, Thai Lucy and the Earh’n’Sea Amazing Pizza and Pasta Family
Entertainment, Byron Bay Australia. By
Byron Bay Entertainment
The cafes, bars and nightclubs are also abundant. You can have a drink
at the Beach Hotel, Cheeky Monkey’s or Railway Friendly Bar; go
clubbing at C-Moog, La La Land or Cocomangas; and have a coffee at
Artic Cafe, Belongil Beach Cafe, Cafe D.O.C., Cafe Spice, Caffe Raw,
Espressohead, Harvest Cafe, Sails Cafe, The Pass cafe, Twisted Sista
Cafe or The Big Blue Cafe.
Other places include
Byron Juice Bar, Byronian, Jack’s Place, Julian’s, Relish Byron, Macs
Homestyle and Persephone’s Window.
Kings Beach. Poster by AllPosters.
Yoga and Alternative
And you can see the influence of flower power: even though the streets
are crowded with backpackers and real hippies are almost invisible,
modern Byron Bay still enjoys the alternative lifestyle with yoga
classes and alternative therapies offered by Ambaji, Samadhi’s,
Medicine Wheel, Relax Haven, Intouch Yoga and Massage, Yoga
Arts and Yoga with Flo.
Kings Beach. Poster by AllPosters.
East of the town centre is Cape Byron with Watergo’s Beach and Little
Watergo’s Beach. As you enter the cape via the lighthouse road, on your
left hand side is Captain Cook Lookout from which you can enter a
bushwalking track that takes you all the way around the cape and to the
lighthouse on the eastern side of cape.
Whale watching in Byron Bay Australia. By
Kristy_Komuso via Flickr.com
Cape Byron Lighthouse and Byron Bay Whale Watching
If you don’t want to walk, there are also a few drives on the Cape
Byron that take you around and to the lighthouse. Cape Byron Lighthouse
is just south of the easternmost point of Australian mainland.
high, was built in 1901 and was one of Australia’s most powerful
lighthouses. There are some beautiful views across the water from here,
and it’s an excellent place to watch dolphins
in the water, or
passing by the coast on
their yearly migration between August and October. The Pass, Watergo’s
and Little Watergo’s beaches are Byron’s best surf beaches.
Surfers. Poster by AllPosters.
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Byron Bay National Parks
Further south along the eastern coast are Tallow Beach and Seven Mile
Beach. Also south of town is the 98-ha Broken Head Nature
Reserve – a remaining pocket of subtropical rainforest which
once covered the whole area. There are bushwalking tracks through the
forest and to King’s Beach which is popular with fishing.
Surfers, Byron Bay Australia. By
Kinho_Pizzato via Flickr.com
Learn to Surf in Byron Bay Australia
You can learn to surf in Byron Bay at East Coast Surf School, Blackdog
Surfing, and A Real Surf
Journey; kite-board with Byron Bay Kiteboarding and you can abseil,
cave and mountain-bike with Rockhoppers, Peterpan Adventures and Wicked
Markets, Byron Bay Australia. By
Byron Bay Markets
The first Sunday
every month there are the Byron Bay Markets, a lovely place to go
shopping, getting a massage or just strolling around amongst
tourists and backpackers.
Accommodation, Byron Bay Australia. By
raguy via Flickr.com
Here's a Byron Bay map, where I have
mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see
what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it
in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you
want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in
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