Byron Bay, New South Wales

The township of Byron Bay is clearly one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations because it has a laid-back atmosphere, is a melting pot of different people and provides something for everyone from alternative living and eco-tourism right through to adventure and excitement. This unique holiday destination is ideally situated at Australia's most easterly point and is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful sub-tropical rainforests, pristine beaches and the prominent Cape Byron lighthouse. Byron Bay is filled all year round with friendly people and offers something more than just a beach paradise. There is many trendy cafes, fantastic dining at world class restaurants and relaxing walks that will put you in a holiday mood right away.

Regardless of whether you are a holiday maker looking for a peaceful getaway or an adventurous vacation Byron Bay is sure to have something for you. There are plenty of action packed activities to keep you entertained, such as sea kayaking, scuba diving or snorkelling in the Marine Parks, hot air balloon rides, scenic helicopter flights, skydiving, hang gliding, horse-riding or even learning to surf lesson from one of the town's many surf schools. If you would prefer relaxing holiday activities then why not go shopping at the exclusive clothing stores, visit the many art studios and galleries, watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, go bush walking or bird watching, enjoy the uncrowded beaches, play a round of golf or do a spot of fishing in the pristine estuaries. Byron Bay is also well known for whale watching between the months of June and November.

Whilst staying in Byron Bay you should also take some time to check out the local farmers markets which is held at the local market grounds every Thursday morning between 8 and 11am, where you can find lots of fresh, organic local produce. You can also visit the famous Byron Bay Arts and Crafts Market which is held on the first Sunday of every month, or make the most of the many festivals that are held in Byron Bay throughout the year. Other places to explore include the Crystal Castle, the Macadamia Castle with its interesting Zoo Park, the breathtaking waterfalls at Minyon or Protesters Falls or Mount Warning where you can be the first person on Australian mainland to witness the sunrise. With so much to see and do in and around Byron Bay it is no wonder that people from all over the world gather to enjoy the atmosphere of this unique coastal village.

How To Get There :      To get to Byron Bay on the northern NSW coast you can choose to either drive there along the Pacific Highway or fly into either the Ballina Airport (30 minutes away) or the Gold Coast/Coolangatta Airport (50 minutes away). You can catch a flight via Virgin, Jetstar or Qantas from any major capital city in Australia and then either hire a car an drive yourself or catch the regular shuttle bus from either airport to Byron Bay. If you are driving yourself travel along the Pacific Highway, turn off at Ewingsdale and travel along Ewingsdale Road into Byron Bay.

Weather :      Byron Bay features great weather all year round, which is what makes it such a popular holiday destination. Average maximum daily temperatures range from 20°C in winter (June - August) up to 28°C in summer (December - February) and the overnight minimum temperatures are mild (12-20°C) all year round. Byron Bay receives a lot of rain throughout the year especially between the months of January and June, whilst the least amount of rainy days occur between the months of July and October.

Suitable For :      Family beach holidays, couples wanting romance and travellers looking for relaxation.

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