Byron Bay Overview
Byron Bay, located on Cape Byron, is the most easterly town in mainland Australia. This makes the town very popular for new year celebrations as the revelers know they be the first to see a new day dawn over Australia.
Byron Bay has always been a very 'laid back' town with an open-minded outlook and a celebrated bohemian character.
There are art galleries, craft markets, health and well-being spas, spiritual healing centres, boutiques, craft centres, lots of cafes and restaurants including vegetarian and vegan, accommodation, NO high rise buildings NO traffic-lights as well as a general 'Eco Friendly' and alternative, easy going attitude and 'vibe'.
Byron Bay is also a popular place for festivals and large scale events. As well as the famous Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival there are many others including comedy, film, writers, underwater, skate boarding, fatherhood, arts and crafts festivals.
Over 30Km of Beaches
Byron Bay has a coastline with over 30Km of beaches offering something for everyone. There are beaches for surfers, families, romantic secluded beaches, beaches to spot whales from and even a nudist beach if you prefer to leave your clothes at home.
The beaches near Byron are exceptional with fine, white sand. The sub tropical climate ensures that even in winter the average daily temperature is around 20 Deg C, which is still warm enough to enjoy a day at the beach.
Around Cape Byron itself there are four beaches: Clarks, Wategos, Little Wategos, Tallow beaches and these are all linked by walking trails and dramatic cliff top walks.
Cape Byron Marine Park
Byron Bay and surrounding area is the location for the protected 'Cape Byron Marine Park' which was established to protect and preserve the delicate marine environment. The park provides a protected sanctuary for corals, turtles, manta rays, tropical fish and dolphins.
Whales, heading north from the Antarctic to breed in warmer waters, can be spotted off Cape Byron around May to June and again when they return around September to October. Last century, Byron Bay did have a Whaling Station but thankfully the only whaling industry left is devoted to spotting the beautiful creatures for the benefit of tourists.
Dolphins also thrive in the coastal waters and can be spotted off cape Byron as well as on organised tours which include sea kayaking, enabling you to get within very close range of these fascinating creatures.
Byron Bay is also a good place to scuba dive and snorkel as it has direct access to the over 20 000 ha of Cape Byron Marine Park. In the town there are dive centres specialising in the local area.
Just to the west of Byron Bay is an area of gently rolling hills and rainforests known as the Byron Bay hinterland. This tranquil area is ideal or touring, with quaint little villages (with names like Dunanoon and Mowball) stunning rainforest with hidden waterfalls, macadamia nut, banana and tea tree plantations.
For the more active you can try bush walking, white water rafting, horse trekking, four wheel drive touring, fishing and mountain biking.
The hinterland villages include Nimbin, which has always had a close association with Byron Bay and has become known as Australia's alternative lifestyle capital.
Byron Bay accommodation
Byron Bay has always been a unique and popular tourist and back packer destination for visitors seeking to slow down from their hectic life styles or enjoy Byron's magnificent location and beaches.
Byron Bay is located at the most eastern point of New South Wales (and Mainland Australia) with a Latitude of 28.6°S and a Longitude of 153.6° E.
See Byron Bay Map.
Driving To Byron Bay
Some approximate driving times are:
11Hrs From Sydney (800Km)
20Hrs From Melbourne (1700Km)
3Hrs From Brisbane (180Km)
See Route and Distance Calculator for more accurate driving times and routes from additional locations throughout Australia.
Flying To Byron bay
The nearest airport, serviced by Virgin Blue and Jetstar, to Byron Bay is 25Km to the south near Ballina.
This is about 30 minutes drive from Byron Bay.
Over 100 Cafes And Restaurants
Needless to say, Byron Bay has an abundance of good places to eat and drink.
There are over 100 restaurants serving food from all over corners of the world as well as some fine Australian and 'Fusion' cooking with its Mediterranean, Asian, Middle East and American influences.
Whether you are looking for a quick plate of fish and chips, a vegan or vegetarian feast, or a gourmet meal of the highest standards you will not be disappointed by Byron Bay.
Each year, usually in September (dates may vary), the Taste of Byron Food Festival is held.
This week long event is a celebration of the local restaurants and the food and produce available in Byron Bay and the surrounding region.
Restaurants spill out onto the street and live music, dancers, comedians and street performers entertain the diners.
Byron Bay Climate
These figures are for guidance only:
Approximate Max Average Temperature
Deg C/ Deg F
Winter(June-Aug):20 / 67
Spring(Sep-Nov):23 / 74
Summer(Dec-Feb):27 / 81
Autumn(Mar-May):24 / 76
Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm