You can gaze upon the humpback whales cruising past the headland, surf the waves, hang-glide over the coast, do yoga on the beach at all times of the day, gaze at rainbows on the mountains across the beach, get massages and mud wraps in the hinterland area, and trek through the lush green rainforests. Not to forget the amazing dining experience it offers - the best of Australia's regional dining.
Byron Bay, with its unspoilt hinterlands, numerous beaches, and relaxed lifestyle is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world.
The town of Byron Bay is located at the north-eastern coast of Australia, in the state of New South Wales (NSW). The town is at a distance of about 103 miles to the south of Brisbane city and about 480 miles to the north of Sydney. Byron Bay is about 56 miles from the Gold Coast and is in the Northern Rivers region.
Best Time To Visit
Byron Bay is an eclectic region which receives visitors all through the year. The food and entertainment scene is feisty through all seasons. Byron Bay receives good sunshine throughout the year. The subtropical summers are hot and humid and winters mild and sunny. Summer visits are ideal for those who like to get on with some snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, or swimming. February through May tend to get Byron Bay unexpected showers. Winters are preferred by those who prefer enjoy tanning on the beach, sports like beach volleyball, and bushwaking. No matter when you plan a visit, do drink lots of water and carry your sunscreen.
Getting To Byron Bay
Byron Bay is served by three airports - the Balina/Byron Bay Gateway Airport, the Gold Coast International Airport, and the Brisbane International & Domestic Airport. From the Balina/Byron Bay Gateway Airport a number of Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Regional Express buses get you to Byron Bay within 40 minutes. Though there are no trains connecting Byron Bay, daily coaches by Countrylink connect the beach region with the rest of the country. Cars can be rented from Brisbane to get you to Byron Bay and the drive is a pleasant one.
Best Attractions in Byron Bay
Dolphin Wildlife Tours: You can watch the Bottle-nose Dolphins cruise past you in the pristine waters of Byron Bay. Very often you will find the Common Dolphins, inquisitive by nature, approach your boats, in trying to communicate with you. You can also find turtles, sting rays, and thousands of species of fishes that inhabit in the Sanctuary Zone.
Besides these, you can also indulge yourself in the regular sea activities - surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, etc. Besides beach activities, Byron Bay has a lot to offer the adventurous kind.
Mountain Bike Tours: Enjoy mountain-biking tours through the exhilarating adventurous tracks in the rainforests. You can opt for either a full day Rainforest Adventure Tour or a shorter half-day Scenic Coastal Tour. There are professional guides riding with you, enriching your experience. Pegasus Park Equestrian Center: Your dream of riding a horse on the beach is now a reality. The Pegasus Park Equestrian Center has beautiful trained horses and conducts daily tours. You can either ride the horses on isolated beaches or ride through the hinterland. If you want to learn horse riding, there are E.F.A. Coaches to assist you. The center also offers free pick up and drop.
Crystal Castle: Visit the Crystal Castle to "Enrich your Spirit". You can feel the awe inspiring presence of the Buddha while walking through the ancient maze. The path is interspersed with gardens and is lined by rose quartz and hand carved mystical statues of the Buddha. The Crystal Castle offers you a breathtaking, tranquil, and inspirational landscape that is seldom paralleled elsewhere.
Byron Bay Ballooning: Looking down at the endless stretch of Byron Bay's beautiful beach stretching right up to Mount Warning and beyond while breathing fresh mountain air is an out of the world experience. The total balloon flying time is approximately one hour. If you are lucky you can view the rainbow from the air.
Sky Diving: For the most adventurous visitors, sky diving is the ultimate experience. What can be better than to click pictures of the amazing landscape of Byron Bay, freefalling from a height of 14,000 feet! The exhilaration of the freefall is followed by the tranquil calm of gliding down in a parachute, all the while taking in the awesome scenery below. You can also take helicopter tours or fly around in a privately rented aircraft.
Staying at Byron
Byron Bay has the most exhaustive variety of accommodation options for visitors. There are over 300 hotels, B & B, guesthouses, homestays, caravans, cottages to choose from. Visitors who plan to spend a longer period of time may also rent apartments by the bay.
47 - 49 Shirley Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Tel: +61 (0)2 6680 9500
Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses
Tel: +61 (02) 6685 7390 or 1800 336 129
Apartments Inn Byron
Tel: 1800 307 660
33 Lawson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Tel: +61 (02) 6685 6195
Tel: +61 (02) 4129 91180
13 Marvel St, Byron Bay NSW, 2481
Tel: +61 (02) 6685 5118
Dorms and Budget Accommodation
Byron Bay Bunkhouse
1 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Tel : +61 (02) 66 858311
Aquarius Backpackers Motel
16 Lawson Street Byron Bay NSW 2481
Tel: 1800 028 909 or +61 (02) 6685 7663
Last Updated On : September 11, 2012