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Browsing Byron Bay

  • January 6, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
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What is it about the place we affectionately call ‘The Bay’, aka Byron Bay, that makes it one of the most sought after holiday destinations on the east coast of Australia? Is it the fact that it is unspoiled and non-commercialized, with no hi-rises, no traffic lights and strict environmental protection laws? Is it the idyllic location at the most easterly point of Australia with pristine beaches that meet verdant rainforests? Is it the eclectic mix of people ranging from free-spirited Hippies; to European Back-Packers; to trendy ‘Indies’; and the rich and famous that can be spotted on the streets?

Byron Bay

I think it is a combination of the above that entices me back to this little town located in Northern NSW, only an hour from the Gold Coast, time and time again. It has certainly been a Summer holiday destination favourite of mine for numerous years and it does attract a large amount of tourists all year round.

From it’s humble beginnings as a whaling station, that closed in the 1960’s, sand mining town and the Byron Bay abattoirs, it has certainly been transformed into a ‘surfer’s paradise’ and a popular snorkelling and scuba diving spot.

Things To Do In Byron Bay

There are so many things to do and see in and around ‘The Bay’.  Here are just a few of them:

  • Go on a guided ‘Dolphin Surfari’ by kayak.
  • Surf at the many surfing beaches that Byron has to offer, including Main Beach, The Pass, Broken Head and Tallows, where you get to surf with the Dolphins.
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Tallows Beach

  • Ride a horse along one of the secluded pristine beaches near Byron Bay.
  • Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point in Eastern Australia, that is a perfect vantage point to watch the whales play in the warm waters during the Winter months.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

  • Get up before sunrise and take a breathtaking balloon flight above Byron.
  • Go shopping in some of the trendy little boutiques, arts and crafts galleries and somewhat ‘alternate’ shops in Byron Bay.

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  • Go snorkelling or scuba diving with the sea turtles at nearby Julian Rocks.
  • Have a cold beer at one of two pubs in Byron, The Great Northern and the Byron Beach Hotel, ideally located across the road from Main Beach.

Byron Pubs

  • Explore remote beaches, nature reserves and secluded trails on a mountain bike guided tour.
  • Dine out at one of the many fine restaurants in Byron Bay.

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  • Go to the Byron Bay Markets, one of the biggest and best markets on the East Coast.
  • Trek along the walkways and up the hundreds of stairs through the rainforests to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.

Byron Walk

  • Experience one of Byron’s music festivals such as East Coast Blues and Roots or Splendour in the Grass.
  • Enjoy some fresh, tasty, organic and healthy food at many of the cafes in Byron.

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  • Be adventurous and get a bird’s eye view of Byron by partaking in a tandem skydive.
  • Walk along one of Byron’s magical beaches where the sand is soft underfoot.

Byron Beaches

  • Go on a day trip to the nearby hippie village of Nimbin.
  • Sit in the park on the beach near the Surf Club and just people watch.

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  • Go to one of Byron’s nightclubs, such as ‘Cheeky Monkeys’, where anything goes.
  • Talk a walk down main street and enjoy the variety of buskers performing.

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  • Rejuvenate and reinvigorate at one of the world famous Health Retreats in the area such as Gaia Health Retreat, Mullum Sari Health Retreat, Byron Wellbeing Health Retreat, Escape Haven Women’s Retreat and Summer Hills Retreat.
  • Experience the peace and tranquility in the Byron hinterland at a Farm Stay such as Byron Bay Farm Stay or Koreelah Byron Bay.
  • Rent a holiday home with magnificent beach views and just chill out with family and friends.

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  • Get a relaxing massage, take a yoga class, a cooking class or learn to meditate.  There are many places in Byron offering these services.
  • Visit the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Park where there are a variety of artists, artisans, craftspeople and manufacturers working. It’s worth a trip to find a special bargain or a unique handcrafted item.

So as you can see there is something for everyone in ‘The Bay’. I would say it is one to add to the ‘Bucket List’.

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By 50 Shades, January 6, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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