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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?
I think it is a combination of the above that entices me back to this little town located in Far North New South Wales, 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 its 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.
There are so many things to do and see in and around ‘The Bay’. Here are just a few of them:
There are plenty of options for accommodation in Byron Bay from hotels, resorts, holiday apartments, backpackers, hostels, caravan parks, farm stays to holiday homes or Airbnbs.
For campers and caravanners there are 4 caravan parks including: Reflections Byron Bay Holiday Park (formerly Clarkes Beach Caravan Park); First Sun Holiday Park (located in the heart of Byron); Discovery Byron Bay Holiday Park on Belongil Beach 2 kilometres out of town ; and Ingenia Byron Bay Holiday Park at Suffolk Park on Tallow Beach.
Byron Bay also boasts luxury hotel and resort accommodation including: Elements of Byron, Crystalbrook Byron, Byron at Byron, The Lord Byron, Raes at Watego and Garden Burees of Byron Bay.
For the budget travellers there is plenty of cheaper options including backpackers and hostels such as: The Surf House Byron Bay, Aquarius Backpackers Resort, Byron Bay YHA and Arts Factory Lodge.
There really is something for everyone in ‘The Bay’. It has attractive white-sanded beaches, a laid-back vibe, great eateries, plenty of scenic walks, and a lush green hinterland. I would say it is one to add to your bucket list.
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.