Byron Bay has been a holiday destination for more than 100 years blessed with a temperate subtropical climate, natural geographic features and versatile community.
Cape Byron was named after Vice Admiral John Byron by Captain Cook. Cook described the bay and the significance of Mount Warning in the distance being visible from the Cape to Point Danger to the North during his Endeavour voyage in 1770.
Today Cape Byron is home to Australia’s largest working lighthouse and Byron Bay is known for its relaxed beach lifestyle and eclectic array of restaurants, boutiques and farmer’s markets.
The Northern Rivers area is characterised by green rolling hills and white sandy beaches. The region is dotted with quaint coastal and country towns, including: Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Newrybar, Alstonville and Lismore.
When visiting Byron Bay embrace the outdoor lifestyle of this beautiful part of the world. Activity options include surfing, sea-kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, whale/dolphin watching, bush walking, ballooning and skydiving.
Beaches of Byron
Beaches around Byron are numerous and each has its own unique allure.
Belongil Beach is on the north side of town with views across the bay to the Lighthouse and out to Julian Rocks. Belongil is a favourite for dog walkers and surfing with easy access to town via the beach.
The Wreck located just north of main beach is less than a hundred metres off shore and is a popular snorkelling and dive site. It is known for a fast surfing wave.
Main Beach is located in front of the Surf Life Saving Club and is patrolled all year round. It is ideal for swimming and has easy access to parks, shops and restaurants along the beachfront.
Clarke’s Beach is further along Main Beach towards the lighthouse and is a great place to picnic and swim with children as lagoons often form at various times of the year.
The Pass is a very popular beach area with picnic areas, rainforest walk and a long surf break from the point all the way down to Clarke’s Beach. Many of the dive tours launch from this area and there is an elevated public BBQ area that overlooks the beach - so plan for an early breakfast in this highly sought after spot!
Wategos Beach is a small cove positioned below the lighthouse and home to some of Byron’s most exclusive luxury properties. This protected cove is a favourite with malibu riders. There is a small picnic area and access to the lighthouse walk, which forms part of the daily fitness regimen for many locals.
Tallow Beach on the south side of the lighthouse stretches all the way to Broken Head and is an expansive open ocean beach. Cosy Corner at the northernmost end offers protection from the northerly winds and is recommended for the experienced surfer. Further along this stretch is Suffolk Park where a number of beachfront properties are available for holiday accommodation. Suffolk Park has a dog walking area and a small village community with a local pub, bakery, cafes and a convenient small grocer. The beach is patrolled in front of the Suffolk Park Caravan Park during school holidays.
Broken Head is the next headland south of the Lighthouse and the doorway to the lesser known back beaches such as Kings Beach, White’s Beach and the northern end of Seven Mile Beach.
Travelling to Byron Bay and beyond is easy with airports located at Coolangatta and Ballina. Coolangatta is approximately 100 km to the north and has both domestic and international terminals. Ballina is just 30 km to the south and has regular flights from all capital cities. The sunny Gold Coast is famous for Australia’s premier theme parks, including: Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet n Wild, Warner Brothers Movie World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Brisbane airport is approximately 200 km north of Byron and is serviced by 32 different Airlines flying into Australia. Airport transfer services are available from all 3 airports to the Byron Bay CBD.
To really experience the Northern Rivers we recommend hiring a car during your stay. Take the road less travelled and create your own unique itinerary to explore neighbouring towns and attractions. Families enjoy visiting Ballina’s waterslides and Knockrow is home to Macadamia Castle where you can see kangaroos, emus and wombats, feed the lambs and goats, and watch the kids play miniature golf. Pack a picnic or grab a snack at the café.
Shopaholics will enjoy browsing the quaint boutiques in Bangalow, Byron and Lennox or the make it, bake it, grow it community markets. Foodies can experience a range of diverse cuisines in Byron and beyond with many innovative award- winning restaurants and cafes specialising in locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Byron Bay is also known for its music scene with live music most nights at the Northern Hotel, Beach Hotel and Buddha Bar. Internationally renowned music festivals include the East Coast Blues Festival and Splendour in the Grass - both founded in Byron Bay over a decade ago. They attract many international acts and crowds from around the globe. Byron Bay offers unparalleled natural beauty, a seaside rural vibe and an eclectic blend of adventurous nomads from around the world!