With its idyllic beaches and a natural atmosphere, Byron Bay is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or the perfect destination for those who want to get a taste of the alternative lifestyle.
The town’s attractions are mostly natural, but the local council also organises social events, such as markets, fairs and festivals.
The Byron Bay Market takes place every first Sunday of the month, from 8 am to 4 pm at Butler Street Reserve, with local bands and stalls selling arts and crafts.
The market also has local produce on sale, and food and beverage stalls. There are also activities for kids, such as candle making and face painting.
Surfing is the sport that has led to the growth and development of Byron Bay, and it still influences the local lifestyle today. Nowadays, the favourite spot for surfers is the beach to the right of the lighthouse and Broken Heads, which besides being an idyllic beach, remains practically deserted.
Broken Heads Reserve is situated on this beach. From here, visitors can walk along the coast and see the abundant flora and fauna. The place is perfect for whale watching in winter.
On the right-hand side of the beach, a large curve leads to Cape Byron - the easternmost point of Australia. Here is where Cape Byron Lighthouse (still operating) is situated, with magnificent views of the town. Cape Byron is the perfect place to spot dolphins and whales.
To get to the lighthouse, there is a delightful coastal walk with steps, amidst the local flora and fauna - a great option to end the day.
The small town centre is always full of visitors to Byron Bay. In summer, it is difficult to drive through the main streets, due to the high number of tourists. Catering for tourists, there are restaurants offering different types of cuisine, in alternative settings.