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Byron Bay

Known for Beaches, Surfing and Diving

Duck into a quirky store to pick up some hippy gear, hike through national parks, or grab a board and get surfing at one of Australia’s favourite beach towns.

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Byron Bay is where people go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. What started out as a timber and dairy settlement has evolved into a town of hippies, surfers, musicians and artists. Enjoy some of Australia’s favourite beaches, lots of groovy bars and cafés, and national parks only a short distance from town.

Wander the streets and enjoy the combination of hippie and surf culture. You’ll see stores selling everything from surfboards to tie-dyed clothes. Take a yoga class, shop for herbal medicines and enjoy great locally grown coffee, excellent chai and tasty homemade food.

Byron Bay is renowned for some of the best breakers in the country, so surfers are in for a treat. Head to the Pass, Wategos Beach or the quieter Tallow Beach to join long-boarders waiting for that perfect wave. If it's busy, sitting on your board "out the back" is as much fun as the surfing itself. Strike up a conversation with a local and enjoy bobbing around on the crystal-clear water. Those who’ve never jumped on a board but want to give it a try can take lessons with local instructors.

For anyone just out for a quick dip in the waves, Main Beach has smaller surf and plenty of room for sunbathing.

Take the coastal trail up nearby Cape Byron to the lighthouse. You’ll get great views of the town and bay, and are likely to spot dolphins, stingrays and, occasionally, whales in the water. Head inland to the nearby nature reserves and national parks to see some of the local flora and fauna. Arakwal National Park is great for bird or lizard watching and borders a near-untouched beach.

Don't miss lunch or an afternoon at the Beach Hotel. This sprawling pub-on-a-hill overlooks the beach and is a local institution. Check out the local papers for the live music guide. Byron is a popular stop off for touring bands, and plenty of big acts pass through the town.

Activities in Byron Bay

Swim or stroll at this beach sheltered by the rocky bluff of Cape Byron and you might see dolphins surfing on the offshore swell.

Whether you’re relaxing in the sun and surf or keeping watch for some of the region’s diverse wildlife, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this broad, sandy beach.

Snap photos of the emerald peaks, take part in aquatic activities at the surf club and stroll through forest paths near this urban beach.

Enjoy magnificent ocean views, learn about shipwrecks and spot dolphins when you visit this historic lighthouse on mainland Australia’s most easterly point.

Hike along scenic rainforest trails to arrive at a secluded and tranquil sandy haven that is popular with nudists and the gay community. 

With sandbar surf breaks, a shipwreck snorkeling site and a safe strip of lifeguard-patrolled ocean waves, it’s easy to see why this beach is favored among locals.

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Put your snorkel gear on and jump into the waters of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Swim alongside sea turtles in their natural habitat in the Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary. Swim among schools of exotic fish and experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.

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Take to the skies for an unforgettable experience, freefalling from up to 15,000 feet (4,572 m) to reach speeds of up to 124 miles per hour (200 km/h). On this tandem skydiving adventure, strap yourself to a seasoned professional and make the leap of a lifetime.

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Enjoy breathtaking aerial views over the Byron Bay hinterland on this hot balloon ride. Be among the first of the day to witness the sun rising over the country's most easterly point. Be mesmerized by the gorgeous scenery, from rolling hills to blue ocean.

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Over the course of 3 days, learn to scuba dive and experience the underwater world of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, an area with an abundance of turtles, rays and over 400 species of fish.

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Hone your board skills and conquer the waves with a 3-day course that plunges you deep into the techniques of surfing. Taught by a professional surfing coach, this series of 4-hour lessons offers you ample time in the water so you can master the basics and delve into more advanced techniques.

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Swim in pristine pools beneath cascading falls, stroll through subtropical rainforests, and paddle around the rich marine habitats of dolphins and whales on this active expert-led excursion. From its misty mountains to its wave-warped coast, explore the natural wonders surrounding Byron Bay.

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