Byron Bay is another sleepy town/suburb that became world famous all of a sudden. Byron Bay is known for the perfect wave and is a Mecca for surfers all around the world. It’s only a short drive or bus ride south of Surfer’s Paradise and is essentially a part of the Gold Coast while being on the other side of the New South Wales border (technically, it is not a part of the Gold Coast but everyone in the Gold Coast goes to Byron Bay all the time).
As with every coastal location around Australia, there are plenty of places to stay on all budgets, from backpackers, those looking for a campsite right through to luxury hotels for those celebrating a special holiday.
Byron Bay is a hugely popular holiday destination. This is especially the case between June and November when Humpback Whales can be spotted from headland viewpoints, including the Captain Cook Lookout. From November onwards, it’s full-on summertime and the tourism only increases.
Remember, the local community of surfers consider this place one of the best places to surf in the world. You’ll see people in board shorts all year around. One of the local beaches arguably offers the best right-hand break in the world.
Even if you are staying at one of the many camping sites, there is still plenty to do at night if you are looking to take a break from the camping experience. Buzzing nightlife continues all night long for most of the week. Weeknights are a little more sedated and a little more cultured than the busy weekends.
The main street sells everything you’d expect from healthy eats to fashion. A short walk out of town along the Cape Byron Track will take you to the lighthouse where you’ll probably see others kayaking with dolphins.
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