Today we are in Byron Bay, it’s a beautiful town on the Eastern tip of mainland Australia.
We are continuing our series looking back at some very early, very corny travel videos I put together. That said, I’m sure it will still inspire you to visit Byron Bay on the New South Wales North Coast.
Byron Bay gets it’s name from the land it sits on, Cape Byron. Captain James Cook first named it such after Admiral Bryon. Cape Byron jots out from the lighthouse and is a great place to go for a walk and take a photo to celebrate making it to Australia’s most Eastern point. You may even see dolphins jumping in the water below.
Mount Warning (Wollumbin)
Looking back towards the town you’ll see it set against a backdrop of mountain ranges. Among these, is Mount Warning, the centre point of an ancient volcano. It is also ranked amongst the top 10 best mountain climbs in Australia. Many attempt the hike before sunrise as it is the first place in Australia to see the Sun. The return hike to the summit takes about 5-6 hours and offers a 360 degree view. While the mountain is open to climbing, it is a sacred place to the Bundjalung People.
Byron Bay is well known for it’s surfing. There are a couple of really nice beaches within walking distance from the town. When we were there we did a surfing class. The instructors took us down to Lennox Head in a van, which is to the south of Byron Bay towards Ballina. I wouldn’t say I am now a pro surfer, but it definitely helped me get the basics down. I still feel more comfortable on a body board though. Back in Byron Bay, you’ll find plenty of surf culture to enjoy as well.
If kayaking is more your thing, then there are sea kayaks for hire. They will take you straight out from the beach and you might even see a dolphin while you are out there.
There is plenty of accommodation available around Byron Bay. We were staying there on a budget, so we stayed in one of the many backpackers. The YHA was the one we chose. We were located in a large shared room. The facilities were all clean and it was a relaxed atmosphere. They had bikes and body boards available for rent as well.
Getting To Byron Bay
Byron Bay is located less than an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast Airport, but you can also fly into Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (a 30 minute drive). This makes it really easy to get to by plane. There are also shuttle services that will connect you through to Brisbane.
There is plenty to see in Byron Bay itself. You can have lunch at one of the many restaurants down the main street and just wonder around trying to spot one of the Hemsworth boys. There are plenty of walks down by the beach lined with Pandanus Palms and Norfolk Pines. I personally love the walk to the lighthouse and Cape Byron.
What is your favourite thing to do when you visit Byron Bay?