"Byron Bay - Tourist Mecca of North Coast NSW" Top 5 Page for this destination Byron Bay by lachydragon

Byron Bay Travel Guide: 172 reviews and 321 photos

Have had a slight setback for my Byron Bay pages after Dad decided that he would give away half of the photos I took (and particularly the ones suitable for VT!!) - as soon as I have a bit of a word to Dad, lecture him on the importance of at least scanning photos first and get some reprints I will put them up.....watch this space!

Byron Bay's Appeal

Byron Bay sits on the far North Coast of NSW about 800 kms north of Sydney. The climate of Byron Bay is sub-tropical with warm days in both Summer and Winter and quite a high rainfall giving rise to beautiful stretches of coastal rainforest. The main attraction of Byronm Bay is its beaches! The long stretches of beach and the fine white sand attracts holiday makers from all over Australia and the World.

Byron Bay is also a popular surfing destination with many good surfing beaches for all levels of surfing ability. Byron Bay is also home to the Julian Rocks Marine Park an area of ocean around Julian Rocks - an outcrop of uninhabited rocky island about 3kms off the beach. Julian Rocks attracts many Scuba Divers who dive in the clear water and enjoy the variety of marine life.

Off the beaches Byron Bay has many cultural attractions such as the weekly markets, a vibrant shopping area, local music festivals.

There are also many interesting trips that you can take into the hinterland to enjoy the coastal rainforest.

Finally, Byron Bay is the mnost Easterl Point of the Australian Mainland and there is a fantastic walk along the coastal cliffs to the East Point and then up to the Very Photogenic Byron Bay Lighthouse.

All-in-all Byron Bay deserves its reputation as the most popular holiday destination on Coastal NSW!

Byron Bay - When to visit

Byron Bay attracts holiday makers from all over the wold and can be quite a daunting place to visit in its busiest time. If you enjoy the crowds and nightlife then you will enjoy Byron Bay during the Summer holiday periods (Byron Bay is at its busiest around Christmas and New Year and will continue to be busy whilever NSW and Queensland Schools are on holidays.) I have just returned from a trip up there from January 2-11 and it was absolutely packed!

If you prefer to visit without the crowds try visiting in late Summer or Autumn when accommodation will be cheaper and the beaches a little quieter, even Winter is a nice time and you will have a better chance of sunny days ( most of Byron Bay's rainfall is in Summer) and the ocean will still be warm for swimming.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Clean white beaches, lush rainforest, rugged coastal cliffs and a vibrant culture!
  • Cons:It is everyone's idea of paradise! - Not so perfect when we are all trying to enjoy it at the same time!
  • In a nutshell:Stunning MUST VISIT destination...just choose your travel dates carefully!
  • Last visit to Byron Bay: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 12, 2003
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  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2005 at 5:09 PM

    Great tips and pages. Thanks for sharing. Well done...

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2005 at 12:57 PM

    excellent tips and fine pix, tks for sharing

  • Colzy's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 7:11 AM

    Great pages, I grew up in this region and it made me feel incerdibly homesick! Stay safe and be happy, Colleen.

  • leffe3's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2004 at 7:07 PM

    Will be there this weekend for a few days - staying just outside BB as its the school hols. Thanx for the tips!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2004 at 7:58 PM

    Wonderful page! Sounds like the perfect vacation, & the water is our kinda place. Great lighthouse, Love to go here & take one for my collection! :o)

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2004 at 4:28 AM

    Gr8 tips Lachy.Hope to try your restaurant tip out this Sat morning. Will let you know if I do.

  • Dec 7, 2003 at 6:04 AM

    Great Byron Bay tips and pictures...looks amazing, can't wait to see it! Thanks:)

  • chris_i79's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2003 at 11:12 PM

    Great Pics of Byron.....I love that place!

  • Mez77's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2003 at 6:01 PM

    Great page...Your tips are excellent. Keep up the good work!

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2003 at 9:30 PM

    Another lovely page, must get up there soon for a look see. Thank you.


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