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From spectacular beaches to a bohemian lifestyle, Byron Bay is the place to be for visitors looking for the iconic laidback lifestyle of Australia. An essential stop along Australia’s famous east coast, it is impossible to miss out on this hippie town with its popular surfer vibe.
Being the epicentre of tourism in Northern New South Wales, Byron Bay has more than enough sights for everyone. The beautiful beaches of Byron Bay offer sunbathers and beach goers incredible views of the south Pacific Ocean. Be it the dog-friendly Belongil Beach, the 7km sandy stretch of Tallow Beach, or the LGBTQ+ friendly Kings Beach, Byron Bay is truly the Australian coastal paradise everyone’s been talking about. It is also home to the easternmost beach of Australia, Little Watego’s.
The rugged waves that accompany this part of the Australian coast is what drives up Byron Bay’s popularity among surfers, with famous sites like the Wreck and the Pass drawing experienced surfers from across the world. Apart from its beaches, Byron Bay is also famous for the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, located in the Cape Byron State Conservation Park. Visitors can access the lighthouse via the Cape Byron Walking Trail, which winds along the park leading to Cape Byron and the lighthouse, and have the privilege of being at ‘the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland’.
Given its laid back bohemian vibe and immense popularity among backpackers and tourists, Byron Bay is home to some of the most vibrant culture Australia has to offer. The three-day Splendour in the Grass music festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest and New Year’s Eve Falls Festival draws in heaps of crowds every year along with world renowned artists and performers. Even during other times, Byron Bay retains a combination of old world charm and remnants of the Australian hippie lifestyle.
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