Byron Bay is a vibrant and unique coastal town located in the far north-east of NSW, home of the eastern most point of Australia, the famous Cape Byron.
The bustling collection of streets, shops and services that make up Byron Bay town sit next to the safe, north-facing coastal pocket that is Byron's iconic Main Beach.
BYRON BAY HISTORY
Named Cavvanbah by the local Bundjalung people, the town of Byron Bay has long been the country’s source of timber, dairy, and other agricultural products.
Following the debut of the Aquarius Festival in 1973, Byron Bay began to develop its progressive and alternative identity. Hippies and those seeking alternative lifestyles started pouring into the shire for the festival, with many settling in for the long term.
From here, these settlers pioneered the uniqueness of Byron Bay, including the respect for and consultation with the local Indigenous people, which continues today.
This mix of artists, entrepreneurs, techies, farmers, and more makes Byron Bay a diverse melting pot of cultures.
The Main Beach, formerly the site of a long jetty, is a postcard-perfect, world-famous white sand beach with rolling blue waves and mountain views, all framed by grassy hills and the backdrop of the bustling Byron Bay town.
This busy beach is home to the iconic Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, one of the oldest clubs in Australia and the proud home of the lifeguards who patrol the beach in the summer months.
THINGS TO DO IN THE BYRON BAY TOWN CENTRE
Byron Bay town is an electric hub of activity with a diverse retail precinct offering a range of shopping. Shops range from fashion boutiques selling cheap and chic beachwear, to local markets offering homewares and handmade artisan products. Byron Bay has resisted the influx of major chains and brands, instead focussing on promoting local goods and services, adding to the uniqueness that Byron has become famous for.
Byron Bay also boasts a buzzing restaurant, cafe and nightclub scene for all age groups. Local-loved pubs and taverns featuring garden bars, live music and beach views are aplenty, with a diverse range of restaurants focussed on offering fresh local produce as well as cafes with quality organic coffee and cuisine.
A range of practical services are available too, including supermarkets, ATM branches for all the major banks and numerous medical, as well as professional and alternative health services.
Movies, massage, yoga and a vibrant art and craft scene are just some of the added extras in the bustling, energetic and diverse town of Byron Bay.
Safe, sheltered and patrolled in summer, the Main Beach is the ideal swimming beach for families. Its banks are lined with children's play equipment, picnic areas and shady trees - perfect for family beach days. Its close proximity to Byron Bay's shopping precincts ensures that the beach is bustling and busy all year round.
The north-facing Main Beach is also a popular surfing spot - with consistent swell suited to both amateur and professional surfers - offering both right and left easy-going beach breaks. To the west is the infamous Wreck and Belongil Beach, and to the right is Clarkes Beach blending around The Pass and beyond to Wategos. All with their own unique characteristics and fun waves to surf.
In calm seas, snorkelling or scuba diving just offshore from the Main Beach, near the remains of the old jetty, lets visitors take a glimpse of Tassie II - a sunken ammunition supply ship lost at the end of WWII, now known as The Wreck.
Often the site of live music, buskers, fire dancers, bongo drummers and more, the banks of Main Beach showcase the diverse alternative culture that Byron Bay has become famous for.