Byron Bay, Australia
A Peaceful Paradise
Upon arrival in Byron Bay, I knew this was a destination to unwind and relax. This could be due to the fact I was staying at a hostel called ‘Arts Factory Lodge’ or that this city contained a very peaceful, chill vibe everywhere you go. The overall energy of this place was unlike what I had experienced anywhere else.
In Byron Bay you will find it to be a backpacker’s abode and a surfer’s paradise. No one is in a hurry to get anywhere particular except to enjoy the sun go down from the beach. Be careful not to get too relaxed once you get here, or be warned you may never want to leave!
As you walk through the city streets you will find unique shops with reinvented clothing items, handmade artwork or jewelry, and there’s even a shop entirely dedicated to tye dye! Take your time enjoying a coffee from a cute cafe, or enjoy fresh seafood straight from the sea. Not only will you find great food, but Byron Bay is an excellent departure point for any excursions out at sea that you may be interested in!
While walking through town, be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful artwork lining ‘Surfer’s Alley’ and on the sides of buildings. Tune into your hippy side and be a part of a drum circle or experience something cultural like learning how to play a digeridoo. Don’t miss taking a hike to visit the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse, the most powerful lighthouse in Australia! With the diverse range of activities you can find here, there is something special for everyone.
Planning A Visit
When in Byron Bay, I highly suggest checking out as many of the beaches as you can. There are many of them and each one is beautiful in its own unique way. You will find that quite the crowd gathers on the beach for surfing or swimming during the day and to watch the sun go down each night. If you do enjoy being out on the water, you can find nearly any activity you’re interested in. Make sure you do a bit of research before booking your tours instead of relying on a pesky tour agent in town to tell you.
While you’re walking through town stop in a cute cafe for a coffee or a bite to eat. There is beautiful artwork scattered throughout the city to see on the sids of buildings and billboards. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Take in the vibe of the city and explore the nature around too!
Byron Bay is a stop that is hard to pass up without stopping. If you’re making the trek from Sydney like I did, you’ve got a good solid 9+ hours being in the car but there are plenty of lovely places along the way to stop for a rest. The next closest ‘popular’ destination to Byron Bay is Brisbane which is right around 2 hours North. There are heaps of Greyhound busses going to and from both Brisbane and Sydney so that’s a great option if you don’t have a car! Also, for anyone outside flights to the Gold Coast will put you 45 minutes away from Byron Bay and flights to Ballina Byron Gateway are only 30 minutes away.