Byron Bay is one of those places that lingers in your head for a few weeks after you have visited. it gets under your skin and you find yourself wanting to go back and visit again. Anyone that I speak to that have visited Australia always rave about Byron Bay and it is the relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals that make it the place it is today. Once only a place where hippies used to hang out on the beach is now and thriving metro of international travellers. Byron Bay is the “it place and there is a good reason why.
This photo tour will demonstrate what I love about Byron Bay.
Walking down the street in Byron Bay you eventually hit “Main Beach” where all the action happens, or should I say relaxation happens. This beach is packed almost year round during the major Australia holidays seasons and it is no wonder as it is beautiful and protect by the headlands by the nasty Southerly winds. This is where you can come and lay on the beach but don’t expect to catch to many waves right on main beach. Your best to wonder further South down to Wategos for better swell around the point.
The fish and chip shop called “Fish Heads” has been there, ever since I can remember and is still serving up the best fish and chips in Byron Bay. You can faintly see the shop in the background of the picture above.
Nimbin is located not far from Byron Bay and if you would like to get on a day trip you can jump on this bus and get out there for $25. To be honest there isn’t much to see in Nimbin unless you are after smoking a joint and now the police and cracked down on the drugs in Nimbin and is really a thing of the past. Nimbin is a quiet small country town and is really only known for one thing. can you guess why it is called the “Happy Coach”?
Although there wasn’t much swell when we were at Wategos it is definitely the place to go surfing. It is North facing and is protected by headland from the Southerly winds. I have surfed there on countless occasions and they are still some of my most memorable surfing experiences.
The walk up to Byron Bay Lighthouse is approximately a 2km+ round trip walk from Byron Bay. It took us 2 hours to complete the circuit and we had many stops along the way to take photographs and relax in the sun. It is definitely worth walking to the lighthouse rather than driving, the views are spectacular all the way up to the top of the headland.
We must of picked the windiest day to go out and explore Byron Bay and walk to the Lighthouse, but it was our last day in Byron and we had to make the most of it. We had to make sure we didn’t get blown off the headland whilst walking up the stairs.
Once we reached the top the there are 360 degree views of the ocean and Byron Area. It is well worth the hike up to see this magnificent view surrounding the lighthouse. There is a store up there is you need an refreshments or food as well as bathrooms and souvenirs.
Byron Bay is a place of great beauty and we plan now to visit Byron once a year for Bluesfest and it is an added bonus to be surrounded by this nature. Next time we plan on going into the countryside to show you a different side of Byron Bay.
Have you been to Byron Bay?