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Byron Bay is a coastal town in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, located just off the Pacific Highway, approximately 800 km north of Sydney and 175 km south of Brisbane. Nearby Cape Byron is the easternmost point on the Australian mainland.
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Points of Interest in Byron Bay
- Cape Byron - European history began in 1770 when Captain James Cook found a safe anchorage and named the cape after John Byron, grandfather of the poet Lord Byron. It is mainland Australia's easternmost point.
About Byron Bay
Byron Bay is famed worldwide for its surfing beaches, scuba diving, whale watching, rural beauty and a laid back lifestyle. It is a major tourist centre.
Byron Bay and its surrounding area have a population of about 30,000. The area has experienced a dramatic increase in tourism now standing at 1.7 million+ visitors per year. During summer time the western road in and out of town to the North can get crowded and slow. Entry via Ross Lane off the highway to the south might offer travellers a quicker solution in holiday periods.
The community of Suffolk Park lies a five minute drive south of Byron, along Tallows Beach. It offers a quieter alternative to the heart of Byron, but for most services you will find yourself making the trip into Byron.
The towns of Bangalow and Nimbin lie inland, under an hours drive away. Lennox Head and Ballina are to the south.
There are many thriving home-based businesses focused on alternative, holistic, cultural and knowledge industries, with a growing population of artists, writers and filmmakers.
Byron Bay is renowned for capturing the hearts of the people that visit. Many people end up staying. The community spirit in Byron Bay and the surrounding areas is strong. There are many people and groups doing their bit to help. For more information about the spirit of Byron and how to get involved with this work go to the Real Byron Bay website and read the interviews 
- Byron Light House, 1 Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay. The walk from town along the walking track up to the light house is amazing and recommended to anyone that is visiting Byron. It is about 20 min from the parking at the base of the walk along the beach. Parking at the top is $7, but well worth it on a hot day. Cafe located near the top.
Byron Bay has good surf with a variety of beaches within the town limits. It has occupied the imagination of Australians for many years for its climate, lifestyle and warm water.
- Byron Main. the best-known beach in Byron, usually has smaller waves which break close to shore. At the southern end of Byron Main beach lies the Pass. The Pass can be very crowded, along with Byron Main on summer days but is perfect for long boarding with wide rollers that go forever.
- Watego's Beach. is just around the corner from the Pass and Byron Main. It is somewhat hidden from view, lying on the north side of the Byron point. Watego's has a cult longboarder crowd because its waves generally don't have enough push as other breaks. It generally has smaller surf than the Pass. The surf runs west towards Byron Main and takes a bit more skill to paddle out to than the Pass or the main beach. The Pass is always crowded when the winds or swell are right, and because of the easy paddle it has a lot of beginners which can make it very dangerous with wayward boards.
- Tallow's Beach. is the least known and least used Byron beach for those who don't surf. Tallow's Beach is on the south side of the Byron headland, is very long and has a variety of breaks along its length. The surf is generally larger as most swells go straight into it. It is very uncommon to see tourists along this beach because the only place from which it can be seen in Byron is the top of the Byron headland.
It is not uncommon to surf among pods of common dolphins as the evening winds down in Byron, especially if you are surfing Watego's or the Pass.
If you visit Byron bay but don't have a surfboard with you, you can hire a surfboard online in the Bay for 20 USD a day and 120 USD a week at www.rentasurfboard.com
- Swimming. Byron Main Beach is patrolled all summer, with other beaches patrolled during the Chistmas School Holidays, including Wategoes. Clarkes beach is to the east of the main beach but before the Pass and its sheltered location means it is almost always good for kids. In winter, it can be a bit chilly to consider swimming at Byron with daytime temperatures on average only reaching around 20C.
- Sunbake. Topless sunbathing is common and accepted in Byron.
A clothing optional beach called Belongil is situated north of the Byron Beach Club at Tyagarah. Access via Grays Lane and a walking track from the Pacific Highway.
- Byron Bay Whale Watching. September and October are the best whale watching months.
Byron Bay has some of New South Wales's best scuba diving. Most diving is at Julian Rocks, only five minutes off shore. The depths around Julian Rocks are 5-25 meters, and it's suitable for snorkeling. You can dive with the following operators:
- Byron Bay Dive Centre, 9 Marvell Street, ☎ +61 -2-6685-8333 or 1800 243 483 (within Australia), fax: 61-2-6685-5750, e-mail: email@example.com. Byron Bay Dive Centre runs diving and snorkeling trips to Julian Rocks. Certification is available.
Walking and cycling
- Byron Bay Cycleway. There is a cycleway along the beach at Byron. Bicycle hire is available.
- Circus arts, 17 Centennial Circuit. Always want to learn to do the flying trapeeze? Wish your kids would make good on their promise? Beautiful facilities.
- East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival. Held each Easter.
- Splendour in the Grass Music Festival. Alternative to mainstream festival over 2 days each July.
- Schoolies. In late November/early December celebrating school leavers from across Australia. (This may be a time to avoid, if it is not your scene.)
Find out about upcoming events in "The Bagg", a local publication out on Mondays.
If you see the free hug guy around in Byron. Be sure to give him a hug and a few dollars so he can move out of his parents home and live in Byron Bay one day
- Railway Friendly Bar (The Rails) (address=). kitchen open for lunch and reopens for supper - the pub stays open. Bands start early but don't go all night. A great indoor/outdoor space (limited indoor seating) to catch up with friends - popular with backpackers and locals. Fantastic food with large portions - great value for money. It shouldn't even be compared with pub food because it's so tasty. Has the typical burger with fries and battered fish and chips but also much more, including grilled Mediterranean salad, fish burgers, pastas + daily specials like peppered kangaroo fillet (truly brilliant!) $10-25.
- Bayleaf Cafe, 87 Jonson St, Byron Bay, Australia, ☎ +61 2 6685 8900. A cafe with good coffee to jump start your day.
- Treehouse Pizza, 25 Childe St, Byron Bay. Out of main Byron, near Belongil Beach resides Treehouse Pizza. Very relaxed with outdoor tables. Dogs welcome on the outdoor tables. An amzing eatery - however it has just had a fire so is closed until further notice - look up Byrons local paper 'the northern star' for more details
- Fish Mongers, 1 Bay Lane, Byron Bay. Yes, every beach town in Australia has a fish and chips shop. This is nothing like those. High end fish and chips await you here. Some even say best in Australia.
- Great Northern, 35 Johnson St, Byron Bay, NSW. makes great pizzas from a real Italian pizza maker
- Rae's, 6 Marine parade, Byron Bay, NSW (at Wategos). For a nice, and expensive, meal.
- Red Hot and Green, 17 Lawson St, Byron Bay, NSW (behind the Beach Hotel). Thai food.
- Cardamon, 7 Lawson St, Byron Bay. One of several restaurants catering to vegetarians.
- Yellow Flower, 11 Clifford St, Suffolk Park, NSW (Suffolk Park). Indian food. Takeaway and dine in. You can occasionally chill out to the sounds of a musician
- Fisheads, 1 Jonson Street Byron Bay 2481 Australia. Seafood. Has the usual kids menu with fried things.
- Fresh, 7 Jonson Street Byron Bay NSW. Upscale cafe food. $20 burgers and more. Makes a good cup of coffee.
- Byron Beach Cafe, Clarkes Beach, Lawson St, Byron Bay, NSW, ☎ +61 2 6685 8400. Rright on the beach. Offering everything from an egg sandwich and coffee for brekkie to a complete brunch. Or modern Australian cuisine for dinner.
- The Aztec, 32 Lawson St, Byron Bay. Middle of the road Mexican fare, but better than average atmosphere and drinks. The kids menu has more than average non-fried options. $18-$24 per main.
- Beach Hotel (Pacific Dining Room) (corner Jonson St and Bay St, Byron Bay), ☎ +61 2 6680 7055. Excellent restaurant in the Beach Hotel.
Byron Bay has a very vibrant social scene for a town of its size. Bands play most nights at the Beach Hotel (on the beach) and the Railway Friendly Bar. The Great Northern hosts the more important bands. The Buddha Bar serves backpackers from the Piggery Backpackers and has a very chilled out bar and attached restaurant and cinema.
Nightclubs are Cocomangas (get a Jam Jar), La La Land (Lawson St), Play (Woolworths Plaza) and the backpackers' favourite, Cheeky Monkeys (dancing on tables ahoy!). This can also be a good place to go out on Mondays and Tuesdays when everywhere else is quiet.
Find out what to do about town by picking up a copy of 'The Bagg', a gig and entertainment guide out every Monday.
- Byron Bay Brewery, Restaurant (Buddha Bar), 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay NSW Australia 2481. Good micro brewery.
- Balcony Bar, Lawson and Johnson St, Byron Bay. Great drinks and good view. Dinner too.
- Cheeky Monkeys Restaurant & Party Bar, 115 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481 Australia. Popular with backpackers. A great value night out.
- The Railway Friendly Bar. Best value for money.
- Woolworths, 98 Jonson St, Byron Bay. The main grocery store, in the centre of Byron Bay. Several other shops surround it.
- Wicked Weasel, 156 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, ☎ +61 2 6685 8833. Famous Australian manufacturer of "risque" swimwear and lingerie for women.
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