When the California hippie movement was shifting into second gear, the power of love steered the freaks to San Francisco. Something similar was happening Down Under, but instead of going to the Bay Area, the flower kids flocked to Byron Bay.
Not much has changed since those days, which is why you need to go there now. Do some whale watching from the lighthouse and shoot the curl at a local beach. Sound good? Browse lastminute.com.au’s Byron Bay packages and feel the love.
It’s pretty simple to walk around this beach town, but why would you do that when you can get a vehicle from lastminute.com.au’s car hire options in Byron Bay? Head to one of the local surf shops—there’s plenty—grab a board and make your way to Byron Main Beach. This is the town’s most popular stretch of sand and is perfect for beginner surfers like yourself. If you’re insulted by that assumption and fancy yourself at a much higher skill level, see how well you can shred at Tallow Beach. The swells hit head-on here and tend to be much larger. Watch out for the men in grey suits.
Do you see that blinking light out at the end of the point? That’s the Cape Byron Light, an active lighthouse since 1901. It sits on the easternmost point of mainland Australia. A Byron Bay holiday absolutely must involve the 20-minute jaunt from Byron Township along the walking track to the top of the light. If you’re there during the right time of year, you could spot southern right whales breaching just off shore.
Byron Bay holidays aren’t just for sunbathing on the sand—there’s also shopping to be done. Check out the weekly farmers market at Butler Street Reserve, where everything from fresh produce to handmade trinkets are available. You can also check out over 300 stalls at the Byron Community Market and at Railway Park in the Artisan Market.
When hunger strikes during your holiday in Byron Bay, you don’t have to go very far to fill your belly. Stay in the markets next to the hipster stalls selling fedoras and tweed bracelets are produce stands and acai bowl tents. If you’d like a real meal at a table with a server, there’s no shortage of dining establishments around town. There’s a place along Jonson Street that claims to serve the best fish and chips in Australia, and you know what? They might be right.
Byron Bay may be advertised as a sleepy beach town, but it’s still Australia and the Aussies like to party. When night rolls around it won’t be hard to find a place to throw your inhibitions to the wind. Many of the major resorts along the sand have pubs with live music every night, usually featuring local acts. In this day and age, though, people are trading guitars for turntables, so check out a nightclub to see who’s on the 1s and 2s that evening.
If it was good enough for us to write about then it’s good enough for you to visit. Browse our unbelievable deals on packages to Byron Bay, book one and you’ll be standing on the edge of the continent in no time.
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