Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Byron Bay from Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Byron Bay attracts all sorts of travellers, from families and couples to backpackers and groups of friends. Visitors enjoy a diverse range of budget-friendly and luxury accommodation options, including hostels, apartments, holiday houses,and resorts. Byron Bay truly is unlike anywhere in the world. So, come visit, and experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty, and lively, welcoming community.

Experience Byron Bay your way

Explore the region's beaches by kayak, on horseback, by taking surf lessons, or whale watching. 

Get a birds-eye-view of the mountains and coastal landscape by balloon, or cross sky-diving off your bucket list.

Shop local designers and producers at the community markets, be the first in Australia to watch the sunrise, or treat yourself to an indulgent day at the spa.

Hike to the iconic lighthouse, people-watch with a cup of coffee, or discover the local art scene at one of Byron's galleries or live music venues.


Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a popular holiday destination, known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites. Cape Byron State Conservation Park is on a headland with a lighthouse. Between June and November, humpback whales can be spotted from headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout.

Byron Bay is a beachside town located in the far-northeastern corner of the state of New South WalesAustralia. It is located 772 kilometres (480 mi) north of Sydney and 165 kilometres (103 mi) south of BrisbaneCape Byron, a headland adjacent to the town, is the easternmost point of mainland Australia. At the 2016 census, the town had a permanent population of 9,246. The town is in turn the nucleus of Byron Shire, which had 31,556 residents.

The local Arakwal Aboriginal people's name for the area is Cavvanbah, meaning "meeting place". Lieutenant James Cook named Cape Byron after Naval officer John Byron, circumnavigator of the world and grandfather of the poet Lord Byron.

Cape Byron Lighthouse


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Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point, a shining light over Byron Bay. Take a guided tour, find out about shipwrecks and enjoy spectacular views.

The light that shines by night over Cape Byron Marine Park emanates from a tower as famous as the town of Byron Bay itself.

Built at the turn of the 19th century to protect ships passing along the coast, Cape Byron Lighthouse stands resolute on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Operated by resident keepers until 1989, its now automated light is clearly visible from Byron Bay township.

Learn more about this iconic white tower and find out about shipwrecks and stories from the sea in the Maritime Museum below.

You’ll enjoy some of the best views of the ocean and hinterland on the entire coast, including regular sightings of turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 9,246 people in Byron Bay.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.6% of the population.

64.0% of people were born in Australia. #

The next most common countries of birth were England 4.9% and New Zealand 2.5%.

76.3% of people spoke only English at home.

The most common response for religion was No Religion at 44.6%.

The history of Europeans in Byron Bay began in 1770, when Lieutenant James Cook found a safe anchorage and named Cape Byron after a fellow sailor John Byron.

Byron Bay is part of the erosion caldera of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed Volcano, which had erupted 23 million years ago. The volcano formed as a result of the Indo-Australian Platemoving over the East Australia hotspot

Byron Bay has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa in the Köppen climate classification) with warm summers and mild winters. Winters have daily maximums usually reaching 19.4 °C and a minimum of 12 °C. Summer can be hot, with a daily average of 27 °C. Summer evenings can be wet, cooling the day down.

History of Byron Bay

The first industry in Byron was cedar logging from the Australian red cedar (Toona ciliata). The timber industry is the origin of the word "shoot" in many local names – Possum Shoot, Coopers Shoot and Skinners Shoot – where the timber-cutters would "shoot" the logs down the hills to be dragged to waiting ships. Timber getting became insignificant after World War Iand many former timber workers became farmers.

Gold mining of the beaches was the next industry to occur. Up to 20 mining leases set up on Tallow Beach to extract gold from the black sands around the 1870s.

Byron Bay has a history of primary industrial production (dairy factory,  abattoirs, fishing, and whaling until 1963) and was a significant, but hazardous, sea port. The poet Brunton Stephens spoke of cattle grazing on the "mossy plains" of Cape Byron in a poem he penned in 1876.

The first jetty was built in 1886, and the railway was connected in 1894, and Cavvanbah became Byron Bay in 1894.  Dairy farmers cleared more land and settled the area. In 1895, the Norco Co-operative was formed to provide cold storage and manage the dairy industry.  The introduction of paspalum improved production, and Byron Bay exported butter to the world. The Norco factory was the biggest in the southern hemisphere,  expanding from dairy to bacon and other processed meat.

The lighthouse was built in 1901 at the most easterly point on the Australian mainland.  In 1930, the first meatworks opened. The smell from the meat and dairy works was, by all accounts, appalling, and the annual slaughter of migrating whales in the 1950s and 1960s made matters worse. Sand mining for monazite (zirconuranium and thorium) between the World Wars damaged the environment further,  and one by one, all these industries declined.

Longboard surfers arrived in the 1960s and used natural breaks at The Pass, Watego's, and Cosy Corner. This was the beginning of Byron Bay as a travellers' destination, and by 1973, when the Aquarius Festival was held in nearby Nimbin, its reputation as a hippy, happy, alternative town was established, although tourism facilities remained minimal.  From the 1980s, tourism began to develop in earnest, with the cash-poor surfers and hippies supplemented, and to a degree supplanted, by cashed-up conspicuous consumers who in turn stimulated the development of retail precincts and accommodation more tuned to their needs. Today, Byron Bay is one of the most up-market residential areas on the Australian east coast with the growth in multi-million dollar mansions now pushing the median value of house sales up beyond AU$1.5 million in 2017, over a 100% increase since 2013, based on 2018 data from  At the same time, the town has not lost its attraction to a diverse range of visitors including surfers, backpackers and general tourists interested in the natural attractions of the area, and also supports a healthy cross section of creative persons including artists, craftspersons and musicians, while its more recent hippy/new age past is reflected to a degree in a prevalence of alternative "new-age" shops, "spiritual" services such as meditation and yoga classes, and holistic healing/"wellness" retreats. As at 2018, the town is cited as having around 5,000 permanent residents, while being visited by over 1.5 million tourists each year.

A number of shipwrecks litter the bay and surrounding areas.

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Australia has a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from mountain ranges in the south-eastern and western sections, tropical rainforests in the north-east quarter, with arid and semi-arid desert in the middle. It is the sixth largest nation in the world. The capital city is Canberra.

The country has an extremely diverse way of life and is equally famous for the beautiful beaches, as it is for the rugged outback. Most visitors simply do not realise just how vast the country is!

Each state has different things to offer the tourist. Victoria is widely recognised as the cultural capital, and it is here that you will find the best food and wine. Queensland is mostly tropical, while New South Wales has magnificent beaches. Tasmania is cooler, while the western and northern territories are rugged. Capital Territory prides itself on culture, with many galleries and museums to explore.

1. The Great Barrier Reef

This is located off the coast of Queensland, and is the largest coral reef in the world. It is a huge tourist destination, with cruises and diving boats which offer special expeditions to the reef.
Diving gear is normally available to hire, when you have produced diving documentation, so be sure to take it all with you.
Make sure you book any tours in advance as they are a very popular way to see the reef.

2. Sydney Harbour Bridge

You may also hear of the bridge as ‘the Coathanger’ because of the arch shape. The bridge spans the harbour and carries vehicles, trains, bicycles and foot passengers between the central business district and the North Shore.
The bridge is an iconic feature of the harbour, it was built in 1932 and is the sixth longest spanning bridge in the world. It also ranks as the tallest arch bridge, being 44-feet from the water level to the top.
Plan on spending a day in the area, and make sure you have your camera with you.

3. Uluru

You may have also heard of this as Ayers Rock, which is the more well-known name. It is a huge sandstone rock which can be found in the Northern Territory, 335 km west of Alice Springs.
The rock is sacred to the aboriginal people of the area. The Anangu people often lead walking tours of the rock and surrounding area, and are very informative about the fauna and flora there.
If possible, try to visit at dawn or sunset when the colours are at their most spectacular.
Allow a half day or more, depending on how much exploring you want to do.

4. Sydney Opera House

This ranks as one of the most distinctive and famous of buildings to have been built in the 20th century. It was opened in 1973.
The complex covers the entire Bennelong Point on the harbour, you simply cannot miss it!
There are different venues in the complex, with over 1,500 shows each year. There are three resident companies there, namely Opera Sydney, Sydney Theatre Company, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
If you plan to see any show here, you must book in advance. Should you want to stay the night, you will find plenty of hotels in the area.

5. Port Jackson

This is an area, rather than a specific thing. It is where the waters of Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour, North Harbour, Parramatta River, and Lan Cove all meet. Significantly, it is the spot where the first European settlement in the country took place.
You will remember some events which take place there, namely the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
The harbour is also famous for the New Year’s Eve firework display.
Spend a full day looking around the area, there are many places where you can get lunch during the day.

6. Cable Beach

This magnificent beach is 6 km west of Broome, and is a 22 km stretch of beautiful white sands.
The waves are very gentle during the season from May to October. After that, there is an influx of jellyfish, so swimming is not advisable.
Take a camel ride along the beach at sunset and sunrise, and look out for the ‘clothing optional’ area, if this appeals to you.
If you head for the southern part of the beach you will find Gantheaume Point where you may be lucky to see whales and dolphins as they migrate.

7. Visit Uluru

This is the heart of the outback and well worth a visit. You will find out how the residents managed with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as their only medical help, and how they coped with fearsome desert creatures.
Be sure to check out the Reptile Park, where you will see some of them!
If you like, you can head out into the West Mac Donnell Range and hike to the top of Anzac Hill.
Make sure you stop at the historic Overland Telegraph Station, which was built in 1872 and was the first communication outpost in the area.

8. Eureka Tower

You will find this skyscraper in the Southbank area of Melbourne. It is the highest public vantage point in any building in the southern hemisphere, measuring 935 feet. The observation deck is on level 88.
This is the second tallest building in the country, and still the tallest to the roof.
On the observation deck you will find 30 viewfinders so you can check out the whole of Melbourne. There are also free binoculars which you can use. If you are brave enough, head for the small outside area called ‘The Terrace’, which fortunately is protected from the winds.
Especially for the brave, try the glass cube called ‘The Edge’, which is a glass box hanging over the edge of the tower, only adding to the experience of height!

9. Great Ocean Road

If you visit Australia, then this should be on your list of things to do! The road runs between Torquay and Allansford, for 243 km along the south-eastern coast.
The road itself is a memorial dedicated to soldiers killed during WWI, and winds over different terrain along the coast. There are several landmarks you will pass along the way such as the Twelve Apostles rock formations.
Warrnambool is the largest city along the route, so you should stop here for supplies if you need them. The road is two lanes, one in each direction, and the speed limit changes, so be aware of this and watch for the road signs.

10. The Shrine of Remembrance

This dedication is found in Melbourne. It was constructed in dedication to those who served in WWI, although bow it is a memorial to all Australians who served in wars.
The shrine is constructed of Tynong granite, containing the marble Stone of Remembrance.
Be sure to check out the engraved words ‘Greater love hath no man’. Of significance here is that once a year, on 11th November at 11am (Remembrance Day), the sun shines through the roof and lights up the word ‘love’.
Look for the crypt below which has a bronze statue of a soldier and his young son. The panels list each unit of the Australian Imperial Force.
Plan to spend a half day here, although longer if you are searching for a name on the panels.

11. Mount Kosciuszko

This mountain is part of the Australian Alps national Parks and reserves, and you will find it on the main range of the Snowy Mountains, in New South Wales.
At 2,228 m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the country.
You will many outdoor activities here such skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, and great walking in the summertime. There are many trails for mountain biking and bushwacking. You can rent mountain bikes at some of the trails.
This is a great area to take an RV and spend a few days.

12. The Twelve Apostles

You will find this outcrop off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. It is also visible from the Great Ocean Road. This is a very popular tourist attraction.
Originally there were 12 outcrops, but over time, some have eroded and collapsed. Right now, there are only eight, as one collapsed in 2005.
The remaining outcrops are over 50 metres high. Hikers and walkers will enjoy the many trails in the area, and this is a good place to take an RV for a few days. Be aware that you must take all your provisions as there may not be anywhere to stock up on.

13. Darling Harbour

You will find this harbour in Sydney near to the city centre. It is also well-known as a recreational area, with a pedestrian precinct.
There are many attractions to be seen in the area, such as the Chinese Garden of friendship, and the Powerhouse Museum.
Madame Tussauds is there, as is the Sydney Aquarium, so it is a good idea to spend a full day here. Perhaps even book into a hotel and stay longer.

14. Queen Victoria Market

You may also hear this called the ‘Queen Vic’. It is a very well-known landmark, and the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. You will find it in Melbourne.
The market has been going strong since the 19th century. There used to be three markets, but the other two closed, leaving the Queen Victoria market as the oldest surviving market.
This is a very popular market, where you can find almost everything you want. It is now part of the Victorian Heritage register. If you plan to spend a full day there, you will not be disappointed.

15. K’gari (Fraser Island)

The whole island is heritage-listed, and you will find it on the south coast. It is the largest sand island in the world, with a variety of microclimates such as sand dunes, lakes, and rainforests.
The island is Queensland’s largest, as well as Australia’s 6th largest island. It is populated by only a handful of people, because tourists go there to walk and hike, before returning to the mainland.
Expect to see an abundance of plants, and a diverse range of animals including the saltwater crocodile!

Plan a day hiking or walking here, and be on the lookout for reptiles and mammals.

16. The Snowy Mountains

These are also known as ‘The Snowies’. They are the highest mountain range in the country. It is here you will find the highest mountain namely Mount Kosciuszko. There are also another five peaks above 2,100 metres high.
Look out for the ‘Mountain Plum Pine’ which is thought to be the world’s oldest living plant, it is a type of conifer.
In winter, the area is very popular with skiers and snowboarders, while in the warmer months, hiking and rambling takes precedent.
Allow yourself plenty of time to explore the area, in the warmer months it is a great place to take an RV for a few days.

17. Kata Tjuta

You will find these amazing rock formations 365 miles southwest of Alice Springs. You may also hear it called ‘The Olgas’. You will know it by the large group of domed formations.
The highest dome is Mount Olga, which is 1,066 metres above sea level.
If you enjoy hiking and walking, then this is a good place to head for. There is also coming in the area, so plan to spend a few days here and explore.

18. Melbourne Aquarium

This is no ordinary aquarium! Not only can you look at sharks – you can dive with them! Grey Nurses, Whaler Sharks, and Seven Kill Sharks, all make up the inhabitants of this complex.
You will take to the water with a fully qualified dive instructor who will ensure that your dive is not only safe but enjoyable.
You do not need any diving experience – a sense of adventure is all that is needed!
You must book your tickets in advance, and the best way to do this is online.

19. Burleigh Heads

This interesting suburb is found in the city of Gold Coast. This is very popular with surfers, and you will find the beaches a great place to barbeque and play a few cricket matches.
On Sundays the town centre is filled with buskers, and local musicians, along with fire-twirlers to keep the kids amused.
In the high street you will find an assortment of delis, cafes, and interesting shops, so it is worth spending a full day here and enjoying the atmosphere.

20. Bay of Fires

The name was given to the bay by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773, when he saw the fires of the Aboriginal people on the beach.
You will find that the beaches are wonderfully white, the water incredibly blue, and the outcrops an amazing colour of orange shades.
The northern area is national park, while the southern part is conservation area.
In and around the Bay of Fires there are many outdoor activities for families, such as boating, swimming, and fishing. It is also a great place for bird watching.
There is a campsite, so you can pitch a tent or take an RV and spend some time in this lovely area.

21. Dandenong

This is an area, rather than a single place. It is a suburb of Melbourne, about 30km southeast of the centre.
What makes this unique is the diverse population who live here. It is therefore, a great place to sample different types of cuisine, which will have influences such as Turkish and Albanian.
There are many eclectic shops and literally dozens of interesting restaurants, so plan to spend a full day here.

22. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

You will find the sanctuary in Brisbane. This sanctuary not only takes care of Koalas, but also kangaroos, wombats, and Tasmanian devils. It is the largest and oldest koala sanctuary in the world.
If you have children, then try to visit here as you get to hold the koalas! They are not allowed to be held for more than 30 minutes per day. You can also help with feeding the kangaroos.
Once a day there is an exhibition of the birds of prey, showing off their speed and incredible eyesight.
There is also a small farm where you may see sheep dog shows, so you should plan to spend the full day here to see everything!

23. Stradbroke Island

The easiest way to visit this island is to take a tour which leaves from Brisbane. The island has over 100 fresh water lakes, which you can visit. The lakes are safe to swim, or just to walk along.

Watch out for dolphins, manta rays, turtles, and even whales as you cross the water. You may also see kangaroos and koalas on the island.

There are small towns where you can buy lunch, although this is often included on trips.
If you want to stay longer, there is an excellent hotel on the island.

24. Hervey Bay Whale Watching

The best way to see whales is to take a whale watch tour, and you will find these readily available in Hervey Bay. Most of the tours last about 4 hours, and often the vessels have underwater viewing windows.
Often the tour will include your lunch and afternoon tea, so they are really good value for money. Many of them will collect you at your hotel and drop you back there. You will be able to book tickets for tours at your hotel.
Look out for Humpbacks on their annual migration. Note that the tours are seasonal, so check to make sure they are running, don’t assume they are.

25. Tully and Barron River

If you enjoy water sports, then make sure you head here for some water rafting, and rapid riding. You will need to go with a group of like-minded people, and the adventure will take about five hours.
The river rafting tours are suitable for kids as well as adults and carry on all year round. Both rivers offer rafting opportunities, with no previous experience being needed. All training is given on the day by professional rafters.
Allow yourself a full day here, and make sure you bring dry, warm clothing for when you are done.

26. Kurunda Scenic Railway

This railway runs from Cairns to Kurunda, and snakes its way through the Macalister mountain range. It used to be used as a regular commuter train, but it is not only used for tourists. It operates daily apart from Christmas day.
The journey will take about 2 hours and will pass through the most beautiful terrain, on the climb to the falls. The tropical gardens are a delight to see and a very well-known attraction.
You will get the opportunity for photos as the train stops at a lookout, where you can see Barron Falls. Look out for Stoney Creek Falls as you pass, as they are just a few metres from the train.
Near the station you will find a zoo where you can feed kangaroos and hold the koalas. There is also an information centre and a gift shop.
Allow yourself a full day for this, as you can then spend some time in the town.

27. Queenstown Winery Tour

This half day tour is available in Queenstown, and it is a great idea to take advantage of it. You will get to see three different wineries, as well as take a tour of an underground wine cave.
The tours normally start in the afternoon, and for an extra fee you can visit a craft beer tasting centre.
Each vineyard will select some wines to sample along with snacks, so you will not go hungry!
The guides are normally very knowledgeable about the wines you taste, having a passion for wine themselves, so you will be well cared for.
These tours are not suitable for children.

28. Phillip Island

This island is found about 140 km south-east of Melbourne. It was named after the first governor of New South Wales. The island forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters in Western Port.
The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, which was originally made of wood. The population of the island is about 10,000, although in the summer it increases to 40,000. Most of the island is for grazing cattle and sheep.
If you enjoy wildlife, this will delight you. The island has a significant population of penguins and pacific gulls. You may also see wallabies and kangaroos, who are tame enough to be fed.
Make sure you head to the western side as this is where you will find the largest colony of seals in Australia.
Plan on spending a full day here and enjoy the amazing wildlife!

29. Take a Wild Tour

These tours are a great way to see wildlife. They leave from many Melbourne hotels, and are normally in small groups.

Most of them include a picnic lunch. You will take a guided walk through the bush, and visit the wildlife sanctuary, which has koalas in their natural environment. Look out for tribes of emus, and flocks of cockatoos.

The tour company will arrange pick-up and drop off from your hotel, making this is a very easy way to see the natural side of the country

30. Nitmiluk National Park

This national park is 244 km southeast of Darwin. There are a series of gorges which are accessible by flat bottomed boat or canoe.
In the dry season, the water level is lower, so the gorges do not run into each other, but in the rainy season you can explore them together.
You will find a visitor centre at Katherine Gorge which is about 30 km east of the town of Katherine. There you will find maps that explain the layout of the gorges, and the landscape. Tours are available to book here, if you prefer.
This is a great place to spend a few days, you will find two permanent campsites for both tents and RV’s.

31. Lord Howe Island

You will find this small island in the Tasman Sea. It is east of Port Macquarie. It has a very diverse terrain, but is best known for the beautiful, sandy beaches.
You will also find subtropical forests here with clear streams. There are many trails, but the best one is the trail that winds up Mount Gower, where you will have the most amazing views!
Look out for seabird colonies, which include Masked Boobies. If you enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling, then be sure to take your equipment with you as you can do this on Admiralty Island, which is nearby.

32. Royal Botanical Gardens

These gardens are in Melbourne and were founded in 1846. The garden extends to the river, with trees, landscaped gardens, and lakes. You will find over 50,000 different plants here from 8,500 species.
Look out for the algae and fungi collections which are one of the most comprehensive in Australia.
There is a café where you can get lunch, so plan to spend most of the day here, and enjoy the gardens.

33. Blue Mountains

The name comes from the natural blue haze which is created by the eucalyptus forests in the area. You can get to the Blue Mountains from Katoomba by train, as it only takes about two hours.

The whole area is filled on interesting things you can do, such as take the glass-floored cable car to the top of a peak.

There is an Aboriginal tour which will take you through the Blue Mountains, and this departs from Faulconbridge Train Station.

If you enjoy hiking, then you will love the many trails which take you to secret waterfalls and valleys.

Rock climbing is very popular, and you will also see abseiling.

This is a great place to take an RV, spend a few days, and get to know the area.

34. Margaret River Distillery Tour

The best way to visit this area is to join a tour. These leave from the main car park at the Margaret River Centre, and you will visit four delightful distilleries through the day.

The area is famous for beer, wine, and gin, and you will be plied with interesting cocktails through the day.

Lunch is included in these tours, making them very good value for money. These are not recommended for children.

35. Hobart

This is the capital of Tasmania, and the second oldest city in the country. You will find it on the south-east side of Tasmania.

Hobart was founded in 1804 as a penal colony, and you will find the city steeped in history. One of the best ways to see the city is to take a guided tour. These are available three times a day and for different lengths of time. The River Derwent runs through the town, and there are many small cafes along the front.

Close by you will find Battery Point which is an historic district. Look out for the Colonial cottages.

In the distance you can see Mount Wellington, which is 1,270 metres high and has plenty of hiking and cycling trails.

Make sure you check online for upcoming events and plan a night in the city.

It is well worth spending a few days here. There are many hotels in all price ranges.

36. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

This is regarded as the best wildlife park on the Gold Coast. You will find it in Currumbin. It also has the cheapest entry tickets!
Make sure you visit the wildlife hospital where you can see animals who are recovering from injury and illness. You may see kangaroos, crocodiles, and many others.
You can hand feed some of the animals, and also stay for feeding time at the Rainbow Lorikeet house.
Make sure you get your photo taken with a cuddly Koala bear!

37. Daintree Rainforest

You will find this rainforest in the north-east section of Queensland. It covers 1,200 square km, making it the largest tropical rainforest in the country. In fact, the rainforest grows right down to the coast, and the edge of the sea.
If you enjoy hiking, camping, walking, and investigating flora of all sorts, then make sure you head here. Accommodation is available in the way of camping, glamping, or in the luxury eco resort.
This is one of the oldest rainforests left in the world, so you should not miss the opportunity to see it.

38. Lake Eyre

This is also known as Kati Thanda, and is the lowest natural point in the country, being at 15 metres below sea level. When the lake fills it becomes the largest lake in Australia.
An interesting point here is that when the lake fills, it is as salty as the sea, although when it dries up, the water evaporates, and the saltiness is increased.
The lake was named after John Edward Eyre, the first European to set eyes on it, back in 1840.
This is a good place to bring an RV, you can hike around in the day, and barbeque in the evenings.

39. Salamanca Market

You will find this street market in Hobart. The market days are held on Saturdays, although in January and February, the are also held on Sundays.
Whatever you want, you are most likely to find here, with over 300 stallholders, selling things from gourmet produce to arts and crafts.
In the immediate vicinity, you will find hotels, bars, and restaurants, so it is worth spending a night or two here when the market is on.

40. Bungy Jumping and Minjin Swing

This is for those who like adventures while they travel. You will find these right outside Cairns. The bungy Tower offers two of the best adrenaline rushes you could ask for, in the same location.
The bungy jump has over 16 different jump styles to choose from, while the swing allows you to pair up with a friend for the ride of your life.
The views, of course, are spectacular- if you have your eyes open!

41.The Three Sisters

This is a very unusual rock formation in the Blue Mountains. They are close to the town of Katoomba.
Legend has it that three sisters from one village fell in love with three men from another village. They were forbidden, by law to marry. The men planned to capture the women and run off with them, and a tribal battle began. The sisters were turned into stone by an elder, who was then killed before he could turn them back.
Whatever you believe, it is a spectacular spot to visit, with great hiking and amazing views!

42. The Giant Stairway

This is not too far from Katoomba. It is a bushwacking trail which will lead you to the Three Sisters, and further down to the floor of the Valley. To each the floor you will need to use the steps – 800 of them!
The trail will take you about an hour and a half, with great views along the way.
If you do not feel you can negotiate the steps, you can also reach the floor of the Valley by train which leaves from Katoomba.

43. City of Perth

The city of Perth is found next to the Swan River, and is one of the most isolated capital cities in the world. You will find that it is near to the Australian bushland, which gives the city an ‘outdoor’ feel.
Perth is full of interesting things to see and do. You may visit the Pinnacle’s Deserts limestone pillars, or take a trip to the Margaret River wine region.
In the southern parts you will find forests with formidable trees.
It is worth booking into a hotel for a few nights, and exploring the area.

44. Cairns Wildlife Dome

This is an all-weather wildlife exhibit which you will find on top of the iconic Reef Hotel Casino.
This is one of the leading zoos in the country, and is enclosed in a 20-metre high glass dome. You will find birds, pythons, turtles, and crocodiles, to name a few of the animals there.
You can buy a ticket which will last you for four days, so you can take your time and see all there is to see. This is an excellent way to see the zoo, and all the animals.

45. Bondi Beach

You will find this very popular beach about 7km east of Sydney. It is one of the most visited beaches in the country. You may know of some of the competitions which are held here every year.
The area hosts the National Rugby League, as well as the City to Surf run, which happens every year in August. This is a fun run, attracting over 60,000 entrants.
You may be there when the Flickerfest takes place in January. This is an international short film festival.
There is a beach market which takes place every Sunday, and a food market at Christmas.
If you are staying in the area, then you will see many families spending Christmas Day on the beach.

46. Brisbane River

This river flows through Brisbane, and is the longest river in Queensland. The river starts at Mount Stanley and has been dammed to form lakes along the way.
You may remember that the largest ship to be built on the river was the Robert Miller. You might be lucky and see bull sharks, which appear from time to time.
If you fish, they you may catch lungfish and river cod. There are 16 bridges that cross the river, and the Clem Jones Tunnel is the first underground crossing for transport.
Plan to spend a full day in the area so that you can grab a bite along the river, and explore the surroundings.

47. Nambung National Park

You will find this park in western Australia, 17 km south of the town of Cervantes. In the park, you will find the Pinnacles Desert which has the most amazing limestone formations.
You will also find beaches here at Kangaroo Point, and Hangover Bay, with beautiful coastal dunes and flowering plants.
If you head for the northern part of the park, there is a boardwalk which lets you see thrombolites, which are over 3 million years old.
Allow yourself a full day here, and take a packed lunch if you do, as well as water.

48. Melbourne Cricket Ground

This sports venue is found in Yarra Park, Melbourne. It is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club, and the 10th largest stadium in the world. It has the tallest light towers of any sporting venue in the world.
You can walk to the complex from the city centre. One of the most popular events is the annual Boxing Day Test, although many other events are hosted through the year.
If you plan to see any event, you must book in advance to avoid disappointment.

49. Skydive over Byron Bay

If you have never done a skydive before, then this is the place to try it! Not only is the scenery magnificent, but you get 60 seconds to look at it while you are in freefall. It is a great idea to have a video of the skydive, this is so different from regular holiday photos!
If you are not jumping, you can watch your friend land, this may make you change your mind!
You must book this in advance as they get extremely popular especially around Mother’s Day, ot public holidays.

50. Lone Pine Sanctuary

This is the world’s largest Koala sanctuary in the world, and it is one of Brisbane’s most popular tourist attraction. There are over 130 Koalas who live there.
This is a fund day out for the family, you get to cuddly the Koalas anytime you like, and feed the kangaroos.
Another animal you will see is the rare Platypus. There are shows that take place through the day, and great entertainment for all ages. You should plan to spend the entire day here.

51. Kings Cross Farmhouse Restaurant

This is one place you should try, if you are in Melbourne. It’s a local restaurant who uses locally sourced products.
Try the trout or the Blue Crab, and you will not be disappointed. Mind you, the dessert menu is also fantastic!
The restaurant has a very impressive wine and beer menu, and the staff make it a great place for a delightful evening meal. You must book your table as it gets very full.

52. Royal Botanic Garden

This garden is found in the middle of Sydney. It opened in 1816, and is still the oldest botanical garden in the country.
The garden is open every day of the year, and better still – it is free to enter. The stunning views of the harbour and the opera house make it a delightful venue to spend an afternoon.
The gardens are formed into an amphitheatre and are divided into four different areas, namely Lower Gardens, Middle Gardens, Palace Gardens, and the Bennelong section. In each section, you will find smaller gardens, with a café area in the middle of this layout. At the café you will find a visitor’s centre and a bookshop.
It is worth spending a full day here, certainly you will want to do this if you are interested in gardening.

53. Cape Tribulation

You will find this headland in Queensland, in the Shire of Douglas. Back in the mid 80’s the population was around 300, with the area being mostly popular with hikers.
Since then hostels and resorts have been built to cater for tourists. There is accommodation to suit all budgets.
The best time to visit is between July and November, when swimming is the best, with no stingers in the water.
If you plan to stay, then be sure to book your accommodation in advance.

54. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

If you want to see and learn about the incredible traditions of the Aboriginal people, then this is a ‘must’. The park lies between cairns and Palm Cove. Spend a whole evening here, and enjoy the traditional music and dance routine.
There is an art gallery where you can see interesting pieces. After that you will be able to sample a selection of native spiced canapes, before you attend a face painting session!
There is a dance ceremony and a fire-making ceremony, with dinner served at a relaxed pace.
You will be served traditional food, prepared by Tjapukai chefs. You may get to taste kangaroo burgers, or grilled mackerel.
The entire evening lasts only from 7-9.30, so it is not a late night, but well worth seeing!

55. The Rocks

This is an area, rather than a thing. It is a tourist area in the historic section of Sydney. It was the site of the first European settlement in the country, in 1788.
You will find wonderful views of the harbour bridge, as well as many historic buildings.
Be sure to check out the two oldest pubs in Sydney, namely the Fortune of War, and the Lord Nelson. There are many other pubs close by, and many interesting restaurants, art and gift shops.
Be sure to explore the colourful history of this area.

Try to make time to see Susannah Place Museum while you are there. It is a good idea to spend a full day here, as there is plenty to see and do.

56. Fish at the Rocks Restaurant

If you enjoy seafood, then you need to head here to taste some delicious seafood dishes. You will find the restaurant in Sydney.
Try the oysters and calamari for starters, and maybe the linguini for the main course.
If you are a dessert lover then be sure to ask for the apple and rhubarb crumble, which is truly delicious!
If you cannot make up your mind for a choice of wine, the staff will bring you a sample of each!

57. Snorkelling around Green Island

If you enjoy seeing life under the water, then treat yourself to a trip here. Leaving from cairns, you will head for the very popular Green Island, in a glass-bottomed boat.
After you have snorkeled to your heart’s content, be sure to check out the island, as it is a nature lover’s paradise! There is a self-guided tour you can take around the island, stopping for a dip in the island swimming pool, if you like.
Other things you may enjoy are parasailing or helicopter rides. You will find a well-informed visitor centre, and a café where you can get lunch, so you should plan to spend a full day here.

58. Salamanca Place

You will find this area in Hobart. What used to be warehouses, have now been transformed into beautiful restaurants, gift shops, galleries, and offices.
Enjoy visiting some of the local bars which you will find down at the wharf. The area is one of the most visited attractions here in the year.
While you are there, try to see the market, which is held on Saturdays.
If you are here after dark, you will find the area alive with music and people. There are many hotels in the area, so you could stay a day or two.
An interesting point here is that Salamanca Place is found on the Australian game of Monopoly.

59. Luna Park

If you have kids, then this is where you simply need to go! Even adults will thoroughly enjoy a day here! This amusement park is found in St Kilda, Melbourne. It was opened in 1912.
You will find the oldest operating roller coaster in the world here. It is one of only three where a brakeman stands in the middle of the train.
The park is filled with rides of all types, such as the Japanese built pirate ship, Twin Dragon, and the Holodeck, which is a motion simulator ride, to name a few.
Plan to spend the entire day here, the kids will not want to leave!

60. Penguin Island

The only way for you to get to this island is by boat, which you can arrange in Shoalwater. Camping is allowed on the island, for up to five days at a time.
You will be able to meet dolphins, over the side of the boat, and see them cajole about in the water right next to you.
The island has other interesting things to see such as birds and wildlife. The island is also very good for fishing and swimming, and a very pleasant way to get away and relax for a few days.
Be aware that there are no cafes on the island, so you need to carry all you need with you.

61. The Pub at Aussie World

You may be surprised to learn that this is one of the main attractions in Queensland, and is well deserving of a visit.
Aussie World is also the place for you to buy any special souvenirs from your visit, as it has a great gift store.
The Pub is open from 9am till late and has delicious lunch and dinner menus. They specialise in local produce and the feature of the day is often grilled steaks.
There is no better way to spend an afternoon relaxing with an ice cold beer.

You will also find a range of upmarket shops, and plenty of small cafes, making this is a good place to spend a full day.

62. Yarra River

You will find this is Victoria, and emptying into Hobsons’ Bay in Port Phillip. Originally the river was used for agriculture, and later mining, although now it is used for container shipping from Port of Melbourne.
For the public, the river means swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and rowing, and a good day out in the fresh air.
Try to visit at the annual Moomba Festival which is celebrated along the river.

63. Mount Coot-tha-Lookout

You will find this interesting place near Brisbane. It is a very popular spot for fantastic views of the greater Brisbane area.
There are buses which will take you up to the top, and bring you back down again, and there are places where you can get snacks and refreshments.
It will only take a half day to see this, but the views are worth it.

64. Wave Rock

This is one of Western Australia’s most spectacular and unique rock formations. The ‘wave’ is about 14 metres high and 110 metres long. It was formed millions of years ago. The formation is in the exact same shape as you would find in the ocean.
Pack yourself a picnic lunch, or join one of the many tours which go there, and enjoy exploring this amazing spot. There is an entrance fee at get close, although you will find it worth the amount. Remember to take a camera!

65. Legoland

This is in Melbourne. Regardless of whether you have children or not, this is a ‘must see’. There are 5 Lego play areas where the kids can get as creative as they like.
There is also a 4D cinema, and gift shop where you can pick up some of the latest additions to the Lego family.
There is a café, so you will have no excuse to leave early!

66. Whitsunday Islands

There are no less than 74 islands in this group! It is a very popular destination for tourists, and it is between Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
If you enjoy walking, then look for the trail called the Ngara Sea Trail Great walk. This is a combination of short walks, and sea ways, which cross some of the islands, namely South Molle, Hook, and Whitsunday.
You can camp at 8 areas on three of the islands, and this is great for sailing, powerboating, or kayaking.
There is varied accommodation available, to suit all budgets, so you may want to book a few nights and enjoy the area.

67. Jenolan Caves

You will find the caves in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. They are about 30 km west of Katoomba.
These are the oldest open caves in the world, and are well-known for their beauty. The caves are still being explored, although tourists have eleven caves to view.
To view these amazing caves will take you a half day, and then you may want to head into the town and have a look around there.

68. Valley of the Giants

You will find this forest of giants near Walpole, in the south-east part of the country. Be ready to be awed by their magnificence.
These giant red tingle trees grow to as high as 40 metres, and are unique to this area. There is a treetop walk which you should try, unless you are afraid of heights!
The walk will give you an idea of just how tall the trees are, and of course, the view from the top is amazing.
When you come down into the boardwalk below, you can follow the Ancient Empire Walk, which winds around the trees. Some of the trunks are up to 15 meters in circumference.
These are among the tallest trees in the world. There are other attractions here, such as a perfect swimming and picnic spot.
Be sure to look for the oldest eucalypt, which is not far from the giant Tingle Tree.

69. Kakadu National Park

You will find this 171 km southeast of Darwin. The park is enormous, covering an area of almost 200 km north to south, and over 100 km east to west. Put another way, it is half the size of Switzerland!
Here you will find some of the best examples of aboriginal rock art in the country. Look for the Nourlangie and Ubirr sites, where you will find the rocks.
If you are a bird watcher, then this will delight you, as over 30% of the country’s bird species can be found here.
You are very likely to see large saltwater crocodiles at Yellow Water, and East Alligator River, and you may be interested to know that this was where Crocodile Dundee was filmed. Make sure you take care around any crocs as they are dangerous.
You are welcome to fish in the park, but hunting is forbidden. You have the option of several places to stay, if you want to spend a few days here.

70. Taronga Zoo

This zoo has one of the finest collection of animals in the entire country. To get here, you need to take a ferry from Circular Quay, in Sydney Harbour. Often you can buy your ferry ticket zoo entrance together, which works out cheaper.
You will see the opera house from the water, which is spectacular! In the zoo, you will see zebras, kangaroos, and many other animals. The ticket includes a Sky Safari Cable Car ride, which lets you see the zoo from above.
Plan to stay the day, as you can buy lunch there, and take your time.

71.Whitehaven Beach

This beach is found along Whitsunday Island and can be reached by either boat, helicopter, or seaplane. The pure white sand is made of 98% silica, which gives it the amazing colour.
It is very popular with tourists as it makes the perfect place for a barbeque, and swimming.
There are camping facilities, so you can stay a few days and enjoy the outdoor life.

72. Port Arthur Historic Site

A good way to see this (as there is plenty to see) is to buy a two-day pass, which allows you to see things at your leisure. Some passes even include a Carnavon bay cruise, so look out for these.
There are over 30 historical buildings that you can visit, to learn about the colonial convict history. There is a museum, Interpretation gallery, and Dockyard, to mention just a few places.
There are plenty of hotels in all price ranges, making this is a good place to stay a few days.

73. Lake McKenzie

This is also called Boorangoora, and is found on Fraser Island, in the Great Sandy National Park.
Locals regard this as a wonderful family area, with pure white sands around the lake, and excellent picnic facilities, with even the toilets being of a high standard!
Allow yourself a full day here, pack a picnic and enjoy the area.

74. Yarra Valley

Yarra valley is the area which surrounds the Yarra River. So, while this is not one particular place, it is an area that you should try to explore.
There are many delightful towns in the region such as Woori Yallock, which is very popular with tourists.
If you enjoy walking, then you will find plenty of great trails to follow such as the Lilydale to Warburton Trail.
The area is well-known for wine growing, and there are numerous wineries that you can visit, and sample the wine, then perhaps buy a few bottles.

Make sure you check online for any upcoming events in the valley.

It is a good idea to take an RV around this area, and spend a few days exploring it.

75. The Ekka

This used to be called the Royal Queensland Show, and it is an agricultural show which is held annually at the Brisbane Showgrounds.
The show is Queensland’s largest annual event, so be prepared for it to be busy, as over 400,000 visitors arrive each year.
There are normally over 21,000 competition entrants in various events such as animals, and food sections.
Try to stay until nightfall, as there is always great entertainment well into the evenings.
The show is normally held over a week towards the end of August.

76. National Maritime Museum

This is a great place for people of all ages. The museum is found in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
There are many exhibits which are designed to be ‘hands-on’, so are perfect for kids of all ages. You can go aboard one of the famous vessels the dock at the harbour, so be sure to check when they are due.
There is a Mini Mariners Play Zone for the younger ones, and plenty of cinematic experiences where you can learn about the history of the Navy.
Allow yourself most of the day to see this, especially if there are interesting ships that have docked.

77. Kalbarri National Park

The park is situated 485 km north of Perth. The major tourist attraction is the Murchison Gorge, which runs for over 80 km down the lower part of the river.
The park is open all year round and is great for hiking and rambling. Winters are warm with moderate amounts of rain, while summers can get extremely hot, with temperatures often reaching above 40 degrees Celsius.
You must watch the rainfall if you want to hike in the park during the months of May through August as some roads to the gorge will be closed.

78. Tour Melbourne

Probably one of the best ways to explore Melbourne is to take a guided tour. This way you get to ask as many questions as you like, and your guide will answer them.
Most tours will take you through Sovereign Hill, which is a ‘frozen in time’ village from the 1800’s. You will be able to try your hand at panning for gold here.
Other things you may see include the Eureka Stockade, and Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you will be able to get lunch (included on most tours)
Allow yourself a full day here, whether you explore on your own, or take a tour, as there is plenty to see and do.

79. Cairns Cruise

If you do not snorkel or dive, and still want to see the Great Barrier Reef, then why not take a cruise?
Most cruise boats have glass bottoms to allow you to see the amazing sights below. You will find the tour guides very knowledgeable about the reef, and they will point out many interesting things and fish.
Snorkelers can get in the water when the boats stop. You will be served lunch on board, and maybe afternoon tea.

80. Tallebudgera Creek

If you enjoy outdoor activities, then this will appeal to you. You will find the creek in Burleigh Heads National Park. Kayaking is the most popular pastime here, although canoeing is also popular.
Walking and hiking through the area is a great experience, as there are many different plants and animals to see while you explore.
The beaches are lovely, and you can pack a picnic lunch while you relax on the warm sands.
Close by is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can cuddle the Koalas, so it is worth planning a full day in the area.

81. Hot Air Balloon over Hinterland

If you want to see the landscape from a different angle, then try a hot air balloon flight. You can book this at Gold Coast Hinterland, and most flights last 30 minutes, although you can book longer ones if you like.
Balloon rides will take you over the rim of the Gold Coast, with the most spectacular views!
Be sure to check out their special birthday offers and champagne breakfasts.

This may not be the ride for you, if you are afraid of heights, but it is a great way to start the day!

82. Ningaloo Coast

This site is found in the western part of the country, along the East Indian Ocean. The Ningaloo Reef runs for 260 km along the coastline, and is the largest coral reef this close to the shore.
Walking is exceptional along the shoreline, and up on the cliffs, where you may catch sight of sharks. There are between 300 and 500 whale sharks who move through the waters.
Very close to the shoreline, you may see mangroves. There are estuaries and lagoons, as well as rocky shores, all worth exploring.
This is a great place to take an RV, spend a few days, and enjoy the area.

83. Circular Quay

You will find this harbour in Sydney, on the northern edge of the business centre. It is a very popular area for tourists, with many walkways, parks, and restaurants.
If you happen to be here at New Year, then this is where you will find people gather to watch the fireworks, and see the New Year in.
In the area you will also find the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the City Library.
Well worth spending a full day here, as there is a lot to see and do.

84. Quarantine Station

You will find this in Sydney. It is possibly the most haunted site in the country! For this reason, you may choose to go on a tour with other people, instead of alone!
These tours take about two and a half hours, and are normally only for adults, so don’t be tempted to bring the kids as they will not be allowed.
You get to visit the hospital, the morgue, and the shower block, among other things. No doubt you will hear all manner of noises as you explore the station.
Allow a full evening for this, then allow yourself a stiff drink afterwards!

85. Indoor Skydiving

If you just don’t fancy making a real skydive, then this may appeal to you. You will find the centre in Sydney, in Surfers’ paradise.
You’ll receive a comprehensive training session, so you know what to expect, and the instructors will be at hand if you need them.
Your entrance fee includes two flights and a flight certificate afterwards. You can get a video and photographs of your flight, as a keepsake.

86. Museum of Tropical Queensland

This is the perfect venue for adults and kids alike. The museum is located in Townsville, and has a huge amount of information of fauna and flora of the country.
You will learn all about the Great Barrier Reef, and Queensland in general. Many exhibits are designed for the kids and are interactive.
There is a place where you can get lunch, so if you have a bad weather day, then plan to spend it here.

87. Freycinet National Park

This park is found on the east coast of Tasmania, about 125 km northeast of Hobart. It was founded in 1916, and is the oldest park in Tasmania.
Be sure to visit Wineglass bay, which has been voted one of the ten best beaches in the world. Look out for the magnificent pink and red granite rock formations, and the jagged peaks, locally known as ‘The Hazards’.
This is the perfect place to escape to, if you enjoy walking through the bush or strolling along unspoilt beaches.

88. Carlton Brewhouse

This brewery is on the banks of the Yarra River. It is the largest brewery in Australia, and has been working for over 150 years.
Once at the brewery, you can join the guided tour which will take you around the brewery and show you the process. You will also get to sample some of the famous beers that are produced there.
There is a great restaurant and beer garden where you can relax after the tour, and have lunch, and a beer. Allow a half day for this, and make sure any visitors are over the age of 18.

89. Jet Boat on the Gold Coast

This is a great, exciting family adventure! Certainly a ‘must do’ part of your holiday! You can book your ride at Surfer’s Paradise.
You’ll love the 360-degree spins, and the wake surfing of this thrill ride along the coast! The rides take about an hour, and pass Wavebreak Island and Sovereign Island before weaving through the Aldershots mangrove channel.
After the boat ride, you may want to spend the afternoon looking around the area. There are plenty of restaurants and iconic shops to see.

90. Comedy Lounge

You will find this in Melbourne, and if you enjoy comedy shows, then be sure to head here. You will enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy, with laughs a second, with some well-known comedians.
This is in fact the longest running comedy club in the country. The shows normally last about 2.5 hours, with the option of dinner afterwards.
You must purchase your tickets in advance, either online or at the ticket office.

91. Low Isles

You get here by sailing from Port Douglas, and this is a great way to spend a day with the family. You can moor up in calm waters in the lagoon, and spend the day exploring the island.
There are boat trips that leave from the island, whish take you around the area. Normally these have glass bottoms, so you get to see the amazing marine life. Turtles are often to be see, as are many brightly coloured fish.
Allow yourself a full day here.

92. Kings Park

This is to be found on the west side of Perth. It is a combination of grassland, bushland, and botanical gardens. The views are superb of the Swan River and Darling Mountains.
There are over 80 bird species here, as well as over 200 fungi species. The park is the habitat of over 324 native plants.
This is the biggest inner-city park in the world, and also the most popular tourist destination in the country. In area, this park is larger than New York Central Park.
Look out for the State War Memorial and the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club.
If possible, try to visit during September, when the park hosts the largest wildflower show in the country.

93. See Skypoint

You will find this in Surfer’s Paradise. It is the highest point on the Gold Coast. This is not for the faint-hearted! Neither is it recommended if you are afraid of heights.
The climb lasts about 90 minutes, and will take you right to the top of the largest residential building in the world. You will have climbed over 270 metres above sea level.
If this isn’t enough, you then have the opportunity of walking around the edge of the building with a sheer drop right below you!
This is an incredible opportunity, and if you can, you should try it!

94. Cradle Mountain National Park

This park is just beautiful! This is in Tasmania near the towns of Deloraine, and Carrick. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular landscapes, and breath-taking views are what you will find here.
For hikers, there is a trail called the ‘Enchanted Forest Walk’, which is well worth taking. You will find amazing views of Dove Lake along the way.
Look out for wombats and wallabies along the way, and even a platypus or two!

Allow a full day to appreciate the beauty of this park.

95. Palm Valley

You may want to take a guided tour which leaves from Alice Springs. You will head off in a 4WD vehicle on a safari adventure, through beautiful rugged terrain.
You will pass through Finke Gorge national Park, and get to see the art gallery at Hermannsburg Aboriginal Community.
Allow yourself a full day for this, lunch is included in the tours.

96. Do a Bungy Jump

Australia is the home of Bungy Jumping, and this is possibly the ultimate adrenaline rush! As long as you are 10 years and older, you can have a go.
Head for Cairns, and you will find the fist bungy jump location in the country. Cairns is also home to the World record for the most jumps in 24 hours – a staggering 542!
After your jump you will receive a t-shirt and a certificate – if you are brave enough!

97. Visit the Tasman Peninsula

This is best done with a guided tour, which leaves from Hobart and takes about 3 hours. This is the best way (unless you have your own boat) to get down to the peninsula.
The trip winds along the shore of the Tasman national Park where you will see falcons and seals, before stopping at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Lunch in included here.
From the boat you will be able to see some of the southern hemisphere’s tallest sea cliffs, and you may get to see peregrine falcons who nest there.
Dolphins, seals, and even whales have been spotted here.

98. See Ramsey Street

No doubt you are familiar with the television series ‘Neighbours’. Well, here in Melbourne, you will be able to see the official Ramsey Street. Neighbours is the longest running soap series in Australia.
You can get behind the scenes to see how the show is produced, and who knows, you may even get to meet a star of the show!
Allow yourself a half day here.

99. Explore Boggo Road Gaol

You will find the gaol in Brisbane. The prison is famous for the dramatic escapes in the 80’s, the infamous inmates, and roof top protests.
You can learn about how the prison was run, and visit the gatehouse, yards, and F Wing where the rooftop protests were held in 1988.
Make sure you look out for the plaque with the story of the cat called Tripod, and read about Slim Halliday, who escaped twice!

Summary of 100 Best Things to Do in Australia

Although Australia is mostly desert, or semi-desert, you will find there are a diverse range of terrains, from tropical forests to beautiful beaches, and everything in between!

Australia has the greatest number of reptiles of any other country, with over 750 species, and because of the age of the country, you will find extreme weather patterns. This works to an advantage, because the country is popular with people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, as well as people who like to be indoors.

Whatever you enjoy when you take a holiday, there will be something in this vast country that appeals to you.

50 Best Travel Tips from 10 Years of Travel

RV Tips and Tricks

by J Rogers

Your RV LifestyleRV-ing around the world
by J Rogers

Are you ready for an adventure? There are so many different forms of travel: backpacking, cruises, long-term travel, etc. No two trips are the same, and each trip will provide you with unique memories and exciting adventures that you can share with your friends and family back home. Whether you are taking a trip to see family and friends for the holidays, or want to explore new countries across the world, traveling can be an enriching and memorable experience.

We have all spent hours looking at pictures of gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts, and cool road trips. Before you book, know that travel isn’t always Instagram-worthy. Flights may be delayed, you might run into scams, and you may dip into your budget more than you had originally planned. A battle with food poisoning or lost luggage can certainly put a damper on your trip. Luckily, travelers before you have gone through similar experiences and know how to avoid snafus while traveling. Do not worry; with proper planning, and the following travel tips from travel experts, you can make the most out of your travels and experience the vacation or trip of a lifetime.

Enjoy the next 50 tips for traveling, including flying, taking a road trip, traveling with children, and traveling overseas.

Tips for Planning Your Trip and Booking Accommodation

1. Get the Best Deals on Hotel Rooms

In order to score a great deal on a hotel room, you may have to be patient, be flexible, and do your research. Travelers have many different strategies and tricks for getting the best hotel room for the lowest price. For example, booking 24-48 hours may get you a lower rate, as you’re booking during the hotel’s cancellation time frame. If you sign up ahead of time on websites that alert you of price drops, you will get an instant notification when the hotel is available at the best price. Checking in at the end of the day, and discreetly asking for a corner room, will also give you the best chance of getting an upgrade for the same price.

1. Make Friends (And Save Money) By Staying in a Hostel

If you are a young solo traveler, staying in a hotel can get lonely. Meet fellow travelers at youth hostels, which offer cheap accommodation in private or dorm rooms. The quality of the rooms or amenities may not match a 5-star resort, but many hostels have communal areas or activities where travelers can mingle and enjoy a drink.

Hostels are (usually) not available for travelers over the age of 50, but solo travelers can meet people through a variety of websites or apps.

1. Consider Housesitting for Free Accommodation

If you are flexible with travel dates and where you would like to stay, consider house sitting or pet sitting. There are a handful of websites that offer a subscription program in order to search and apply for house sitting jobs. Most of these jobs are in the suburbs, but if you own a car or do not mind taking public transportation, you can get a nice house or apartment with little to no cost.

1. Check The Dates Of Your Trip For Public Holidays

Different countries have different religions and holidays that may affect your travel plans. In some cases, the rates for accommodation may be higher, or hotels will book up fast. Other holidays may affect the hours of popular tourist sites or local businesses. In some countries, religious holidays may affect the sale of alcohol. On the other hand, visiting a country or city while they celebrate a big holiday can be very enriching and make your trip more special. Plan your trip accordingly, and know what to expect when you arrive during a holiday season.

1. Read Blogs or Visit Social Media For Inspiration

If you pop your destination into Google, you may find a handful of the same restaurants, sites, and hotels in the first page of results. Dig a little deeper and get recommendations from Bloglovin or other blogging platforms. Bloggers, especially bloggers with smaller followings, are more likely to give accurate and authentic information about what it is like to travel; if they are paid by a tour or company to promote their product, they should disclose that information throughout their blog posts.

You can also use social media to find local gems and hidden spots. Searching through Instagram by specific locations or hashtags will show you pretty sites and great restaurants that you might not find on big travel websites.

Tips for Packing

1. Know the Weather and Culture of Your Destination Before Packing

In order to properly pack for your destination, do some research about your destination and your itinerary. Check how hot, and also how humid, the weather will be during your trip. If you are traveling during a “rainy season,” you will want to pack more breathable clothes and waterproof shoes. If you are packing for colder weather, you will have to pack layers.

Also consider the culture and dress codes of the area you are visiting. In a country like Thailand or Cambodia, you will need to cover your shoulders and knees in order to visit a temple. Sandals or shorts may also be prohibited if you want to go to a nice restaurant or bar.

1. Choose Luggage That You Recognize

A square black suitcase can be hard to find at baggage claim, and harder to identify if your luggage gets lost. Bring a unique suitcase or backpack with bright colors or patterns. Take a picture of your suitcase before you check it, just in case it gets lost. If you do need to pack a more common suitcase, add a bright luggage tag or tie a ribbon around the handle to easily identify the bag.

1. Pack Solid Cosmetics When You Can

If you want to limit your luggage to a carry-on, you will have to limit the amount of liquids you bring with you, including shampoos and shower gels. Purchase solid cosmetics to get through airport security without throwing anything away. If you need to pack smaller liquids, make sure they will comply with the 3-1-1 rule. These liquids should be kept in a Ziploc bag just in case they spill or burst in transit.

1. Bring Essentials In Your Carry-On

If you are checking a bag, pack an extra outfit and your essentials in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bag gets lost.

No matter whether you are checking or carrying on luggage, don’t forget to pack the following essentials:

  • Sleep mask and ear plugs
  • Deodorant
  • Chargers for your electronics
  • Outlet converter
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Pillow case (to separate dirty and clean clothes)
  • Fabric softener sheets (to keep luggage smelling fresh)

Quick Tips: How to Pack Light

A two-week trip can be packed in a carry-on bag, if you pack light and forego unnecessary outfits. Once you have informed yourself of any special clothing items you will need for your trip, you can create your packing list.

1. Go by the popular 5-4-3-2-1 rule: 5 Tops, 4 Bottoms, 3 Accessories, 2 Pairs of Shoes, 1 Swimsuit

1. Never pack for more than two weeks at a time. You can always visit a laundromat if you are traveling for over two weeks.

1. Pack clothes with neutral colors in order to mix and match outfits easily.

1. Limit all cosmetics to carry-on size. If you are staying a hotel where shampoo, body soap, etc. will be available, leave these items at home.

1. Leave room for souvenirs!

1. Roll, rather than fold, your clothes in order to save space in your suitcase.

1. Put smaller items inside your shoes. Wrap your shoes in a shower cap to prevent other items from getting dirty.

Additional Preparation

1. Arrange Everything at Home Before You Go

If you and your family are traveling and leaving the house unoccupied, you will need to make certain arrangements to keep your pets and house safe. Alert your neighbors that you will be leaving, and let them know how long you will be gone. Hold mail or newspaper deliveries, or arrange a neighbor to bring in deliveries while you are away. You have many options when it comes to caring for your pets: you can hire a pet sitter, leave them with a trusted friend or neighbor, or drop them off at a kennel. Leave your car(s) in the garage or park them at the airport.

1. Learn a Few Local Phrases

If English is your native language, you may not have a lot of trouble navigating big cities or popular tourist destinations. Learning a few phrases, like “thank you” or other greetings, will show that you are making an effort to respect the local culture. Learn how to pronounce the name of the street where you will be staying if you need to hop into a taxi outside of the airport or at the end of the day.

Tips for Flying

1. Get the Best Deal on Your Flight

You may have heard this classic tip: booking your flight six weeks in advance, on a Tuesday afternoon, will give you the best price. In addition to using this time frame, refresh your browser history before you book. When airlines see that you have looked at a flight multiple times, they might jack up prices.

1. Get to Your Flight Early for Upgrades and Deals

In order to get through airport security, you should arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight boards. The earlier you get to your gate, the more chances you have of getting an upgrade. Flights may overbook and ask for volunteers who will take a later flight in exchange for a flight voucher. Other flights may allow you to checked your bags for free if the flight is fully booked.

If you are comfortable sitting in the emergency exit row, take advantage of the opportunity; you will have more leg room and be more comfortable on your flight.

1. Prepare For Airport Security

Even if you arrive a few hours before your flight takes off, you will want to zip through airport security as fast as possible. Wear slip-on shoes or sandals that will come off easily before you go through the metal detector. Place your bag of liquids, as well as your laptop and any other electronics, in your front pocket for easy access – these need to be removed while your carry-on is checked. Leave coins at home; they’ll need to be removed too.  

1. Avoid Jet Lag While Flying

If you are traveling across multiple time zones, you may spend the first few days of your trip with “jet lag.” Jet lag can cause serious fatigue, headaches, or stomach problems. In order to overcome jet lag, you must prepare your body a few days in advance for the time zone change. Travelers heading east should sleep and wake up earlier than normal; travelers heading west should do the opposite. Taking naps during your destination’s nighttime will also help to prepare your body before you hop on a plane. When you fly, bring a sleep mask and earplugs so you can sleep comfortably if you are flying during your destination’s night. (A sleep mask and earplugs are also worth packing if you are just going on a road trip.) Keep yourself hydrated on the flight. Drinking alcohol or caffeine will make your jet lag worse.

If your trip is only a few days long, take naps during the day to prevent jet lag when you go home. If you are traveling long-term, take it easy the first few days of travel to account for possible jet lag symptoms. Spending an extra day or two by the pool relaxing will help you get over jet lag faster, and give you energy for the rest of your trip.

Tips for Road Trips

1. Take Your Car in For Inspection Before You Go

You’re ready for a big road trip…but is your car? Before you hit the road, take your car to a service station to perform routine maintenance and check to see that the car is running smoothly. Deflated tires, crummy brake pads, or weak batteries will increase the risk of an emergency situation when you’re on the way to your destination. Double check what your auto insurance policy covers, and buy additional travel insurance for your car if necessary.

1. Pack Safety Gear in Your Trunk or Glove Box

If you are driving long distances, you may run into car troubles. Not all routes have gas stations and help nearby, so having a kit with emergency gear will get you through any tire blowout or stalled car.

Remember to pack the following items:

  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Jumper cables
  • Seatbelt cutter
  • Roadside flares
  • Spare tire
  • Toolbox
  • Phone charger
  • Apps designed to help record and report car accidents

Packing for a road trip is different than packing for a flight. Even if you’re crossing state and international borders, you can bring food and drinks with you while you travel. Even if you have two or three drivers ready to take the wheel, having food on hand will keep everyone in the car happy and awake (when they need to be). The best non-perishable snacks for a quick energy boost include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Edamame
  • Almonds and cashews
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Trail mix

1. Plan Your Route (And Where You Will Be Sleeping)

We all have GPS devices on our phones or in our cars, but it’s still good to be prepared with an old-fashioned map and knowledge of the routes you are taking. While you are planning your route, plan where you will be sleeping each night. Driver fatigue is involved in 100,000 roadside crashes each year in the United States alone. Hotels are available along most highways for a good night’s sleep, but do not let a tight budget deter you from getting some sleep. Campgrounds, rest stops, and some 24-hour convenience stores will allow you to sleep in your car legally, getting a quick rest before hitting the road again.

If you are planning on sleeping in your car, be sure to pack warm blankets or a sleeping bag to keep you warm in all seasons. Window tints or temporary curtains can protect all passengers while you get some shut-eye.

Staying Safe while Traveling

1. Purchase Insurance

Whether you are traveling within your own country or internationally, travel insurance will give you peace of mind in case of any emergency. Travel insurance may cover cancelled flights, lost luggage, or medical expenses during your trip. Before you purchase insurance from a third party, talk to your current health insurance provider, and check on the warranties and insurance policies of your electronics. Knowing what is covered without travel insurance will save you money when you are picking a policy.

1. Avoid International Fees With ATM Withdrawal

Before you travel abroad, visit your bank and discuss your upcoming travel plans. If you do not let your bank know that you are traveling, seemingly random charges in a different country will look like identity theft. The bank may shut down your card without warning.

Some cards will charge an additional fee for using your card abroad. In order to avoid these fees, take out a larger sum of money from the ATM when you arrive in the airport. Having cash on hand will help you stay within your budget; you can physically see how much money you are spending, and ration out money throughout your trip. In many countries, credit cards aren’t accepted at local businesses, so it’s smart to have cash on hand anyway.

1. Check Your Credit Card Statement Throughout Your Trip

If you are using cash, don’t neglect your credit card statement. The longer you go without checking your statement, the longer someone can get away with stealing your information or making unauthorized purchases.

1. Keep Money in Hidden Places

Having a large sum of cash on hand will help you budget, but may not be safe. Thieves target tourists, especially in big cities. Some of the most notorious citiesfor pickpockets include:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Rome, Italy
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

In order to keep your money safe, separate your money and place them in different pockets or parts of your body. The money can go in your shoes, inside pockets, tucked in your bra, wherever you can fit it! (If you are visiting a warmer country, it may help to have a thin wallet or money holder to keep your money from smelling like sweat.)

1. Wear a Fanny Pack (Bum Bag)

Another way to keep your valuables on your person is to wear a fanny pack. (These are called “bum bags” in England, because the word “fanny” is rather offensive and silly.) A fanny pack can be worn over or under a loose shirt or jacket. In the past, these bags have been regarded as overtly touristy and dorky, but lately, they’ve become almost trendy.

1. Educate Yourself About Scams Before You Arrive

You will meet many loving and gracious people while you travel, but be aware that some locals may take advantage of you because you’re a tourist. Know common scams where you are heading. In general, be sure to avoid unmetered taxis and haggle for goods wherever it’s appropriate. If a cab driver tells you that your hotel, tour, or a certain tourist attraction is closed or overbooked, be cautious. Only book train or bus tickets online or inside the station, not through cab drivers.

1. Talk to Female Staff About Traveling as a Woman

If you are a solo female traveler, some cities and countries can be especially daunting. Unfortunately, most countries still harbour a culture that makes women lesser, and women are more likely to face scams or violence if traveling alone. To stay safe, reach out to local women (including hotel staff, tour guides, or waitresses) and ask about different neighborhoods and ways to stay safe as a woman. Join Facebook groups of women travelers for additional tips and tricks; if you ask for women to go out with and travel with, you may just make a few friends. If you are flying, you will be limited in what self-defense weapons you can bring, but you can always buy a discreet form of brass knuckles or pepper spray abroad to keep you safe in case of an emergency.

Traveling With Children

1. Combine Luggage

Traveling light is even more important when you’re with children. Once one child decides that they don’t want to wear their backpack or carry a suitcase, the domino effect will begin and you will get stuck carrying more than you bargained for. Pack light; fit your children’s day bags in your checked suitcase to consolidate. Checking less baggage will save you money and muscle strain throughout your trip.

1. Give Them Your Phone Number and Address

If your child gets lost, they should be able to reach you through phone or by telling a stranger or security officer your name. Children who are old enough should be taught this information; children who are younger should have this information on their person. Give your child an index card with your name, phone number, address, and accommodation information so they can be traced back to you if they wander off.

1. Check for Additional Fees

Traveling with toddlers and infants often means your little ones get free entry to parks or transportation tickets, but not always. Research additional fees that parents may have to pay for a child on your lap or entry into tourist attractions. Your children may also need identification if they are traveling, including a passport or visa.

1. Bring Extra Activities

Young children may be face-to-face with Mickey Mouse, standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, or dipping their toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time – and all they want to do is eat a snack or play with their toys. When they get bored during long lines or on a flight, the wait can become unbearable. Pack coloring books, games, or teething toys in your carry-on or day bag to have on hand in an instant.

1. Take Things Slow, and Be Positive

Traveling with children is not easy, whether they are a newborn or a moody teenager. Plan your itinerary ahead of time and give yourselves extra time at each restaurant or attraction; you never know when your child will have a meltdown or you will have to change plans. Throughout your travels, remember that you will miss these days when your children are grown up. Big families with small children aren’t always treated well by fellow passengers; keep your cool. Positivity is contagious; the more calm and happy you remain around screaming or crying children, the more calm and happy your whole tour group or flight will be.

How to Avoid Getting Sick

1. Stay Up to Date On Immunizations

If you are entering country, you may risk getting sick from the local food, water, or insects. Before you travel, research recommended immunizations for the countries you are visiting. You may have to get the immunizations two weeks before departure in order for them to work.

1. Avoid Tap Water

Buy bottled water whenever you can. If you are at a restaurant, ask for your drinks without ice. Typically, ice that is shaped like a doughnut (round with a hole in the middle) is produced by a safe company and is okay to drink, but continue to exercise caution throughout your trip. If you are staying in a country with particularly bad tap water, remember to use drinking water while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face.

1. Avoid Food Poisoning By (Carefully) Eating Street Food

If you are traveling to Southeast Asia or anywhere with a big street food culture, you may be nervous about getting sick. For many travelers, eating street food is safer than eating at a sit-down restaurant. When you order a meal or snack from a stall outside, you can watch the food being cooked. Choose a stall that looks like the food was freshly laid out and not sitting around all day. If you have a choice of different stalls, choose one where a lot of locals are lined up; this means that the food is high-quality and is not known for getting people sick.

1. Be Cautious If You Have Allergies

Travelers with food allergies may run into difficulties at restaurants where the staff do not speak your language. Be patient with wait staff; learn basic phrases that communicate your allergy. Research ingredients of common dishes where you are traveling ahead of time. Pack proper medication in your carry-on or day bag in case of an emergency. If you are traveling alone, pack instructions to give to a witness or stranger who may have to administer medication.  

How To Make Travel Meaningful

1. Talk With Travel Partners Before You Go

If you are traveling with a partner or a friend, avoid conflicts by laying out your goals before you go. Each person may have a different idea on how much they would like to budget out per day, which sites they would like to see, and the ideal pace of each day. Sit down and look at your possible itinerary and talk about how you would like to budget your meals, shopping, and other expenses. Talking these issues out before you travel will give you a better idea of what your trip will be like, avoiding possible conflicts while you are trying to relax and enjoy your vacation.

1. Rise and Shine

If you have popular tourist attractions on your bucket list, set your alarms. Check the attraction’s hours online and get in line before the attraction even opens. Once the afternoon hits, you may find yourself waiting in long lines with big tourist groups. Seeing the attraction when it’s not crowded will help you make the most of your experience (and have limited photobombers in your photos.)

1. Educate Yourself About Local Culture

Traveling does not just involve one or two people. When you visit another person’s home or country, you may have a lasting effect on their land, their property, or their perception of travelers from your country. All humans deserve to be treated with respect, and sometimes, respect looks different around the world.

Consult with etiquette guides about local customs. Know when and when not to tip. Appropriate gestures in your country may be extremely offensive to locals. During meal time, different cultures might have unique rules on who sits at the table first (and where they sit), how food is eaten, and how to let hosts know that you have finished and enjoyed your meal.

If you are unsure of local customs, follow these general rules:

  • Dress modestly
  • Drink responsibly
  • Do not feed wild animals
  • Refrain from taking photos of local people without their permission
  • Refrain from insulting local customs or traditions, no matter how “weird” they may seem
  • Refrain from touching people of the opposite sex
  • If you see signs while abroad, be sure to read them, ask a local what the sign says, or take a picture and translate them when you have an Internet connection.

When you respect the area you are visiting, you create a more positive atmosphere and allow future travelers to enjoy the area as well.

1. Volunteer While Traveling – With Sustainable, Ethical Organizations

Traveling long-term will certainly eat up your budget, but travelers can cut down on expenses through volunteer work. There are a handful of websites that set up volunteer programs and cultural exchanges between travelers and homestays or businesses. These exchanges generally give travelers free accommodation and free food in exchange for a few hours of work a day or week. There are many travelers currently working at hostels, helping around a family’s home, or farming in exchange for a free stay and free food. These programs can last a week or last for a few months, if you would like to travel long-term.

If you are looking at a volunteer program that requires you to pay big bucks for accommodation and food expenses, be cautious. Conduct thorough research and read reviews of the program. Volunteer work and exchanges can be done without shelling out big bucks. Other volunteer programs do not have a sustainable, positive impact. One example is visiting orphanages; while many tourists believe that a trip to an orphanage is doing a good deed, their visit may actually harm children in the long run.

1. Look Out For Social Enterprise Businesses and Cafes

Travelers can give back to the community without volunteering. Take some time to research ethically run businesses and tours in the areas where you will be visiting. Visiting a coffee shop or restaurant that offers job training and fair wages give back to the community through a delicious meal. While you are shopping for souvenirs, consider visiting markets that showcase local artisans over mass-produced goods. Some spas or beauty salons are social enterprises, giving opportunities to women who have been abused or sent to jail in the past. Supporting these businesses shows the community that you care.

On the other side, do some research into what popular tourist attractions or sites are not ethically run. Tourists may initially enjoy the idea of riding on an elephant or taking selfies with a tiger, but after researching what practices go into these animal attractions, may not enjoy the activities as much. Read reviews from past patrons and look closely into how the animals are treated before you give them your money.

1. Pass on Advice to Fellow Travelers

If you encounter a restaurant or business that provides excellent service, share this information with fellow travelers! Many websites offer advice and customer reviews on local businesses, and these sites rely on travelers like you to give honest, unbiased feedback about your experience. Leaving reviews will benefit business owners in the local community, and encourage other travelers to do the same.

1. Travel in the Way That Works for You

There are many different forms of travel, and each person is traveling for a different reason. Before you travel, ask yourself why you are traveling, and what you would like to gain from your trip. Would you like to get a new perspective on the world? Would you like to check items off of your bucket list? Would you like to try new food? Keep these goals in mind during your trip, and know that while other people may have different goals and perspectives, this is your trip. Do what feels best for you when it comes to accommodation, transportation, budget, and your itinerary.

1. Know That Not Everything Goes As Planned

Even if you have your itinerary and budget planned to the last minute, you may have to improvise on the spot. Flights could be delayed, weather could cancel your cruise, or your accommodation may not be as glamorous and relaxing as you think. No matter what happens, remember to relax and have a good attitude. These surprises may end up making your trip more memorable, in a positive way! Be open to itinerary changes and delays. When you have to find a last-minute restaurant or make up plans on the spot, you may end up with a more enriching experience.

1. Document the Experience

There are moments from your travels that you will remember for the rest of your life. Bring a small journal or a disposable camera to quickly jot down funny stories or take pictures during your trip. Sure, these photos and notes will look great on your social media, but will also serve as physical memories of an amazing experience. If you take pictures with your smartphone, get in the habit of backing up your photos to a cloud at the end of the day.

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Byron Bay New South Wales Australia

Byron Bay's beaches are dotted with lighthouses and surrounded by bottlenose dolphins, rays, whales and sea turtles. This former New South Wales whaling station turned tourist town is still strongly influenced by its recent bohemian past, when hippie lifestyles flourished. Bongos and didgeridoos sound in parks, sarongs and dreadlocks are common, and vegetarian restaurants abound. Give in to the casual vibe and stroll between beaches and bars for a low-key and happy day.

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Enjoying a nice sunny day at the weekend Byron Bay Markets

Byron Bay headland



   Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, NSW.   


  In the Seventies you'd have looked out of place in Byron Bay without a tie-dyed T-shirt and dreadlocks. Today it has evolved to become one of Australia's hottest properties, but, says Lydia Bell, the countercultural roots of this bohemian beach outpost run deep.

      At the top of the lighthouse at Byron Bay, mainland Australia's easternmost tip, crowds gather to watch humpbacks glide past and dolphins arc through the ocean-fresh air. Below, cerulean waves curl onto vast, empty beaches. To the north, rippling valleys of sugar       cane, plantations of macadamia, banana and coffee and ancient rainforests sweep across the floodplain to Mount Warning, the volcanic plug where the dawn sun first touches Australia. Oyster clouds tinged with gold shroud this majestic diadem in the rich bangle of      the caldera: Aborigines call it Wollumbin, the Cloud Catcher.

    Byron has only been a town for just over a century. Before that the Bundjalung people came to this secret bay when they were sick, or to give birth, believing it to be a healing place. The first Anglo-Australians here were farmers, followed by surfers in the 1960s,          drawn to the perfect breaks on beaches sheltered from southerlies. Hippies started congregating here from the 1970s, and as the counterculture caught on they were attracted to Byron like iron filings to a magnet. By the 1990s, dreadlocked alternative-lifers known           locally as the 'ferals' were everywhere, until they were ousted by baby boomers in what has become one of Australia's most exclusive property enclaves.

   Some old timers have retreated to the hills, their driveways decorated with rainbow banners and anti-fracking plaques. Others congregate in the settlements of Bangalow, Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby. This is the Byron Bay hinterland, or Byron Shire, where        hedonism has meshed with spirituality, and the hippies have chutzpah and a splash of cash.

    More moneyed it may be, but this is still a place with an alternative cast, somewhere to shake off the shackles; and in a country that has outlawed the Mexican Wave for health and safety reasons, it is very much loved and appreciated.

     Here's our guide to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops in and around Byron Bay

     Pictured: Tallow Beach, Byron Bay






The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa This bells-and-whistles smart hotel, cradled by 45 acres of rainforest, is the only place to stay in the area if you want top Australian service (Germanic levels of efficiency combined with non-corporate good humour). It's on the pristine Tallow Beach, empty but for dog-walkers and kite-surfers, and edged by Tallow Lake, a lily-pad-topped creek with multiple lotus ponds. The bedrooms are essentially steel-framed boxes with front and back enclosed verandahs; sliding screens divide bedrooms and living spaces, and there are walk-in wardrobes big enough for a cot. Add a kitchen, washer-dryer, high-speed Wi-Fi and a cavernous bath for three and you have the best family rooms in Australia. Scottish chef Gavin Hughes was an early pioneer of local produce (Bangalow pork, Yamba prawns) and he likes to take guests to the Byron Farmers' Market (he calls it his 'church') on Thursday mornings. The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, Australia (+61 2 6639 2000; Doubles from about £230

Atlantic Byron Bay This is the hot new kid on the Byron block, the project of former banker Stephen Eakin and his partner Kimberley Amos. They moved here for a year's sabbatical and never left, having spied this spot when it was a tired guesthouse in need of renovation. Smack bang in town, it's now a constellation of groovy sun-bleached clapboard cottages, shacks and an Airstream caravan in polished aluminium with striped awnings. The interiors are stripped-back and appealingly Scandi, and the garden, home to rare-breed chickens with meticulous mohawks, backs onto a nature reserve. Atlantic Byron Bay, 13 Marvell Street, Byron Bay, Australia (+61 2 6685 5118; Doubles from about £85

Pictured: Atlantic Byron Bay

           ALICIA TAYLOR




   A stone's throw from The Byron at Byron (to which it belongs), the four-bedroom Domain 7, within the private Cypress estate, combines hotel service with the privacy of a walled domain. Vast is the word: there are two storeys of slick contemporary style, with original art and glass doors opening onto a garden with a barbecue, plunge pool, sun deck and one-bedroom nanny annexe.

For a slouchier beach vibe, the sun-drenched, five-bedroom White Houseis on exclusive Watego's Beach (considered by many to be the best on the eastern seaboard). It has white-on-white interiors and plenty of sunlit terraces, and was the first choice for Kate Moss.

On the same beach is the The Watermark at Watego's, a selection of compact, upmarket apartments with steel kitchens and Bose sounds, including the Private Residence with its retractable glass doors and wooden shutters. All bookable through

   Pictured: The Byron at Byron hotel    

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Byron View Farm This weatherboard cottage has a wraparound veranda to take in the views from its position at the highest point of a small working cattle farm. It is owned by former boutique hotelier Robert Schwamberg and his partner, the interior designer and fashion stylist Andrea Duff. Their previous project was Strangetrader, a homeware store touting the fruits of their global travels. Elements of this international magpie look have been extended to the cottage, with an Indian pearl-inlay cabinet for the TV, Tunisian hand-woven bath towels, Turkish basins and global cookbooks. The couple spend Australian winters bobbing around the Mediterranean on their yacht or in other warmer climes, and the interiors constantly evolve to reflect their recent acquisitions. +61 414 677778; About £700 for a three-night minimum stay

   Pictured: an Airstream caravan at Atlantic Byron Bay





The Top Shop The picnic lawn of this repurposed 1950s milk bar with surfboards tacked to the wall is besieged with Byronites drinking coco-pine smoothies. Coffee is treated as a religion here, and the food is 'hand-held', from burgers (the American is renowned: beef from local, grass-fed cattle, double cheddar, dill pickles, a blast of condiments and a baby-soft organic sesame bun) to fresh pastries. The owners, brothers Andy and Charlie Gordon, are chuffed with the diversity of their clients: 'It's great to see Elle Macpherson just off the beach having a juice next to a third-generation plumber.' +61 2 6685 6495

The Roadhouse It may be on a busy main road heading out of town, but this place is fantastic. It styles itself as an organic wholefoods café by day and a whisky den by night. Interiors are raw and robust, with exposed brick, moody lighting and an open fireplace. Classic lunches include spicy tacos with snapper, spring lamb cutlets, and sharing platters of fermented cheese and sauerkraut. Co-owner Dan Woolley is a whisky specialist, but there are all kinds of cocktails to suit the dilettante. Try the Tusk: organic coconut water frozen into a sphere and drowned in Kraken spiced rum. +61 413 966618;

Byron Beach Café A classic on Clarkes Beach, this is the inside-out, retractable-roof joint from which to contemplate the daily parade of runners, yogis, paddle-boarders, kayakers and surfers. Within its wood-panelled walls, crafted from Sydney Harbour piers, sun-kissed beachgoers tuck into spanner-crab tortellini and abundant salads (the salt-and-pepper tofu with crispy won tons, sprouts, peanuts, baked carrot and pumpkin is the best of all). You can also queue at the kiosk for fish and chips, ice cream or coffee. +61 2 6685 8400;

Rae's Fish Café Go here for a beachside brunch on crisp white linen. It's part of Rae's on Watego's, a celebrity-swamped beach hideaway with seven Indonesian- and Moroccan-inspired suites. Zingy-fresh seafood is given an Asian twist in dishes such as spice-crusted fish fillet with Thai herb salad. (Take note: owner Vincent Rae sold half of the hotel to newspaper king Antony Catalano last summer, and it's due a facelift.) +61 2 6685 5366;

Bayleaf This tiny café deals in brunches and long, lingering coffees (or short, punchy piccolos on the run). Food is prepared in an open kitchen and served by inked hipsters. Pulled-pork panini, fresh home-made pasta, serious cakes, iced teas, single-origin juices and the proprietors' own Marvell Street coffee are the draw. +61 2 6685 8900

St Elmo Dining Superb tapas and sharing platters infused with the flavours of Spain are the draw at this urbane, Melbourne-style bar-restaurant, as well as wines by the glass from a global list of more than 100 labels. A relaxed winter evening might involve ordering the slow-cooked lamb shoulder served with black beans and home-made yoghurt. +61 2 6680 7426;

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Town Café and Restaurant, Bangalow Town has pinned Bangalow on the map, scooping up a calvalcade of awards for Katrina and Karl Kanetani, Sydneysider chefs who ditched the metropolis for life in the slow lane. Now they can hardly move for locals crowding into their tiny restaurant. At street level is Downtown, a breakfast-brunch-lunch hub with specials of the day scrawled on mirrored walls and a countertop piled high with cakes by Katrina (a pastry chef). Upstairs is Uptown, a six-course degustation (or 'dego' as the Aussies like to call it) serving local classics such as scallops, kingfish and macadamia for about £48. +61 26687 1010;

Harvest, Newrybar This restaurant in an old cottage exists to make real the fantasy of Australia's well-fed outdoor lifestyle. The place positively spills over with happy, sea-change baby boomers, and the fresh, modern Australian food, much of it from the owners' organic farm, is the best around. Sourdough bread is pumped out of a century-old wood-fired oven at the back; meat is dry-aged in the next-door deli. +61 2 6687 2644;

Mavis's Kitchen and Cabins, Mount Warning The charming owner of this lovely place, Charlie Ebell, once ran a smart restaurant on the Gold Coast out of his Auntie Glad's stunning Queenslander house. After nine years he bought a plot of land overlooked by Mount Warning, and cut the house in three before driving it here in a lorry. Charlie and partner Peter Clarke planted the vegetable farm which now supplies half of the kitchen's produce, including bananas, pecans, pawpaw and macadamia. Sharing platters (courgette fritters, home-made pâtés, calamari) are popular, and Friday and Saturday nights at this remote outpost are always buzzing. +61 2 6679 5664;

Footbridge, Brunswick Heads Even the children's toys are vintage-style at this pretty beach-meets-river café, where the furniture is reclaimed and the walls are covered with pencil illustrations. More importantly, the pulled-pork burger and the tea-smoked salmon with hashed potatoes and tomato relish are the best brunch in town by a mile. +61 2 6685 1991

Doma Café, Federal Federal is a clapboard village reminiscent of the faded hinterland of yesteryear. But it has had the best sushi in Byron Shire ever since a crew of all-Japanese culinary wizards took over a tiny wooden cottage next to the general store (itself a little film-set gem). The prawn tempura, basil yogurt, organic lentil and green-bean roll is a crunchy hit. +61 2 6688 4711

Milk & Honey, Mullumbimby This is a pizzeria with an eclectic, fiercely loyal clientele: hippies, foodies, young families with rowdy kids in tow. The interiors are rustic-simple, with bare wooden tables and a chalked-up menu, and the no-corkage BYO policy keeps the prices down. An ever-changing menu of creations bursts with classic Italian ingredients. The thin-crust pizza with roasted pumpkin, goat's cheese and rosemary was a recent favourite. +61 2 6684 1422;

Pictured: bread at Harvest, Newrybar

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Ahoy Trader Jai Vasicek's popular interiors outlet is awash with hand-painted tiles, elaborate crosses, dainty cushions and other beauteous paraphernalia.

Byron Farmers' Market On Thursday mornings, this is where mothers in Thai fisherman's pants and their barefoot toddlers come and queue for organic greens to the tunes of busking folk musicians

In This Street A venture by David Bromley, one of Australia's most famous artists, and his fashion-designer partner Yuge Yu. It is stuffed with paintings and sculptures, jewellery and chic trinkets. +61 2 6685 8528

Spell and the Gypsy Collective This boho fashion and accessories store, run by two sisters, is a riot of feathers, leathers and turquoise. +61 2 6685 6116;

Pictured: Ahoy Trader, Byron Bay





Island Luxe, Bangalow Sells clothes, ornaments and homeware from around the world, including Conservatoire International de Lunettes sunglasses from Italy, hand-dyed scarves from Algeria and rings made by someone living in a tent in Argentina. The look is monochrome, pared-down and weathered. +61 2 6687 1605

Lazybones, Bangalow A gold-papered lifestyle store that sells to Anthropologie and Sundance and has its own brand of women's clothing, sleepwear and bedding. Its vintage range includes mad 1950s hats, glamorous nightgowns from the 1920s, embroidered sheets and hand-crocheted bed covers. +61 2 6687 0767;

Peace by Piece, Brunswick Heads Cobbler Amanda Coutts uses everything from leather to lace in her creations. The soles of the shoes (which can be made to order) are inscribed with a Sanskrit prayer which begins: 'Tread lightly on this earth'. +61 423 423339

Fabulous Mrs Fox, Brunswick Heads Here you'll find a variety of cross-eyed dolls and toys, fantastical fabrics and pretty vintage clothing. +61 2 6685 0020

Santos Organics, Mullumbimby A community-owned organic-food store, with biodynamic products, a juice bar and herbal remedies on tap. +61 2 6684 3773;

Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby Run by Gallic émigré Nadine Abensur, this gallery showcases artists such as Robyn Sweaney, who chronicles the old houses of Mullumbimby. +61 2 6684 3446;

Driftlab, Newrybar A treasure trove of accessories, local art, books, clothing and music, mixing Byron beach culture with the street influence of Sydney. +61 2 6680 9869;

Pictured: the Fabulous Mrs Fox store in Brunswick Heads

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Whites Beach The next headland south of Cape Byron, Broken Head, is reached via Seven Mile Beach Road, a dirt track that requires a four-wheel-drive, followed by a 10-minute trek through rainforest. Once you're there, trails over the headland reach further strings of isolated beaches.

Nightcap National Park The Byron hinterland is packed with protected rainforest, the best of which is at Nightcap. Brilliant walking tracks lead to dramatic escarpments, swimming pools and cascades such as Minyon Falls.

Mount Warning Scaling this peak, the remnant of a volcano within the rainforest, is tough, but you will take memories of the view to the end of your days.

Learning to surf Rusty Miller offers personalised sessions and is a dab hand at illuminating the cultural identity of Byron through the prism of wave-riding.

Pictured: a family gathering at Watego's Beach

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The Byron at Byron spa This is the place for pampering based on the Pevonia Botanical and iKOU eco ranges. Treatments involve up to three hours of brushing, rubbing, stroking, oiling, scrubbing, muscle easing and emotional cleansing. With spa food served on the deck, there's no reason to get out of your kimono all day. +61 2 6639 2110;

New age therapies with Ruth Smith A look at the Byron Shire Echo will leave you wondering if every other person here is a reiki master, yogi or rebirther. But the more you ask around, the more paths lead to Ruth Smith, who specialises in one-on-one healing. She calls it 'frequency healing with your deep subconscious'. However you describe it, after an hour with Smith you emerge feeling as perky as a kookaburra at dawn.

Pictured: a surfer in Byron Bay

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Naren King, owner of Crystal Castle Naren King left school in 1976 and went hitchhiking. 'One ride dropped me off miles from the coast and I walked through a magical landscape towards Byron Bay. I had a wish to return one day and live here.' In the 1980s King did just that and created Crystal Castle, a temple to crystals. Over 27 years he has also developed the Shambhala Gardens, with towering poles of amethyst, vast Ganesh and Lakshmi statues and a stupa filled with sacred objects. Naren has made the classic shift from hippy to businessman, and is now one of the biggest employers in the shire. Why does he still love Byron? 'The shops have become more upmarket, there are developers trying to battle the locals, and yet the essence is still very much here. The local community is a colourful mix of farmers, surfers, hippies, artists and fun-seekers. We are still a region trying to make peace in a mad world.' +61 2 6684 3111;

Beau Young, folk singer and surfing champion Folk-rock star Beau Young often sings of his love of the sea. It's unsurprising: his father is Nat Young, 1966 surfing world champion and star of cult surf films. Beau, for his part, has been world longboard champion twice. But dog-eared photographs of his childhood, depicting a simpler life, called him home: 'Chopping pumpkins on the veranda; my father riding his horse to the beach with a surfboard under his arm; perfect, sand-bottomed point-break waves; and the family and dogs relaxing under a backyard citrus tree.' Life in Byron is all about embracing simplicity, says Young. 'I like a quiet surf on a secluded back beach: just me, my thoughts, and some mangoes waiting to be picked when I come out.' There is a third string to Young's bow: he makes surfboards, and says they reflect the Byron mentality. 'I have always viewed surfing as an art rather than a sport, much as my father did.'

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Scott Dunn (020 8682 5060; offers tailor-made holidays to Australia. A seven-night stay in a Deluxe Spa Suite at the Byron at Byron on a B&B basis costs from £2,680pp based on two people sharing, includes car hire and economy class flights from London.

Published in Condé Nast Traveller February 2014.

Byron Bay

  Is Byron Bay Australia's most mythologised town?

FYI: is Byron Bay Australia's most mythologised town?

Welcome to For Your Information, where Helen Razer explains a topic of global, local or, occasionally, no significance. Today, Helen throws a shaka at Byron Bay.


Byron Bay is a far north-eastern NSW coastal town with a population at the last census of 5521 persons. It is a popular holiday destination.


Byron Bay is 21 kilometres down the road from my father’s hometown, Mullumbimby. As youths, he and his brothers would sometimes deign to surf at Tallow Beach near Byron Bay. But, as the Roman Catholic sons of a respectable plumber, they did not deign to associate with the young men of this whaling town, whom they considered rough and unskilled pagans.

My father still calls the place “The Bay” and emits it from his mouth like an insult. He refuses to call it “Byron” and winces when it is referred to as “indulgent resort location”, “high-end home of alternative therapies” or any travel program description he considers nonsense. In his view, it remains a place with a poorly soundproofed piggery that stinks of blood and whale fat. He believes that no volume of sandalwood scent or property loan can erase its past of poverty and violence.

Having heard this view for more than 40 years, I have lost all objectivity and consider Mullumbimby to be the superior town and one that realises the idyll so often falsely claimed for Byron Bay.


Byron Bay is frequently referred to as “iconic”. This is true. The function of the township is largely as a representation, far less as a reality. The most easterly point on Australia’s mainland remains a dazzling natural beauty, but it is also dazzlingly misunderstood.  

My father’s particular view of “The Bay” as a place deeply alienated from its purpose and its past is not specific to him and his time. Peoples of the Bundjalung Nation were slain and dispossessed of this fertile land and although Arakwal custodians fight to retain a presence in the region, the loss of life and country are frequently woven into a tourist-friendly spiritual backdrop.

The fact of Arakwal territory is forgotten, as is the labour of those who stewed humpback whales, and the hopes and work of those surfers and other noble freaks who sought throughout the 1960s and 1970s to prefigure a better future on this land. Byron Bay, whose chief sector is now hospitality, is renovated in the Australian imagination as often as its luxury apartments.


This town has become a site for Schoolies revellers, a meeting point for libidinous backpackers and a place for property investment and/or second homes for that type of Sydney one-percenter likely to use the term “wellness” in a conversation with an architect. The town never became a model for “alternative” living, unless we understand “alternative” to mean obscenely wealthy.

In order to make Byron Bay distinct from, say, Noosa, its Tarot Card, recycling and ley lines credentials are frequently overstated by those who have come to depend on a self-consciously discerning tourist dollar. We cannot blame local merchants and investors for upholding the delusion of “Byron” as a place of magical purity and/or green ambition, however — everyone has to make a buck.

For this, we can blame the rubbish of modern life in general.


It is known as Cavanbah by its custodians and traditional owners

The place has the lowest vaccination rate in the country, with roughly 25–30% of children under five years of age unvaccinated in 2016–17 (Excel file), a slight improvement from one-third in 2014. (Maybe. The more recent figures are an estimate based on figures from the 2481 postcode, which includes eight other towns.)

The prawns are quite a bit cheaper in Ballina.


Even to those with a father from Mullumbimby, an aversion to heady natural oils and/or a wish that all the non-vaccinating families be quarantined somewhere outside Lismore in an unplumbed yurt, Byron Bay may still be a pleasure. Take a trip to Scarrabelotti’s Lookout, inhale the view of Chincogan and Mount Warning from the hinterland and wonder why no one asked you to pay.

So long as you keep the recently tizzied-up Beaches Hotel out of your vision, even a walk on Main Beach can restore a sense of what was seized from the Bundjalung Nation: land that somehow manages to overpower you with its indecent beauty and make you feel quite welcome at once.

It just doesn’t make sense to enclose this glory as private property or to ossify it as a dream that never was. Byron Bay is our common property. Its big beaches, and its little sheltered beaches like Wategos, are better than the fiction written about them.


Turnbull, S (2017). Curious North Coast: How did Byron Bay Become so Popular? ABC, 21 September.

Duke, P (2015). Byron Bay: The History, Beauty and Spirit, 2nd Edition. PDF.

Hansen, J (2017). Infection Fears Grow in Byron Shire, the ‘Home of the Anti-Vaxxers’The West Australian, 10 March.

48 hours in Byron Bay: what to do and where to go

 Byron Bay lighthouse and headland – the most easterly mainland point in Australia. Photograph: Dean Turner/Getty Images

A hippy destination frequented by cashed-up creatives, Byron Bay is a wealth of contradictions. But somehow the whole beautiful package works


 A surfing lesson at Byron Bay. Photograph: Anneli Knight/Supplied

It’s one of Australia’s most popular destinations. Byron Bay has the magic combination of natural beauty and a creative, free-spirited local population.

Thanks to its temperate subtropical climate, no visit to Byron Bay is complete without numerous swims – from the protected shores of Belongil beach at the town’s northern edge, around the headland that marks the most easterly point in Australia near Wategos beach, to the 8km wild stretch of ocean of Tallows beach that runs uninterrupted to Broken Head.

Culturally, Byron is well-known for having one of the highest concentration of creative professionals outside the capital cities, with an abundance of musicians, film-makers, writers and designers calling the town home. Byron hosts two of Australia’s most popular music festivals – Byron Bluesfest andSplendour in the Grass – and the Byron Bay writers festival is one of Australia’s most celebrated literary events.

But with all this abundance, the town can get crowded, particularly in the peak holiday times of Christmas and Easter, with traffic jams that crawl 6km from the Pacific Highway.

Weekends outside school holidays are the best time to enjoy 48 hours in Byron Bay.


4pm: The Pass

Byron is a highlight of most surfers’ east coast pilgrimages, and even if you’re not up for catching a wave yourself, the best spot to enjoy the aroma of fresh surf wax is at the Pass, where its world-famous, long, consistent right-hand point break caters to pro surfers and beginners alike.

The Pass is also a great spot to enjoy a sunset walk to Main beach where you’ll see a spectacular dusk sky behind the spectacular crag of Wollumbin (formerly Mount Warning) and the surrounding hinterland that hems the region.

6pm: Bay Lane and Beach Hotel

At the beach end of Jonson Street, backing onto the vibrant Bay Lane is the landmark Beach Hotel. Enjoy an end-of-day drink in the beer garden and head to the bustling laneway for a casual meal at any one of the well-priced restaurants: there’s Thai, Italian, fish and chips and falafels.

Byron Bay is all about sparkling sunrise mornings, so if you can resist getting tangled up in the excitement of Bay Lane and Beach Hotel, head home for an early night.


7am: Walk the lighthouse loop

The earlier in the morning you can make it to the lighthouse walk the better. As Byron sees the first rays of sun, it’s not unusual to spot pods of dolphins at play. Start at Wategos – it’s a great beach for a swim when you’ve finished the loop, and it gives you the short option of walking up the steep lighthouse track and back or taking the full 4.5km loop that runs through subtropical rainforest and pops you back out at the Pass, with a great cliff-hugging track back to Wategos.

9am: Cafe stop

As you’d expect from a town that enjoys its early mornings, Byron has a caffeine addiction. There’s no shortage of places to kickstart your day with a coffee shot. Local favourites are Top Shop, where you can sprawl on the lawn in the sunshine, Bay Leaf with its beans roasted next door and the Roadhouse, which is worth the 2km trek out of town for its organic spread and home-brewed kombucha.

11am: Julian Rocks

Julian Rocks is the jewel in the centre of the crown of Byron’s sweeping bay. The boat ride that takes you out through the break at the Pass is almost as much fun as spotting the abundance of marine life that congregates in the deep blue: giant turtles, manta rays and leopard sharks are a draw card.

The less adventurous might prefer to simply admire the rocks from the afar over a long lunch at Beach Cafe, with its wide vista across the ocean.

 The wide main beach of Byron Bay. Photograph: Brigid Delaney for the Guardian

4pm: Live music

It’s not unknown for some of the world’s biggest bands only to do three shows in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay. This is a tiny town spoilt for live music choice, at great venues such as the Great Northern Hotel and the Railway Hotel. Check the brimming local gig guide for what’s on. 

7pm: Top notch nosh

When it comes to food, Byron doesn’t abide by the standards of your average Aussie seaside town – it prefers to go head to head with what you’d find in the most sophisticated pockets of Melbourne and Sydney. There’s a wide range to choose from: Rae’s on Wategos for seafood, musician Pete Murray’s Frankie Brown (named after his dog), Italian at the Pacific with the same owners as Beach Hotel but pitched at the cocktail-drinking clientele, and Byron’s newest addition to fine dining scene, Cicchetti. For a more casual meal, try the newly-renovated sushi train spot, O-Sushi.



 Pete Murray’s Frankie Brown eatery. Photograph: Anneli Knight for the Guardian


7am: Yoga

No better way to start your day than with a salute to the sun in this town that’s overflowing with yogis.

Beachside Yoga and Massage, in the surf club facing the main beach, is a picturesque spot to do yoga, while Byron Bay Yoga Centre, Ananta Yoga and Shiva Shakti offer drop-in classes.


 Yoga-lovers flock to Byron Bay. Photograph: Alamy

11am: Byron markets and support locals artists

The Byron markets run on the first Sunday of the month year-round and, in December and January, also on the third Sunday. You can buy local produce such as sugar cane juice and fresh macadamia nuts at the market, as well as arts and crafts.

Byron Bay has plenty of good independent retailers and local fashion designers. Try stores in town like Arnhem, Amilita, Goddess of Babylon, Pooch and Samba and Muther of All Things. Or head to either of the bookshops and buy something written by a local author. For fiction, start with Jessie Cole, Jesse Blackadder or Maggie Groff; for surf legend stories, there’s Rusty Miller or Bob McTavish.

1pm: Go organic for lunch


Don’t go home without indulging in a liquid superfood smoothie lunch at Naked Treaties

Byron is proud of its organic food culture. Don’t go home without indulging in a liquid superfood smoothie lunch at Naked Treaties, or affordable Heart and Halo with its selection of prepared vegetarian and vegan hot and cold food. Santos, with its cafe and grocery store that celebrate ethical produce, also offers some treats to take home.

3pm: Belongil beach

Treehouse on Belongil has casual indoor-outdoor decor that makes you feel as though you’re hanging out in an old friend’s living room. There are DJs playing throughout the afternoon, with wood-fired pizzas and beer and cocktails flowing. If you’d prefer a more peaceful pace, Belongil Bistro next door has a fantastic menu and wine list.Don’t leave Byron without a final dip in the ocean at Belongil each. Let the afternoon sun rays – and with it your final Byron Bay tonic - sink into your skin.


 Atlantic at Byron Bay. Photograph: Brigid Delaney for the Guardian

Places to stay

Byron at Byron

5-star hotel, 77-97 Broken Head Rd, BYron Bay, NSW Tel: (02) 6639 2000

Atlantic Byron Bay

4-star hotel, 13 Marvell St, Tel(02) 6685 5118

Apartments Inn

4-star hotel, 20-22 Fletcher St., Byron Bay, NSW Tel: (02) 6620 9600

Byron Bay, it's not a coastal Australian paradise anymore

Ben Groundwater

Paradise lost: Somehow everyone found out about it. Photo: iStock

Sunset at Wategos Beach, Byron Bay.  Photo: Paul Harris

The stronger dollar has put some of the recent gains in tourism and international education potentially at risk, says Deloitte. Photo: Tourism NSW

Byron: Once laid back and alternative. Photo: Rob Homer

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You shouldn't have to queue for half an hour to get into paradise. You shouldn't have to sit there in your car with the airconditioning cranked, stuck behind a million Wicked Camper vans, trying to figure out where you're going to park: take a punt on the beach, or walk in from outside town?

But that's paradise these days. Somehow everyone else found out about it. 

Welcome to Byron Bay, NSW – a place I used to think of as paradise, although now I'm not so sure. You never used to have to queue to get in there. Before the highway from Brisbane was fixed up you could cruise into Byron at any time of the year, grab a park, get your shirt off and relax. But the hippies were never going to have this place to themselves for long. 

Once the road got better and the word got out, people started arriving: day-trippers from Queensland; family holiday-makers from Melbourne; cashed-up visitors with a nose for real estate development opportunities. 

These days Byron Bay – laid-back, alternative Byron Bay – is all of those people and more. It's backpackers, flashpackers, celebrities, hippies, surfers, drinkers, bogans, weirdos and everyone in between. It's a chilled out place where locals tailgate you if you're doing anything less than the speed limit, where drunk kids yell at you from across the street. It's a morally courageous town where McDonald's was famously rejected but Subway was curiously allowed in. 

I still love Byron Bay, but it's not paradise any more. Not to me, anyway. It's not a utopia where I love everything and everyone. It's just really nice. 

So what's changed? Maybe it's Byron. Maybe it's me.  

After all, when I first started going there, back when it took three or four hours to drive from Brisbane, when you'd have to commit at least a long weekend and the skipping of a few uni lectures to get there, I was a different person. I was one of those part-time hippies sitting in the drum circle in the park, smoking pot and drinking beer and loving the fun of it all. 

Now I'm one of those guys trying to pick my way through the human debris on the grass so I can get to the Beach Hotel for a schnitty​. Maybe in another 15 years I'll be the guy walking his kids down to the beach from his luxury apartment. 

Byron was always going to lose a bit of its charm, but that's the risk you take when you keep going back to the same destination. Sometimes, it doesn't grow up with you. Sometimes it grows up faster than you. Sometimes it morphs into something completely different. 

And Byron is different. It's crowded. It's popular. It's gone all gourmet. It's turned expensive and exclusive. It's embraced a new alternative culture, one that includes goji berries and health gurus and daily yoga in Lululemon. 

The real hippies are still there, but somehow they all seem a bit too contrived now. There are still plenty of shoeless backpackers with their dream-catchers and their Tibetan prayer flags and hammocks strung onto the top of their clapped-out vans, but they almost seem out of place in Byron these days. They're there because of the reputation, not the reality.

The centre of Byron today doesn't feel like a counter-cultural meeting point, it feels like Koh Samui. It's all crowded streets and boozy holiday-makers. It's more full moon party than communist party.

None of this is Byron's fault. It's a natural progression – the town is a victim of its own success, its own beauty and goodwill.

I had someone, a reader, email me a few weeks ago and ask about a story I'd written about the "new Byron Bay". Where is it, she asked? What is this town?

I wish I knew. Unfortunately I didn't write that story, because I have no idea where the new Byron Bay is – and even if I did, I wouldn't write about it.

Is there a town out there that has everything Byron used to have? Is there a quiet beachside hippy paradise, a welcoming, alternative community of like-minded souls that is also home to one of the best pubs in Australia? Are there backpackers and artists and musicians and societal drop-outs gathering there as we speak? I hope there is.

Because for me, Byron Bay isn't that place anymore. It's a great place; it's a beautiful place. It's a lovely place for a holiday.

But it's not the place it was when I first started visiting. It's not paradise. Because surely the traffic doesn't back up that far in paradise.



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Byron Bay's Japanese food and culture

Louise Southerden

Seafood and sushi are Byron Bay favourites. Photo: Alamy

Japanese ninja surfers. Photo: Louise Southerden

Sake for sale at Federal's general store. Photo: Louise Southerden

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Wearing a red bandanna over her coal-black hair, Emiko Yasumoto smiles across the counter of the sushi van she's been taking to markets around Byron Bay for more than three decades. 

"I came to Australia to see Ayers Rock in 1974," she says, handing me a freshly made sushi roll. Her travels led her to northern NSW, where she started making sushi, which wasn't exactly well received in the late '70s. 

"People saw yaki-nori on the menu [toasted seaweed used in sushi rolls] and thought, 'Yuk!'" she remembers, adding that there were no other Japanese people in the area and no Japanese restaurants. "Now everyone is eating sushi!"

Chef Pete Crossman, who owns Freewave in Lennox Head with his partner Mayumi Miyata, has also seen Japanese food take off – even since Freewave opened in 2012. 

It might look like a typical north coast surf cafe with its surfing magazines on the tables and perfect waves painted on the walls, but instead of pies and milkshakes Freewave's blackboard menu offers Japanese-Australian fare such as teriyaki bacon and egg breakfast rolls, walnut vegie burgers and karaage​ (Japanese fried chicken) wraps as well as sushi.

On the other side of the counter, Byron Bay chef, nutritionist and author Samantha Gowing has run a cooking school for 15 years and has noticed her clients increasingly asking for Japanese-inspired recipes. "I just hosted a private masterclass for a guy from Manhattan who is too busy to cook, but wanted to know a few staple, Japanese-inspired recipes he could master at home," she says.

From quiet beginnings – O-Sushi was Byron Bay's only Japanese restaurant for years after it opened in 2004 – there are now more than a dozen Japanese restaurants in the region, according to the Australian Good Food Guide

Byron itself has the most, but innovative new restaurants run by Japanese chefs are increasingly luring patrons away from the beach. 

Best known is Town, in Bangalow, which opened four years ago and is a regular in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Run by husband and wife team Karl (who has worked with Tetsuya Wakuda) and Katrina Kanetani (one of Australia's top pastry chefs), it's a classy cafe by day, Downtown; three nights a week, the couple serve a Japanese-inspired six-course degustation upstairs at their award-winning restaurant, Uptown. 

Then there are the hip new kids on the block: Izakaya Yu in Mullumbimby and Doma in the sleepy hamlet of Federal, 30 minutes from Byron. Both owned and run by former O-Sushi chefs, they opened on the same day in September 2012.

Doma in particular is a local favourite. The food isn't traditional Japanese, rather it's "Japanese country-style", says Takayuki Kuramoto, a Tokyo-trained chef and one of Doma's owners. "This is the country [around Federal] so our miso soup is very country-style; also the sushi, the hand-rolled, cone-shaped one – we call it temaki – is very home-style."

What started as a trickle of Japanese surfers attracted by Byron Bay's endless-summer lifestyle has become a wave of Japanese honeymooners, students and working holiday makers – particularly since Gold Coast airport opened to international flights (the first low-cost long-haul airline, Air Asia X, began flying to the Gold Coast in 2007). 

Now the demographic is changing again, says Emiko Yasumoto. "There are lots more Japanese couples, and families, particularly since the tsunami in northern Japan [in 2011]." They come to northern NSW for a healthier lifestyle, she says, and a more relaxed education system than in Japan. "My generation was very strict, the younger generation wants a freer life."

As a result, there are now more ways to experience Japanese culture in northern NSW than ever. One of the newest is Sasara Designs, which opened in December and sells clothes handmade in Japan from vintage silk, linen and cotton kimonos.

"We don't wear kimonos in daily life [in Japan] any more," says Akane Hand, Sasara's owner, who fell in love with the area as a student 13 years ago and recently returned with her American husband. "So my mother started making clothes and accessories out of them. Now we can still wear at least a part of a kimono."

The store is a little island of Japanese calm. Shamisen​ (Japanese lute) music plays from an iPhone. Hand-written signs explain the origins and meanings of other items for sale such as black ninja boots and indigo farmers' outfits. 

Sasara also seems right at home in an area that values sustainability: in addition to its "recycled" kimonos, there are ceramic dishes, packets of organic green tea, reusable furoshiki​ wrapping cloths. "Byron culture reminds me of old Japan," Hand says. "There are lots of vintage shops, op shops and the farmers market – it's a little bit like the countryside and not too busy. It's a more natural lifestyle." 

There's another Japanese gift shop in Bangalow, Little Peach, which sells everything from Japanese homewares and origami paper to collectible kokeshi​ dolls and clothes made locally from Japanese fabrics. There are Japanese quilting and sewing workshops run by Lismore-based Jane McDonald, who has noticed "a definite increase" in interest in Japanese culture in recent years. 

You can even stay at a Japanese-style boutique hotel on the outskirts of Byron. Azabu opened in 1999, but its new owners, Australian-Japanese couple Richard and Hiromi Todd, have dialled up the konnichiwa this year with cherry blossom bed linen, shoji​ screens and pretty yukata​ instead of bathrobes. They're planning to add a Zen garden, Japanese spa treatments and a Japanese sculpture walk in the surrounding hoop pine forest.

"People love the Japanese touches," says Richard Todd, a surfer and filmmaker who attributes the interest in all things Japanese to increasing numbers of Australian surfers visiting Japan to snowboard and ski and becoming more open to the food, culture and architecture.  

The feeling is mutual for Takayuki Kuramoto, of Doma, who recently made his first trip back to Tokyo in six years. "I took the subways, it was very crowded, everyone's mind was busy and my mind was busy as well. It wasn't bad, I didn't hate it, but I came back here and I thought, this is my home. I feel free here."

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Come visit Byron Bay

Byron Bay attracts all sorts of travellers, from families and couples to backpackers and groups of friends. Visitors enjoy a diverse range of budget-friendly and luxury accommodation options, including hostels, apartments, holiday houses,and resorts. Byron Bay truly is unlike anywhere in the world. So, come visit, and experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty, and lively, welcoming community.

Experience Byron Bay your way

Explore the region's beaches by kayak, on horseback, by taking surf lessons, or whale watching. Get a birds-eye-view of the mountains and coastal landscape by balloon, or cross sky-diving off your bucket list. Shop local designers and producers at the community markets, be the first in Australia to watch the sunrise, or treat yourself to an indulgent day at the spa. Hike to the iconic lighthouse, people-watch with a cup of coffee, or discover the local art scene at one of Byron's galleries or live music venues.

Byron Bay’s iconic “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” sign is loved by all, locals and visitors alike. Spreading good vibrations to everyone who drives into town via Ewingsdale Road, the sign has become a landmark and popular photo spot.

Now, you can take Byron’s chilled out, laid-back attitude with you wherever you go. Our new organic T-shirts, stickers, and tote bags are perfect reminders of your trip to the Byron region.

Byron Bay T-Shirts

Share positive Byron vibes with everyone you pass with a “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” T-shirt. Our tees are crafted from 100 percent fair trade, organic cotton, and are available in both men's and women’s fits.

Byron Bay Tote Bags

Say no to plastic bags Byron style with a canvas tote. Featuring our original sign graphic, this bag is made of 100 percent cotton canvas, and has reinforced shoulder straps.

Byron Bay Stickers

Decorate your car, laptop, fridge, notebook, desk, whatever with our iconic Byron Bay stickers. “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out” stickers are 14.6cm x 10cm, and made from durable vinyl with a laminate coating that protects against scratching, rain, and sunlight.

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Byron Bay NYE Special Dinners

Beach Byron Bay has you covered. With two dinner sittings, you can choose to dine from 5pm and get an intimate look at the sun setting for the very last time in 2017, as you enjoy a three-course menu and time with family and friends. Or take-in the later sitting at 8pm for an evening of food, drinks and music; expressly designed to usher you from this year to the next including a complimentary glass of midnight bubbles. Talk about finishing strong.

Byron Bay NYE Special Dinners

Some restaurants in Byron are putting on special New Year's Eve dinner and celebrations. Here's a rundown to inspire you if you're in Byron this New Years Eve, bookings are essential, so - if you are interested, get busy.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. New Year's Eve and celebrate in style in our beautiful new Restaurant featuring a stunning menu by new Executive Chef Matt Kemp. Bookings essential. See in the 2018  New Year with a decadent 5 course tasting menu,  and a glass of celebratory sparkling on arrival. Live music from Soul'd.

Click to learn more about New Years Eve at The Byron at Byron

Groove into the New Year in Byron Bay at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co with bubbles on arrival, a premium seafood platter, fish tacos, sliders and a charcuterie and cheese platter. There will be a live DJ and plenty of people watching along the streets of Byron Bay. 

We are offering two sittings for New Years Eve. The first will be for groups wanting an early dinner from 5 pm-7 pm. We will then be offering a set menu for guests wanting to celebrate with us for the whole night. We will be offering reservations for the set menu from 7:30 and will be open until 2 am. Click for NYE at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Positioned directly opposite Main Beach, Byron Bay. The Italian Byron Bay is a contemporary Italian restaurant, offering a relaxed atmosphere serving great food, wine and cocktails.

Sunday December 31st 2017 from 8pm - $155pp. Click for detail of New Years Eve at The Italian Byron Bay.

Donatella Parisini Photographer

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Donatella Parisini is a professional portrait and fashion

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Donatella Parisini is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia. Her career in fashion commenced in her early twenties – working as a model and a stylist in Europe’s major cities before relocating to Australia in the mid 90s. Here her unique creative style combined with her genuine passion for life and connection, led her to transition to her current role as one of Byron Bay’s most highly renowned professional photographers.

Known for her keen eye for beauty and composition and an undeniable ability to relax and elate those around her, Donatella’s technical expertise, infectious positivity and decades of industry experience has attracted clients nationwide. Her work includes cosmetic campaigns, independent designer collections, look books, accessory lines, modelling portfolios, musician promo, professional rebranding, portraiture and fine art photography. Her work has been featured in numerous publications both in and out of Australia.

A five minute drive from Byron Bay CBD Donatella’s fully equipped photography studio in Suffolk Park provides a relaxing and professional environment to see your visions realised. Only a minutes walk away Tallows Beach and Arakwal National Park provide a plethora of easily accessible locations in Australia’s stunning natural landscapes. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are available for use on site with contacts for Models/Hair/Makeup/Styling/Catering by request.

” My work is a blend of all the places I have been, the people i met and loved, the music I have danced, the books I have read and the art that i see and inspire me and keep the passion alive . It is a privilege to be standing on Bundjalung country, I am grateful with all my heart for being welcomed to such a beautiful corner of this planet, it is an honour to share this experience in this magical place. I respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this land the Bundjalung people. Together we acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of us and all children and people in this country we all live in and share together “. Donatella Parisini

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Nudge Nudge Wink Wink


Cunning Stunts presents the monthly Nudge Nudge Wink Wink sundown event. Family friendly with activities for kids, it's held on the first Sunday of the month at The Billinudgel Hotel. 

The party with a conscience is now a TICKETED monthly event running from September - June that brings the community together in an all inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents.

Food trucks, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special family friendly event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Bringing their together collective artistic skills, knowledge and community spirit to create awareness and generate funds for incredible local charities that tirelessly devote themselves to supporting and helping Northern NSW residents achieve a better quality of life.

he party with a conscience is now a TICKETED monthly event running from September - June that brings the community together in an all inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents.

Food trucks, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special family friendly event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Bringing their together collective artistic skills, knowledge and community spirit to create awareness and generate funds for incredible local charities that tirelessly devote themselves to supporting and helping Northern NSW residents achieve a better quality of life.

The core team - Darren & Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck & Dale Stephen tirelessly devote themselves to putting our fundraising events on every month as a charitable endeavor, assisted by our sponsors, supporting businesses and the nudgers - our amazing event patrons.

The season features an assortment of highly experienced, diverse and amazing local DJ’s playing deep and blissed-out Balearic beats, delicious dubs, left field excursions, oddball disco and killer obscurities are world class.

Raising over $54,000 thus far for local charities across 17 events, Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink eclectic events continue to set the bar.

Fundraising at their events is raised through ticket sales, vendor and attendees’ donations, merchandise sales and the selling of raffle tickets. 100% of profits donated to local well deserving charities.

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New Age Lager reminds us to preserve the beauty of our backyard... 

Set to quench thirsts as the weather heats up, Big Scrub - Stone & Wood's refreshing new age lager is back. Only brewed from time to time, Big Scrub will be going on tap and hitting shelves across the country mid October.

Protect your local rainforest! With only 1% left of the largest sub-tropical rainforest on the East coast, the remnants of Big Scrub serve as a reminder to preserve the natural beauty of our backyard, and are the inspiration for our Beers from our Backyard limited release.

Our Big Scrub is a new age lager. It’s different to traditional lagers by being dry hopped, using new world hops and it’s left unfiltered. It pours golden with a slight haze from extended cold maturation (5 weeks), with a luscious, creamy head. Big Scrub balances floral aromatics, spicy herbal notes and hints of citrus from the dry hopping. It has a dry, firm bitterness that makes for a moreish finish.

We are lucky to live in one of the greatest places on Earth, with an incredible hinterland that needs to be protected and appreciated. Big Scrub is our local rainforest, that once covered 75,000ha prior to European settlement. It was the largest area of subtropical rainforest on the East Coast of Australia, and is an important part of Australia’s rich biodiversity heritage.

For us, we are conscious of treading lightly on earth and are inspired by the incredible regeneration and restoration work of our local community, work that has helped save our local rainforest. Leading the charge is Big Scrub Landcare, a not-for-profit we continue to support, working together to raise awareness and actively preserve our hinterland.

Learn more about Stone & Wood + purchase online, visit

New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Craig Parry, opens Byron Bay gallery Byron Bay’s dynamic…

New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

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New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Craig Parry, opens Byron Bay gallery

Byron Bay’s dynamic arts scene is abuzz with the opening of a new gallery by internationally acclaimed nature photographer and local boy, Craig Parry.

Located on Fletcher Street, the gallery showcases Craig’s signature marine, aerial and landscape imagery. Each photograph presents everyday moments from unique perspectives with the focus primarily upon exhibiting images captured in the Byron Bay area.

The gallery has been a long-term project for Craig who has spent years capturing and curating content that would appeal to both a local and international market.

"My greatest inspiration is to connect humanity to nature through photography", says Craig. "I’m incredibly excited to share this passion with everyone and hope my images can act as a focal point to raise awareness for conservation and the beauty which can be found right on our doorstep".

To celebrate the gallery’s opening, this Friday (20th January) Craig will be launching an exhibition featuring some of his top images and unveiling a limited edition Migaloo print which has never been seen before!

Offering a wide variety of printing and framing options and finishes in addition to custom pieces there’s something on offer for all tastes and budgets. Head on down and check it out -

Gallery Address:

Shop 7, 8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm everyday
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The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2018

On 29 April, 2018, the five-star Elements of Byron Resort will play host to the 4th annual Byron…

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2018

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2018

On 29 April, 2018, the five-star Elements of Byron Resort will play host to the 4th annual Byron Bay International Fashion Festival, an event that celebrates the thriving Byron fashion scene. Attendees will be treated to an afternoon and evening of forward-thinking fashion, music, and performance.  

On 29 April, 2018, the five-star Elements of Byron Resort will play host to the 4th annual Byron Bay International Fashion Festival, an event that celebrates the thriving Byron fashion scene. Attendees will be treated to an afternoon and evening of forward-thinking fashion, music, and performance.  

Between runway shows, attendees can catch over 30 of latest award-winning fashion short films created by acclaimed directors and producers. The extensive film program adds depth to the festival, giving guests an insight into the fashion world.

A series of cutting-edge dance performances will complement the runway features and film program. Combining body art, fashion, design, and dance, these unique performances were commissioned by the Fashion Festival, giving designers the opportunity to collaborate with traditional dance companies.

Finally, an exciting all-female lineup of model DJs will set the scene and kick-start the party. Enjoy a fresh mix of contemporary tunes in the courtyard area and Festival bar from the early afternoon until the “Rock the Runway”cocktail party finishes at midnight. 

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is an opportunity for industry leaders, emerging designers, established brands, influencers, bloggers, buyers, and fashion enthusiasts to network, discover new trends, and make their mark on the booming Byron fashion scene.

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