Byron Bay, population 6100 is a charming, alternative, seaside village. Only local shop owners populate the town centre, there are no commercialised chains here. Locals are surfers, hippies or just people in search of a calmer lifestyle away from the big city. Visitors outnumber the locals but everyone slides easily into Byron time.
There are 30 kilometres, 18.8 miles of almost unbroken beaches around Byron Bay township so there are plenty to choose from if you want to get away.
A working lighthouse sits atop the 100 metre, 109.4 yard high cliffs of Cape Byron, which is the most easterly point of mainland Australia.
Cape Byron offers spectacular ocean views and is a great spot to watch for dolphins and whales. A walkway back to town along the Byron beaches takes you along boardwalks through the sub tropical coastal vegetation.
Watego Beach, the first beach west of Cape Byron, is popular with surfers as it is the only beach on the eastern seaboard to face north.