Sometimes on our travels it is not the big cities but the small towns that can be the most charming of all. This is certainly true for one of Australia's unique beach destinations Byron Bay. Located on the North Coast of New South Wales this relaxed town is home to a population of approximately 9,000 locals and is adored by countless Australian and international travellers each year. Whether you're a surfer, foodie, family or festival goer, here is a teaser of what awaits you in this secluded coastal destination.
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The Bay's main thoroughfare and surrounding streets offer plenty to explore. From locally sourced cafes and unique Australian fashion labels to spontaneous alleyway music performances, this eclectic town promises to excite each and every one of your senses. At the end of a long shopping day, relax in the sunlight and sea air of Main Beach or better yet, skip the shops and head straight to one of the Bay’s sparkling beaches for the day. For something more secluded visit Wategos Beach or make the trip to nearby seaside village Lennox Head and enjoy a breathtaking coastal walk.
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A delicious and fresh meal is also not difficult to find in Byron Bay as the town is surrounded by an active farming and livestock community that the array of cafés and restaurants have taken full advantage of. Indulge in a sunny and quiet brunch at 'Bayleaf' café located just outside of the main thoroughfare, or sit and people watch with a local cider or freshly baked muffin in hand at 'Byron Fresh Café' situated in the heart of Byron Bay. In the afternoon, be sure to end your day right by enjoying a cold drink by the water’s edge at the iconic 'Beach Hotel' whilst admiring the sunset.
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For some extra magic, be sure to time your visit to Byron Bay during one of the town's annual music festivals. Despite it falling in the winter months, the most recent of the festivals 'Splendour in the Grass’ (held at the end of July) was met with sunshine, positive vibes, outrageous fashion and fantastic performances. Leading up to the three day festival the energy of anticipation in Byron town is promised to be electric as people from all over Australia and the world come together for this unique celebration. At the festival there is more than just music to enjoy as the local parklands are transformed into a colourful wonderland scattered with food markets, craft stalls, beer gardens and lots of glitter.
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