Hi Urbansome community! Firstly, I would like to introduce myself – my name’s Roy, I am 38 years old, I have a wife, a daughter and two golden retrievers 🙂 But most importantly for everyone here, I come from a small town that I love to bits – Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. I hope you guys will enjoy reading about my lovely place as much as I enjoy writing and talking about it!
OK, so to begin with, Byron Bay is located in south-eastern Australia around 100 miles south of Brisbane. There are only around 5000 people here, but that is one of the factors which makes Byron Bay amazing! We feel like we are one big community, where everyone knows each other, therefore, when tourists come over, we treat them like our personal guests that come to visit the “house” of this one big “family”. Sounds good so far doesn’t it?
Why did I call it “surfers’ paradise” in the title? Well, let me explain. Because of our amazing subtropical climate, you will probably spend most of your time in the water. You can swim, you can scuba dive, snorkel and much more. Nonetheless, Byron Bay is known world wide for its beautiful big waves! And what else does the hardcore (or amateur for that matter) surfer need? And trust me, up until today I do not take this for granted, still go surfing regularly!
Hmm… I should have also probably added the “bohemian paradise” in the title, well, mostly because Byron Bay is also famous for having one of the highest concentration of creative professionals outside the capital cities like film makers, musicians, designers, writers and many more. Perhaps that is one of the main reasons why Byron hosts two of Australia’s most popular music festivals – Byron Bluesfest and Splendour in the Grass. OK, I will admit it, I also did have dreadlocks and wore colourful shirts back in the 80s… 🙂
OK, let’s move to some of the specific attractions and some photos of Byron that make me proud.
Our beautiful Watego Beach is in a superb location - just below the Cape Byron lighthouse. It has been rated as one of the top 20 beach locations in the world!
Byron Bay Lighthouse & Conservation Area
Our famous lighthouse attracts more than 500,000 visitors a year. It is a popular site for whale watching, as Southern Cross University's Whale Research Centre is located there. Open from sunrise to sunset!
Kayaking in Byron Bay
Doesn't this look like a desktop wallpaper? Well, if you come to my town, you will be in the wallpaper yourself.
Some of the local fauna: Rainbow Lorikeet
As I mentioned above, we have got a very appealing subtropical climate which is greatly appreciated by various animal species - like this Rainbow Lorikeet for example!
Having a coastal walk or just observing it will leave you breathless... I have to warn you though, you might never want to leave after seeing this!
Scuba diving and snorkelling
If you love to scuba dive or snorkel, Byron Bay is just what you are looking for! Stunning coral reefs, tortoises, whales and incredible variety of other marine life makes it unforgettable!
Our gorgeous Belongil beach is a very popular place to stay in Byron because it is so quiet, yet so close to the action which makes it perfect for couples and families alike. There's also a popular surf spot called "The Wreck" which is approximately 30 metres off the shore of Belongil Beach.
Surfing, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing
There's a selection of surfing schools and tutors available in Byron so it doesn't matter what's the level of your surfing skills, I promise you will be just fine! Did I already mention that my town is referred to as surfers' paradise? Oh yes... I did...
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