Byron Bay is a famous beachside town in the far-northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales, near the border to Queensland. The town is home to sweeping surf beaches, lush rainforests, great dining and homely retreats. One of the best places to unwind in Australia.
If you have an extra two or more days to spare after visiting Sydney, we suggest taking a short trip to Byron Bay. If you are visiting Brisbane, you could also drive down to Byron Bay.
Byron Bay is located 772km (480 miles) north of Sydney and 165km (103 miles) south of Brisbane.
How to get there:
It will take you approximately 9 hours car or bus ride, or you can board a plane for a 1-hour-and 15-mins flight from Sydney to Byron Bay via Gold Coast airports or small regional airports located in Ballina and Lismore. However, if you are coming from Brisbane, it is only a 2-hour drive away.
For thousands of years, the local Arakwal Aboriginal people named the place Cavvanbah, which means “meeting place”. They came to the Bay to swap stories, find marriage partner and trades.
In 1770, the history of Europeans began in Byron Bay. Lieutenant James Cook found a safe anchorage and name Cape Byron after his navigator, grandfather of the future poet, Lord Byron.
Weather in Byron Bay:
Byron Bay enjoys are subtropical climate with hot, wet summers and mild, dry winters. It’s mild, temperate climate makes it a perfect place to holiday all year round.
- Summer months are December, January and February, with January being the hottest and most humid month.
- Rainy seasons are also during summer, with rains in the evening. February is the wettest month. Please avoid visiting during this month if you don’t like too much rain.
- Winter is during June, July and August. Winters are pleasant with daily maximums of 19C (66F) and a minimum of 11C (52F) on average. July is the coolest month of the year while August is the driest with least rain fall.
Highlights of Byron Bay:
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Cape Byron Lighthouse at Captain Cook Lookout is the trademark of Byron Bay. The lighthouse was built in 1901 at the most easterly point of the Australia mainland.
Inside, there are maritime and nature displays. You can also venture to the top of the lightthouse if you take one of the volunteer-run tours, which operates from 10am to 3pm on gold-coin donation. There is also a café here to chill and enjoy the view.
Be sure to catch Australia’s first sunrise that turn the lighthouse pink.
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