Byron Bay was named by Captain James Cook on 15 May 1770, after John Byron, a navigator and the grandfather of the poet Lord Byron.
It is famous for its relaxed way of life. It is a former whaling station that is now a very popular holiday resort renowned for its magnificent surfing beaches. It is has no sky scrapers, traffic lights or parking meters. Go scuba diving, sky diving, surfing, swimming, hiking, whale watching or just sit down and relax!
The uniqueness of the people who reside here reflects in the galleries, boutiques and shops with New Age offerings.
Julian Rocks is located approximately 3 Kilometres offshore via boat. It is one of Australia's top dive spots providing shelter and food for more than 500 tropical and temperate fish species.
The grey nurse sharks come to Julian Rocks during the winter months. In spring the blue tang (blue body and yellow tail) visit. And in summer the big eyed trevally appear. During mid-summer the leopard sharks can be seen most of the time. From summer to autumn the manta rays cruise the waters. And at different times throughout the year you can see wobbegong sharks, turtles, cuttlefish, moray eels, giant guitar fish, shovel nose rays and white spotted eagle rays. Not to forget the magnificent colourful sponges, tunicates and corals. From May till September the Humpback whales come past Byron Bay and can easily be spotted from the boat. And keep an eye out for the dolphins!
Note: Under the Fisheries and Oyster Farms Regulation - disturbing, injuring or removal of all forms of marine fauna within a 500 metre radius of the reserve is prohibited.
Cape Byron - Famous Lighthouse
Byron Bay Markets - Held 1st Sunday each month - Butler Street Reserve
Arakwal National Park -The park Stretches south along Tallow Beach from Cape Byron for nearly two kilometres consisting of one hundred and eighty three hectares. The Arakwal Aboriginal people are the acknowledged custodians of the Byron Bay area and retain a strong role and interest in the maintenance, protection and management of Aboriginal cultural values.
East Coast Blues and Roots Festival - [Easter] Dozens of acts over the 5-day festival
Billy Cart Derby, Bangalow [May] - The main street of town is blocked off to traffic
Nimbin Mardi Grass - [May] Parade down the town's main street
Kicking Arts Festival, Byron - [July] Sculpture, mime, painting, music, comedy and satire. During the month local artists present their work or put on performances from their Byron Bay shop windows, parks, streets and cafes
Whale Watch Season - [June-July] Cape Byron, is an excellent place to watch the annual migration of humpback whales, moving from feeding grounds in the Antarctic, northwards to give birth in the warm equatorial waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
Splendour in the Grass - [July] Music Festival
Byron Writers Festival - [August] The festival is designed to "amuse, challenge and stimulate," giving readers a rare opportunity to get together with their favourite writers. Program covers fiction, non-fiction, theatre and film writing, poetry and prose. Staged at the Byron Bay Beach Club; increasing in popularity each year.
Byron Bay Whale and Dolphin Festival - [September]
A Taste of Byron - [September] Local cuisine festival. Live music and food/wine sampling.
Yoga Play Byron Bay - [October]
Buzz Film Festival - [November]
Byron Bay and the surrounding coastline is one of the best areas for surfing in Australia. Check out the following surf breaks:-The Wreck, The Pass, Watego's, Cosy Corner
Main Beach - Popular family beach located at the end of Byron Bay's main street.
Surfing Beach - The Pass at Clark's Beach
Watego's Surfing Beach - malibu's and longer boards especially
Surfing and fishing beach : Cosy Corner at Tallow Beach
Broken Head Beach : Located 7km south of Main Beach. A quiet isolated beach set amongst palms, pandanus trees and other subtropical natives. Perfect for a picnic at any time.