The world is bigger than we could possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. I am inspired by each of your stories, just waiting to be told.Byron Bay is the kind of place that people go to for a week’s holiday. Then they discover the magical lighthouse sunsets and sunrises, feel pure bliss as they stand on one of the amazing beaches staring out at the Pacific Ocean, and spend nights listening to extraordinarily talented buskers, one after another. Fast forward six months and they’re still there, with at least one dreadlock or hairwrap and clothed entirely in tye-dye.
Byron does that to you. Never have I visited somewhere where so much talent has been stuffed into my consciousness at once. Artists, hula hoopers, fire spinners, singers… you name it, there will be a world-class act excelling at it; that you’d pay good money to see anywhere else.But even if you’re not a performer, you’ll be welcome in Byron Bay; as long as you’ve got a smile on your face and love in your heart. The people of Byron Bay are part of the reason why people stay so long; the beautiful surroundings seem to act as an invisible magnet to draw the most inspiring and positive people. If you ever need a boost of serotonin, head over to Byron Bay.
Byron’s got beautiful beaches, each with its own name and quirky characteristic. ‘The Wreck’ is aptly named because there’s a shipwreck offshore, ‘The Pass’ has a huge viewing rock where whales can be spotted in the right season, and ‘Tallows’ offers beautiful white, often deserted, sands and quite often dolphins.Speaking of marine life, there’s plenty of that underneath Byron Bay. Just as different nationalities perfectly fuse in harmony in the town of Byron, under the sea both coral life and cold water fish blend seamlessly to create a unique marine environment. It’s a fantastic place for diving and snorkelling.Other unique things to do in Byron Bay include dancing at the nightly drum circle or climbing up to the lighthouse for sunset – or even better, sunrise – where, as it’s the most Easternly point of Australia, you can be the first in the country to catch the light and welcome in another day.The jungle meets the sea at Byron Bay, and there’s plenty of places to relish in the trees too. The Tree Sanctuary is a short walk from Byron Bay’s town centre and offers the chance to really be alone in the jungle, on an elevated boardwalk. There’s denser jungle in the area but do remember to take precautions if exploring these – snakes and spiders love Byron Bay too!If you want to brush up on your music skills, have a didjeridoo lesson or attend an African drumming workshop at the Arts Factory Hostel (where you can live in a tent, if you desire!). Or try out a meditation, yoga or sound healing workshop or have a reiki (spiritual healing) treatment. If there’s one place to do it, it’s Byron Bay.The hinterland is pretty gorgeous too. With a range of waterfalls, a few national parks, a rainbow temple and a crystal castle and (of course) beach after beach after beach; the Northern New South Wales/ South Queensland region is nothing short of spectacular.
So come and visit for a few days, a few weeks, or find a job in Byron Bay and move here. If you like music, beaches, spirituality and love, Byron Bay is the place for you.Claire is a British travel blogger on a mission to get to the heart of places by overland adventures. She writes about eco-travel and travelling with purpose, by slow travelling and adventuring overland, on her blog. She’s spent lots of time in the UK, Guatemala and China and she is currently road tripping through Australia. Keep updated with her adventures over on Claire’s Footsteps on Facebook and Instagram!
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