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It’s fitting that Byron Bay was named after one of Lord Byron’s relatives, because there’s poetry in the air around these parts – as well as incense, art and an all-round bohemian vibe. Once known as a hippy hangout, this sunny corner of New South Wales still attracts dreamers, free spirits and bongo-brandishers, but is now equally popular with couples looking for romantic spa getaways, and families lured in by the sublime beaches. The surf here is famous, so even newbies may be tempted to grab a board and hit the waves, while simply gazing out at the landscape come sunset is worth the trip alone. With plenty of nightspots nearby where you can mingle with fellow visitors, Byron Bay holiday rentals are perfectly placed to provide a beach getaway to remember.
A trip to this dreamy part of Australia is all about taking it easy. And there’s no better way to relax than settling into one of the holiday apartments in Byron Bay. Instead of feeling like just another temporary tourist in a hotel, you can sit back on the sofa of your spacious living area, gaze out the window and imagine yourself as a true Byron Bay local. As well as offering privacy and a lot more space than a typical guestroom, Byron Bay holiday rentals are also perfectly placed for getting to and from the sun-speckled coast, and also for browsing the local farmers’ markets for tasty local ingredients which you can then enjoy in your own kitchen or dining area.
Main Beach, directly in front of the town centre, is the most popular hangout with backpackers, New Age travellers and families alike. It’s perfect for basking and people-watching. Meanwhile, seasoned surfers will want to take on the waves over at the Pass. For spine-tingling views across the ocean, head to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Perched on Australia’s most easterly point, this still-functioning lighthouse provides the perfect place to gaze out and feel your soul swoon. Speaking of your inner being, you’ll feel soothed right down to your core when you visit one of the many serene spas near Byron Bay holiday apartments. From aromatherapy and reflexology to reiki and acupuncture, all kinds of luxurious treatments are offered amid tropical gardens. Whale watching is another favourite pastime here, while – if you want to explore some more of the mainland – you can trek into the lush Arakwal National Park.
Byron Bay is pretty compact, which makes it easy to get around on your own 2 feet. In fact, you won’t really need to think about public transport at all when you’re here – though comfy shoes are recommended if you think you’ll want to take a break from the beaches and discover the hinterland. Another option for exploration is hiring a car, which will let you take day trips out to nearby communities like the countercultural haven of Nimbin.