11 reasons to include Byron Bay in your customer’s Australian itinerary

It’s easy to get there. Byron Bay is Australia’s eastern most-town, and the first place in Australia to see the sunrise, every day. Ten minutes from the Pacific Highway, two hours south of Brisbane, 45 minutes from Gold Coast Airport and 25 minutes from Ballina-Byron Airport, a transfer with Go Byron from any of these ports will have your clients slipping into Byron time by midday!

An authentically Australian beach holiday. Chilling out on one of Byron’s blissfully beautiful beaches is guaranteed to put you in holiday mode. Byron Bay Cottages are operated by NSW National Parks, and offer beautifully restored two and three bedroom cottages on prime beachfront land and heritage Lighthouse Keepers Cottages with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Byron Bay and its surrounds enjoy a temperate to subtropical climate all year round. It really is the “Goldilocks zone”; not too hot, not too cold, just about right. Experience this from the prime waterfront locations of Reflections Holiday Parks in Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads or Lennox Head. Spacious villas, cabins and motorhome and campervan sites paired with Byron’s idyllic climate make this an inspired accommodation choice.

Barefoot Luxury. Byron’s natural beauty and personality attracts discerning travellers from around the globe. Its distinctive brand of barefoot luxury attracts the world’s wealthy and famous who know Byron as a place they can blend in with the locals.  Inspired by the coastal elements that surround it, the five star Elements of Byron is the absolute beachfront resort of choice in Byron Bay if you’re seeking understated luxury with attention to detail.

Inspired by nature for millennia. Cape Byron is the home of the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung nation, who have lived in the coastal landscape of Byron Shire for over 22,000 years. Either side of Cape Byron, there are secluded beaches, rocky cliffs and dramatic coastline. An eco-cruise with Out Of The Blue Adventures provides a unique ocean-side perspective from which to experience this coastline, learn about the Dreamtime stories and marine ecology through in-depth commentary from a Marine Biologist. 

Whales, dolphins and turtles. Cape Byron Marine Park is a sanctuary for marine life. A must-do experience is getting up close-up and personal with dolphins, turtles and whales (in season from May to November) on a guided ocean-kayaking tour with Cape Byron Kayaks. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether the squeals and squeaks of joy are coming from the dolphins frolicking in the aqua-clear water or those paying them a visit from land!

It will invigorate your mind, body and spirit. Byron’s sub-tropical hinterland is home to breathtaking beauty and creative energy. Twenty minutes from Byron Bay, the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens is the biggest and most beautiful crystal collection in the world, set amid subtropical landscaped gardens. It’s a place of tranquility that truly embodies Byron’s healthy mind, body and spirit ethos.  

It’s the real surfers’ ‘paradise’. Byron’s wave rich coastline is unspoilt by urban development, with beaches from Brunswick Head to Lennox Head offering some of Australia’s best surfing. Depending where you go, it has great appeal for both beginners and pros. Byron’s Main Beach is an ideal place for beginners to experience the thrill of catching a wave, and multi-award winning Let’s Go Surfing are the local specialists at changing lives, one wave at a time, through lessons focused on safety, fun, connecting with nature and personal challenge.

Domestic and international flight connections. Byron is a well-known self-drive destination, but it’s also one of Australia’s most accessible regional destinations with unrivalled access from three airports. This means you include Byron in a multi-sector itinerary connecting destinations like Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin, Alice Springs, Tasmania and Perth with affordable one-way fares. There’s also direct access to New Zealand, the US, and Asia via international airports at Coolangatta and Brisbane. The most convenient and official gateway to the region is Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport. With no traffic getting in and out of the airport, up to 58 direct flights a week connecting with Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle and a $7 million terminal upgrade,  it’s the most hassle-free way to get to and from Byron as part of an Australian itinerary. 

Your taste buds will love it. The Byron region’s subtropical climate and volcanic soil sustain lots of things to eat and drink. Coffee, macadamia, pecan, grains, tea, cheese, olives, herbs, spices, aromatics, tropical fruit, vegetables, edible flowers, meats and seafood are all grown or made in abundance. Restaurateurs, brewers, chefs, baristas and entrepreneurs bring their talents to collaborate with farmers and producers who share their passion for authentic, honest food and beverages with provenance in the region. The food and drinks created and offered by Three Blue Ducks, Stone & Wood Brewery, Beach Byron Bay and Cape Byron Distillery are some of Byron’s quality, epicurean experiences you should not miss. 

We support responsible travel. are proud to support Take 3. Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 is building a global movement of people who are connected to the planet. Supported by Byron Shire Council, “Take 3 for Byron” is our sustainable tourism campaign aimed at keeping the beaches, Marine Parks and waterways that attract over two million visitors to the Byron Shire annually, plastic free.  The message is simple, but powerful. “Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave Byron’s beaches, waterways and natural places, and you have made a difference”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: