Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay is an idyllic seaside retreat famed for its laidback vibe. Families love the beaches, surfers love the waves and the town’s bohemian lifestyle has attracted the beautiful people to the huge range of holistic health treatments here. Nowadays it's more mainstream than it used to be, but there’s still a definite cosmic vibe.
Outdoors types will be in heaven here. Sea kayaking, hang gliding, diving and snorkelling are all available in or around Byron; you can play golf at Byron Bay Golf Club or take a tranquil flight in a hot air balloon over Mount Warning. Humpback whales can be spotted migrating north in May and June, and again later in the year, around September and October, when they return to the bay to frolic and show off their new calves – you can take a boat trip, or watch from the lighthouse headland.
Avoid the busy summer months: Byron Bay is a big favourite on the backpacker circuit. It’s preferable to come out of season and avoid the crowds.