Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Byron Bay

Australia’s easternmost coastal town, Byron Bay is said to be a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgence.

Here are Tourism Australia's Top Five ways to experience Byron's magic:

1. With sand between your toes
  • Surf Wategos and Main Beach, or popular surf break The Pass
  • Today visitors come to Byron’s beaches for meditation, massage, hang gliding, walks and sheltered swimming as much as tubular waves
  • Kayak with dolphins from Main Beach 
  • Snorkel or scuba dive at Julian Rocks Marine Park
  • Horse-riding and beach fishing on Seven Mile Beach, near Lennox Head
  • Wind along the peninsula on the Cape Byron Walking Track 
  • See the sunrise turn the Cape Byron lighthouse pink.
2. With good food
  • Buy exotic fruit from the famous monthly Byron Bay Community Markets
  • Stop at a roadside stall for coffee, avocadoes and macadamias
  • Enjoy everything from sinful breakfasts to fresh juices and gelato in Byron’s thriving cafés 
  • Dine on carefully-prepared organic fare at award-winning restaurants and luxury 
  • Sit down to a leisurely lunch of local seafood
3. With your pulse racing
  • Soar like a bird over the Cape Byron Lighthouse and Wategos Beach on a tandem hanglide. 
  • Float over the beaches and subtropical countryside in a hot air balloon 
  • Freefall above it on a skydive
  • Learn to surf from Main Beach
  • Four wheel drive through the rainbow-fractured waterfalls and rainforest of Byron’s hinterland. 
  • Swing from a high-flying trapeze Byron’s Circus Arts Trapeeze School 
  • Horse ride in the hills of Bangalow
4. With nature all around
  • Walk the Cape Byron Track, and be one of the first people in Australia to see the sunrise Wind through the thick rainforests, rare coastal vegetation and windswept cliffs of the Cape Byron Headland Reserve
  • Watch humpback whales migrate along the coast between May and November and spot turtles, rays, dolphins and harmless sharks in the clear water 
  • Hike to the rim of an ancient volcano and take in views of Gondwanan forest and farmland in Mount Warning National Park
  • In Nightcap National Park, you can walk to the base of Minyon Falls and meet nocturnal animals on a night vision bushwalk
5. In deep, relaxing bliss
  • Find inner peace at a meditation retreat or lying on an unspoilt beach. 
  • Unwind with yoga, pilates, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, reiki and day spa treatments at one of Byron’s many rainforest-fringed retreats. 
  • Get an astrology, tarot or psychic reading or sit with a visiting guru. 
It’s all part of the magical Byron experience!

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