Guide to Byron Bay, NSW Australia.

Byron Bay is situated on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland and provides a haven for people seeking a relaxed and somewhat alternative lifestyle. Travellers of all types meet here and are well catered for. Whether you are backpacking on a budget or living with the Jet-set, Byron Bay will appeal.

Highlights include:

The Cape Byron Headland Reserve - Take a leisurely stroll from Byron’s main beach, up to the lighthouse and on along the walking track to Australia’s most easterly point. Hire a surfboard and try your luck at Clarks Beach. Have a BBQ at Little Wategos Beach (combining the backdrop of some of Australia’s most exclusive real estate with wonderful views of  the South Pacific Ocean and Byron Hinterland). Go scuba diving at Julian Rocks, breeding ground of the Grey Nurse shark. Make a leap of faith and go tandem hang-gliding above Byron’s lighthouse

Guide to Ballina, NSW Australia.

Ballina is situated at the mouth of the beautiful Richmond River, approximately 30 minutes drive south of Byron Bay. Ballina has traditionally been seen as Byron Bay’s poor cousin, catering for family’s requiring a low cost holiday alternative. Ballina has many caravan parks and reasonably priced motels. In recent times Ballina has undergone a transformation. Development of the township’s River-front and shopping precincts, combined with the arrival of boutique accommodation has seen a resurgence in popularity for the town.

Highlights include:

Swimming, fishing or surfing at one of the many unspoilt beaches within walking distance of the town centre. Hire a BBQ deck boat and cook a BBQ while cruising the Richmond River. Pay a visit to Ballina’s maritime museum and see the Las Balsas raft – A 46 feet long Balsa wood raft that made the journey from Ecuador, across the Pacific to Ballina, in 178 days. Hire a bike and ride the cycleway to the East Ballina lookout – stopping on the way for lunch at Shelly Beach or Shaw’s Bay. Catch the ferry to South Ballina and try surf fishing at South Ballina Beach.

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