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The Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay: An Australian Paradise

Taylor Shuman is a student at Chapman University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in  Newcastle, Australia.

Picture a beautiful beach town filled with white sand beaches and crystal blue water, endless delicious restaurants, whimsical artwork, locally owned shops and boutiques, and friendly barefoot locals. Once you’ve done that, do yourself a favour and buy a plane ticket to Byron Bay, because this beach town is one that you DON’T want to miss.

ere's one of the many incredible views from the Byron Bay Lighthouse

One of the many incredible views from the Byron Bay Lighthouse

If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of Byron Bay, which is one of the many reasons that this tropical destination is so special. Byron provides all the things that you love about a coastal destination without all of the crowds and traffic. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax! Here are a few of the things that I loved the most about Byron during my time there with ISA.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Byron Bay is home to the most eastern point in all of the Australian Mainland. The Bay’s Lighthouse sits atop a hill that gives you the perfect bird’s eye view of Byron’s beaches. You can even take a trail all the way down to the water.

A view of the trek up to the lighthouse. Just over the hill is the most eastern point of Australia!

A view of the trek up to the lighthouse. Just over the hill is the most eastern point of Australia!

Endless Outdoor Activities

There’s so much room for activities! Okay but seriously, there are SO many adventures to be had right in the heart of Byron. You can catch some waves with the incredibly rad surf instructors at Mojo Surf, sea kayak while hanging out with dolphins, turtles, and whales, and even go skydiving if you really want to get your adrenaline pumping.

Here's a shot my roomie Courtney took after an eventful kayaking trip

Here’s a shot my roomie Courtney took after an eventful kayaking trip

Food Food Food!

The only bad thing about the food in Byron Bay is that you’ll have far too many mouth-watering options to choose from. The streets are lined with cafés, restaurants, bars, and dessert shops, each with their own unique atmosphere and menu. Not only is the food amazing, but also many of Byron’s restaurants offer healthy, organic, and fresh options. You really can’t go wrong. Check out my favourite spot, Byron Fresh Café, for its artistic atmosphere and the best sweet potato fries in town!

 Even the Arts Factory, the hostile I stayed in, has a great café. I took this photo of the hostile while sipping on one of their delicious smoothies

Even the Arts Factory, the hostel I stayed in, has a great café. I took this photo of the hostel while sipping on one of their delicious smoothies

Artistic Atmosphere 

Byron is filled with beautiful murals, street artists, and musicians to enjoy. The town is bursting with creativity and artistic vibes. You can often grab dinner or spend a day at the beach while listening to a local musician perform nearby. As you walk down the street make sure to stop and check out the artists creating masterpieces right on the sidewalk.

This mural was painted on the side of my cabin at the Arts Factory. It was one of my favorites!

This mural was painted on the side of my cabin at the Arts Factory. It was one of my favorites!

To sum it all up, Byron Bay is the ideal destination for foodies, art lovers, beach bums, and outdoor enthusiasts. So grab some shades and get beachin’!

 

 

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