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From Australia Backpackers Guide

If you are willing to go on a road trip on the east coast, unmissable spots aren’t lacking from Brisbane to Sydney. Among them, Byron Bay, small piece of paradise situated 2 hours away from Brisbane and 10 hours away from Sydney wins our heart.

Byron Bay, city with good aura

The reputation of this little hippy and out of time city isn’t to be made. Tone is set as soon as you drive past the entry sign “Cheer up, slow down, chill out!”. You are walking into a chilled country where stress has been given up. Take your shoes off and let go.

The main street is where most shops are gathered and takes you directly to the beach. In 30 minutes you will have been around the centre composed mainly of hippies and surfers shop and little cafes. Don’t look for a Mc Donald’s, there is none.
There is something special and positive in the atmosphere. People are walking with no shoes on and couples kiss everywhere in the street. You won’t be able to count campervans going pass you with surfboard on top and mattress at the back.

At the end of the main street, at the Wreck Lockout, you can enjoy a stunning view over the beach and mountains. This little square is a meeting point for musicians, couples and groups of friends particularly around Sunset.

The main beach, reputed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, gathers locals and tourists from morning to night: yoga lessons, capoeira trainings, fire dancers occupy the space. As well as most Australian beaches, sand is thin and the surf is great.

What to do in Byron Bay?

Byron’s lighthouse and its amazing view

A few kilometres away from the town centre, at the top of the hill, Byron’s lighthouse dominates the town and offers a stunning view over the ocean and surroundings. You are at the most eastern point of Australia; from each side you can see wild landscapes. There are amazing beaches: Tallow beach south, Clarkes beach and Wategos beach east, surrounded by forests and blue mountains.

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