They say some places never leave you - for me, Byron Bay is one of them. Located in the state of New South Wales, Byr offers those beaches – you know the ones you picture when you hear “Australia.” Not only does Byr offer some of the most gorgeous beaches, but it’s home to a plethora of activities – from kayaking with dolphins to surfing, from skydiving to paragliding to whale watching – this town has something for nearly everyone.
Byron Bay lives and breathes the Aussie motto of “No Worries.” Everyone does their own thing and frankly, no one cares. All different kinds of music can be heard while walking down the beach or streets – from techno to reggae. Walking barefoot in your bathing suit is the unspoken dress code. You will also be greeted with the sounds and smells of blenders whipping up fresh and fruity smoothies, grills sizzling up burgers, that “pssh” of beers being opened. Sure, you’ll hear that sexy Aussie accent, but Byron is quickly becoming a hot destination for people around the world. So, you’ll be sure to hear Spanish, Portuguese, German, and so on.
Whether you party all night or choose to rise early, there is one thing that brings everyone together – and that is the magnificent sunrise. The lighthouse of Byron Bay offers the most easterly tip of continental Australia. So what’s the big deal? This means that you catch the sunrise before the rest of the country. It’s practically a sacred ritual that locals and tourists alike partake in. The unspoken, but understood silence as people wait for the sun to peak its way over the ocean is only broken with the hoots and hollers when it does finally rise.This routine may seem small in nature, but the idea and practice of celebrating the gift of another day here on earth is humbling and meaningful.
If the beauty and contagiously happy vibe of Byron Bay doesn’t get you there, perhaps the town’s way of reminding you to never take a day for granted will.
P.S. Chris Hemsworth and his family just moved there, so that’s an added bonus.
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