There are some places that you visit that are beautiful and have everything that makes a travel destination perfect except one thing: they don’t have any atmosphere.
I arrived in Byron in a horrible state. The overnight bus from Sydney took 12 hours which I can deal with, except that I’d been up all night previously with food poisoning. I was happy and relieved when the bus pulled into Byron, a small surfy town full of hippies and gorgeous little cafes and shops. Byron is a huge contrast to busy Sydney, it seems like everyone knows each other here and anyone you talk to tells you their failed plans of moving on from here, it’s a place that it seems travellers struggle to leave.
Byron has a sprawling white sand beach and a decent amount of varied nightlife to keep you entertained for as long as you want to stay. There’s lots of coastal destinations in Australia who have both of these but Byron has its laid-back, friendly vibe that sets it apart from the others and what makes me love it so much.
Byron is exactly what I imagined Australia to be like and I’m so glad we were able to spend as long as we did here. Despite its size there’s lots to do here such as learning to surf, visiting the lighthouse or partaking in the many yoga classes on offer.
Byron, I’ll be back one day!