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Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country. Surrounded by dense forests and sporting long sandy beaches, the town exudes a laid-back atmosphere favored by younger travelers, artists, and nature lovers. Surfing ranks among the top things to do at Byron Bay, and each year hundreds come here to catch the perfect wave. The town's population of around 5,000 increases exponentially at high season, especially during its numerous festivals. Probably the busiest and the rowdiest period in Byron Bay is between late November and mid-December, when high school graduates flock to the town during "schoolies week." Byron Bay is in Byron Shire. Add Byron Bay and other Australia destinations to your travel plans using our Australia trip planner.
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Mainland Australia's easternmost town is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative lifestyles and hedonistic pursuits. Unwind in mainland Australia's easternmost town. It's home to excellent beaches, lush rainforests, great regional dining and new-age retreats. You won't want to leave. Domestic flights arrive at Ballina Airport, a 25 minute drive south of Byron Bay, or at Gold Coast Airport, a 45 minute drive north of Byron Bay. Many people choose to drive to Byron Bay: it’s about a nine hour drive north from Sydney or a two hour drive south from Brisbane.