Australia's bohemian capital and quintessential surf town needs very little introduction. Drawing in travellers with a hankering for salty days and balmy nights, Byron Bay travel has become the postcard of the Australian holiday; a place where many decide to pull up camp and stay a little longer. However much you've daydreamed about its natural beauty and enviable way of life, this perfectly balanced area is likely to exceed your expectations. The typical day in Byron Bay might start with a coffee at Top Shop, taken in hand for a stroll past the milky lighthouse that stands at Cape Byron, the most eastern point of Australia. As the sun rises a little higher you'll likely pull up in the crystal bay of soft waves known as Wategoes, where taking a dip in the ocean and spotting of pod of dolphins will leave you sufficiently energised for the day. Later - after a chicken parma and a few ciders at the pub - you may feel inclined to unwind into the town's spiritual side with a crystal healing session or tarot card reading. That's if you haven’t already overdosed on spiritual Zen with a trip into the mountains to see rainbows in the radical town of Nimbin and admire local works of art at Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah. Live music, surfing lessons and a whole lot of shopping and Byron Bay will be well and truly under your skin. Whether you stay a few days or few weeks you’ll always be left wanting more - Byron Bay is a place travellers get hooked on.
Currency: Australian Dollar
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Dialing Code: +61
Time Zone: GMT +10:00
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When a naughty treat and fresh Australian fruits collide, you know you are onto a good thing. Layers of meringue and whipped cream make for a textured dessert delight, topped with numerous berries, passionfruit and occasionally kiwifruit. Take a day trip to Mavis’s Kitchen by Mount Warning for homemade free-range egg pavlova you’ll dream of forever.
Best eaten at - Mavis’s Kitchen, 64 Mount Warning Rd, Uki NSW 2484
Traditionally this may be an Italian dish, but parmigiana has well and truly established itself as an Australian favourite. Settle yourself in at Byron's iconic beachfront pub for a slab of chicken lathered in a tomato sauce and topped with grilled cheese. Hot tip: The Aussies have abbreviated its name, look out for the word "parma" or "parmy" on pub menus.
Best eaten at - Beach Hotel, 1 Bay St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
There's nothing Australians love more than kicking off a day of outdoor adventures with a hearty breakfast. Join the crowd of locals at Bayleaf for a tempting menu featuring the likes of spiced rhubarb with yoghurt, pancakes covered in fresh berries, and eggs with avocado in numerous variations.
Best eaten at - Bayleaf Cafe, 2A Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Adopting the art of afternoon tea from their British ancestors, Australians have a knack for baking great banana bread to serve with a hot brew in the hours between lunch and dinner. Its best tried in Byron Bay’s Succulent Cafe as a follow on from lunch of dumpling salad with ponzu sauce.
Best eaten at - Succulent Cafe, Shop 3 8 Byron St, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
One of very few food items that Australians can call their very own, the yeast extract food spread of Vegemite is an acquired taste that makes many foreigners squirm. Found in just about every supermarket across the country, it should be spread lightly over buttered toast for the perfect Vegemite introduction.
Best eaten at - DIY at a local supermarket