Byron Bay is a coastal town in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, located just off the Pacific Highway, approximately 800km north of Sydney and 175km south of Brisbane. Nearby Cape Byron is the easternmost point on the Australian mainland.
Byron Bay is famed worldwide for its surfing beaches, scuba diving, whale watching, rural beauty and a laidback lifestyle. It is one of Australia's major tourist destinations, both for international and domestic tourists. Byron Bay and its surrounding area have a population of about 30,000. The area has experienced a dramatic increase in tourism now standing at more than 1.7 million visitors per year. The community of Suffolk Park lies a five minute drive south of Byron, along Tallows Beach. It offers a quieter alternative to the heart of Byron, but for most services you will find yourself making the trip into Byron. The towns of Bangalow and Nimbin lie inland, under an hour's drive away. Lennox Head and Ballina are to the south. There are many thriving home-based businesses focussed on alternative, holistic, cultural and knowledge industries, with a growing population of artists, writers and film makers. Byron Bay is renowned for capturing the hearts of the people that visit. Many people end up staying. The community spirit in Byron Bay and the surrounding areas is strong. There are many people and groups doing their bit to help. For more information about the spirit of Byron and how to get involved with this work go to The Real Byron Bay website and read the interviews