Of all our utopian beachfronts, nothing evokes quite the same reaction in first-time visitors as Byron Bay. With its humid subtropical climate, hot summers and golden sandy beaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d landed on the shores of the Caribbean — not the cape of New South Wales.
For those looking for a warm, relaxing and ultimately affordable cruise getaway close to home, Byron Bay could be the ideal destination. Here, we offer an in-depth look at this beautiful bay — from its must-see ports and attractions to its sandy beaches and idyllic hideaways.
How to Get There
While the town of Byron Bay has no large passenger vessel terminal, the town is relatively easy to get to from the port of Brisbane. Shuttle buses run frequently between the two destinations, making it easy for cruise passengers to travel along the coast to reach Byron. For more information on travel fares and times, visit Brisbane2byron.com.
First discovered in the 18th century by celebrated wayfarer, James Cook, Byron Bay is so named after Cook’s fellow sailor John Byron — a circumnavigator, naval officer and grandfather to British Romantic poet, Lord Byron. Byron Bay prospered for many years as a logging town, before the gold mining industry took over and prevailed until the late 19th century.
In more recent years, tourism became the economic mainstay in Byron Bay, largely thanks to the influx of longboard surfers which travelled to the area to ride the natural breaks of Cosy Corner, Wategos and The Pass. Byron’s vibrant surf community has given the town and its surroundings an alternative, hippy vibe, but one that’s also very relaxed and tranquil.
Activities and Must-Sees
Despite being a relatively small town of just under 5,000 people, Byron Bay is home to an excellent array of activities, entertainment and must-see attractions. Naturally, the town’s beaches are one of its biggest draws — and it’s certainly got a lot of them, including:
- Belongil Beach & The Wreck
- Kings Beach, Bray Beach & Whites Beach
- Main Beach, Clarkes Beach & The Pass
- Seven Mile Beach
- Tallow Beach & Cosy Corner
- Wategos Beach & Little Wategos
Aside from its exquisite beaches, Byron Bay has a great variety of tourist attractions and activities. Whale watching tours are particularly popular in the town, and there’s guaranteed to be a trip departing during your visit. Another popular pastime is cycle trips along the oceanway — a route which takes in most of the region’s most popular sights and attractions.
What’s more, thanks to the bay’s wonderfully clear turquoise waters, it’s often regarded as one of the finest scuba diving and snorkelling destinations on the east coast of Australia. Diving experiences are available from a number of vendors on Byron’s waterfront, providing the perfect opportunity to see the reefs, wrecks and marine life which lie beyond the water’s edge.
If you’re interesting in booking a cruise holiday to Byron Bay, visit the Cruise1st Australia homepage and use the search box on the left to refine your results by destination. Should you require any further help, our team of expert cruise specialists are on hand throughout the day to help you find the cruise that’s right for you. To speak to one of our advisors, call 1300 306 318.
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