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The City The guide was updated:Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and a place of outstanding natural beauty. The beachside town is set against lush volcanic hills on the NSW North Coast and has been popular among surfers since the 1960s. The Aquarius Festival in 1973 in Nimbin, a town in the Byron Bay hinterland, helped foster the image of the region as a place of alternative philosophies.
Since then architects, designers, artisans and software engineers have set up shop, grafting their talents and energy onto this relaxed town. Rich soils and sustainable farming practices around Byron Bay create enviable fresh produce. You can savour the delicious local produce in the area's restaurants, cafés and markets.
Even with its popularity as a holiday destination, Byron Bay has retained its small town charm. Australia's most easterly point casts a spell over everyone who goes there. You'll find plenty of places to stay, from elegant hotels and resorts to hostels and camping grounds. There are plenty of services to help you relax, from yoga classes to day spas, and thrilling adventures to pump up your adrenaline.
With its natural beauty, outdoor adventures and delicious food, Byron Bay attracts people from all over the world and the mild climate makes it a splendid destination year-round. The traditional owners take an active role in the management of Arakwal National Park and of Bundjalung Aboriginal country.