Just saying the name of this beautiful town is like letting out a relaxing sigh. And just like that when you arrive in town and set your caravan up at the First Sun Holiday Park on the beachfront, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. My latest article in Australian Caravan + RV magazine is all about this place which is a mecca for anyone from backpackers, the alternative crowd, aging hippies and new hippies, to a who’s who of Aussie movie stars, musicians and television personalities. The best part is that the different crowds all mingle together and everyone’s welcome.
The caravan park we stayed in overlooks the bay and Belongil Beach. Every day whatever the weather you have the pleasure of watching surfers tackle the constant waves that wash over the wreck. You could very easily settle in here and relax into the lifestyle day after day. The beach is perfect for strolling on and is busy no matter what time of year you are there.
The heart of town is literally five minutes walk from the caravan park and there are plenty of really good places to grab something to eat and drink. I had to drag myself away from ‘Truly Tea’ and the ‘Byron Bay Cookie Company’, but not before spending a small fortune. The farmers market on Thursday mornings is also a must do for gathering all sorts of mouth watering food from local businesses and growers.
A short drive away you’ll also find Stone and Wood Brewing for craft beer and in the location of Belongil we stumbled across ‘Treehouse at Belongil’ for a meal of tasty wood fired pizza, beer and wine in the most comfortable, relaxed and cool place to hangout for a few hours and chat to the locals.
A holiday at Byron Bay can be as laid back and chilled as you want or full of action if you’re into surfing, stand up paddle board, kayak and more. Not to mention the walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse where you can stand at the most easterly point of Australia.
There’s is so much to see and do in and around Byron but the big drawcard is the people that live there or are drawn to the area. Grab the latest (June/July) copy of AC+RV magazine for more on this must see destination.