Byron Bay is the most easterly point of mainland Australia, the first residents of Byron were the indigenous tribe of Arakwal whom called the area Cavanbah. The Arakwal people had been swimming and fishing from the beaches for thousands of years before European settlement began in 1894 and was then renamed. Europeans began using the areas resources for logging, sand mining, a dairy factory that was believed to be the biggest in the world at the time and most unexpectedly a whaling station. The arrival of hippies and surfers in the 1960’s and 1970’s changed the local demographic and encouraged an alternative approach towards the town.
These days the beauty of beach and the surrounding hinterland areas are now enjoyed in a sustainable manner and are enjoyed and respected by both locals and tourists. Byron is a must see destination in Australia as its picturesque white sandy beaches are regarded amongst the best in the country. The relaxed small beach town vibe attracts a lot of tourists to come and enjoy a relaxed vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. It is also famous for its surfing beaches including “The Pass” which is a right handed point wave where if you catch it right from the point you can get waves all the way down to main beach equivalent to an 800m ride, which entices avid surfers to come to the area in the hopes to get the wave of their lives. The pass is a favourite for visitors and locals for The Fisherman’s lookout which is a wooden structure situated atop the rocks which makes for a great vantage point to watch whales and dolphins pass by as they migrate north and south of the east coast of Australia.