Information & Facts
You name it, you can do it in and around Byron Bay, which is geared up to thrill those with an adventurous spirit. Soar off the lighthouse cliff on a hang-glider, paddle a kayak alongside the dolphins, scuba dive in the Julian Rocks Marine park reserve, have a go at surfing, or make a tandem parachute jump. Those intent on a more relaxing holiday can play a round of golf, take some yoga lessons, be pampered with a massage or Ayurvedic treatment, or even indulge in some singing or dance classes. The inner spirit is catered for by some resident psychics, gurus and astrologers. When all else palls, take off on a 4x4 excursion into the beautiful rainforest, or simply stroll along the spectacular coastline.
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.
Many of the beaches have strong currents and no lifeguards, and weaker swimmers should be careful.
Being popular with the young crowd, and drawing many backpackers, Byron Bay has an increasing number of nightclub venues featuring international DJs, which keep up a frenetic tempo through the night. There are also plenty of atmospheric pubs, most with live music.
The village atmosphere of Byron Bay lends itself to a lively café society, and there are more than 100 establishments to suit all tastes, from rib-sticking breakfasts to rich coffees. There is dining for all budgets and lots of vegetarian options. Many eateries also have a sea view to make the most of the Byron Bay lifestyle.
Byron Bay is the perfect spot for retail therapy, bristling with all manner of local markets, which sell everything from new age funk to crisp fresh produce. Interesting arts and crafts made by locals, most in natural materials, share stall space with bright and beautiful imports from Africa and Asia, while others offer natural hair and beauty products alongside massage tables where browsers can indulge in some stress-relief. Many of Byron Bay's 'home-grown' product lines have become nationally renowned. The Byron Arts and Industrial Estate where most of these originate is a great place for shopaholics to explore.