It’s that time of year again when we begin to see Christmas decorations make their appearance in the shops and television ads reminding us of how many days we have left before Santa flies in from the North Pole.
Another telltale sign that the festive season is just over the horizon is when people start talking about their Christmas and Summer holiday plans. For those who are yet to make a decision and I am among them, I hope you will keep Byron Bay in mind.
For anyone who has read my previous Blogs, you will know I am unapologetic fan of this coastal town as it holds a special place in my heart from way back, but more over, because it’s the epitome of a great summer holiday at the beach.
With the Aussie dollar dropping day by day, visiting and staying in destinations here at home suddenly becomes ever more affordable which is also great for domestic tourism and our economy, particularly at a time when parts of the country are experiencing unprecedented drought and severe hardship.
The old saying that ‘someting packs a punch’ aptly applies to Byron as there is so much to see and do in and around the town, yet if you want to do nothing, you have that option as well, or, a mix of both.
Byron, easily accessible by road and conveniently located between Sydney and Brisbane, is one of those places where you really know your on holidays as you can completely unwind, leave the grind of daily life behind and basically wear what you like and nobody gives a toss.
Every time I visit the town I always find something new to experience, but I am a creature of habit and will still often gravitate back to my old haunts like Wategos Beach, some of my favourite eateries and shops, the Farmers’ Market, walks in the hinterland and a stop-off at what I affectionately call my silent sentinel, better known as the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Of course, Byron not only caters for grown-ups, but equally, has a wide choice of both indoor and outdoor activties for children and teenagers such as learning to surf and snorkel or visiting the nearby Macadamia and Crystal Castles.
If you are thinking of staying in town, can I recommend you check out the centrally located Byron Bay Beach Houses, two of which have been recently refurbished bringing all four to an incredibly high standard of luxury accommodation, yet versatile enough to meet the needs of almost everyone from solo travellers, to couples and through to groups of family and friends.
In the next few weeks, the Byron Bay Visitors site at www.visitbyronbay.comwill start to list what’s on in and around the town over Christmas and New Year and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer.
Let me leave you with the thought of how great it feels to ditch the office garb for the swimwear and stroll along the gorgeous sand on the beachfront of Australia’s most easterly point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It may be a simple pleasure, but one that we are so fortunate to have within our reach and it sure trumps standing in an endless queue at the airport with a slue of grumpy people fed up with security checks.
For availability and bookings at the Byron Bay Beach Houses click here