Isn’t Byron Bay just another beach town on the sunny east coastline of Australia? Think again, dear traveller! Here are five fascinating facts that have put Byron Bay on the map and the reason why thousands of tourists make their way over for holidays and long stays every year.
Byron Bay is the Most Easterly Point of Aus
Byron Bay is home to the most easterly point of the mainland of Australia. Cape Byron is located about 3 km (1.9 mi) northeast of the town of Byron Bay and peers out into the Pacific Ocean. It was British explorer Captain James Cook who named Cape Byron, in reference to fellow British explorer John Byron who circumnavigated the globe in the HMS Dolphin from 1764 to 1766.
Byron Bay is a Hollywood Backdrop
Byron Bay has been the setting for many movies and TV shows broadcast worldwide, hence its ever-growing international fame status. Most recently, UK comedy franchise The Inbetweeners used several locations in the Byron Bay area for filming in 2014. The main characters in the movie stayed at the Arts Factory hostel accommodation, during a gap year trip.
Byron Bay Was a Volcanic Site
Byron Bay is partly situated in the erosion caldera of the Tweed Volcano. Way back over 20 million years ago, Tweed volcano was prone to such a violent eruption that it developed a huge crater. The volcano subsequently collapsed into the cavity it had formed. Weather experts point to the ancient landslide as one of many reasons why Byron Bay is blessed with good weather and beach beauty.
Byron Bay is Home to Celebrities
No other town in New South Wales, arguably even in the whole of Australia, has the densest population of famous visitors each season, with international and local celebrities flocking in for holidays and to make Byron Bay their home to stay. Many celebs have set up in nearby suburbs such as Bangalow. Simon Baker, Jack Johnson, Olivia Newton-John and Andrew Stockdale all own property in and around the township of Byron Bay, while other high profile names have been spotted on regular occasions. Holidaying celebs include: Angus Stone, Australian Idol contestant Matt Corby, The Living End’s Scott Owen and Ash Grunwald.
Byron Bay is a Cultural Hotspot
Byron is located in New South Wales, which is home to Australia’s largest Aboriginal population. The Aboriginal tribes have claimed residency in Australia for over 40,000 years, and within the conservation areas of Byron Bay there are numerous coastal markings by the indigenous people. The Royal National Park is currently undertaking measures to preserve one of the region’s finest expressions of Aboriginal culture: the Jibbon Headland Aboriginal engravings.
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