Byron Bay was carved out by a volcanic eruption that started 20 million years ago. Its lava flow spread over more than 5000 square Km in all directions, and about 100 Km out to sea, establishing todays the largest shield volcanic caldera in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1770, Byron Bay was founded by Captain James Cook. He named it after Royal Navy officer John Byron. It was called ‘Cavanbah’ by the Bunjalong people and it was the common territory of the northern and southern tribes, the Minjangbal and the Arakwal. In 1894, Cavanbah was renamed as Byron Bay. In 1894 only the Jetty was opened at Byron Bay. In the same year railway route was opened between Lismore and Murwillumbah.
In the first decade of 20th Century various musical, sporting, surfing and arts groups started to make Byron Bay their home. This was the start of the laid back, somewhat hippy, lifestyle that has endured until today. The most famous landmark of Byron Bay the light house was built in 1901.
In 1960s Longboard surfers arrived to Byron Bay. They marveled at the natural breaks of The Pass, Wategos, and Cosy Corner. Thus Byron Bay started to become a tourist destination for locals looking to enjoy the beautiful Byron Bay beaches and its atmosphere. I n 1973 Aquarius Festival was held in Nimbin New South Wales, Australia, and too this day Nimbin is the most hippy commune in Australia.
Byron Bay has many popular beaches suitable for and popular for surfing, whale watching, and fishing. Byron Bay is now a popular destination for Schoolies Week. It is also famous for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling.
Events in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is one of Australia’s premier festival and event destinations. Byron Bay is famous for its yoga retreats, music festivals such as the Byron Blues fest Music Festival held during Easter, Byron Bay writer’s festival, Byron Bay film festival, Byron Bay light house run, Byron Bay Surf Festivals. The Old and Gold festival is organized in the month of June and Byron Bay Triathlon is held on second Saturday of May every year. Nearly all events held in Byron Bay result in the town completely booking out of accommodation, so making early bookings are required if you wish to enjoy one of the many events that take place in Byron Bay.
Markets in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is additionally famous for its many markets. Byron Bay is home to a farmer’s market held every Thursday. The Craft’ market is held on First Sunday of every month at the Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay and the Railway Park artisan market is held on every Saturday evening. Local art and craft is showcased in this artisan’s market.
Byron Bay is a center of attraction for travelers of all ages, all backgrounds from Australia and all corners of the globe. Byron Beach Resort is an iconic location of Bryon Bay directly opposite beautiful Belongil Beach, perfect place for you to enjoy all of the amazing events and activities that Byron Bay offers.