In September, we discovered a wonderful part of Australia, Byron Bay, which is just before the Queensland
border in New South Wales. Byron is a two-hour drive from Brisbane and a 10-hour drive from Sydney. Located at the most easterly point of Australia, Byron
Bay was settled by the aboriginals and then rediscovered in 1770 by Captain Cook when he sighted the headland and named it "Cape Byron". Also discovering this area
in the sixties were the hippies, backpackers and surfers. The entrepeneurs soon followed and the area has become internationally famous for its small town atmosphere and
alternative lifestyle. Rusty White, a famous US surfer, loved this area so much that he lives here now and teaches surfing. All who come to Byron Bay come to
relax and renew themselves. The population of Byron Bay is only 9,000 and the village of Byron is very funky and yet cosmopolitan with restaurants, alfresco
cafes, galleries, street entertainers, sand carvers, unique shops and stunning beaches. Nearby is the little town of Bangalow, another a great place to shop and to
eat. Overlooking the entire area is Cape Byron Lighthouse. We stayed in the rainforest at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. What a wonderful
place to come to relax and rejuvenate after your long flight from the U.S.or stop on your self-drive north or south. You will definitely become "Byronized"
after visiting this special region of Australia!