Byron Bay, Australia
Do Go/Don’t go
During the warmer months (November to March), Byron Bay seethes with life and it’s best to avoid December and January when the area is bombarded by ‘schoolies’ (teenagers who have just finished Year 12) and families on holiday. It’s also peak wedding season in romantic Byron. Though the sea is a little chilly for swimming, winter here (June to August) is perfect: calm, sunny and warm – with far fewer tourists.
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PlanesMost people fly into Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta (www.goldcoastairport.com.au) with Jetstar, Pacific Blue, Tiger Airways or Virgin Blue, then drive just over an hour south to Byron Bay. Nearer, though, is the smaller Ballina Airport (www.ncas.com.au), which handles flights from Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Rex, only 20 minutes away.
AutomobilesTo make the most of Byron Bay’s hinterland you’ll need a car, as taxis are a pricey way to get around. All the big hire car brands are represented at the airports, including Avis.
TaxisYou don’t really need a cab to get around the town itself (if you’re tired, hail a Cycle Rickshaw) but they can be handy if you want to head further out. To book, call Byron Bay Taxis (02 6685 5008).