This weekend, thousands of eager music goers are descending upon Byron Bay on the New South Wales coast for the annual Splendour in the Grass festival. The festival brings many incredible live acts to Australia as part of four days of world-class music, coastal camping and festival-spirited fun.
I’ve been lucky to have travelled to Splendour on a couple of occasions and there are many fond memories of rocking out to some amazing bands, sipping copious amounts of chai tea to keep warm and eating lots of local produce. The festival is a wonderful excuse to get out of Victoria on a short mid-year sojourn, and it’s also a great opportunity to explore the region.
Byron Bay is bustling during Splendour time, so it’s fun to jump into the car and explore some of the neighbouring towns further afield including Brunswick Heads, Ballina and Nimbin.
Some may not realise that Cape Byron, only a couple of kilometres northeast of Byron Bay, is Australia’s most easterly tip of Australia. The cape is landmarked by surf-worthy coastline, rugged cliffs and the majestic Cape Byron Lighthouse which was built in 1901.
Not only can visitors wander the area along many pretty walking tracks, there are prime outlook points where migrating whales can be spotted swimming through Cape Byron Marine Park.
It’s a special part of Australia and one that’s worth the time to explore.