Vacation - Byron Bay NSW
Named by captain cook in 1770 after John Byron the grandfather of Lord Byron, Byron Bay was a safe harbor at the time, although it later proved to be otherwise and alternative safe harbors found.
Situated 780 miles north of Sydney Byron Bay is a beach resort of 5,600 people which services an area of about 1,000 people in the Shire of Byron. There is a lot of light industry and farming around this area.
The beautiful old lighthouse was built in 1901. You will often see hang gliders in this part of Byron Bay
With wonderful surfing and skydiving and some of the best hang gliding to be found anywhere there is always half a dozen hang gliders around at any one time.
With wide updrafts over the cliffs as well as over several valleys with steep walls they can stay up for hours.
Byron Bay was a large logging area in the past, with much red cedar in the large forests of the area.
Paul Hogan has lived here for many years and has created a wonderful cedar plantation in Byron which is open to the public.
Whale spotting off Byron Bay
The Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Lighthouse is an amazing structure,it is made out of concrete blocks.
This light house is on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.
The Cape Byron Lighthouse was built by Charles Harding.
The prismatic glass lens made from over 750 pieces of highly polished glass weighed 8 tons.
The lighthouse after operating for many years on kerosine was converted to electric operation in 1956.
The output was upraded to over 2,000,000 candle power and at the same time the clock mechanism was replaced by and electric motor.
A Red light on the light house is also visible from the tower to cover Juan and Julian Rocks to the north east.
Byron Bay has this unique theatre built in an old piggery. It has vegetarian meals and Pizza in house.
The "Pighouse Flicks" Theatre has all of the latest release Movies.
The seating is quite unusual and looks like a great way to end another lovely day in Byron Bay.
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