Byron Bay

Byron Bay has a magnetic appeal for travelers. Pubs, cafes, bookshops and buskers line the streets. Musicians, artists and drift-ins walk the streets barefoot and bleary-eyed.

There's a lingering scent of the Flower Power Generation, while surfers search for that perfect wave. It's also Australia's unofficial capital of leftism, meditation and ganja. No wonder so many beach bums call it home.

Every year, the Byron Bay Bluesfest attracts some of the biggest names in world music, and with it, thousand of Sydneysiders.

With breaks, Byron Bay is about a nine-hour drive from Sydney and a two-hour drive from Brisbane.

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