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Byron Bay, New South Wales

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
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Over the years, with surfers in the 60's, hippies in the 70's, backpackers in the 80's, gay 90’s and everybody since then, Byron Bay, New South Wales has gained a reputation of having a laid back, relaxed and very alternative atmosphere. The locals make up a progressive community of hippies, new-agers, environmentalists, Buddhists, surfers, pot farmers, lesbian activists, and gay mountain men. Its atmosphere coupled with its many beaches, Julian Rocks marine reserve, Cape Byron lighthouse, unspoiled hinterland, and nearby world heritage listed national parks has helped cement Byron Bay as a world renowned place to visit for gay and lesbian travelers.

Many gay and lesbian visitors have like Bryon Bay so much they decided to stay, giving the region the highest concentration of gay men and lesbians per capita outside of Sydney's Oxford Street. The women tend to congregate around Lismore, the regional capital and home of Southern Cross University, whereas the men tend to concentrate closer to the beach and north by Mt. Warning. You won't find any high rise buildings or fast food giants, instead you get a wide variety of places to gay and lesbian hotels, inns, guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodations to stay in, and get to enjoy an interesting mix of eclectic restaurants and cafes, many boasting award winning chefs. While there are gay-owned inns, guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodations, restaurants, and cafes throughout the region, the culture is as tolerant as it should be, and you'd be hard-pressed to find any where that wouldn't describe itself as "gay-friendly." It’s even gained the title “Rainbow Region” amongst locals and even travel agents worldwide.

There's no shortage of things to do, from scuba diving to hang gliding; you can even take trapeze lessons. For the less energetic, day spas offer a variety of treatments, and yoga classes are easy to find. If you need to work out, the Byron Gym, in a converted butter factory, will meet all your needs. Swimmers head over to the Byron Bay Memorial Baths. You can also rent bikes or surfboards from any of shops that offer them; some even include surfing lessons. Otherwise, a popular jogging route runs from the heart of town up to the Cape Byron lighthouse, where you'll be rewarded with glorious views in every direction.

There are daily flights from Sydney that take just over an hour to the airport in Ballina, where you can rent a car (Hertz, Thrifty, and Avis are all on site, but make reservations) and drive about a half hour north to Byron. Otherwise, it's a two-hour drive down the Pacific Highway from Brisbane. Either way, it's an easy trip to make to get the feeling that you're a world away.

So, if you are looking for total relaxation, adventure, fun, sun, peace and quiet, great energy, great food and a great all embracing community, Bryon Bay, New South Wales has it all for the gay and lesbian traveler.

Byron Bay Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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