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Discovering the quiet side of Byron Bay

I often hear people say “Byron Bay, argh, it’s just not the same anymore”.

Sure, it’s already heaving with people this time of year, the main beach is starting to drone with the multi-cultural accents of backpackers, and the night club scene has turned that much further to the seedy side.

But then there’s Tallows Beach; a relatively wild and uninhabited strip of sand fronting Arakwal National Park, and only 10 minutes drive from the main street of Byron.

Arakwal National Park, is jointly managed by the indigenous people of Byron Bay and the Wildlife Service, both working with the aim of protecting threatened species such as migratory birds, wallum frogs and nesting Green and Loggerhead Turtles. All of these animals are threatened by loss of habitat and hungry foxes.

Some old friends and I took a picnic, fished in the lake, floated in the tea tree infused water, swam in the ocean and ate under the shade of the casuarina trees. We spent a few idyllic hours lake side and saw only two other people walk past.

It’s a pristine place that made me feel miles away from the busy main street; reminding me that the beauty of the area is easily found.


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