Byron Bay’s ‘Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chillout’ sign best defines its laid-back, hipster vibe. Being Australia’s easternmost point, the Cape Byron headland with a lighthouse boasts stunning sunrise vistas overlooking the Coral Sea. Seaside settlements stand next to littoral rainforests with pandanus palms, and street art adorns the walls of several neighborhoods. Enjoy sunny days surfing, scuba diving or lazing on the pristine Wategos beach, or soak in the hills and waterfalls that offer wilderness experiences. A cosmopolitan region home to the native Arakwal people, Byron Bay attracts the likes of musicians, models, buskers, and backpackers, making its great for people watching. As Australia’s wellness and alternative lifestyle capital, expect to find crystal healing, vintage boutiques, farmers’ markets, yoga studios, smoothie bars, and sunset drum circles on the beach. Sample Pacific Ales, macadamia nut liqueurs, nut and berry-infused beverages, and mushroom concoctions. Learn about the region’s whaling history, and witness whale migration along the coast during the season.