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There is a natural lull in activity in the afternoon. People settle into reading and dozing on towels as the sun sinks behind the green headland. As the day draws to a close, beachgoers head to the small grid of streets that constitute the town’s heart to make the most of the lively beer gardens and candlelit restaurants. Some will stay out late into the night, but those who have come for the surf will soon head home to make the most of Byron’s breaks in the new day.

Further information
Check out visitbyronbay.com and mctavish.com.au.

Where to eat
Fishheads restaurant, at the beach end of Byron’s main street, has exceptional seafood and service (mains from £16).

Where to stay
Atlantic Guesthouse is actually a collection of discrete properties and one chrome caravan, spread across grassy lawns. The most expensive options are its plush premium suites, with alabaster-white bedrooms with generous en-suite bathrooms and small verandahs (from £85).

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The article ‘The perfect trip: New South Wales’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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