What is it about Byron then?. Byron Bay – chances are if you’ve ever heard anything about Australia you’ll have heard about this once sleepy beachside town. The most easterly point in Australia, Byron Bay has certainly had a colourful history. Originally the base for whaling, during the 1970s the town became a mecca for surfers which sparked the tourism craze for travellers seeking the famous white sand beaches and the picturesque hinterland surrounding the town. Gaining a reputation as a hippy, alternative town following the Nimbin Aquarius Festival, Byron is now a choice location for those looking for a seachange from the city, which has caused the Byron Bay restaurant and entertainment sectors to shift, and flourish. So, if you find yourself caught in the Byron bubble, well you’ll need to eat, so read on for some secret Byron Bay restaurants, bars and cafes worth a look.