Byron Bay is an idllyic beach town where often travelers find themselves staying longer then they originally planned. The "come for a day, stay for a week" mentality is likely to take over, so just let it. And why not? This is the ideal place to tack on a few extra days because it's just so relaxing, you'll soon find yourself saying "no worries" just like a local.

Byron is the easterly most point of Australia and is home to some of the best beaches in New South Wales. It does have its moments as a hippie/crunchy-granola kind of place, but it doesn't matter if you're a hardcore vegan or carnivorous meat-eater; you're bound to find something to like here.

There are plenty of hostels for those on a budget and for many backpackers, their first foray into Byron happens as soon as they get off the bus. Hordes of people swarm the buses, holding signs for different hostels and asking if you need a place to stay, trying to get you to come to their hostel. It can be a bit disconcerting, to say the least. But once you're away from the chaos, a peaceful feeling will set in as you realize just how wonderful this place is.

In the '70s, oceanfront property in Byron Bay could be had for a steal. These days, the same houses go for millions of dollars. Ah, hindsight.