The town of Suffolk Park, close to vibrant Byron Bay, is an excellent base from which to explore this marvellous part of Australia.
In the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, close to the state border with Queensland, Byron Bay is the undisputed capital of Australia’s counter-culture and a magnet for those searching out alternative lifestyles.
Its close proximity to all that Byron Bay has to offer is the main attraction for those seeking holiday rentals in Suffolk Park while also providing a little respite from its bigger neighbour’s bustling nightlife.
Suffolk Park is situated around 5km south of Byron Bay on the northeast coast of New South Wales. While it is a mainly residential area and, in fact, often considered part of the suburban area of Byron Bay, its access to the long unbroken Tallows Beach has made it a popular tourist destination in its own right.
The beach – stretching from the headland at Cape Byron to nearby Broken Head – is a beautiful length of white sand on which families can relax and spend hours having fun, its safe waters perfect for swimming, surfing and other water sports. There are some excellent holiday rentals, including self-contained accommodation, close to the beach, providing terrific sea views and access.
Stroll to Broken Head to explore the Cocked-Hat Rocks, a large outcrop by the beach that has special significance for the indigenous Bundjalung people who have made their home here for thousands of years and for whom the rocks are known as Sister’s Rocks.
Suffolk Park has a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars for those happy to stay close to its attractions but the bright lights of Byron Bay are only a few minutes away and this fabulous town really deserves plenty of time to explore and enjoy.
Gorgeous beaches packed with surfers are a given on Byron Bay and the town also boasts excellent boutique shopping, top-class restaurants and a thriving nightlife that caters to the thousands of visitors who flock here every year.
What sets Byron Bay apart from other tourist destinations in Australia is its status as the place in Australia to seek out alternative culture. From its days as the must-stop on the hippy trail, today Byron Bay is home to many artists and artisans, and is also considered the health and wellbeing capital of Australia with lots of day spas, therapists and alternative health practitioners at work.
Art galleries and regular markets display the work of local artists, while other markets sell the freshest produce from both land and sea – perfect for finding the ingredients to hold your own traditional Aussie barbie at your holiday accommodation.
Suffolk Park is also on the doorstep of the Northern Rivers region with its national parks, rainforests and coastal estuaries. To see the very best of some World Heritage listed rainforests and parks, check out the Rainforest Way, a series of drives that will take you deep into the heart of this unique landscape.
For an experience that will live long in the memory, head for Mt Warning National Park, centred on the remains of a volcano some 20 million years old. Watching the sunrise over this ancient site is an awe-inspiring experience.
The climate of the Northern Rivers region is a sub-tropical one and so Suffolk Park enjoys hot but rainy summers with cool, dry winters. During the summer months – from December to February – expect very hot and humid days with temperatures averaging around 29?C daily. In winter average daily temperatures are around 20?C but if you have chosen holiday accommodation for a visit during the colder time of the year, be prepared to carry a light jacket for evenings when it can feel a little cooler.
If you’re heading to Suffolk Park and the Byron Bay area from the UK, you are likely to fly direct to Sydney or Brisbane from Heathrow Airport in London. Connecting flights are available from both to either Ballina or Coolangatta (Gold Coast) International Airports – both are around a 40-minute drive from Byron Bay and there are regular shuttle buses serving the area. Those on a tighter budget will find coach services from either Sydney or Brisbane can get them to their Suffolk Park holiday accommodation.