From the craggy headlands of Cape Byron where whales splash in the Tasman Sea each winter all the way to the wild waves that roll into the Pass for the hardcore surfers, Byron Bay is a coastal jewel of New South Wales. It's fringed with phosphorescent beaches that arc between hills dressed in screw pines and fruit trees. It's blessed with world-class dive sites, each brimming with snapping sharks, sea turtles, and rare rays. If that sounds like the Aussie destination you've been searching for, there's good news when it comes to cheap flights to Byron Bay from New Zealand. These are some of the shortest links between the two antipodean countries it's possible to get. They take just shy of four hours in the air, and go nonstop from major Kiwi cities like Auckland and Christchurch.
Cape Byron marks the easternmost extension of mainland Oz. Come here in the winter to watch whales frolicking in the water.
A less-crowded alternative to Byron's main stretch of sand, Belongil Beach is a lovely arc of powder that's great for surfers and dog walkers.
The Wreck is a fast, barreling wave that draws some of the best surfers around. Spectating alone is a doozy.