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Catherine Naylor revels in the space and privacy of a beach-side retreat.
Daniel Scott surveys the state's underwater destinations.
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At a Byron Bay retreat, Robert Upe contemplates his prospects from yoga mat, tarot cards and surfboard.
Simon Webster enjoys the silence on top of Cape Byron.
Sarah Whyte is no longer in the dark about the Byron hinterland's charms.
IT'S quiet. Too quiet. We are away without the kids, together, for the first time in eight years.
Attracting surfers and holidaymakers, Byron is a tick-all-boxes destination for beach getaways. Blessed with perennially sunny weather, its superb beaches and small-town feel have attracted an artsy community with a hippy edge. Come to relax, peruse galleries, hit the beach, sit back in a cafe and people watch, take part in one of its annual festivals or eat at one of its notoriously good restaurants.