Byron Bay – A Spectacular Place To Visit

With its laid-back way of life, Byron Bay is a tourist hotspot for sun, sand and sea lovers but despite the crowds, the township retains its charm. Located on the North Coast of NSW (about 800km north of Sydney), Byron Bay is the perfect place to unwind for those who prefer bikinis, sarongs and a sense of the bohemian. It is well-known for its relaxed alternative lifestyle, spectacular beaches (for surfers and swimmers) and beautiful scenery. Byron Bay is also a popular place for festivals and large scale events. Some of these include the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, the Writers Festival and Splendour in the Grass.

The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival is held annually and spans 5 days over Easter commencing on Good Friday eve and concluding on Easter Monday. This year more than 100 international and local artists performed at the spectacular event. Some of the big name performers include Sinead O’Conner, Keith Urban, John Fogerty, KT Tunstall and too many more to name. The Byron Bay East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival attract around 70,000 people each year, so if you are planning to visit during that time you must book your accommodation early.

Another huge music event is Splendour in the Grass. This music festival is held at Belongil Fields annually between July and August over 2 days. The site includes an area for camping. The festival began in 2001 and has been growing ever since and now attracts over 17,000 people over the 2 days. Some of the recent performers include Powder Finger, Grinspoon, Hoodoo Gurus, Wolfmother and many more big names.

Byron Bay is fast becoming one of the most popular diving and snorkelling destinations in Australia. Julian Rocks, just off Byron Bay is a popular spot for snorkelling. There are several diving and snorkelling operators to choose from.

Whale watching is also very popular in Byron. Every year thousands of Humpback whales leave their summer feeding grounds in Antarctica and head north towards their winter breeding grounds in the tropical waters of the Southern Hemisphere. This journey not only takes these whales past Australia’s most eastern point but also concentrates the migrating whales to within a few kilometers of Cape Byron. For this reason, Byron Bay is one of Australia’s premier whale watching locations.

Other great things to do in Byron Bay include the Circus Arts Trapeze School, Mountain Bike Tours, Skydiving or learning to surf.

If you are not the active outdoor type, you may wish to just wine and dine in this great seaside town. There are many places to eat out at from casual dining to fine dining or maybe just have some drinks at the Byron Bay Beach Hotel where you can relax and enjoy the bands while looking out at the spectacular ocean views.

If you plan on staying in Byron Bay during the busy summer months you will need to organize your accommodation early as the town experiences a huge number of national and international visitors during this period. Accommodation options vary greatly from campsites to backpacker accommodation to 5 star luxury apartments.

Magical as it is, Byron Bay is surrounded by World Heritage rainforests and national parks, so the scenery only gets better as you head out of town.

Ringstead Bay – A Hidden Gem Of The Dorset Coast

The Dorset coast, also known as the Jurassic, is a World Heritage Site, and includes some unique geographical features.

There is Lyme Bay, including the 18 mile long Chesil Beach. There’s the Isle of Portland, where the world famous Portland Stone has been quarried for many centuries, to build some of the most spectacular buildings around the world.

Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney harbour. Much of it is given over to nature reserve, making it a fabulous place to walk, spot rare species of wildlife, and for those who like the water, it is a superb and safe place to explore in a sailing dinghy or canoe.

The South West Coast Path stretches from the north of Somerset, along the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, then along the south coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. The Dorset stretch of coast path takes in some spectacular cliff top and beachside paths.

Nestled in between the cliffs, just to the east of the holiday resort town and fishing port of Weymouth, is Ringstead Bay.

It is a small hamlet, with no more than 20 private houses, one small shop and a small chapel (which is halfway up the cliff to the east). You can drive to the bay, taking a narrow track that heads down between the cliffs. There is a car park, only 50 yards from the beach. You can pay your car park fee to the shop, and then spend the day exploring on foot.

The beach, which is mostly shingle, but with some patches of sand, stretches around the bay in both directions. The part nearest the car park is sheltered by a reef that protects it completely from the waves for most of the day, except for an hour or so either side of high tide.

This makes the water especially safe for swimming and messing around in boats or inflatables, and has the added bonus at low tide of being a bit warmer than the usual sea temperature.

If you have access to a boat, a short trip off the beach, especially early in the morning or late afternoon, gives you good access to some great mackerel fishing.

If walking is your thing, head east from the car park, and you will quickly begin the climb up White Nothe, one of the highest cliffs along the Dorset coast. Just below on your right hand side as you ascend, is an area called “burning cliff”. The composition of the soil here is such that it is flammable, and on rare occasions it has been known to catch alight.

If you are a brave walker, then instead of heading along the coast path, walk along the beech, right around Ringstead Bay. At the end of the bay, you can pick up a path that then winds right up the front of the cliff. Don’t take this route if you don’t like heights !

At the top of White Nothe there is are some old coast guard cottages, and a World War Two look out point, offering superb views across to Portland and Weymouth.

If you continue the walk eastwards, up and down hills and cliffs, eventually you will be rewarded with a view of Durdle Door, a huge natural archway, and just afterwards you will reach the picturesque village of Lulworth Cove.

To the west of Ringstead Bay, a shorter and slightly more gentle walk of about a mile, will take you to Osmington. The Smuggler’s Inn is a good place to stop for a lunchtime beer, an afternoon tea or an evening meal. Remember though that walking back to Ringstead Bay along the cliff paths after a beer, or in the dark, can present some challenges !

In summer, Ringstead Bay can get quite busy, but you only have to venture 50 yards or so away from the main part of the beach, and you’ll find plenty of privacy.

In winter the beach is usually deserted, with just a few brave kite surfers or windsurfers for company.

Some of the houses in the Bay are Holiday Cottages, and make a superb base for a longer holiday. There is also a holiday park in the Bay, with caravans for rent, and occasionally for sale. Otherwise, there are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding towns of Weymouth, Dorchester and the surrounding countryside.

Business Bay – The Ultimate Destination in Dubai

Dubai is a beautiful place and it attracts numerous tourists from the world over. Revered for the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, and many more exciting touristic spots, Dubai is certainly a must-visit destination.

Apart from being a delight for vacationers, the city is also a major attraction for businessmen and property investors. It is one of the major business hubs of the Middle East and is also a preferred place for investment. People are not only buying commercial and residential properties for self-use, but, they are also investing to reap future benefits.

Business Bay is among the most sought-after developments in the city. Comprising of more than 240 buildings, this area is a hot-favourite amongst investors. It offers a range of luxurious commercial and residential properties which flaunt contemporary amenities. It is among the fastest developing areas of the city and the newer projects, such as the Dubai Internet City and the Dubai Media City have not been able to dampen the popularity of Business Bay.

The Projects:

Business Bay offers an unlimited choice to its prospective investors and residents. It has some of the best and most contemporary properties. The Atria, Fifty one @ Business Bay, AL Boraq Tower, the Aspect Tower, Bay Square, Bay Gate, B2B Tower, Boris Becker Business Tower, Empire Heights, Fortune Bay, Lake Central, and the Mayfair Tower are only a few to name among the tantalizing projects in the area.

Amenities:

Business Bay offers the most scintillating properties which provide top-notch facilities. From huge shopping malls to restaurants serving lip-smacking cuisine, there is a lot in store for the leisure pursuit of the residents. The area is well connected to other parts of the city, making it a great choice for investors. One may use the underground rail or easily hail a cab here. The property provides enough parking spaces for private cars too. The overall architecture of the development is attractive and the well landscaped gardens are the icing on the cake.

The residential units offer a range of services, such as swimming pool, gym, children’s play area, health club, and many other indoor & outdoor leisure facilities. The business units also provide an array of modern amenities, such as swipe access, hi-speed internet, business lounge, reception desk, 24-hr security & CCTV cameras, access control system, fire alarm system, and much more.

Be it for commercial or residential purpose, the Business Bay in Dubai is certainly an awesome choice!