Byron Bay's the place to be

Contestants at the start of the Great Ocean Swim at Wategos Beach.
Contestants at the start of the Great Ocean Swim at Wategos Beach.

A GROWING number of travellers are coming to Byron Bay to compete in water events – or just to play in the surf.

Tourists interested in splashing out on such activities are being guided by bus operator Greyhound Australia.

It has an ‘adventure program’ which allows them to redeem travel miles at small businesses.

The Greyhound Adventures Partnerships program has more than 250 tour operators across Australia, including Cape Byron Kayaks.

Owner Alice Livingston said there were many benefits to joining.

“Greyhound drops visitors literally at our door,” she said.

“It’s nice to see a big company supporting the little guy.”

For the competitively minded, Byron is staging three popular contests in coming weeks.

The Byron Bay Triathlon increased numbers of entrants to 1200 from 850 this year – but has already reached its maximum and declared the field full for the May 8 event.

The 30th Annual Malibu Classic will be held over the same weekend.

While entries are up to speed for the Winter Whales Ocean Swim Classic on Sunday May 2.

But those wanting to compete shouldn’t leave it to the last minute, warns swim committee secretary Phil Reid. Entries close earlier this year, on Friday, April 30.


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