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Background information on Byron Shire's climate and geography to give a context for the Master Plan.

Byron Shire is approximately  200 kilometres south  of Brisbane and some  800 kilometres north  of Sydney.

The Shire is renowned  for its lush, green, rolling hills fringed by  white sand beaches stretching virtually the length of the coastal fringe. Rainforest remnants dot  the hinterland.

The two major rivers,  the Brunswick and  the Wilson, provide inland  water systems  for fishing and boating and add to  the area's scenic  attraction. The Brunswick River mouth is located  at Brunswick Heads flowing west  to Mullumbimby and Main Arm. Both the Wilson and Brunswick rivers  flood in times of heavy rain, as do many of  the minor streams and tributaries. Those areas most affected are Wilsons Creek  with ten level creek crossings, and Main Arm with approximately 5 creek  crossings. Upper Wilsons Creek, Upper Main Arm, Huonbrook and The Pocket can be isolated in times of flood.

National Park escarpment provides a dramatic backdrop to  the northern part of the  area. The southern half is characterised by rolling green hills  with rich red volcanic soil,  which is abundant  with plant growth.

The  climate is pleasantly subtropical  with summer-dominated rainfall averaging  2000mm per year. This is the  highest rainfall of  any area in the state. Cooling ocean breezes along the coastal fringe moderates summer  temperatures. Warm, mild  winters are characteristic of  the area. Some inland valleys experience  light frosts in winter  but generally the area is frost-free. The  climate contributes to  the area's popularity amongst visitors and locals alike generally all year round. These environmental conditions, combined with volcanic soil, means the area is alive  with abundant plant growth.

The  following table was sourced  from the Bureau of Meteorology  website for Byron Bay  (or Cape Byron where the weather station is located). The averages are based on  the number of years since data has been available as shown in  the 'years' column.