Byron Bay, for me a place that conjures up images of hippies, awesome surf and perfect golden beaches. I’m so happy to report that the place exceeds these expectations in every way, it’s amazing and very special.
We stepped off the coach after a relatively short journey from Yamba. As we struggled with our oversized rucksacks through the town almost immediately you could feel the vibe. This sign on the way into town sums it up well ‘Cheer up, slow down, chill out’.
Sure it was busy, with backpackers, holiday makers and locals but there was a relaxation and happiness in the air that was hard to describe. More often than not people would stop to say hi or smile as you walk past and there was an overwhelming sense of calm amongst the relative chaos. This place felt right for us.
An early 5am start followed the next morning with a 45 minute walk to the lighthouse. It’s the most easterly point of Australia so we would be the first people in the country to see the sunrise. Unfortunately Mother Nature was not on our side with the horizon full of clouds. We purposely didn’t go to the rock signifying the most easternly point so we knew we would have to come back.
The beaches surrounding Byron are simply incredible. Whilst strolling down the main beach the town becomes hidden and all of a sudden you are in a tropical paradise. It is a visual delight and hard to take in, not for the first time while being in Australia I didn’t know whether to take photos or stare in disbelieve. Usually a muddled combination of the two occurred.
Keep an eye on the blog, we intend to post a few more times about beautiful Byron, including our adventures climbing Mount Warning, surfing the Pass and seeing sunrise at the lighthouse.