This week we decided to take a quick trip down to explore the coastal town of Byron Bay which is about two hours south of Brisbane by car. Byron Bay has mostly been known as a quiet beach town with a strong surf culture due to the great surf breaks at the town’s beaches. Along with the surf culture there is also a bit of a hippie, alternative vibe found within the 5,00 residents of this beach side community. More recently it has become a haven for the thousands of backpackers traveling up the eastern coast of Australia. Byron Bay is also home to the most easterly point on mainland Australia.
We woke up bright and early Wednesday morning to catch a ride with our friend Raj who happened to be driving down to Sydney. Thanks for the lift Raj.
Since we had started our day so early we were down in Byron just as we were all beginning to get hungry. We found a delicious breakfast spot just a block off of the beach.
We then headed to Cape Byron to see the lighthouse as well as the most easterly point. The day was clear and sunny which made for stunning scenery.
The lighthouse was built in 1901 and is still in operation.
Cliffs down from the most easterly point. It is crazy to think where the next piece of land is on that horizon!
Another point, not the most eastern one though!
After the lighthouse, Raj dropped us off and we checked into our hostel. We then explored the town of Byron Bay peaking into shops and wandering around eventually ending up for some nibbles at a restaurant and then to the beaches.
We found a bench right on the beach and settled in to watch the surfers catch some pretty massive waves, do some good people watching all while listening to the beats of a drum circle. It was quintessential Byron.
Even though the sun doesn’t set on the water, it was still a spectacular sunset.
We enjoyed each moment as the sun dropped lower behind the trees.
We then headed off to bed as we were getting up reallly early the next morning. Part II to follow!