First, Byron Bay - home of the hippy - was really chilled out...
It's a small town very popular with backpackers. The town itself doesn't have nice architecture or old buildings. But it does have everything needed and it is one of the few places in the world that doesn't have a McDonalds!
Pubs and bars, however, are abound and many have good live music.
|Hannah sees the light(house)!|
The beach at Byron is really long and beautifully clean with a lovely white lighthouse at one end.
We walked up to the lighthouse for sunset, the sky changed to really strong colours before dipping behind the volcanic mountains that line one side of Byron's horizon.
From the lighthouse, a five-minute walk took us onto a peninsular and the most easterly point of Australia. It would be easy to take on the Byron way of life and let the world carry on around you, but for me there were too many exciting things to do.
|"It would be easy to take on the Byron way of life and let the world carry on around you, but for me there were too many exciting things to do."|
The first must-do when in Oz is try your hand at surfing. Let me just say I would have loved to have been watching myself! It is a lot harder than the cool dudes and dudettes make it look! I did manage to stand up and ride a few waves though.
Next on the list was sea-kayaking.
Paddling out through the big waves was tough, but once through the break it was pretty easy. We saw turtles and lots of dolphins - I'm not sure who was watching who! Surfing the kayaks back to shore was definitely a big highlight!
|Matt back on dry land!|
My boyfriend Matt, deciding he'd had enough of activities involving water thought that jumping out of a plane at 14,000 ft would be a good idea! I was very tempted but not quite brave (or stupid) enough!
A bit exhausted we headed off to Byron Bay's opposite - Surfers Paradise. It is easier to start off with the similarities - they start and end with a nice long beach! It was a culture shock to be faced with a seaside resort resembling Benidorm!
It seemed like quite a trashy place to me, but in its defence I didn't see it in its best light as it rained the whole time we were there. It did give us a chance to recharge after the excitement of Byron before we were off exploring again!
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