The restricted dates for our Fraser Island tour meant we had four days before we needed to be in Noosa, so we decided to head further south and spend three days in Byron Bay. I had heard much of Byron Bay’s quirkiness, and was looking forward to spending a few days here.
Craig is our chief accommodation booker. He hunts out great little places like a ninja and generally comes up with the goods. I make approving noises. This time, he excelled himself with Byron Beach Resort, which had cute little rooms, hammocks in the garden, a quiet beach on the doorstep and – best of all – an on-site yoga tent. We ended up booking ourselves in for an additional night!
My first clue that I was going to get along with Byron Bay came in the classified section of the local paper. Any publication that runs an ad like this is totally on my wavelength.
We quickly fell into a routine (if you can manage that in 3 days) of relaxing on the beach, followed or preceded by a daily yoga class.
Byron Bay is a town well used to backpackers, and was the town we managed to have our first proper “night out” in with our friends Pat & Nic (who will probably feature more later, as we’re touring New Zealand with them) – there are plenty of bars to choose from and we managed to keep going until about 12:30 in the morning.
The next day, we walked off our hangovers up at the pretty lighthouse – the most eastern point in Australia. The view was pretty spectacular down the coast, although I couldn’t believe that the pretty beaches below were just deserted!
The town has plenty of cute little souvenir shops, clothing shops and juice bars too – enough to keep you occupied by day too. We also hired bikes from our resort as the town is well geared to even a nervous cyclist, with wide cycle lanes that the cars respect.
In short, if you are in the area, Byron Bay is a charming little place and well worth a couple of days. But don’t say I didn’t warn you if you end up staying longer…