Sorry Brisbane, I love another...
Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
31Trip End Mar 04, 2013
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After a lovely 1.5 hour journey on board Greyhound, with one of the
stricter drivers, who checked everyone on board to ensure all
seatbelts were done up tight, we arrived in Byron Bay. We caught a
cab with the local hippy taxi driver, arrived at Aarons Guesthouse
mid-afternoon, and were not disappointed, the accommodation is
fantastic, self contained mini-chalets with a BBQ area and an outdoor
swimming pool\hot tub, situated in easy reach of the town centre –
just 5 minutes walk down the road
After dropping our bags off we walked into town for some exploring of the
town centre and beach. The centre has lots of shops, small boutiques
as well as larger chains of Billabong, Rip Curl etc – even an Aldi!
There are lots of nice cafes and restaurants and some lovely ice
cream shops – I had the nicest chocolate ice cream I've ever had in
one shop just down from the beach. Not content with our Coles
supermarket Xmas gifts we found some lovely t-shirts to buy each
other in Rip Curl so we will both be stepping out looking the part on
Boxing Day! We made ourselves a 'Xmas chair' where 13 presents sat
ready for Xmas morning.
On Xmas Eve we decided to go for a walk up to the Lighthouse, about a
7km return trip
style, got up at 10am. The walk up to the Lighthouse saw some
magnificent sights, beautiful aqua seas, rolling waves crashing into
shore with lots of sunbathers and surfers on the beach and in the sea
and miles on miles of open ocean. No walk in Australia is complete
without a bucket load of steps to walk up, and this walk was no
exception, lots of uphill steps and a large detour (we missed a
sign-post) but it all was worth it because as we neared the
Lighthouse we saw 2 schools of Dolphins swimming down below and some
outstanding views of the ocean and the East coast (the most eastern
part of mainland Oz).
After our walk, which took around 3 hours, we decided we were hungry and
headed to a café halfway between town and the Lighthouse – but
when we saw the time we got paranoid that the bottle shop would close
and we would be alcohol-less for Xmas
walked very fast – could even been a jog - back to town so we could
buy our Tooheys Dry and bottle of fizz for Xmas day.
After all of this walking around we headed back to the guest house for a
swim in the unheated pool, which I didn't mind as it was very hot and
spent some time splashing around and chilling out. Afterwards I got
a Xmas Eve present – Arthur Christmas – a fantastic Xmas movie
which we watched as we saw in Xmas day.
We had a lovely, but weird Xmas this year, I woke up to chocolate
brioche & my new favourite – raisin toast and opened our
pressies and watched cartoons. My best pressie was the chocolate
Battleship game, Debs was her new tops and chocolate Rudolph
big present to each other will be the Sydney bridge climb in the new
year. We pootled down to the beach and spent the morning in the surf
and sunbathing and eating ice cream before heading back to the guest
house for a swim. I was very surprised to find most of the sand from
the beach in my bikini bottoms – must have looked like I'd had
piles! In the evening I cooked us a Aussie Xmas day BBQ, hot dogs
and chicken with salad and a bottle of bubbly – sat outside on our
veranda overlooking the pool. We finished the day with some beers and
played my new Battleship game – a perfect ending to a perfect day
Boxing day however was a bit of a wash out as it was raining for most of the
day – we tried to go out for a walk to the Lighthouse on the
assumption that it'd brighten up but we were wrong and got caught in
a lashing – so decided a lazy day planning our New Zealand trip and
watching movies was in order
The following day was move day, with our greyhound bus down to Sydney
leaving at 11.55pm. Checkout was at 10am therefore we had all day to
occupy ourselves. We bimbled into town in the morning and did some
shopping, spent some time on the beach watching the waves and surfers
and went to the pub for a few hours :-) then watched The Hobbit at
the cinema before heading back to the guest house to pick our bags up
and it was off to the bus stop. We had a strategy for getting a seat
together as all the buses are fully booked this side of New Year.
I'd push my way to the front of the queue to get a seat, and Debs'
hold up the bags. By the time the bus turned up nearly an hour late
(12.45am) I would've decked anyone who got in my way and got on the
bus first :-) 13 hours later we arrived in cold and windy Sydney –
but that's for another blog..
Byron Bay is a fantastic, laid back town with some amazing beaches,
fantastic surf and great walks up to the Lighthouse and lookouts
where the views are spectacular and schools of dolphins can be seen
swimming around. There's a definite hippy vibe, and at night pissed
students litter the pavements – but it's definitely somewhere to
return – and gives Brisbane a run for it's money as my favourite
place in Australia.