Behind Enemy Lines
Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
98Trip End Ongoing
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We did have one trip planned for Byron which did in fact make it worth the visit. A night vision tour in a national park. Amazingly no one else had booked this tour so it was just us and our guide having a private tour. We donned our night vision goggles and went for a walk in search of wildlife. The journey to the park was pretty impressive with 2 snakes running across the road in front of us and a tawny frogmouth (bird) sitting in a tree over the road. It was a pretty grey night so we were keeping our fingers crossed that the rain and storm held off from us. With our goggles on we walked like a drunk people on the moon looking for anything and everything that moved. It took a while for our eyes and feet to adapt to the strange feeling of being able to see in the dark. The park has a camp site in it and we felt like snipers sneaking through their camps in the pitch black. To add effect Tim referred to himself as 'Red Leader’ and made radio crackle noises every time he spoke
We got back to our camp slum and thankfully despite leaving la Toya lid unzipped she had stayed dry in the downpour so it was just the large muddy puddle growing outside our door that we had to worry about. On my last trip to the toilet before bed I had to go back to the van to get my camera as there was the cutest green tree frog sitting outside toilet block!
It pretty much rained all night and the next morning was equally gray so we decided to do something we have not done before, we had a duvet day. It was pure bliss, chilling in La Toya watching films for the day. Thankfully before sun set the rain cleared and we decided to visit the lighthouse, it was much quieter and was worth the return trip for the amazing views. From the top we could see a pod of dolphins and we even saw a massive manta ray (which is amazing given that I haven’t even seen one in the sea). We also made it to the most easterly point of Australia. Woo!
Our visit to Byron wasn’t a complete waste but it is definitely not our sort of place and we could have spent our limited time in NSW better, but it was an experience and we found an amazing Mexican restaurant which definitely helped improve our opinion.
Next stop – another Helpx role near Coffs Harbour…