Byron Bay, Oh Byron Bay! | Australia
This one will be less of a guide and more of a (visual) love letter to Byron Bay. We decided that instead of flying straight back to Sydney after visiting the Great Barrief Reef (read about that here), we'd fly to Brisbane instead, rent a car and go on a little roadtrip for a few days so we can visit Byron Bay and then make our way down to Sydney with lots of scenic stops.
We cheated a bit on our Brisbane - Sydney roadtrip as we didn't actually see that much of Brisbane... Well, we saw the airport, the car park, and then the city outline as we were driving from the airport to Gold Coast where we would spend the night. Everyone we spoke to told us there's not much to do in Brisbane - to be honest, there's probably lots to see there but we were just too impatient and wanted to get to Byron Bay as soon as possible.
Oh, Byron Bay! Everyone's always talking about you and I was so curious to find out what the fuss was about. Some people say it's overrated, whilst others talk about leaving their jobs and moving to Byron and never coming back.
I LOVED IT. I really freaking loved it! It's hard to explain what's so magical about it, but it's one of the places I've put on my "wouldn't mind buying a house here one day" list.
For me, a really easygoing, sunshine-sea-and-nature loving vegetarian, it was amazing. The whole vibe of the town is just so chilled out that you can't help but, actually, chill the f* out and forget all your worries. What made our experience even cooler was our AirBnb with really lovely hosts (linked here). I won't go into much detail, I'd rather let pictures do all the talking :)
Do yourself a favor and have a burger at Bayger. I had THE best halloumi burger there. Another trendy and yummy spot with a really lovely atmosphere is Miss Margarita Mexican. A great spot for breakfast & catching up with emails (even though we were really reluctant to have any contact with the outside world at this stage of the trip..) is Dip Cafe. There's tons of juice & smoothie places around, and the town centre is filled with beautiful boutique shops. Make sure to go up to Cape Byron and the lighthouse where you can take a short but very scenic hike.
Head down to one of the beaches to see the sunset - Tallows Beach was my fave. We had the most magical time there with just a couple of surfers and us on this vast & empty beach. The softest white sand, turqoise waves and pink evening twilight.
It's safe to say I am in love with this place. No matter how far away it is, I know I'll be back.
In case you haven't seen my other Australia posts - I wrote a Beginner's Guide to Sydney & about our Visit To The Great Barrier Reef (click to read)! Keep your eyes peeled - working on my trip highlights video next! :) x