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Byron Bay

The most easterly point of the mainland

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Byron Bay (population 7000)

We last visited Byron Bay in 1999 on our first trip to Australia, so we were curious to see what has happened to the “hippie/surfing town” since then. It turns out it hasn’t changed much. The biggest difference we noticed wasn’t infrastructure, but numbers. The town is struggling with the tourist numbers (surfers and backpackers, mostly), and it was easier parking in one sport and making our way around on foot.

The road from Coffs Harbour was also very busy, with lots of roadworks to complete the project of making it a double highway all the way from Sydney. We loved travelling along broad rivers for large parts of the journey. We really started to feel like we’re nearing home when 130km south of Byron Bay, the sugar cane fields made an appearance.

  • Trivia on Coffs Harbour: It is also the place where Michael Robotham went to school. he is arguably Australia's best crime thriller writer and one of the world's best (and we're both busy reading one of his novels)

In Byron our main destination was the lighthouse with the panoramic views at the most easterly point of the mainland. What a beautiful spot this is to just hike, take in the views, and enjoy watching the dolphins at play.

Tomorrow we might press through to the Sunshine Coast. Rain is forecast at 40-50mm per day for the next three days. No point going into the National Parks if we’re just going to sit in the van watching the rain. Tomorrow it will be exactly 1 year since we left home!

View down from the easterly point

View down from the easterly point

Typical shops are a bit whacky

Typical shops are a bit whacky

Strange people in Byron don't sit under roofs

Strange people in Byron don't sit under roofs

Our neighbour in Coffs with his raised swag and old motorcycle

Our neighbour in Coffs with his raised swag and old motorcycle

Most Easterly point of the Australian Mainland

Most Easterly point of the Australian Mainland

Lighthouse at easterly point

Lighthouse at easterly point

Happy Dolphins at the most easterly point

Happy Dolphins at the most easterly point

Even the streets are alternative

Even the streets are alternative

Byron Bay on the right

Byron Bay on the right

Posted by ChrisHenriette 02:28 Archived in Australia

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That is a pretty cool photo of a dolphin!!
Chris: it was easy to take because they were all just jumping, having fun.

by Suret

Enjoying your Travellerspoint blogs, feel like we have been travelling around Oz without going out of WA. Great photographs too. Janet & Norman
Chris: Thanks for travelling with us! This will be our final week before I'm back into it!

by Janet & Norman Bowles

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