The most easterly point of the mainland
12.03.2017 - 14.03.2017 29 °C
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!