19.11.2009 - 23.11.2009 28 °C
After Murwillumbah we headed a short distance south to Byron Bay. We were both looking forward to byron as it is "the place to go" and we'd heard so much about it. When we arrived the weather was good as always! and the vibe was pretty cool, hippy but full of the tourists (yes i know we are tourists too). The hostel was big, clean and tidy and full of germans (as is 95% of Australia) but we didn't really stay in the hostel for long. First day we took to the beach for some sand sea and surf! Although the sea was a bit rough and i (Ryan) failed miserably but will no doubt try my luck at it again down the east coast. In the evening, we explored the local area, and sat and chilled in a field watching an accoustic singer and a lady dancing with a fire stick. On the second day we went for a long walk around Byron and up to the lighthouse over looking the cape. The views were awesome but there was too much 'up'! In the evening we decided to explore the nightlife and found a Hotel bar called Beach Hotel. The vibe was really cool and chilled out, and there was a reggae band playing, who were really good. On the last day we relaxed in the hostel and that evening we played some cards and drank goon. There was also a Pool competition on the last night, and Lisa persuaded me to go in for it! The prize was a free Kayaking tour, which, due to my awesomeness, i won! Unfortunately we were leaving the next day, so I graceously gave it away to the mere runner up :oP. And that concludes our Byron Bay experience. Overall we liked Byron, but it was a bit over hyped and full of tourists, which was a shame. We've heard from other travellers that 10 years ago, Byron was amazing because it wasn't so commercial, but i guess it happens everywhere. Still, it was a beautiful place to see.