Despite receiving and accepting a job offer back in Sydney, I still had a few days to kill so I continued doing what I do best – travelling! I made it nearly as far north as the New South Wales / Queensland Border – I found myself after another train trip in Byron Bay, a backpacker mecca on the East Coast.
Unfortunately, my great run of sunny weather was at an end – dark clouds and rain rolled in as I arrived to Byron Bay. They stuck around for most of my 3 days. But that didn’t deter me from going on a big hike one day, out to Cape Byron.
Looking back at the famous stretch of beach that makes Byron Bay a favourite spot for drunken backpackers. It IS quite a nice spot.
The walk also featured some big wildlife.
And some lovely coastal scenery.
I also made it to a curious spot, the Easternmost point of the mainland. Yay! I have now been to…well one of the four points. I came close to the Westernmost point, but the North and South are quite far from my travels still. Not a big deal.
Another stretch of beach on the south side of the Cape. All those little black dots at the bottom of the picture are surfers – good storms bring good waves!
After a few hours of walking I returned to the main strip of Byron Bay. Ironically, this was when the sun finally broke through the clouds! I was tempted to rewalk some of the sections for better pictures, but then got lazy.
All in all, my days in Byron were relaxed and relatively uneventful. I was no longer an unemployed vagrant, I had work to head to soon enough.
As for the town of Byron Bay itself? Nothing special, and not worth a stop unless you love backpacking. Moreso than any town I’ve been to in a while, the entire place seemed to be filled with backpackers. Everyone working was a backpacker. Everyone visiting was a backpacker. So the town smelled of hippy. I enjoyed it, but have no desire to return.
Plus now I can start talking about what has become my main destination in Australia – Sydney. I took a 12 hour train back to Sydney and began the process of settling in to a normal life…