So I’ve been in Byron Bay in Northern New South Wales for the last couple of days (perhaps a place best described as Australia‘s playground) It’s the place where locals go to let their hair down. Anything and everything goes and that’s part of the charm. With world-renowned music festivals and surfing, excellent food and great views, Byron has a bit of everything. You can’t help but feel peaceful, inspired and active. Here’s what I got up to on the first day.
Having caught the last flight to Ballina-Byron from Melbourne, we really only had time to pick up our hire car, drive to Byron, check into our accommodation and head into town for a late dinner. We made our way to Main Street Burger for a quick, (very delicious) dinner before settling in for the night.
Our holiday properly started the next morning when we headed out for a bike ride. The resort we were staying in had plenty of pastel-coloured bikes to ride so we took full advantage of that and set out to explore – mind you neither of us had ridden a bike in years and despite what they say, it did actually take some getting use to.
Once we got the hang of it we found ourselves at Cumbebim Swamp Reserve where we cycled the circumference spotting kookaburras and bush turkeys as we went. There’s a boardwalk that takes you into the heart of the wetlands area where you can see some amazing curiosities of nature – think vines twisting their way up tree trunks and single leaves bigger than a person.
It’s not exactly clear in the photo above, but this strange, green plant in the middle was easily 5-6 metres tall.
After our bike ride we were getting a bit peckish and so decided to go for some brunch at Folk. Brunch was exactly what we needed; just fresh, healthy flavours with garnishes picked straight from the garden out front.
There’s something about Byron that just makes you feel peaceful. They say it’s a place where you go to heal. I don’t know how true that it but I do know that the place makes you happy, and happiness must count for something.
Our afternoon was filled with a trip out to Cape Byron. We walked up the Cape Byron Walking Track to the most easterly point on mainland Australia before continuing on to Little Wategos Beach, for the most spectacular cliff side views.
As I soaked up the sunshine on a fine 24˚C day, I couldn’t help but think in awe ‘Wow. So this is Byron in the middle of Winter.’