Byron Bay, a town located 165km south of Brisbane, is well-known for its beautiful beaches, its wuthering waves but most of all for its very relaxing vibe. From Brisbane you catch a bus from the city (return AUD $76) which will take you to Byron Bay in two hours. Let’s go!
Biking to Beaches
In Byron we met up with our friend Jan, who I lived with in Sydney. The weather was nice, but since it was not extremely hot beach weather we decided to discover Byrons surroundings by bike. Our hostel, Cape Byron YHA, lends out free bikes, so off we went! We drove to a national park nearby, named Arakwal National Park. We just entered the park and immediately saw a wallaby hopping around – aaahh I love seeing Australian wildlife! Taking a turn left brough us to the stunning Tallows beach, where we chilled for a bit.
Getting up early was never so rewarding
The next morning our alarms went of at 5:15. From the city center of Byron Bay it takes about 30-40 minutes to walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland Australia, where supposedly the sunrise is magical. And oh, it was, it sure was…
Did I also mention beautiful sunsets?
Next to dazzling sunrises, Byron Bay is also a great place to watch a stunning sunset. You can either walk to the main beach (aplty named Main Beach, to keep it simple ;)) or you can walk to The Pass Lookout. If you face Main Beach, go right and keep walking until you see the lookout. The walk includes strolling along a beautiful beach, and the sunset is just as rewarding as the sunrise, leaving you breathless.
The rest of our time in Byron Bay consisted of some tanning at the pool (love these Aussie winters), enjoying delicious coffees and some more strolling down the beaches. If you are in Byron on a budget then grab dinner at Success Thai Byron Bay, where they serve mouthwatering Thai meals for only AUD $10.
Whilst a few days in Byron Bay is enough to explore the whole town and its surroundings, this was a place I could’ve easily stayed for weeks. Hopefully one day I’ll be back 🙂