Byron bay was a lovely place, possibly my favourite in
Australia and I had a lovely few days here. When we arrived we were glad to
check into a really clean hostel (Nomads) and then went out into the town to
check out the scene.
It is a really cute town, there is a main road, maybe about
1km long that leads up to the beach. Along the road there are lots of little
shops, many of which sell rather unusual things and souvenirs. Byron Bay is
known for its spiritual side and I suppose this is one of the reasons why I
like it so much.
During my travels I have decided that I want to get more in
touch with my inner self and development my spiritual abilities. I have done
taro readings for people before, have some angel cards and regularly check my
horoscopes, but that is as far as I have gone in the past. So for anyone
interested in this type of thing, Byron Bay is a great place!
I was fascinated to find almost immediately as I walked
along the street a shop selling all kinds of spiritual things from crystals to
tarot cards. Outside, they were advertising ‘spiritual drawings’ and had some
examples. So basically, there is an artist in the town that once a week comes
to the shop to do these drawings for people, they were $45 a hit. She would
draw you, but make you look spiritual, for example you could look a little ‘elf
like’ with pointy ears, or ‘angel like’ with a glowing halo…. Etc etc, I’m sure
you get the point. I thought they looked really cool but unfortunately she was
not there on a day that I was in town….so that will just have to wait for
There were also random hippy type shops, selling all sorts
of brightly coloured and random things. And
then there were shops selling candles and lovely little ornaments etc too. One
shop advertised that you can get a photo of you with your ‘aura’, which is
basically a picture of you with the colour of your ora surrounding you-I am a
bit dubious about that one I must say! Ha ha That must be some special camera!!
We (My friend Karen from Brisbane had come with me) walked
along the street until we reached the beach, where the sun was just beginning
to set. The beach was beautiful, it was extremely long with white soft
sands-I’m not sure any beaches have disappointed yet in Australia!! It was the
type where your feet sink so deep into the sand every step is hard work. But
I’m certainly not complaining-it was lovely!!
The sunset was actually behind the beach, so it was not the
traditional beach sunset you would imagine, it was however, just as stunning.
The sky was becoming a gorgeous rose pink colour and the light reflecting off
the clouds made them appear pink too, it was simply lovely.
The following day it was Karen’s birthday. We decided to
spend the morning walking over to the lighthouse and attempting to spot yet
more marine life (I will never get tired of spotting whales and sharks!). The
walk led us across the entire stretch of beach, across some rocks and onto the
next beach before a steep incline up the cliff to reach the lighthouse at the
top. The walk took around 1 ½ hours each way. On route there were a couple of
gorgeous viewing points, one of which was overlooking what appeared to be a very
popular surfing area.
Surfing is something that I would to try, but I just couldn’t
handle the cold temperatures of the Australian winter waters, this however, did
not seem to bother most people! Everybody would bob up and down in the water,
until a wave come and then they would stand up on their boards and chase it
until it broke, most falling off in the process. It was really quite
interesting to watch, and one day, I WILL join them in the water.
So after absorbing the many beautiful views on route we
finally reached the lighthouse. It was pretty. But there is not more to say
about it than that really, it was all about the walk getting there, not the
final destination. We sat at the top and relaxed for a while, enjoying a nice
cold drink and the lovely warm weather than we had been treated with this day.
By the time we returned from the walk most of the day had
actually gone, so we relaxed for a while at the hostel, and then head out into
town to celebrate Karens’s birthday. We began the night by having a Proseco (oh
how very sophisticated!) in a rather posh bar in town that Karen had had her
eye on all day named The Balcony. Then we headed over to a place called Cheeky
Monkeys for what we thought was a bargain $5 Mexican meal. Well, we took one
look at the place and turned back. I’m sure it would have been good fun for a
night out with 18 year olds, but we wanted some nice dinner so we found a
lovely little Thai restaurant down the street and spent the rest of the evening
chilling out there and enjoying a few glasses of wine.
Also while in Byron Bay we went on a day trip to Nimbin. What
can I say, what a place!!! Basically the story is that when the backpacker
trail was first established down the east coast, during the hippie days, some
went of track and discovered this lovely little (and when I say little I really
do mean it) town called Nimbin and decided to stay. And since then it has
Every shop is a hippie shop, most of which have weed and
weed cookies for sale. I never normally get offered drugs, I guess I just don’t
have the face, but I must have been approached a dozen times during my 1 ½
hours here! Everything is brightly decorated and there are old cars lining the
street from maybe the 1950’s. The staff all look like old has-been hippies,
that perhaps went there and never left.
We visited Nimbin (myself Karen and my friend from Fraser
Island again Joanna) on a tour from Byron Bay. And the tour included a lot of
stops at pubs, and do you know what, I was quite in the mood to be getting on
it at 11am! Lol Like they always say, it’s 5pm somewhere! We stopped at lovely
little pubs that offered Macadamia nuts for free as these are grown locally
(not that I like nuts but it was a nice gesture). We travelled by an OLD bus
(like I have said before, Australia are so behind the times in so many ways!)
which blasted out random hippie type tunes for the duration of the journey. We
then spent some time in Nimbin, had a barbeque (we all know Aussie’s love their
barbies!) and then visited a waterfall before returning to Byron bay.
In Nimbin I bought some crystals and some tarot cards and I
am very much looking forward to getting some good use out of them! **Update- It is now 2016 and I still use them regularly!**
When we returned I treated myself to a Domino’s pizza as I
was rather excited to see that a ‘large’ was on special for $6!! It was nice,
but not the same Domino’s you get in the UK (or as big)-what a disappointment!
Lol And no garlic and herb dip either!!
So that was Byron Bay, I also did a skydive one day (which
was amazingly awesome!!!!), but you can read about that here. It
was a fantastic few days and I LOVED Byron Bay and quirky little Nimbin! Many
places in Australia, I feel have began to get a bit ‘samey’, beach, same shops,
diving trips etc…but this place was really unique and special-I thought it was