After steadily reminiscing about my European travels on my blog, this is the first post about a destination from my home country!
My best friend lives in the state of Queensland which is (only) a rough 5 hours plane ride on the opposite side of Australia from me.
Needless to say it’s not a quick trip so I visit when I get a chance and flights are cheap.
She lives on the theme park filled Gold Coast which is situated between two airports, one being Brisbane and the other Coolangatta.
Since I was flying to and from the later and it is on the borderline of the next state of New South Wales and only 40 minutes from popular Byron Bay, I figured it would be a crime not to visit.
Officially known as the eastern most point of mainland Australia, this beautiful town has an iconic lighthouse on Cape Byron which you can walk around and follow its trail to literally the end of the country.
Unofficially, this chilled out place is famous for being a hippie and backpackers haven so don’t be surprised if you smell some questionably legal scents as you walk past many a barefooted person, countless surfers and stunning beaches.
Coming from Western Australia, which doesn’t get quite so much attention as the east coast even though it is equally amazing, meant I felt a little strange being in an Aussie town so dominated by tourists but there’s a fun atmosphere and a great range of dining and drinking options because of this.
There’s definitely a lot to keep you occupied here with live music spilling out of many doors and heaps of water activities on offer for when the weather is fine.
As we sat on the sand to enjoy the last rays of sun, one guy literally pulled his bicycle over next to us and sitting on his back was a rainbow coloured parrot.
This dude must’ve been trusting because he asked a random girl to watch his pet as he searched for food.
After a sneaky hit from his bong it’s clear why he was a) probably so OK with letting a stranger watch all his things and b) so keen on a snack in the first place!
I have a feeling this sort of thing is a far from irregular occurrence here but this, the scenery and more seems to be the appeal of Byron Bay!