One of the many great things about living in Australia is that there are so many wonderful places to visit. I will admit right away that I have seen the very bare minimum, which is a sad thing I know – but strangely enough for me, I’ve always wanted to explore down to the smallest inches of the rest of the globe before my own home? Someday I do hope to make the most of being lucky enough to live in a country such as this, and discover a little more of it.
One place that I always regarded as a favourite of mine (out of anywhere I had travelled) is Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. Only a 2 hour drive south from the city, it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.
Just recently, my partner Christian, my sister and her partner went down for a weekend to celebrate my good friend Kathleen’s birthday.
I think I set Christian’s expectations too high for Byron, as I harp on about it most chances I get. It had always been one of the very few places where I relaxed as soon as I drove into town. A rare and precious thing for me!
This time, however, it was a little different.
Byron is still a beautiful spot, full of brilliant cafes and restaurants with fantastically fresh food, a place on almost every corner where you can order an organic tea or cold glass of wine and a number of beaches (some of them hidden where you can escape for some privacy).
I suppose the most disappointing thing about it now, is that it is such a popular destination, it is constantly over run with people, and has become incredibly commercial. There are still a few prize spots in town that you can discover and soak in the serenity and embrace the genuine and earthy surrounds. So if you do plan to visit, do a bit of research, and while there try to ask some locals for some tips (whether they’re willing to disclose any or not you will just have to take with a pinch of salt – I don’t blame them for wanting to keep some things to themselves).
Apart from that, it was a wonderful weekend away, and it gave us all a chance to unwind. We stayed at Byron Central Apartments, and were pleasantly surprised with the room! The staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly and I would definitely recommend it as a place to stay.
We spent time on the main beach, shared late afternoon drinks at Kath’s camp site, ate some of the best food we’d had at Miss Margarita Mexican Cantina and Dip, the boys made the most of the surf during the day, and we all met up for a birthday bar-be-que before heading out to lose ourselves in Byron’s night life before having to check out the following day.
Christian and I made the most of our time alone after breakfast that last day, and made the short trip up to the lighthouse. From there we walked out to the Most Easterly Point of Australia, and on further to Wategos Beach. It was a gorgeous day and it was so nice to be out making the most of it before heading home again.