Hippy Surfing Culture
Byron Bay is a beautiful coastal town found just short of 2 hours south of Brisbane and in New South Wales. It’s most interesting claim to fame is that it is Australia’s easternmost town and surfing mecca. That, and the particular barefoot hippy surfing culture that permeates the shops, restaurants and beaches.
We truly enjoyed our visit here.
Although we don’t surf – we do eat, and we found some great restaurants and tiny “hole in the wall” eateries with fabulous and inexpensive food. We hiked to the lighthouse and Australia’s most easterly point! We were here in off season, which helped a lot in terms of not facing too many crowds – because Byron Bay is one of those places that people like to go to.
We followed the 4 Km walking trail up to the Captain Cook Lookout 1901 Lighthouse, getting some great views of Byron Bay and its famous surf along the way. (Remember that there aren’t a lot of surfers because it is the middle of winter, after all.) Because the trail circumnavigates a point, one actually gets views to the north, the south, and the east – which includes several beaches and lots of ocean. This trail tops my all time favorites.
The Australasian Darter
Goodbye to Byron Bay for now…