Byron Bay – Hippies and Surfers and Everyone Else

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.

Surf Scene

Surf Scene

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A Look at Byron Bay from on high

A Look at Byron Bay from on high

Tallow's Beach

Tallow’s Beach

Looking down to the wild water on the rocks

Looking down to the wild water on the rocks. This is why they needed a lighthouse.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse 2

Cape Byron Lighthouse 2

Most Easterly point of the Australian Mainland

Most Easterly point of the Australian Mainland

Just need a rest before I walk down there.

Just need a rest before I walk down there.

South Pacific Ocean -28.632848, 153.638180

South Pacific Ocean
-28.632848, 153.638180

more walking

more walking

walking path

walking path

walking trail

walking trail

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A final look back at the Lighthouse

A final look back at the Lighthouse

Mail Beach

The Australasian Darter

Goodbye to Byron Bay for now…

 

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