19th-21st December 2015
2 night stay at Backpackers Inn on the beach
Popular Byron Bay is literally the place to chill out. This quirky backpacker town with its laid back beach vibe is made up of cafe’s and health-shake stands galore – perfect for a vegetarian foodie like myself 🙂 The beach here is superb and popular for surfing, perhaps even more so than Noosa; but in contrast to its upmarket, celeb style cultured Sister, it’s hippie central.
Day 1 – It felt like a long few hours on the greyhound bus from Brisbane to Byron Bay. Upon arriving in this funky backpacker beachside town around 2:30pm, I checked into my hostel and as normal, went straight back out to suss out the area.
I found myself walking the length of the beach and started the walk up to the lighthouse, however it was getting dark and a passer-by suggested unless I wanted to be walking in the dark to turn back (I was still an hour away from where I’d started anyway). By the time I got back to the town after walking along the beautiful beach at dusk it was thriving. Byron really comes to life at night! I found a great little vegetarian restaurant and happily sat there for dinner reading and people watching. By the time I got back that evening I chatted a little to the people in my room who were lovely and settled in.
Day 2 – Today was pretty much spent on the beach sun-worshiping and hoping to top-up on that golden glow in time for Christmas, following a wander around the farmers market first. As well as ALOT of food and local produce available, there were also clothes and tarot card reading stands and the like among other random stalls. I had lunch at the Twisted Sista café with a girl from my room called Jane who was nice. I highly recommend you pop by here! Amazing food and coffee. I even bought some of their vintage inspired tea towels, aprons and a mug as presents for people back home. A great means to while away a few hours and relax before leaving for Sydney on the overnight bus that evening 🙂
The ideal Itinerary
Byron Bay is a nice beachside town with plenty of bars and other backpackers to keep you occupied for a few days. There is not much to do here other than eat, beach, drink and sleep that you can’t do anywhere else along the East Coast – although I would say Byron has a certain charm to its character. If the place were a person it would ooze charisma. If you are into surfing it is particularly popular here; or any water sport activity for that matter. The Lighthouse trail and a visit to the Farmers Market are about as exciting as things got for me. I would recommend 2-4 days here depending on what type of flashpacker/traveller you are 🙂
TIP – I would advise spending more time in Bryon Bay and Noosa over Hervey Bay and Gold Coast – however that is just my view and you may feel differently.
Next stop – Sydney!!
– TheSloanRanger x