On arrival in Byron Bay we found our accommodation, a backpackers, for a reasonable price. We were lucky enough to get a two-floor suite complete with jacuzzi! Byron isn't very big and walking is the best way to get around, it's also jam packed with shops and cafes...most selling unique and organic products. Every wall is decorated colourfully and market stalls are set up in every spare space. When you head towards the gorgeous beaches you see people dancing, chilling out, playing music and the most breath taking views of the sea, and surrounding cliffs and mountains. If you are lucky, you may even spot a few whales (like we did)! If you turn up at the right time there is also a tea-tree oil filled lake at the beach - perfect for a refreshing face wash :)
|Come on, they gave us a jacuzzi, they were asking for pics like these!!|
The artwork that lines the streets and promenades of Byron is incredible. From recycled cans or glass turned into sculptures, to graffiti and paintings, Bryon Bay has it all. Activity-wise you can SCUBA, learn to surf, skydive, get artsy, go zen or ride horses - in fact, it's a beautiful setting to do just about every outdoor activity!
The walk up to the Cape Byron Light House is well worth it. It doesn't take too long and the view is spectacular - it is also a really good place to spot whales as they pass by on their migration.
Not far from Byron is Nimbin, famous for its Mardi Grass (a cannabis appreciation festival) in May where a giant joint is paraded through the streets and people dress up as pot leaves. The town famously celebrates a love of marijuana and even has a museum dedicated to the plant! They even sell 'special' cookies and lining the streets are stores selling SO many 'herbs' you get a little high just walking in! People living in Nimbin focus on living sustainable, eco-friendly lives, and you won't find any Maccy D's or restaurant chains here! We spent an afternoon looking in every shop with Laura's cousin & his fiancee, and strangely, looking around a candle factory was quite a highlight!
|Nimbin's rules to live by!!|
You will also find some of the most beautiful sunsets EVER in Byron Bay- sitting on a beach watching the sunset here was our favourite thing to do! And after the sun goes down, the nightlife in this town is also good. There are plenty of young travelers around, and people party in beach-side bars until the wee hours!
Here's the video we made of our trip together to Byron Bay!!
We hope you've enjoyed travelling to beautiful Byron Bay with us :) Some of our fondest memories together are here, and it is a place definitely not-to-be missed when you go to Australia!
Visit our For Life's Journeys page to see where else we've traveled together!
Love always, Sarah & Laura xo