09.06.2010 - 11.06.2010
After getting to Byron Bay later in the evening and checking into Nomad (good hostel), I joined everyone for some free wine (goon) and cheese (cheddar) at the bar before we headed out to a few bars nearby. CHeeky Monkeys is the famous bar there since you can dance on tables (apparently that's an attraction in it's own right). Stayed out pretty late and managed to get a few hours of sleep before waking up around 5am to walk with a kid I met that night to the lighthouse for sunsrise. The hike wasn't bad but we got there a good 45 minutes before the rise, so the wait was pretty boring and unfortunately the sunrise wasn't too spectacular - maybe just do the lighthouse at a normal hour.
The rest of the long day I spent roaming around the small town, which I must have walked up and down a hundred times before I left. Took a small nap on the beach, but it was a bit too chilly to get in. I just recall one restaurant I ate at called Mangos gormet fish and chips - really good. And right next door was a solid looking Middle Eastern restaurant as well that was packed.
A lot of people take a day trip to Nimbin from BB, which is a one-street town that's apparently stuck in the 60's where weed and the like is totally illegal. Some people like the trip others didn't, I don't particularly care for those types of tours that visit areas completely set up for tourists so I skipped out.
Everyone I spoke to was really enthusiastic about Byron Bay, but unfortunately I got a bit bored of it early on. I think it definitely appeals to the more party-going, relaxing during the day crowd, which at that point I hadn't gotten into much. So needless to say, I boarded the early morning bus and continued north to Noosa Heads. I also took the time to book my travel plans using Peter Pan, so it was nice to have the next few weeks completely scheduled. I also at this point started to realize how expensive Australia is with respect to its activities, food, and drink. No wonder everyone carries around re-usable grocery bags filled with cooking needs.