Byron Bay & Beyond

Over the Australian Labour Day weekend (1 October), I took “birthday leave” while Erin rescheduled her regular Thursday off so that we could have a four-day weekend in Byron Bay, a relaxing beach town on the Northeast end of New South Wales and the eastern-most tip of the Australian mainland. With a hire-car we also explored the nearby area known as the Rainbow Region, parts of the world-heritage-listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves, and even travelled north of the border into Queensland to check out Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast. Check out the map below for a preview of upcoming blog posts— click on the icons for some info and photos on the destinations.

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We arrived in Byron Bay on Friday night, after an 80-minute flight from Sydney, and headed to the Arts Factory Backpacker’s Lodge. Erin had fond memories of staying here when she backpacked up Australia’s eastern coast almost seven years ago. The hostel is almost like a resort for backpackers nestled within five acres of a subtropical area just a few minutes from the city center. They offer many “funky abodes“— we decided to stay in one of the Island Retreats or “gunyas” bordering a small tea tree lake.

Byron Bay’s most prominent landmark is its lighthouse, rising from Cape Byron, the eastern tip of Australia.

It’s a popular spot to watch the sun rise over the ocean or set over the beautiful bay. If you know us, you know the sunrise was out. But we did manage to see this gorgeous sunset (click to see bigger)!

Check out all the photos around the Byron Bay area and look forward to posts on the other areas we explored.

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