On our first morning in Byron Bay, we headed 2.5 km off shore to Julian Rocks in the Cape Byron Marine Park for some snorkeling. We were drawn by web photos of crystal clear waters teeming with rays, sea turtles, eels, nurse sharks, and leopard sharks. Unfortunately, some unusual winds that week stirred up some muck and ruined the visibility for our snorkel (the same unusual weather kept us from going hang-gliding, something we had planned to do). We did get to see some sea turtles, jellyfish, and even some nurse sharks down below in the murky waters, which was pretty cool, but this is the best we can do in the way of photos:
Instead of hang-gliding that afternoon, we drove out to Nimbin, a tiny colourful hippie town in the Rainbow Region popular for its “alternative” culture. You might call it the Amsterdam of Australia.