Day 1 – The Journey Begins – Byron Bay

Day 1 of my 12 month trip. I set off early from Brisbane heading South on the Pacific to Byron Bay, home of the Easternmost point of mainland Australia. I head straight to Cape Byron to stand at the Easternmost point. That’s 2 of the 4 I’ve completed.. Cape York for North and now Byron for East. The Cape Byron Lighthouse is a short walk from this point along the walkway with awesome views of the ocean. In the waters below are a pod of 20 or so Dolphins cruising in close to the rocky coastline, along with 2 large Manta Rays. Come up here during the whale migration season for a great show.
If you love the beach or surfing Byron Bay has a lot to do and see. I must have walked past a dozen surf shops in the town centre. But for me, I got bored quite quickly.. much the same touristy shops and cafes as anywhere else.
There’s plenty of options for accommodation. I stayed at Beaches of Byron caravan park which I found to be the cheapest at $15 per night for an unpowered site (during the offpeak season). The facilities were clean and tidy. Beach Access was only a short 10 minute walk along a nearby track. This has views of the lighthouse in the distance.
I camped in the back of my car for the first night. Very comfortable.

 

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