Byron Bay Travel Blog› entry 33 of 39 › view all entries
So, after our helpx came to an end we headed north again.
Jen drove us to the train station where we parted ways regretfully. Jen was a great laugh, as nutty as a fruit cake and a really nice person to boot. Our destination now was Byron Bay, around two hours south of Brisbane. The train journey was ok, and we got to see brief glimpses of mobs of 'roos as we passed wooded areas. Our train terminated at Casino and we had to change onto a coach for the final leg to Byron.
We arrived and found our hostel without too much trouble, though we had to book into a dorm again as Byron is an expensive place to stay. Our dorm was a 12 bed female, and we quickly realised we would not be able to hold much interesting conversation with any of its occupants.
We only had a few days in Byron which we found was enough, it was too much of a 'trendy' town for us. Everyone wanted to see and be seen, thinking their the bee's knees. We spent some time on the beach but the weather wasnt that great so on the second day we decided to walk up to Cape Byron, the most Easterly point of Australia (without getting wet that is). We wandered along the walking track, which took us up and down the cliff facing the beach, passing a group of older surfers that were having some sort of competition. It was nice to see that you dont need to be in perfect physique to enjoy surfing. It took us almost an hour to get up to Cape Byron (named after Captain Cook's Grandfather) but the view was incredible, and we even saw a pod of dolphins. On the way back down we got to see an even more incredible sight, the pod of dolphins began to wave surf, riding the crest of the waves into shore like a surfer (but far more elegantly!). We were stunned by the obvious fun they were having, just larking about in the surf like a group of kids, it was really beautiful to see and for that reason we have no photos as neither of us wanted to miss a second by hunting for the camera.