Everybody's Gone Surfin', Surfin' Byron Bay

Byron Bay Travel Blog

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Boarding legend
See what I did there? Yeah, genius. Well, everyone apart from us, probably. Despite planning on having a couple of day's surfing lessons in Byron Bay, where the waves are spot on for a surf, booking a couple of tours further up the coast meant we tightened the purse strings and hired body boards instead.

The overnight journey to Byron Bay was everything that was expected of it. First off, the comedy bus driver, who seems to be as compulsory as an uncomfortable seat. And I'm convinced that a prerequisite of the job is a peculiar foible to shock or annoy passengers. From the same job that brought us such characters as the suspicious fruit detective and the real life Desperate Dan, comes a bus driver who, like most of them, says in ten minutes what you could say in a sentence, most likely when you're trying to sleep, and utters as if inhaling on a helium balloon so that every each sentence tails off into a child-like squeak.
The Pacific
But that aside, what actually bugs me - and, granted, bus drivers should take breaks on long journeys, of course - was the fact that on boarding we were told that he would be stopping at 1:00am and 5:00am for breaks and would wake us up to tell us to depart the bus. So not only do we know we're unlikely to get much sleep, we know for sure that it's going to be interupted at the worst possible times. OK, rant over. I'm sure I'll see them as first class once I do the same sort of trip in South East Asia.

So, to Byron Bay, on the eastern most point of Australia, and a popular backpacker stop-off and a delight for surfers across the globe. Tired, we were looking forward to a couple of relaxing days spent primarily on the sand by the sea. The beaches aren't too ram-jammed with people, like Mar Del Plata was, and the lighthouse overlooking the main beach makes for an attractive view while also a pleasant reminder of our time on the southern most point.
Sunset
It wasn't all sunshine, though, as a couple of downpours cleared everyone but devoted surfers off the beach.  The highlight, though, was the waves. Either on bodyboards or just daring to try and swim with or against their full force, the end result was pretty much the same - being swept off your feet into the current and thrown about like a rag doll, especially when the tide is low and the waves increase in size in shallower waters. Sometimes your body gets bent in ways it shouldn't be and at other times you find yourself recovering from being wiped out to being hit again, squire in the face. Brilliant fun.

Other than that, not much else to report. A good hostel with nice communal areas to cook some nice beef kebabs on skewers and warm enough to spend the evening walking across the beach as the sun goes down, even with a cheeky ice cream for those who conquered the waves, even if without a surf board.
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Boarding legend
Boarding legend
The Pacific
The Pacific
Sunset
Sunset
The lighthouse on the hill - momen…
The lighthouse on the hill - mome…
Another boarding legend
Another boarding legend
Byron Bay
Byron Bay
Byron Bay
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