Blogs from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay March 15th 2014

Queen Mary Day 2 The sun rose over the ocean to start the day. What a sight to behold. While Phillip walked around the deck 4 times, Jennifer made her start to the day. Breakfast was held in the Britannia Restaurant. Jennifer had scrambled eggs and Phillip had a personalised omelette with English bacon. We returned to our room and after a while we both fell asleep for half an hour! Apparently many on board did the same. Had a little wander around the ship finding shops and the library – all of a sudden it was lunchtime! So back to the Brittania Restaurant and instead of sitting by ourselves, we joined a table with a couple from Perth, two sisters, one from Melbourne and the other from Merimbula in NSW. Also at the table were ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay March 11th 2014

Moj druhy australsky trip bol smerom zo Sydney po vychodnom pobrezi. Prva zastavka bola v Byron Bay. Krasne male mestecko mi v mnohom pripominalo nase "domace" dovolenkove mestecka v Chorvatsku. Velmi prijemna atmosfera, priatelski ludia a strasne vela mladych ludi, najma surferov. Po ubytovani sa v hosteli viedli moje prve kroky samozrejme na plaz. Ako inak :) Cestou som presla toto male mestecko a trosku sa zorientovala kde co najdem. Asi po 10 minutach chodze som dorazila na miestnu plaz a okamzite sa zamilovala. Nadherna, obrovska a cista plaz s drobulinkym pieskom, no prosto raj. Z pravej strany sa na kopci tycil majak, ktory tomuto miestu dava jeho jedinecnu tvar. Tam som sa musela vydat. A kedze som tu mala stravit len dva dni, vybrala som sa k majaku hned prvy den mojho prichodu. Prechadzka to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay February 21st 2014

When I went to Tesco to buy my toiletries prior to my trip, I was appalled at what I saw in the sun lotion section. Such a thing as 5 or even 3 spf – oh hells no. I scoured the shelves until I could load up on two bottles of the maximum 50+ spf. I don’t care if I don’t tan, I am not getting burnt. Fast forward 4 months. I haven’t been anywhere near a beach in a good while, so when I arrive in Byron and see the gorgeousness of the coastline, I couldn’t wait to hit it. The hostel was the YHA and had the archetypal relaxed balmy feel about it that seemed to me to epitomise Australia. It had a pool, but why would I touch that when I can stroll ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay February 11th 2014

So here we are now in Yuraygir National park at Sandon River campground, 3 days of being self sufficient!!! Darrens had lots of fun setting up the shower tent and the cube hot water system (awesome)! Another lovely sport as they all are that we have visited so far. Perched on a sandy peninsular by the Sandon River mouth, Sandon River campground presents you with river on one side and protected ocean on the other. Not only does this mean million-dollar views, but easy access for fishing, swimming and boating. Here we spent all 3 days on the beach, swimming, boating and Darren still hasn't caught any fish (surprise! Surprise!). We did see a sting ray washed up on the beach though, does that count, and we also saw turtles in the water, apparently up the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay February 2nd 2014

Since we left home some time in early March, we have traveled far over the autumn/winter, enjoying a warmer winter in Queensland. Its now September, and after six months of much loved travelling, we continue the journey south, to our home town in Far North New South Wales. Perspective on escaping to a warmer winter is seemingly relative, one relative of mine, my niece Melanie, who endures the harsh cold windy wet winters of Melbourne, wondered why we, who live on the Far North Coast of NSW, should need to go north to escape the chills of 'old man winter', I replied to Mel, it would be like a Taswegian wondering why a Melbournian would need to go north in winter, the truth is simple, we just need to follow the birds. Many antipodean birds regardless ... read more
relax with max, Byron Headland
chilling out at Coochin Creek
Littleflower in the sun


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay January 3rd 2014

Mit Byron Bay hatten wir uns den östlichsten Punkt des fünften Kontinents als nächstes Ziel ausgesucht. An einem klaren Tag kann man vom Byron Bay Leuchtturm aus - dem östlichsten Punkt des australischen Festlands - auf einige Sehenswürdigkeiten blicken: den von der UNESCO zum Welt-Naturerbe erklärten Regenwäldern, die langgezogenen, feinsandigen Traumstrände rund um den Ort an denen sich hunderte Surfer in die Wellen stürzen, grüne Zuckerrohrfelder und das dunkelblaue Meer, in dem sich Haie, Delphine, Mantas, Rochen und Riesenschildkröten tummeln. Dieser Ort ist so beliebt, dass wir uns wiederum mit einem Vorort begnügen mussten, um unser Nachtlager aufzuschlagen. Seit wir in New South Wales angekommen sind, begleiten uns endlose lange Sandstrände. So hatte es auch unweit des Caravan Parks in Wooyung eine Flussmündung die direkt ins Meer überging. Da gerade Ebbe war, k... read more
So happy
Byron Bay Lighthouse View
Byron Bay Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay January 1st 2014

Vi ankom om mandagen den 30. om aftenen efter ca 1 times kørsel i mørket som egentlig stærkt frarådes pga risiko for “roo-striking”. Altså at ramme en kænguru som hopper over vejene - men ud over det også alle mulige andre dyr som I senere vil høre om! Vi kørte ude i ingenting og pludselig sagde GPS’en at vi skulle køre af motorvejen og ud på en eller anden skummel landevej - hvilket så var vejen til festivalen. Vi kom kørende igennem en tunnel under en vej som var belyst i alle regnbuens farver og så vidste vi godt at hvor tingene bar hen, da vi samtidig så mange unge mennesker kom kørende, gående, løbende der ind af. Vi fik en lækker plads til vores campervan. Festivalen var meget præget af australske kunstnere men selvfølgelig også ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay January 1st 2014

Christmas and New Years Down Under We arrived at Miyako’s and Lasse’s place which is located a small hour outside of Brisbane later in the evening and were really happy to finally have a proper place to stay for the next couple of days. Especially the convenience of a kitchen with a fridge, a bathroom and two wonderful soft beds seemed to be pure luxury to us :-). But also in general did Miyako and Lasse live in a very nice and modern house which they themselves moved into only 2 weeks before we arrived. They also have a very cute puppy called Ashley who was just wonderful to play with although she was very easily distracted by other interesting things. Apparently she was very curious about the many frogs and toads which also here came ... read more
Enjoying a rest

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay November 25th 2013

Omg we so loved the Gold Coast, it reminded us of when we were in America. There were so many different parks to visit, like Wet n Wild waterpark and Seaworld, that we found it hard to choose from. So we decided to purchase a pass that allowed us entry into 3 parks, Movie World themepark, Wet n Wild and Seaworld. The ticket only cost us $100 (£60) and we could visit each park however many times we wished to. Movie World is a smaller version of Universal Studios but still pretty awesome with huge rollercoasters and interesting shows. The othe two parks were just like the ones we visited in America. We spent one day at Movie World but then went back again on the last day so Joe could go on the big roller ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay November 18th 2013

Monday 18th We decide to detour in land for a few days and our first stop is the small town of Bangalow. It's a quaint little place stuck in a 70's time warp. The shops sell tie dyed clothes and "old" antiques which look like rubbish ! Still it's a nice little place. Our next stop about 40 mins later is in Lismore. A sprawling town by the Richmond river. The tourist information suggest their riverside walk and we take it into town. It's completely unremarkable ! Next we visit the back alleyways which have been decorated by street artists with murals. Many of the painting are really good. We then drive out of town to Rock Creek Dam. The road's pretty tricky in the 'van with lots of hills and sharp turns. We arrive just ... read more
Nimbin Museum
Bald Rock
View at Bald Rock

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