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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 28th 2015

12 hours on a bus. Overnight. That is what awaited Sam and I when we left Iain and Emilies on a late Sunday night. Pretty buzzing so we were ... We had booked the Greyhound bus to get to Byron Bay our middle stop before eventually getting to Brisbane. I don't sleep on any mode of transport so I didn't hold out much hope for an overnight bus. In all honesty, it was fine. The bus had wifi, USB ports to charge up our phones and we had our music. A few stops, in and out of sleep and 12 hours later we got to Byron!! For this part of the trip we decided to not bother with the expensive hostel option and spend a similar amount of money on an Air B'n'B room. Our hosts ... read more
Amazing view from the lighthouse descent
Mount Cootha
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 21st 2015

Nick: It's been a few days since our last blog update, five to be precise (I think). A quick glance at our last entry sees us digesting our fish curry in Port Macquarie and contemplating another stint on the pool table. Well, from memory we never did get around to playing pool and hearing out the end of the Eighties Megamix...as it turned out, the Saints game was playing out a bit earlier than I'd anticipated (not for the first time getting my time zone conversions muddled up), and idly perusing the football news on the BBC website, Sarah was pleased to report that (a) the game was about half an hour underway, (b) Southampton were currently 4-0 up against Aston Villa, and (c) our striker had just scored a hat-trick in two minutes and fifty ... read more
Byron Bay
Going paddling
Sunshine!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 9th 2015

Minnie Water was exactly as we remembered it. Sadly our memory of the road in was somewhat eroded by the time we spent camping above the beach and breaking waves. I have come to the conclusion that National Parks do not want people driving into the camps they boast about providing for the common person. It was only about 800 mts into the first camping area, but we lost sight of the horizon 3 times when we disappeared into some of the potholes, and when we were on the ‘road’ they has used chunks of blue-metal the size of bricks in making the surface. Needed a trip to the dentist to have our fillings refitted after that. Fortunately the camp was not busy and we found a nice grassed site to park up not far away ... read more
 Candelo town Inland from Bega
Munbulla Falls north of Bega
Sign on the dunny door

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 1st 2015

Tuesday 28th April 2015 We ummed & ahhed about which way to leave the campground, Rags not really wanting to backtrack through the town with the van in tow. The reason was that the bridge across the river was very narrow, had two sharp bends in it, and we would be crossing at a busy time of the day. He needn’t have worried, the road out of the park to Casino, we were told by the man at the park, was an excellent road and by going this way we by-passed the city and the bridge with kinks in it that Rags didn't like. Casino wasn’t the glitzy, glamorous place the name envisions it to be - another nice country town. We stopped there and had morning coffee, before continuing on. We bypassed Lismore, and on ... read more
Lennox Head
Byron Bay lighthouse.
Byron Bay

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay April 12th 2015

Hey Bloggers, Our plan today was to ride to the famous Byron lighthouse, bikes were free to hire in our hostel and you only had to put down a $20 dollar deposit. (Good deal) We started off and soon found out the bikes only had one gear so we knew the hills were going to be hard work!!! The ride there was really nice, Byron really is very scenic and a beautiful!! It took us about 20-25 mins to ride to the stop off point before having to lock up the bikes and walk the rest. We walked up a hill and then down into Wategos beach, there was a surf competition going on for the OAP’s, this was fun to watch but they made our surfing skills look poor. We walked about 2km more up ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay April 11th 2015

Hey Everyone, We woke up at 8am, for a hostel pickup at 9am from the surf company we had booked to take us to the beach. The surf lesson was free, part of the compensation we received as well as three free nights in Byron from the Fraser Island tour that was a major disappointment. But after getting $170 of compensation back we weren’t so bitter. The surf company was called ‘Style Surf Byron Bay’, we would recommend as we had a really good morning. Although when it says 3.5 hours surf lesson this included half an hour each side for pick-up and drop offs, an hour messing around on the sand practicing ‘banana stand ups’ and then finally just over an hour in the water. It was great though as we were both catching the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay April 10th 2015

Hello People, We woke up early so we could have a swim before packing up our stuff up and getting our bus to Byron. We loved Surfers Paradise however we could not wait to get to Byron; it’s the only place in Australia that nobody has had a bad word to say about. We had a quick breakfast of yogurt and fruit, had our last swim then caught the 705 bus right outside the unit to the main transit center (its what they call the bus depot in Oz). It was only a 5 min journey but we were starving when we got there so grabbed a subway for $5 (Bargain), the bus station was located on beach road, and easy to find, we checked in and it wasn’t too long before the bus turned up ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay March 2nd 2015

So we’ve bought the new van and we aren’t due to head off for another 2 months – best we take it on a road trip then. I did with my son Daniel, just the two of us and we had a great time. Byron Bay is as good as anywhere ……… so Byron it is. Dan and I have been there together twice, the first time in January 2002 and then a couple of years later. On the first occasion he was 17 but in Australia you need to be 18 to consume liquor on licensed premises, this meant he could not “party” with me at night. So after we had dined on a delicious evening meal and checked out just some of the abundant talented street buskers performing he retired to the motel while ... read more
Views from Cape Byron
Cape Byron lighthouse
Bandy Bandy snake - deceased

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay February 26th 2015

Yesterday was pretty much a day of relaxing. I had a look around the shops and then chilled at the beach for a while. I bumped into Vicky and Felicity in town so we got some lunch together and then I went back to the hostel. Felicity picked me up later that afternoon to go back to their campsite so we could go to the beach by there which was so much quieter than the main beach which was better. The sun had gone behind a load of clouds by now so we just let chatting for a while until it started to get a bit cold. Fliss had to drop me back to my hostel so she came to cheeky monkeys for dinner while she was in town because it was $5 for a meal. ... read more
Sunrise
Sunrise
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay February 25th 2015

My first day in Byron Bay has been so good! I arrived last night about 9 after a 4 and a half hour coach journey which felt so short compared to the other trips I've done so far. When I got to the hostel I was showed to my room which is a little apartment that I share with 6 other people. At first I was worried that I'd booked the wrong thing and was going to pay a fortune but I found out later on that its only $1 more a night and we have a living room/kitchen area, a bathroom and a balcony- how cool! I went down to the outdoor common area for a bit and got talking to people so just sat chatting with them all evening because I didn't feel like ... read more
Vicky, me and felicity
Cheeky monkeys traffic light party
Felicity and I




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