Between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay I took another side trip into the country, spending a night with a friend who recently acquired a large piece of tranquil bushland. It was nice to go somewhere with no phone reception and spend an evening talking by an open fire beneath a sky full of brilliant stars. Then it was back onto the road and via Grafton & Casino to one of Australia's best places, Byron Bay.
If you've never been to Byron, you need to fix that error, it's a truly awesome place to go relax. The sun, the sand, the surf are all great but most of all its the people who are just so chilled out and friendly. Of course with such popularity it's become more commercial over the years but still retains that overwhelming feeling of 'chilled out'.
Byron was where I finally got to do something that all foreigners think every Australian knows how to do, surf! I can't describe the looks of disappointment I'd always get overseas when I confessed to people I'd never surfed a day in my life. It was time to fix that! We hit the beach around 9am and got a incredibly entertaining induction from our instructor Gaz - the cliche Byron Bay surfer who'd been teaching surfing to beginners for over 20 years.
After the theory and a bit of stretching we took our oversized soft boards out into the surf and had our first attempts, I managed to stand up by the second attempt and boy that feeling was amazing! I can finally understand the love that all surfers have for their hobby. I aim to surf as much as I can up the east coast on the way to Cairns.
After lunch and a quick nap I went to check out the famous lighthouse and grab a photo at the eastern most point of Australia.