(a.k.a. Byron Bay)
31.07.2010 - 01.08.2010 25 °C
The next stop after Surfers was Bryon Bay. We arrived at tea time giving us enough time to find our hostel, meet the roommates then head off out again. The bus company set us up a table at the local backpackers pub/club where school dinner type meals were served for A$5..including a drink (so about 3 pounds).
The second day in Byron was due to kick off with a spot of sea kayaking with the girls from the dorm, unfortunately the weather seemed more British than Australian with gales and lots of clouds. So unfortunately for us, that was postponded until the following morning. Thus the afternoon's plans of walking to the famous lighthouse was subsequently moved forwards. What started off as a gentle stroll around the bay rapidly transformed itself into many near vertical climbs up lots of stairs and paths. However before we discovered that delight, we made it to one of the bay lookout points to try and spot the migrating whales. After half an hour of battling fierce head winds and no sign of any marine life, the quest for Moby and/or his friends was shelved. The highlight of the lighthouse walk, besides the building and views, is that it's also the most easterly point on mainland Oz. A quick photo opportunity and glimpse out to sea resulted in spotting water spouts from a few far away humpbacks - success. Continuing on our way, we eventually made it to the top where the lighthouse is, just minus a lot of energy. Even the walk back on the other side seemed to take us up further before we were granted the luxery of downwards steps.
The following morning, the weather was far better - the sun was shining, there was a brilliantly blue sky and most importantly, no wind. Sea kayaking was a go. The experience was great, we got to see more humpbacks (but the actualy whales themselves this time) within minutes of being on the water. This was not to be the last either. Many more appearances of the creature was seen combined with sights of pods of dolphins, some of which even ventured within a few metres of our group. An amazing opportunity.