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Down by the bay

February 26, 2010

…Byron Bay, that is.

We took an overnight bus up here from Sydney — about 12 hours total — and arrived fairly exhausted but happy to hit the beach.

The drive up here, at least during daylight, was incredibly gorgeous. I think my vocabulary needs new adjectives to describe Australia because the words “gorgeous,” “beautiful,” “incredible” and “stunning” are becoming totally overused. It’s all true though!

For the next 2 1/2 weeks, I’ll be cruising up the East Coast, soaking up the sun and spending time trying to get a little tan without becoming a complete tomato. The sun is amazingly strong here thanks to a huge hole in the ozone layer, so I’ve already seen some of the worst sunburn ever in the few hours we’ve been in Byron Bay. Lots of SPF 45 for me! 😀

Sandy and I are staying at the Arts Factory, a cool hippie lodge a 10-minute walk from downtown Byron Bay. It has a really chill and laid-back vibe, which we both like, and hopefully stays away from the intense party scene that is in so many other beach hostels. It’s the kind of place that offers didgeridoo-making workshops, yoga classes, nature hikes and freshly-made fruit juice.

I think Allie once called herself a materialistic hippie and to steal that, I’m more of a yuppie hippie, if that’s possible. 😉 A hippie at heart disguised in GAP clothing.

Might not be able to blog much — or at least not with my own pictures — until I’m up in Brisbane Tuesday. Free WiFi is seemingly nonexistent, unfortunately. 😦

Off to the grocery store and then a hike to Cape Byron Lighthouse, the easternmost point on the Australian mainland.

Anyone been to the Whitsundays on a good tour — aka not a party boat — they can recommend? There are SO many to choose from!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2010 10:15 pm

    “where the watermelon grow, back to my home, i will not go!” 🙂

    so beautiful!!

  2. February 27, 2010 1:35 am

    Love the pic of Tallows Beach 🙂 Stunning! I think I walked through the place you are staying in Byron last time we were there…Are there ponds all over the property?? We stayed at a condo near by next to the Farmer’s Market.

    As for the Whitsundays…..We stayed on a boat for 3 days/ 2 nights called the” Kiana.” It left from Airlie Beach. It was a max of 14 people and not a “party” boat at all which is how we wanted it.

    I never travel this way “like a guided tour” but in the Whits this is a must if you really want to check out a few islands and see the reef. It was awesome and I highly recommend it. The crew was great! Whitehaven Beach is the most spectacular beach on the planet and you cannot miss it. I have an album on Facebook if you want to check out the trip…it’s under me, Amanda Cansler ( album Whitsunday/Great Barrier Reef )

    Have the best time ever in Byron….If you can head into the “hinterland” don’t pass it up….it’s the most beautiful country land I’ve ever seen…..see if you can taste the black sapote fruit 🙂

    Aloha, Amanda

  3. ruth permalink
    February 27, 2010 5:23 am

    did i mention to you the domestic flight deals? can’t remember: (or/ au, can’t remember)

    had no internet the last 6 days bc we were in the desert for part of it….so now it’s back to Korea =( sigh…i miss beaches and hummous- hehe- we had 4 containers of it while we there!!

  4. February 27, 2010 5:57 am

    Soooo pretty there!

  5. February 27, 2010 7:26 am

    I want to go there. Especially to the hippie lodge. I am a secret hippie at heart. Well, maybe not so secret!

  6. Susan permalink
    February 27, 2010 1:34 pm

    Gorgeous. Period.

    Arts Factory sounds awesome – I want to stay there (maybe even live there, whatever). You should totally make a didgeridoo – those things are so cool!


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