7 May 2012
The place that I got the best “feeling” from in New South Wales was Byron Bay. The town itself was really nice, but that isn’t what stuck out to me, it was the feeling I got when I was there.
From the moment that we drove into town, I immediately felt the chilled out atmosphere, and could see it on the faces of the people walking by me. It had a similar feeling to Venice Beach, California, but even more relaxed and beautiful.
From the carefree surfer lifestyle to the laid back hippy town vibe, I was in love with Byron Bay on the first day. It didn’t help that we spent our first night in the best accommodation that I’ve ever stayed in; the Byron Bay Beach Suites. Not only were the suites right on the beach, but they oozed with luxury and had anything I could ever ask for in a living space… including a rooftop infinity pool.
The next nights were spent at the Byron Bay YHA, which was definitely one of the coolest hostels I have stayed in. The rooms opened up to a wrap-around terrace, which gave way to an open air common space. I really liked that everything was outdoors, rather than being cooped up in a stuffy hotel room. It also played into the whole Byron Bay feeling.
It was cool to be able to say that I stood on the eastern most point of Australia, when we visited the Cape Byron lighthouse. We even got to walk to the top, where we could see dolphins playing in the surf below. The view was amazing and provided some pretty picturesque photo opportunities.
The most exciting thing that we did in Byron (and probably the whole trip for that matter) was skydiving with SkyDive The Beach! When people asked us about the highlights of our trip, we would usually all respond in unison with “skydiving”.
There aren’t many things that can top skydiving, in terms of thrill and adrenaline, and it’s even better when you’re doing it over a beautiful beach on the east coast of New South Wales. I will never forget dangling my feet a few thousand feet off the ground and sending the world’s first skydiving tweet.
Walking around Byron Bay felt easy and comfortable. I never felt like a tourist and enjoyed exploring different shops and cafes. By the time we left town, I felt like I had gotten to know the area pretty well. If there’s ever one place that I will definitely go back to in New South Wales, it is going to be Byron Bay.
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