For Nina’s last weekend in Australia, I took her on a trip, to show her some nice places down the coast from Brisbane. Our main stop was Byron Bay. It’s a small beach town, which with its laid-back atmosphere, exceptional hippie community and beautiful beaches attracts tourists and backpackers all year long. Also it is just a 2 hours drive from Brisbane, what makes it just perfect as a destination for a short getaway.
We arrived in Byron late Friday morning, checked in at the hostel and got ourselves some awesome breakfast from a place called Santos Organics. It’s mainly an organic grocery shop, but the in-shop café and juice bar does breakfast and lunch as well. I’ve had their black rice porridge with plum compott, seeds and macadamia mousse and it was absolutely delicious. This is definitely worth a visit when in Byron.
After Breakfast we had a walk on the beach and did the coastal walk up to the most easterly point of Australia and the Cape Byron Lighthouse. The views from the lighthouse, but also on the walk are amazing and when you are in Byron you should definitely go watch the sunrise or sunset up there. It is breathtakingly beautiful and surely a memory that will last.
Another thing not to be missed at Byron Bay is its nightlife. Most of the bars in Byron Bay get crowded very early and are playing great live music all through the week. We chose the Beach Hotel to start our night, had some delicious dinner there, followed by a few drinks. As it got later we went to a club called Cheeky Monkeys, which is the place to go for a big night out in Byron Bay. The club is well- known for its great party atmosphere and guests dancing on the tables. And we have not been disappointed: We had a very fun night there.
Luckily we woke up to awesome weather on Saturday morning and so we got ourselves some snacks and spent the whole day chilling out and tanning at the beach. This was exactly what we needed after last night.
On our drive home the next day we stopped at Surfers Paradise, the capital of the Gold Coast. It lays halfway between Brisbane and Byron Bay and is absolutely different to Byron. Its Esplanade is very chic, full of skyscrapers, restaurants and cafes. The look of the city kind of reminds you of America. And I really love the Beachfront Markets that take place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon. They are located right at the Esplanade, overlooking the beach and there always is a interesting variety of shops. I always find beautiful accessories there and Nina loved the choice of souvenirs.