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Byron Bay

Christmas & New Years

It’s been a while since we posted anything here - seems work etc gets in the way, however we won’t let it stop us from going away an visiting amazing places. This Christmas was our third Christmas away from home and our friends and family. We used the time off over the festive period to visit Byron Bay. Whilst we were away from our friends back home we managed to find accomplices this side of the world to join us.
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We made the ten hour drive up to Byron, broken up with a stop for Christmas day near Wauchope (pronounced War-hope) at a friends. We hit Byron on Boxing day and settled in for a week of beach, sea and bars. Although, the first day greeted us with a deluge of rain (it does rain in Australia), which found us holing up in a bar for the afternoon.
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Following the rain we were lucky enough to have a sunny week. We hired surf boards and I gave it a crack – managing to stand up a few times, all be it in the shallow white water. James faired much better and spent a lot of the time out in the surf. I’m clearly more of a land based creature, and preferred to run on the beach that be battered in the sea by the waves.
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Stone & Wood Brewery
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Lighthouse Walk

The walk to the lighthouse was a pleasant walk along the coastline. We spotted a pod of dolphins in one section, playing in the waves with the surfers. We’d never seen so many of them in one place and it was an incredible site.
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The walk to the lighthouse took us to the most easterly point of Australia, which was, as far as I can tell, very windy.

Our days were mostly spent chilling by the beach, splashing in the sea and cycling to and from the town, as we stayed 3km out of Byron Bay in Belongil.

A nice place to visit is Bangalow, a town a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay. We drove up for some brunch and went to a great café called Downtown (highly recommended for breakfast – and they have a restaurant called Uptown, which is a good spot for dinner).

News Years Eve we started with a BBQ and moved onto the street party, where there was live music and markets in the town. Once that wound down we popped into a club and finished the night with a beer on the beach.
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We broke the drive up with an overnight stop in Port Macquarie. After a spot of lunch we took out a kayak for the afternoon and spent the evening walking along the coastline and watching the surfers and body boarders before dinner and bed and an early start to drive back to Sydney.
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Posted by Time Well Spent 15:24 Archived in Australia

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