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Byron Bay

21st July - 7th August 2013

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Byron bay caravan lookout

Byron Bay

Well, where do I start with our beloved Byron Bay? Honestly this place is right up there to be one of our favorite destinations in 10 months of travel. We literally pulled in for 3 nights and stayed for 15! That would have been longer but we had our good friends Dave and Carly’s wedding to attend on the 23rd August.

We pulled into Clarkes Beach holiday park, and although its pricey at $46 per night, its probably the prettiest caravan parks we have stayed in. I could walk to the surf from our van, which I did nearly every single day. Not only that, we had the most amazing group of neighbours from all walks of life, and all ages.

We started walking every day from the caravan park, up around the lighthouse, along Watego’s beach and back, a 6.5 km return journey, with about 300 steps! It was a very scenic walk, and we spotted whales and dolphins most days.

We ventured out to the Bangalow markets, which were awesome. Now I’m of the attitude, if you have seen one hippy market, you’ve seen them all, but these were just amazing. So many quality stalls. And on top of all this they have a separate farmers market, with the fresh cut produce just been brilliant.

We also had a hot date lunch at a small town called Newrybar, at a café called Harvest Café. This café is basically what we live for, fresh grown produce, hanging meats, all organic. It was so busy, and it was Tuesday lunchtime! The meal was amazing, and the staff were so nice to Cedar Mai. It amazed us there were all walks of life there, from casual travelers like Jenna and myself, to businessmen, to hippie’s bare feet and all. It was a place where all that mattered was the quality of the food.

We also went for a drive out to Crystal Castle, which also came from a recommendation from friends we met on the road. This place is a converted farm into gardens, and they were just breathtaking! We got so many ideas for our block in Denmark, The Buddha statues and Chrystal’s on display were a culmination of years of hard work and collecting from all over the world.

Another day trip was out to Minyon Falls, which is a massive waterfall with a spectacular viewing platform. You literally look out over the edge and down, and let me tell you it’s a massive drop.

So we stayed, and stayed and extended our time in Byron till basically we couldn’t stay any longer! We moved camp a record 4 times, which gave all the nomads something to talk about. But it was all good as we got to see the famous Byron Bay markets, which were even better than the Bangalow markets!

Byron is such a healthy place, fantastic organic shops, fresh fruit and veg, great walking tracks and great surf, it truly does make you wake up and want to be healthy everyday that you are there. All the people we met both locals and tourists had similar outlooks on life to Jez and myself. It was great to meet, eat and drink with people from all walks of life and we made some fantastic friends.

Cedar made 3 great friends with a family who were staying across from us, she followed them around like a shadow and they were so nice and kind to her.
Sadly, we had to leave, but I can assure you, we will be back to the beautiful; Byron Bay.

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Byron bay lighthouse
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Byron bay lighthouse
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Byron bay lighthouse walk
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Daddys little princess
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Byron coastline
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Crystal castle
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Crystal castle
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Crystal castle
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Bangalow markets
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Minyon falls
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Harvest restaraunt and deli
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afternoon drinks with great people
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community dinner clarkes caravan park
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Cedar playing with her friends Gabbi, Banjo and fletcher

Posted by Jenaben 03:51 Archived in Australia Tagged markets byron_bay organic bangalow minyon_falls crystal_castles harvest_cafe newry_bar light_house

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