Surfing is for the life, not just for visitors

Trip Start Feb 28, 2012
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Trip End Jun 12, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, March 30, 2012

We have had quite the action packed few days while enjoying our time in the famous backpackers hide out of byron bay... After expecting a costa del Oz, we were pleseantly surprised that they have so far managed keep it as a rather nice backpackers town with no building over 2 stories high... This added to the laid back backpacker attitude means that byron really is the cool, chill out places that everyone describes it as!
 
After staying in one of our free rest area's near by we arrived in Byron early morning and had booked onto a snorkelling trip out to a near by island / reef. We rocked up to there shop to be joined by 10 other snorkellers and 3 drivers. Soon we were kitted up with all the gear and had a short jeep ride down to the beach with the boat... Not being a massive tourist boat mean't the ride out was in a small Rib speed boat like those used by the coastgaurd, and being slighly rough sea's made for an extremely exciting ride out...
 
Once moored up by the island we got dressed up and set off into the water where we had the freedom to swim round whereever we wanted. The sea's were surprisingly clear and we got to see loads of sea life including some baby sharks, a huge manta ray and some friendly turtles (click on the turtle for the video) who came up and swam round you... Now we woud have loads of pictures of this adventure if it wasn't for the fact that my new waterproof camera turned out to be not so waterproof, meaning that after a few photo's it gave up working and dead a sad death at sea... Ignoring that small incident the trip was great fun and we did get to see a good range of fish.
 
Once back on solid land again we visited the local vistors center (where we seem to spend most of a time) and brought ourslves up to speed with byron's layout, must see attractions and a place to park our van. We then had a drive up to the famous lighthouse for a view of the entire bay and a chance to walk to the edge of the rocks and be the person stood most easternly on the entire mainland (a fact we didn't know at the time).
 
The next day we decided that being in Byron the only thing to do would be to get into the swing of things and hire out some surf boards and join the crowd carrying them around town, even taking them shopping with you... Although hannah did just want to go with the posing look, i relucently forced to put the board into action, and we spend most of the afternoon in and out (mainly under for hannah) the waves trying to improve our skills...
 
Finally feeling rather sore, covered in sand and tottally drained of energy we retired back to our campsite for some food and much needed rest! Today we had to check out the campsite at 10am so found it fitting to get in some early surf before having to return the boards... although still feeling it from our previous day we didnt manage to catch some good waves and even managed to stand up on the odd occastions (pro's in the making i reckon). 

 After lunch we once again moved on, this time heading for the border of New South Wales and Queenlands at a place called Tweads head... We took a lesuirely drive up the coast as it was only an hour a way and had a little drive and run round the towns coastline before retiring back to another rest area for the night... 

 The strange thing about being on the border however is that Queensland do not have summertime, unlike NSW, and since the border runs right through the middle of the town, you can simply swap timezones (1 hour difference) by crossing the road! This mean't that on one road the banks on one side were closed while at the other side they were still open...Strange or what!
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