I’ve been M.I.A for a few days due to poor internet conditions in the first apartment I was staying in on the Gold Coast. So much has happened over the last few days that I think it’s going to be difficult to recall it all… So I’ll start with Wednesday-Thursday last week, when I travelled from Maleny to Tugun.
I actually left Maleny a lot later than planned on Wednesday because I had a terrible upset stomach – pretty sure it was something I had eaten because I’m fine now… so I arrived in Tugun later than planned, which didn’t really leave me much time that day. Tugun is a little beach town on the Gold Coast of Australia, about 1.5 hours drive south of Brisbane. Took me around 2.5 hours to drive down there from Maleny and it was a nice drive actually, despite most of it being highway or freeway.
I had two main things that I wanted to do whilst basing myself on the Gold Coast and that was to head down to Byron Bay, and also to explore Springbrook Mountain and National Park.
So, on Thursday morning I packed my small backpack with my daytime things (big bottle of water, sunscreen, fruit, insect repellant, power bank, selfie stick (obvs!) and my hat) and headed to Byron Bay. I’ve gotten really fast at packing my shit for day trips now – I think I could get used to this hiking thing, I’m loving doing it most days. Byron was around an hour’s drive south, crossing the border into New South Wales driving on the Pacific Highway. Another lovely drive, the sun was shining and I just blasted my tunes as I went.
I had done a bit of research on Byron before I left, so I knew roughly where to park and where to find the starting point of the coastal walking circuit – which basically allowed me to see everything that I wanted to see, and it was only about 4km so that was good, as it was pretty hot. I have found the heat quite challenging on some of my walks! The scenery at Byron Bay was really different to anything I’ve experienced so far on my trip – mostly notably the colour of the water. A dazzling greeny-blue is how I would describe it, sparkling in the glorious sunlight.
The waves were HUGE at some part of the walk, thundering proudly off of the cliffs. I couldn’t help but feel quite anxious for the surfer dudes out there who looks like little dots on the horizon – scares the living shit out of me but it’s pretty impressive to watch, it’s like they have no fear at all! I used to surf, many moons ago… until I got knocked on the head by my board one time which did not end well… I haven’t been on a board since!
The walk itself took place on a really easy, well sign posted track taking in both the cliff edge and the forest floor, which was really nice. I’ve done quite a few forest walks now so it was nice to do some coastal stuff too – mostly for the views which are pretty unrivalled anywhere else that I’ve been. I parked my car at a place called The Pass, if you ever go to Byron then this is a good place to park for the walk – I found it was the quietest one and easy to get a space.
Byron is a super popular place for local surfing community so it’s busy busy all the time. The walk took me to Australia’s most easterly point and also up to the lighthouse which was absolutely stunning. The white stone building reminded me of my favourite lighthouse, which is the one at Turnberry in Scotland. That is a very special place for me, I really must visit it this summer.
After I finished the walk, I was bloody starving so I popped into The Pass Cafe and got a coffee and one of their homemade raspberry and pear muffins. It was the BEST muffin I’ve ever tasted, holy crap! So good.
After a nice relaxing drive back up to the Gold Coast, I headed to a HUGE shopping centre to pick up some stuff from Bonds that my sister wanted me to bring home for her and then headed back for some food and a couple of hours at the beach reading my book.
Thursday was quite a chilled out day actually, really enjoyed it!
Loads more to come from the rest of the week but I’ll leave it there for now… soooo much has happened this week!