We loved Byron Bay almost as soon as we arrived, it’s just such a cool, laid back surfer town, with lots of art, music and interesting people from all over the world.
My love for Byron was solidified permanently when we stopped in at the Aquarius Backpacker’s for lunch, and they had poutine and Caesar’s on the menu, a legacy from having so many Canadian travelers staying and working there over the years.
We actually ended up coming back to Byron Bay a month later and staying at Aquarius for a week, and it was a great experience. We met some awesome people, and had a blast, so if you are looking for a fun, cheap (relatively) place to stay in Byron, definitely check it out.
The beaches in Byron are gorgeous and huge, so even when there are a ton of people there, you still don’t feel like you don’t have your own space. There are some really nice hikes in the area, including the lighthouse trail, and there are lots of good bars and restaurants.
On our way through Byron the first time, we had beach picnics every night to watch the sunset. We also met a really smart dog that kept trying to catch seagulls, and then bring them back to us so he could share in our picnic. We gave him a bit of chicken, but decided not to try any of his seagull. He seemed kind of offended.
I really wanted to spend a few more months in Byron, but I also didn’t want to have to sell one of my kidneys on the black market, and that would have been the only way we could afford to stay. I’m glad we got to spent a few weeks there at least, it is one of my favourite towns on the Gold Coast, which was my favourite area in Australia.