So you are going to be hitting the east coast of Australia and one must see location is Byron Bay. From its chequered past as a whaling station to its counter culture and beach lifestyle, Byron Bay is a must visit destination.

The Sunrises and Sunsets should not be missed, Can you spot the lighthouse

Three Day Itinerary:
Day 1 - Wake up and go for a short walk along Main Beach before heading to a cafe for coffee and delicious breakfast. Try Twisted Sister on Lawson St. Then grab your swim wear and head down to the beach with your towel and suncreeen. For lunch try a falafel pocket from Orgasmic on Bay Lane. Walk up to the lighthouse to watch the sunset over the Byron Hinterland. For dinner head to St Elmo for bistro style food enjoyed with some local Australian wine.

Getting There: 
There are many ways that you can get yourself to Byron Bay. From buses to planes and hire cars. The most popular way to arrive is by flying in. There are two airport options that you can choose as Byron Bay doesn't have an airport. You can choose with Ballina (Byron Bay) Airport or Coolangatta (Gold Coast) airport. Either way you will have to catch a shuttle or hire a car with Ballina being about 30 minutes drive away and Coolangatta being about 1 hour drive away. Shuttle buses operate our of both airports with transfers directly to Byron Bay. I have always used Steve's Airport Shuttle from Ballina and Byron Bay Express from Gold Coast. Another option is to arrive by bus/coach. There are operators such as Greyhound and Premier Motor Service that come south from Gold Coast and Brisbane and north from Sydney. I would recommend flying into Ballina or Coolangatta airports and taking a shuttle or hiring a car. If you hire a car it gives you some flexibility to explore some of the open beaches and towns around Byron. I generally hire with Europcar from both Gold Coast and Ballina airports.

Take a walk up the the lighthouse. It is worth the trek
 The view over Tallows Beach from up at the lighthouse


Day 2 - Wake up early to experience the sunrise over the lighthouse and then gear up for your surf lessons. After your surf lessons a quick lunch of a meat pie from Byron Hot Bread on Johnson St. Spend a couple more hours at the beach working on those surfing skills or just soaking up some rays. Head to the Beach Hotel to enjoy the last of the sun while enjoying a refreshing beverage in the beer garden. I recommend your try a beer from a local brewery Stone & Wood and their Pacific Ale is the perfect drink to match a pub meal.

Eating:  
There are some many eating options in Byron Bay from cheap eats to organic food options to fancy restaurants there is something for everyone. One of my favourite things to do is to get food take away and head down to the beach to enjoy it. My favourite street to get food from is Bay Lane which is right behind the Beach Hotel and of Johnson St. Here you will find Fishmongers for fish & chips, Orgasmic for falafel and Mediterranean food and for delicious Italian food head to The Lazy Italian. There is also a must do stop at the Beach Hotel beer garden for a cool beverage with views to the beach and a great vibe. There are so many cafes, juice bars and fun restaurants like Miss Margarita's for Mexican food or you can head to St Elmo for a bit of a fancy dinner and killer cocktails. For the Vegans and Vegetarians there are so many options as well.

The falafel at Orgasmic is to die for

Accommodation:
There are not any high rise hotels in Byron Bay and that is how the locals want to keep it. There are plenty of options from hostels, hotels, caravan parks and apartments.  From hostels like Nomads Hostel & Aquarius Backpackers, through to the many caravan parks. My favourite accommodation is Apartments Inn which is located on Fletcher St and walking distance to everything and one block from the beach. They have king rooms through to two bedroom apartments with full kitchen, living and dining areas. Another favourite of mine is The Byron at Byron, which is located a bit further out of town but an amazing property located in subtropical rainforest with direct access to the beach.

The Beach Hotel with the beer garden out the front

Day 3 - Enjoy a quick breakfast before heading to your kayaking adventure and the chance to get up close and personal with dolphins and whales (in season). Check out Cape Byron Kayaks or Go Sea Kayak who are the best operators in town. Then drive out to The Farm for a real paddock to plate food experience. Don't forget to explore the farm and then cruise back into Byron to relax before dinner. There are so many options but one fun choice is Miss Margarita's on Johnson St for some Mexican fun or try Fishmongers for some seafood treats.

Other Activities:
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy and here are just a few that range from free to a few hundred dollars. Byron is all about he beaches and this gives you hours of free entertainment by just hanging at the beach. That is what us Australians do. Spend time enjoying Main Beach, Tallows Beach, Wategos Beach and The Pass. Another free activity is the walk up to the lighthouse which I recommend that you try and do for either sunrise of sunset, but even in the middle of the day it is beautiful to go up there. You will visit the most eastern point of mainland Australia and you might even spot some dolphins and even whales. The whale season runs from around June to September. If you have time go out to Julian rocks to scuba dive or snorkel. The marine life out there is on the next level from friendly sharks to turtles this place will blow your mind. Being one of the best places to surf in Australia, surf lessons should be high on your list and well as kayaking where you will hopefully seeing dolphins and other marine life.

 The trees along the main beach park are beautiful at sunset

Julian Rocks and a Yacht with some amazing sunset

There is nothing better then jumping in the car with tent, camper trailer or camper van and leaving the city on a Friday afternoon. One of my favourite places to go is about 2 hours south of Sydney to a little coastal town called Gerroa.

Drive up to the headland and adventure around Black Rock Reserve

There are two caravan parks in Gerroa. There is the Discovery Park which is situated a bit further from the beach and the one that we always stay at is the Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park. They are both situated right on the river, but the Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park has direct beach access from the powered sites. The unpowered sites are on the other side of the road, so i recommend getting a powered site for the location. Both parks are great locations and you will be happy staying at either.


The bridge leading over the creek to Seven Mile Beach

The Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park has great facilities with an awesome camp kitchen that even has a pizza oven. There are two pools through the park and they even hire kayak for a paddle up the river.

The Discovery Park also has a great camp kitchen, pool and good facilities and the trees in the non powered sites are perfect for hanging a hammock between which is a real draw card for me.
 The flat rock at Black Rock

If you are a backpacker / traveller driving from Sydney to Melbourne and looking for places to stop, then Gerroa is the perfect location. There are plenty of options for accommodation from caravan parks for your camper-van or tent as well as small cabins ranging from basic to deluxe. The other option is looking to rent a house as there are plenty of coastal rentals if you check on Air BnB.
 
The surf at Seven Mile Beach has something for everyone

There are so many things to do, from surfing or surf lessons, to fishing, kayaking, exploring the headlands or tackling the 22 km walking track between Gerroa and Kiama. A short drive away is the beautiful town of Berry with little shops, their famous doughnut van, artisan bakery and a small bottle shop with a large fantastic range of craft beers.

Some huge backwash at Black Rock Reserve

There are a couple of options for eating in Gerroa. There is the local cafe/restaurant called The Blue Swimmer. They have a great breakfast menu and the dinner menu is fantastic. You should try the beef cheek or the slow roasted lamb shoulder.

If you are looking for something cheap and easy the local kiosk does takeaway food and has basic supplies. The breakfast wraps are very tasty and hit the spot after an early morning surf.

The Fishermans Club at the top of the hill has the best views over Seven Mile Beach. Definitely a place to go and enjoy a beer watching the sunset over the hills and beach. They also have  a great bistro that serves up big meals.

Just a short drive away is the town of Gerringong and there are plenty of options here for eating as well as an IGA supermarket and bottle shop.

There are so many more things to do in the region and you can find heaps of information on the local tourist information website here.
 
Seven Mile Beach Bridge

Having bought a camper trailer we headed off down the south coast of New South Wales to one of my favourite spots, Bendalong Point. It rained so much which made photography tricky. Keeping equipment dry and trying to get some shots between the rain was fun.
One of my favourite bays to explore early mornings
Looking back over Stingray Bay
Stingray Bay with boats launching
Walk around the little headland to Washerwomans Beach
I got a bit wet getting this shot.
 

So I was lucky enough to spend some time at Spot X Surf Camp which is run by Mojo Surf. Having beach access directly from the camp is what makes this place so special. This place caters for everyone. If you are just after beach front accommodation, beginner learn to surf lessons or you want to join their ever popular surf academy, Mojo Surf Camp has it all. The surf academy is an awesome concept where you live in the camp for up to three months and you can even complete your surf coaching accreditation at the end of it. You get video analysis, fitness training, surf theory and endless hours surfing.
 
Boosting high
Get up early for the amazing sunrises
 
Getting There:
Spot X is located around 30 minutes north of Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast of Australia. You can get there by driving or public bus with Greyhound or Premier. You just get off at Woolgoolga and the team from Mojo will pick you up. I went with Contiki on their trips which stays there. You can go with Contiki from Sydney all the way up to Cairns and also stopping off at Byron Bay and Noosa as well. Quite a few surfing options as well as awesome adventure and making so many new friends.
 
The Headland from the beach right in front of the surf camp
Sunrise at a beach just over the headland
Eating:
When you choose surf academy, beginner surf lessons or if you arrive with Contiki like I did, all of your meals are included. The breakfast is Continental Style with cereals and toast. Lunch is a mixture but usually there are wraps or rolls to make sandwiches. Dinner is always a variety and there is always plenty of food to refuel you after surfing all day.

You can choose to stay in a tipi

Accommodation:
Spot X offers quite a variety of accommodation. From the Tipi's shown above to water front cabins, there is something for everyone. There are powered sites if you have your own van, campsites, or the converted container ships are great re-purpose built rooms.
 
Straight across the bridge and onto the beach
Surf lessons for beginners are the most popular at Mojo Surf


Other Activities:
When you have finished your surf lessons you can do some of the other activities that they offer. There is kayaking, ocean rafting, stand up paddle boarding, slip and slide, volleyball, and kangaroo golf. Kangaroo golf is at the local golf club where the driving range has hundreds of kangaroos on it. Nothing more Australian than that! There is huge TV's in a cinema style room as well as my favourite thing, the camp fire! So you can see, there is plenty to experience even if you don't want to do surf lessons and just do there stay packages.

Overall my review of this place is super positive. The accommodation might be pretty basic, but it is comfortable and the location is killer. It really is the positive vibe of the place that sucks you in and it is no wonder many people end up staying for 3 months or longer.
 
If you have read this far you must be keen, so get amongst it....YEEEW
 
There are always options for waves for everyone 

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