One of my favourite places that I stayed whilst in Australia was Byron Bay, specifically at the Cape Byron Resort. Byron Bay was voted as one of the best places in Australia to raise a family and I could see why. It is a good-sized town located on the coast in New South Wales. There are great beaches for swimming and surfing and a nice downtown that has many, many fab restaurants to choose from. (Warning, some are BYO so you have to bring your own alcohol. They do not carry any of their own, I repeat, they do not carry any alcohol)
On the first Sunday of every month, Byron Bay has an awesome outdoor market. My friend Katie had told us about it but warned that it would not take place if it was raining. I had no idea what to really expect as I am most used to the markets in Mexico. The Byron market ended up being super. I was so busy buying things for all of my family members that I forgot to take photos (sorry!). Let’s just picture many, many booths filled with handmade goodies of all sorts. Some vendors that I bought gifts from included Cinder & Bella (cute bangles) and Ruby Owl (adorable baby clothes, cannot wait to send them to Mexico for Mini V!). There was also great food at the market and I would have been happy just snacking there all day.
We drove up to the lighthouse (warning, it is near impossible to find parking there but do not fret, you can park on the road on the way back down) and saw dolphins. I was completely obsessed with the water from the view up there. I loved the colours and the way the waves rolled. I could have probably stayed up there all day just watching the water (well, if it was not for that harsh sun!). I totally want my Mom to make me a rug or something made of the colours of that water (hi Moms!).
Now onto the best part of my visit to Byron Bay: my stay at the Cape Byron Resort. We randomly booked it on Wotif.com and totally lucked out. Staying in Byron can be a little pricey since it seems as though everyone in New South Wales wants to be there. The room we got at Cape Byron was about $170 AUD/night. We were arriving in the late afternoon and had plugged in the address into the GPS. Driving down a country road (about ten minutes from town) I began wondering just where the heck we were headed. Just as the paved road turned to a dirt one, the proprietor, Ang, called us to give us directions (keep on driving!). We were on the right track and she greeted us as we pulled into the driveway. Our room was super cute. It had a little deck and chairs, a rack to hang your wet bathing suits and like the majority of hotels in Australia, it also included a kitchenette (bar fridge/sink/kettle/toaster, etc). There was also a BBQ that was shared amongst all of the guests. The Resort has twelve rooms of various sizes and Ang + Denis have been running the joint for thirty years. There was also a cute pool that I took advantage of for some serious reading (why I chose to bring a book called Snow by Orhan Pamuk to sunny & warm Australia is beyond me!). Behind the resort were fields with cows and horses and beyond that, mountains. It was a dream.
My favourite part of staying at the Cape Byron Resort was when Dom told me to look at the door, I looked, was shocked and managed to pull out my camera just in time to get the above shot. Who knew that wild peacocks existed in Australia?! Naturally I followed it as it hopped down the stairs toward the pool. Have I mentioned my love for birds previously? If not, I love them (hence the feather tattoo on my forearm).
Later on we were having a drink on the deck before hitting the town for some grub and I noticed the cows jumping around playfully. It was strange to see cows moving like that and I was puzzled until I saw that the peacocks were in the field with the cows. Obviously I had to grab my camera again and get a closer look. They walked down the road and it was pretty funny. Yes, I chased peacocks down a country road in Australia. When we came home that night, a peacock was squawking from the tree above our room. Apparently that is his roost every night and we were disturbing him. Sorry, guy.
All in all, I loved Byron Bay. I loved Cape Byron Resort and I would totally go back. It may mostly be because of the peacocks but it was also because of the peacefulness of just being in the country. I love the country (well, as long as town is not that far away).
Lastly, two other things: apparently a kangaroo visits behind the Resort every afternoon. We didn’t see it. But…. as we were driving into town one night, I did spy a cute Echinda crossing the road. He was rolly polly like a small porcupine.