Livin' the Hippie Life in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of those little hippie surfer towns that everyone falls in love with. Myself and Kelly included.




It's a tiny place with a super chilled out atmosphere. Old school camper vans litter the streets while dreadlocked hippies busk on the sidewalks. Downtown comprises of a strip of restaurants, bars and shops selling tie-dyed t-shirts. Just beside it, you'll find the striking beachfront inhabited by surfers, sun baking tourists and children gleefully building sand castles.

Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall


Stepping off the plane felt amazing. Clear skies and warm temperatures welcomed us to the East Coast. It was such a nice change from dreary Sydney. After dumping our bags at the hostel, we slipped on bikinis and ran to the beach.



Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall

We took advantage of the gorgeous weather and basked under the sun's rays. I have to say, I've got the most unbelievable tan right now! I don't think I've ever been this dark in my entire life.

The only downside was that the water this time of year was absolutely freezing! Kelly didn't mind though. She still dove into the ocean, eager to cool down. It's times like these I miss the warm waters of Thailand. But you make do with what you got right?

We started feeling guilty about being lazy beach bums and decided that we needed to do something productive. We set off for a hike to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.


Along the way, we stopped to watch surfers and kite boarders do their thing.

Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall

Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall

Wish I had the skills to do that! Last time I was in Byron Bay, I signed up for surf lessons and failed so hard. I definitely don't have what it takes to be a surfer. I severely lack the upper core strength and balance. Guess I'll just have to stick to snowboarding instead. Or you know, hit the gym and build some muscles but we all know that's never going to happen.

The beach path came to an end and we headed up a trail into the forest. 




Look! A koala up in that tree!

Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall

It was so cool to see a koala in the wild. Kelly and I debated climbing the tree, kidnapping it and bringing it home but our better judgement got the best of us.

The farther we delved into the forest, the more Aussie wildlife we encountered. A snake crossed our path and we jumped back in a panic, terrified that it may be dangerous. Did you know that Australia is home to 100 species of venomous snakes? I didn't want to bump into one of these guys. Along the way, we also spotted an adorable kookaburra bird.

Photo Credit: Kelly Tyndall

After what felt like ages, we finally reached the lighthouse!


Located at the most eastern point of mainland Australia, this lighthouse is as old as Byron Bay itself. The town started out as a shipping port in the 1800's and as a result the lighthouse was built to accommodate incoming ships.





Today, it's a popular tourist attraction that offers the best view of the sprawling beachfront.




Just look at those frothy and rippling waves! It was such a mesmerizing site to witness.


Our bellies started to grumble and we knew it was time to head back for some grub. Later that evening, we had a massive night out. We met travellers from around the world, drank to our heart's content and danced the night away at Woody's. I'm so sorry I didn't snap any photos! I seem to forget to take pictures when there is a cocktail in my hand.

The next day was a complete write off. We spent it napping on the beach, eating bananas (best hangover cure by the way!) and grieving about our massive bar tabs from the night before. Oh well, you only live once right?

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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