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Road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay

Hi guys,

As I told you in my first post, I am a French student currently in Australia where I have joined We Travel Co for three months.

I will be sharing my experiences with you, exactly like you could also live it!

In my last post, I had just arrived in Crescent Head where I tried surfing for the first time.

Since that day, so many things have happened that it isn’t easy to know where to start… After two days in Crescent Head, the Super Van got sick so we had to come back to Gosford, part of the Central Coast region where We Travel Co’s personal mechanic of Super Van took care of him.

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Three days later, The Super Van was resurrected to its former glory. We picked up two new travellers coming from Canada and Israel. Let me introduce Camille and Roi to you! Camille is a French Canadian girl from Montreal and Roi is from Tel Aviv in Israel.

Our first stop we visited some amazing beaches at Seal Rocks where we went swimming before taking the road again to Harrington (a little cute fishing town!).

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After a cold night, a greedy breakfast, a quick run to the Harrington lighthouse and a swim on the Crowdy Head Beach we left Harrington and made our way to the beautiful Hat Head National Park.

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During the journey, we were puzzled by a strange house, so we decided to stop and met the local guy living there. His garden and garage were full of sorts of ornaments, engravings and collecting snake in jars and animals’ bones!

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We took a bushwalk along the river out to the head (the “bush” denotes the rural and undeveloped land of Australia) a nice surprise was waiting for us.. By taking a twisting path, we discovered a paradisiacal deserted beach! No need to describe it, just look at the picture (and then check at the ticket planes tariffs to come to Australia!!) This day gave a perfect example to Camille and Roi of what travelling with We Travel Co means…

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After that, we arrived to camp for the night in South West Rocks where we went fishing “lulled” by the screams of an aboriginal woman who looked visibly very angry against someone. As we didn’t catch any fish, we could say that it’s because of that angry woman who put the fishes off of all the region..! However, I can say that it was a funny experience who permitted me to learn lots of new Aussie insults!

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The day after, we went to admire the view from the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, took beautiful photos (and discovered what kangaroos’ droppings looked like!) and had a swim and played Frisbee in the Trial Bay, before taking the road until Arrawarra Beach (please, pronounce it “Aaaawaaaa Beach”!) where the Mojo Spot X Surf Camp organized a music festival.

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After having a delicious BBQ, a quick siesta in the hammock and a bushwalk out on the headland to admire the sunset we joined the Spot X Surf Camp armed with our fresh beers where a “good surprise” waited for us : Sam had forgotten that a river stood between us the camp! As Roi was first reluctant to get off his pants to cross it (he just had had a shower before…fair enough?!), he finally accepted and we discovered a mini music festival with young people coming from all around the world.

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I feel sorry to announce to you that for security reasons, I didn’t bring my camera there (I confirm that I was right after all!), HOWEVER, thanks to Camille who took some photos with her phone, I can give you an overview of that crazy night!

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After a short night, we were to leave to Byron Bay, we met Alex, an American girl on the beach who was looking for a ride north. Alex travelled during 2 days with us (until Surfers Paradise) and could enjoy a short We Travel Co experience. Do you understand better now what the word “spontaneous” means for We Travel Co? We stopped in Yamba where a market was being held: a nice moment, in a nice place, with nice weather, where each of us could discover a typical Australian market!

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Then we went to the Angourie reserve where we went walking, swimming and jumping from high rocks (15meters!). What an exciting experience!!

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As we liked being there, we decided to spend the night there before going to Byron bay. So we spent the night in Yamba where we made a fire on the beach, we went fishing (good bait but no result…!) in the morning and then took the road again to Byron.

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As me and Roi had never been to Byron Bay before, we went walking in town before meeting the others on the beach and admiring the sunset (yes, one more sunset!). I found Byron Bay very different from the other cities I had been before in Australia : it is more touristic, there are a lot of conceptual bars and pubs and a lot of surfers and vans everywhere that show that all travellers go through Byron Bay at least once during their trip on the East Coast.

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We spent the night in a bar where I discovered a new activity: do you know what the “Jelly Wrestling” is? Here is a short explanation: it is played by two females in bikinis, in a shallow pool filled by jelly to a depth about 30cm. The aim is to catch a sock of the opponent. So Alex decided to participate but lost her fight in the first round (against the one who won the final fight, so no regrets, she was a strong opponent!)

After that crazy night, we took the road to Surfers Paradise and stopped quickly in Mullumbimby, a little town near Byron where we took a delicious breakfast in a nice coffee.    

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Here are the details of our trip from Sydney to Byron Bay! But the trip has not ended yet, so see you later everyone, I look forward to tell you about the other part of our road trip to the north!

Marie-Alizé

 

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