A road trip down the east coast just wouldn’t be compete without stopping by Australia’s most easterly point.
So here we are at the lighthouse in Cape Byron, just a few kilometres north east from Byron Bay. You will have to forgive the weather on that day – cloudy, overcast and windy. Not very Australian summer-like at all. But actually, it was the perfect kind of day for visiting a lighthouse. The moody weather set the backdrop for a lonely lighthouse at the edge of the sea, waiting for ships to pass by.
Cape Byron Lighthouse stands on a bald rocky headland with a sharp cliff on the east. There is a little walk that you can do around the headland and up to the lighthouse, with views of beautiful beaches stretched out towards the north and the south.
Did I mention that Byron Bay is a Mecca for surfers? With beaches like this one, you can understand why. Ever since surfers arrived at Byron in the sixties, this coastal town has attracted the likes of musicians, hippies, creatives, tourists and those looking for enlightenment from city life.
Being a true hipster/musician, Danny wore a non-branded pair of sunglasses and a brooding expression.
Being from a different kind of persuasion, I debuted my spanking new Karen Walker sunglasses.
What do you think? Probably too bourgeoise and not bohemian enough for Byron …
So here it is, the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Ta-da!
As you can guess from the look on his face, Danny is about to ask if we can walk all the way to the very edge.
“Sure, I’d love to!” I say with a positive smile.
(But really I’m thinking, God that looks like a really far walk … )
The walk down is actually not too bad. (It’s the walk back up that will make you huff and puff, and dare I say it, sweat.) We walked down a lot of stairs …
And then up some more stairs …
And then trekked down a dirt path …
By this stage, it feels like I’m a Hobbit hiking around New Zealand. (Because that’s where Hobbits live, right? In New Zealand somewhere.)
And then finally, we made it to the end. Throw your hands up in the air, please!
We’ve made it to the most eastern point of Australia. Now what?
Ummm … make out?