Abroad Traveler Caroline Danehy: Byron Bay

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This past weekend I ventured an hour plane ride north out of Sydney to Byron Bay. Growing up outside of New York City, I’ve succumbed to the intense pressures of always feeling like I need to be doing something and planning my next step. While visiting Byron and meeting the locals, I was reminded to stop and just enjoy the present moment. While that might sound cliché, it’s exactly how I felt.

This boho coastal town is home to secluded beaches, local surf shops, and some of the best gelato I’ve ever had. Whether it was the live music playing on nearly every corner, outdoor pubs or the fact that everyone wears flip flops, I was constantly reminded of Jake and the Fair Harbor lifestyle.  

The first morning I wandered out of our Air b&b and stumbled upon a reserved park. As I walked into the woods and came across a parking lot with vans and people cooking up some breakfast, I followed some surfers towards the sandy dunes. Within a few yards the trees began to break and the ocean came into view. It was a completely isolated, untouched beach – unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The mountains were to my left and complete white sand was to my right. Surfers in front of me were enjoying some fresh breaks of the day and I walked a few steps to the right, sat down, amazed at what I had just come across. While I felt the sudden urge to leave and wander somewhere else, I reminded myself that I didn’t need to be anywhere or do anything at that exact moment.

We started that night off at the Railway Bar and continued from there. The people were incredibly friendly and down for a good time. Along the way I met Charlie, a Noosa local who frequently visits Byron, and reached out to him after the trip to answer a few questions about the beach spot:

How long are you staying in Byron? What initially brought you to the beach town?

I usually drive to Byron from Noosa on a Friday afternoon and return on a Sunday, yes it's only a short stay but it's soo worth it. Such a vibrant little town with a great atmosphere. Always has epic live music and always meet new people.

How does Byron compare to Noosa?

Noosa is like a retirement village compared to Byron, but don't get me wrong Noosa is one of the most stunning places on earth

What’s your favorite way to travel?

My favorite way to travel is in my van, which I have been working on the last few months to make it so I can live out of it


Throughout my travels, each place has had its unique charm, while still holding true to its relaxed Australian nature and friendly people. I am excited to see where my next adventure takes me.

Sea's the day!
Written by: Caroline Danehy

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