Australia day 18: Lighthouse walk, 22nd October 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:19:27 PM
I checked out the map and saw that the Byron Bay lighthouse was only a few kilometres away - this was to be our destination for today! The lighthouse was a good point to aim for, and there were a few nice small beaches and lookout points on the way to check out.
We went down to the town and chilled for a bit (the family had some beach time while I did some geeking in the Wifi cafe), then we set off on the walk. After the first kilometre or so we had a break at a gorgeous little cafe at Clarke's beach (first beer of the day), then we pressed on, reaching The Pass an hour or so later - there was a lovely beach here, and a nice little set of steps up to the lookout point, which we abandoned the pram to go and check out.
This was a perfect moment, spoilt only slightly by the wild bush Turkeys assaulting our pram and stealing our chocolate while we were distracted ;-)
As we were leaving we had a nice chat with an English lass who had been living and working out here for two years, but had to go back soon due to her visa running out. I can see why she was so down about having to go back...
Onwards we pressed, stepping into the Watego beach area after another kilometre or two. This was an awesome part of the journey, as on the way we saw not one but two really huge lizards (I think they were Geckos). We had another break at Watego, as the travel was starting to get to the kids at this point.
Next up was the final ascent towards the lighthouse. This was the hardest part, as even though the lighthouse was now less than a kilometre away, it was up a huge hill, and we had to carry Elva's pram up loads of steps.....phew! When we...fiiiiiiinally...reached the top, we had a well-deserved ice cream, then walked down the much-quicker route straight down the hill.
At this point we needed some dinner, so we found a nice place just near the beach and ate, then returned home, only stopping to pick up stout and filthy donuts to amuse us at night time.
On to Cairns tomorrow. I kinda wish we'd stayed a bit longer in Byron, as it is such a beautiful place!