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The Shire of Byron Bay

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This entry was posted on 4/2/2007 7:59 AM and is filed under Australia.

The Pods visit Byron Shire.

A friend of ours had mentioned to us that she could see herself living in Byron Bay, so that was enough for us.  Off we went from Brisbane to Byron Bay, also known as Byron Shire to explore the northern end of New South Wales.  We hopped on a shuttle bus and arrived in Byron Shire 2 hours later.  There was a one hour time change here that we only discovered 3 days later, so who knows how long that shuttle ride really was?

We came to Byron Dunes guest house with our lovely hosts,  Anne-Marie and John.  They manage a beautiful homestay with 3 lovely rooms very close to town.  We're staying in "Frangipani" and can walk to the center of town in about 5 minutes.

Meet Anne-Marie and John...

Here's a photo of the backyard pool.

We spent most of our time in their communal living room (where we could access Broadband internet service).  This was where we set up our "office" and worked diligently on our currency trading strategies.

Byron Bay is like being in Hawaii again.  Our fondest memories of Byron Shire will always be the gigantic flocks of colorful wild lorries that lived in this area.  They live on the flowers and berries that grow high in the trees.

We also saw our first Galahs, a gorgeous pink and black bird.

Remember the song..."Kookaburra lives in the old gum tree...", well we had another view of some Byron Kookaburras and they were awesome.  They would come every day to a neighbor's house because he would feed them steak and good mints.  (Not a great bird diet.)

When we arrived it was extremely hot - Australian sun is so hot that U.S. sunscreens are banned.  All Aussie sunscreens have zinc oxide in them because the sun is so hot.  Then after two days of heat, the storm came and we had 4 days of on and off rain, sometimes really heavy. 

Here are some shots of the beach...

We flow with the unpredictable weather and even enjoyed our long rainy walk to the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland - a 3 hour round trip soggy lovely trek to a beautiful lookout point.  This point is very special to the Arakwal Aboriginal people of Byron Bay.  They call this headland Walgun "the shoulder".  It is part of their Dreaming - their stories of creation and Aboriginal life and it is also a place of ceremony, learning and inspiration.

It was at this point that we saw the most beautiful rainbow on the horizon.  Here's a peek at what we saw...

Walgun juts over the Cape Byron Lighthouse.  It's been there over 100 years and you can even make arrangements to spend the night in the former Assistant Lightkeepers Quarters.

Byron Shire has a nice easygoing atmosphere.  The town itself is filled with lots of shops and the best health food stores we've seen yet.  Their shelves are stocked with gluten free products and their deli food is delicious.  Evelyn's favorite kind of eating!   The beach is beautiful and the ocean is stinger free (usually) and packed with surfers.

We had to stop and watch a bit of lawn bowling.  Very popular here in the Shire...

Orient Express was a favorite restaurant of ours.  They used old Chinese desks as their tables.

Duck pancakes for Mindy Pod...

Pad See Yew, Rice Rolls and Veggie Curry...Yum Yum Yum!

While walking in the neighborhood we encountered two Hassidic Jews from New Jersey and Canada, Mendel and Shlomo.  They had come to the Byron Shire to put on a Sedar for about 100 guests who were coming for their service.  They invited us to come too but we were heading to Melbourne the next day.  They asked us if we knew Rabbi Loschak from Santa Barbara and of course, Evelyn knew him.  Small world!

We also met 3 new friends who live in the Shire.  Cate Taylor, a friend of our SB Valerie Girard and her two friends Linda and Marian.  We spent a very fun afternoon together.


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