Byron Bay, Australia
From Sydney I travelled another 12 hours on the Greyhound to Byron Bay, the overnight buses are perfect because atleast you can avoid paying for a night of accommodation despite the lack of sleep you do actually get.
Byron is a small "hippie" town know for its lovely beaches, surfing and being the most easterly point in Australia. Everyone I've met has lovely Byron, sadly I did not, for personal reasons, nothing to do with the place. Homesickness really started to hit me hard in Byron and I wanted to throw in the towel and go home. I spent 4 days there, 1 of which it rained, and the others I spent doing the beautiful coastal walk to the lighthouse - here is where you will find the most easterly point, sunning myself on the beach and Kayaking with dolphins!
The kayaking was a massive deal for me, anyone that knows me is aware that I hate the water and I'm really struggling to put myself out there and get into the water. This kayaking tour made me feel so confident and safe in the water, something I haven't felt in a long time.
The ocean in Byron is so warm and lovely (this could be because of the time of year I was there) and perfect for waterspouts, I met a lot of people that took surf lessons in Byron and loved it!
Despite my bad experience, I would never tell anyone to never go to Byron. So many people have enjoyed it and I quite annoyed that I didn't see the full potential of the place, I'm still hoping to go back there again and realise why everyone loves it so much, I know the sunsets were definatly a winner with me.