Surfers Paradise, Australia
After my bad experience in Byron Bay I was determined to let my bout of home sickness go and enjoy myself. Surfers paradise is a 2 hour greyhound ride from Byron, which is far more manageable than the 12 hours I had been doing. I stayed in Budds hostel which was low budget but the staff and other backpackers were so lovely and make it a really good place to stay.
the weather in surfers was not amazing, I was there for 4 days and it rained at some point in 3 of those days. The Quicksilver pro tour was about an hour away, at Snapper Rock, whilst I was there so I was excited to go and see my second surf competition of the trip, but the weather stopped that from happening. I instead decided to stay closer to "home" and went for a long walk down to broadbeach and explore surfers.
Budds is a short walk from the beach, shopping area and nightlife, it wasn't the classiest of hostels but I had an amazing stay here, the people really do make the place. Definatly advise staying in the smaller hostels out in Australia, they are far more social, perfect for someone like me who is travelling alone. I arrived on a Saturday and was invited out with everyone, the staff were interested and wanted to talk to you, it wasn't just like they were there for the money.
Surfers is more of a residential city, and despite the beautiful beaches, there isn't much to offer, other than the water parks. I would definatly recommend staying in surfers, but for no more than 4/5 nights, and try and avoid rainy season as it gets so humid.