An Australian icon: Cape Byron Bay

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Byron Bay, NSW, Jan 17'

After our cruise ship from New Caledonia docked at Sydney Harbour, Ivor and I said farewell to my family and hopped onto a plane from Sydney to the iconic Byron Bay.

This was my first time visiting the much loved Australian holiday spot. The long white-sand and turquoise coastline is set upon rich green hinterlands. Sprinkled among the beautiful natural surrounds are trendy cafes, restaurants and bars, all of which have a coastal flare to them where everyone is wearing sandals and comfy yet stylish summer outfits.

The locals and holiday goers at Byron are a very eclectic bunch, from hippies, schoolies partyers (students finishing high school) to posh Sydney and Melbourne-siders.

I loved the coastal, but also multifaceted vibes of Byron. In the town's centre is streets lined with boutique clothing and homeware stores that range from low-priced souvenirs to upmarket designers. When you walk through Byron you never know what to expect, one night we stumbled upon a Sneaky Sound System concert and on another night during sunset we came across a vibrant drum circle on the beach.

Byron is a wonderful place to just wander around and is filled with beautiful spots such as Cape Byron Bay, which involves quite a windy drive to reach. Once we got up the cape, we saw an old cottage next to a picturesque white lighthouse. The views from up here of the ocean meeting the sand were incredible.

Byron Bay is a place where you must go if you are exploring New South Wales!

My next post will be on the great places to eat in Byron.

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Nat xx

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A must visit: Yejele Beach, Lifou Isle

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Yejele Beach, Lifou Isle

So far in my documentation of this cruise trip to New Caledonia, I have without a doubt overused the world 'beautiful' and exhausted the use of the phase 'crystal blue water' (I should really work on expanding my vocabulary). Sorry for the tautology that's about it happen, but Yejele Beach was so beautiful with unbelievable crystal blue water, definitely the most beautiful and most blue beach out of the entire trip (wow yes I really need to expand my vocab).

It was quite a hot day when we visited Yejele beach, so I couldn't wait to jump into the water. Before that, we were welcomed into a hut with delicious looking local food and given a much needed beverage and flower crown. After that, I slapped on some more sunscreen (although there was no saving my lobster red skin), ran down the soft white sand, plunged into the warm clear ocean and stayed there for the afternoon.

As you can see from these photos the beach was vibrant colours of blue and green, it truly felt like being in paradise for the afternoon.

Dos:
  • VISIT YEJELE BEACH - It's quiet and as mentioned at least twice, beautiful with crystal blue water.

Donts:
  • Another repeated narrative in my chronicles of this cruise trip : DON'T FORGET TO WEAR SUNSCREEN. Don't use the spray stuff, it doesn't do jack. Slather yourself in thick SPF 50+ cream.

After this beachy cruise trip, I hopped on over to the Northern Hemisphere for some shopping and skiing. Look out for my Hong Kong and Japan blog posts.

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