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As part of my photography course, I have to track my development on a blog. The posts from September 2011 until January 2012 are part of a module called Project Management, for which I was required to work in a group of eight students to create an exhibition. The blog followed every step we took in order to create a successful gallery. The blog posts starting from September 2012 follow my final year on the course. I'll be documenting my research and analysis of my final year projects, as well as include notes of my Professional Practice unit - which prepares us for a range of post graduate options. Finally it also looks at a project called New Creatives, where I'll be working alongside an artists to help college students get more involved with art.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

East Coast Travels - Byron Bay

4th - 6th May 

We left Port Macquarie on Sunday the 4th of May at 14.20 and had another long journey on the Greyhound to Byron Bay. It was a really nice journey. We drove through Coffs Harbour, saw the sunset, a few wallabies and the big banana. We arrived in Byron at 21.00, and immediately checked into our hotel, the Byron Bay Side Central Motel. The hotel is great, the room layout is a little strange, as the room is pretty large but the bed right infront of the door... the door just about opens! But other than that, the room is really big and it has a huge balcony! We didn’t do anything that evening since it was 21.30 when we finally got to the room.

The 5th of May was a beautiful day!! It was clear blue skies and 21 degrees. Our hotel was about a 2 minute walk from the beach and less than 5 minutes from the Greyhound bus stop, perfect location! We took a stroll to the beach and were amazed with how beautiful it was. Byron Bay really looks and feels like a holiday place. Main Beach was the most amazing beach we’ve seen in Australia so far. The sand was really light and incredibly soft. We walked along the beach through the water towards the most eastern point of Australia. The water was pretty warm, I read that the average water temperature in summer is 26 degrees and 21 degrees in winter. From the beach we decided to walk to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is probably the most iconic point of Byron Bay. It’s an incredibly steep walk up, but definitely worth it! 

Along the way we walked past Wategos Beach, another stunning beach which was a little quieter than Main Beach. We actually saw some dolphins there! Unfortunately they were too far away to photograph, but they were in this direction.

Up at the lighthouse we were at the most easter point of Australia. We had some drinks at the cafe (which is cash only!) and then walked down the other way. The lady in the hotel told us that this would a rainforest walk, but it was a little disappointing because we walked next to the road the whole time. About half way we managed to get back onto the beach and stroll back along the water to our hotel. We bought some food from Aldi and had lunch in our room. After doing our washing we went back to Main Beach to watch the sunset! 

It was literally the most amazing sunset I’ve ever seen, and it made my love Byron Bay even more.

We finished the day with the most delicious pizza.

Byron Bay is super relaxed and a little alternative. We would have loved to stay longer, but definitely feel like we’ve seen all we wanted to see. If you’re looking for a relaxing place along the beach I’d definitely recommend Byron Bay!

The following day we took the Greyhound to Surfers Paradise. We left at 10.15 and arrived at 13.10.

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