It’s been a long week under the rain from our outback adventure to Brisbane. Camping under the rain is just less fun! But still, we made a stop at Girraween national park in an attempt to climb the Pyramid mountain but struggled to walk up the slippery rocks in the rain. We went from one place to another hoping for better weather, going for short walks instead, look at some waterfalls, making friends at campsites…
We eventually made it back to the coast reaching Byron Bay, the capital of surf. I’d been there 11 years ago and loved the small beach town atmosphere. It was almost hard to believe how touristic the place has become and a little bite overrated too. No free campsite at sight of course, only expensive camper park resorts. There was one backpacker that offered a car park for campers, crowded of course, but we made ourselves a little spot between the 30 vans already there. The place was so big it could host easily 300 people! That evening, while everyone was in party mode, mostly young travellers under 20, we were reading our book waiting for our laundry to be done… It made us feel a bit out-of-place, quite older than everyone else and the crowd made us miss the peacefulness of the outback!
I was happy to see that some things don’t change though when we found the fish and chips restaurant I had been about 10 times when I came to Byron Bay the first time! And it was still delicious and generous!
We made a short stop at the Gold Coast, still under the rain, before we finally reached Brisbane!
Aaaah Brisbane! So many good memories there… The city is still beautiful as I remembered, and I was great to catch up with old friends again.
We were hosted by Hayley and David for 5 days. It was great to see them after all this time, go for brunch, drinks, we even took a day trip to Dreamworld theme park on Sunday when the weather cleared up and had so much fun!
Thank you so much for having us over, we miss you already!!