We stopped of at Port Macquarie for a few days before moving onto Byron Bay. We didn't really do a great deal there other than post a big parcel home, get a much-needed haircut and relax on the beach, which was greatly appreciated after spending most of the last 3 weeks in big cities.
Onto Byron Bay which just about every other traveller we spoke to had either been to, or was going to. A little hitch on the way with our Greyhound coach breaking down 26KM short, but after an hour of the bus driver scratching his head looking confused, he somehow managed to get us back on the road. The next day we booked some snorkelling for the day after, and went for a walk to Cape Byron and the Lighthouse. After passing a massive Monitor Lizard on the way, climbing countless steps and regretting doing it in the mid-day heat, we were greeted by excellent views at the lighthouse and various lookout points. After taking the obligatory picture at Australia's Eastern most point we trekked back through the rainforest (passing Bush Turkeys and giant Butterflies) before collapsing on the beach for a much needed rest.
The following day we had booked snorkelling at Julians Rock, just a mile from the shore. After Hannah had eventually got in her wetsuit (took her 10 minutes longer than everyone else) we sped off to the dive site and were given instructions as to where to go and what to look for. We spent an hour or so snorkelling and saw (harmless) Leopard Sharks, Wobbegong Sharks, Loggerhead Turtles, squids and jellyfish as well as numerous other fish, too many to name. We could get very close to all the fish there; within about a meter of the turtles and many of the fish were curious enough to get very close up. It was a very good trip.
The next stop is Surfers Paradise, leaving tomorrow morning. Bye for now.