I was so excited to go on my first weekend trip in Australia! Travel within Australia is relatively cheap if you stay on the East Coast. Jetstar and TigerAir are two budget airlines that allow relatively cheap options for those who want to make a mad dash to somewhere a little warmer for the weekend. I packed a bag (under 7 kg because of the weight limit) and was off to Bryon Bay with six other people from my apartment complex.
Day 1: Thursday
I flew out of Sydney at 5:10 pm and landed about an hour later. I took a shuttle from the Gold Coast Airport to Aquarius Backpackers Hostel, which I would highly recommend for anyone traveling in the area. It’s an inexpensive hostel for international travelers only, which allowed me to meet some pretty cool people. I was surprised by the amount of people that said that Americans didn’t travel very often. Maybe it’s just the people I hang around with, but I feel like everyone travels.
Since it was already pretty late by the time we were all checked in at the Hostel, the group of us went down to the bar and enjoyed a few drinks. Each drink came with two raffle tickets to win a scuba dive, so I had four by the end of the night. Crazy enough, I actually won it! Not a bad way to start off the weekend.
Day 2: Friday
Friday we all planned to kayak with dolphins in Byron Bay. Unfortunately, some rain came in so we hung out in the hostel instead. We were on the beach a little bit (until it got too cold), but don’t underestimate the hostels you stay in! A lot of the hostels have cool bars and restaurants downstairs where you can meet a ton of people.
We ended up going to a free barbecue downstairs in the bar and participated in a pretty fun karaoke night.
Day 3: Saturday
A lot of my other friends went skydiving, which is unfortunately out of the budget for me at this point in time, but I was able to spend the day exploring Byron a little bit with one of my roommates and a girl I just met from Alabama.
We walked up to the lighthouse first, which is the most eastern point in Australia. From there, we walked down the coast and stopped at Little Wategos Beach and Wategos Beach (they are different!).
Day 4: Sunday
On my last day (my roommates stayed for one more night), we drove up to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise. We spent a decent amount of time there, which was one of my favorite parts of the trip, before heading back to the hostel to get breakfast and I went off to that free dive I had won.
Scuba diving was so cool. It was unreal being so close to a completely different environment. It’s weird being underwater and being told to breathe normally, because scuba diving doesn’t feel normal at all. It’s a bit surreal, knowing that what you’re doing shouldn’t really be possible, but it is. I ended with a little scuba dive where I was able to get up close and personal to some really cool turtles.
Sorry in advance for my awful selfies.