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Having just returned from a week away in our caravan at a pretty little spot near Byron Bay called Broken Head, I got to thinking how I love the laidback lifestyle of this coastal area in Northern NSW. It is simply like stepping back in time to the 1970’s when the flower people and hippies ruled! Byron Bay has no traffic lights, no high-rise buildings and no dual lane roads but boasts some of the most pristine beaches along the coastal strip. It has great places to eat, quaint little shops, 2 pubs (one located right on the beachfront) and great accommodation for all budgets.
The people are fascinating in Byron. Many people live here for its alternative lifestyle and non-commercialised peaceful ambience. It is a haven for backpackers from all over the world. During a stroll down the main street you will see many dreadlocked, spaced out, cheesecloth garbed, bare-footed hippies of all age groups. There are normally buskers playing their guitars on the footpaths and people of all sexual persuasions holding hands as they amble down the street.
During our morning ritual of a 20 minute beach walk to our favourite bakery and coffee shop, we saw lots of people meditating or performing yoga on the beach. Christmas morning we were greeted by a couple of elderly grey nomads having a nude swim in the ocean! Then we came across 3 women conducting a yoga class in their bikinis which was a sight to behold, particularly when they proceeded to do the ‘downward dog’ pose! Further along we saw a couple sitting under a tepee constructed from 3 pieces of cane. Not sure about that one – I think it has something to do with creating an energy field!
At our coffee shop, it was like the local meet and greet – pets included. There were no dog leashes, but all the dogs were friendly and well behaved. Absolutely no aggro! We loved sitting here sipping our coffees and just watching everyone beginning their day with lovely smiles on their faces and no rushing or stressing to get anywhere. I started thinking that this lifestyle would be something to aspire to!
Although Byron Bay is mostly about its beautiful beaches, it does have a fabulous walking track from Watego’s Beach up many sets of stairs to the Lighthouse perched on top of a cliff at the most easterly point in Australia. The views from here are amazing. During winter it is guaranteed that you will see whales breeching in the ocean as they migrate to the warmer waters of Queensland. At other times of the year there are usually dolphins and sea turtles swimming in the turquoise waters.
To the west of Byron the hinterland is extremely lush and green dotted with farms producing some of the freshest produce you will ever taste. Little places like Bangalow and Mullumbimby are well worth a ‘Sunday drive’ to sample some of the local produce and visit the arts and craft markets that take place on a monthly basis.
As for Broken Head, it is one of the many little-known ‘touch of paradises’ along the coastline. It is no more than a caravan park, located near a headland that you can walk up and is known for its wave breaks by the surfing fraternity. The caravan park is surrounded by bushland and a public park on one side. The setting couldn’t be more perfect!
So after a week of this idyllic existence we were bought back to reality with a jolt when we hit the highway and travelled back to the city where we live. So it’s back to blowdrying my hair, putting on make-up, high heels and shaving my armpits! Oh God, how I wish I was back at Broken Head beach partaking in that early morning Yoga class in a bikini and the only footwear I had to wear were a pair of rubber thongs!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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