From the Gold Coast we travelled down to Byron’s Bay. This is a small beachside town that is known for its laid-back approach to life and its alternative lifestyles and therapies. This made it an excellent place for us to celebrate Joy’s birthday in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.
It was named Byron Bay by Captain Cook who drew up the navigational maps for much of the Pacific in his three voyages around the world in the 18th Century. Many of the names he used to define his early maps of the coast line are still in existence today. Byron Bay for example, was named after his Naval Office John Byron, who helped navigate and draw up the maps of Australia, New Zealand and many of the Pacific Islands. He is the grandfather of the perhaps more famous, poet, Lord Byron.
The weather was not exactly kind to us during our stay, so although we did visit the beach, the sky was ominous, and we had rain for most of our stay.
We stayed in a tree house, not exactly by design, but more to do with the quirky nature of the accommodation we chose. A tree house sounds romantic and of course if you look at the picture here, the room looks quite lovely.
The reality was an outside toilet and shower that were accessed via external stairs, that were not easy to negotiate during a heavy tropical storm which we had for the two nights we were there. It’s part of the ups and downs of travel, so you take the rough (and sometimes the very rough) with the smooth.
We still managed to have a lovely day on Joy’s birthday. She got a great card in the post, which certainly was apt, given where we were.
In the evening we went to an all-vegan restaurant called The Beet, http://www.thebeet.com.au/ which served up delicious plant-based food.
Although it’s the beach that everyone associates with Byron Bay, we decided to visit the Crystal Castle in the Hinterland. It was up in the hills and offered spectacular views and probably the world’s most impressive crystal collection. The sheer size and scale of many of the crystals was hard to fathom. These Smoky Qartz Geodes are 5.5 metres tall. That is a lot of crystal!
Below it is a beautiful Rose Quartz spiral in front of a Buddha Statue. It was very serene to walk in that space.
One of the more far-out things we experienced was a session on plant music. A synthesizer was connected to different plants and then the most amazing gentle chimes were heard. Apparently it varies according to the plant, which plants are nearby and whether they are in the mood to play. I kid you not! If you are interested, you can find out more here: http://www.musicoftheplants.com/en/
Crystals are reputed to have many qualities, which vary depending on their mineral composition, bringing harmony and balance to our emotions and our physical body. We certainly felt very chilled by the time we left the place. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.