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Sh*t! Is that a shark?

Surfing, surfing and not much else


We are now in possession of Byron’s dirty little secret- unless you’re surfing or climbing Cape Byron, there is nothing else to do. Literally nothing, unless you have the money to go shopping or your own car. What started out as a day of surfing went a bit pear shaped due to non-existent waves so we had to find a way to entertain ourselves in the town. Bar paying for expensive tours there was nothing. As Byron’s relatively far South it’s not all that hot during Winter/Spring so we couldn’t even chill on the beach in the sun. The beach did however provide a brief moment of hope with a beautiful walk as the wind swept kite surfers and sand sailors past us! We spent some time drawing pictures and messages in the sand and did a special one for the blog.


In an attempt to spice up the day with an evening rescue we headed out to see some of Byron’s legendary nightlife. Myth might be more accurate as we could only find one open club. Cheekee Monkees was small and more of a glorified bar than a club but we still had a good time dancing nonetheless.

The next day more than made up for our boredom before. We headed out into the bright morning sun, got some surfboards and wetties and hit the beach. After suiting up we launched ourselves on the waves and although it was only her second time Rach was soon stood up and lovin’ riding the water. We both had an amazing time although Rach did nearly have an emergency excretory evacuation when she spotted a dorsal fin cresting through the top of a wave. After shouting to Alex that she thought she’d spotted a shark he paddled closer to investigate and found not one but five! Five graceful dolphins that is, who we then proceeded to surf with for a while before they got bored and moved on. It wasn’t long after that we had to give up too due to the exhaustion of fighting the waves. Alex did attempt to get some pictures of Rach standing up but unfortunately our Kodak disposable underwater camera wasn't up to the task. All-in-all a brilliant day on which to end our stay in Byron.


Rex’s Rules of the Road

  • Unless you plan on surfing in Byron we’d definitely recommend having your own transport.
  • Remember, when investigating a possible fin, there’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity but also remember that sharks aren’t the only finned creatures in Australia’s waters.

Posted by rexontheroad 19:35 Archived in Australia

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