We wake up in Coffs Harbour for Andrew’s 28th birthday. We start the day off with go-karting at the F1 Rally course about 20 minutes south of Coff’s Harbour. It’s my first time go-karting and I give it best, spinning out twice around the hairpin curve. We had planned to go jet skiing as well but the weather isn’t the best, so we decide to head out to Byron Bay so we can spend the night there to celebrate. Back on the road again, we stop at a number of secluded beaches along the way. One of the best spots to stop at is Lennox head for great views over the water.
We make it to Byron around 5pm and head straight to the lighthouse, one of the most picturesque areas on the east coast, and the easterly most point in Australia. We watch the sunset at Little Watego’s beach, perched out on the rocks, and they hurry back to the car so we don’t get stuck out in the dark. We pull up to our hostel for the night, Aquarius, and it feels like we have entered backpacker party heaven. We aren’t in Kansas anymore for sure. The music is blaring from the bar right in the middle of hostel and people seem to be coming and going from everywhere. If you are looking for a quiet night in, this is not the place for you. After getting our bearings and grabbing some food, we head down to the Beach Hotel for a few drinks. A great place right on the water to listen to live music and grab a beer. Andrew’s friends are heading into town tomorrow, so we take it easy tonight, knowing we have a big weekend ahead. Now I just have to find a surf board for the rest of Andrew’s birthday present!