The Byron Bay lighthouse was about an hour and forty five minute return trip walk from where our hostel was located. We decided not to miss out on that, so we did the walk on our second day in Byron Bay. We packed a picnic lunch and lots of water and started the walk around 11AM.
On the way up it was clear that the edge of the park is a popular spot to surf. The waves were great here and there were many surfers out catching some waves.
The hike up also followed the coast pretty tightly, so we had beautiful views of some of Byron Bay’s beaches along with some from the park itself. Also along the trail is a spot that is the Eastern most point in all of Australia! We took a few photos of ourselves there as well.
Upon arriving at the top it was quite warm out, being around noon. The view from the top was spectacular; there were many different sea animals that could be seen from above. We ended up seeing a few sea turtles and stingrays. At the top there were also volunteers around the lighthouse, one of which pointed out a small shark for us!
On the way back down we were on the lookout for dolphins and we hit the jackpot! There was a pod of them swimming very close to the shore and we managed to see some of them jumping out of the water! Sami got some pretty good videos of them swimming along surfers. It was really one of the highlights of our trip so far. Along the trail you can sometimes see whales migrating during June and July.
Later that evening we were talking with our Irish roommates (Carolyn and Gareth) about their plans for the next day, and they were thinking of waking up early and catching the sunrise from the lighthouse trail. We all decided that we would! We also invited our other roommate who had arrived that day (Tony from China) to join us.
So alarms were set and the next morning around 4:50AM we were awake getting ready for the 45 minute trek up to the lighthouse again. We made it just in time before the 5:58AM sunrise. It was a bit cloudy out, but we had amazing views and it was a beautiful morning.
Not everyone can say that they observed an Australian sunrise from the most eastern point in Australia!