After flying cross country from Perth, we landed in Brisbane! We stayed a few days in the Gold Coast and then took a road trip down to Newcastle, stopping along the way in Burleigh Heads, Nimbin and Byron Bay.
We of course made sure to hit all of the important cultural landmarks... including this giant shrimp and a big banana.
Byron Bay was as stunning as I remembered it. Though the main things I remember from my time there (when I was 22) was an outstanding chai latte I drank and coming THISCLOSE to winning a limbo contest at a bar called Cheeky Monkeys. Which just goes to show you that memory is a strange thing and it's important to take photos.
Along with pods of dolphins, I also saw lone lurking sharks so Byron Bay was a mix of magical and terrifying.