A week in and I’m finally starting to settle in…slightly.
Mostly, this week has been filled with orientation meetings to attend, people to meet, and food to eat. Its all be a bit confusing, but it looks like there might be a light on the end of the tunnel.
On Sunday this past weekend, the school organized a trip to Byron Bay for all of the international students. Byron Bay is home to some of the best surfing in the world, especially for beginners.As part of the trip, we got a lesson on beach safety from the Byron Bay Surf Club, warning us about all of the dangers associated with the ocean. These included, but were not limited to: Blue bottle jellyfish, box jellyfish, blue-ring octopus, sharks, and the ocean itself in the form of riptides. If the talk didn’t scare you enough to head home, you were then set free to do as you pleased. I opted to head towards the lighthouse.
Byron Bay is located almost due east of Lismore on the eastern coast of Australia. This view is looking south along the coast from Cape Bryon. Even on an overcast day, like the one while we were there, most of the beach were crowed. The journey up to the the lighthouse takes you about a mile an half from the surf club in the middle of Byron, up through a native coastal eucalyptus forest, and eventually onto the ridge of the cape.
The lighthouse itself was built in 1901 on the tip of the cape. I asked, but unfortunately it seems they do not let you go to the top. However, we were fortunate enough to spot a pod of dolphins below in the water from this point, so that dampened by disappointment to some degree.
A short walk down the path from here leads you to the actual most eastern point in Australia. I’m not quite sure, but I think I can almost make out Flagstaff in the distance on this picture. Pretty hard to tell though..
We spent of the rest of the afternoon soaking up the sun, and swimming in a relatively jellyfish-free ocean. We did not get to spend much time in downtown Byron because of our lighthouse adventures, but it seemed like a quaint place to sit down and have some overpriced food.
This coming Friday I’ll be heading out to a Koala sanctuary with the rest of the international students. Stayed tuned for photos of cute cuddly half-bears in the future.
I’ll also talk more about my college and the city of Lismore itself in some other post, but for now, here’s a picture of the walk from my dorms down towards the proper campus. I’ve heard grumblings from other students about how much they dislike the walk. I don’t know about you, but I think its rather stunning, isn’t it?