Stand on the Most Easterly Point of Australia
To look at the map of Australia, you'd do two things: 1. Find it impossible to locate the 'most easterly point on a map' and 2. You'd find it hard to believe this is in fact that point. But it is true, just a few kilometers from the Byron Bay beach, is the farthest eastern point on Australia's mainland. And you can stand on it. And stare out into the South Pacific Ocean. To get to the Point, you will make your way up to the Byron Cape lighthouse. On the eastern side of the lighthouse, you'll find a map leading you to the Point, just 200 meters away. The winding path consists of a few stairs but mostly a paved pathway with dotted look out points on the way. On one side of the pathway, lies forest-like vegetation while the ocean is on the other. Once you arrive at the point, there is a small green to relax, take pics or do whatever you feel is appropriate to commemorate your journey. And if the adventure isn't enough, the path continues another few hundred meters down to some very cool oceanfront sea rocks, should you want a more intimate experience. The scene is as beautiful as you might imagine a relatively untainted Australia landscape would be, complete with my fantasy of camping on the beach while sitting around a campfire with friends pretending to be hippies under a full moon. Too bad, I only had the day.
By Elle Ball
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