We started our morning with a drive from the hotel in Surfer’s Paradise to Byron Bay (which was about an hour and a half from where we were staying).
The day began with lunch at a great Mediterranean eatery followed by a hike up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. This hike took us to the easternmost point of Australia, and overlooked all of the Byron Bay coast. After several photo ops and some impromptu swimming in the hidden lagoons, we headed back to the central part town.
For the next several hours, everyone wandered about either shopping or tanning on the beach. The beach was scattered with blue jellyfish, called blue bottles, which are technically a type of extremely dangerous portuguese man ’o war. A few members of the team can attest to the pain of their stings firsthand(aka the two of us). The small hippie town provided interesting shopping, like the Rainbow Store, and a variety of different cuisines as well as great Acai bowls.
Everyone enjoyed their free time and a chance to relax on our last day after all that field hockey and traveling! At the end of the day we drove back to Surfer’s Paradise for our last meal in Oz. It was an early night because we needed our rest before we had to get up at the crack of dawn for our journey back to New Haven.
(Written by Carol Middough ’18 and Kiwi Comizio ’18)