We left Cairns and flew to Brisbane (yes - flying was actually cheaper than the bus) where we hopped on a connecting bus which took us to Byron Bay. We nearly didn`t get a room as there was a huge festival going on (which we sadly missed out on - tickets apparently sold out months ago, in 20 mins!) and ended up with two dorm beds which we shared with some very boozy teenagers. We felt very old!
I decided it would be a good idea to have a refresher surfing lesson after I`d been defeated by the big waves in Bali. You cannot come to Australia and not surf properly! Luckily it made all the difference and the instructors were so good Adrian and I both went back for more the next day. By the time we went out alone we were better than we have ever been - cruising all those waves in to shore! We felt very pleased with ourselves.