Rainforest, Byron Bay & Yamba

Earlier today we packed up and headed out of the Gold Coast. Our plan is to be in Sydney by Monday, so we’re splitting the drive into a couple day trips. We started with an hour drive inland to visit the Springbrook National Park rainforest and take a hike to the park’s natural bridge.

Driving into the coastal rainforest
Driving into the coastal rainforest

After spending the morning exploring Springbrook, we took a long scenic route through the mountains into New South Wales. We stopped for lunch in Byron Bay, which is a total hippie town – think Asheville on the beach, then took back roads through farmlands and cow pastures to the quaint beach community of Yamba. The hotel we’re staying at has a family of kangaroos that live nearby, and we were able to walk right up to them! Here are some pics from today’s adventures:

Saw dozens of these hopping along the roads in Springbrook. They look like small Kangaroos but are actually red-necked pademelons
Saw dozens of these hopping along the roads in Springbrook. They look like small kangaroos but are actually red-necked pademelons
Jini in the rainforest
Jini in the rainforest
This crazy turkey wanted a snack
This crazy turkey, called a woggan, wanted a snack
Ancient tree
Ancient Antartic Beech tree
Hiked out to the Best of All Lookouts...only to find visibility was pretty bad...
Hiked out to the Best of All Lookouts…only to find visibility was pretty bad…
Here's what we were supposed to see...we had to google it after the fact
Here’s what we were supposed to see…we had to google it after the fact
What a view!
What a view!
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge from inside cave
Natural Bridge from inside cave
Beautiful flowering tree
Beautiful flowering tree
Be on the lookout for koalas and kangaroos
Be on the lookout for koalas and kangaroos
Welcome to New South Wales
Welcome to New South Wales
Byron Bay
Byron Bay
Ate lunch at The Balcony restaurant in Byron Bay
Ate lunch at The Balcony restaurant in Byron Bay
Australia has these 'Big Things' located all over the country. You should Google it. Today we came across the 'Big Prawn'
Australia has ‘Big Things’ located all over the country. You should Google it. Today we came across the ‘Big Prawn’
Kangaroo and Joey near our hotel in Yamba
Kangaroo and joey near our hotel in Yamba
So stinking cute
So stinking cute
Turner's Beach in Yamba
Turner’s Beach in Yamba
Drew on the rocks at Yamba Point
Drew on the rocks at Yamba Point
Yamba Lighthouse at sunset
Yamba Lighthouse at sunset
Lighthouse
Lighthouse

Tomorrow we’re driving further south to Port Macquarie. It has an animal sanctuary so fingers crossed we’ll get to hug a koala!

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