Thursday 22nd March
For our last day in Byron, we’d booked a local restaurant called Town in the next village, Bangalow so decided to try to build up an appetite with a good walk around Cape Byron.
We parked the car up at the end of town and walked across the beach to the first viewpoint at fisherman’s lookout. It’s a really nice beach and despite a really gloomy forecast it was sunny – hurrah! I took the usual selfies while Wayne took his proper shots and then we started on the Cape Byron Walking track.
The track runs around the headland past Wategos Beach and the fancy houses before the path goes out onto Cape Byron and Captain Cooks Lookout. We found the sign for the Most Easterly Point of Australia – cue selfies then carried on up a fairly steep hill to the lighthouse where a cute little cafe with amazing views over the bay and the headland.
Parked with a coke we had a chat with a friendly magpie before continuing on though the forest back to the car.
It’s a nice walk and as the day had really improved and we’d been idiots and not put our beach gear into the car, we popped back to the hotel to get everything – only to unleash another epic downpour… and had to make do with a few hours on the balcony.
Town Restaurant in Bangalow we’d been told is one of the best restaurants in NSW so we were surprised when we turned up for dinner to find the place empty. Thankfully it turned out the evening restaurant is ‘Uptown’ (upstairs) while the day time cafe is ‘Downtown’.
The chef / owner Katrina Kanetani, trained in Sydney then in the UK adding Gordon Ramsay’s L’Oranger, Marco Pierre White’s Quo Vidas and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons to her resume, among others. She and her chef husband and now run Town serving a 6 course degustation menu made from locally sourced seasonal produce. It was really yum, snapper served with a ginger broth and lamb with umeboshi (no idea) were both serious delicious and finishing with a blood plum kochi then a mango mousse.