Finally got off the road and settled down in Byron Bay. This is the perfect balance of town living combined with country serenity for me. There are tons of little shops, cafes and things to do in Byron – loads of daylife and nightlife, without being overly hectic or too sleepy. And the town is actually open past 5pm, which after living in Dunsborough is sooooo nice!
There are no big box chain stores here – no Target, MacDonalds, KFCs or Kmarts. (Although there is one Baskins Robbins and a Subway. I swear there are more Subways in Oz than the USA!) There is a restriction on building height, so nothing over 2 or 3 floors which adds to the quaint seaside town feel.
The beach is gorgeous, although I must admit that I think the beaches in the Southwest are somehow more stunning. There is a deck overlooking the ocean at the Pass, that I love to jog to in the morning and then sprint up the stairs three times. There’s also Byron Lighthouse which is a magnificent walk along the seaside cliffs – it’s a quadblaster for sure. ;D
There’s a great farmer’s market in town every Thursday and on the first Sunday of the month, there’s an amazing market of food, crafts and music that literally takes over the town – it’s a mob scene. There’s even a raw food stall called Raw Ecstasy – yum!
The only downside of Byron is that the traffic getting into town can be bad. I’ve been living with some friends right near the center of town, which is great because I can walk everywhere. This is the only way to go if you live here – within walking distance of town. That being said, it’s a great place. So open, cruisy and easy to meet people. I could definitely live here.