Livin’… in Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Byron Bay

It’s real easy to do nothing in this town. An innocent stroll can steal away your day as you’ll surely bump into someone you know. You’ll go for a quiet one at a spot where your mate’s behind the bar and soon your night’s slipped through your fingers too.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay

You can have the best of intentions; you’ll just head out for a bite to eat, but before you know it you’re in the back of a buddy’s van, laughing and on your way to a house in the hills.

…and that’s if there’s no waves.

Byron Bay

When the swell’s on nothing else matters. Emails and deadlines fade away, the camera may get a little work, but there won’t be any blog posts and the dirty washing will pile ever higher.

Such is the ebb and flow of this town, a schedule doesn’t quite fit because life is lived outside; and the weather and the tides and the big ocean swells don’t conform to a routine.

Byron Bay

You work when there are no waves; you take trips when the opportunity arises. Deadlines are met, but only at the price of sleep and, somehow, there’s always enough money to check out a band… but not always for rent.

When fortune shines and there’s money coming in you can eat and drink in opulence, for a small town Byron Bay has great coffee and the odd decent restaurant. When there’s no money you eat simple – you might fore-go the meat and the French cheese, but it’s always wholesome.

Byron Bay

Despite the lack of a nine-to-five groove Friday night still has its charms. Saturday mornings are for surfing and coffee and reading the paper. You can fly to Melbourne from Ballina in two hours and from the Gold Coast you can be in Bali in less time than it would take you to drive to Sydney.

Byron Bay

Such is the indulgent charm of Byron that’s it’s all too easy to take it for granted. You’ll curse the “bloody blow-ins” and you’ll scoff at the less than perfect waves, and this is when you need to get away… just for a little while, ‘cause it’s a bloody great place to come back to.

Here’s to livin’.

Byron Bay

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