Troubled paradise: Byron Bay faces change

Originally published in 2008 when I lived in Byron Bay.

Russ Grayson
May 26 · 13 min read
Byron Bay, looking along the main beach towards Cape Byron and its lighthouse.

The Town

The shopping strip at the beach end of town.
Cape Byron light in the early morning glow, a local icon.

Backpackers — benefit or scourge?

Big concrete box in a car park

A cultural remaking

This is why Byron Bay attracted surfers in the 1970s when surfing was rough around the edges and some of its practitioners as gnarly as the waves they rode.

Dealing with development pressure

The road

The northern coastal paradise

By Road & Track

By road and track — journeys, people, places and encounters in life.

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I'm an independent online and photojournalist living on the road in a minivan for awhile and traveling the Pacific coast.

By Road & Track

By road and track — journeys, people, places and encounters in life.