I first wrote this guide in 2012 when I was living just outside Byron in an old army shed in the forest. I put it together as a rundown of Things to Do as recommended by me and bunch of rad locals I met so that when you – my mates here on this blog – visit Byron, well, you’re sorted. I’ve updated it regularly. The most recent now in September 2016.
As a bit of background, I went to Byron to rest and heal. Which is what it has done for thousands of years. For the local Arakwal Bumberlin people it’s always been a healing and fertility place. The locals say you come here to get healed. Once healed, you need to move on or, if you stay, you must heal others. After 18 months in Byron, I knew my time was up. But it will always be a special place for me.
Byron is a unique place. It’s a sleepy, old-school coastal hamlet in bits, but big bands and performers pass through regularly. It’s full of fancy city types, but the sense of community is potent. It’s transient, but everyone feels they belong. The ladies at the post office know my name. The bank manager chats with me in the street.
Everyone has a theory on the place and why certain phenomena exist. Like, the fact there are seven single women to every single man. (The theory on this one is that it’s due to the area being a female fertility site…men just can’t hack the energy!)
But to the guide…
PS You might also like to read about the road trip I did in the area a while back.
1. Food and drink
The Roadhouse. My favourite venue for coffee and food is, hands down, The Roadhouse. By day they do organic coffee made with organic milk, fermented turmeric and ginger kombucha and gut-healthy breakfasts with sauerkraut and sprouted bread…you get the picture, right? They’re totally Sally Fallon’ed up! At night, it becomes a