Byron Bay
This photo wasn't taken at Byron Bay but easily could have been. (Image: Unsplash/Christian Palmer)


Byron Bay is a far north-eastern NSW coastal town with a population at the last census of 5521 persons. It is a popular holiday destination.


Byron Bay is 21 kilometres down the road from my father’s hometown, Mullumbimby. As youths, he and his brothers would sometimes deign to surf at Tallow Beach near Byron Bay. But, as the Roman Catholic sons of a respectable plumber, they did not deign to associate with the young men of this whaling town, whom they considered rough and unskilled pagans.