As you walk around Byron Bay today, you will find a colourful and dynamic mix of old and new, alternative and cosmopolitan, left and right. All of Byron Bay’s past influences from the Indigenous owners, to farmers, business people, hippies and surfers converge into the unique community of Byron Bay.
The main industry in Byron Bay today is tourism, which supports a vibrant economy of restaurants, café, bars, shops, tours, activities, entertainment and accommodation. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the good venues, great food, yearly festivals, regular bands and the unique cinemas that come with creating an accessible and active community.
Although Byron Bay’s main industry is tourism, rural and farming contributions are present throughout the town, with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and produce available both through the local food outlets as well as from the regular Farmer’s markets.
Such a diversity of interests makes it an interesting community when it comes to politics, and locals are both active and vocal across the political spectrum. With a Federal Member from Labor, a State Member from The Nationals and a Green local council, Byron Bay today defies definition in any simple way. Where they unite is around their love and respect for the environment and community and a commitment to maintaining these for future generations to enjoy. What this creates is a broad and open community feeling, where everyone – whether they’re a local or a visitor - can find a place and feel welcome to feel at home.