Byron Bay and the surrounding towns of the Byron Shire in Northern NSW are fast becoming the go to destination to pack up and move to in Australia. What was once a sleepy surf and alternative lifestyle area has now become a go to holiday destination for both Australians and travelers the world over. World class resorts, restaurants, cafes, festivals, stunning beaches and surrounding hinterland combined with a laid back lifestyle make it an appealing proposition. With the Gold Coast Airport and Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport only a quick drive away, living in paradise and being connected to the outside world is now very easy. Thinking of moving to this beautiful part of the world? Here’s some things you need to know.
As with most small towns, employment opportunities are limited however don’t be discouraged, there are plenty of opportunities if you know where to look! There is a strong creative community within the Byron Shire from fashion designers to business incubators. If you have a creative idea or creative business this might be the perfect place to help it grow.
If you’re in the hospitality industry there are often jobs advertised due to the transient nature of tourism based employment. Check local papers for chef/cook positions or go the extra mile and door knock to see if positions are available. There is seasonal farm work often advertised on local Facebook groups or visit the farmers in person at one of our many farmers markets throughout the Byron Shire. Due to the increase in population, building trades are usually in high demand for new houses and renovations. Word of mouth is the marketing tool of choice for this industry but a good starting point is again local papers, community notice boards and local Facebook groups.
Average rental prices for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment are $250 – $450. 3 bedroom houses will range from $550 – $800+. Due to the popularity of the area rental properties are highly sought after and as such it’s recommended that you already have employment before seeking a rental property. It’s worth checking out local Facebook housing groups for share accommodation and private listings.
Average purchase prices for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment are $350k – $450k. 3 bedroom houses will range from $600k upwards. If you are a cash purchaser you can look into purchasing in an M.O. (Mulitple Occupancy) which can at times mean a cheaper sale price.
The Byron Shire utilises paid parking for many areas. If you’re moving to Byron Bay itself it’s definitely worth investing in a parking pass as most of the town of Byron Bay has paid parking. You must be a resident to purchase a permit. Annual e-permit passes can be purchased from the Byron Shire Council HERE for $55 and will allow you to park without further payment at designated paid parking locations. Once you have your permit you can just park and walk away, no need to put your vehicle registration into the paid parking machines. Note that the time limits still apply though. There is no cost for residents with a Centrelink card (blue) or a Mobility Permit.
When moving to Byron Bay or one of the beautiful surrounding towns please remember that you are joining a community which values the environment and each other. Please get familiar with the council bin collection services and use them correctly. As the population increases it’s important to remember that we all live here together and we need to be respectful to everyone that lives here. The motto ‘Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out’ really embodies the spirit of the Byron Shire. We have an amazingly diverse and rich community which we hope you enjoy and participate in.