Byron Bay, home of the Arakwal people, is traditionally known as Cavvanbah, which translates to “meeting place.” This former whaling town in New South Wales, Australia, has lived up to that name since surfers discovered the abundance of rideable waves. Following the surfers came the hippies, yogis, artists, musicians — pretty much anyone who wants to live an alternative lifestyle — and thus Byron has become a hub of counterculture and alternative lifestyles. This, combined with the area’s beauty, is why #VanLife is so popular here.
This is exactly why my husband and I came here. We’ve always loved the freedom and minimalism that comes with living a life on wheels. We found that housing was nearly impossible to find in Byron Bay anyway, so we decided to go for it: we bought a little home on wheels and rolled on down to Byron to live the ultimate van-life adventure. If you’re a free spirit as well, you’re probably going to want to park right next to us.