Our home is a rustic, three bedroom, cedar-and-glass house on five well-treed acres located in the Byron Bay Hinterland near the village of Federal.
My wife and I are both writers and we've found the perfect writer’s retreat, 20 minutes drive to the coast along an elevated picaresque country lane. You can choose to drop into the exciting bustle of Byron Bay, its cafes, bars, restaurants, live music venues and world famous beaches … or just sit on the back deck of the house with a good glass of wine and be taken by the fascination of a rural vista, our Koala family and rare exotic bird life. There are of course rainforests to explore, surrounding one of the worlds largest volcanic calderas, spectacular golf courses and literally 100 miles of beaches.
Following is an edited description of our place taken from the internet.
Federal is a small village, 20 minutes' drive from Byron Bay and 10 minutes from Bangalow. It has a general store, which really lives up to its name in providing practically everything from grocery items and liquor to fuel and a post office. Nearby is the long-defunct butcher shop, now a restaurant also offering accommodation. In the surrounding area there are numerous beautiful guesthouses giving the sort of accommodation city dwellers dream about: lush tropical gardens in quiet locations, limited guest/room numbers, gourmet breakfasts and the notion that you need do absolutely nothing but put your feet up, marvel at the scenery and relax.
If you do venture out, Federal is close enough to the World Heritage rainforests and national parks for which the area is famous. Minyon Falls, Protestor Falls, the Nightcap National Park, Mt Warning and the Coolamon Scenic Drive are just some of the spectacular places you can visit during your stay.
While it may appear a sleepy country hamlet, Federal has a host population of sea-change baby boomers who have invented their own culture.
Nestled in the hills behind Australia's most easterly town, Byron Bay, the sub-tropical hinterland is an area of natural beauty as diverse as it is breath taking.
Just minutes from the cosmopolitan "Bay" you'll find pristine rainforest, secluded waterfalls, rolling green hills and panoramic views. On this site you will find information about Byron Bay Hinterland villages and a range of top quality Accommodation choices.
Be as energetic or relaxed as you like in the Byron Hinterland. Take a day tour to the magnificent National Parks and Nature Reserves; try horse riding, bush walking or cycling; head out to Nimbin, the alternative lifestyle capital of Australia; wander through colourful markets; indulge yourselves at one of the village cafes or quaint country pubs; or just find the perfect picnic spot, enjoy the peace and tranquility and let the world go by.
As you'll also be within easy striking distance of the magnificent beaches and cosmopolitan atmosphere of bustling Byron Bay, you can truly experience the "best of both worlds" with a stay in the Byron Hinterland. Have a look on our Accommodation page to see what property suits you, browse our village page to see a description of the many colourful villages that make up the region that is Byron Bay Hinterland.
Byron Bay - World's Sexiest Beach
Forbes Traveller presents the world's 25 sexiest beaches.
Only one Australian beach has made it on to a US travel website's list of the world's 25 sexiest beaches.
Byron Bay was the sole Aussie beach to get a nod from Forbes Traveller, which compiled the list based on research by their own journalists, and other industry experts including tour planners, meteorologists, hotel owners and marine biologists. (More) …
Me: I’ve worked in television, advertising and film production companies internationally. Now fully dedicated to writing, I’m the author of five novels, some of which have been translated and published in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Africa, USA, Canada and Germany as well as New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand. Last year I completed a Doctor of Creative Arts degree at UTS.
My wife is also a writer. She has worked in Advertising in England, Canada and Australia. In demand because she writes for all media she has also written an unpublished novel. She speaks good French and has a smattering of Spanish. We have two adult children, a boy and a girl ... and Pheobe, our 10 year old tabby cat.