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Byron Bay: Glorious!

Byron Bay: Glorious!

This post has no news or airline or hotel relevance at all. It’s just to revel in the glory of the weather and countryside and beach of the Byron Bay area, where I am currently stationed and have been since 30 December 2020.

The Ballina Bunnings giant prawn.

The beach may be steadily disappearing at Main Beach and the Pass, but the town is still as vibrant as ever, weather hot and perfect, even when it rains. The atmosphere is relaxed despite being overpopulated by capital city escapees and way too many Audi, Mercedes and BMW tanks crowding the streets. If I see one more custom matte black duco job, I may scream.

The Pass and Clarke’s Beach still are actual beaches especially at low tide.

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The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.

It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.

This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.

Despite Main Beach basically not being there any longer due to erosion, and the Beach Cafe almost falling into the sea, Byron remains a tourist mecca with the usual number of young, beautiful, backpackers with European and South American accents populating the service staff and surfing breaks across the coastal town.

This year there seem to be a few more escapees from capital cities, and maybe a smattering of those left over from cancelled schoolies weeks.

After coming here most Christmas/New Year periods for the last 30 years, I still love it. Having long term friends here and a comfortable home to stay in helps.

Thanks to M & P and A & J for putting us up, and for your company and friendship.

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