Beer and Music in Byron

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Byron Beach from the lookout
I couldn't have asked for a more hospitable couple than Jon jon and his lovely girl Marion.  The weather they turned on for me was perfect and their place very compfy.  Jon jon didn't have to work at all whilst I was there so we spent the days eating and chatting over a couple of cold beers. 

In the afternoons he'd drive me around the place pointing out the choice spots and in the evenings we'd head on down to his favourite watering holes where we'd smile at the tourists, meet his friends or do some more talking and drinking.

Being a musician Jon jon had to do a couple of gigs while I was there.  I was having a ball listening to him sing my favourite songs in the Great Northern Hotel as I sat and enjoyed marion's company.  Even though it was another 3 days until "Splendour in the Grass" festival began there were already plenty of visitors packing the place out.
Jon Jon entertaining us at the Great Northern Hotel


Byron is on the tourist/back packer route anyway so there are always plenty of accents flying about the pubs and clubs.

Other haunts we checked out over the next couple of nights were The Beach Hotel.  We came here a couple of times.  Coffee one afternoon, beers on another evening.

We also had dinner one evening at The Cheeky Monkey.  Thursday night is wet t-shirt night and the young ladies all have a crack at earing themselves $300.  The place was pumping when we got there but because Jon jon used to be on the staff and is still a regular we were given VIP tags and managed to score a booth.

I met a few of Jonny's mates that night and also had a massage from a Massage Angel that was wandering about.  Her name was Fumi and she was doing this to make money before heading to NZ in a few days time.
The lads at Cheeky Monkey
 

Jon jon and I split from Cheeky Monkey before the wet t-shirt competion.  We shot along the street to Cocomangas night club.  Once again Jonny was in with the staff and we had a free round there before stumbling off home.

One thing I have discovered about Aus is that no-one seems to want to walk.  I was happy to stride home but had to convince Jonny that 3kms wasn't that far.  He finally rang Marion to collect us and she met us with the car only four doors along from our place.

One of the days Jonny and I took a drive up to Bangalaw.  It was a more colonial looking place but it had plent of younger buildings on the main street too.  We had a quiet beer alone in the side bar.  Jon jon told me this was where he sometimes played.  It was a good sized room and set up nicely for a dance and a band.
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Byron Beach from the lookout
Byron Beach from the lookout
Jon Jon entertaining us at the Gre…
Jon Jon entertaining us at the Gr…
The lads at Cheeky Monkey
The lads at Cheeky Monkey
Massage Angel Fumi and I at Chee…
"Massage Angel" Fumi and I at Che…
Marion & Jons back yard
Marion & Jon's back yard
Byron Surf club
Byron Surf club
Byron Bay coastline
Byron Bay coastline
Jonny whipping up an omelette for …
Jonny whipping up an omelette for…
Byron Beach and lighthouse
Byron Beach and lighthouse
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