Insane price of beer at Byron Bay Beach Hotel sees patron slugged $19.40 for a pint of Peroni

While several big name stars call Byron Bay home permanently, the trendy seaside suburb has also become somewhat of a revolving door, with an endless stream of A-listers and local celebs spotted in the region.

The Hemsworth Clan:

Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky arguably started the ‘Hollywood 2.0’ craze.

The 37-year-old Thor star relocated to the area from Los Angeles in 2014 with his wife of 10 years, Elsa Pataky, and their three young children.

They now reside in a $20million mega-mansion in the area, situated on 4.2 hectares. The home boasts six bedrooms, a game room, gym, steam room, media room and a 50-metre rooftop infinity pool.

Chris’ younger brother Liam soon made the leap as well, dividing his time between Byron and Malibu during his marriage to Miley Cyrus before making the move more permanent in 2020. 

Matt Damon:

Matt Damon is thought to own a holiday home in Byron Bay.

The actor says he is thrilled to be spending time Down Under as he joins the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder.

‘I’m so excited that my family and I will be able to call Australia home for the next few months,’ Damon, 50, said.

Zac Efron:

Efron hunkered down in Byron during the global coronavirus crisis. 

The Hollywood hunk started dating a local waitress, who he has reportedly since separated from.

 After selling his Los Angeles property, he made the move in 2021 to the beachy haven of Byron Bay. He lives a pretty transient lifestyle and is often spotted living out of his van.  

Nicole Kidman:

Nicole Kidman, 53, has been living in Byron Bay on-and-off with her husband Keith Urban and their two daughters since filming for her new show began earlier this year.

Nine Perfect Strangers is based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name. 

It stars several A-listers including Melissa McCarthy, Samara Weaving, Luke Evans and Bobby Cannavale.

In July, Nicole told the Daily Telegraph she’s ‘thrilled’ to be able to bring the $100 million production and hundreds of jobs to the local film industry after it was sent crashing down by the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It is a great opportunity for me to give back to the community that nurtured me through so much of my career,’ she said.

Elyse Knowles:

Elyse Knowles bought a $2.3million beach house in Byron Bay in early 2020 after more than a year of renting in the coastal town with her boyfriend, Josh Barker. 

Their new 1960s built property is located in the old part of Byron Bay town, just a short walk from the main beach and surrounded by tranquil greenery.

Last year, Elyse told Daily Mail Australia that the couple moved to Byron Bay from Melbourne while chasing a more sustainable lifestyle for themselves.

‘Everyone always smiles and always say hello. That was one of the first things I noticed living [in Byron].’

‘The community is more environmentally conscious. It is conversations that people have every single day… talking about the ocean and the marine life.

The couple are now expecting their first child.

Carrie Bickmore:

The television presenter and radio host owns a $3million holiday home in Byron Bay.

She recently took her daughter to the holiday town to celebrate the new year. 

Isabel Lucas:

Isabel Lucas first purchased a home in Byron Bay in 2016, but the Australian actress has lived on-and-off in the region for the better part of a decade.

She has been spotted at protests against 5G towers in the area and has contributed to the belief that Byron Bay is the ‘anti vax’ capital of Australia.

While filming her feature film Bosch & Rockit in Byron Bay earlier this year, she ‘opted out’ of Covid testing, after previously admitting she ‘doesn’t trust’ the past of vaccination. 

Natalie Portman: 

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman was spotted on several occasions holidaying in Byron Bay ahead of filming Thor: Love and Thunder.

She seemed to relish ‘living like the locals’ for her short stay, visiting the beaches and buying clothes from local stores.