History

A significant part of the site was cleared by early settlers for dairying and small cropping. Much of this exotic vegetation has been removed as part of the endangered littoral rainforest management. Both the littoral rainforest fronting Belongil Creek and the swamp forest behind the frontal dunes were previously extensively cleared of native vegetation.

In the late 1960s the site was developed and known as Globetrotter’s Caravan Park.

The Byron Bay Beach Resort was later established, comprising small self contained cabins and a large function space which we later relocated, repurposed and renovated as The Sun Bistro. The Byron Bay Beach Resort built a nine hole golf course in the 80s which operated for around thirty years.

The site was in need of TLC when it was purchased by Becton in the late 1990s.

In 2010 we purchased the site and spent many years in research, community consultation and planning.

Due to proximity to the Tyagarah Nature Reserve and Belongil Estuary, remnant areas of bushland have demonstrated considerable recovery potential despite past land clearing.

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Byron Bay Beach Resort, mid 1990s