he east coast. They consider that a new book bagging BTOAST OF COAST: Graeme and Susan McDonald say Byron Bay is the toast of t
he east coast. They consider that a new book bagging BTOAST OF COAST: Graeme and Susan McDonald say Byron Bay is the toast of t

Byron? slammed It?s an inbred destination,says Britishtravel writerByron? slammed It?s an inbred destination,says Britishtravel writer

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

101 PLACES NOT TO VISIT: Calls Byron Bay 'demented hippie haven''Hippie

A TRAVEL guide set for release soon has listed Byron Bay as one of the worst destinations in the world.

The ABC Books publication, 101 Places Not to Visit in the World, is being marketed as 'your essential guide to the world's most miserable, ugly, boring and inbred destinations'.

Its British author Adam Russ describes Byron Bay as 'a haven for every demented hippie'.

Other destinations on the list include Brisbane, which Russ calls 'a dunny outback burgh where everyone shares a surname'.

Graeme and Sue McDonald, who run the Oasis Resort and Treetop Houses on Byron's Tallow beachfront, said the book was a joke.

"It's obviously not meant to be taken seriously," said Mr McDonald. "Byron Bay is not boring. It's full of excitement."

Mr and Mrs McDonald moved to the Bay one year ago and in the past few weeks alone have been skydiving and whale watching.

"What more could you ask for?" said Mrs McDonald.

The description of the town as a hippie haven was also inaccurate, according to Mr McDonald.

"It's super silly," he said.

"We describe it as energetic, vibrant, exciting and tranquil all at once."

Mr McDonald said he hoped the book backfired and worked in Byron Bay's favour.

"Any publicity is good publicity as they say," he said. "The writer will probably make a buck out of it, too."

Byron shire mayor Jan Barham presumed the author had never even visited the town.

"He certainly didn't visit the area if he thinks it's a demented hippie haven," she said.

"Apart from that being a very derogatory statement, it's wrong. Byron Bay is very diverse with very rich people, poor people and ev- erything in between."

Cr Barham also said she thought the book may have the reverse effect and attract rather than deflect potential visitors from the region.

"I'm surprised someone would've bothered to produce something of such poor value and with such a strange sense of humour if that's what you'd call it," she said.

"Hippies are a very rare breed nowadays, so visitors would probably like to come here if they think they can get to see a real hippie."



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