Maureen's hair-raising trip
EVERY SIX weeks, Maureen Williams travels over 515km from Old Bar Beach, Taree, all the way to Byron Bay to see the same hairdresser.
She travels all night long just to get her hair done.
Mrs Williams is driven by a friend from Old Bar Beach to Taree (21.9km), she then boards the train service at 9.30pm from Taree to Casino (415km).
She arrives to Casino at 4am, and then catches a bus at 4.30am to Byron Bay (79.2km).
Mrs Williams arrives in Byron at 6am, she then walks along the beach, has a coffee and waits for her favourite hairdresser to open up her salon, Fuz, at 8:30am.
She gets her hair colour done, foils, and an specific haircut that she has had for years.
"I then go for a coffee, visit some shops, spend the day walking around Byron and then I catch the bus back to Casino at about 5.15pm.
Mrs Williams arrives back at Taree at 1.40am, where her friend picks her up to take her back home.
She lost her husband two years ago, and when her favourite hairdresser, Elisa Lang, moved to Bina Burra and opened her salon in Byron Bay, she decided to make it into a regular adventure.
"The first time Elisa came to our house to do my hair, eight years ago, my husband looked at her and said: 'She's got an earring in her nose, she's a hippy'."
"Now my friends think I am the hippy because I am wearing clothes I bought at St Vinnie's Op Shop in Byron for $4.
"Everyone has been nothing but lovely to me, I feel very safe here and it is a big part of my life now."
Elisa Lang is three weeks away from giving birth to her first child and will take a break from hairdressing after giving birth, but Maureen Williams will not stop coming to Byron Bay.
"There is a hairdresser in Taree who offered me to do my hair while Elisa is away, but I will keep coming to meet the baby and to enjoy Byron Bay."