Katharine Myres with tourists at the Byron Visitor Centre
Katharine Myres with tourists at the Byron Visitor Centre

A pressing question



Where's the loo?

That's the question most asked of staff and volunteers at the Byron Visitor Centre (BVC) this summer.

The second most asked question is, 'Where is Nimbin?'

And with the number of people passing through the front door of the centre, formerly the Byron Bay stationmaster's cottage, peaking at 2500 a day, they are questions heard many times.

Those with the more pressing need are directed to the public toilets just across the way in Railway Park, while those seeking a hinterland adventure - and perhaps other pleasures are shown a map.

BVC acting manager, Katharine Myres, laughingly said if they were given a dollar every time someone asked for directions to the loo, the self-funded centre would have no money worries.

Numbers coming through the doors of the BVC this summer are about the same as last year, but Ms Myres said it was "younger crowd" this year.

"It seems like it's almost an extension of Schoolies," she said.

Ms Myres said some visitors who had found Byron Bay "crowded" were encouraged to visit hinterland areas.


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