Kombi nation alive and well in Byron Bay

KOMBINATION: Byron Bay Kombi Club gathered at the Byron Bay Lighthouse on Australi Day.
KOMBINATION: Byron Bay Kombi Club gathered at the Byron Bay Lighthouse on Australi Day. Contributed

VW Kombi vans have always been seen as the ultimate escape machine.

And the sight of a Kombi anywhere in the Byron Shire is sure to bring a smile to the face of an older surfer and spark discussions of surfing safaris from days gone by.

Here in the Shire the Byron Bay Kombi Club is keeping that dream alive with its 40 members regularly taking part in social and charity events.

"We are a community minded club," said club administrator Jason Connell. "We welcome enthusiasts, friends and their admirers - anyone can come along and take part."

"The Kombi van is an iconic part of Byron bay's history and we are currently talking with council about staging a Kombi fest here.

There are still plenty of Kombi vans getting around in Byron.

The iconic split windscreen models or "splitties" were manufactured from 1959-1968, the ultimate of these is the Safari version with the opening windscreen.

The most valuable of the old Kombis in the barn door Kombi with its distinctively large engine hatch.

Manufactured from 1950-1955, even the most neglected of these goes for around $50,000.

For more info, go to the Byron Bay Kombi Club Facebook page.

Their next meeting is on March 1 and is in aid of the Byron Young Residents Alliance.


Byron Shire News and the Byron Bay Kombi Club have a Vans Off the wall prize pack to give away.

Take a picture of a Kombi on the streets of Byron Shire and upload it to our Facebook page and like our Facebook page while you are there.

The pic judged as best by our editor will win the pack of two pairs of sunnies, iPad cover, t-shirt and a Frisbee.

Topics:  byron bay photo competition

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