Desperate Victorians looking for some reprieve have reportedly been flocking to the idyllic beach town of Byron Bay – and locals are not happy.
Fed-up residents have made it clear that city dwellers from Australia’s coronavirus capital are not welcome in their beachside paradise, slamming their border hopping ways.
Byron Bay Local and Heartbreak High star, Putu Winchester-Stanton, is one of many locals voicing their disdain.
“You can spot the Melburnians in a second,” he told the Herald Sun’s Page 13.
“They just reek of Melbourne. Puffer jackets and ironed jeans. I mean what’s with that?”
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Locals’ patience is wearing thin, irked to no end by the gaudy Range Rovers, SUVs and Maseratis with Victorian number plates rolling through their streets.
Pasty middle-aged men with turned up collars and loafers, eyes glued to their iPhones, are becoming a common sight.
Women decked out in designer boho threads are another sure sign, as they desperately try to look the part.
Local artist Kane Latty echoed the actor’s sentiments saying, “It was bad enough before the school holidays, but now they all ponce around thinking they’re the Hemsworths. Go f***ing home.”
The beachside town has been growing in popularity in recent years, bolstered by substantial celeb interest in the area.
Since then, other celebs – like Zac Efron – have followed suit, relocating to this little of heaven known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites.
Byron Bay shire has a population of about 30,000 which swells annually by a total of around 200,000 over all the holidays including Christmas-New Year and the Byron Bay Blues Festival, its busiest periods.