Somehow, over the course of this year, the population of celebrities in Byron Bay has gone through the roof. Whether it’s to escape the city lockdowns, or trade in penthouses for sprawling beachside estates, the celebrities are hungry for Byron.
Zac Efron, Chris and Liam Hemsworth and model Gemma Ward have all set up camp here. Not to mention those who flocked over for filming and ended up staying—here’s looking at you, Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.
The idyllic beach town is a summer favourite for Australians all over the country and backpackers from everywhere else in the world. Gaining notoriety for its laid back vibe, it began attracting those wanting a little more privacy. Cue the international celebrities!
So before Byron Bay becomes Hollywood, get your hands on some gorgeous real estate with some of the world’s coolest neighbours.
Zac Efron’s Byron Beachfront Mansion
We kick it off with Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron. Zac admitted to falling in love with people and the culture. And what’s not to love about Byron’s coastal walks and friendly, bohemian feel? Five bedrooms, an infinity pool and private access to Wategos Beach are just a few features in his Byron Bay house.
Want to give Zac a neighbourly welcome? Check out these stunning Byron Bay properties for sale right now.
Chris Hemsworth’s Broken Head Estate
Next up is no one else but Thor himself who swapped LA for Byron in 2015. Settling into their $7 million (AUD) home in Broken Head was no quick feat. Chris Hemsworth reportedly spent millions of dollars renovating—from installing multiple solar panels, to building separate units entirely. How big is the estate exactly? Think Chadstone Shopping Centre… with a really nice pool.
Want to call Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky your neighbours? Broken Head sits south of Byron Bay. For just a ten-minute drive from the Byron centre, you’re getting pristine waters and quieter beaches.
With a beautiful plot of land for sale on Soho and another residence in a gated estate, the sky’s the limit in the celebrity capital.
Matt Damon’s Quarantine Cottage
Offering more of a country atmosphere, Knockrow is still close to the beautiful coast, nestled between Byron Bay and Ballina. It is also what Matt Damon called home for his Australian quarantine period.
While he hasn’t officially bought property in the country yet, he skipped the mandatory hotel quarantine for a European-style mansion in Knockrow. You can actually stay at that very home for $7,000/night. Or, you could take a note from Matt and find some roots in Knockrow.
Gemma Ward’s Bohemian Haven
The world fell for Gemma about a decade ago when she emerged as Australia’s angelic, doll-faced model. She and her family have been part of Cape Byron’s celebrity community since 2016.
Just 10 minutes south of Byron Bay sits Gemma Ward’s tropical haven in Suffolk Park. From humble beginnings, the town now heralds its own type of micro-culture. Locals are friendly, supportive and protective of their environments, and fortunately so—from Tallows beach to the bird-speckled Taylors Lake, Suffolk Park is a natural gem.
If the celebrities in Byron Bay aren’t floating your boat, fret not. Soho’s got a ton of amazing listings available right now across the country. Just browse our search page to find ’em. But don’t just stop there, download our app to get the full Soho experience. Just remember to shortlist or swipe left on our listings so we can send you others that better match what you’re looking for.