Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

Jellyfish in Byron Bay

The non-hipster-mum-on-a-budget guide to Byron Bay

I’ve lived in ‘the Bay’ for about 15 years. That means I’m nowhere close to being a local… never really will be, but my kids are born and bred (they’ll just have to cop their mum being called a ‘blow-in’ – yawn).

I love it here, but have to deal with almost daily slandering of the place from colleagues and family who live in surrounding towns.

One relo called it ‘Nimbin by the sea’ at Christmas lunch… but I wasn’t sure if he meant it as a criticism or compliment, because the dude was actually from Nimbin himself.

I get why some people loathe it – it’s expensive, it’s busy, it’s a bit of a scene… but it’s not all of those things all of the time.Read More

Poetry slam

Me – the slam poet

Know what I love about being 30+?Read More


Embracing health

I just donated to a project that encourages women to live happily with their bodies the way they are.

At the same time I’m on a 30-day health kick.Read More

March in March

My little prime minister-lover

Byron Bay March in MarchJulia Gillard became Australia’s first female prime minister when Libby was a few months old.Read More

Libby dancing

A happy belated V-Day

Libby dancing

‘Raise your hands if you, or someone close to you, has been assaulted.’Read More

Jodi Power

Where were you when Schapelle was sentenced?

Jodi Power

Where were you when Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years in a Bali prison?Read More

Cape Byron lighthouse

Shining a light on depression

Sometimes I need a lighthouse for my own
Because it gets so dark I can’t see which way I’m going
Oh, lighthouse man I’m all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me Read More

Jellyfish release

Nature, nurture, boys, girls and jellyfish

Mum never let me take sea creatures home from the beach.

I remember many tantrums while begging to adopt a hermit crab or urchin.Read More


The stories behind the boobs

A topless bar has just opened in my famous little town.

It’s not a place I plan to frequent, but its opening has raised a lot of questions about whether something so ‘Gold Coast’ belongs in the Byron Bay CBD (not far from the beach, a kids’ playground and other ‘family friendly’ venues).

This blog isn’t about that. It’s about the women who work there.Read More