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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


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

Malala Yousafzai

Sheroes of 2013

1) Malala Yousafzai – Shot in the head by the Taliban while riding a school bus in Pakistan. Yousafzai recovered and became the first girl ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Her United Nations address on her 16th birthday was nothing short of awe-inspiring. If you want to explain to your children the definition of hero, point them towards Yousafzai.
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