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Tricia Shantz



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Neverland - American and Australian surfers in Byron Bay 1960s & 1970s, is a social history of a surf town in Australia – which happens to be Byron Bay.

It is the story of the surfers, American and Australian, who found and made Byron Bay their home in the 1960s and 1970s changing its history forever. These stories, as told to the author, are of a time in Byron Bay that charts the forces that created modern Byron Bay. Culture wars. Freedom, rebellion, they believed they were going to change the world.

It tells the story of how a backwater NSW slaughterhouse town became the beating heart of Australian counterculture, a crossroads creative Mecca, a world-class surf destination, and one of the planet's  most desirable addresses and expensive real estate. If it wasn't for the American and Australian surfers, Byron Bay may still be an industrial town rather than the cultural destination it has become. They changed Byron Bay town from black and white to colour.


  • Hardback.
  • 24cm x 21cm.
  • 184 pages.


Determined to dispel the mainstream misconception that surfers arrived in Byron Bay following Nimbin’s 10-day Aquarius Festival in 1973, social geographer, researcher and author Tricia Shantz penned Neverland - American and Australian Surfers in Byron Bay 1960s & 1970s, a compilation of the stories of more than 40 surfers who came to Byron Bay.

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