Someday : Byron Bay

 

Dreams always seem to be a little nicer when they don’t remain just dreams. It’s pretty to escape the mundane in daydreams, but it’s even more beautiful to be able to live them out. And it all starts with ‘someday.’
Someday we’ll get there. Someday we’ll be the ones lying on white sand beaches somewhere far away. Someday we’ll be the ones diving into water so blue it doesn’t seem real. Someday we’ll be waking up to the sun in a little bungalow in an exotic jungle. Someday we’ll roam the ends of the globe, and we’ll be free of any restraints or boundaries. Someday we’ll live more comfortably, stay in nicer places, drink fancier wine, eat foods we’ve never even heard of, and see places we only used to see in dreams. Someday we’ll finally break free from reality. Someday we’ll get there. Maybe not today, but someday. Because life happens and it’s nice to dream about what could be.

And someday we’re going to rent out Dion Agius’s bungalow in Byron Bay. Dion owns some land over there and while waiting for the main house to be built, he decided to take a container and make a home out that. He obviously spends a lot of his time traveling, so it only made sense to rent the place out on Airbnb when he was away from home. Only trouble now is that everyone’s booking a time slot at the bungalow—so Dion hasn’t even been able to stay there. Needless to say, the place is a hot commodity. But we’ll let him tell you the rest.

So tell us about the Byron Bay Forest Bungalow. It’s essentially a massive container that you made into a liveable space. How did you come up with that idea?
I’ve seen few containers around the world turned into livable spaces and it just seemed like a really cheap, easy and fast way to make myself a little home on a block of land I have in Byron while I’m waiting for the main house to be built… the initial idea was to create a livable space for under $10,000 using as many recycled materials as possible. I think I ended up getting to here for about $12,000. There’s still a lot more I want to do to it.

Were you living in it before deciding to rent it out on Airbnb, or did you make it strictly to rent on Airbnb?
Yeah, I live in it whenever I am home but the only problem lately is that it has been booked out pretty much non-stop the last month so I haven’t been able to stay! Which is good and bad I guess.

Describe what you think an ideal day/night stay at the Byron Bay Forest Bungalow would entail?
It’s best for couples I think, or solo to really relax and have some quiet time. I guess you just go and relax, hang out, listen to music, chill in the hammock, stare at the forest, drink wine, smoke weed, have sex, do whatever you want . There’s a cast iron bathtub from the 1920s outdoor bath under the canopy of the forest that is lit up at night by garden lights and candles, so chilling in there with your babe and smoking a joint or drinking wine and listening to music is pretty rad.

Were you living in it before deciding to rent it out on Airbnb, or did you make it strictly to rent on Airbnb?
Yeah, I live in it whenever I am home but the only problem lately is that it has been booked out pretty much non-stop the last month so I haven’t been able to stay! Which is good and bad I guess. It’s been on Airbnb for about a month now.

Is this the first place you’ve rented out on Airbnb?
No I rented a house in Byron for years and used to rent that, until some kids had massive party and pissed off all my neighbors and they tried to kick me out, so I stopped.

The interiors of the bungalow and all the little details look amazing. Did you design and decorate that all yourself?
Yeah it’s all a bunch of stuff I collected in the USA a few years ago. I coincidentally shipped a container home from the USA with a bunch of stuff I picked up on the road..so they make up most of the interior of the place.

Would you ever consider building/designing other similar bungalows in different locations to rent out on Airbnb? If so, where would you put them and would they all have a similar vibe?
Yeah, I would love to. I wish I had put just 5 on the property now! They are so fun to build and decorate and the possibilities are endless. I’d make them all different and unique in their own way.