A sense that yesterday might be the last summery Sunday saw people heading to Byron beaches in droves.
Among them were Byron’s ‘best-kept secrets’, Kings and Whites beaches on Seven Mile Beach Road.
Social media has put an end to their secret status, with traffic swarming along the road, sometimes at dangerous speeds, all looking for somewhere to park.
One beachgoer told Echonetdaily he waited for half an hour for a legal park in the tiny carpark at Kings Beach.
‘At least three car-loads of people ran out of patience and drove off during that time,’ he said, ‘while another three parked illegally on the side of the road.’
The situation was even worse further along the road towards Whites Beach.
Local resident and former Greens MLC Ian Cohen sent through this photo of the parking chaos this morning with the following comments.
‘Seven Mile Beach Rd is a dead end with massive unregulated tourist car impact.
‘Emergency vehicles have been unable to access at least one emergency over summer.
‘The roadside environment is being degraded. Accidents and near misses are a regular occurrence.
‘If legal safe car parks are full then walk in or go elsewhere the impact is not sustainable.
‘The Broken Head we have all loved for generations is under threat,’ Mr Cohen said.