A RANGE of celebrities hold the Northern Rivers close in their heart - whether they're new residents or born and bred.
Simon Baker - Nashua
The baby-faced actor, star of the huge television hit The Mentalist, owns a home here. Once Baker was a Ballina High School boy.
Olivia Newton-John - Newrybar
The entertainer and owner of Gaia Resort is into all things natural and healthy which makes the Northern Rivers a perfect place for her to call home when she's in Australia.
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Chris Hemsworth - Broken Head
What better place for a hunk to hang out than somewhere with world-class beaches and surfing. Hemsworth is best known for his role as Thor in the Marvel Studios superheros films and Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away. He is married to actor Elsa Pataky.
Xavier Rudd - Coopers Shoot
The Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is easily cool enough to hang at Coopers Shoot and go incognito in nearby, trendy Byron Bay.
Magadalena Roze - Byron Shire
Recent resident Roze is now predicting the weather from a Byron base while boyfriend Darren Robertson, of the Blue Ducks, cooks up a storm at The Farm.
Kerry O'Brien - Brooklet
The thinking woman's crumpet enjoys the relaxed Northern Rivers café lifestyle as well as the pristine environment, in between robust television interviews.
Tom Lane - Federal
A member of the Oroton clan, Lane and his family have permanently shifted to the Northern Rivers to further their dream project, The Farm, in Ewingsdale.
David Gyngell and Leila McKinnon - St Helena
The chief executive officer of Nine Entertainment Co and best friend of James Packer, and his wife television reporter Leila, have built a home on the scenic rim of Cape Byron.
Toni Childs - Myocum
US singer-songwriter Toni Childs once opened for Bob Dylan and sung duets with Peter Gabriel and Al Green. Now she enjoys her music career and property and is married to Mik Lavage, documentary maker, producer and visual artist.
Bobby Alu - Byron Shire
The singer, ukulele player and drummer laps up the Byron lifestyle.
Tim Freedman - Broken Head
The too-cool-for-school frontman for The Whitlams can be found at this breathtaking headland.
Jack Johnson - Byron Shire
Byron Shire is fortunate enough to call the American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former professional surfer, one of its part time residents. A keen environmentalist, Johnson is often active in the area's community eco initiatives. He and wife Kim have also founded the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, a non-profit public charity supporting environmental, art, and music education worldwide.
Pete Murray - Eureka
The easy-on-the-eye musician hangs out at Eureka, when he's not on tour, in the recording studio, or enjoying a coffee at some of the area's hippest eateries.
Martin Sacks - Byron Bay
You might spot the award-winning Aussie actor in Bangalow, at the gym, or grabbing a coffee. The former Blue Heelers star calls Byron Bay home.
Jon Bell - Casino
The uber-talented writer and director is the creative genius behind The Gods of Wheat Street, which he describes as being like "the Aboriginal Neighbours or Home and Away".
Iggy Azalea - Mullumbimby
The rapper, songwriter, and model may have lived in Miami, Houston, Texas and Atlanta, but she's a Mullum girl through and through.
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