house prices in byron bay are almost double that of mullumbimby, which is a much nicer (and less of a tourist trap) than Byron, and in the same shire - about 15 minutes away.
in Byron Shire there's several high schools, as well as byron, also mullumbimby high, and 2 steiner schools (one in byron and one in mullum). There might be more, but we homeschool, so i really don't know.
byron bay itself it kind of sucky, as it's a major tourist destination, very expensive and mostly "sold-out". but in the area there's LOADS of really lovely communities and small towns and villages.
Mullumbimby is very nice; it's the centre for all the really crunchy hippie types in the area, and there's heaps of really wonderful little villages and communities around Mullum.
Bangalow is a bit of an up-market version of Mullum.
Brunswick Heads is a lot like how Byron Bay was before it went all mega-expensive and full of tourists and the uber-rich with their holiday-house mansions. it's also on a very nice beach.
Ocean Shores is a very uninteresting suburb-y town, on the beach, about 5 minutes north of Bruns. seems to be mostly populated with Byron types who can't afford to live in Byron any more.
Murwillumbah is a bigger town, with a nice mix of all of the above, and has at least one high school that I can think of. it's about 1/2 hour north.
and there's heaps of nice little villages scattered everywhere in between.
I suggest looking at the google maps of the area to get an idea.
accents aren't really a problem, I think. My dd has one
it's an area with a LOT of foreigners.
pets are a problem. australia has strict quarantine laws. you should google and find the australian quarantine website. i think to bring a dog in for example costs a lot and requires at least 6 months of planning