Hollywood star Zac Efron finally spotted in Byron Bay and gets friendly with gorgeous brunette

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Hollywood star Zac Efron finally spotted in Byron Bay and gets friendly with gorgeous brunette

Zac Efron was finally spotted in Byron Bay on Wednesday after weeks of speculation he has been living in the popular New South Wales coastal town a

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Zac Efron was finally spotted in Byron Bay on Wednesday after weeks of speculation he has been living in the popular New South Wales coastal town amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Following a string of unconfirmed sightings, the Hollywood star was pictured getting friendly with local woman Vanessa Valladares at the Byron Bay General Store café.

In photos obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Australia, the Baywatch star hugged the brunette and gave her a friendly kiss on the cheek.

There is nothing romantic going on between them, however, because Zac is in a long-term relationship with actress Halston Sage, 26.

There he is! Zac Efron was finally spotted in Byron Bay on Wednesday after weeks of speculation he has been living in the NSW coastal town amid the coronavirus pandemic

There he is! Zac Efron was finally spotted in Byron Bay on Wednesday after weeks of speculation he has been living in the NSW coastal town amid the coronavirus pandemic

Getting friendly: Following a string of unconfirmed sightings, the Hollywood star was pictured getting friendly with local woman Vanessa Valladares at the Byron Bay General Store café

Getting friendly: Following a string of unconfirmed sightings, the Hollywood star was pictured getting friendly with local woman Vanessa Valladares at the Byron Bay General Store café

Zac, who is lying low in Byron Bay to escape the pandemic in the US, attempted to go incognito during the outing in a hoodie and baseball cap that covered a portion of his face.

The actor was forced to take a break from his movie commitments due to COVID-19, and he appears to be making the most of his time off. 

The High School Musical star enjoyed a beer as he chatted away to Vanessa before she leaned in for a friendly kiss and a hug.

She then took out her phone and it’s possible the pair exchanged numbers – but it’s not suggested they are anything more than friends. 

After spending time with Vanessa at the café, Zac hopped into his car and continued on with his day. 

Local brew: The High School Musical star enjoyed a beer as he chatted away to Vanessa before she leaned in for a friendly kiss and a hug

Local brew: The High School Musical star enjoyed a beer as he chatted away to Vanessa before she leaned in for a friendly kiss and a hug

Familiar: The pair appeared to know each other quite well

Familiar: The pair appeared to know each other quite well

Familiar: The pair appeared to know each other quite well  

Low-key: Zac attempted to go incognito for his outing in a hoodie and baseball cap

Low-key: Zac attempted to go incognito for his outing in a hoodie and baseball cap

Under the radar: Zac is lying low in Byron Bay to escape the pandemic in the US

Under the radar: Zac is lying low in Byron Bay to escape the pandemic in the US

Loving life: The actor was forced to take a break from his movie commitments due to COVID-19, and he appears to be making the most of his time off

Loving life: The actor was forced to take a break from his movie commitments due to COVID-19, and he appears to be making the most of his time off

The sighting appears to confirm social media influencer Tarsha Whitmore’s claims that she had seen Zac at the same café a few weeks earlier.

‘Don’t mean to alarm anyone, but Zac Efron was literally eating at the same cafe as me when this was taken,’ she wrote on Instagram last month.

Another local claimed they had spotted the actor on the main beach a couple of weeks ago, sporting a slightly rounder physique and going incognito with a beard, baseball cap and dark glasses. 

What a treat! Zac appeared to thoroughly enjoy his afternoon with Vanessa at the local eatery

What a treat! Zac appeared to thoroughly enjoy his afternoon with Vanessa at the local eatery 

Lucky girl! Vanessa was all too happy to give Zac a friendly squeeze

Lucky girl! Vanessa was all too happy to give Zac a friendly squeeze  

Looking good! Vanessa flashed her abs in a cropped blue top and brown suede pants

Looking good! Vanessa flashed her abs in a cropped blue top and brown suede pants

Swapping digits? Vanessa took out her phone and it's possible the pair exchanged numbers

Just pals: However, it's not suggested they are anything more than friends

Swapping digits? Vanessa took out her phone and it’s possible the pair exchanged numbers – but it’s not suggested they are anything more than friends

What a babe! Waitress Vanessa

What a babe! Byron Bay waitress Vanessa is pictured here in a recent Instagram selfie

Zac is said to have been quietly living five minutes away from popular nudist hotspot Belongil Beach for months. 

He previously said it was ‘easy’ keeping a low profile during his visits to Australia because of the sparsely-populated beaches down the coast.

‘What I love about Australia, which is what we don’t have in California, is there are so many wide-open beaches where no one is at,’ he said. 

Hot: Vanessa's Instagram account shows her posing for a plethora of artsy bikini-clad snaps

Hot: Vanessa’s Instagram account shows her posing for a plethora of artsy bikini-clad snaps

Heading off: After spending time with Vanessa, Zac hopped into his car to continue his day

Heading off: After spending time with Vanessa, Zac hopped into his car to continue his day 

His new home? The sighting appears to confirm social media influencer Tarsha Whitmore's claims that she had seen Zac at the same café a few weeks earlier

His new home? The sighting appears to confirm social media influencer Tarsha Whitmore’s claims that she had seen Zac at the same café a few weeks earlier

Zac is said to have fallen so deeply in love with the coastal town that he’s now considering purchasing the home he has been renting.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, he has reportedly made an inquiry about buying the Byron Beach Retreats property named The Boardwalk.

The beachfront property is located in the coastal suburb Broken Head – a very close town to Byron Bay and a seven-minute drive from the Byron centre.

Low-key cool: Enjoying the winter sunshine, the handsome actor added to his low-key look with a pair of shorts

Low-key cool: Enjoying the winter sunshine, the handsome actor added to his low-key look with a pair of shorts 

Moving here? It looks like Zac has very much made himself at home in Byron Bay after seeking out the local hotspots

Moving here? It looks like Zac has very much made himself at home in Byron Bay after seeking out the local hotspots 

Hiding out: His sighting came amid rumours Zac had spent the past few months lying low in Byron Bay to escape the coronavirus pandemic in the United States [Pictured on Neflix's Down To Earth show]

Hiding out: His sighting came amid rumours Zac had spent the past few months lying low in Byron Bay to escape the coronavirus pandemic in the United States [Pictured on Neflix’s Down To Earth show]

The lavish property has private beach access, a 12-metre magnesium pool and spa as well as boardwalks with tropical gardens.

The luxurious home also has five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and huge bi-fold doors that open the kitchen and lounge pavilions on to decks.

Days later, Realestate.com.au speculated the star was likely staying at either Baywatch at Wategos, which is part of Byron Bay Luxury Homes, or local hotspot Rae’s on Wategos.

Spacious and modern: According to The Sunday Telegraph , the American star has reportedly made an inquiry about buying the Byron Beach Retreats property, named The Boardwalk

Spacious and modern: According to The Sunday Telegraph , the American star has reportedly made an inquiry about buying the Byron Beach Retreats property, named The Boardwalk

Privacy: The property has private beach access, a 12-metre magnesium pool and spa as well as boardwalks with tropical gardens

Privacy: The property has private beach access, a 12-metre magnesium pool and spa as well as boardwalks with tropical gardens

Outdoor living: It also has huge bi-fold doors that open the kitchen and lounge pavilions on to decks

Outdoor living: It also has huge bi-fold doors that open the kitchen and lounge pavilions on to decks

Location: The beachfront property is located in the coastal suburb Broken Head - a very close town to Byron Bay and a seven-minute drive from the Byron centre

Location: The beachfront property is located in the coastal suburb Broken Head – a very close town to Byron Bay and a seven-minute drive from the Byron centre

Rae’s is an ‘exclusive boutique retreat in an idyllic beachfront setting’, and its penthouse rooms cost up to $2,000 a night.

Baywatch at Wategos is nestled underneath the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.

The rental home is located on Wategos Beach and offers guests spectacular views of the water and Julian Rocks.

Home sweet home? According to Realestate.com.au, the 32-year-old actor is likely staying at Baywatch at Wategos, which is nestled underneath the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse

Home sweet home? According to Realestate.com.au, the 32-year-old actor is likely staying at Baywatch at Wategos, which is nestled underneath the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse

Wow! The beachfront home offers guests spectacular views of the water and Julian Rocks

Wow! The beachfront home offers guests spectacular views of the water and Julian Rocks

Location: Zac could also be staying at Rae's on Wategos, a luxe hotel located on Wategos Beach

Location: Zac could also be staying at Rae’s on Wategos, a luxe hotel located on Wategos Beach

Luxurious: Rae's is an 'exclusive boutique retreat in an idyllic beachfront setting', and its penthouse rooms cost up to $2,000 a night

Luxurious: Rae’s is an ‘exclusive boutique retreat in an idyllic beachfront setting’, and its penthouse rooms cost up to $2,000 a night

 Zac was last pictured in his hometown of Los Angeles on January 25.

 In April, his former High School Musical co-stars all reunited via video link to sing a rendition of We’re All in This Together.

However, Zac raised eyebrows when it was revealed he wouldn’t be a part of the singalong due to a ‘bad Wi-Fi’ connection – fuelling speculation he was living somewhere remote.

The California native is known to jump at the opportunity to fly Down Under, whether it’s for work or a secret surfing holiday.

In December, Zac was flown to Brisbane for urgent medical attention after being struck down with a serious infection while filming a TV show in Papua New Guinea.

‘I did get sick in Papua New Guinea, but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing three weeks in PNG,’ he later told his Instagram followers.

Zac previously said it was ‘easy’ keeping a low profile during his visits to Australia because of the sparsely-populated beaches down the coast.

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