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Welcome to the The Byron Insider Blog - your inside track to Byron’s best and coolest! Here you will find stories, reviews, things to do and suggested itineraries that feature many of Byron's businesses. You will find links to more information about the businesses and places discussed as well as an archive of previous Byron Insider stories.

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Byron Bay Ballooning

Pre-flight Ballooning requires cool stable winds an early morning pickup is arranged for 5:25am sharp. The bonus of this early hour is we will see the sunrise. Our driver lets us know that it is... read more

Byron Bay With Kids

Byron Bay and the surrounding region offers a range of activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Our Byron Bay with Kids guide will give you some family friendly ideas to enjoy the region.... read more

Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk

Get active and help out a great local cause with the Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk! Supporting the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the walk is a fantastic way to see the Byron Bay coastline... read more

Facebook February 2015

The Byron region is surrounded by natural beauty and has plenty of things going on all the time... which allows all the great local photographers to capture amazing new images daily. We post to our... read more

Printed Guides to Byron

Printed, magazine style guides, are always a great source of information while on holiday - not surprising, Byron has a few great guides you can pick up around town or on your travels. The Byron and... read more
Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay Film Festival

The 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival 6-15 March The largest film festival in Australia, is a 10-day festival held annually in March. With over 220 cutting-edge films from over 35 countries... read more

Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic place to swim, cycle and run. Swimming in Byron There’s no better feeling than diving into the crystal... read more
Musical goodness on offer in Byron

Music Festivals: Bluesfest, Splendour, Falls Festival

Soak up all the music goodness Byron Bay has to offer and take advantage of the great local and international acts performing in Byron Bay during 2015. Home to some of the country’s best campgrounds... read more

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

G. Love & Special Sauce on stage with Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter & Jake Shimabukuro Always a pleasure - 26 years experience meant a few last minute cancelations and some wet weather... read more

The Byron Insider Archive

An archive of all of The Byron Insider Stories ever published. Covering a range of topics from Festivals and Events, Environment, Spirituality to News, Surfing and Byron Bay Culture.

Byron Regional Art Galleries

Byron Bay and surrounding regional areas are home to a host of fantastic art galleries and exhibition spaces.

Lone Goat Gallery

The Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Bay Library, is an innovative exhibition space that showcases contemporary artists from the Byron region and beyond.

Since opening in 2013, the independent art gallery has hosted a diverse range of programs for locals, artists and visitors of Byron. With new exhibitions from local and international artists every few months, the gallery has become and integral part of the region’s visual arts scene.

The Lone Goat Gallery was aptly names after a well-known female goat. After escaping the rangers, the clever goat lived alone on the... Read More

Printed Guides to Byron

Printed, magazine style guides, are always a great source of information while on holiday - not surprising, Byron has a few great guides you can pick up around town or on your travels.

The Byron and Beyond What’s On – the Visitor Guide to Byron Bay

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is the official printed guide to activities and attractions in the Byron Shire and surrounding areas. The annual magazine includes a host of informative articles about transport, markets, food, and weddings. It also features a set of detailed maps and a fantastic yearlong calendar of events.

The magazine is distributed in over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including visit information... Read More

Byron Bay With Kids

Byron Bay and the surrounding region offers a range of activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Our Byron Bay with Kids guide will give you some family friendly ideas to enjoy the region.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

The lighthouse is a Byron Bay icon, and trekking up to the most easterly point in Australia is great fun for active families. The walk takes about two hours from the car park at Wategos, and there are plenty of breathtaking ocean views to enjoy on the way up. Once you reach the lighthouse, you may be able to spot a stingray, turtle or dolphin, or, during the winter months, you could catch a glimpse of a humpback whale. There is also a cafe at the lighthouse serving... Read More

Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk

Get active and help out a great local cause with the Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk! Supporting the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the walk is a fantastic way to see the Byron Bay coastline while raising funds for an essential and important service.

Winding its way along the beautiful Byron coastline from Denning Park in Byron Bay, the walk passes by awe-inspiring coastal scenery, providing the perfect motivation to continue on to the finish line. Consisting of three routes that make... Read More

Fine Dining Byron Style

Just like the beaches, fine dining in Byron Bay is world-class.

The Balcony

The Balcony Bar and Restaurant is an iconic Byron eatery, located on the corner of Lawson and Johnson Street. The balcony overlooks the bustling streets – you could sit for hours watching the colourful Byron characters walk by!

The Balcony serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu features a variety of tapas, oysters, mains and decadent desserts. The wild mushroom, goat’s cheese and thyme arancini balls served with truffle aioli are a must from the tapas menu, and the fillet steak never disappoints. The churros accompanied by hot chocolate sauce are the perfect dessert to share.

As well as an excellent fine... Read More

Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic place to swim, cycle and run.

Swimming in Byron

There’s no better feeling than diving into the crystal clear waters of Byron Bay – it’s no wonder a group of people come together every morning to swim between The Pass and Main Beach. Starting your day with a 1.5km ocean swim is invigorating, and many of the swimmers have been doing it for years.

They meet at 8am each morning at the Surf Club, and trek along the beach until they arrive at The Pass. Then the swim begins.

Less experienced swimmers take this opportunity to challenge themselves – being surrounded by experienced swimmers is much safer than... Read More

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015


G. Love & Special Sauce on stage with Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter & Jake Shimabukuro

Always a pleasure - 26 years experience meant a few last minute cancelations and some wet weather didn't dampen the fun of Bluesfest 2015. Plenty of great music, any food you can imagine, interesting market stalls and a couple coffee tents with seating.


British India had no trouble standing in


Melbourne Ska Orchestra enjoying themselves

But, my favourite... Read More

Facebook February 2015

The Byron region is surrounded by natural beauty and has plenty of things going on all the time... which allows all the great local photographers to capture amazing new images daily. We post to our Facebook page about 100 times each month, often sharing the best images we can find. On our page you will notice we give the regions photographers full credit by using the ‘Share Button’ and encourage all our fans to click through and follow the photographers directly.

Here's a sample of images posted / shared to our page in February 2015. If you like these, click through and join us on Facebook : www.facebook.com/byron.bay.nsw.


Image credit... Read More

Music Festivals: Bluesfest, Splendour, Falls Festival

Soak up all the music goodness Byron Bay has to offer and take advantage of the great local and international acts performing in Byron Bay during 2015. Home to some of the country’s best campgrounds and most celebrated coastal backdrops, Byron Bay is home to a handful of the nation’s most iconic music festivals, encompassing a range of different genres.

The 26th Byron Bay Bluesfest Festival runs from April 2 until April 6 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 9 kilometres north of Byron Bay. At the long weekend celebration of Australia’s premier blues and roots festival you’ll find six stages with more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk and... Read More

Byron Bay Ballooning

Pre-flight

Ballooning requires cool stable winds an early morning pickup is arranged for 5:25am sharp. The bonus of this early hour is we will see the sunrise. Our driver lets us know that it is going to be a 10 minute drive to Tyagarah air field where we will meet the rest of our group, receive our instructions and then drive to the morning's takeoff location. Takeoff can be from a number of locations dependent on the day’s winds.

Thomas, our pilot, welcomes the group and gives us a full safety brief including our landing instructions. It seems everyone is marking a celebration with a ballooning experience; a married couple’s wedding anniversary present, a 60th birthday and son, another couple... Read More

PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for

Exciting new cookbook from Byron Bay's, vegan chef extraordinaire, Anthea Amore!

Celebrating Healthy Vegan Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Cooking... Anthea Amore Releases her New Cookbook, PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for.

Byron Bay's much loved gourmet vegan chef releases her first cookbook, after many years of creating deliciously tantalising recipes for her catering clients.



In this 216 page full colour cookbook, you will find more than just recipes. Anthea shares her philosophy around organic healthy cooking and eating including the chapter on 'Ethics of our food choices' which explores 'Going organic', 'Veganism & the... Read More

Byron Bay Film Festival

The 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival 6-15 March

The largest film festival in Australia, is a 10-day festival held annually in March. With over 220 cutting-edge films from over 35 countries, the festival celebrates and supports independent film talent from the local community and abroad.



Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke said, “Today, we’re living in a download culture. This year we're asking film lovers to 'ditch the downloads' and celebrate the unique experience a collective, shared viewing experience creates. 'Magic Happens in the Dark' is a call to leave the comfort of the couch and dive deep into all that the festival has to offer.

Located in the... Read More

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens - a Faraway Magical Place in Byron’s Hinterland

Ranked Mullumbimby’s #1 tourist attraction on TripAdvisor, Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens offers a cornucopia of delightful, feelgood experiences. Owners and founders, Naren and Sono King are committed to providing an ethical, sustainable tourism attraction and that commitment is evident in every detail of this unique attraction including their staff.

Set 7km, out of Mullumbimby, these private botanical gardens are filled with extraordinary crystals, sub-tropical plant life and wait for it…. Australia’s first Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra World Peace Stupa!



What’s New? – An intriguing new daily... Read More

2014 Sample Food Festival

2014 Sample Food Festival will take place from 8:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 13 September 2014, at the Bangalow Showground. Featuring food from local restaurants, local produce and farmers market stalls, plus entertainment, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Entry is free.

The fourth annual Sample Food Festival is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. The one-day event, held at Bangalow Showground, attracts over 10,000 visitors from all over the country. It is the premier food event in Northern with are over 200 exhibitors to browse and taste as... Read More

Byron Bay Writers Festival launches 2014 Program

"If there’s a story to be told and if the story has some validity, some resonance, then you don’t keep it to yourself."
From Stories We Tell by Canadian Film Director Sarah Polley

The Byron Bay Writers Festival proudly opens the pages of the 18th edition of this major literary event showcasing a cavalcade of more than 130 writers, thinkers and creative spirits and a world of ideas over three action-packed days.

Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the 2014 Program is designed to challenge, provoke, connect and inspire.

'We've created a stimulating program featuring a strong core of powerful Australian... Read More

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