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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

Byron Bay Ballooning

Pre-flight Ballooning requires cool stable winds an early morning pickup is arranged for 5:25am... read more
Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available... read more
5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

Byron Bay is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush hinterland and relaxed culture. Whenever people... read more
School Holidays in Byron Bay

Spring School Holidays in Byron Bay

The September school holidays (19 September to 7 October in VIC, NSW & QLD) are a great time to... read more
Splendour in the Grass 2015

Splendour in the Grass 2015

15th annual Splendour was the biggest yet with 30,000 in attendance... the music was great and... read more

5 ways to relax in luxury in Byron Bay and surrounds

Spend a day (or two) in a lap of luxury on the NSW north coast. Immerse yourself in spectacular... read more
Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the stretch of stunning natural environments and quaint villages between Sydney and... read more

Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic... read more

Flights Have Never Been Easier

Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta is growing at rapid speed. Now the 5th busiest international... read more
The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health,... read more
The Margaret Olley Art Centre

Byron Regional Art Galleries

Byron Bay and surrounding regional areas are home to a host of fantastic art galleries and... read more
PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for

PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for

Exciting new cookbook from Byron Bay's, vegan chef extraordinaire, Anthea Amore! Celebrating... read more
Five to follow on Instagram

Five to Follow on Instagram

We spend a lot of time on social media, often sharing beautiful images from many of the regions... read more
Byron Beachside Markets

Byron Beachside Markets

Saturday 9th January 2016, 8am - 4pm, Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay. The Beachside Markets are a... read more
Golfing in Byron Bay and Surrounds

Golfing in Byron Bay and Surrounds

Byron Bay Golf Club Located just 5km from the centre of town, the Byron Bay Golf Club is an 18-... 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.

5 Romantic Guesthouses in Byron

Beautiful Byron Bay is the perfect getaway destination for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or a weekend escape. Here are some of Byron’s most romantic guesthouses.

Abelia House

Located less than 10 minutes away from the shops and restaurants of Byron Bay is Abelia House, a stunning, antique cottage-style guesthouse.

Each room features large French doors that open to a quaint communal patio area overlooking landscaped gardens, plus luxury bedding, en suite bathrooms, and eclectic furnishings. Tallow Beach is a short walk or drive away, and gourmet continental breakfast is included.

For further information and bookings, visit... Read More

Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the stretch of stunning natural environments and quaint villages between Sydney and Brisbane. Here is a small sample of what you’ll find on the Legendary Pacific Coast.


The Hunter Valley

Located about a one and a half hour drive from Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic wine destinations, the Hunter Valley. The scenic region is a wine-enthusiast’s delight, with over 150 winemakers producing some of the country’s best Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Verdelho wines. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of cellar door tastings set against panoramic vineyard scenery.

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The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health, indigenous culture and conscious music from around Australia and abroad. Participants attend workshops of their choice in these modalities, and celebrate through music, dance, chanting, story-telling, and ceremony , to create greater harmony, awareness and healing for individuals and the community.

The festival format encompasses workshops for both children and adults. The festival has been designed to incorporate local; interstate and international professionals to capitalize on the branding of the region as Australia's premier destination for healthy lifestyle practices and holistic living.

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Byron Beachside Markets

Saturday 9th January 2016, 8am - 4pm, Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay.

The Beachside Markets are a make it, bake it, grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. The perfect location to experience some of the most original products by one of the worlds’ most famous beaches.

Open from 8 – 4pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, toys, clothing and music created by local artists and designers as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners.

The focus and emphasis of the Beachside Market is on authenticity and fosters both... Read More

Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great success with organisers declaring it one of the best they’ve had at the venue.

With perfect weather, a festival site that is easy to get around and a couple new features including the Palm Springs water park and the air-conditioned Foxtel movie venue - it was no surprise everyone was having fun.

My favourite act was Courtney Barnett and my pick of the food was the Cuban Street Food (near the main entrance). Enjoy a selection of images captured walking around and watching the bands at Falls Festival Byron.





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Byron Bay 2015 in Pictures

Look back at Byron Bay throughout 2015 via the most engaging posts on byronbay.com's Facebook page each month. Seems there is always something happening in Byron, looking forward to 2016 - join us www.facebook.com/byron.bay.nsw.

January:


Summer's in full swing - keep cool with coconuts on Main Beach Byron Bay.

February:

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Beaches of the North Coast

The North Coast glistens with a majestic coastline and several beaches that are perfect for lazing, spending time with the kids or enjoying a relaxing swim. Here are a handful of beaches that you should visit.


Byron Bay Main Beach

The beaches of Byron Bay are in a league of their own boasting gorgeous views, white sand and perfect surfing conditions. The aptly named Main Beach of Byron Bay is the closest beach to the town centre and home to the over... Read More

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit features over 150 stunning images, narratives, artwork and poetry that chronicles the dynamic human history of the most eastern point of Australia’s mainland. The book includes the work of some of Australia’s most renowned story tellers and photographers, including Di Morrisey, Bob McTavish and a host of local identities. learn more, visit www.byronbaybook.com.

Byron Bay's much loved book now available in a brand new format

"And herein lays the crux of this book and its brilliance; the individual stories and anecdotes that chronicle the growth of this area and bring to life the sea, rivers, mountains and... Read More

5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

Byron Bay is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush hinterland and relaxed culture. Whenever people travel to Byron they make the most of the gorgeous beaches that line the North Coast of NSW, however, there are many other activities which should not be missed when staying in Byron Bay in order to make the most of this beautiful part of the world.

Gyrocopter Tours

To start, take a gyrocopter flight tour to explore Byron by the sky and get a bird's-eye view of the NSW coastal region. Byron Bay Gyrocopters is a flight training facility offering passenger flights 7 days a week. These flight tours leave from... Read More

Byron Bay Wedding Inspiration

It could have been the twinkle in Noah’s eye or the sparkle from Nina’s dress, or maybe it was the fairy lights that adorned the Beach Byron Bay’s ocean view deck... whatever it was, there was no denying the pure happiness and glamour of Nina and Noah’s Byron Bay wedding day.

Captured beautifully by Olivia Texier photography, the couple’s garden wedding ceremony was the perfect balance of rustic and romance with bench seats and a draped floral wood arch. With the ‘I dos’ exchanged, guests strolled to their beachfront wedding reception at the Byron Beach Cafe for champagne and canapés, while Nina & Noah joined their bridal party for photos on the sand. With the Byron Beach Cafe’s impressive sea views taking centre... Read More

Elements of Byron on Track for February Opening

With a $7 million a month construction spend, Elements of Byron Resort is on track for a February 1st 2016 opening.

The “slow architecture” venture celebrates four unique ecologies present on the site – dunal, eucalypt, rainforest and wetland.

All 94 villas have now been constructed and 65,000 new plants will go in between the villas and existing mature trees over the next three months to re-establish the natural ecosystems. The infinity lagoon pool is ready for pebble effect and the first native rainforest trees in this precinct have been installed.

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Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

With family-friendly events, a music festival, and great parties at local pubs and bars, there’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than Byron Bay.

Soul Street

Every year, the Byron Bay Community Centre hosts Soul Street, a New Year’s Eve event suitable for the whole family. Jonson Street will be transformed into a celebratory market, with tons of stalls, food options, and amusement rides. There will also be a range of circus performers, including fire twirlers and drummers. The event runs from 4pm to 10pm on December 31, and is alcohol free.

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A Day in Bangalow

Located a scenic 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is a historic town with a range of specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. Bangalow’s eclectic spirit and lush-green backdrop make it unlike anywhere else in the Byron Shire.

See in Bangalow

There’s nothing quite like a walk down Byron Street in Bangalow. You could spend hours exploring the one-of-a-kind shops, which boast a range of artisan gifts, clothing, beauty products, toys, and art.

Be sure to make time for a visit to the Zakay Glass Creations Gallery. The gallery showcases striking glass sculptures and light fixtures made from geometric shards of glass. When hit with natural or... Read More

Byron's Agricultural Shows

Each year in November, there are two shows in the Byron Shire: the Bangalow Show, and the Mullumbimby Show. Each offers traditional agricultural events, as well as competitions, rides, and family entertainment.

The Bangalow Show

The Bangalow Show has been a community tradition in the historic town since 1897. More than a century on, the two-day show held annually in November attracts families from the local region and beyond.

Set in the scenic Bangalow Showground, about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, the Bangalow Show plays host to a variety of agricultural... Read More

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available in easy walking distance from the centre of the friendly town where the sparkling turquoise river meets the sea.

Just 20 mins north of Byron Bay, this friendly, chilled-out town is a popular choice for couples and families looking for fun and easy holiday fun. Start your day with breakfast at one of the cafes serving great coffee and fresh local food made with love. Cross Simpson’s Creek on the foot bridge where you can see fish and stingrays in the crystal clear water as you pass. Then take a stroll along the beach with views towards the Byron Lighthouse. Yours can be the first footprints on the long stretch of clean... Read More

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