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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 Dexter Jou


Image credit Soozi Futcher


Image credit Kurt Petersen

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 soul artists from around the globe. The 11 hectare Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm houses an on-site camping ground where you’ll be able to set up your own tent or tepee for a weekend of musical adventure.

One of Australia’s most loved music festivals, Splendour in the Grass hits the beautiful shores of the North Byron Parklands on July 24 until July 26. The weekend celebrates a lineup of mixed contemporary and indie rock as well as a number of other performing arts and workshops. Stay for the duration of the festival and camp on site with a tent or book early and stay in local accommodation. Watch the sunset from one of the nation’s most beautiful coastal towns while listening to the sounds of some of the best local and international live musicians.

The Falls Music & Arts Festival, held on the grounds of North Byron Parklands since 2013, is the latest incarnation of one of the longest running boutique music events in Australia. Held at the same time as sister events in Tasmania and Victoria, the festival hosts a stellar lineup of local and international acts. Spanning from the last days of December and into the New Year, the festival offers a musical New Years experience complete with onsite camping, live comedy and a number of community run events such puppetry and burlesque. Make the most of your time at the festival and get involved in eclectic outdoor activities ranging from morning yoga to samba classes and circus workshops.

For more great events in Byron Bay, check out VisitNSW.com

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 celebrating a birthday, twins who were gifted the flight for a 'significant' birthday, a solo Japanese female traveller and myself. We drive to a field close to Billinudgel, a small town around 20 minutes north of Byron, and the twins enthusiastically offer to help with inflating the balloon. The mild morning with clear blue skies has everyone talking excitedly.

In flight

An older man required help into the basket and the professional crew assisted graciously and with a minimum of fuss. All aboard and with a signal from Thomas and a blast from the burner, we are gently climbing up and over the tree tops. I can hear gasps of delight from other passengers as we continue drifting and surveying the picturesque landscape. At times we climbed up to 2000 feet giving a vast panoramic view of the ancient volcanic Caldera Range and Mt Warning (Wollumbin) in the distance passing high above the rolling hills, cane fields, rivers and waterways.

Drifting along in a balloon is an incredibly serene experience with an occasional blast from the burners to maintain height. The ride is much smoother than I'd imagined and it is quite surreal floating high in the open air looking down. Sailing through different scenery, we are all constantly in awe as everything has such a different perspective, and moving at approximately 30 km per hour the vista is constantly changing. Another surprise is we don’t feel any wind because we are moving with the wind! Time seems to literally fly and after almost an hour, we are heading for our landing.

Post-flight

Dutifully following our safety instructions, we land seamlessly in a paddock near Tyagarah airfield. I ask Thomas if he has an arrangement with local landowners and his response is 'this is a bottle of French champagne in the letterbox landing'. We help to deflate the balloon and pack it up. As we drive away, one of the twins points out that Thomas wasn’t joking about leaving champagne in the letterbox.

Back at the airfield, over a sumptuous champagne breakfast, it’s a collective warm and glowing debrief. The twins agree that they need to thank their friend who bought their flight, 'an experience is such a great gift' she adds. I can only agree. The finale is the presentation of our certificates. We all go home with a spring in our step feeling pleased with our day’s experience and I am wondering to whom I might gift a balloon flight.

For more information or to book an experience of a life time call 1300 889 660, email info@byronbayballooning.com.au or go to www.byronbayballooning.com.au

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