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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 Open Mic Nights

Check out some local talent or show off your skills at one of the many open mic nights Tuesdays,... read more

Byron Yoga Day Festival

NEW DATE - Saturday 25th June Join the world wide celebrations for the United Nations International... read more

10th Byron Bay International Film Festival

Spring is synonymous with festivity and with a 10th anniversary to celebrate as well as new dates... 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

Gold Coast Airport only 30-35mins from Byron's music Festivals

Fly direct to Gold Coast Airport, for easy 45 minute drive to Byron Bay, and only 30-35 minutes to... 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... read more

Melbourne Cup 2016

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup 2016 here in Byron Bay and surrounds on Tuesday November 1st. Local... read more
7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay has plenty on offer to keep you entertained throughout the... read more
Byron Bay 2015 in Pictures

Byron Bay 2015 in Pictures

Look back at Byron Bay throughout 2015 via the most engaging posts on's Facebook page... 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

Accolades for Byron design

Byron’s new Elements of Byron resort has just been named by Forbes Magazine as among the 25 Coolest... read more
Gold Coast Airport Project LIFT

Gold Coast Airport Project LIFT

For the first time since opening in 1939, the Gold Coast Airport welcomed over 6 million passengers... 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,... read more

The Byron Arts Classic

The Byron Arts Classic is an exciting community event held annually around Easter time that... read more

See the Sea Like No One Else

Pangea Maps release 3D wooden contour map of Byron Bay and partner with local nonprofit Clean Coast... 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 Places for a Byron Christmas Holiday

Byron Bay, with its laid back beach vibe, shines in summer - making it popular for people wanting an Aussie Beach Christmas. Here's a range of places to stay in Byron this holiday season.

Byron Luxury Beach Houses

Time for a Luxurious and ultra modern Summer break? Experience style and space by the beach in these fully equipped holiday houses featuring designer furnishings, state of the art fixtures and a shared pool. Sleep 8 with 4 bathrooms.

Discovery Holiday Parks

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Melbourne Cup 2016

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup 2016 here in Byron Bay and surrounds on Tuesday November 1st. Local restaurants & venues are putting on a range of special events this year.

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and this year we have something for every pony. With multiple screens, sweepstakes and best dressed prizes you'd be silly not to get involved. $49 - $65 per person

Beach Byron Bay

Mingle on the deck and soak up... Read More

The Byron Bay Stingrays

Every morning, whatever the weather, a group of dedicated individuals make their way to the deck of the Byron Bay Surf Club and prepare for their morning ocean swim. They are known as the Stingrays.

At 8am sharp, the group take the 20-minute stroll down to the Pass. Some run, and others walk. Some come with snorkels and goggles, and others with nothing more than a swimming cap. Some are young, and others well over seventy. The diversity of the group is one thing that makes the swim so appealing.

Once at the pass, the swimmers dive into the ocean. They swim back to the Surf Club regardless of whether the water is warm and pristine, or cold and choppy. The... Read More

Accolades for Byron design

Byron’s new Elements of Byron resort has just been named by Forbes Magazine as among the 25 Coolest Hotels in the World. They share this accolade with only one other Australian property, the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.

It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the Hotel Design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards. Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The Awards are one of the most prestigious... Read More

The Byron Bay Brewery reopens its doors

As a sought-after destination, Byron Bay has a lot to offer both residents and tourists alike. From the beaches to Bluesfest, Byron is renown for it’s idyllic elements, both natural and man-made. Being such a popular spot, most of us already feel quite well acquainted with Byron.

However, one of its best-kept secrets has just been uncovered.

Following a full refurbishment the Byron Bay Brewery has reopened its doors welcoming Byron locals and visitors to enjoy a range of local craft beer brewed on-site, an extensive new menu, brilliant service and chilled live music.

Only minutes from the town centre, the Byron Bay Brewery features sun lit wide-open spaces, intimate booth seating and an... Read More

See the Sea Like No One Else

Pangea Maps release 3D wooden contour map of Byron Bay and partner with local nonprofit Clean Coast Collective.

Not your typical maps... Pangea creates an experience with the water by showcasing the ocean floor in stunning detail. 10% from sales of the unique artworks will fund local Byron Shire clean­ups and initiatives for a cleaner coast.

Pangea Maps have released a new map to add to their collection of iconic Australian coastlines. Byron Bay was the obvious choice for designer and creator Tom Percy, who has already crafted and sold maps of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for the past 2 years. The new map will feature the most easterly point of Australia, Cape Byron, as the centerpiece, with... Read More

10th Byron Bay International Film Festival

Spring is synonymous with festivity and with a 10th anniversary to celebrate as well as new dates the 2016 Byron Bay International Film Festival will see NSW's Northern Rivers abuzz with this world-class event from the 14th to the 23rd October.

BBFF is considered by many to be one of Australia’s most dynamic film festivals and is renowned for its diverse and entertaining program of compelling and thought-provoking films as well as its glamorous red carpet parties. The Festival's 10th Opening Night will be the most dazzling to date - a glittering night at the Byron Theatre where the stars won't just be in the sky.

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Best of Byron: Food and Wine

Byron Bay is home to a food scene characterised by its wholesome ingredients, fresh produce and health-conscious philosophy. There’s so much good food to sample during a trip to Byron Bay that, often, time and money are the only limiting factors. Luckily for you, we’ve pitted Byron Bay’s restaurants against each other to reveal the top performers across several important categories. Now you can sample the best of the region by visiting some (or all) of the following restaurants...

Best Italian: Il Buco

Il Buco is a small, family-owned restaurant tucked away in Bay Lane, just behind Bay Street. Although fairly new... Read More

The Byron Bay Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival marked its 20th year with its strongest and best received program yet, breaking box office records and presenting a festival full of history making moments like Stan Grant’s Thea Astley Lecture that people will continue to talk about for years to come.

Blue skies broke for our 'True Believers' Leigh Sales, Kerry O'Brien and Sarah Ferguson on Festival Friday Pic: Evan Malcolm

After severe storm damage on the Wednesday night, it took a gargantuan effort to open the gates on Friday morning. I would like to thank the Festival team, the volunteers, our partners and everyone in the community who all went above and beyond to make it happen. Also to our wonderful patrons who remained... Read More

The BYRON FLEA market

9am-2pm, 2nd Saturday every month @ the Youth Activity Centre, Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay

The Byron Flea is a monthly market nestled in the lush parklands of Byron Bay. Managed by Byron Youth Service this is a social enterprise aimed at giving young people opportunities and bringing the community together, something the people of Byron love to do.

Stalls are free for young people (25 and under), to encourage young people into a market they would normally be excluded from due to the competitive nature of markets these days. With unemployment being as high as it is in Byron Bay, many are turning to self employment, the Byron Flea market is a way for young people to gain skills and experience and to find... Read More

Evan Malcolm's environmental film 'Lapse of Reason'

Byron Bay based photographer and filmmaker receives International recognition at The Timelapse Film Festival for short environmental documentary film 'Lapse Of Reason’.

Lapse of Reason from Evan Malcolm on Vimeo.

Byron Bay based photographer and documentary filmmaker Evan Malcolm’s short environmental documentary film ‘Lapse of Reason’ has received official selection and has gone on to become a Finalist in the ‘Documentary / Social Commentary’ category at The International Timelapse Festival to... Read More

Splendour in the Grass 2016

Sunny and warm winter days reaching 27 degrees made for a very comfortable three days in which to enjoy the music, art and food. The North Byron Parklands festival site has so many different vantage points to explore - we ended up walking over 45kms!

My eldest daughter and I enjoyed seeing the headline acts each night, the energetic emerging artists each day, the Wil Anderson & friends Comedy Club, The Global Village and the excellent variety of food. For me, I'm still humming 'Cattle and Cane', making Robert Forster in the GW McLennan Tent my personal highlight of Splendour 2016.

My... Read More

The Mullum Uke Club

Held upstairs at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, the Mullum Uke Club sees enthusiasts from around the region get together and celebrate the ukulele.

Mullumbimby resident Stu, known as Stukulele, formed the club back in 2011. Along with his passion for all things music, Stu has extensive experience teaching children and adults ukulele. He wanted a place for his students to play together, and the Mullum Uke Club was born. The monthly meet-ups proved to be incredibly popular, with a regular attendance of between 70 and 200 people.

Meetings take place on the last Thursday of each month. Ukulele players of all levels and ages come together to sing and play songs from a themed monthly songbook, which can be... Read More

Byron Bay Whale Watching

Byron Bay is one of Australia’s best destinations to spot the majestic humpback whale on its annual migration from cold Antarctic waters to warmer breeding grounds off the coast of Queensland.

Every year between May and November, an estimated average of 17,000 whales migrate north past the east coast of Australia. Humpback whales are believed to use landmarks to navigate their migration route, causing them to swim close to the coastline. As the country’s most easterly point, Byron Bay is spoilt with up-close views of these incredible creatures.

The International Whale Census Day, held on the last Sunday of June, sees dedicated volunteer whale enthusiasts and visitors count the humpbacks as they pass Cape... Read More

Explore 2 Nearby Waterfalls

Adventure to the stunning Killen Falls, take a drive through the hinterland’s rolling hills, indulge in lunch at Doma Cafe, and take in the breathtaking beauty of Minyon Falls. This day trip showcases some of the best the Byron Shire has to offer.

Killen Falls

Located a short 30-minute drive from Byron Bay, Killen Falls is an incredible waterfall and swimming hole surrounded by dense, green rainforest, and eroded rocks. The 10m waterfall, a part of Emigrant Creek, can be accessed by a short walking track. Be aware, this track is pretty rocky and slippery with a steep decline, so may not be suitable for young children. The track will lead you right to the... Read More


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