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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 its major festival sites.

There are more than 25 direct daily flights from Sydney and over 15 direct daily flights from Melbourne providing great flexibility when planning your trip. Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Tigerair, Air Asia X, SCOOT, Hong Kong Airlines and JetGo fly direct to Gold Coast Airport and offer everyday low fares. Spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the music on offer at Byron’s rich calendar of music festivals throughout the year.

Take advantage of the range of ground transport providers available or hire a car from the many car rental companies based within the terminal. Bus connections are also available from Gold Coast Airport.

In addition to welcoming direct flights from many major Australian cities, Gold Coast Airport is also an international airport welcoming direct flights from New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan.
To view the current airline schedule visit: www.goldcoastairport.com.au.

6 Best Byron Bay Ocean Views

Byron Bay is well known for its relaxed beach lifestyle and stunning scenery. If you’re wondering how to see the best of the region during your stay, here are six ways to score a great ocean view.

1. Ride in a Gyrocopter

It’s hard to beat the view from 1,500 feet. Many who’ve done it swear that a gyrocopter flight is the best way to see Byron Bay. The helicopter’s slightly goofy­looking cousin, gyrocopters are among the world’s safest aircrafts. Fly to heights between 150 and 500 metres, taking in the region’s countryside, mountains and beaches; you might even spot dolphins, rays and turtles swimming below. Other aerial activities to consider during a visit to Byron Bay include hang gliding and – for the truly adventurous – skydiving.

2. Hike the Cape Byron Walking Track (“The Lighthouse Trail”)

The Cape Byron Walking Track winds 3.7km through lush rainforest and along clifftops and beaches, stopping by at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. This coastal trail offers spectacular views of some of Australia’s best beaches and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. For a truly memorable experience, start your walk an hour or two before sunset. This way, you can add a splash of vibrant, autumnal colour to the already breathtaking views.

3. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse

If the weather is less than ideal, or if you’re just not feeling up to the walk, you can just as easily park your car at the lighthouse and skip to the highlight of the trail. Built in 1901, Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of Byron Bay’s biggest attractions, drawing over half a million visitors every year. Thanks to its status as Australia’s most easterly point, the lighthouse offers uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Byron Bay hinterland, ocean, and unending coastline.

4. Start Your Morning at Beach Byron Bay

Perched high on the dunes overlooking Main Beach and the ocean beyond, Beach Byron Bay (formerly ‘Byron Beach Cafe’) is one of the most scenic places to dine in Byron Bay. Enjoy a coffee as you watch the sun rise from furthest corners of the horizon, or treat yourself to a meal on the outdoor deck accompanied by the sound of crashing waves below. Beach Byron Bay is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

5. Splash Around in a Sea Kayak

Consider soaking up Byron Bay from an entirely different perspective: from the seat of a kayak. There are few better ways to get up close and personal with the ocean and its inhabitants than by gliding through the crystal clear waters of Cape Byron Marine Park in a sea kayak. Book a tour to get the most from your time on the water and get the chance to encounter turtles, dolphins, whales, and other marine life. With many tour companies providing snacks and drinks, plus wetsuits in the cooler months, it’s easier than ever to get out on the waters of Byron Bay.

6. Grab a Pint at the Beach Hotel

For over 25 years, the Beach Hotel has been one of Byron Bay’s busiest food, drink and entertainment venues. On sunny days, the hotel’s beer garden is a great spot to enjoy a frosty beverage with the locals along with the stellar view. Evenings at the Beach Hotel often feature live music from established bands, as well as up­ and­ coming artists. Consider stopping at Main Beach’s only beachfront pub for a drink, a meal, and a priceless view.

World’s Largest Crystals Move To Byron

This week Byron will become the permanent home of the two largest crystals in the world, a towering 5.5 metre smoky quartz geode and a 5.5 metre wide amethyst geode cave. The Crystal Castle in the Byron hinterland has purchased the natural giants in a monumental deal with a Uruguayan farmer and long term friend of the Castle. The acquisition marks the Crystal Castle’s 30 th Anniversary and they will join what is already the largest outdoor display of crystals in the world.


Naren King inside the enchanted crystal cave

“Thirty years ago we were seen as offbeat hippies out the back of Byron Bay” said Naren King, the Crystal Castle’s “Managing Dreamer”. From humble beginnings on their twelve acre property Naren and his family have guided the Crystal Castle, which encompasses the world renowned Shambhala Gardens, to their current status as a State Significant Tourist Attraction. In 2012 the Castle added the only Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace in the Southern Hemisphere, a project blessed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Thousands of visitors of all ages and faiths make the pilgrimage along the scenic escarpment to visit annually. Princess Mary of Denmark, Chris Hemsworth and his family, Katy Perry and Natalie Imbruglia were all enchanted. Kerry O’Brien is a regular.


Naren King and daughter Manya King with the world's biggest crystal

Both crystals, estimated to be 120 million years old, will be on display for visitors to experience. The amethyst cave, becoming known as the “enchanted cave” will also be available for group and private meditations, where visitors can sit inside the crystal for intensive inspiration. “Amethyst has many qualities, perhaps the most powerful being higher inspiration” said Naren King. “So we are creating a range of guided meditations that people can listen to whilst inside the crystal, if they choose. It’s an extraordinary experience to sit inside this cave surrounded by millions of sparkling crystals”.

The science behind crystals has long been accepted with clear quartz used in high precision surgery, computer chips, watches and electric guitars. “Amethyst and smoky quartz are clear quartz with certain minerals present” explained King, “So whilst clear quartz is programmable these crystals come with their own program, or specific healing energies. It’s no coincidence that the Pope’s ring is amethyst and the Queen’s crown is set with crystals”.

Naren King hails from globally renowned esoteric stock. To survive three years in Changi as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War his father, Sydney Piddington (King changed his surname) developed an ESP show for the other prisoners of war to help maintain morale. Following the war Sydney and his young wife Lesley were signed to present a series of live radio broadcasts for the BBC “The Piddingtons”, which garnered 20 million listeners.

The broadcasts, which demonstrated the Piddingtons’ telepathic abilities, was the first BBC broadcast from the stratosphere and saw Naren’s mother as the only woman to be locked up in the Tower of London and get out alive. To this day the Piddingtons are considered to be one of the greatest two-person telepathy acts of all time.

Watch The Piddingtons Keep Millions Guessing (1950) on youtube.

“People have travelled to Byron for inspiration and dreaming for thousands of years” said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson. “So it is only fitting that these beacons of hope should make their way here. I can’t wait to see them”.

For further information, visit www.crystalcastle.com.au.

Romantic Winter Getaways

Byron Bay and surrounds attracts couples all year round - but for some, a winter getaway is even more romantic. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or looking for a weekend away these properties will inspire you.

Watermark at Wategos

Watermark consists of two sumptuous Beachfront Studio Suites and one Ocean View Apartment, all literally 10 steps from Wategos Beach and suitable for a maximum of 2 guests. Every detail of the interiors has been meticulously and lovingly styled - Open the concertina doors, breathe the fresh ocean breeze with a hint of frangipani and... Exhale.

28 Degrees Byron Bay

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, the property offers boutique accommodation for couples looking for a luxurious haven within walking distance to all the town’s delights and a 3 minute stroll to the beach. 28 Degrees Byron Bay provides total privacy and heavenly comfort for our guests.

Coco's Cottage

Escape to the sanctuary of Coco's Cottage in the Byron Bay Hinterland, where you can unwind and nurture your mind body and soul, in stylish tranquil surroundings. Feel as though you are a world away but know you are only a short drive from Byron's stunning beaches and the boutique shops and cafes of the historic Bangalow Village.

Aabi's @ Byron

An adults only retreat offering luxury accommodation in a relaxing, smoke free environment. Just a short walk to the centre of town & Main Beach. After a day of exploring, guests at Aabi's can unwind with an in-room massage.

Byron Bay Beach Bure

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, directly opposite Main Beach with uninterrupted views to the Pacific Ocean. Each Buré provides a private and relaxing oasis, with ready access to the surf, beach and shops. Come, spoil yourself in this luxurious, romantic, tropical retreat.

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