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Awaken Meditation Retreats in Byron Bay

With breathtaking beaches, lush tropical rainforest, and idyllic hinterland scenery, Byron Bay is the perfect place to escape, unwind, and relax. Experience Byron’s natural beauty with a five-day yoga and meditation retreat, hosted by Awaken Meditation Retreats.

Run by life coach and author Karen Wilson, the retreats focus on self-development, with an emphasis on the practice of meditation and mindfulness. Learning to quiet the mind and bring your focus into the present moment can be life changing, and there’s no better place to start this journey than the beautiful Byron Shire.

Awaken yoga and meditation retreats include daily yoga, daily meditation and mindfulness practice, all meals (delicious vegetarian food), excursions and explorations of Byron Bay and surrounds, and twin share or private room accommodation.

Each retreat is held in a different location. Usually, they take place in a private holiday house in the Byron Shire situated either within walking distance to the beach or among the rolling hills and luscious greenery of the hinterland. Connecting to the natural environment is an important part of Awaken yoga and meditation retreats.

Group sizes are kept small to ensure each and every individual is given care and attention within a peaceful, personal, non-judgmental environment.

Byron Bay’s Awaken yoga and meditation retreats teach guests tools and techniques they can use to soften the mind, minimise stress, and experience greater peace in their day-to-day lives.

Secure your place in an upcoming retreat here.

To learn more, visit www.awakenmeditationretreats.com

Harvest Food Festival 2017

Taste the very best of the Byron region with Northern Rivers Food at the 2017 Harvest Food Festival, on again from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7. A celebration of local produce, this year's festival is a chance to sample gourmet food, beverages, and other culinary delights. 

Experience fine-dining at the opening and closing events, and explore the beautiful Northern Rivers area as you travel from venue to venue learning and tasting the diverse range of food and drink on offer. 

This year's program is packed with foodie opportunities. Highlights include the following:

  • The release of the brand new 'Brookies' Gin at the Cape Byron Distillery.
  • Cocktails among the sugar cane at Husk Distillers in scenic Tumbulgum.
  • Feast with good company in historic Clunes with local Chef Francisco.
  • Learn about and sample artisanal cheese in picturesque Burringbar.
  • Take a tour of macadamia, limes, and vegetable farms around Corndale.
  • And much, much more...

You can book tours, tastings, and fine-dining dinners individually, or treat yourself to the entire Harvest Food Festival. 

Check out the full program and map here.

Learn more about the Harvest Food Festival 2017 and buy tickets at harvestfoodfest.com

Winter Moments at The Byron at Byron

There are so many reasons to visit Byron this winter, and the Byron at Byron has a package sure to entice. Immerse yourself in the various complimentary experiences on offer here at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. The iconic and much loved Byron at Byron is a haven of indulgence and relaxation, check in and check out today.

Winter Warmer Package From $399 per room per night 

  • Overnight accommodation for two
  • Upgrade to a Superior Suite
  • Full buffet breakfast for two
  • Hot chocolate to enjoy by the fire bar 
  • One box of Duck Creek chocolate macadamia nuts  
  • Cheese plate matched with a bottle of Australian wine
  • 10% discount on spa treatments 
  • Complimentary WiFi access
  • Complimentary Daily Yoga

Conditions Apply
Valid for travel from 1 May 2017 - 31 August 2017, subject to availability, minimum 2 night stay on weekends, offer not valid for existing bookings, upgrade subject to availability. 

Visit the Byron at Byron website for further information and bookings.

2017 Bluesfest Re-Cap

After five days of incredible live music, the Byron Bay Blues Festival 2017 has come to an end. This year we enjoyed perfect weather, and a line-up packed with both music legends and up-and-coming talents.

The headliners this year included some huge names: Patti Smith, Santana, the Zac Brown Band, Madness, Buddy Guy (full of energy at 81!), and Neil Finn. Each put on a memorable show or two.


 
St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Vintage Trouble were two standout acts. Both front men treated their audiences to exciting and dynamic performances.


 
Up-and-coming artists brought down the smaller Delta and Juke Joint tents each night. Melody Angel, Nikki Hill, Eric Gales (mind-blowing up-side-down guitar playing), and the Record Company were some of our favourites.


 
The absolute best act, however, was Patti Smith and her band performing Horses on Thursday night. At 70 years old, her performance was alive with vigour and attitude, and nothing short of inspiring. In her Friday afternoon acoustic set, she read a few passages from her memoir Just Kids, showing another facet to her artistic genius.


 
The Boomerang Festival at Bluesfest added a cultural dimension, with the many workshops and performances that took place onsite.


 
Despite the rain leading up to the festival, there was nothing but sunshine over the Easter long weekend. And as always, there was plenty of delicious food to be enjoyed. See you again next year, Bluesfest!

2017 Nimbin Roots Festival

From September 15 – 17, over 50 talented artists will perform in Australia’s counter-culture capital for the annual Nimbin Roots Festival. After selling out in 2016, this year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with two new stages and one extra day.

The Nimbin Roots Festival offers authentic, original, and raw roots art and music in various venues throughout the town. The venues – including the outdoor Rainbow Power Stage and the historic Nimbin Bush Theatre – are located short distances from each other, creating a community of walking festivalgoers.

This year’s lineup will see a diverse mix of local, national, and international musicians and artists perform Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Australiana, Old Blues, and world music. American group The War and Treaty will share their Gospel style tunes, while the brand new Aquarius Stage will showcase Nimbin’s finest.

The festival will kick off on Friday afternoon, with a special opening concert on Friday night featuring performances from local Bunjalung dancers. The festival will close on Sunday evening with the Australian Roots Music Awards.

As well as the musicians, the Nimbin Roots Festival has invited a number of visual artists to display their unique work in the festival gallery. Art installations, interactive artworks, and themed camping also feature throughout the festival venues and campsite.

The Abundance Village will host a number of exciting workshops, including yoga, philosophy, permaculture, live art, weaving, poetry, belly dancing, body art, and kids’ activities. And, a community market area will host up to 30 colourful market stalls where festivalgoers can pick up a piece of Nimbin to take home with them.

The Nimbin Roots Festival is proudly moving toward sustainable forms of energy to power the live performances and art spaces, with a number of venues using solar power.

Festival tickets include opening and closing performances, as well as entrance into all venues and participation in all workshops.

Buy tickets and learn more at www.nrfest.com.

Byron Bay Triathlon

Byron Bay Triathlon is like no other - 13 May 2017! One of the most popular triathlons in Australia it has a race for you! Kids through to Pros, Tempta, Sprint Olympic.

Byron Bay Triathlon has been a magical calendar event for 22 years now. It’s been The Triathlon to mark the end of each year’s triathlon season. That has made BBT a great Party Weekend in one of the world’s most idyllic locations.

Don’t want to go the race alone? Register in one of our team divisions and finish the Byron Bay Tri together! The race kicks off at midday so you can sleep all morning and hit the beach in the afternoon with your mates.

The Byron Bay Tri is sanctioned and run under Triathlon Australia guidelines.

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

Popped Urban Laneway Activation

This May, one of Byron Bay’s most notorious dead spaces will be invigorated by Popped Creative: a new, innovative collective that has an inspired vision for the future of arts and culture in our region.

In just one week, a team of Byron Bay’s most talented street artists will transform ‘Surf Alley’: the tired laneway in Johnson Street that has previously been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour.

Popped Creative is Byron Bay’s newest events and creative services firm. Popped is collaborating with a team headed by local artist Austin of Nitsua, on the transformational project, which will be celebrated on the weekend of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May with a urban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, talks & ideas program, and much more.

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community. The Fresh Air Gallery is a live street art gallery that will auction the finished artworks on Instagram at the end of the night, raising money for a charity of the gallery's choice, along with Popped's chosen beneficiary, the Byron Community Theatre, for its much needed upgrades.

“This is the first of its kind for Byron,” enthuses Creative Director Abbie Gibson, “We are bringing the gallery to the street, and making the arts more accessible for the wider community. It also gives our artists an opportunity to make money from their art, and garner exposure that will generate future opportunities. We are passionate about arts and culture, and want to see our local arts community thrive”.

Marketing & Media Manager Liesel Arden says “This is very much a local project with international ambitions. Our goal is to lead a new and exciting direction for regional arts; Byron Bay is the perfect place to set the precedent. As a community we can demonstrate to a global audience that there is a new generation of regional arts that are world-class, ethical, and viable all at the same time”.

The full program will be distributed throughout the region leading up to the event.

POPPED runs from 5pm – 11pm Friday 19 and 12pm - 11pm Saturday 20 May 2017.

Tickets go on sale Monday 27 March 2017 at 9am, $10 each, and can be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door. For an additional $5, ticket holders can purchase a return bus ride from outer suburbs Lennox Head, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads & Mullumbimby.

Learn more at www.poppedcreative.com.

Crab Carnival hits Byron Bay

HEY, HO, LET’S GO! Crab Carnival hits Byron Bay for the first year ever! The ultimate celebration of the crustacean, 28 days of crabby festivities will run from Monday 20th March until Sunday 16th April 2017 at the Balcony Bay & Oyster Co.

FOOD

Sean Connolly brings you his favourite crab themed dishes (classic and modern) featuring our crittery-hero – serving a variety of the species, sustainably sourced from local and international waters. Treats such as: Crab filled Doughnut Holes, King Crab Mac & Cheeses, Crab Po Boy and Typhoon Shelter Mud Crab (to name a few)!

And if that wasn’t enough, every Thursday night from 6pm, a Louisiana Broil Steam Pot will be on offer in the restaurant – bibs, mallets and crackers will be provided... Satisfaction guaranteed!

DRINK

A selection of drinks specials will be on offer throughout the carnival. Signature cocktails with a crabby-twist have been designed to tickle the taste buds and whet the whistle!

Crabby Mary – your favourite crab cocktail is back! A lip smacking bloody Mary mix, with a healthy measure of vodka and topped off with a crab claw for a cracking good time!

Crab Apple Sangria – the perfect tipple to share with friends, Sangria Blanco with a Balcony twist! Featuring chardonnay, St Remys, peach liqueur, lemonade, orange & mint

A Cracking Good Thyme – We’ve teamed up with Husk Distillers the local heros behind Ink Gin to give you this refreshing summer spritz. Ink gin gets a peachy twist, finished with tonic, thyme & lemon twirl!

An online photo comp will be running throughout the duration of the carnival, so get social and follow @BALCONYBYRONBAY on Facebook and Instagram. Snap and share your best crabby pic at Balcony Bar using #CRABCARNIVALBYRONBAY and be in to win a $100 Balcony Bar Tab.

So, safe to say they’ve got your crab cravings covered! No matter if you’re a newbie or an old-timer to this crustacean business, head down to Balcony Bar for a smashing good time.

For further information, menu and reservations, visit www.balcony.com.au.

Stone & Wood Brewery Open Day Supporting the Wedgetail Retreat Community Hospice

Stone & Wood opens its Murwillumbah brewery gates for community fundraiser.

Local brewer, Stone & Wood will host an Open Day at their brewery on Saturday 4 March to raise funds for the Wedgetail Retreat Community Hospice and Tweed Palliative Support.

Welcoming the community to their Murwillumbah brewery at 35 Kite Crescent, they have organised a family friendly event from 11-5, that includes:

  • Live music by Dos Loona, Holly Tap and Tim Shou
  • Local food stores by JR Smokehouse, The Backyard Chef and Keith Coffee Shop and Barber
  • Tours of the brewery every half hour to show the brewing process, their sustainability initiatives and tell their story
  • Kids area and jumping castle

All profits from the $5 beers will be donated to the local community hospice so that they can continue helping the community.

Stone & Wood have brewed a 'Murbah Swap Beer' to pay tribute to the legendary local story of a semi trailer, carrying pallets of beer, running off the Pacific Highway in 2001. The locals wasted no time in diving in to salvage what they could so that the beer wouldn’t go to waste! This beer will be released at the Open Day.

The Brewery's Managing Director Ben Summons said the reason for this day is to bring the Northern Rivers community together to support a charity which is integral to this area and to give locals the opportunity to see what Stone & Wood does in 'their backyard'.

"We're stoked to partner with Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support, as they share our values and the work they do touches so many families in this community during tough times," said Ben.

"We have two breweries, one in Byron and this one up the road but a lot of locals wouldn’t know we are here in the Murwillumbah industrial estate. As the local brewer, we want to deepen our connection with our community and give them a chance to get to know us and how we do business."

Meredith Dennis, President of Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat community hospice commented that the retreat is the only one of its kind in the State and is not government funded at all by NSW Health.

"We rely on the support from businesses and the community to continue caring for people with cancer or a life-limiting illness and their families in our region. The profits from the day are going to a worthy cause – our busy community hospice, Wedgetail Retreat, based just outside of Murwillumbah," Meredith said.

"I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the entertainment, take a tour of the brewery and try the delicious food and beers. There will be a gold coin donation at the gate and we will also have a stand selling Stone & Wood Pacific Ale Fruit Chutney, beer bread and cheese."

Join Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support at local brewery Stone & Wood’s Open Day on 4 March, to come together to connect with your community, learn more about a local business and to raise money for a charity.

Most Popular Byron Bay Facebook Posts of 2016

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January 2016

A little windy on Main Beach Byron Bay.

February 2016

Crystal clear waters in Brunswick Heads, photo credit Graham Nixon.

March 2016

World Naked Bike Ride caused a 'Byron Style' traffic jam, video credit Boardshop Australia.

April 2016

Postcard perfect - Wategos Beach Byron Bay, image credit Sean O'Shea.

May 2016

Classic Byron Bay sunset with sand art by Craig A. Gascoigne Spiralman. Photo credit dice_a.

June 2016

The Wreck Byron Bay, photo credit Tim Samuel.

July 2016

Killen Falls, 30 minutes from Byron Bay.

August 2016

On a clear night Byron Bay - panorama of the Milky Way captured last night by Rod Evans.

September 2016

Byron Bay's surfing dolphins, video by Sean O'Shea

October 2016

Beachfront busking at Main Beach Byron Bay, video credit part.time_nomadz.

November 2016

Drumming circle at dusk, waiting for the super moon at Main Beach Byron Bay. Video credit Leila Cosgrove McKail.

December 2016

Beautiful Torakina Beach, Brunswick Heads. Photo credit Born in the Tropics.

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