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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.

New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Craig Parry, opens Byron Bay gallery

Byron Bay’s dynamic arts scene is abuzz with the opening of a new gallery by internationally acclaimed nature photographer and local boy, Craig Parry.

Located on Fletcher Street, the gallery showcases Craig’s signature marine, aerial and landscape imagery. Each photograph presents everyday moments from unique perspectives with the focus primarily upon exhibiting images captured in the Byron Bay area.

The gallery has been a long-term project for Craig who has spent years capturing and curating content that would appeal to both a local and international market.

"My greatest inspiration is to connect humanity to nature through photography", says Craig. "I’m incredibly excited to share this passion with everyone and hope my images can act as a focal point to raise awareness for conservation and the beauty which can be found right on our doorstep".

To celebrate the gallery’s opening, this Friday (20th January) Craig will be launching an exhibition featuring some of his top images and unveiling a limited edition Migaloo print which has never been seen before!

Offering a wide variety of printing and framing options and finishes in addition to custom pieces there’s something on offer for all tastes and budgets. Head on down and check it out -

Gallery Address:

Shop 7, 8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm everyday
Learn more at www.craigparryphotography.com

2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is back and better than ever. The event will take place this summer, between February 24 and 26, 2017.

As the recipient of the 2015 Surf Culture Award, the festival is known internationally for its contribution to the surf world.

Jam-packed with over 25 ticketed and free events, the non-competitive festival celebrates culture, innovation, and sustainability. As well as surfing, events include music, art, film, yoga, surfboard design, fashion, literature, history, food, and health. The festival comes to its climax on the final day, with the spectacular Freestyle and Stoke surf session at stunning Wategos beach.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL FROM OUR LAST FESTIVAL!!!!! from Byron Bay Surf Festival on Vimeo.

Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017 Schedule

Friday, February 24

The Byron Surf Festival is set to open at the Lone Goat Art Gallery with an art exhibition. Festivities will move to the foreshore of Main Beach, where the opening ceremony and popular outdoor cinema will take place. The celebration will continue with live music at the Beach Hotel.

Saturday, February 25

Saturday begins with the free Surf Art Market along Main Beach. The tipi markets attract all sorts of people, whether or not they’re into surf culture. Later in the day, the ticketed events will take place. The program includes live music, a surf film competition, and yet-to-be-announced surprises.

Sunday, February 26

On Sunday, the Byron Bay Surf Festival goers head to Wategos beach to check out (or participate in) the action both in and out of the water. The foreshore will be dotted with a diverse array of handmade surf crafts. In the water, surfers will showcase their joy and creativity in a non-competitive environment. To finish, the Surf Festival will host a casual, ticketed closing party.

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

With its relaxed holiday atmosphere, modern facilities and stunning natural scenery, Discovery Holiday Parks – Byron Bay is an idyllic escape. Set amongst picturesque tropical gardens and lakes, and just 2km from the Byron Bay town centre. Come and enjoy the BRAND new Byron’s Barrel waterpark.


Fishermans Cottage

A perfect getaway for a relaxed Xmas break for a family or group of friends. Situated in the most sort after residential area of Byron in a quiet community. The large playing fields opposite give loads of space for children to safely play. Short easy flat walk to beach and town and all cafes ( Top shop around the corner), no need for a car. With a beachy modern interior there is everything you need for a home away from home. With 2 large outside decks there is plenty of space for lazing, reading, dining or having a G&T and watching the sun go down. An outside shower complements the 2 bathrooms , and allows after beach showers with no sand to clean up!


Pipi's on the Beach

Large,bright and stylish two bedroom apartments have views of the bay, in a fabulous location one minute walk to the beach. Happy summer holidays here you come! Sleep 5


Wategoes Beach Retreats

Wonderful for a romantic Summer holiday. Choose from a studio, or a one bedroom apartment with superb views across the bay, at fabulous Wategos Beach.

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 Stingrays often spot sea turtles and tropical fish. And, whale sightings are common June through November.

While some have done the approximately 2.5km swim every morning for decades, newbies are always welcomed. The organised ocean swim is free, and provides a unique opportunity to experience another side of Byron Bay together with competent swimmers.

If you become tired mid-way through the swim, you can make your way to the beach and walk back to the Surf Club. The swim is not competitive. For the Stingrays, the experience is about connecting to the ocean, and soaking up that blissful sense of joy, freedom, and accomplishment.

For many locals, the ocean swim is a celebration of living in Byron Bay, one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

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 Byron. In 2016, the count was expected to reach 25,000. However, humpbacks remain listed as vulnerable in New South Wales.

The best vantage point for whale watching on land is the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which stands over the Cape Byron Marine Park. Built over 200 years ago, the lighthouse is accessible by car or by foot, and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Whale Watching Byron Bay can get you even closer to the humpbacks with a number of ocean tours available in Byron Bay. Witness the whales breaching off the coast with a 2.5-hour Whale Watching Cruise. The tour, which departs everyday June through November, accommodates a maximum of 12 people. In addition to whales, customers often see turtles, dolphins, and ocean birds.

Cape Byron Kayaks tours taken during whale season are an exciting way to glimpse the humpbacks from the water. There’s nothing quite like seeing such a huge animal so close up!

Byron Yoga Day Festival

NEW DATE - Saturday 25th June Join the world wide celebrations for the United Nations International Day of Yoga at the first Byron Yoga Day Festival, a FREE community event featuring inspiring teachers, artists, food, stalls and musical performers. A day of fun and festivity for all the family.

Saturday 25th June at 11 AM - 3 PM at Denning Park, Main Beach, Byron Bay

  • Yoga Asanas! Flow through a fun, creative sequence culminating in a free form yoga dance and rock your asana with two live bands.
  • Meditation! Learn to breathe deeply and completely, filling your lungs with fresh, ocean air then find your inner peace with wonderful meditation that is simply relaxing.
  • Relaxation! Lie back under the trees, listen to the waves rolling in and find an oasis of deep relaxation and calm.
  • Music! The ancient chants of India to the melodies, beats and rhythms of the modern world. Get your mantra on with The Aloha's sweet captivating medlodies, Yadudes with their heart felt soulful songs and then dance the afternoon away with DJM's Mantra Trance Experince!!! to move like you've never before.
  • Stalls by the locals packed with heaps of healthy, delicious food.
  • Inspirational and thought provoking talks on topics such as ‘How to Lead a Balanced Life’, Benefits of Mantra Meditation and the question of 'Who am I?’

A day of fun and festivity for everyone! Join the festival via their Facebook Event Page or visit www.yogadayfestival.com.au NOW & share the LOVE by inviting all your friends too.

Visit Byron on Instagram

Here at byronbay.com we love being able to showcase and highlight everything that makes Byron special and instagram is perfect for timely and stylish images. Here's a sample of some of our most popular recent images. Be sure to follow and tag us @byron.bay.nsw #visitbyron - comments too: www.instagram.com/byron.bay.nsw.

Boardshop Australia captured a Naked Bike Ride traffic jam in Byron Bay.

Matt Chesher captured this aerial view of Wategos Beach from a'chopper'.

byron.bay.nsw, byronbay.com's instagram account posted this very popular image of the Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out sign.

Leana Mckenzie took an excellent shot of the sand art that often 'appears' on Byron's beaches.

Nikos Giannakaros titled this photo 'Magical Place' - enough said.

Beach side accommodation in Byron Bay

Byron Bay, with its white sand beaches that stretch for miles and the subtropical rainforests that cover the hinterland, is home to some of the most exclusive holiday retreats and gorgeous accommodation options in Australia. Here is a list of some of the best places to stay when you are travelling to Byron Bay.

Watermark at Wategos Beach

Watermark at Wategos, Byron Bay, offers three glamours room stays, including two studio suites on the beach front, and one luxurious ocean view apartment. Each apartment is fully self contained, making this the perfect romantic getaway for a luxurious weekend at Wategos beach.

Victorias at Wategos

Victoria’s at Wategos, Byron Bay, is a luxurious beach retreat in the exclusive area of Wategos Beach. Victorias is a tuscan style villa, furnished in natural stone, and marble, and hand crafted furnishings. The Villa is just a short 100m from the glorious Wategos beach, and offers many suites, and three major living areas with views of the ocean, ideal for whale watching in the season.

Amala Luxury Villa

Book this spacious, one bedroom villa for a relaxing and tranquil place to stay while enjoying your holiday in Byron Bay. Amala is decorated with hand crafted balinese furnishings and is situated closely to the Buddha Gardens Day Spa, where guests can enjoy 10 percent off their relaxing massage and treatments.

Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages

The assistant lighthouse keepers cottages are an unique holiday accommodation that offers guest the experience of finding out what it would be like to live as a lighthouse keeper. This is a great holiday stay for family or friends groups and is only a short drive to Byron Bay itself.

Victorias at Ewingsdale

Located on four acres of manicured gardens, Victoria’s at Ewingsdale is a multi-award winning accommodation complete with day spa. The country manor offers panoramic ocean, mountain and rural views for its guests and the pampering experience of personalised service.

The Garden Burees

In the midst of lush tropical gardens are The Garden Burees, which are balinese inspired villas. The Grand Buree is a three bedroom luxury villa ideal for special occasions or there are Garden Burees for the more budget conscious. While enjoying your stay at the Garden Burees, pamper yourself at the Buddha Gardens Day Spa located on site.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is situated in the picturesque location in the heart of a 45 acre rainforest, just minutes from Tallow Beach. Book a one bedroom suite to stay at the resort and enjoy daily complimentary yoga classes, and relaxing strolls along the timber boardwalks through the forest. The resort also offers facilities like an infinity pool, gym and tennis court while the main building boasts verandas overlooking the canopy of the rainforest.

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.

Compliment your cellar door tasting with a meal at one of the many gourmet cafes and restaurants in the area. From alfresco lunches enjoyed among the vines, to fine dining in historic homes, there’s a perfect meal for every foodie. And don’t miss the variety of bespoke olive oil, cheese, and chocolates, which make for a perfect picnic in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

In addition to the wine and food, the Hunter Valley is home to a range of local art galleries, championship golf courses, and boutique shopping. It truly is a must-do stop on the Legendary Pacific Coast.


Great Lakes

Situated three hours north of Sydney, the Myall, Wallis, and Smiths Lakes form a unique system unlike anything else in Australia. The Great Lakes area is home to 145 kilometres of stunning coast, lush National Parks, rolling hinterland, and pristine waterways, making it the ideal stop for those who love the great outdoors.

The Myall Lakes National Park is the perfect place to experience the varied landscape of the region. You can stay in the park at the campgrounds, or in heritage-listed accommodation. The Treachery Headland walking track is an easy walk through coastal rainforest to an open headland, which offers far-reaching views of the rugged headland and coast, including the historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. The natural wonders of the park can also be discovered by boat, kayak, and bike.

As well as the lakes, the area is recognised for its breathtaking beaches, some of which can only be accessed by boat. Forster Main Beach is protected, making it ideal for families. A dirt track at the Northern end of Seven Mile Beach leads to a great fishing spot. And Blueys Beach offers some of the best surf in the region.


Coffs Coast

About half way between Brisbane and Sydney is the Coffs Coast, a diverse region composed of charming villages, National Parks, mountains, marine reserves, islands, and beaches. Regardless of whether you’re a nature lover or cultural maven, the Coffs Coast has something unique to offer.

Explore the 84,000 ha of World Heritage listed Nation Parks and sub-tropical rainforests that run through the region. A standout is the short but fascinating walk to Crystal Shower Falls, accessed via the Wonga walk. You can walk behind the waterfall, which makes for a magical vantage point to soak up the sights and sounds of the ancient rainforest.

The Solitary Islands Marine Park is another natural wonder of the Coffs Coast. The park is the third largest in Australia, covering a total of 71,000 ha and 75 kilometres of coastline. Some areas of the park offer idyllic diving and snorkelling conditions, with tropical fish, coral, and algae. In addition, visitor’s can enjoy scenic walks around tidal estuaries and over headlands.

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