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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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Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available... read more

Spell & The Gypsy Collective's Byron Bay Boutique

Spell & The Gypsy Collective, a loved and internationally recognised local brand, has come... read more

The Byron Bay Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival marked its 20th year with its strongest and best received program yet,... read more
Elements of Byron

Elements of Byron on Track for February Opening

With a $7 million a month construction spend, Elements of Byron Resort is on track for a February... read more
The Margaret Olley Art Centre

Byron Regional Art Galleries

Byron Bay and surrounding regional areas are home to a host of fantastic art galleries and... read more

Melbourne Cup 2016

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

Byron Bay’s Newest Festival “Star Stuff 2017” with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Celestron, Bintel & DNA Digital are bringing a “supergroup” of Australia’s leading scientists... 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

Byron Markets over the New Year period

The New Year period is a busy time for markets in Byron Bay, with the Artisan Markets on Saturday,... read more
Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

With family-friendly events, a music festival, and great parties at local pubs and bars, there’s no... read more
Byron's Agricultural Shows

Byron's Agricultural Shows

Each year in November, there are two shows in the Byron Shire: the Bangalow Show, and the... read more

The BYRON FLEA market

9am-2pm, 2nd Saturday every month @ the Youth Activity Centre, Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay The... read more
Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the stretch of stunning natural environments and quaint villages between Sydney and... read more

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

G. Love & Special Sauce on stage with Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter & Jake... read more

Byron Bay Naked Bike Ride 2017

Join thousands of ‘biketivists’ around the world on a clothing-optional bike ride around Byron Bay... 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.

Byron Bay Farmers Market

I did a quick walk through Byron Bay’s weekly Farmers Market last Thursday (19 Oct ’06) These markets are on every Thursday Morning in Byron Bay.

Brief History Of Byron Town, Council & Bypass

I arrived in Sydney in 1972 to work for Avery Scales for 2 years. One of my first trips was to see the Queensland manager in Brisbane. He wanted to show off his area he brought me to Byron Bay! (There are a number of people in this town who would like to see Byron come under the Queensland State Government permanently!) What I found blew me away. The view from the lighthouse, 40km of unspoilt beaches, hardly a house in sight and a great wave off the Pass. Houses in Lighthouse Road seemed to be closed up and only used for holidays. The town itself was extremely well laid out in a grid pattern. All the houses were neat and tidy, obviously blue collar, the result of 90 years of really hard work. We went to the Abbatoir and discovered why the town had not been yuppified! The northerly wind blew an amazing smell across the town.

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The Way We Were

Recently, after we had eaten too much fish and chips for dinner in a Bay Lane restaurant, a friend and I decided to stroll around town until our stomachs settled.

This perambulation suited me fine for a secondary reason -- I wanted to reminisce with him about the way The Bay used to look and be more than a decade ago. My friend, being that rare bipedal species, a true local, born and bred in the town, and a generous sharer of recollections and insights, was happy to join me in excavating the collective digsites and landscapes of our memories. His excavations naturally cut through deeper layers than mine, layers dating back to the 1950s and 60s. Which is virtually the equivalent of carbon-dating when you look at how, and how rapidly, "progress" has altered the jizz of Byron Bay.

I'm using "jizz" metaphorically. "... Read More

Catching the Surf Bug

So I am new to this Blogging business, but not new to the internet. I spend much of my time on it surfing for info about well... surfing.It all started about 6 years ago when I stopped here by chance for "3 months".One look at the ocean in Byron and I was hooked. I remember it like it was yesterday... I had a 6'2 shortboard... I thought, how hard can it be... after landing head first in the sand, I realized maybe a little harder than it looked.Within days I spent my last 300 bucks on a bigger board... I had 50 bucks to my name, no Job and a Combi that overheated from the camp site to the beach. It was perfect, even if the surf wasn't good.. I couldnt go back for at least 3 hours until she cooled down. I was working at one special Hare Krishna restaurant, who luckily fed me too... mmm I've never eaten so much Subji (Vege Stew)...For... Read More

Great Surfing at Byron Bay’s “The Pass”

How bout this? Nice clean waves at The Pass 6 & 7 July...

I Went to Splendour

Plenty of highlights again this year - more mud too.

The Great;

  • The total excitement on my 11 year olds face
  • Sonic Youth
  • The Zutons
  • The Grates
  • ... and Brian Wilson

The Good;

  • Market stalls (same as previous years)
  • Food stalls (same as previous years)

The Bad;

  • Slow moving through the mud
  • More people (componded by the mud)

All up - another excellent Splendour. If you get the chance to go next year - you should.Enough from me, here's what the Splendour people say; Good Vibrations Abound.......

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2006 has drawn to a close, celebrating its 6th birthday with many magical... Read More

Holistic Healing and Funny Peculiar Signs of the Times

In India, they say that if you drop a pebble off any building, it will land on a philosopher.

In Byron Bay, a more appropriate claim is that if you shake any tree, a hundred healers will fall from its branches.

The Greek peripatetic philosopher, Theophrastus maintained that every living thing has an oikeiostopos or 'favourable place,' where all the energies and conditions are suitable to its flourishing. There's certainly a strong consensual belief that Byron Shire is such a conducive locale. This contention I do not dispute. My queries, after decades of my own idiosyncratic and diverse range of healing experiences, are otherwise.

The longer I live, the longer I live... Read More

Byron Bay Writers Festival

Each year - the Byron Bay Writers Festival provides locals and visitors with plenty of culture... However - I saw one "writer" on TV (14 July) tell people that Byron was ruined and had David Jones, Grace Brothers and $4.00 lattes'... what a load of crap, this is total misinformation motivated by the "tall poppy syndrome". (not that there's anything wrong with Australian Department Stores).

Belongil Beach Dreaming

The bush was dew-drenched, tinselled with spiders’ webs and ringing with euphonic birdsong. My cheerful anticipation was well-founded, for the morning produced some rich encounters. During the mere hour I spent tramping through the wetlands, I came by willy wagtails, whimbrels, galahs, a grey-tail tatler, pied oyster catchers and pied stilts, heaps of seagulls, wattle birds and the ubiquitous miners, a little egret, a striated pardalote, a scarlet honeyeater, two fig birds, a flock of barred godwit (recently arrived from Siberia), black spoonbills (looking like can-can dancers with their feathers ruffled), elegant white-faced heron, pelicans, eastern curlews, little black cormorants, a mangrove gerygone, Lewin’s honeyeaters, bar-shouldered doves, a grey fantail, a variegated wren, white-cheeked honeyeaters, brown... Read More

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