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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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Backpacking in Byron Bay

Backpacking in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a unique location loved by backpackers from around the world. There are plenty of... read more

Sean O’Shea’s Byron Bay: A book of extraordinary photos

Sean O’Shea takes photographs and videos every day on the beaches and in the hinterland of Byron... 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 byronbay.com's Facebook page... read more

Byron Music Society

Byron Music Society provides not just concerts but wonderful and unique experiences of beautiful... read more

NITSUA - Street & Visual Art

Born in New Zealand but currently living in Byron Bay, Austin is a street artist, graphic designer... read more

Byron Writers Festival 2017 Full Program

Byron Writers Festival (4-6 August) reveals an exciting and compelling program featuring more than... 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

Valentines Day Byron Style

For all the romantics who are looking to celebrate Valentine's Day in Byron Bay on Tuesday the 14th... read more
Whales in Byron Bay

Where to Spot Whales in Byron Bay

If you happen to find yourself holidaying at Byron Bay between the months of May and November, you... read more
Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit features over 150 stunning images, narratives, artwork and... read more

Visit Byron on Instagram

Here at byronbay.com we love being able to showcase and highlight everything that makes Byron... read more

Awaken Meditation Retreats in Byron Bay

With breathtaking beaches, lush tropical rainforest, and idyllic hinterland scenery, Byron Bay is... read more

Flights Have Never Been Easier

Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta is growing at rapid speed. Now the 5th busiest international... read more

Harvest Food Festival 2017

Taste the very best of the Byron region with Northern Rivers Food at the 2017 Harvest Food Festival... read more

2017 Nimbin Roots Festival

From September 15 – 17, over 50 talented artists will perform in Australia’s counter-culture... 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 Cookies Gift Shops

The Byron Bay Cookie Company now has two store locations, making it easy to sink your teeth into their famous cookies when visiting Byron Bay. The first shop is conveniently located in the centre of town, on Jonson St, in the arcade located across the road from the iconic Beach Hotel.


The second shop is on the way into town on Ewingsdale Road, at the entrance of the Arts & Industry Estate. Recently opened and newly refurbished, the store has received rave reviews from locals and tourists alike. In addition to stocking Byron Bay Cookies’ full variety of flavour profiles, both gift shops also carry Luken & May Biscuits and Falwasser Crispbreads, both of which are... Read More

11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta

The 11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta (4-6 November 2016) is set to ignite Byron Bay with the passion and energy of Latin music and dance once more this November! After a successful relocation to the Byron Community Centre and feeder venues to celebrate the 10th Anniversary in 2015, the event is happy to say it will continue to be held in its home, the heart of Byron Bay.

The 2016 event, to be held 4th – 6th November, is excited to announce International Kizomba Artist Anais Million (France) and Bachata Artist Edwin Ferreras (New York), both coming to the event for the first time, together with an impressive line-up of national and local dance instructors and performers. Live bands feature Chukale, Australia leading... Read More

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

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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... 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.


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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

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