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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.

Donatella Parisini Photographer

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Donatella Parisini is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia. Her career in fashion commenced in her early twenties – working as a model and a stylist in Europe’s major cities before relocating to Australia in the mid 90s. Here her unique creative style combined with her genuine passion for life and connection, led her to transition to her current role as one of Byron Bay’s most highly renowned professional photographers.

Known for her keen eye for beauty and composition and an undeniable ability to relax and elate those around her, Donatella’s technical expertise, infectious... Read More

Lismore Lantern Parade

The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. It is recognised as the iconic event for the City of Lismore along with the North Coast National.

The Lismore Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people each year and provides a safe and enjoyable experience for all those involved. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more.

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Pet Friendly Byron Bay

No need to leave your pets at home when visiting Byron Bay. Byron is home to some great dog-friendly accommodation options – here’s a sample.

Banksias at the Beach

Situated on Tallow Beach just south of the Cape Byron Lighthouse is the modern Banksias holiday house.

The house features spacious living and dining areas, a deck, wooden floors, and three bedrooms, including a private master bedroom separated from the main house by a short undercover walkway. From the deck, guests will enjoy views of both the beach and rainforest.

Netflix and wifi are included, and dogs are... Read More

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.

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The Byron Arts Classic

The Byron Arts Classic is an exciting community event held annually around Easter time that celebrates the talent and diversity of artists from the Northern Rivers and beyond.

The Byron Arts Classic was established in 1982 as the Easter Arts Classic, which ran until 2003. In 2010, after a seven-year break, the event was renamed, restored, and hosted at the Byron Bay Community Centre. It has been there held annually ever since.

During the weeklong celebration, the Byron Theatre is transformed into a multi-tiered, floor-to-ceiling exhibition space titled the ‘Dawkins Gallery’. The ground floor is home to an inspiring sculpture... Read More

Byron Music Society

Byron Music Society provides not just concerts but wonderful and unique experiences of beautiful classical music (often combined with fantastic food), in intimate venues.

You don’t necessarily need to know your glockenspiel from your xylophone to dress up and enjoy an afternoon with Byron Music Society.

By staging these experiences we hope to promote the study, performance, listening and enjoyment of group, solo, vocal and instrumental fine music.

Byron Music Society concerts are usually held either in the Byron Community Centre auditorium,... Read More

5 Romantic Guesthouses in Byron

Beautiful Byron Bay is the perfect getaway destination for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or a weekend escape. Here are some of Byron’s most romantic guesthouses.

Abelia House

Located less than 10 minutes away from the shops and restaurants of Byron Bay is Abelia House, a stunning, antique cottage-style guesthouse.

Each room features large French doors that open to a quaint communal patio area overlooking landscaped gardens, plus luxury bedding, en suite bathrooms, and eclectic furnishings. Tallow Beach is a short walk or drive away, and gourmet continental breakfast is included.

For further information and bookings, visit... Read More

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.

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The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health, indigenous culture and conscious music from around Australia and abroad. Participants attend workshops of their choice in these modalities, and celebrate through music, dance, chanting, story-telling, and ceremony , to create greater harmony, awareness and healing for individuals and the community.

The festival format encompasses workshops for both children and adults. The festival has been designed to incorporate local; interstate and international professionals to capitalize on the branding of the region as Australia's premier destination for healthy lifestyle practices and holistic living.

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Byron Beachside Markets

EASTER Sunday 16th April, 8am - 4pm, Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay.

The Beachside Markets are a make it, bake it, grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. The perfect location to experience some of the most original products by one of the worlds’ most famous beaches.

Open from 8 – 4pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, toys, clothing and music created by local artists and designers as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners.

The focus and emphasis of the Beachside Market is on authenticity and fosters both... Read More

Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great success with organisers declaring it one of the best they’ve had at the venue.

With perfect weather, a festival site that is easy to get around and a couple new features including the Palm Springs water park and the air-conditioned Foxtel movie venue - it was no surprise everyone was having fun.

My favourite act was Courtney Barnett and my pick of the food was the Cuban Street Food (near the main entrance). Enjoy a selection of images captured walking around and watching the bands at Falls Festival Byron.





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Byron Bay 2015 in Pictures

Look back at Byron Bay throughout 2015 via the most engaging posts on byronbay.com's Facebook page each month. Seems there is always something happening in Byron, looking forward to 2016 - join us www.facebook.com/byron.bay.nsw.

January:


Summer's in full swing - keep cool with coconuts on Main Beach Byron Bay.

February:

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Beaches of the North Coast

The North Coast glistens with a majestic coastline and several beaches that are perfect for lazing, spending time with the kids or enjoying a relaxing swim. Here are a handful of beaches that you should visit.


Byron Bay Main Beach

The beaches of Byron Bay are in a league of their own boasting gorgeous views, white sand and perfect surfing conditions. The aptly named Main Beach of Byron Bay is the closest beach to the town centre and home to the over... Read More

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit features over 150 stunning images, narratives, artwork and poetry that chronicles the dynamic human history of the most eastern point of Australia’s mainland. The book includes the work of some of Australia’s most renowned story tellers and photographers, including Di Morrisey, Bob McTavish and a host of local identities. learn more, visit www.byronbaybook.com.

Byron Bay's much loved book now available in a brand new format

"And herein lays the crux of this book and its brilliance; the individual stories and anecdotes that chronicle the growth of this area and bring to life the sea, rivers, mountains and... Read More

5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

Byron Bay is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush hinterland and relaxed culture. Whenever people travel to Byron they make the most of the gorgeous beaches that line the North Coast of NSW, however, there are many other activities which should not be missed when staying in Byron Bay in order to make the most of this beautiful part of the world.

Gyrocopter Tours

To start, take a gyrocopter flight tour to explore Byron by the sky and get a bird's-eye view of the NSW coastal region. Byron Bay Gyrocopters is a flight training facility offering passenger flights 7 days a week. These flight tours leave from Tyagarah Airstrop just 5 km north of Byron Bay. The flight path takes you over waterfalls, national parks... Read More

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