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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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Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic... 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

Donatella Parisini Photographer

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Donatella Parisini is a professional portrait and fashion... read more

Byron Bay Wedding Inspiration

It could have been the twinkle in Noah’s eye or the sparkle from Nina’s dress, or maybe it was the... read more

New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Craig Parry, opens Byron Bay gallery Byron Bay’s dynamic... read more

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2016

Celebrate New Years Eve 2016 in Byron Bay at the annual, family-friendly Soul Street event.... read more

2016/17 Byron and Beyond Accommodation Guide

Byron and Beyond are excited to announce that the new Byron and Northern Rivers NSW Accommodation... read more

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

BBIFF 2016 is on 30 April 10am - 11pm at The Elements of Byron Resort Byron Bay has long been a... read more

Byron Bay Whale Watching

Byron Bay is one of Australia’s best destinations to spot the majestic humpback whale on its annual... read more

2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is back and better than ever. The event will take place this summer,... 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

6 Must-Dos for Your Byron Bay Camping Trip

The coast of northern NSW is known for its pristine beaches, temperate climate, lush sub-tropical... 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
Enjoy the Hinterland with Coco's Cottage

Enjoy the Hinterland with Coco's Cottage

Coco's Cottage is ideally located in the Byron hinterland triangle between Bangalow, Mullumbimby... read more

Melbourne Cup 2016

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

Brunswick Heads a gem for weddings

Another amazing option for weddings and events in the Byron Shire is the town of Brunswick Heads. This gem of a village, situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River and by the shores of the Pacific Ocean only, 15 mins drive from Byron Bay, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for weddings and celebrations of all shapes and sizes.

Torakina Beach and parklands is an obvious drawcard for ceremonies, with its riverside enclaves of pandanas palms, gorgeous river beach and abundant natural beauty. And the town boasts an impressive offering and range of accommodation, restaurants and cafes, the expansive Hotel Brunswick, Memorial Hall and... Read More

Farmers Markets in Byron Bay

Enjoy the freshest produce in the region at the incredible farmers markets in the Byron Shire.

Byron Bay Farmers Market

Since 2002, the Byron Bay Farmers Market has been a must for locals every Thursday morning. The market commences at 8am, and runs until 11am at the Butler Street Reserve.

Here, you’ll find the very best fresh produce, farmed in local areas, and transported straight to the market for you to buy. As well as organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, you’ll find a range of Byron Shire specialties, such as freshly squeezed cane juice, macadamia nuts, honey, artisan bread, and Ballina prawns.

The Byron Bay Farmers Market is hosted by the Byron Farmers’ Market... Read More

Golfing in Byron Bay and Surrounds

Byron Bay Golf Club

Located just 5km from the centre of town, the Byron Bay Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course. Stretching over 120 acres of lush coastal land, the course features a number of spectacular ocean views.

The difficulty of this course depends largely on wind strength and direction. It’s a par 72 course, with immaculately maintained landscaping, and holes running in all directions.

Situated opposite the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa on Broken Head Road, the Byron Bay Golf Club boasts not only a world-class golf course, but also a delightful restaurant with views of the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse.

For further information, visit... Read More

A Weekend in Mullumbimby

Located just 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is scenic town with a personality of its own. With plenty to do and eat, spending a weekend in Mullum is a must.

Markets

Experience the community spirit of Mullumbimby at the Mullumbimby Farmers’ market. The market is held every Friday from 7 am until 11am at the Showgrounds on Main Arm Road between Chinbible Street and Coral Avenue.

The market features over 50 stalls, including 13 that are certified organic, which showcase the very best seasonal produce of the region: local nuts and honey, Bangalow pork, seafood farmed in Ballina and more!

Along with fresh fruit and veggies, artisan bread, and local, sustainable meat, there is coffee,... Read More

Byron Bay Local Media

Byron Bay's traditional media reflects the unique character and positive spirit of the Byron Shire. Have a read, or tune in for news coverage, discussion of community issues, and celebration of local arts and culture.

Byron Shire News

The Byron Shire News began in the early 1970s, and quickly became well-loved by local residents. Today, over 40 years later, the newspaper continues to be a respected source of local news, up-to-date sport information, and upcoming events.

The Byron Shire News covers major current news events from Byron Bay and surrounding areas. The paper often sponsors local events, charities and sporting teams, and prides itself on supporting the Byron community.

As well as news... Read More

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 might just spot some of the whales that make their way along the east coast of Australia during their annual migration. The stretch of coastline found between Byron Bay and Ballina is not only home to spectacular golden beaches and sparkling waters, but also many great places from which to spot whales, so be sure to pack your best binoculars!

Spend some time at the... Read More

Byron Regional Art Galleries

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

Lone Goat Gallery

The Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Bay Library, is an innovative exhibition space that showcases contemporary artists from the Byron region and beyond.

Since opening in 2013, the independent art gallery has hosted a diverse range of programs for locals, artists and visitors of Byron. With new exhibitions from local and international artists every few months, the gallery has become and integral part of the region’s visual arts scene.

The Lone Goat Gallery was aptly names after a well-known female goat. After escaping the rangers, the clever goat lived alone on the... Read More

Printed Guides to Byron

Printed, magazine style guides, are always a great source of information while on holiday - not surprising, Byron has a few great guides you can pick up around town or on your travels.

The Byron and Beyond What’s On – the Visitor Guide to Byron Bay

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is the official printed guide to activities and attractions in the Byron Shire and surrounding areas. The annual magazine includes a host of informative articles about transport, markets, food, and weddings. It also features a set of detailed maps and a fantastic yearlong calendar of events.

The magazine is distributed in over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including visit information... Read More

Byron Bay With Kids

Byron Bay and the surrounding region offers a range of activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Our Byron Bay with Kids guide will give you some family friendly ideas to enjoy the region.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

The lighthouse is a Byron Bay icon, and trekking up to the most easterly point in Australia is great fun for active families. The walk takes about two hours from the car park at Wategos, and there are plenty of breathtaking ocean views to enjoy on the way up. Once you reach the lighthouse, you may be able to spot a stingray, turtle or dolphin, or, during the winter months, you could catch a glimpse of a humpback whale. There is also a cafe at the lighthouse serving... Read More

Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk

Get active and help out a great local cause with the Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk! Supporting the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the walk is a fantastic way to see the Byron Bay coastline while raising funds for an essential and important service.

Winding its way along the beautiful Byron coastline from Denning Park in Byron Bay, the walk passes by awe-inspiring coastal scenery, providing the perfect motivation to continue on to the finish line. Consisting of three routes that make... Read More

Fine Dining Byron Style

Just like the beaches, fine dining in Byron Bay is world-class.

The Balcony

The Balcony Bar and Restaurant is an iconic Byron eatery, located on the corner of Lawson and Johnson Street. The balcony overlooks the bustling streets – you could sit for hours watching the colourful Byron characters walk by!

The Balcony serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu features a variety of tapas, oysters, mains and decadent desserts. The wild mushroom, goat’s cheese and thyme arancini balls served with truffle aioli are a must from the tapas menu, and the fillet steak never disappoints. The churros accompanied by hot chocolate sauce are the perfect dessert to share.

As well as an excellent fine... Read More

Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic place to swim, cycle and run.

Swimming in Byron

There’s no better feeling than diving into the crystal clear waters of Byron Bay – it’s no wonder a group of people come together every morning to swim between The Pass and Main Beach. Starting your day with a 1.5km ocean swim is invigorating, and many of the swimmers have been doing it for years.

They meet at 8am each morning at the Surf Club, and trek along the beach until they arrive at The Pass. Then the swim begins.

Less experienced swimmers take this opportunity to challenge themselves – being surrounded by experienced swimmers is much safer than... Read More

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015


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

Always a pleasure - 26 years experience meant a few last minute cancelations and some wet weather didn't dampen the fun of Bluesfest 2015. Plenty of great music, any food you can imagine, interesting market stalls and a couple coffee tents with seating.


British India had no trouble standing in


Melbourne Ska Orchestra enjoying themselves

But, my favourite... Read More

Facebook February 2015

The Byron region is surrounded by natural beauty and has plenty of things going on all the time... which allows all the great local photographers to capture amazing new images daily. We post to our Facebook page about 100 times each month, often sharing the best images we can find. On our page you will notice we give the regions photographers full credit by using the ‘Share Button’ and encourage all our fans to click through and follow the photographers directly.

Here's a sample of images posted / shared to our page in February 2015. If you like these, click through and join us on Facebook : www.facebook.com/byron.bay.nsw.


Image credit... Read More

Music Festivals: Bluesfest, Splendour, Falls Festival

Soak up all the music goodness Byron Bay has to offer and take advantage of the great local and international acts performing in Byron Bay during 2015. Home to some of the country’s best campgrounds and most celebrated coastal backdrops, Byron Bay is home to a handful of the nation’s most iconic music festivals, encompassing a range of different genres.

The 26th Byron Bay Bluesfest Festival runs from April 2 until April 6 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 9 kilometres north of Byron Bay. At the long weekend celebration of Australia’s premier blues and roots festival you’ll find six stages with more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk and... Read More

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