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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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2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest Review

Fun music, enthusiastic fans, a variety of food and an all-round great festival vibe - another... read more

Byron Open Mic Nights

Check out some local talent or show off your skills at one of the many open mic nights Tuesdays,... read more

World’s Largest Crystals Move To Byron

This week Byron will become the permanent home of the two largest crystals in the world, a towering... 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... read more
Golfing in Byron Bay and Surrounds

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-... read more
7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay has plenty on offer to keep you entertained throughout the... read more

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is back again in 2017, taking place at the Elements of... 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
PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for

PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for

Exciting new cookbook from Byron Bay's, vegan chef extraordinaire, Anthea Amore! Celebrating... 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
Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great... read more

New Gallery Celebrates Byron’s Natural Beauty

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

Mothers Day in Byron Bay 2017

Celebrate Mothers Day 2017 in Byron Bay. There are a number of special events happening on Sunday,... read more

The Byron Bay Writers Festival

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

First Sun NYD Byron Bay

Presented by the Byron Community Centre, First Sun is an opportunity for you and your family to... 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.

A Day in Bangalow

Located a scenic 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is a historic town with a range of specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. Bangalow’s eclectic spirit and lush-green backdrop make it unlike anywhere else in the Byron Shire.

See in Bangalow

There’s nothing quite like a walk down Byron Street in Bangalow. You could spend hours exploring the one-of-a-kind shops, which boast a range of artisan gifts, clothing, beauty products, toys, and art.

Be sure to make time for a visit to the Zakay Glass Creations Gallery. The gallery showcases striking glass sculptures and light fixtures made from geometric shards of glass. When hit with natural or... Read More

Byron's Agricultural Shows

Each year in November, there are two shows in the Byron Shire: the Bangalow Show, and the Mullumbimby Show. Each offers traditional agricultural events, as well as competitions, rides, and family entertainment.

The Bangalow Show

The Bangalow Show has been a community tradition in the historic town since 1897. More than a century on, the two-day show held annually in November attracts families from the local region and beyond.

Set in the scenic Bangalow Showground, about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, the Bangalow Show plays host to a variety of agricultural... Read More

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available in easy walking distance from the centre of the friendly town where the sparkling turquoise river meets the sea.

Just 20 mins north of Byron Bay, this friendly, chilled-out town is a popular choice for couples and families looking for fun and easy holiday fun. Start your day with breakfast at one of the cafes serving great coffee and fresh local food made with love. Cross Simpson’s Creek on the foot bridge where you can see fish and stingrays in the crystal clear water as you pass. Then take a stroll along the beach with views towards the Byron Lighthouse. Yours can be the first footprints on the long stretch of clean... Read More

Backpacking in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a unique location loved by backpackers from around the world. There are plenty of hostels in Byron for backpackers, all with necessary facilities, great locations, and diverse room options.

Arts Factory Lodge

Love to surf? The Arts Factory hostel is located just 1.5km from The Wreck, a renowned surf break in Byron Bay.

Stay in mixed or single-sex dorm rooms, which include free Wi-Fi and access to shared bathrooms. Some dorms are situated in eclectic teepees or charming cottages, and others include kitchenettes. Private rooms with en suite bathrooms, and campsites are also available.

Hostel guests can use the free shuttle bus to get to town and other Byron sites. But there’s... Read More

Flights Have Never Been Easier

Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta is growing at rapid speed. Now the 5th busiest international airport in the country, it offers over 350 direct flights each week to destinations across the country and around the globe.

From the airport, it’s a quick 45-minute drive south on the Pacific Motorway to Byron Bay, and just 30-minutes to North Byron Parklands. This ideal location, along with fantastic facilities and services, make Gold Coast Airport the perfect place to start your visit to Byron.

Gold Coat Airport, has been operating since 1936, when it was an emergency landing strip. Since then, it has transformed into a bustling international airport,... Read More

5 ways to relax in luxury in Byron Bay and surrounds

Spend a day (or two) in a lap of luxury on the NSW north coast. Immerse yourself in spectacular natural scenery, recharge with a spa treatment, join a yoga or meditation group or just laze by the beach or pool. A premier luxury destination, Byron Bay and the nearby laid-back coastal towns of the northern rivers make the perfect spot for an indulgent stay. You’re bound to leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Get away from it all in a luxury villa or suite

Wake up rested and refreshed in your own little piece of paradise. There are so many superb... Read More

Byron Bay Family (3 bed) Apartments

Larger three bedroom apartments offer families visiting Byron a less expensive option to enjoy the location, space and facilities they want. Here's a quick introduction to five Byron Bay apartments offering three bedroom options.

Byron Lakeside Apartments

You'll pay about $1600 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

Situated just a 10-minute walk from Tallow Beach, Byron Lakeside... Read More

Five to Follow on Instagram

We spend a lot of time on social media, often sharing beautiful images from many of the regions great photographers with our fans and followers. Here's a range of local photographers, who primarily shoot Byron, that you should be following on Instagram.

davidyoungbyron

David is a professional advertising, editorial and fine art photographer living in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/davidyoungbyron.

photography_byron_bay

Sera is a photographer, traveller & adventurer based in Byron Bay. Follow at... Read More

Spring School Holidays in Byron Bay

The September school holidays (19 September to 7 October in VIC, NSW & QLD) are a great time to visit Byron with the family. Spring has settled in, and the warm weather is perfect for outdoor activities. Plus, we’re right in the middle of whale season, so you’re bound to spot a few humpbacks on your trip.

Our Byron Bay school holiday accommodation guide is a great way to find somewhere to stay.

Patrolled Beaches

With temperatures reaching 25 degrees most days, the water is warm and perfect for swimming. Keep in mind that the only beach in Byron Bay that is patrolled through the entire school holidays is Main Beach. The... 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 rainforests and chilled out vibe. There’s plenty to do here, from beach activities to walks, to checking out the local markets and restaurants. There’s also plenty of campgrounds and holiday parks in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Lennox Head, Ballina and Brunswick Heads, many of them located right on the beach or very close to it. Set up camp in this part of the world and you’ll become part of the laid back northern NSW beach lifestyle, with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.

Here are six essential stops to make on your Byron Bay area camping trip, with fantastic homes-away-from-home to match.

1. Walk to the Cape... Read More

Get Pampered in Byron Bay

Whether you're after an indulgent, daylong spa experience, or a quick, rejuvenating treatment, unwind at one of Byron Bay's stunning spas.

Buddha Gardens Byron Bay Day Spa

For over 10 years, locals and tourists alike have escaped to the tropical gardens of the Buddha Gardens Day Spa. With its luxurious natural surroundings and quiet, thoughtful atmosphere, this day spa is dedicated to all things health and beauty.

Restore and revitalise with a range of exotic and traditional spa treatments. From the signature bamboo massage, to the natural rock bath and open air shower, all treatments are carried out within the Balinese-inspired setting.

All treatments include use of the tropical garden area... Read More

Byron Open Mic Nights

Check out some local talent or show off your skills at one of the many open mic nights Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays around Byron. Be sure to check full details with the venue.

Beach Hotel – Tuesdays at 7.30pm

With stunning views over Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is an iconic pub, restaurant, and music venue in Byron Bay. The Beach Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed in the sunlit beer garden or cosy interior.

The pub plays host to live entertainment every night of the week, with Tuesday dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming talent at the open mic night. The Beach Hotel’s open mic night starts every Tuesday at 7.30pm, and goes until late. Visit... Read More

Splendour in the Grass 2015

15th annual Splendour was the biggest yet with 30,000 in attendance... the music was great and diverse, the food choice was fantastic, the markets, bars and art rounded out the total festival experience.

The super headliners always put on a show worth watching, but I tend to have the most fun towards the front with a late afternoon act. My STIG 2015 festival favourite was The Districts.

The food and people watching round out my... Read More

Enjoy the Hinterland with Coco's Cottage

Coco's Cottage is ideally located in the Byron hinterland triangle between Bangalow, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay, Coco's is an 1890's cottage stylishly restored to its former glory. Surrounded by a lush tropical garden with a stunning vista. Surrounding decks enables guests to relax in the hammock, or lounge out on the miners couch. In the cooler months there is a cosy fire going in the cottage 24/7.

The owners, Kevin & Janice Pickles have 30 years experience in hospitality, including having owned three successful restaurants. They are able to offer guests... Read More

7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay has plenty on offer to keep you entertained throughout the cooler months. Whether you’re keen to check out local markets, enjoy the region’s festivals, get closer to nature, or experience the local arts and music scene, there’s something for everyone year-round.

Explore the Cape Byron Walking Track (Year Round)

Follow the 3.7km loop as it winds through lush rainforest and across the dramatic clifftops of Cape Byron. You’ll need about 2 hours to complete the walk, but the scenery is so stunning, before you know it you’ll have arrived at Cape Byron... Read More

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