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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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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

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
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

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

Visit Byron on Instagram

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

Explore 2 Nearby Waterfalls

Adventure to the stunning Killen Falls, take a drive through the hinterland’s rolling hills,... read more

2017 Byron Spirit Festival

The 2017 Byron Spirit Festival, Custodians of Culture. 31 Mar - 2 Apr 2017. Mullumbimby. The Byron... read more

The Mullum Uke Club

Held upstairs at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, the Mullum Uke Club sees enthusiasts from around... read more
Byron Bay Local Media

Byron Bay Local Media

Byron Bay's traditional media reflects the unique character and positive spirit of the Byron Shire... read more

Evan Malcolm's environmental film 'Lapse of Reason'

Byron Bay based photographer and filmmaker receives International recognition at The Timelapse Film... 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
Gold Coast Airport Project LIFT

Gold Coast Airport Project LIFT

For the first time since opening in 1939, the Gold Coast Airport welcomed over 6 million passengers... read more

The Byron Arts Classic

The Byron Arts Classic is an exciting community event held annually around Easter time that... read more
5 Romantic Guesthouses in Byron

5 Romantic Guesthouses in Byron

Beautiful Byron Bay is the perfect getaway destination for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or a... read more

2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest Review

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

Pre-flight

Ballooning requires cool stable winds an early morning pickup is arranged for 5:25am sharp. The bonus of this early hour is we will see the sunrise. Our driver lets us know that it is going to be a 10 minute drive to Tyagarah air field where we will meet the rest of our group, receive our instructions and then drive to the morning's takeoff location. Takeoff can be from a number of locations dependent on the day’s winds.

Thomas, our pilot, welcomes the group and gives us a full safety brief including our landing instructions. It seems everyone is marking a celebration with a ballooning experience; a married couple’s wedding anniversary present, a 60th birthday and son, another couple... Read More

PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for

Exciting new cookbook from Byron Bay's, vegan chef extraordinaire, Anthea Amore!

Celebrating Healthy Vegan Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Cooking... Anthea Amore Releases her New Cookbook, PASSION: organic vegan recipes to live for.

Byron Bay's much loved gourmet vegan chef releases her first cookbook, after many years of creating deliciously tantalising recipes for her catering clients.



In this 216 page full colour cookbook, you will find more than just recipes. Anthea shares her philosophy around organic healthy cooking and eating including the chapter on 'Ethics of our food choices' which explores 'Going organic', 'Veganism & the... Read More

Byron Bay Film Festival

The 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival 6-15 March

The largest film festival in Australia, is a 10-day festival held annually in March. With over 220 cutting-edge films from over 35 countries, the festival celebrates and supports independent film talent from the local community and abroad.



Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke said, “Today, we’re living in a download culture. This year we're asking film lovers to 'ditch the downloads' and celebrate the unique experience a collective, shared viewing experience creates. 'Magic Happens in the Dark' is a call to leave the comfort of the couch and dive deep into all that the festival has to offer.

Located in the... Read More

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens - a Faraway Magical Place in Byron’s Hinterland

Ranked Mullumbimby’s #1 tourist attraction on TripAdvisor, Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens offers a cornucopia of delightful, feelgood experiences. Owners and founders, Naren and Sono King are committed to providing an ethical, sustainable tourism attraction and that commitment is evident in every detail of this unique attraction including their staff.

Set 7km, out of Mullumbimby, these private botanical gardens are filled with extraordinary crystals, sub-tropical plant life and wait for it…. Australia’s first Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra World Peace Stupa!



What’s New? – An intriguing new daily... Read More

2014 Sample Food Festival

2014 Sample Food Festival will take place from 8:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 13 September 2014, at the Bangalow Showground. Featuring food from local restaurants, local produce and farmers market stalls, plus entertainment, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Entry is free.

The fourth annual Sample Food Festival is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. The one-day event, held at Bangalow Showground, attracts over 10,000 visitors from all over the country. It is the premier food event in Northern with are over 200 exhibitors to browse and taste as... Read More

Byron Bay Writers Festival launches 2014 Program

"If there’s a story to be told and if the story has some validity, some resonance, then you don’t keep it to yourself."
From Stories We Tell by Canadian Film Director Sarah Polley

The Byron Bay Writers Festival proudly opens the pages of the 18th edition of this major literary event showcasing a cavalcade of more than 130 writers, thinkers and creative spirits and a world of ideas over three action-packed days.

Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the 2014 Program is designed to challenge, provoke, connect and inspire.

'We've created a stimulating program featuring a strong core of powerful Australian... Read More

Burlesque Festival in Byron Bay

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2014 is coming to Byron Bay June 12!

The ‘ABF Tour Showcase’ will be held at the Byron Community Centre, offering a night of glamorous Bump n’ Grind tease and vintage cabaret. Local and international burlesque performers will take the stage at the Byron Theatre, tantalizing the senses with their unique mixture of traditional entertainment and neo-burlesque.

The Australian Burlesque Festival has become internationally renowned for its incredibly talented performers, and eclectic burlesque shows since it began in 2010. The festival brings together a unique blend of the best Australian performers and burlesque icons from around the world.

Doors open 7pm, show begins 8pm
Tickets :... Read More

Splendour in the Grass 2014

2014 Splendour In The Grass Lineup: Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, ChVrches, Darkside and Parquet Courts, Lily Allen, Vance Joy, Angus & Julia Stone, Rufus, Foster the People, London Grammar, Kelis, City and Colour, Spiderbait, the 1975, Hoodoo Gurus, 360, Metronomy, Ball Park Music, the Jezabels and loads more.

See Splendour in the Grass 2014 lineup for the complete line-up as at 23rd April 2014.

Splendour In The Grass 2014

Visit http://splendourinthegrass.com/ for more info.

Splendour in the Grass 2014 Lineup Announced

The 2014 Splendour In The Grass Festival will feature performances from Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, ChVrches, Darkside and Parquet Courts. The lineup also includes Lily Allen, Vance Joy, Angus & Julia Stone, Rufus, Foster the People, London Grammar, Kelis, City and Colour, Spiderbait, the 1975, Hoodoo Gurus, 360, Metronomy, Ball Park Music, the Jezabels and loads more.

Full Lineup for the 2014 Splendour In The Grass:

  • Outkast (Only Aus Show)
  • Two Door Cinema Club (Only Aus Show)
  • Lily Allen
  • Interpol (Only Aus Show)
  • Foster The People
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • City And Colour
  • London Grammar
  • Vance Joy
  • Darkside (Only Aus Show)
  • RÜFÜS
  • Ben Howard
  • ... Read More

Byron Bay Bluesfest

17 - 21 April 2014
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 9kms North of Byron Bay

25th annual blues & roots music festival, with over 200 performances across 7 stages, is less than two weeks away! Hope to see you there.

If you are still looking for a place to stay, visit our Bluesfest Accommodation Guide.

For the latest news, including the playing schedule, visit www.bluesfest.com.au

Byron Bay Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke rolls out the red carpet for the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival, 28 February – 9 March 2014.

Festival on 28 February – 9 March 2014
Free Full Moon beachside screening 14 February 2014
Learn More at www.bbff.com.au

After 12 months scouring the globe for eye-opening, invigorating and cutting-edge films, the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF 2014) is once again preparing for thousands of film lovers, directors, producers, actors and other creative spirits from around the world to descend... Read More

Soul Street, Byron Bay NYE

A family friendly new years eve community event with entertainment in Railway Park & Jonson St between 2pm & 10pm.

New Years Eve in Byron Bay this year will be a family friendly event! Bring the kids out from 2pm til 10pm and venture through Jonson St which will be full of artisan stalls, food stalls, craft activities, face painter’s, numerous local bands and acts in Railway Park, buskers, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, amusement rides and children’s activities galore.

Come down to the heart of Byron and celebrate with us the talent we have in this region as it fills Jonson St between 2pm -10pm on New Years Eve. This will be an alcohol free event to help keep our streets safe, family... Read More

Kirra Kite Festival

THE SKIES THE LIMIT FOR MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Kirra Kite Festival 14–17 November 2013

This years festival includes a showcase of nationally acclaimed eateries, musicians, street performers, film and kite flyers.

Soaring to even greater heights for 2013—Kirra Kite Festival 14-17 November.

Byron Latin Fiesta

1–3 November 2013

8th Annual BYRON LATIN FIESTA, A weekend feast of Latin music & dance!

4 Nights of Parties & 2 Days of Latin Dance Workshops. International, National & National Latin Dance Artists, Live Bands, Latin DJS & Performances! All this & more plus the gorgeous beaches of Byron Bay.

For further information visit www.byronlatinfiesta.com.au or phone 0413 146 889

BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL

October 25 - 27, 2013

A 3-Day Fusion of Surf Culture Now... a unique intersection between surf, art, music, film and the local Byron Bay community lifestyle.

This years festival is blossoming to its byronesque best, flowering a newly renovated program that's stacked, packed and budding with cool. Learn more, visit; www.byronbaysurffestival.com.

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