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Take 3 for the Sea Byron

Every year Byron’s stunning natural beauty draws over 2 million visitors.

We love to share our beautiful region with friends and fans from all over the world, but paradoxically, this annual influx of nature lovers has the potential to create a devastating impact on the very environment they’ve travelled so far to enjoy.

Want to get involved and do something good for Byron Shire and the planet?

Here’s how you do it, It’s seriously simple...

Just Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave a Byron beach, waterway or nature spot and you’ve done it.

Who knew making a difference was that simple!

Be sure to:

take a picture of your haul and post it to Instagram;

tag @take3forthesea_byron;

include the hashtag #Take3forByron

so we can all see the impact we’re having.

From time to time they’ll be prize promotions to make saving the planet even sweeter.

Check the details of current and upcoming promotions.

Take 3 for Byron is a joint initiative between Byron Shire Council and Take 3 for the Sea.

Stone & Wood beer fans invited to exclusive brewery-to-door Beer Club

Those seeking guaranteed access to Stone & Wood’s limited releases, exclusive merchandise and special offers have been invited to join the Stone & Wood Beer Club, a community of beer fans who’ll receive monthly members-only video content and specials and beer packages direct to their door every two months. 

Guaranteeing members early and exclusive access to seasonal and limited releases including Counter Culture and the annual Stone Beer, the Stone & Wood Beer Club will also ensure drinkers who have trouble accessing these beers can enjoy consistent and timely beer deliveries, often before the rest of the country. 

The bi-monthly packs will feature variations of Stone & Wood’s limited-release beers, members-only merch, Stone & Wood event ticket deals and other exclusive offers. 

Membership of $15 per month can be purchased on a rolling basis or as a six-month membership as the perfect beery gift for someone else. 

 

 

New members who sign up before Tuesday 10 December will also go into the running to win a Stone & Wood Brew Experience for themselves and a friend, plus will receive their club welcome pack before Christmas Day

For more information or to join the Stone & Wood Beer Club, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au/beer-club

The 12th Annual Mullum Music Festival

2019 Mullum Music Festival, 14 Venues, over 80 Artists and a whole town full of music, arts and love... Throughout the township of Mullumbimby, NSW.

Stamp your musical passport at Mullum Music Festival this year with bands and musicians from Chile, South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands playing alongside a power packed local and national line up. Now in its 12th year, Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. 

Plus street parade, workshops, community program, sculpture walk and more...

You can stamp your musical passport at Mullum Music Festival this year with bands and musicians from Chile, South Africa, US, UK, Ethiopia, Canada, and the Solomon Islands playing alongside a power packed local and national line up. Now in its 12th year, Mullum Music Festival’s defining characteristic is its ability to offer a genre diverse line up for a multitude of music lovers. This is an inclusive festival for everyone from 2 to 82.

Plus workshops, community program, sculpture walk and more...

14-17 November. Full detail, lineup, playing schedule and tickets available at www.mullummusicfestival.com.

Belongil Beach luxury holiday homes

For families wanting a luxury beachside home for their holiday, Belongil Beach offers some unique properties and is located just a 5 minute drive, or 15 minute beach walk, into the centre of Byron Bay.

Here's some inspiration to help you plan your (large, extended or combined) family holiday.

To help with some family meals, Dinner is Served Can supply everything you need, from breakfast packs, delicious dinners, sides and desserts, and more. Browse their extensive menu - they can deliver right to your Belongil Beach holiday rental.

Moonstruck Belongil Beach

This unique, 3 bedroom beach house features huge sun decks plus well cared for lawns and gardens, BBQ facilities, all capturing the 180° panorama of the beach, coastline, lighthouse and hinterland mountains. Plus the sand is literally 3 metres away via a private access.

Byron Moon

A beautiful, architecturally designed, 5 bedroom (sleeps up to 12), luxurious home located steps away from the picturesque white sand Belongil Beach. A spacious, light filled, with a modern beachy feel it provides you with all the comforts you will need for a relaxing holiday.

Bluewater House

A two level, four bedroom beach house that has been designed to offer you everything you may need to make your holiday perfect. You can cool off in the heated pool or head to the beach across the road. Perfect for a family or group getaway.

Beach Box Belongil

A 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom Byron Bay holiday home situated in the Belongil Beach district. This holiday rental features unique luxury-industrial interiors, a large rear deck with BBQ, dining setting, fire pit and built-in seating, plus a 9.5m swimming pool.

2019 BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 2019 Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF) came to a spectacular close with the announcement of the winners of the BBFF Best Film Awards.

The event, now in its 13th Year, attracted entries from all over the globe.

BBFF Director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said: 

“Whilst our programme featured a number of the strongest Australian titles to be in the festival circuit of 2019/20, we have decided it is important to bring BBFF back to the roots that independent festivals were born from. It is for this reason our nominees are made from independent films that are not represented here in Australia by local distributors. This allows our awards to support these filmmakers as they continue on the festival circuit and bring more attention to the work they do.”

The winner of both Best Film and Best Documentary was the powerful and enlightening ‘In My Blood It Runs’ which offers a rare and compelling insight into the life of 10-year-old Arrente and Garrawa boy, Dujuan. The audience was moved to laughter, tears and horror as they watched Dujuan navigate his role as both a traditional healer; and child beholden to the Australian education system.

It is an exceptional film.

For more information see: www.inmyblooditruns.com

The Winner of Best Dramatic Feature was taken out by Australian filmmaker Josephine Mackerras who’s debut feature Alice addressed a host of ethically fraught questions around society’s relationship with prostitution.

After writing the film in English, Ms Mackerras decided she didn’t want to wait any longer for funding, or to deal with the restrictions of the Australian Film Industry. 

Ms Mackerras got the script translated into French, shot the majority of it in her own apartment using her own son and first-time actors - who gave an astounding performance - and delivered a finely tuned debut.

Alice previously took out the SXSW Grand Jury Prize.

To watch an interview with Josephine Mackerras click here.

The Winner of Best Experimental Film was ‘Continuum 01 – South in Self Exile’. The visual and sonic essay drew mixed responses from the audience, leaving very few people unmoved. 

Directed and produced by Byron Bay landscape artist Jack Bailey the film was described by some as, “Mesmerising, like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” whereas a vocal minority caused controversy amongst the otherwise appreciative audience. 

Mr Bailey said, “Poignant to my closing statement regarding the mediocracy of a homogenised society. I am glad through untampered natural imagery I was able to evoke such a primal and guttural reaction.”

The locals award for Best Byron Film went to Angus McDonald for Manus.

This short film shows the plight of refugees who have been detained on Manus Island in PNG by the Australian Government for the past six years.

Byron Bay Film Festival Director J'aimee Skippon-Volke said: “The Byron Film category is awarded to a film that encapsulates the spirit of our region and the strength of our local filmmaking talent. Human rights is an important issue to our community and Angus is an artist who uses his gift well in highlighting these issues.”

Brothers Jack and Peter Thompson also received an award honouring them for their work supporting and boosting the Australian Film Industry.

The announcement of the winners was followed by the Australian Premiere of The Cave - Tom Waller’s dramatisation of the rescue of the Wild Boars football team from Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand.

Mr Waller himself was in attendance to introduce the film saying ”I’m really excited to be showing the film to an Australian audience here at the Byron Bay Film Festival. It was a remarkable story of ordinary people, who became heroes.”

And so, after an action-packed week, including films featuring everything from Shakespearean rifts to species extinction and the odd severed hand… the Byron Bay Film Festival draws to a close tomorrow.

People can still catch a number of films tomorrow including Manus, Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You and Yonlu. Plus, the encore screening at Pighouse Flicks of She is the Ocean at 3:30pm.

 
Full list of the winners:

Best Film - In My Blood It Runs, Maya Newell
Best Dramatic Feature Film - Alice, Josephine Mackerras
Best Short Film – Nero, Jan-David Bolt
Best Documentary Film – In My Blood It Runs, Maya Newell
Best Experimental Film - Continuum 01 - South in South Exile, Jack Bailey
Best Surf Film – She is the Ocean, Inessa Blokhina 
Honourable Mention (Surf Film Category) - Pacifico, Andreas Geipel and Christian Gibson
Best Animation – Hurlevent, Frederick Doazan 
Rob Stewart Environmental Film Award - Kifaru, David Hambridge
Best Cinematography – Kofi and Lartey, Sasha Rainbow
Young Australian Filmmaker of The Year – Appetite, Claudia Bailey 
Best Music Documentary - Out Deh – The Youth of Jamaica, Louis Josek
Best Byron Film - MANUS, Angus McDonald
Best Cinematic VR Experience – The Leap – Inside Architect Dorte Mandrup’s Mind
Best Interactive VR Experience – The Holy City, Occupied VR.
Honourable mention (VR Experience) - Gloomy Eyes, Fernando Maldonado, Jorge Teraso
Best Music Video – Pub Talk, Jake Taylor
Best Screenplay – Fear Sum, James Mayon 
The winner of the Best Screenplay Award, James Mayon, will walk away with a $1500 cash prize.

The winning films really epitomised the essence of the Byron Bay Film Festival. We exist so important films like this can be seen and filmmakers can continue to do their inspiring work.
 

Crystalbrook Collection officially welcomes Byron at Byron to the family

Byron at Byron has officially joined Crystalbrook Collection’s expanding portfolio of five-star east-coast hotels, cementing the group’s position as one of Australia’s leading sustainable and innovative independent hospitality companies.

The much-loved resort will now trade as Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort. The resort’s new owners will meet with 200 local businesses early next month as a sign of their intent to continue using local suppliers and sourcing 80% of products within three hours of Byron Bay.

Over the coming months Crystalbrook Collection will focus on the resort’s sustainability efforts. This includes removing all plastic water bottles, which are to be replaced with biodegradable cardboard containers and introducing pump pack bathroom amenity bottles, wooden keys and in-room i-Pads to replace printed materials.

Crystalbrook Collection has exciting plans to enhance the resort in 2020 while retaining the magical spirit and atmosphere that loyal guests have come to respect and admire. The group will continue to celebrate Byron’s unique personality and warm hospitality with a gradual series of soft refurbishment works to the suites and common areas with minimal impact on guests.

The beachfront resort, regularly named in Australia’s top 10 best luxury resorts, is nestled in 45-acres of subtropical rainforest, just a short drive from the iconic town of Byron Bay in New South Wales. Featuring 92 stylish suites, an infinity pool, day spa, tennis court and restaurant, Byron at Byron provides guests with all the creature comforts they desire in an idyllic Australian destination.

Crystalbrook Collection owner, Ghassan Aboud said: “The acquisition of this beautiful resort felt like a natural marriage. Its ethos sits hand in hand with the core values of Crystalbrook Collection. We are at first and foremost an Australian brand, aimed at providing a sense of home to both tourists and locals alike.”

Committed to responsible luxury, Crystalbrook’s six personality-led hotels draw inspiration from interiors, art, design, music, food and technology to create distinct and tailored experiences for its guests.

Geoff York, Crystalbrook Collection Interim CEO and Group Director, Hotels added: “This is a big moment for the Group as we continue to expand across Australia. Sustainable living is at the forefront of our mind in everything we do and deliver and with the Byron at Byron’s environmental stance and connection to the local community – it’s a natural fit. Byron Bay has always been a  destination close to many Australian’s hearts, therefore we’re honoured that we can have a presence there and lead this property into its second life.”

To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed to investments in excess of $1bn in Australia with 1,100 rooms operating or under development. The Group’s tourism and hospitality enterprises will now operate in Cairns, Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Port Douglas with plans to continue to expand even further.
 

UPDATED: Best coffee in Byron Bay

Looking for the best coffee in Byron Bay? 

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite cafes in Byron’s township, and the results are in. Check out our updated (1 October 2019 - International Coffee Day) list below (in alphabetical order).

Barefoot Roasters

If you take your coffee seriously, head to Barefoot Roasters. Barefoot Roasters specialise in artisan coffee roasting, offering a dynamic range of fresh coffee blends and single-origin coffee for both retail and wholesale customers.

Tucked away in a small laneway in central Byron is the Barefoot Brew Room, where you can sample the best Barefoot’s roasters have to offer.

Bayleaf

Bayleaf has been a favourite spot for coffee in Byron for years. With a bustling atmosphere and hip interior, it’s the perfect spot to escape the heat in summer or cosy up with friends in winter.

Passionate about serving locally sourced, seasonal produce, the team at Bayleaf offer an inventive, ever-changing lunch and breakfast menu alongside their top-notch coffee.

Dip

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, Dip serves up some of the best coffees in town. Using local, organic coffee beans, the skilled baristas at Dip help locals and visitors alike take on the day – even if that means lying on the beach!

The outdoor seats are the ideal place to people-watch as you enjoy your cuppa – you’ll want to sit there for hours.

Espressohead

For more than 15 years, Espressohead has been a local favourite.

Situated across from the courthouse, this tried-and-true cafe and eatery serves up impeccable coffee alongside creative meals. Locally sourced ingredients are always used where possible.

Folk Byron Bay

Soak up the lush garden atmosphere with a fantastic cup of coffee in hand at Folk Byron Bay.

The passionate team behind Folk are committed to quality and community. They serve a delectable range of made-in-house treats, as well as a variety of vegetarian and plant-based meals.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best brunch, burgers, breakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners in Byron Bay and surrounds – according to you.

Byron Bay Film Festival Announces Official Programme, Oct 18-27 2019

13th Byron Bay International Film Festival announces its final selection of 150+ dream-inspiring films from home and abroad.

The 13th Byron Bay International Film Festival, October 18-27, Australia’s independent showcase for cutting-edge films, documentaries and VR experiences, today announced its official programme selection for 2019 to screen across 10 days in a diverse set of venues in Byron Shire and the Tweed.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Cave, a dramatised account of the rescue of the football team trapped underground in Thailand last year, with the factual force of a documentary. Chosen as our Closing Night film, with a special appearance from director Tom Waller at the Festival.  

Around The World, a documentary following Freestyle Footballers from all corners of the world. A window into one of the newest sports in the world, its participants and rapidly growing fanbase. It captures freestyle football as a means to connect people with those around them, finding common joy across cultures without a need for shared language, only a shared love of sport.

Gloomy Eyes is a VR film narrated by Collin Farrell, set at a time when the sun, tired of the humans, decides to never rise again. Australian premiere.

In My Blood It Runs is a quietly powerful Australian film, an up-close study of a gifted, questioning10 year old Aboriginal boy, Dujuan Hoosan, who struggles to fit into the white system and keeps getting into trouble.

A Son of Man. Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film, featuring the real life characters, unscripted and shot purely by drone in the Amazon jungle. Stunning and surreal reality cinema.

Honeyland, the most awarded film in Sundance. Two worlds collide in this dramatic documentary, focusing on the last female beekeeper, whose way of life is disrupted by a new family who adopt beekeeping and yield to market forces. An intimate story highlight our era’s attitude towards the environment.

Out Deh – The Youth of Jamaica portrays the daily struggles of three young Jamaicans searching for a way to create bright futures for themselves. Featuring Shama, a Jamaican pro surfer and Bakersteez, a big name in Jamaican rap.

Live Baby Live sees iconic band INXS’s legendary 1991 Wembley Stadium tour restored. A special screening on the last Saturday of the festival will take the audience back in time to relive rock n roll at its finest.

Click here to see full program

The 22 documentaries, 17 dramatic features, 20 music videos, 78 shorts, 10 films by young Australian filmmakers and a mind-blowing range of over 15 Virtual Reality experiences were chosen from more than 1000 films submitted from all over the world.  

BBFF2019 aims to reflect the ethos and interests of the people of Byron and the Northern Rivers – the environment, surfing, music, art, alternative lifestyles and social and spiritual awareness.

Several works by local filmmakers combine these subjects and ideas – Pacifico, Nordurland, relate the experiences of Australians seeking to shake up their workaday lives by venturing into far-flung regions. Their experiences expand their views of the world.

Films from Tibet, Syria, Jamaica and Ukraine also broaden horizons and sometimes ask uncomfortable questions.

The wild coastal landscapes of Mexico and South America, from the mountains of Chile to the teeming Ecuadorian provide the stunning backdrops to a number of films and one mind-blowing VR experience, while Cuba is a background “performer” in the account of one of its most well-loved sons, Eliades Ochoa formerly the guitarist with the Buena Vista Social Club (Eliades Ochoa, From Cuba to the World) and of another, the dance genius Carlos Acosta in Yuli – a “vibrantly executed and performed piece bound to garner international prestige” (Screen Daily). 
 
Macedonia’s harsh mountain regions, the Kenyan savannah, and the Indian rainforests enhance the stories of a traditional beekeeper (Honeyland), the last male northern white rhino (Kifaru) and fungi in all their infinite variety (Planet Fungi). Byron artist Jack Bailey’s Continuum 01 – South in Self Exile is a mesmerising wordless time-lapse study of elemental nature; another – Poppy Walker – uses drone technology to show us Death Valley, and how a Broadway ballerina realised her dream there (Dust Devil).  
 
Other remarkable individuals intimately portrayed range from the much-loved cartoonist, artist, poet and philosopher Michael Leunig in The Leunig Fragments to newly literate and endearing Korean grannies finding poetry all around them in Granny Poetry Club which “unearths a very unique struggle, a never-before-seen spectacle” (Make the switchAU). 
 
The dramas provide opportunities for even closer examination of the human condition, including two made by Australian women telling stylish, entertaining stories of their oppressed sisters seizing back social and sexual autonomy (Alice – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW – and what Variety described as the bracingly original Judy and Punch).

Elsewhere a girl takes action to improve her family members’ lives (H is for Happiness) and women pursue their passion for the ocean (She Is the Ocean), or skewer zombies with cool courage (Little Monsters). 

Opening Night’s Measure for Measure, owned by a masterful Hugo Weaving as a Melbourne crime boss, is also full of drama, and will provide a high-energy start to the Festival’s 10 days. 

Energy – stimulation – is guaranteed by BBFF’s offering of Australia’s most comprehensive virtual and augmented reality experiences, and a programme of workshops, panels, parties and networking opportunities unparalleled in regional Australia. 

The Festival is a 10-day extravaganza of entertainment, learning and fun. It’s Byron Bay’s most far-reaching, diverse and glamorous cultural event – and everyone is invited.  
 
The 13th Byron Bay Film Festival runs from October 18-27 at the Palace Cinema, the Byron Community Centre, Pighouse Flicks and venues in Brunswick Heads and Murwillumbah.  Further details about films are available at bbff.com.au or on facebook.

Tickets for BBFF2019 – including 6, 10 or 20-ticket flexi-passes, as well as Gift Vouchers for between one and five films – can be booked online at bbff.com.au       
 

Espresso Cocktail Festival at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Espresso Festival is back and we are losing our beans with excitement! Come and get edgy at The Balcony, celebrating all things espresso for the first two weeks of October. 

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co will be shaking $12 Espresso Martini’s all day everyday and have a specialty espresso inspired cocktail menu available for all those keen to Espresso Yo’self!

Do you prefer your coffee in a martini glass? Well then get down here and brew it up with us on our Balcony.

1 - 15 October
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
Cnr Jonson & Lawson Street Byron Bay

 

MORNING MOONSHINE
coffee infused bulleit bourbon, orange infused raw sugar syrup, cold brew coffee ice cube

IRISH AIRHEAD
jameson, demerara syrup, orange bitters, coffee, baileys foam

CAPTAIN MARSHMALLOW
marshmallow infused bam bam rum, butterscotch liqueur, coffee & cinnamon syrup

HONEYPOT FIZZ
vanilla infused vodka, carters coffee liqueur, honey syrup, cold brew coffee, honeycomb gelato

COCONUT CAPPUCCINO
coconut fat-washes vodka, licor 43, coconut sorbet, vanilla syrup, cold brew coffee, aquafaba

BLACK SWAN
grey goose vodka cold drip infused with rwandan single origin coffee, served as a martini with a lemon foam

NEW, one-day immersive Stone & Wood Brew Experience

There those who enjoy a good beer – and then there are those who want to dive head-first into beer education, history and brewing. It’s no surprise that many Stone & Wood drinkers sit within this second category!

Great news for you guys: you now have the opportunity to get your hands dirty behind the scenes at the Stone & Wood brewery in Byron Bay!

The Stone & Wood Brew Experience is an all-day immersion that invites those seeking a deeper understanding of beer and the brewing industry to an all-inclusive day of brewing a Stone & Wood all-year or one of our Pilot Batch beers.

With groups limited to four pax and guided by two Stone & Wood crew members, participants also enjoy a brewery tour, Cicerone-guided sensory training, tastings poured straight from the tank and casual information sessions on our story and approach to conscious business.

Besides the hands-on brewing activities, packages include transfer from Byron Bay CBD, breakfast, lunch at the brewery’s canteen, beers throughout the day and a pub crawl through Byron town, plus an exclusive merch pack when you finish up.

Priced at $350 per person, the Stone & Wood Brew Experience runs every fortnight.

Further detail + bookings via the website www.stoneandwood.com.au/spend-the-day-as-a-stone-wood-brewer/

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