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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 Association (they also run the Bangalow Farmers’ Market), who work with local farmers to ensure the produce is priced correctly.

The Byron Bay Farmers Market is a well-loved weekly event in Byron Bay, so come along for food, coffee, fresh produce, and a lively atmosphere. For further information visit www.byronfarmersmarket.com.au

Bangalow Farmers Market

With the success of the Byron Farmers Market, the Byron Farmers Market Association decided to host a second farmers market in the historic town of Bangalow. Located just 15 minutes southwest of Byron Bay, the Bangalow Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday between 8am and 11am in the Bangalow Hotel carpark in the centre of town.

The Bangalow Farmers Market is smaller than others in the area, but you’ll have no problem purchasing everything you’ll need for the week, from organic fruits and farm fresh veggies, to homemade preserves and rustic bread.

You can also grab a cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry, or take a walk through town. For further information visit www.byronfarmersmarket.com.au

New Brighton Farmers Market

The New Brighton Farmers Market is held each Tuesday, whatever the weather, from 8am until 11am. Located at the New Brighton Oval, the market is a short 20-minute drive north from Byron Bay.

The New Brighton Farmers Market is organised by a team of volunteers who encourage residents to support local farmers by purchasing local produce. The produce is fresh straight from the farm, so does not travel nearly as far as conventional supermarket fruits and veggies.

As well as organic fresh produce, you can pick up locally and ethically farmed meat, fresh nuts, home baked goods, olives, free-range eggs, and dairy products. Come early for a hot breakfast, delicious coffee, and live music. Plus, on the first market of the month, a market hamper is raffled to one lucky winner – just make sure you’re there to claim your prize! For further information visit www.newbrightonfarmersmarket.org.au

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

Rain or shine, the Mullumbimby Farmers Market is held at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds on Main Arm Road every Friday between 7am and 11am. The market features an exotic range of fresh produce, and well as a tantalizing variety of breakfast options, and live music entertainment.

The Mullum Farmers Market is a vital part of the unique Mullum community. The 50 plus stalls, 13 of which are certified organic, are all owned and run by local farmers, bakers, and foodies. Don’t miss the wood fired artisan break, sweet local honey, and sustainable local meats.

The Mullumbimby Farmers Market is an excellent way to experience the spirit of Mullumbimby, and is positioned about a 20 minute drive from Byron Bay. For further information visit www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au

 

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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, music and plenty of space for the kids to run around. The Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market is a fantastic way to begin your weekend. 

Now that you’ve got your local groceries, it’s time to check out the local arts and crafts at the Mullumbimby Museum Market, held on the third Saturday of each month.

Set among the huge trees in Summers Park, the Mullum Markets are one of the best in the region. Held on the third Saturday each month, with an exciting range of hot food and coffee, come early in the morning and stay for lunch. The markets are open at 9am, and wrap up around 2pm. 

Activities

There’s plenty to do in Mullum for both kids and adults.

On a hot summer’s day, head to the Mullumbimby Petria Thomas Swimming Pool. The pool is Olympic size, and there are two smaller pools for little kids. The pool is surrounded by luscious trees, and has a great kiosk selling ice creams, coffee, hot chips and more.

The pool is open between September 1 and April 30.

Alternatively, check out the fantastic Mullum skate park, which is one of the largest in the area. The skate park is located at the sports fields beside the cricket field and netball courts. It features a series of interconnecting bowls, a half pipe and a small box grind block.

Just want to relax? No worries. Stroll through town and browse the shops.

Food and Coffee

No weekend out is complete without delicious food and coffee.

Enjoy the small-town atmosphere at the historic Middle Pub. With a large range of beers and classic menu, this country pub exceeds expectations. Sit on the large dining veranda and look over the main square of Mullumbimby. 

Hungry for pizza? Head to Milk and Honey restaurant, located on Station St in town. The menu changes frequently in order to make the most of local, seasonal produce, and their artisan wood-fired cooking technique creates pizzas that are rumoured to be the best in the region. 

For excellent coffee, try out the Rock & Roll Coffee Company. Located on Burringbar St, the cafe serves up some of the best coffee around, along side fresh Asian breakfasts and lunches. The Rock & Roll cafe has an authentically urban atmosphere, great music and super friendly staff. 

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 will likely 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 Cape Byron Lighthouse within the Cape Byron Conservation Area and see if you can spot a pod of whales frolicking out at sea. The expansive panoramic views offered from Australia’s most easterly point, on which the lighthouse sits, make the vantage point a safe bet for spotting the region’s unique aquatic visitors during their migration. 

In addition to the views from the lighthouse, the conservation area also plays host to a number of scenic vantage points that include the Captain Cook lookout, which also overlooks one of the region’s most popular beaches; the Cape Byron walking track, which winds its way along part of the Byron coastline; and several cliffs that offer sublime views.

Outside of Byron Bay, and between the towns of Ballina and Lennox Head, are a number of great whale viewing spots that provide uninterrupted views out to see. Stop by one or a few of the whale watching vantage points which include the viewing platforms at Angel’s Beach and Flat Rock as well as Skennars Head, Flat Rock, Rocky Point, Boulders Beach and the Pat Morton Lookout.

If you’re an early riser, or are looking for a unique whale watching experience to remember, head to one of the great viewing spots around Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head and watch the sun rise while the migrating whales swim and play in the water ahead.

For people interested in getting out on the water for a closer look, there is a choice of whale watching tours in Byron Bay.

 

Start planning where you’ll try your luck at whale watching this year and make the most of the fantastic viewing spots in the Byron Bay region!

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 Byron Headland for over 10 years. The Byron Shire is renowned for its free spirit, and the story of the lone goat mirrors this perfectly.

For further information visit: www.lonegoatgallery.com

Lismore Regional Gallery

The Lismore Regional Gallery, which opened in 1953, is the fifth oldest regional art gallery in New South Wales. The gallery aims to encourage a dialogue with locals and visitors through a diverse series of events and exhibitions.

The gallery works closely with exhibited artists to ensure the accurate representation of the artist’s intentions. Acclaimed artists such as Margaret Olley, Patricia Piccinini and Sam Jinks have been featured in exhibitions curated especially for the gallery.

The Lismore Regional Gallery plays an active role in the Northern Rivers community, by providing opportunities for local artists to tell stories with great significance to the region.

For further information visit: www.lismoregallery.org

The Channon Gallery

Tucked away in the stunning Northern Rivers hinterland is the village of The Channon. The Channon Gallery is a thought-provoking contemporary gallery that specialises in works created by local artists, and national artists in their mid to late careers.

The Channon Gallery celebrates the spectrum of feelings embodied in exhibited artworks, whether that is joy, rage, delight, or sadness. The gallery seeks to encourage self-reflection, and to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.

The ever-evolving Channon Gallery changes exhibition every four to six weeks, which include solo, duo, trio and group shows.

For further information visit: www.thechannongallery.com

The Margaret Olley Art Centre

Located at the Tweed Regional Gallery, the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) is a unique expose of the distinguished artist’s life and work.

The MOAC includes a delightful collection of Olley’s still-life artworks, along with an interactive multi-media activity, a research library, an educational workshop, and a moving recreation of Olley’s Sydney residence.

The recreation of Olley’s home and studio is breath taking, and includes a clutter of over 20,000 objects: bric-a-brac, furniture, rugs, art, and flowers. The famous Yellow Room and Hat Factory are remade with astonishing accuracy. The partial building also includes original architectural features from her home in Paddington, Sydney, including the windows and doors.

This unusual, dynamic exhibition gives an intimate insight into the inspiration behind Olley’s internationally recognised artworks. It’s not to be missed.

For further information visit: www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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 refreshments.

Do keep in mind that the walk is quite steep, and there are stairs. If you’re not able to walk, you can also drive.

Byron Markets

The Byron Bay Community Market is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Butler Street reserve. Take the kids and wander through several acres of market stalls. Kids can make their own candle, have their face painted, and tie-dye their own T-Shirt, and then unwind with some delicious food and live entertainment. The Byron markets are a great day out for families with kids of all ages.

Plan your visit with our Byron Regional Market Schedule

Crystal Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of town and retreat to the tranquil grounds of Crystal Castle. The kids will love the magical atmosphere, as they wander through the rainforest and tropical gardens studded with huge crystals. The ancient labyrinth is great fun, and the ‘Fireheart’ Crystal Dragon Playground, positioned below the Lotus Café, is the perfect place for kids to play while parents relax. With free daily activities and the very special world peace stupa, the Crystal Castle has plenty to offer the young and the old.

For further information, visit www.crystalcastle.com.au

Circus Arts

A trip to Circus Arts Byron Bay is one that will not be forgotten. Suited to kids of all ages, Circus Arts is a huge, fully equipped space located just minutes from town. The space includes an indoor rock climbing wall and a 10m high indoor flying trapeze. Open rain or shine, children can learn to juggle and hula-hoop in a casual class, or have a go at the trapeze and rock-climbing wall. Parents can relax with a cup of coffee at the Big Top Cafe, while kids can enjoy the Play Space and jumping castle.

For further information, visit www.circusarts.com.au

Dolphin Kayak Tour

Kayaking with dolphins in the pristine waters of Byron Bay with your kids is an experience of a lifetime. Surf your kayak, which can hold you and a child, out from Cape Byron, Wategos or the Pass. You’ll have an unbeatable view of the lighthouse, and you may spot dolphins and sea turtles. During the winter months, you may even see a humpback up close!

Further information and online bookings, visit Dolphin Kayak Tour

Drive Around the Hinterland

Tucked among the rolling hills of the Byron Bay Hinterland are gorgeous local villages that are mostly unexplored by Byron’s visitors. Enjoy the small towns’ cafes, restaurants and pubs, which celebrate the best of the regions produce. After lunch, you can head out of town and into the rainforest for a bush walk. See a stunning waterfall up close on the 4km gentle walk to the base of Minyon Falls. Or take a trip to Rocky Creek Damn with a packed picnic (there are picnic and toilet facilities on site). The surrounding Australian flora makes for a stunning backdrop. But be careful! You may end up sharing your meal with the kookaburras.

Macadamia Castle

Macadamia Castle has been one of the most popular kids’ attractions in the area for more than 35 years. Explore the animal park, feed the ducks, dine in the café, and enjoy the huge tree house style playground. There’s also putt putt golf and a miniature train ride.

For further information, visit www.macadamiacastle.com.au

Skateboarding

Have your kids shown interest in skateboarding? Byron Bay Skateboard School has one-on-one and group classes to suit skateboarders of all levels. Creator Flavio Biehl has been skateboarding for over 30 years, and has entered hundreds of comps across around the world. From teaching beginners to balance and build confidence, to challenging more advanced riders with tricks, the Byron Bay Skateboard School provides a fun and supportive learning environment.

For further information, visit www.skateboardschool.com.au

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 swimming alone. And, the current is in your favour; it’ll help push you toward Main Beach.

If you are a more experienced swimmer, challenge yourself by entering the annual Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic. People come from across the country to attend this iconic event, which has been won by numerous Olympians since it began in 1988.

There are two courses to chose from: the Ocean Swim Classic, and the Ky Hurst Mini Swim. The Ocean Swim Classic is 2.2km long, and stretches from Wategos to Main Beach. The entire course is buoyed. The Ky Hurst Mini Swim is for less experienced swimmers and children 9+. The course runs along Clarks Beach and ends at Main Beach.

Learn more at www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au

Cycling in Byron

Byron Bay is a cycling mecca. With the picturesque coastline, breathtaking hinterland, and unique townships, riders in the Byron Bay Cycle Club are spoilt for choice. The Byron Bay Cycle Club is one of the oldest in the country, and it encourages members to take part in both races and social rides.

Riders in the Byron Bay Cycle Club ride both road bikes and mountain bikes. The club facilitates a safe, social environment for experienced and inexperienced riders to reach their full potential.

Learn more at byronbaycycleclub.org.au

Running in Byron

If you love to swim, cycle AND run, the Byron Bay Triathlon is the sporting event for you. Each year on the second weekend of May the event attracts about 1300 people from around Australia and the world.

The course takes competitors on a 1.5km swim through the calm beaches of Byron Bay, then on a 40km cycle through rainforest, bush and farmland, and lastly on a run through the colourful town.

The Run for Mum mothers day fun run and family walk is a great way to get involved if you’re no athlete. Participants walk or run along a 5km loop, beginning at the Surf Club, heading down to The Pass, and then back along the beach.

This world-class triathlon, which marks the end of the QLD/NSW triathlon calendar, is the perfect excuse to come and spend a few days in Byron with friends and family.

Learn more at www.byronbaytri.com.au

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 part of Bluesfest is being blown away by an act. To this day I remember my first Bluesfest back in 1992 (their 3rd I think) and catching Dave Hole's performance - in 2015, my pick is Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones (yes, I saw them twice).


Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

If you were there, I trust you had a blast, if not - there's always next year, see you at 2016 Bluesfest Byron Bay.


See you all in 2016!

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 celebrating a birthday, twins who were gifted the flight for a 'significant' birthday, a solo Japanese female traveller and myself. We drive to a field close to Billinudgel, a small town around 20 minutes north of Byron, and the twins enthusiastically offer to help with inflating the balloon. The mild morning with clear blue skies has everyone talking excitedly.

In flight

An older man required help into the basket and the professional crew assisted graciously and with a minimum of fuss. All aboard and with a signal from Thomas and a blast from the burner, we are gently climbing up and over the tree tops. I can hear gasps of delight from other passengers as we continue drifting and surveying the picturesque landscape. At times we climbed up to 2000 feet giving a vast panoramic view of the ancient volcanic Caldera Range and Mt Warning (Wollumbin) in the distance passing high above the rolling hills, cane fields, rivers and waterways.

Drifting along in a balloon is an incredibly serene experience with an occasional blast from the burners to maintain height. The ride is much smoother than I'd imagined and it is quite surreal floating high in the open air looking down. Sailing through different scenery, we are all constantly in awe as everything has such a different perspective, and moving at approximately 30 km per hour the vista is constantly changing. Another surprise is we don’t feel any wind because we are moving with the wind! Time seems to literally fly and after almost an hour, we are heading for our landing.

Post-flight

Dutifully following our safety instructions, we land seamlessly in a paddock near Tyagarah airfield. I ask Thomas if he has an arrangement with local landowners and his response is 'this is a bottle of French champagne in the letterbox landing'. We help to deflate the balloon and pack it up. As we drive away, one of the twins points out that Thomas wasn’t joking about leaving champagne in the letterbox.

Back at the airfield, over a sumptuous champagne breakfast, it’s a collective warm and glowing debrief. The twins agree that they need to thank their friend who bought their flight, 'an experience is such a great gift' she adds. I can only agree. The finale is the presentation of our certificates. We all go home with a spring in our step feeling pleased with our day’s experience and I am wondering to whom I might gift a balloon flight.

For more information or to book an experience of a life time call 1300 889 660, email info@byronbayballooning.com.au or go to www.byronbayballooning.com.au

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 program offering

Shambhala Gardens Tour (45mins) - a fascinating guided tour of the gardens detailing the incredible journey of the owners. Like everyone who works here, our guide was passionate, informative and entertaining. She lead us on a few guided meditations at different sacred statues. Other highlights include the beautiful koi pond and the Peace Fountain.

Crystal Experience (45 mins) – a brief history of Crystal Castle and of the healing powers of crystals. We learnt how to choose crystals for ourselves and others and why and how to use them for healing.

Music of the Plants (30 mins) – another guided meditation in this beautiful setting that put us in the moment and in the perfect mind frame to enhance the experience. Referencing The Secret Life of Plants and research cnducted by the Damanhur Federation in Italy, our guide used a device that converts a plant’s individual vibration into music. The audience was captivated and the music entrancing. Just prior to this I had the privilege of listening to Squalo Canapa from Damanhur, I am curious and inspired to learn more.

Peace Experience (50 mins) – one of only seven World Peace Stupas and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a visualisation meditation and sacred walk around The Peace Stupa and another unique bliss-inducing experience.



All these experiences are free with the entry charge. There is a range of price structures for entry; family, locals, annual passes.

Plan ahead to get the most from your visit.

  • Check website for times of daily experiences as they may change depending on the season www.crystalcastle.com.au
  • Take sunscreen, hat and water
  • Allow at least three hours for your visit
  • You won’t be disappointed by this unique experience and it is obvious why it has such wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. As my Buddhist cousin would conclude.
    Peace.

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