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July School Holidays in Byron Bay

If you’re looking for some school holiday fun in Byron Bay, read on. We’ve compiled a list of attractions and activities to satisfy all ages that will make the July school holidays memorable for the whole family!

The Farm


The Farm is the perfect place to get the kids outdoors and into the fresh winter air these school holidays. Take a look at the fun and educational workshops on offer, including Mini Farmers Program, Farm Kids Bee Workshop and the Farm Kids Beneficial Bugs Workshop.

There is a range of kids workshops on at The Farm from 3 - 19 July.

Circus Arts Byron Bay


The best way to warm up is to get your body moving. Circus Arts in Byron Bay offers an exciting school holiday program that kids will absolutely love.

Circus Arts Byron Bay has school holiday programs running 1 - 20 July.

Whale Watching


The Winter school holidays is the perfect opportunity to go whale spotting with the kids. Come and watch the whales make their way up the east coast as they head for warmer waters up north. The season runs from May through July and September through November. 

There are many ways  to spot whales in Byron Bay, May through November.

Byron Bay Skateboard School


The Byron Bay Skateboard School has been in Byron since 2013, offering professional skateboard lessons for all ages, levels and styles. They have plenty going on over the holidays including day camps and skatepark tours. They also do very cool birthday parties.

The skateboard school offers a skate camp in their warehouse or a skatepark tour.

Brunswick Bush School


A fantastic source of endless fun activities for kids of all ages. From canoeing to the dying the Brunswick Bush School has a wonderful variety of outdoor activities at a very affordable price. Check them out these school holidays.

Brunswick Bush School has a July 2019 Holiday Program (for 6-12 years).

The Crystal Castle


A visit to the Crystal Castle is a relaxing and nourishing experience for the whole family. Slow down in nature as you walk around the magnificent natural surroundings. You can even sit inside a crystal cave! The stunning new “Dragon Egg” cave is available for all visitors to experience, free with your entry fee. 

The Crystal Castle is open 10am - 5pm daily and offer a family ticket option.

Sandology


Learn to carve sand like a pro with sandman Steve. In an unforgettable 1.5 hours you will learn how to make towers, archways, stairs, animals and balls out of just sand and water. Held in front of the Clarkes Beach carpark (cnr Massinger and Lawson streets).

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 4 - 21 July. $25 per person, booking essential.

3 best days spas in Byron

Relax Byron style with a day at the spa. 

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for the best day spa in the region, and the results are in. Here are the top three day spas in Byron (in alphabetical order).

Buddha Gardens Day Spa

For more than ten years, Buddha Gardens Byron Bay Day Spa has been a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Their spa menu features both exotic and traditional treatments, including deep tissue massage, body scrubs and wraps, hot rock massages, couple spa treatments, and an open-air bath. After your treatment, make use of the spa’s stunning garden area, heated plunge pool, and sauna.

The Spa at Byron at Byron

Surrounded by lush rainforest, the spa at the Byron at Byron resort is the perfect place to unwind and replenish your senses. Open to the public, the luxurious spa offers a diverse range of signature treatments, including massages and facials. The Spa at Byron at Byron uses natural ingredients to transport your body and mind and induce a sense of true well-being.

Osprey Spa (at Elements of Byron)

Head to toe experiences which can be enjoyed alone or with a friend or loved one in our double treatment suite. Indulge your senses, melt away tension and reconnect mind and body with one of our therapeutic massage rituals.

Best of Byron

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

Byron on sale - browse some winter specials

There are a range of Byron winter deals on offer, here's a few to inspire you...

Whales migrate north May through August and Byron Bay is an excellent spot for whale watching. Either from land on the beach or up at the lighthouse, or on a whale watching tour.

There are a range of markets in the Byron region each weekend + farmers markets during the week.

Winter temperatures typically reach a high of about 20°C and a low of about 12°C.

Beach House on Armstrong

5 Bedroom holiday house (Sleeps 11 - max. 8 adults) in Suffolk Park, just $1,700 for 7 nights in June.

Guest review "What a fantastic place! A week with the family, including parents AND the in-laws, and we all had a ball. The house is so well laid out that we all had room to spread out and not trip over each other." - Jodie

SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay

Escape the City with a 3 night romantic break & get some bounce back in your step.

Includes 3 nights in a bespoke S/C spa bath cabin or villa with a king bed, great views, serenity, side-by-side 90 minute massage, bottle of sparkling wine & late checkout

Prices for 2 people (n/a festivals/public holidays/school holidays) :-

$1,345 for a 3 night midweek escape

$1,495 for a 3 night weekend escape

Half Moon Cottage

A beautiful, light filled, self contained apartment with kitchen/living area, separate bedroom, bathroom, outdoor garden and courtyard. Located just a 2 min walk from Belongil Beach and 15 min walk from Byron’s town centre. Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to the sounds of birdsong.

Book direct with and receive an extra 10% off the already reduced rate!

Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Enjoy glorious Byron Bay in Winter, warm days and cool nights we have created a package to make the most of this stunning time of year, including a lunch  for two to sample our new Winter menu. From $908.

Package Inclusions: Two night’s accommodation in a Standard Suite, A two course set lunch for two in the restaurant, full breakfast for two daily in The Restaurant.

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

Absolute beachfront in Suffolk Park with a choice of cabins, camping, powered sites and their eco friendly safari style camping tents.

Book online or over phone for specials. Come in Sunday or Monday for midweek special, stay 4 nights, pay for 3. Or stay longer by staying 7 nights, but only paying for 6. 

Stone & Wood’s 2019 Festival of the Stone

FESTIVAL OF THE STONE TO TAKEOVER STONE & WOOD’S NEW BREWERY ON JUNE LONG WEEKEND

As the first-ever event inside the space, Festival of the Stone 2019 will take over Stone & Wood’s new brewery in Byron Bay on Saturday 8 June from 3.00pm til 10.00pm with live bands, food trucks and fresh beer. 

As part of the independent brewery’s biggest annual beer and music festival fundraiser, Stone & Wood is soon to reveal an exciting music line-up, with bands like Kingswood, Polish Club, Last Dinosaurs and Tropical Zombie playing at past events. 

Opened in December 2018 with a greater capacity than the former brewery, the new Stone & Wood brewery and Tasting Room will accommodate the biggest Festival of the Stone to date, with food trucks, their Malt Disney kids’ area and beers pouring from their dedicated beer truck and Troopie, Clyde and Trevor. 

The Music

Melbourne-based songwriter Alex Lahey played an epic gig at last year’s Splendour in the Grass following her triple j Unearthed success, while her album I Love You Like A Brotherlanded on several ‘albums of the year’ lists around the country. Energetic, super fun and with a new album, The Best of Luck Club, under her belt, we’re stoked to welcome Alex to Festival of the Stone!

With her ethereal voice and funky neo-jazz electronica, artist and producer Alice Ivy has supported major international acts including Foster the People, Billie Eilish and Flight Facilities, and has performed at our favourite festivals around the country, including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Her dreamy tracks will set the ultimate backdrop to a starry festival night.

Local favourite soul queen Lisa Hunt – who’s worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Tina Arena and Macy Gray – will also light up the stage with her soaring vocals and funk and soul tracks. Once a closing act for Byron Bay Bluesfest, Lisa makes light work of pulling people onto the floor.

Also on the line-up is the 28-man ‘Russian’ choir from Mullumbimby, Dustyesky, who came together as a group with a love of vodka and Russian folk music, and later became a national Russian news story. Meanwhile, besides a few live DJs, there’ll be rock n’ roll for the young ones with the head-banging Bunny Racket.

Besides the music, we’ll have beer pouring from our beer truck Clyde and Troopie Trevor, food trucks Gunter’s Flammkuchen, Pocket Curries, Spice Pirate BBQ and Zicatela serving up delicious meals and our dedicated kids area Malt Disney complete with entertainment from Spaghetti Circus.
 

A family-friendly community event, last year the Festival raised $17,000 for Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit the inGrained Foundation, which it donated to Northern Rivers-based Big Scrub Landcare. This year, all event profits will again go to the inGrained Foundation for donation to a local charity, yet to be announced. 

General tickets go on sale Thursday 16 May at 9.00am ($45 +BF) through Eventbrite, which includes a tasting of Stone & Wood’s seasonal limited Stone Beer. Ticket sales contribute to the donation amount for the chosen local charity.

For Festival of the Stone news and updates, readers are encouraged to visit www.stoneandwood.com.au and check Stone & Wood’s socials

 

5 best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns

From almond croissants and sausage rolls to a good loaf of crusty sourdough, everybody has a favourite bakery treat.

The Byron Shire is home to a whole host of incredible bakeries serving up classic Australian baked goods right the way through to French pastries. So, we asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite in the region as part of our ongoing Best of Byron series, and the results are in.

Here are the five best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns (in alphabetical order).

Bruns Bakery

Situated in Brunswick Heads, a small holiday village about 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, Bruns Bakery is a much-loved local favourite. Serving up a range of cakes, pies, pastries, and sandwiches – as well as excellent coffee – Bruns Bakery combines old-world charm (the building has housed a bakery since 1950!) with seriously delicious baked goods crafted daily on-site. You can even watch the magic happen by peering into the theatre kitchen.

Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen

A family owned and operated business since 1982, Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen is a true staple. Offering a whole range of classic bakery treats – think scones, old-school slices, and traditional pies – the team behind Hot Bread Kitchen continue to use their own, tried-and-true, original recipes.

L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie

If you’ve ever been to Byron Bay, chances are you’ve walked past the L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie window display, stopping to stare at the colourful, too-pretty-to-eat collection of traditional pastries and cakes. With a delicious range of fruit flans, lemon tarts, strawberry mousse cakes, almond croissants, and more, L'ultime is a slice of France in the heart of Byron Bay.

Scratch Patisserie

In Mullumbimby, a short, scenic 25-minute drive from Byron Bay, you’ll find Scratch Patisserie. Established in 2010, Scratch began by selling specialty cakes, tarts, and fresh pastries at the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby Farmers Markets. Now with a shopfront of their own and a team of traditional bakers and pastry chefs, Scratch continues creating delectable bakery treats all made from scratch.

Suffolk Bakery

The perfect place to grab your morning coffee and a tasty breakfast treat, Suffolk Bakery is a locally owned and operated business serving up fresh, made-on-site baked goods loved by locals and visitors alike. With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating, this gem of a bakery truly has it all. Pop in on a Saturday and enjoy live music performed by local talents.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

2019 Byron and Beyond guides

The 2019 Byron and Beyond guides will help you discover Byron Bay and the surrounding towns. Presented in two magazines, both the 'What's On' and the 'Accommodation Guide' are full of great content as well as local business and event information.

The What’s On – the Visitor Guide is Byron Bay’s official printed guide. The magazine is full of Byron activities, tours and attractions in and around Byron Bay, including some handy maps.

The What’s On Visitor Guide is distributed to over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. 

Alongside the What’s On Visitor Guide, Byron and Beyond publish an Accommodation Guide, which includes information about Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Nimbin and beyond.

On top of the editorial, the Accommodation Guide is full or practical information on transport and food.

The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia. And like the What’s On Guide.

Both the What's On and the Accommodation Guide are available to read online.

Learn more and read these guides at byronandbeyond.com

5 best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay

Celebrate an occasion or kick back and relax with your special someone. Byron Bay is home to countless restaurants and eateries, but which are best for a romantic dinner?

We asked our Facebook fans to share where they wine and dine their loved one in the Byron region, and the results are in.

Here are the top five restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay (in alphabetical order).

The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co.

Perched above the bustling streets of Byron Bay, The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. is a must-visit on any trip to the area. Committed to serving simple, honest food and drink, The Balcony is a perfect place to unwind or celebrate.

Cosy couches, tables for two, and tasty shared treats – not to mention their extensive cocktail menu – make The Balcony one of the best spots for a romantic meal.

Beach Byron Bay

What’s more romantic than panoramic beach views? Beach Byron Bay offers spectacular al fresco dining with a near unbeatable beachside backdrop. Forget eye contact – gaze out on Byron’s Julian Rocks, Clarkes Beach, and The Pass.

The fine-dining menu reflects the coastal landscape. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible. Ideal for breakfast, long lunches, or dinner under the stars, Beach Byron Bay is perfect for a special occasion.

Fig Tree Restaurant

Situated just off the beaten track, about an 11-minute drive from Byron’s township, is the striking Fig Tree Restaurant.

Long famed for its expert use of seasonal local produce – much of which is sourced from the restaurant’s garden – this unique eatery is located in an original farmhouse framed by an old fig tree.

Jonsons Restaurant Bar

Quality, farmers market-sourced ingredients is what allows the chefs at Jonsons Restaurant Bar to produce a delightful array of Italian-inspired dishes and one-of-a-kind drinks.

Choose from one of many charming spaces throughout the restaurant: the side street, plush indoor hub, cosy deck, garden, and bar window.

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar serves up contemporary Spanish tapas dishes perfect to share with that special someone. The innovative, ever-changing menu is inspired by the region’s fresh and flavoursome produce.

Plus, with more than 100, carefully curated bottles of wine, St. Elmo offers one of the finest culinary experiences in their relaxed yet intimate dining room.  

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Byron Bay Supermoon image by Dale Sharpe

DK Photography is Dale Sharpe and Karlie Russell, two Gold Coast-based photographers with a passion for landscapes and astrophotography. On Wednesday, 20 February 2019, Dale captured a spectacular super moon and Cape Byron Lighthouse image. We, like many thousands of other people, shared it on social media. 

Reading through some of the thousands of comments, it’s clear most people thought the image was absolutely fantastic. Others had a particularly keen sense of humour:

A few sceptics were certain the image was a fake or 'photoshopped’ – it's NOT! Here's Dale’s story behind the image:

This Supermoon image has been a bucket list shot for us for almost 6 years now & every single year the conditions haven't lined up for us, but not today!  

Many years ago our Nikon Rep once asked us "What bucket list image can we help you achieve?". Without hesitation, this was it. When we woke up feeling a lot better this morning after a nasty virus had us both sick in bed all week & we saw the clouds were clear & the moon rose right on blue hour, we gave them a call & we were given a 600mm (a $10k lens), the perfect focal range to capture this shot with our D850.

But when we arrived in Byron we realised we had very few places to shoot from. We used PhotoPills (an app) to calculate the correct alignment & elevation & realised there was only one place & it was on a farm approximately 5km from the lighthouse. What we weren't expecting is the property owner to be a famous Australian musician. 

Much to our surprise we were given permission to shoot from their property (thank you again) & after some hairy moments at sunset when the moon didn't align centre with the lighthouse & we had to run 50-100m to quickly capture the frame, we finally got it! The moment lasted seconds & while it's not perfect, we were so happy to finally capture it.

A big thanks to Nikon & Chris Dalton as well as help from legend photographers Ted Grambeau Photography & Scott Belzner Photography-sb4photos.com for helping make this dream become a reality for us.

And, here’s a short behind-the-scenes video:

We might be biased, but Byron Bay is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. We love seeing how different artists capture the region. Thanks again to DK Photography for sharing this spectacular photo – it’s one we won’t forget in a hurry. 

You can learn more and get in touch with Dale via www.dk-photography.com.au.
 

Stone & Wood opens new Byron Bay brewery to summer crowds

Since opening in mid-December, Stone & Wood’s brewery has served over 12,000 beer paddles to thirsty Northern Rivers locals and Byron Bay visitors alike.

Visitors can now enjoy beer tastings, brewery tours and a bite to eat at the brewery’s recently opened, new brewery in the Arts & Industrial estate. 

After 12 months of construction, the local independent brewery has opened its brewery doors to welcome patrons to the 1,160-metre-squared brewery complete with 31 brewing tanks, a canteen, tasting room and plenty of space to hang out, catch up and enjoy a tasting paddle. 

Tasting room manager Cale Watts said the new space is for people to experience Stone & Wood’s spiritual home. 

“The purpose-built brewery brings everything back under one roof – the brewery, tasting room and office space for our team”, Mr Watts said. “We want people to feel like they can drop in, slow down and relax over a beer, and be a part of it all. Whether it’s for a tour, a tasting or a bite to eat, it is an inclusive, family friendly space dedicated to beer education.”

Besides hopping on one of the three daily tours, visitors can taste Stone & Wood’s core range of ‘year-round’ beers, a rotating range of experimental Pilot Batch beers and limited one-off beers from Stone & Wood’s Counter Culture range, launching mid-March. 

Over the past five years, Stone & Wood has raised over $750,000 through its Community Program. With a dollar from each paddle now additionally going to their not-for-profit inGrained Foundation, they’re excited by the potential of what these funds can do for their community. 

The new brewery’s opening lined up with Stone & Wood’s 10-year anniversary, for which they launched their flagship beer, Pacific Ale, in cans for the first time. Additionally, once the office spaces are complete in March, the building will bring together employees from all different departments – from brewing and tours, to finance and marketing – under the one roof.  

The Stone & Wood Tasting Room team welcome locals and visitors to the Byron Bay brewery at 100 Centennial Circuit between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 12.00pm to 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information or to book a brewery tour, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au
 

Most popular social media posts of 2018

We're pretty active across social media, we like posting and sharing a wide variety of images in order to best showcase the Byron region. Looking back over 2018, here are some of our most popular posts. Be sure an follow byronbay.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest

The World Naked Bike Ride day in Byron Bay

The World Naked Bike Ride is both popular AND popular to share on social, our 2018 post was huge, the 2019 details are available now.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls are located a little outside of Byron, but a popular waterfall to visit and always popular on our social media.

Jared Hues Lunar Eclipse over Cape Byron Lighthouse

This was very popular when we re-posted it in July.

Sunset Surf video by ali_byron2481

Alison posts sunrise photos of Byron Bay most days, this sunset clip was v.popular when we shared it in November.

Bluesfest Sunset

All the great Byron festivals generate plenty of popular social posts, but the rays in this sunset image made it a little more popular than most.

Sean O'Shea encountered Migaloo the white whale off the coast of Byron Bay

Sean captures so many great images of Byron's coastal wildlife and landscapes, but his photos of Migaloo truely went viral in July and August.

Welcome to Byron Bay

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out... always popular across social media.

Photography Byron Bay - Sera J. Wright

Sera is a local photographer that's immensely popular on social media, our followers lover it every time we share one of her images. 

Crystal clear lagoon at Wategos Beach

Saxon Kent is a young, local creative, aerial photographer who has a knack of capturing another view of Byron with his drone. Everything he posts is popular.

 

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