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The Byron Bay Triathlon

The Byron Bay Triathlon is back, and this year’s event is gearing up to be better than ever. 

Triathlon in Byron Bay is steeped in history and 2019 is its 24th year. The event runs a variety of distances from Olympic to Sprint and attracts around 1,200 competitors from many different countries. 

The Byron Bay Tri is regarded by many as one of the friendliest triathlons on the coast. Competitors in the Olympic distance enjoy a 1.5km ocean swim in the crystal clear, tranquil waters of Byron Bay; a 40km cycle through the CBD and out through the gently rolling hills to Suffolk Park; then top it all off with a run along the foreshore, under the picturesque Byron Bay Lighthouse.

It also signals as one of the last events on the QLD/NSW Triathlon calendar. As a result, it is often seen as an end of season party for many competitors with a big party on the Saturday night. Due to its fantastic location, many competitors also bring their family, stay for a long weekend and relax in the beautiful Byron Shire.

More information can be found on the Byron Bay Triathlon website - www.byronbaytri.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
 

Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride 2019

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport, to "deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world". The dress code motto is "bare as you dare".

The Byron Bay event is on at 3pm Sunday 10 March. (The Nimbin event is Saturday 9 March and the Lismore event is on Sunday morning.)

Participants meet at 1.30pm for paint up at Butler Street Reserve Byron Bay. Ride commences at 3pm.

The easy ride will take about 30-minutes, and is suitable for all fitness levels. If you’re not keen on revealing all, you can still join in the fun. The dress code encourages you to come along ‘as bare as you dare'. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.

Every year in March, thousands of ‘biketivists’ from over 70 countries around the globe take part in the World Naked Bike Ride.

The event promotes a number of worthy causes. First, it advocates for bike-friendly towns and cities that protect the safety of riders, walkers, and drivers. The nude cyclists draw attention to the unique dangers riders face on the roads and footpaths on a day-to-day basis.

Second, the World Naked Bike Ride protests against the use of harmful, unsustainable fossil fuels that damage the wellbeing of our people and our environment.

And third, the spectacle ignites discussions on body image and body acceptance. The clothing-optional dress code calls for both riders and on-lookers to celebrate imperfections, practice body positivity, and embrace our natural state of being.

Learn more about the Byron Bay event at their Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride Facebook Page.
Learn more about the  World Naked Bike Ride on their Wiki

5 best brunch spots in Byron Bay

It’s not quite breakfast. It’s not quite lunch. Brunch is an extra special, relaxed mid-morning meal that combines the best of the two.

If you’re looking for a laid-back, leisurely brunch spot in Byron Bay, you’ve landed in the right place. As a part of our Best of Byron series, we asked our Facebook fans to vote for the best brunch in Byron Bay.

Here are the top five results in alphabetical order.

Bayleaf

Serving up some of the best breakfasts and coffee in Byron Bay, Bayleaf is a much-loved spot for a relaxed brunch. With an innovative and ever-changing menu, this Byron staple is loved by visitors and locals alike.

As for the brunch menu, expect an array of inventive sweet and savoury creations – dukkah poached eggs, quinoa coconut porridge, and more.

Byron Fresh

Brunch doesn’t get much fresher than the tasty meals served up at Byron Fresh. Committed to using superfoods, free-range, and local produce where possible, Byron Fresh serves up some of the healthiest – and tastiest – brunches in town.

The vibe of Byron Fresh is authentically Byron. It’s relaxed, laid-back, and ideal for a three-hour Sunday brunch.

Folk

Organic and ethical, Folk is a plant-based cafe and eatery renowned for its incredible looking and tasting meals (it was named one of the top 20 food destinations to visit in Australia).

Home to the famous FOLK Nourish Bowl and hearty Vegan Burrito, Folk is adored by vegans and non-vegans alike.

The Top Shop

Loved for its single-origin coffee and excellent, always-evolving menu, The Top Shop is a favourite among Byron Bay locals.

Combining cafe culture with small-town hospitality, you’ll find an enticing menu of tried and true classics as well as more inventive concoctions. Their acai bowls are always popular.

Three Blue Ducks at The Farm

Located at the picturesque Farm just outside of Byron’s township, Three Blue Ducks makes use of freshly picked, on-site produce to create some of the finest – and freshest – food in the region.

The Three Blue Ducks menu boasts contemporary takes on beloved favourites alongside entirely new breakfasts, lunches, and brunches that showcase whatever’s in season.

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Looking back at Falls Festival 2018/19

The sixth annual Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron has come to an end, and what a colourful festival it was. 17,000 revellers – including 15,000 campers – enjoyed clear, sunny weather at the North Byron Parklands over the three days (a welcome change from last festival’s downpours). Dressed to impress, crowds experienced a dynamic range of musical acts, art installations and performances, clubs and DJs, food, and more.

The spectacular amphitheatre, known as the Valley Stage, came to life with highlight acts including Hilltop Hoods, DMAs, and US hip-hop sensation Anderson.Paak. As anticipated, festival favourite King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard had punters dancing, jumping, and crowd surfing, while Toto had everyone singing along to their hit ‘Africa’.

The smaller Howl & Moan tent showcased the heavier sounds of local rock bands, and the Jack Daniel’s Barrel House gave revellers a chance to get a closer look at the musicians at work. The Vaccines's performance in the Barrel House was a highlight for us.  

It was more than music that made this year’s festival. The ‘La Henge’ arts area showcased a life-size replica of Stone Henge made from cardboard. And, a jovial battle between cavepeople, sabretooth tigers, and a giant woolly mammoth went down on early New Year’s Eve, which was a hilarious spectacle to witness. The coloured cows were swarmed by festival-goers looking to get the perfect Falls photo.

After three full days and 40,000 steps, we were exhausted. But, we already can’t wait to do it all again next New Years.

5 best cocktails in Byron Bay

Sit back and relax or celebrate with friends with an exquisite cocktail served up Byron style. We’re back with another instalment of the Best of Byron series – this time, it’s cocktails.

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for the best cocktails in Byron Bay, and the results are listed below in alphabetical order.

Loft Byron Bay

Loft is a concept bar that fuses European cuisine with a modern Australian laid-back vibe for a truly unique food and drink experience. Flooded with natural light during the day and cosy by night, the atmosphere of loft is beachy, earthy, sophisticated, and unmistakeably Byron.

Their refined cocktail menu features tried and true classic with a couple of surprises – an acai spritz with dragon fruit, a spiced chai whiskey sour, to name a few.

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.

The extensive cocktail menu has something for everyone and boasts an exciting array of traditional cocktails and signature creations.

The Bolt Hole

With a striking vintage church door entrance and a cosy interior with nods to hunting, heritage rail, and nautical adventures, The Bolt Hole is an eclectic bar with a personality all of its own.

The Bolt Hole bar showcases an incredible 300 whiskeys, gins, artisanal spirits, organic wines, and craft beers from all over the world. Stocking vintage and rare releases, The Bolt Hole serves up cocktails unlike any other bar.

The Mez Club

Escape to the Mediterranean inspired Mez Club, a light and airy eatery and bar in the heart of Byron Bay. The menu will transport you to the ‘souks’ of Morocco to the family feasts of Greece.

The cocktail list follows suit. All have been expertly crafted with a commitment to freshness and colour. Their signature Turkish Princess, which features locally produced Turkish delight liquor, is a must try.  

Treehouse on Belongil

Live music, great food, and excellent cocktails – what could be better? Treehouse on Belongil is another Byron staple, serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, woodfired pizzas, and more, all while showcasing local musical talent.

Their cocktail menu has it all, with a few twists on old classics, like their Margarita three ways.

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Summer holiday activities for kids in Byron Bay

The summer school holidays are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy family time in Byron Bay. On top of the beaches and parks to explore, a number of Byron businesses host school age activities. We've put together a list to help make these summer school holidays memorable for the whole family.

Circus Arts Byron Bay

Circus Arts Byron Bay offers a comprehensive timetable of activities during both the QLD and NSW school holidays including full and half day circus programs, flying trapeze, free balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and a kids play space. Plus, the regions only Ninja Warrior classes for kids (available as an add-on to the 1/2 day and full day programs).

Full details and bookings available at www.circusarts.com.au.

KIDS Stand Up Comedy

Class Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th & 15th of January.

Course is facilitated by Mandy with professional comedians as special guest teachers!

Students will gain valuable confidence public speaking, and skills in seeing humour in challenging situations as well as they will learn the science of creating a joke out of observations and experiences. Includes a 1:1 comedy material writing session creating their own comedy routine for their graduation performance.

Full details and bookings available at www.mandynolan.com.au.

Farm Kids

Farm Kids inspires and educates children through programs about where food comes from and introduces them to concepts like paddock rotation for the animals, the importance of pollination, organic farming, crops, healthy soil, composting and other ethical farming practices. 

Children can meet up close our heritage black pigs and watch them in their natural surroundings and be amongst our chickens whilst enjoying some of the best things in life, sunshine and fresh air. 

Full details and bookings available at www.thefarm.com.au.

Byron Bay Skateboard School

Did you know that your child could go to Skate Camp? How awesome. The Byron Bay Skateboard School offers Warehouse Day Camps and Skate park Tours during the school holidays as well as private and afterschool lessons during the school year. Founder and instructor Flavio Biehl is passionate about passing on the positive, creative and unique skateboarding lifestyle to his students.

Full details and bookings available at www.skateboardschool.com.au.

New Years Eve in Byron Bay

Celebrations for New Years Eve 2018 in and around Byron Bay, include a family friendly street party in the centre of town, a variety of live music and themed party's in the larger venues, or a full blown music festival featuring artists such as Juice World, Interpol, Toto and more.

Plus - being Australia's most esterly point, Byron Bay will be the first to see the sun in 2019. You can join the First Sun celebrations at 5.15am on 1 January 2019 up at Cape Byron Lighthouse. 

Byron Shire Council's 'Soul Street 2018' New Year's Eve, 4pm - midnight

Soul Street is Byron Bay’s New Years Eve family-friendly street party. With Jonson St closed off, it becomes the colourful hub of this interactive town gathering. From 4pm – midnight, together we will see out the old year and bring in the new one as we celebrate the magic of our wonderful Byron community. There will be cabaret, music, dance, kids play zones, comedy, food stalls, DJs, henna, tarot, circus and the list goes on. Learn more at www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

Falls Festival, 31 Dec - 2 Jan at North Byron Parklands

Falls Music & Arts Festival is a multi-day music festival held annually over the New Year's Eve and January period. The festival hosts contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms. The 2018/19 event features ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · VANCE JOY · CHVRCHES · HILLTOP HOODS · JUICE WRLD · INTERPOL · TOTO and more. Full details and tickets available at their website fallsfestival.com/byron-bay.

NYE | Byron Bay Brewery, 12pm - 2am

See multiple Band and DJ headliners supported by our best local talent all under one roof, across two stages during the day and into the night. Food. Beverages. Visual Arts. Music and heaps more... 

Full details + tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.au

Beach Hotel Byron Bay presents PARADISE FOUND NYE PARTY!  7.30pm til late 

Food stalls, cocktail bars, DJ's and live acts. Dress code: Paradise

La bOum live + DJ's Longtime, My Happy Place & Fonzaius

Full details + tickets available at oztix.com.au

NYE Beachside Pool Party, 6pm - 1 am hosted by Fishheads

Bring in the New Year at Byron's only premier BEACHSIDE POOL PARTY with live music by Northern Rivers BIGGEST LIVE BAND - SOULD!

Full details + tickets available at www.trybooking.com
 

3 best ice cream shops in Byron

We’re back with another instalment of the Best of Byron series. With the weather heating up, we thought it was the perfect time to find out where in Byron and surrounds serves up the best ice cream.

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite ice cream shop in the region, and the results are in. Cool down with a delicious ice cream from one of the most popular gelaterias in Byron, listed below in alphabetical order.

Bella Rosa Gelateria and Espresso Bar

Bella Rosa is a Byron staple and offers up some of the tastiest gelato and sorbets – all made fresh on the premises. Alongside their ice creams, they serve excellent coffee, tea, milkshakes, smoothies, and sundaes.

Located a very short 2-minute walk from Main Beach, Bella Rosa is a great place to cool down after a few hours on the beach.

Bernardi's Gelato and Espresso Bar

Image via www.brunswickheads.org.au

Bernardi’s Gelato and Espresso Bar is a Brunswick Heads favourite, situated about 20 minutes from Byron Bay. Bernardi’s produces all of their traditional ice cream and gelato, as well as dairy and fat-free sorbets, on-site. They also serve up Italian coffee, quiches, frittatas, salads, and cakes

Brunswick Heads is a quaint holiday town with spectacular beaches and idyllic waterways that’s well worth a visit this summer. And if you do make the trip, don’t leave without sampling some of Bernardi’s famous ice cream.

In the Pink

Byron Bay’s In the Pink was a clear winner – our Facebook fans picked the traditional artisan gelati served here as the best ice cream in the region. With 25 years of ice cream experience, research, and development, In the Pink uses a mix of local and Italian imported ingredients with no pre-made powder mixes.

In the Pink is located just 3-minutes from Main Beach, so is another fantastic place to get your ice cream fix after a day at the beach.

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A holiday in North Byron

Tucked away in the northern end of the Byron Shire are stunning waterfront holiday rentals that offer a more affordable alternative to accommodation in the heart of Byron. From there, you can escape the hustle and bustle while remaining a short drive from Brunswick Heads’s thriving cafe scene, Byron Bay’s lively atmosphere, and more.

Here are just some of the drawcards that attract travellers to North Byron’s hidden gems.

Spectacular beaches and waterways

South Golden and New Brighton are two quiet, open beaches situated in the north of the Byron Shire. These beaches rarely attract as many visitors as Byron’s beaches and both have dog-friendly areas.

After a short 10-minute drive, you’ll find yourself in Brunswick Heads, a quaint holiday village. The idyllic Brunswick River runs through the town and can be explored by kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, or by swimming.

Cross the Brunswick River via the bridge and discover one of the region’s most picturesque beaches: Torakina (pictured above). Perfect for kids, this sheltered beach offers crystal-clear water and little to no swell.

Cafes and restaurants

Just 8.5km away from the tranquility of North Byron Shire are the many gourmet cafes, restaurants, and eateries of Brunswick Heads.

Bruns – as the locals call it – serves up some of the best coffee and breakfasts in the region. For dinner, enjoy fresh fish and chips (best eaten picnic-style by the river), indulge in an award-winning fine-dining meal, or check out some local musical talent and relax in the beer garden at the iconic Hotel Brunswick. 

Markets and other activities

Although Byron is a short 20-minute drive away, there is plenty to do closer to home.

The Brunswick Heads Markets are held on the first Saturday of each month. And, the New Brighton Farmers Market, held Tuesdays from 8am – 11am, is a great place to sample some of the region's best fresh produce.

If you’re visiting with kids, explore the many playgrounds dotted throughout the North Byron region: in South Golden, New Brighton, and two along the riverfront in Brunswick Heads.

This end of the Shire is also home to a magnificent championship golf course. The Ocean Shores Country Club’s course was designed by world-renowned golf architects in 1972 and remains one of the most highly regarded courses in the country.

Close to two major festival sites

The northern end of the Byron Shire is home to two of the major festival sites in the region: North Byron Parklands (Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival), and the Blues Festival site at Tyagarah.

If you’re attending a festival, staying a stone’s throw from the site can be a quick, inexpensive, and convenient option.

 

South Golden Beach, New Brighton and Brunswick Heads accommodation inspo 

Stingray South Golden Beach, is beautifully designed 4 bedroom home, situated on the Capricornia Canal, featuring a large deck with views of the canal.

Twin Waters New Brighton, is a unique 3  bedroom beach house with views and access to the pristine Beach and River of New Brighton.

Norfolk On Fawcett Brunswick Heads is a three bedroom rental just a short walk to river, beach and centre of Brunswick Heads.

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