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Byron Beachside Markets

Next Beachside Market: 30 March 2018, 8am - 4pm, Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay.

Held four times a year in early January, Easter, July and late September, the Beachside Markets are a make it, bake it, grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. The perfect location to experience some of the most original products by one of the worlds’ most famous beaches.

Open from 8 – 4pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, toys, clothing and music created by local artists and designers as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners.

The focus and emphasis of the Beachside Market is on authenticity and fosters both originality and sustainability. Echoing worldwide popularity and the growing demand for direct-from-the-artist-to-you handmade, high quality product. This Artisan Market provides an unparalleled opportunity for local artists, creators and healers to showcase their talents. With over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometer of beachfront at Byron Bay Main beach, this market is the perfect location, right on the doorstep of one of the worlds’ most famous beaches and destinations to experience some of the best and most original products and services.

Come with family and friends to experience the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, brunch or lunch while you listen to some fabulous live music and browse the stalls.

For further information, visit www.byroncentre.com.au/markets/beachside-market/.

Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great success with organisers declaring it one of the best they’ve had at the venue.

With perfect weather, a festival site that is easy to get around and a couple new features including the Palm Springs water park and the air-conditioned Foxtel movie venue - it was no surprise everyone was having fun.

My favourite act was Courtney Barnett and my pick of the food was the Cuban Street Food (near the main entrance). Enjoy a selection of images captured walking around and watching the bands at Falls Festival Byron.









































































Beaches of the North Coast

The North Coast glistens with a majestic coastline and several beaches that are perfect for lazing, spending time with the kids or enjoying a relaxing swim. Here are a handful of beaches that you should visit.


Byron Bay Main Beach

The beaches of Byron Bay are in a league of their own boasting gorgeous views, white sand and perfect surfing conditions. The aptly named Main Beach of Byron Bay is the closest beach to the town centre and home to the over 100 year old Byron Bay Surf Club. This traditionally Australian beach attracts many visitors year round and is patrolled throughout the summer months from October to Easter.


Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads Beach is a popular spot for swimmers and anglers both. Being just a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, Brunswick heads is enjoying growing popularity, while staying authentic to its traditional beach culture. The white sandy beach at Brunswick Heads is the perfect place to bring the family, including the dog, for it’s child-friendly swimming conditions and low tides revealing plentiful sandy playgrounds.


Lennox head

Popular with surfers for its internationally famous right hand break, Lennox Head is a beach in the Byron Bay region where travelers and locals can both enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Between May and October, Lennox head is a great location to observe the passing migrating humpback whales or go kitesurfing.


Ballina

Ballina is home to Australia’s ‘Big Prawn’ but it is also a gorgeous beach, close to Byron Bay. There are many activities you can do while visiting Ballina including kayaking, bushwalking and camping or you can simply enjoy a glorious evening having a waterfront barbeque or picnic in the fantastic subtropical climate.


Wategos Beach

Wategos Beach is one of Byron Bay’s most exclusive locations, with luxury accommodations and tranquil atmosphere of the northern side of Cape Byron. Wategos Beach is a small beach, spanning 600m of pure white sand bliss, which is situated just a short trip to Byron Bay town centre. Wategos beach manages to avoid the crowds of Byron being just the next beach out from the main beach, and therefore offers a more relaxed and exclusive atmosphere.


Clarks Beach

Clarks Beach is a warm protected beach, which is ideal for all year round swimming and beach activities. It is popular with families and surfing schools for it’s small swell and patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months.

Belongil Beach

Belongil Beach is a dog friendly beach, just north of Byron. Beach goers can bring along their best friend to their day at the beach, or head up to the most northern end of the beach for a ‘clothing optional’ allocated area to get the perfect all over tan.


Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach is part of Seven Mile Beach which is actually only 8.3km long. This is a popular beach with the locals for its great surfing conditions and a great destination to visit for its stunning scenery, being situated with the Byron Bay lighthouse at one end and Broken Head at the other.

5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

Byron Bay is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush hinterland and relaxed culture. Whenever people travel to Byron they make the most of the gorgeous beaches that line the North Coast of NSW, however, there are many other activities which should not be missed when staying in Byron Bay in order to make the most of this beautiful part of the world.

Gyrocopter Tours

To start, take a gyrocopter flight tour to explore Byron by the sky and get a bird's-eye view of the NSW coastal region. Byron Bay Gyrocopters is a flight training facility offering passenger flights 7 days a week. These flight tours leave from Tyagarah Airstrop just 5 km north of Byron Bay. The flight path takes you over waterfalls, national parks, Mount Warning and the Byron Bay hinterland, not to mention the famous Byron Bay lighthouse. From the sky, you will be able to take in a different perspective of the area’s native marine life like whales, dolphins and sharks.

Byron Bay Ballooning

Byron Bay Ballooning offers daily dawn flights for an hour over the Byron Bay region. During these flights you can enjoy the spectacular unobstructed view of the sunrise over the ocean from the skies. The balloon ride is a unique guided tour around the Byron Bay area showing off the green cauldron and boasting views of the Mount Warning Volcanic Caldera in the north. It also displays views of Byron Bay's gorgeous beaches in the east. To cap it all off, when you come into land, there is a champagne breakfast waiting for you to enjoy.

Night Vision Eco Tours

What better use for military technology than exploring the rainforests of Byron Bay by night to discover an abundance of native wildlife without disturbing them from their nightly routines? Eco Tours offers a 4 hour night vision tour of the Byron Bay rainforests with only 1.25 hours of walking. These night tours offer the opportunity to see many native species such as possums, pademelons, bandicoots, tawny frogmouths, leaf tailed geckos, fusipes, crayfish, melony’s, micro bats, frogs, koalas and owls. Guests are picked up from their accommodation in Byron Bay in time to commence the walk by 8 pm.

Snorkel and Dive Tours

Jump on the ‘Bay Warrior,’ a very spacious 8 and a half meter long cougar cat dive & snorkel boat. The professional charter service is based in Brunswick Heads harbour and offers tours to the frequented Julian Rocks, and not so frequented Windarra banks to see the cod gardens, and Cape Pinnacle. Julia Rocks is a small Volcanic island less than 5km offshore from Byron Bay. With over 800 species of fish, 3 types of resident turtles and a gorgeous coral reef; the northern side of the island is known as the ‘nursery’. This area is a shallow diving area which is sheltered from the ocean swell, currents and winds. All equipment for diving and snorkelling is provided by Blue Bay Diving Tours including snorkels, fins, goggles and wetsuits in the colder weather.

Sky Diving

Jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet high and freefall for up to 60 seconds on your own or with the assistance of a tandem diver to get the most exciting and adrenaline rush inducing experience of viewing the spectacular region.

Byron Bay Wedding Inspiration

It could have been the twinkle in Noah’s eye or the sparkle from Nina’s dress, or maybe it was the fairy lights that adorned the Beach Byron Bay’s ocean view deck... whatever it was, there was no denying the pure happiness and glamour of Nina and Noah’s Byron Bay wedding day.

Captured beautifully by Olivia Texier photography, the couple’s garden wedding ceremony was the perfect balance of rustic and romance with bench seats and a draped floral wood arch. With the ‘I dos’ exchanged, guests strolled to their beachfront wedding reception at the Byron Beach Cafe for champagne and canapés, while Nina & Noah joined their bridal party for photos on the sand. With the Byron Beach Cafe’s impressive sea views taking centre stage, the only decoration necessary was chic white flowers in elegant vases, scattered tea light candles and glowing fairy lights.

Guests were seated as the sun set over the Byron hinterland and dined under the stars on a selection of squid ink linguine, red curry baked chicken, Hervey Bay shell scallops, braised duck, roasted barramundi fillet and slow-cooked Bangalow pork belly. Following dinner, everyone joined in the dancing until it was time to wave the couple goodbye.

Nina and Noah’s Byron Bay Wedding:

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

With family-friendly events, a music festival, and great parties at local pubs and bars, there’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than Byron Bay.

Soul Street

Every year, the Byron Bay Community Centre hosts Soul Street, a New Year’s Eve event suitable for the whole family. Jonson Street will be transformed into a celebratory market, with tons of stalls, food options, and amusement rides. There will also be a range of circus performers, including fire twirlers and drummers. The event runs from 4pm to 10pm on December 31, and is alcohol free.

Note that Jonson Street will be closed as of 12 noon on the day, and will reopen at 7am on January 1. There will also be no parking available at the Lawson Street South car park or on Bay Street from 6am on December 31 until 7am January 1.

First Sun New Year’s Day 2016

New Year’s celebrations don’t end on the 31st in Byron Bay. Catch the first sun of the New Year at beautiful Main Beach with the silent sunrise meditation beginning at 5.30am. The meditation will conclude with the sounding of gongs as the sun breaks over the ocean. There will also be free yoga and Qi gong classes on the grass, and intricate sculptures and mandalas in the sand.

Falls Festival

Bring in the New Year with your favourite musicians at the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron Bay, held at North Byron Parklands. Running from December 31 to January 3, Falls Festival will see some incredible music acts from around Australia and across the globe. Tickets are still available, and all festival goers can camp onsite for free.

The Byron at Byron

Ring in 2016 with the roaring 20’s. Join the Byron at Byron family for a welcome drink and canapés on arrival followed by a decadent dégustation dinner. The Well Swung Daddies will be kicking off the party from 8pm with their ‘Big Band’ swing tunes. Prizes for best dressed! Call or email to make your reservation reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au or 02 6639 2105.

The Beach Hotel

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay has yet another NYE party planned. This year’s Paradise Found party will see food stalls, DJs, break-dancers, cocktail bars, and more. Tickets are available now at Oxtix. The Beach Hotel is also offering a locals discount when tickets are purchased at the Beach Hotel’s bottle shop.

The Byron Bay Brewery

The Byron Bay Brewery is joining forces with the Sunday Safari promoters to bring you a New Year’s Eve party to be remembered. The full program has yet to be announced, but a limited number of early bird tickets are available now at the Brewery’s bar.

Woody’s Surf Shack

Supaaafresh SolMix Byron Bay cocktails // live DJs // good vibes // and best of all... FREE ENTRY before 10pm.

Treehouse on Belongil

Backup to the Future NYE. We will all be dressed in our interpretation of R’n’B vs time travel. The drinks will be cold and the complimentary margarita pizzas fresh outta the woodfired oven. Live music from Bobby Alu, and Vinnie LaDuce and a carefully curated DJ set selected by Chris Bradley.

St Elmo

New Years Eve Fiesta Cocktail Party. Live music till 1am. There will be three separate food stations serving Oysters & Champagne, Cheese, Cured Meats & Paella; as well as tapas & pintxos being served from the kitchen.

New Years Eve Accommodation

New Years is a popular time durring peak season in Byron, most visitors secure their accommodation months in advance. Browse our New Years Eve Accommodation Guide if you haven't secured a booking yet.

A Day in Bangalow

Located a scenic 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is a historic town with a range of specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. Bangalow’s eclectic spirit and lush-green backdrop make it unlike anywhere else in the Byron Shire.

See in Bangalow

There’s nothing quite like a walk down Byron Street in Bangalow. You could spend hours exploring the one-of-a-kind shops, which boast a range of artisan gifts, clothing, beauty products, toys, and art.

Be sure to make time for a visit to the Zakay Glass Creations Gallery. The gallery showcases striking glass sculptures and light fixtures made from geometric shards of glass. When hit with natural or artificial light, the glass sparkles and shimmers, projecting an array of colour. These stunning three-dimensional sculptures make for unique souvenirs or gifts.

Eat in Bangalow

Evoking the old world charm of a traditional trattoria, The Italian Diner offers flavours from the diverse regions of Italy, with friendly, relaxed service. The menu focuses on fresh seafood and finest local produce, and is complemented by carefully selected Australian & Italian wines and beers.

Located at the Bangalow Bowlo you'll find the Stockpot Kitchen. Their southern inspired menu including an onsite BBQ smokehouse and  award wining southern fried chicken is in line with this down south hospitality that is warm, fun, generous and full of love.

Markets in Bangalow

On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Bangalow Showgrounds play host to a vibrant Bangalow Markets. Set among the shady camphor laurel and fig trees, the markets features over 300 stalls selling handmade, local, and imported goods, plus live entertainment. You’ll also find a variety of regional produce, fresh bread, exotic food, and great coffee.

As well as the monthly market, Bangalow is home to a popular farmers market held Saturday mornings from 8am to 11am. Located in the centre of town in the Banaglow Hotel car park, the smallish market has every thing you’ll need to fill your pantry. If you’re just visiting for the day, it’s the perfect spot to pick up a freshly baked pastry or a few pieces of fruit.

Stay near Bangalow

Escape to the sanctuary of Coco's Country Cottage, where you can unwind & nurture your mind, body & soul in stylish tranquil surroundings. Feel as though you are a world away but know you are only a short drive from the boutique shops & cafes of historic Bangalow.

Just East of Bangalow, Byron Hills Hinterland Retreat offers an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area 3 good sized guest bedrooms, a main bathroom and an expansive master suite with kitchenette, ensuite and outdoor bath with stunning views!

Byron's Agricultural Shows

Each year in November, there are two shows in the Byron Shire: the Bangalow Show, and the Mullumbimby Show. Each offers traditional agricultural events, as well as competitions, rides, and family entertainment.

The Bangalow Show

The Bangalow Show has been a community tradition in the historic town since 1897. More than a century on, the two-day show held annually in November attracts families from the local region and beyond.

Set in the scenic Bangalow Showground, about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, the Bangalow Show plays host to a variety of agricultural activities. These include the buying and selling of cattle, the showing of animals, and the showcasing of local produce fresh from the farm.

Alongside the traditional agricultural displays, you’ll find plenty of arts, crafts, and homemade wares that show off the talent of the region.

There’s no shortage of kids entertainment at the Bangalow Show. Each year there’s a charming children’s pet parade, which includes a range of amusing categories: pet with the biggest smile, and pet who looks most like its owner, to name a few.

Plus, there are plenty of rides, games, and competitions. Try out for ‘Bangalow Idol,’ or have a go at the ‘Camel Cup.’ And don’t forget to stick around for the grand finale – a spectacular firework display.

The Bangalow Show is an endearing event that celebrates community spirit. And, with plenty of activities for the whole family, it’s worth the trip. Visit www.bangalowshow.com.au for more information.

The Mullumbimby Show

The Mullumbimby Show, a two-day annual event held in mid-November, takes place at the lush Mullumbimby Showground, located a short 25 minute drive from Byron Bay.

As well as traditional farm animal showcases, the Mullum Show is home to an exciting array of entertainment – from show jumping competitions, cooking competitions, pet parades, and talent shows, to a demolition derby!

Between the events, competitions, and shows, there are tons of market stalls to get lost in. Browse fresh produce, local and imported clothing, jewelry, crafts, linens, toys, soaps, and more. The markets provide an opportunity to chat to stall-owners, and learn more about the local agriculture industry.

After all that shopping, you’re bound to be hungry. At the Mullumbimby Show, there’s no shortage of traditional show food: churros, pizza, waffles, and Byron Bay gelato. There’s also coffee, a fully licensed bar, and a BBQ.

The Mullum Show is a great chance to have some good old-fashioned family fun. Visit www.mullumbimbyshow.org.au for more information.

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available in easy walking distance from the centre of the friendly town where the sparkling turquoise river meets the sea.

Just 20 mins north of Byron Bay, this friendly, chilled-out town is a popular choice for couples and families looking for fun and easy holiday fun. Start your day with breakfast at one of the cafes serving great coffee and fresh local food made with love. Cross Simpson’s Creek on the foot bridge where you can see fish and stingrays in the crystal clear water as you pass. Then take a stroll along the beach with views towards the Byron Lighthouse. Yours can be the first footprints on the long stretch of clean white sands. Watch out for whales breaching beyond the breakers, and dolphins gliding through the waves.

Shady nooks make swimming in the gentle and protected waters of Torakina Beach inside the river mouth feel like a tropical heaven as you laze beneath the Pandanus palms and enjoy the vibrant colours of the river as it changes throughout the day.

Caffeine addicts, fear not! Brunswick Heads has a vibrant cafe culture with 26 eateries to choose from offering contemporary Australian cuisine, a range of ethnic options and some of the best takeaway and fish and chips that you will ever eat. After lunch browse the boutique shops, many of which stock an eclectic mix of treasures you will not find anywhere else. Stroll down Mullumbimbi Lane and visit Wheel of Life ceramics studio, or drop in to Mina Mina Gallery and see their contemporary Aboriginal art.

Exhausted by all that fun? You can relax with a massage, beauty therapy or pampering experience. Take a yoga session. Check the surf? Or why not experience the Brunswick River in all its glory with a guided kayak tour, hire a kayak, stand up board or canoe, or go on a cruise to explore the many facets of the natural world of the river and its tributaries.

The new Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail is proving to be a delight for children and adults alike. Take your family on a mission following clues to find the fairy houses hidden around the town.

Walk out along the rock wall to the sea at sunset and you won’t know where to look, to the west the sunset glows behind Mount Chincogan and the caldera rim, and out to sea dove grey and pink skies farewell another beautiful day at Brunswick heads.

And when it’s time to put up your feet, what better spot than the iconic Hotel Brunswick, with its famous beer garden overlooking the beautiful Brunswick River? Magic! When it comes to dinner there are so many delicious food options, you can dine at the Pub or sample a wide range of dining options around town.

For further "Bruns" information and a wealth of local knowledge be sure to visit the Brunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre. Open seven days a week at 7 Park St, Brunswick Heads and / or visit their website www.brunswickheads.org.au.

5 ways to relax in luxury in Byron Bay and surrounds

Spend a day (or two) in a lap of luxury on the NSW north coast. Immerse yourself in spectacular natural scenery, recharge with a spa treatment, join a yoga or meditation group or just laze by the beach or pool. A premier luxury destination, Byron Bay and the nearby laid-back coastal towns of the northern rivers make the perfect spot for an indulgent stay. You’re bound to leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Get away from it all in a luxury villa or suite

Wake up rested and refreshed in your own little piece of paradise. There are so many superb accommodation options in Byron; from stunning resorts to impeccable luxury villas to gorgeous boutique hotels. Choose from a plethora of exclusive north coast stays and you can spend the day by the pool, at the spa, or in bed, with everything you could want and need at your fingertips.

Explore the stunning beaches of Byron Bay and surrounds

Start your day in Byron with a leisurely walk along one of the area’s gorgeous beaches. Go for a quick dip or just sit on the sand and survey the vast beachscape spread out before you and really take it all in; this will be your home away from home for the next little while. Take a stroll along the headland on the Cape Byron walking track, which weaves its way through ancient rainforests and has stunning views of the surrounding area.

Recharge at a meditation or yoga retreat

Relaxing by the sapphire shores of Byron Bay and it’s surrounding beaches is only the beginning of a truly revitalising break. While in Byron sign up for a class at the Byron Yoga Centre, which has been offering daily yoga classes in a range of styles since it opened in 1988. It also also hosts annual health, wellness and yoga retreats.

Dine in style

As far as dining goes, you’re spoiled for choice in this part of the world. Stop off for brunch at the Byron Beach Cafe, where you can linger over your coffee and eggs and the panoramic beach views to your heart’s content. Or try sustainable, farm-to-table Three Blue Ducks in Ewingsdale (just outside of Byron) for inspired breakfasts and lunches in their rustic renovated barn. For dinner book in at Byron at Byron; the restaurant is in a stunning rainforest setting and serves fresh, local produce.

Indulge in spa treatments

A day at the spa is a truly restorative experience, and Byron Bay offers a wide selection. Gaia Retreat and Spa near Ballina is known for its holistic approach to wellness, promoting health and wellbeing through tailor-made spa experiences within the gorgeous Byron hinterland. For an incredible relaxation or remedial massage, it’s hard to go past Ripples Byron Bay, who also offer day spa extras and beauty treatments.

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