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Lismore Lantern Parade

The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. It is recognised as the iconic event for the City of Lismore along with the North Coast National.

The Lismore Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people each year and provides a safe and enjoyable experience for all those involved. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more.

Lanterns, fire and outdoor celebration are deeply embedded in many cultures from China, Japan, Burma and Vietnam to Europe and Africa. The lantern represents a positive metaphor for community optimism and hope throughout the world and it was from this tradition that the Lismore Lantern Parade was born. The universal and multicultural theme makes the Lantern Parade appealing to people from all walks of life and nationalities.

The 2016 Lismore Lantern Parade will be held on Saturday, June 25.

For further information visit www.lanternparade.com.

Images by www.natsky.com.au.

Pet Friendly Byron Bay

No need to leave your pets at home when visiting Byron Bay. Byron is home to some great dog-friendly accommodation options – here’s a sample.

Banksias at the Beach

Situated on Tallow Beach just south of the Cape Byron Lighthouse is the modern Banksias holiday house.

The house features spacious living and dining areas, a deck, wooden floors, and three bedrooms, including a private master bedroom separated from the main house by a short undercover walkway. From the deck, guests will enjoy views of both the beach and rainforest. The beach opposite the house is dog-friendly, and the house is fenced.

Lantana

This gorgeous fully renovated character home has been tastefully furnished in a warm, contemporary style. The house sleeps 4 ideally, there are two bedrooms (one with a Queen and another with 2 King Singles).

House trained dogs are most welcome [Quiet dogs only - Please no persistent barkers]. The yard is secure and fully fenced [fence height is 1.8 metres]. Your dog is welcome to sleep inside during the day and night.

Byron Holiday Park

Family owned and run, it gives a friendly, authentically Byron holiday experience for families and travellers. Bordered by Arakwal National Park, Byron Holiday Park is directly on Tallow Beach.

Fido is never lonely. Byron Holiday Park welcomes dogs on all camp sites and select cabins.

Frankies Beach House

Situated in the centre of town, Frankies Beach House is walking distance to the many shops and cafes in Byron, and is only 500m from Main Beach.

Frankies is perfect for large groups, as the beach house sleeps up to 10 guests with four bedrooms, plus a refurbished caravan in the garden. Recent renovations have given a modern twist to the classic beach cottage aesthetic. Pets are welcome to stay in the garden, but are not allowed in the house itself.

The Wave House

Nestled behind the sand dunes at Belongil Beach is The Wave House, a three bedroom beach house and separate studio surrounded by tranquil tropical gardens.

The pet friendly beach is one minute walk from your accommodation and a fifteen minute stroll along the beach will find you in the centre of town.

Byron Music Society

Byron Music Society provides not just concerts but wonderful and unique experiences of beautiful classical music (often combined with fantastic food), in intimate venues.

You don’t necessarily need to know your glockenspiel from your xylophone to dress up and enjoy an afternoon with Byron Music Society.

By staging these experiences we hope to promote the study, performance, listening and enjoyment of group, solo, vocal and instrumental fine music.

Byron Music Society concerts are usually held either in the Byron Community Centre auditorium, Byron at Byron Resort, or in St Martin’s Anglican Church in Mullumbimby. All venues are pleasing, intimate performance spaces. Every seat is a good seat and the audience has the unique opportunity to enjoy the concerts in close proximity to the artists.

Byron Music Society is not for profit and without significant funding. Our concerts are financed by memberships and admissions, which we strive to keep affordable. The concerts are staged by a voluntary committee.

Recent events include performances by: ACO2, Daniel de Borah, Simon Tedeschi, Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov, Sally Whitwell, I Dolci Venti, Gerard Willems, Ensemble ARIOSA, Ambre Hammond and Marcello Maio, Bridget Crouch and Friends, Strelitzia Trio, Attilla Sautov and the Mueller Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016 we are fortunate to have as our President the highly esteemed and extremely talented Nicholas Routley.

For further information and upcoming events, visit www.byronmusicsociety.com.

Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast

Explore the stretch of stunning natural environments and quaint villages between Sydney and Brisbane. Here is a small sample of what you’ll find on the Legendary Pacific Coast.


The Hunter Valley

Located about a one and a half hour drive from Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic wine destinations, the Hunter Valley. The scenic region is a wine-enthusiast’s delight, with over 150 winemakers producing some of the country’s best Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Verdelho wines. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of cellar door tastings set against panoramic vineyard scenery.

Compliment your cellar door tasting with a meal at one of the many gourmet cafes and restaurants in the area. From alfresco lunches enjoyed among the vines, to fine dining in historic homes, there’s a perfect meal for every foodie. And don’t miss the variety of bespoke olive oil, cheese, and chocolates, which make for a perfect picnic in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

In addition to the wine and food, the Hunter Valley is home to a range of local art galleries, championship golf courses, and boutique shopping. It truly is a must-do stop on the Legendary Pacific Coast.


Great Lakes

Situated three hours north of Sydney, the Myall, Wallis, and Smiths Lakes form a unique system unlike anything else in Australia. The Great Lakes area is home to 145 kilometres of stunning coast, lush National Parks, rolling hinterland, and pristine waterways, making it the ideal stop for those who love the great outdoors.

The Myall Lakes National Park is the perfect place to experience the varied landscape of the region. You can stay in the park at the campgrounds, or in heritage-listed accommodation. The Treachery Headland walking track is an easy walk through coastal rainforest to an open headland, which offers far-reaching views of the rugged headland and coast, including the historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. The natural wonders of the park can also be discovered by boat, kayak, and bike.

As well as the lakes, the area is recognised for its breathtaking beaches, some of which can only be accessed by boat. Forster Main Beach is protected, making it ideal for families. A dirt track at the Northern end of Seven Mile Beach leads to a great fishing spot. And Blueys Beach offers some of the best surf in the region.


Coffs Coast

About half way between Brisbane and Sydney is the Coffs Coast, a diverse region composed of charming villages, National Parks, mountains, marine reserves, islands, and beaches. Regardless of whether you’re a nature lover or cultural maven, the Coffs Coast has something unique to offer.

Explore the 84,000 ha of World Heritage listed Nation Parks and sub-tropical rainforests that run through the region. A standout is the short but fascinating walk to Crystal Shower Falls, accessed via the Wonga walk. You can walk behind the waterfall, which makes for a magical vantage point to soak up the sights and sounds of the ancient rainforest.

The Solitary Islands Marine Park is another natural wonder of the Coffs Coast. The park is the third largest in Australia, covering a total of 71,000 ha and 75 kilometres of coastline. Some areas of the park offer idyllic diving and snorkelling conditions, with tropical fish, coral, and algae. In addition, visitor’s can enjoy scenic walks around tidal estuaries and over headlands.

The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health, indigenous culture and conscious music from around Australia and abroad. Participants attend workshops of their choice in these modalities, and celebrate through music, dance, chanting, story-telling, and ceremony , to create greater harmony, awareness and healing for individuals and the community.

The festival format encompasses workshops for both children and adults. The festival has been designed to incorporate local; interstate and international professionals to capitalize on the branding of the region as Australia's premier destination for healthy lifestyle practices and holistic living.

The event is located throughout the entire town of Mullumbimby utilizing existing venues such as the Civic Hall, churches and schools. This enlivens the entire community and showcases the special charm of the town. The Festival incorporates a Free Community Village with concerts, talks, meditations, food and vendors. This allows the entire community to participate in the event without needing to purchase a ticket.

Attendees, artists and personnel are bought together by this unique event to experience abundance and support in community. The support of Festivals Australia would enable the project to expand to include more presenters and to develop different aspects of the festival further. A deepening of the focus on health and well being; indigeneous culture & sustainable lifestyles.

The 4th BYRON SPIRIT FESTIVAL returns to Mullum April 15 - 17, 2016

Learn more, visit www.spiritfestival.com.au.

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:

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