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Drones to be used at Byron Bay as part of beach safety

Beach safety initiatives at Byron Bay’s Main Beach will be expanded during the school holidays this summer season with Surf Lifesaving NSW (SLSNSW) to introduce drones to complement surf lifesaving services in the Shire.

The surveillance program will operate at Main Beach seven days a week during the Queensland and NSW school holidays, allowing surf lifesavers and lifeguards to keep an aerial ‘eye’ on swimmers and surfers in the water, checking on their well-being as well as patrolling for sharks.

The decision comes after the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and SLSNSW trialled drone surveillance on NSW beaches as a way of improving beach safety and gathering data and footage on shark behaviour.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said Main Beach was one of the busiest in Australia and it is the perfect location for the drone. 

“I really welcome the addition of drone surveillance and I commend DPI and SLSNSW in not only continuing the program, but expanding it to ensure each coastal local government area in the State will receive a level of aerial surveillance,” Mayor Richardson said.

The drone will be operational from 19 September 2020 – 11 October 2020, as well as the 2020/21 Christmas and Easter holidays.
 

Fathers Day 2020 Byron Style

Local Byron brands and experiences can make the perfect Fathers Day gift (Fathers Day is Sunday 6 September), here's a few options to get you thinking.

Byron Bay Gifts has a range of Fathers Day Hampers 

Say 'hello' to Dad on Father's Day with one of our gifts for men from Byron Bay. He'll love our unique range of organic skin care, boutique beer hampers or yummy chocolate gifts. Options include;

A ‘Gifts For Him’ hamper with socks, tasty snacks and shower products is always a winner if your Dad loves a good pampering! 

The ‘Brookies Gin Gift Hamper’ is packed with gourmet, Australian snacks and is the perfect gift for Dad’s that enjoy a premium quality gin. 

For the full range visit www.byronbaygifts.com.au/collections/fathers-day 

A Stone & Wood Brewery Tour For Dad

Be the fave and book dad a guided tour and tasting in our Byron Bay Tasting Room on Father’s Day, where Dad will learn about the history of beer, its ingredients, the Stone & Wood story and our approach to conscious business.

After a walk-around our brewing deck, the tour wraps up with a guided tasting of five beers, including a variety of our core range, one-off Pilot Batch beers and limited releases.

Be sure to BOOK NOW: www.stoneandwood.com.au/brewery-tours/

Eclair at the Bay has created an exclusive Chocolate trio for Father's Day

Three different chocolate flavours in one box. Chocolate lovers ~ this is for you too!

A delicious and perfectly balanced white chocolate and raspberry eclair topped with a cocoa glaze, raspberries and raspberry jam. A milk chocolate salted-caramel cream eclair topped with caramelized pecan nuts, covered with chocolate and golden leaf ⁠And our classic dark chocolate eclair topped with hazelnuts and rose petals.

Pre-order now for Father’s Day at www.eclairatthebay.com Delivery on Sunday 6th of September only
 

Australia's First Ever Drive-Thru Wedding Service Speeds into Byron Bay

Wedding biz, ‘I Do Drive Thru’ Launches in the Northern Rivers asking, ‘Would You Like Vows With That’?

A novel wedding business, “I Do Drive Thru” has rolled into town. The start-up offers Northern Rivers couples affordable, ‘Vegas-vibed’ and socially-distanced wedding options.

The innovative business launched in Melbourne at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown has inspired interest all over the country and even gone global after opening in wedding capital Las Vegas, New Jersey and New York.

The short but sweet ceremonies cater to the COVID-19 wedding market with short but sweet, elopement style weddings. The I Do Drive Thru website has a definite ‘old-school, 50’s’ feel with a modern twist.

The concept allows couples to be married at a stunning scenic locations, such as The Byron Bay Lighthouse, Minyon Falls, Broken Head or Lennox Point.  Or at any parking spot the couple feel would be fitting for their own drive thru experience. “We’re basically a marriage registry on wheels,” says Co-Founder, Kate Morgan.

Experienced local Celebrant, Kirsty Ella (and her vintage sky-blue VW Beetle,) have jumped on board bringing the drive – thru weddings to Byron Bay. Kirsty said, I absolutely love seeing people get creative & think outside the box to find a silver lining, which is exactly what the legends who created this service have done. I Do Drive Thru is a funky & affordable (covid friendly) wedding option for all the lovers who're still keen to get hitched!”

What Is A Drive Thru Wedding?

The couple and their witnesses arrive at the designated location. Their Celebrant meets the vehicle. The ceremony is conducted whilst the couple remain inside the car. Paperwork and certificates are passed in and out of the windows, rings are exchanged, and back seat smooching is highly encouraged.

The ceremony can also be live-streamed direct to family and friends via the I Do Drive Thru website, allowing family and friends to get in on the action.

Who’s behind I Do Drive Thru?

I Do Drive Thru, with the tagline, “Would you like vows with that?” was dreamt up by Mel Jacob, Celebrant and Entrepreneur, as a way to keep working under the restrictions. 

Mel said “Even in a time of uncertainty love still exists and people still need to celebrate. There is still every reason to commit to marriage. Imagine looking back on COVID 2020 with the fond memory of getting married in this unique way, then having the big celebration with family and friends to look forward to, down the track.”

“In the end, love always wins – it will always find a way. I Do Drive Thru is just what’s needed at this strange time. It’s unique, fun and well-timed.” said Kate Morgan, Celebrant

In a recent study published in Marie Claire, the average Australian wedding costs $53,158. The I Do Drive Thru’s packages start from only $400.

To find out more, head to their website.

Stay in the Byron Hinterland

There are many places to explore in the Byron Hinterland, and some fantastic accommodation options. We've compiled this list of best rated accommodation options on booking.com that ALSO take extra safety precautions around COVID, If you have any questions or concerns please discuss directly with your accommodation provider of choice.

9.7 out of 10 - La Rochér Eco Retreat (40mins North of Byron Bay)

Boasting a garden, outdoor pool and mountain views, La Rochér Eco Retreat is situated in Stokers Siding. Designed with sustainability and a low carbon footprint to ensure optimum eco sensitivity. All water is harvested on site; we have our own effluent treatment and use solar power. Peaceful tranquility in the verdant hills of the Tweed caldera with spectacular views of Mt Warning/Wollumbin.

9.8 out of 10 - Blackbird Luxury Accommodation (35mins North West of Byron Bay)

Detached living pavilions with panoramic views of the rainforest and ocean located at Mullumbimby Creek (about 8kms west of Mullumbimby). Amazing attention to detail in the interior design, exterior design and facilities are framed beautifully in acres of green rain forest, with spectacular views Eastwards to Cape Byron and the Pacific ocean.

9.5 out of 10 - Triloka Lodges (18mins West of Byron Bay)

Luxury holiday accommodation on the ridge above Byron Bay town. Self contained lodges look out over Broken Head to Lennox Head, at Coopers Shoot. Offering sophisticated interiors, high ceilings, abundant light, oak floors Triloka Lodges is perfect for private couples retreats and getaways in the heart of the vibrant Northern Rivers Region of NSW Australia.

9.6 out of 10 - Sundays at Byron (13mins West of Byron Bay)

Boutique luxury accommodation boasting some of the best views over Byron. The breathtaking vista really does calm the mind and soothe the soul. Relax and unwind from your busy schedule or immerse yourself in the ever exciting town of Byron Bay. Beautiful beaches, surrounding hinterland, Byron Bay and  Bangalow are all only minutes away.

The Byron Beachside Market will re-open on 26 September 2020

The Byron Beachside Market takes place four times a year at Byron Bay’s Main Beach Foreshore.

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

The Byron Markets are a Covid-Safe site (this is a pre-COVID image). Customers are required to observe:

  • That there are capacity limits in place for the markets
  • Please sanitise your hands regularly
  • You are to keep social distancing of 1.5m
  • Contactless pay is preferred
  • If you are unwell (fever, cough or sore throat), do not enter the markets & please return home

 

This market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high-quality art, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, glass, homewares, fashion, craft, clothing and music which is created by local artisans. The market also offers an array of services from our health and well-being practitioners.

The focus of the Beachside Market is to incorporate authenticity, community and sustainability.  This Beachside Market provides an unparalleled opportunity for local artists, creators and healers to showcase their talents to all attendees. With over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometre of beachfront at Byron Bay’s Main Beach, this market is the perfect location to experience some of the best and most original products and services found in the Byron Bay area.

Come with your 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. 

Entertainment: Hayley Grace and the Bay Collective, Phil & Tilley  

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST will open on Monday 17th August until Monday 7th September, 2020.

Splendour in the Past | DMA'S stream | Win backstage passes

Secret Sounds Presents the 20th Annual Music & Arts Festival
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Triple J’s #splendourinthepast
DMA’S Stream from North Byron Parklands
WIN Backstage Passes for Splendour 2021

As we head into the weekend that would have been, the team at Splendour HQ are feeling a little (okay a LOT) nostalgic for our favourite weekend of the year.
 
We’re missing the 100+ bands across the 4 main stages, the 21 bars, 70+ food stalls, 60 market stalls, 240 showers, 842 porta loos (actually not really missing them that much), 185 site sheds, 4850 pallet walk boards, 20km of temporary fencing, 70 golf buggies, 750 lanterns, endless gaffa tape and more than anything the 3500+ staff, volunteers and crew along with tens of thousands of music lovers that come together at North Byron Parklands each year to create the magic that is Splendour in the Grass.

Splendour memories are starting to fill the social media feeds, giving us all the happy sads. So we thought we’d ramp it up a notch and drop this vid on you too!

Now you’re feeling all the feels, here’s how you can get involved in Splendour in the Grass right now!
 
LISTEN - TRIPLE J’s SPLENDOUR IN THE PAST
If you can’t be at Splendour IRL then tuning into triple j’s Splendour in the Past is definitely the next best thing! Listen on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July between 9am – 6pm for highlights from Splendour’s past including tracks from A.B Original to Yeasayer and everyone in between.


 
WATCH – DMA’S STREAM PERFORMANCE FROM SPLENDOUR’S AMPHITHEATRE
DMA’S are no strangers to Splendour in the Grass, having played the GW McLennan stage in 2014 and the Amphitheatre in both 2016 and 2018. 2020 would have been a triumphant return to a stage they hold dear. While the festival has been put on hold, you can still catch DMA’S when they stream a very special acoustic set from Splendour’s Amphitheatre. Fans will be able to watch the stream via the Splendour in the Grass and DMA’S Facebook pages, and DMA’S YouTube today (Friday 24th July) at 4:30pm (sunset slot).

WIN BACKSTAGE PASSES TO 2021 WHEN YOU BUY A ‘RATHER BE AT SPLENDOUR’ TSHIRT
While triple j has you sorted for #splendourinthepast, we’re looking after your Splendour in the future!
 
Get your hands on a must have memento from the festival that never was and you could win Splendour 2021 BACKSTAGE PASSES for yourself and a mate!
 
Buy a 'RATHER BE AT SPLENDOUR' t-shirt. Post a selfie wearing said t-shirt to your Insta (must be set to public)  before 5.00pm, Friday 28 August and tell us in 25 words or less why you’d rather be at Splendour. Best answer wins entry for themself and a mate to the backstage schmoozefest.
 
The limited edition 'RATHER BE AT SPLENDOUR' t-shirt is an instant classic and sure fire collectors item.

SUPPORT SPLENDOUR CREW & PURCHASE T-SHIRT HERE

100% of profits from the sale of these T’s will go directly to Splendour’s crew, who are doing it super tough during Covid, so rest assured this is a purchase that will have you looking and feeling extra good! And at just $40 + postage they are a total bargoon!
 
All money raised will be distributed via Support Act, which provides crisis relief, mental health and wellbeing services to Australia’s music industry community.
 
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2021 TICKETS
All 2020 tickets will be valid for Splendour 2021 edition. Please retain your tickets and support live music if you wish to attend.
 
Pre-loved tickets are available from Moshtix. If your ticket type is unavailable, keep checking back during the refund window as pre-loved tickets are made available daily.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
23, 24 & 25 July 2021
North Byron Parklands

Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung
splendourinthegrass.com
#SITG2021

 

Byron's most luxurious Airbnb holiday homes

Extraordinary holiday homes in Byron with five-star everything. Airbnb Luxe offers pristine, expertly designed homes with luxury amenities, services, and a dedicated trip designer.

The Residence at Belongil, $8,646 per night

Enjoy the very best of Byron's laid-back coastal lifestyle in this spectacular five bedroom beach house (sleeps 10), with private access to Belongil Beach. Private tennis court, billiard table and plenty of ocean views. Just a 20 minute walk along the beach to the centre of Byron Bay.

The Range, $7,563 per night

A Spanish styled rustic retreat with furnishings hand-crafted by local artisans. There are five bedrooms spread across the three-bedroom homestead, one-bedroom barn studio, and one-bedroom cabin inn. Set on 120 acres of rolling hills in Coopers Shoot (15km outside Byron Bay), with plenty of outdoor entertaining including a deck, pool and fire pit.

Brownell Drive Wategos, $4,000 per night

A modern four bedroom beach house overlooking Wategos Beach on Brownell Drive with soaring ocean views. An open plan home with a patio featuring a heated infinity pool (with pool top sunbeds), outdoor living area and BBQ. Just a 3 minute walk to Wategos Beach or a 10 minute drive to the centre of Byron Bay.

A SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS HEADLINER ANNOUNCEMENT to make you FEEL GOOD INC

With everyone’s favourite Aussie festival now on hold until 23 – 25 July 2021, Splendour HQ has been hard at work to lock in the lineup for the new dates and today we’re excited to announce three of the headliners for Splendour in the Grass 2021!
 
In good news, we can confirm that both Tyler, The Creator and The Strokes have signed up for the new dates. Unfortunately, Flume isn’t available for July 2021, but silver linings…


Splendour is beyond excited to announce that legendary virtual British band Gorillaz will be heading to Byron to Rock The House for their 20th Anniversary event.
 
FRIDAY 23 JULY – GORILLAZ
SATURDAY 24 JULY – THE STROKES
SUNDAY 25 JULY – TYLER, THE CREATOR

Virtual British band Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by musician Damon Albarn (Blur) and artist Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl), their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017) and The Now Now (2018), producing a string of instantly recognizable tracks including Feel Good Inc, Clint Eastwood, DARE and Dirty Harry to name a few.

A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, topping charts and touring the world from San Diego to Syria, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor. They are even recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet's Most Successful Virtual Act.

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to Splendour!
 
We’ll be dropping the rest of the Splendour in the Grass lineup in early 2021, so keep an eye on our socials!

All 2020 tickets will be valid for Splendour 2021 edition. Please retain your tickets and support live music if you wish to attend.

Moshtix has been in touch with all account holders directly (first contact was via email, June 10th). 2020 ticket holders who are not able to attend the July 2021 dates are able to apply for a refund before 12 Midnight on Monday 27 July, 2020. Please note that refunds need to be requested by the purchaser i.e. if a mate purchased your ticket for you, they will also need to request your refund for you.

All pre-loved tickets are available from Moshtix. If your ticket type is unavailable, keep checking back during the refund window as pre-loved tickets are made available daily.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
23, 24 & 25 July 2021
North Byron Parklands

Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung
splendourinthegrass.com
#SITG2021

Byron's markets re-opening in August

Starting with the Byron Bay Community Market on Sunday 2 August, the regions markets are set to re-start in August 2020.

Market managers and organisers from the Northern Rivers, Lismore Council, Richmond Council and Byron Council have agreed to re-open the markets.

This decision was not made lightly. All market managers are under immense pressure to conform to government guidelines and keep their communities safe. When the markets re-open there will be strict restrictions in place and the markets will sadly not look the same as they used to. Things will not be ‘back to normal’. These changes will affect the atmosphere and operations of the markets and they will need your co-operation and support through this.

Please be aware that things can change quickly - so be sure to double check market details directly before attending. Here are the re-start dates with links to each markets' Facebook page to check for updates.

2 August 2020
Byron Bay Community Market - 1st Sunday of the month
Dening Park, Main Beach Foreshore

9 August 2020
The Channon Craft Market - 2nd Sunday of the month
The Channon Rd, The Channon

15 August 2020
Mullumbimby Market - 3rd Saturday of the month
Cnr Stuart & Myocum Sts Mullumbimby

23 August 2020
Bangalow Market - 4th Sunday of the month
Bangalow Showgrounds

5 September 2020
Brunswick Heads Market - 1st Saturday of the month
Memorial Park by the Brunswick River

July 2020 school holidays in Byron Bay

This year, the July school holidays are a little different. NSW travel bans were only lifted in June, and there are still social distancing and other restrictions in place.

Still, there are plenty of family and kid friendly activities to enjoy in Byron Bay - here's a few to inspire you to get out and enjoy yourselves safely. 

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. 

Circus classes

Enjoy the fun and thrill of flying trapeze and circus classes these school holidays! Circus Arts Byron Bay will take kids on the adventure of their lives with amazing high flying trapeze, circus workshops and the ever popular Ninja classes for kids!

Farm Kids

The Farm Byron Bay hosts a range of kids activies over the July school holidays, including - the fascinating life of worms, magic medicinal herbs workshop, mini farmers program, cows workshop, love the planet workshop, bee workshop, and pigs workshop. Please note that Farm Kids will be adhering to all COVID 19  workplace health and safety guidelines.

Palace Cinemas Byron Bay

Re-opening in July with a month of new releases. And, added some additional operation procedures to ensure your comfort and safety. The recently refurbished Palace Cinema is located at 108 Jonson St, Byron Bay.

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