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Byron Regional Art Galleries

Byron Bay and surrounding regional areas are home to a host of fantastic art galleries and exhibition spaces.

Lone Goat Gallery

The Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Bay Library, is an innovative exhibition space that showcases contemporary artists from the Byron region and beyond.

Since opening in 2013, the independent art gallery has hosted a diverse range of programs for locals, artists and visitors of Byron. With new exhibitions from local and international artists every few months, the gallery has become and integral part of the region’s visual arts scene.

The Lone Goat Gallery was aptly names after a well-known female goat. After escaping the rangers, the clever goat lived alone on the Byron Headland for over 10 years. The Byron Shire is renowned for its free spirit, and the story of the lone goat mirrors this perfectly.

For further information visit: www.lonegoatgallery.com

Lismore Regional Gallery

The Lismore Regional Gallery, which opened in 1953, is the fifth oldest regional art gallery in New South Wales. The gallery aims to encourage a dialogue with locals and visitors through a diverse series of events and exhibitions.

The gallery works closely with exhibited artists to ensure the accurate representation of the artist’s intentions. Acclaimed artists such as Margaret Olley, Patricia Piccinini and Sam Jinks have been featured in exhibitions curated especially for the gallery.

The Lismore Regional Gallery plays an active role in the Northern Rivers community, by providing opportunities for local artists to tell stories with great significance to the region.

For further information visit: www.lismoregallery.org

The Channon Gallery

Tucked away in the stunning Northern Rivers hinterland is the village of The Channon. The Channon Gallery is a thought-provoking contemporary gallery that specialises in works created by local artists, and national artists in their mid to late careers.

The Channon Gallery celebrates the spectrum of feelings embodied in exhibited artworks, whether that is joy, rage, delight, or sadness. The gallery seeks to encourage self-reflection, and to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.

The ever-evolving Channon Gallery changes exhibition every four to six weeks, which include solo, duo, trio and group shows.

For further information visit: www.thechannongallery.com

The Margaret Olley Art Centre

Located at the Tweed Regional Gallery, the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) is a unique expose of the distinguished artist’s life and work.

The MOAC includes a delightful collection of Olley’s still-life artworks, along with an interactive multi-media activity, a research library, an educational workshop, and a moving recreation of Olley’s Sydney residence.

The recreation of Olley’s home and studio is breath taking, and includes a clutter of over 20,000 objects: bric-a-brac, furniture, rugs, art, and flowers. The famous Yellow Room and Hat Factory are remade with astonishing accuracy. The partial building also includes original architectural features from her home in Paddington, Sydney, including the windows and doors.

This unusual, dynamic exhibition gives an intimate insight into the inspiration behind Olley’s internationally recognised artworks. It’s not to be missed.

For further information visit: www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

Printed Guides to Byron

Printed, magazine style guides, are always a great source of information while on holiday - not surprising, Byron has a few great guides you can pick up around town or on your travels.

The Byron and Beyond What’s On – the Visitor Guide to Byron Bay

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is the official printed guide to activities and attractions in the Byron Shire and surrounding areas. The annual magazine includes a host of informative articles about transport, markets, food, and weddings. It also features a set of detailed maps and a fantastic yearlong calendar of events.

The magazine is distributed in over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including visit information centres, airports and tourist attractions.

This is the go-to magazine for anyone wanting to experience everything the region has to offer.

Visit www.byronandbeyond.com

The Accommodation Guide

The Accommodation Guide is the sister magazine to the Byron and Beyond What’s On Visitor Guide to Byron Bay. It includes a broad overview of the must-do activities and must-see destinations in Byron, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Nimbin and beyond.

As well as an overview of attractions, you’ll find practical information about transport, food, and an excellent accommodation directory that spans Byron, other towns in the Shire, and surrounding regions.

The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia.

Visit www.byronandbeyond.com

Rusty’s Byron Guide

Rusty’s Byron Guide is the original guide to Byron loved by both locals and tourists. Rusty Miller is an iconic member of the Byron community, and a world-class surfer. He has lived and surfed in Byron Bay since the 1970s.

His vibrant guide to the region includes a collection of articles about the Byron way of life, written mostly by locals. As well as articles about the region’s food, surf culture, music and environment, you’ll find an artistic map of Byron town and the Arts and Industry Estate, and a comprehensive Byron directory.

You can’t go past Rusty’s Byron Guide for an in-depth look into Byron’s unique personality.

Visit www.byron-bay-guide.com.au

Byron Bay With Kids

Byron Bay and the surrounding region offers a range of activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Our Byron Bay with Kids guide will give you some family friendly ideas to enjoy the region.

Cape Byron Lighthouse

The lighthouse is a Byron Bay icon, and trekking up to the most easterly point in Australia is great fun for active families. The walk takes about two hours from the car park at Wategos, and there are plenty of breathtaking ocean views to enjoy on the way up. Once you reach the lighthouse, you may be able to spot a stingray, turtle or dolphin, or, during the winter months, you could catch a glimpse of a humpback whale. There is also a cafe at the lighthouse serving refreshments.

Do keep in mind that the walk is quite steep, and there are stairs. If you’re not able to walk, you can also drive.

Byron Markets

The Byron Bay Community Market is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Butler Street reserve. Take the kids and wander through several acres of market stalls. Kids can make their own candle, have their face painted, and tie-dye their own T-Shirt, and then unwind with some delicious food and live entertainment. The Byron markets are a great day out for families with kids of all ages.

Plan your visit with our Byron Regional Market Schedule

Crystal Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of town and retreat to the tranquil grounds of Crystal Castle. The kids will love the magical atmosphere, as they wander through the rainforest and tropical gardens studded with huge crystals. The ancient labyrinth is great fun, and the ‘Fireheart’ Crystal Dragon Playground, positioned below the Lotus Café, is the perfect place for kids to play while parents relax. With free daily activities and the very special world peace stupa, the Crystal Castle has plenty to offer the young and the old.

For further information, visit www.crystalcastle.com.au

Circus Arts

A trip to Circus Arts Byron Bay is one that will not be forgotten. Suited to kids of all ages, Circus Arts is a huge, fully equipped space located just minutes from town. The space includes an indoor rock climbing wall and a 10m high indoor flying trapeze. Open rain or shine, children can learn to juggle and hula-hoop in a casual class, or have a go at the trapeze and rock-climbing wall. Parents can relax with a cup of coffee at the Big Top Cafe, while kids can enjoy the Play Space and jumping castle.

For further information, visit www.circusarts.com.au

Dolphin Kayak Tour

Kayaking with dolphins in the pristine waters of Byron Bay with your kids is an experience of a lifetime. Surf your kayak, which can hold you and a child, out from Cape Byron, Wategos or the Pass. You’ll have an unbeatable view of the lighthouse, and you may spot dolphins and sea turtles. During the winter months, you may even see a humpback up close!

Further information and online bookings, visit Dolphin Kayak Tour

Drive Around the Hinterland

Tucked among the rolling hills of the Byron Bay Hinterland are gorgeous local villages that are mostly unexplored by Byron’s visitors. Enjoy the small towns’ cafes, restaurants and pubs, which celebrate the best of the regions produce. After lunch, you can head out of town and into the rainforest for a bush walk. See a stunning waterfall up close on the 4km gentle walk to the base of Minyon Falls. Or take a trip to Rocky Creek Damn with a packed picnic (there are picnic and toilet facilities on site). The surrounding Australian flora makes for a stunning backdrop. But be careful! You may end up sharing your meal with the kookaburras.

Macadamia Castle

Macadamia Castle has been one of the most popular kids’ attractions in the area for more than 35 years. Explore the animal park, feed the ducks, dine in the café, and enjoy the huge tree house style playground. There’s also putt putt golf and a miniature train ride.

For further information, visit www.macadamiacastle.com.au

Skateboarding

Have your kids shown interest in skateboarding? Byron Bay Skateboard School has one-on-one and group classes to suit skateboarders of all levels. Creator Flavio Biehl has been skateboarding for over 30 years, and has entered hundreds of comps across around the world. From teaching beginners to balance and build confidence, to challenging more advanced riders with tricks, the Byron Bay Skateboard School provides a fun and supportive learning environment.

For further information, visit www.skateboardschool.com.au

Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk

Get active and help out a great local cause with the Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk! Supporting the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the walk is a fantastic way to see the Byron Bay coastline while raising funds for an essential and important service.

Winding its way along the beautiful Byron coastline from Denning Park in Byron Bay, the walk passes by awe-inspiring coastal scenery, providing the perfect motivation to continue on to the finish line. Consisting of three routes that make their way south towards Ballina, the walk covers a range of terrains including sand, bush tracks and sealed roads. Take on the 12 km route that ends at Broken Head Reserve, the 24km path that will lead you to Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the 35km walk that takes you all the way to Ballina Surf Life Saving Club.

Held on Sunday the 31st of May in 2015, the charity walk offers the opportunity to either enter individually or as a member of a team of anywhere between 4 and 20 members. The walk from Byron Bay to Ballina can be enjoyed at any speed, be it quickly or at a leisurely pace, and is open to participants as young as 12 years who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Importantly, all of the money raised by the Byron Bay to Ballina Charity Walk stays in the region, going directly to the Northern Regional Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service to ensure that the area’s residents and visitors can receive the help that they need when they require it most.

Get a team together, set yourself a challenge, or make the most of the Byron region’s natural beauty while helping to ensure the continuation of an important local organisation!

Fine Dining Byron Style

Just like the beaches, fine dining in Byron Bay is world-class.

The Balcony

The Balcony Bar and Restaurant is an iconic Byron eatery, located on the corner of Lawson and Johnson Street. The balcony overlooks the bustling streets – you could sit for hours watching the colourful Byron characters walk by!

The Balcony serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu features a variety of tapas, oysters, mains and decadent desserts. The wild mushroom, goat’s cheese and thyme arancini balls served with truffle aioli are a must from the tapas menu, and the fillet steak never disappoints. The churros accompanied by hot chocolate sauce are the perfect dessert to share.

As well as an excellent fine dining menu, The Balcony is well known for its extensive award-winning wine list and exciting cocktail menu.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6680 9666 or visit www.balcony.com.au

Beach Byron Bay

Talk about a view! Beach Byron Bay is located right on the dunes, with panoramic views of Clarks Beach and Julian Rocks. This award-winning restaurant offers an all-day casual cafe, a park kiosk, a cocktail bar and a fine dining dinner experience.

The dinner menu showcases the finest in-season local produce, such as Byron Bay seafood and Bangalow pork. The dishes are inspired by the beachside setting – relaxed, unique, beautiful. From the humble fish of the day, to more exotic mains, such as squid ink linguini with squid, chilli, garlic, lime zest and poached egg beignet, the Byron Beach Café captures the best of the region.

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Byron Bay – there really is no better way to enjoy a meal.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6685 8400 or visit beachbyronbay.com.au

The Restaurant at The Byron at Byron

Savour your dining experience at The Restaurant at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. The large open plan dining area, alfresco atmosphere and rainforest backdrop make for magnificent dining.

To ensure the food is as fresh and delicious as possible, the menu changes with the season. Dishes reflect the varied produce available in the local area, and ingredients are sourced from local farms where possible by our Head Chef Gavin Hughes, who is Ambassador for the Byron Bay Farmers Market.

Soak up the subtropical surroundings on the verandah with an exquisite meal, or relax on the large lounges with tapas and cocktails.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6639 2111 or visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au/the-byron-bay-restaurant

Italian at the Pacific

Fine dining just metres from Main Beach – the Italian at the Pacific is a contemporary Italian restaurant in the centre of town. The fresh, generous meals and modern yet cosy setting are perfect for both groups and couples.

The a la Carte menu, designed by a world-class head chef, features a range of Italian classics: antipasti, risotto, pasta, meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Traditional lasagne with a whole slow-roasted lamb shank in rich tomato sauce is a favourite. And for dessert, you can’t go past the Sardinian tiramisu. The cocktail menu is extensive and exciting, too.

Everyone adores Italian food, and the vibrant Italian at the Pacific does not disappoint.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6680 7055 or visit www.italianatthepacific.com.au

Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic place to swim, cycle and run.

Swimming in Byron

There’s no better feeling than diving into the crystal clear waters of Byron Bay – it’s no wonder a group of people come together every morning to swim between The Pass and Main Beach. Starting your day with a 1.5km ocean swim is invigorating, and many of the swimmers have been doing it for years.

They meet at 8am each morning at the Surf Club, and trek along the beach until they arrive at The Pass. Then the swim begins.

Less experienced swimmers take this opportunity to challenge themselves – being surrounded by experienced swimmers is much safer than swimming alone. And, the current is in your favour; it’ll help push you toward Main Beach.

If you are a more experienced swimmer, challenge yourself by entering the annual Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic. People come from across the country to attend this iconic event, which has been won by numerous Olympians since it began in 1988.

There are two courses to chose from: the Ocean Swim Classic, and the Ky Hurst Mini Swim. The Ocean Swim Classic is 2.2km long, and stretches from Wategos to Main Beach. The entire course is buoyed. The Ky Hurst Mini Swim is for less experienced swimmers and children 9+. The course runs along Clarks Beach and ends at Main Beach.

Learn more at www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au

Cycling in Byron

Byron Bay is a cycling mecca. With the picturesque coastline, breathtaking hinterland, and unique townships, riders in the Byron Bay Cycle Club are spoilt for choice. The Byron Bay Cycle Club is one of the oldest in the country, and it encourages members to take part in both races and social rides.

Riders in the Byron Bay Cycle Club ride both road bikes and mountain bikes. The club facilitates a safe, social environment for experienced and inexperienced riders to reach their full potential.

Learn more at byronbaycycleclub.org.au

Running in Byron

If you love to swim, cycle AND run, the Byron Bay Triathlon is the sporting event for you. Each year on the second weekend of May the event attracts about 1300 people from around Australia and the world.

The course takes competitors on a 1.5km swim through the calm beaches of Byron Bay, then on a 40km cycle through rainforest, bush and farmland, and lastly on a run through the colourful town.

The Run for Mum mothers day fun run and family walk is a great way to get involved if you’re no athlete. Participants walk or run along a 5km loop, beginning at the Surf Club, heading down to The Pass, and then back along the beach.

This world-class triathlon, which marks the end of the QLD/NSW triathlon calendar, is the perfect excuse to come and spend a few days in Byron with friends and family.

Learn more at www.byronbaytri.com.au

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015


G. Love & Special Sauce on stage with Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter & Jake Shimabukuro

Always a pleasure - 26 years experience meant a few last minute cancelations and some wet weather didn't dampen the fun of Bluesfest 2015. Plenty of great music, any food you can imagine, interesting market stalls and a couple coffee tents with seating.


British India had no trouble standing in


Melbourne Ska Orchestra enjoying themselves

But, my favourite part of Bluesfest is being blown away by an act. To this day I remember my first Bluesfest back in 1992 (their 3rd I think) and catching Dave Hole's performance - in 2015, my pick is Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones (yes, I saw them twice).


Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

If you were there, I trust you had a blast, if not - there's always next year, see you at 2016 Bluesfest Byron Bay.


See you all in 2016!

Byron Bay Ballooning

Pre-flight

Ballooning requires cool stable winds an early morning pickup is arranged for 5:25am sharp. The bonus of this early hour is we will see the sunrise. Our driver lets us know that it is going to be a 10 minute drive to Tyagarah air field where we will meet the rest of our group, receive our instructions and then drive to the morning's takeoff location. Takeoff can be from a number of locations dependent on the day’s winds.

Thomas, our pilot, welcomes the group and gives us a full safety brief including our landing instructions. It seems everyone is marking a celebration with a ballooning experience; a married couple’s wedding anniversary present, a 60th birthday and son, another couple celebrating a birthday, twins who were gifted the flight for a 'significant' birthday, a solo Japanese female traveller and myself. We drive to a field close to Billinudgel, a small town around 20 minutes north of Byron, and the twins enthusiastically offer to help with inflating the balloon. The mild morning with clear blue skies has everyone talking excitedly.

In flight

An older man required help into the basket and the professional crew assisted graciously and with a minimum of fuss. All aboard and with a signal from Thomas and a blast from the burner, we are gently climbing up and over the tree tops. I can hear gasps of delight from other passengers as we continue drifting and surveying the picturesque landscape. At times we climbed up to 2000 feet giving a vast panoramic view of the ancient volcanic Caldera Range and Mt Warning (Wollumbin) in the distance passing high above the rolling hills, cane fields, rivers and waterways.

Drifting along in a balloon is an incredibly serene experience with an occasional blast from the burners to maintain height. The ride is much smoother than I'd imagined and it is quite surreal floating high in the open air looking down. Sailing through different scenery, we are all constantly in awe as everything has such a different perspective, and moving at approximately 30 km per hour the vista is constantly changing. Another surprise is we don’t feel any wind because we are moving with the wind! Time seems to literally fly and after almost an hour, we are heading for our landing.

Post-flight

Dutifully following our safety instructions, we land seamlessly in a paddock near Tyagarah airfield. I ask Thomas if he has an arrangement with local landowners and his response is 'this is a bottle of French champagne in the letterbox landing'. We help to deflate the balloon and pack it up. As we drive away, one of the twins points out that Thomas wasn’t joking about leaving champagne in the letterbox.

Back at the airfield, over a sumptuous champagne breakfast, it’s a collective warm and glowing debrief. The twins agree that they need to thank their friend who bought their flight, 'an experience is such a great gift' she adds. I can only agree. The finale is the presentation of our certificates. We all go home with a spring in our step feeling pleased with our day’s experience and I am wondering to whom I might gift a balloon flight.

For more information or to book an experience of a life time call 1300 889 660, email info@byronbayballooning.com.au or go to www.byronbayballooning.com.au

Byron Bay Film Festival

The 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival 6-15 March

The largest film festival in Australia, is a 10-day festival held annually in March. With over 220 cutting-edge films from over 35 countries, the festival celebrates and supports independent film talent from the local community and abroad.



Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke said, “Today, we’re living in a download culture. This year we're asking film lovers to 'ditch the downloads' and celebrate the unique experience a collective, shared viewing experience creates. 'Magic Happens in the Dark' is a call to leave the comfort of the couch and dive deep into all that the festival has to offer.

Located in the stunning beachside town of Byron Bay and surrounding centres of Ballina, Lismore, and Muwillumbah, the festival showcases innovative and thought-provoking films.

Screened in five venues, the selected documentaries, short films, feature films, and animations aim to entertain, educate and encourage social dialogue. International filmmakers, local up-and-comers and film lovers leave the festival with an enriched worldview and a raised cultural and environmental awareness.

As well as the 50+ sessions, the Byron Bay International Film Festival hosts events, parties, panels, workshops master classes, and school screenings. Tickets and program available on the Byron Bay Filmfest website.

In recent years, musicians Jack Johnson and Kirk Pengilly, comedian Akmal Saleh, actors Jack Thompson and Vince Colossimo and surfer Laybe Beachley have attended.

The sell-out gala opening and closing events are some of Byron’s most glamorous nights of the year. Hundreds of industry legends, locals and film lovers strut down the red carpet.



The iconic Full Moon Beachside Screening, set on the grass above Byron’s stunning Main Beach, that in previous year’s has attracted thousands of picnickers for a night of free live music and cinema under the stars has been rescheduled for later in 2015 due to weather concerns.

Byron Bay Film Festival is AACTA Awards accredited. Each year, the festival awards standout films in categories such as feature, documentary, music video, and animation. The festival also celebrates up-and-coming local talent with the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award, judged by film critic Peter Thompson.

2015 Byron Bay Film Festival program and tickets available from 23rd February at www.bbff.com.au.

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens - a Faraway Magical Place in Byron’s Hinterland

Ranked Mullumbimby’s #1 tourist attraction on TripAdvisor, Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens offers a cornucopia of delightful, feelgood experiences. Owners and founders, Naren and Sono King are committed to providing an ethical, sustainable tourism attraction and that commitment is evident in every detail of this unique attraction including their staff.

Set 7km, out of Mullumbimby, these private botanical gardens are filled with extraordinary crystals, sub-tropical plant life and wait for it…. Australia’s first Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra World Peace Stupa!



What’s New? – An intriguing new daily program offering

Shambhala Gardens Tour (45mins) - a fascinating guided tour of the gardens detailing the incredible journey of the owners. Like everyone who works here, our guide was passionate, informative and entertaining. She lead us on a few guided meditations at different sacred statues. Other highlights include the beautiful koi pond and the Peace Fountain.

Crystal Experience (45 mins) – a brief history of Crystal Castle and of the healing powers of crystals. We learnt how to choose crystals for ourselves and others and why and how to use them for healing.

Music of the Plants (30 mins) – another guided meditation in this beautiful setting that put us in the moment and in the perfect mind frame to enhance the experience. Referencing The Secret Life of Plants and research cnducted by the Damanhur Federation in Italy, our guide used a device that converts a plant’s individual vibration into music. The audience was captivated and the music entrancing. Just prior to this I had the privilege of listening to Squalo Canapa from Damanhur, I am curious and inspired to learn more.

Peace Experience (50 mins) – one of only seven World Peace Stupas and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a visualisation meditation and sacred walk around The Peace Stupa and another unique bliss-inducing experience.



All these experiences are free with the entry charge. There is a range of price structures for entry; family, locals, annual passes.

Plan ahead to get the most from your visit.

  • Check website for times of daily experiences as they may change depending on the season www.crystalcastle.com.au
  • Take sunscreen, hat and water
  • Allow at least three hours for your visit
  • You won’t be disappointed by this unique experience and it is obvious why it has such wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. As my Buddhist cousin would conclude.
    Peace.

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