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Coronavirus (COVID-19) cancellations in Byron Bay

A range of events and venues are being canceled, postponed and temporarily shut down in Byron Bay due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is a list with links through to further details. 

Updated 31 March at 10:00 am, please send any related information through to [email protected]

Byron Shire Council responses to COVID-19
Council-managed community halls ar closed, a temporary three-month suspension of all busking licences and Main Beach and Clark’s Beach carparks ar closed. Full detail via

Closed: Stage 1 restrictions from midday Monday 23 March.
All Registered and licensed clubs and licensed premises in hotels and pubs. Entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos and nightclubs. Indoor sporting venues including gyms. ️Places of worship. And, Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only. Full detail via

Closed: Byron Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is closed from 24 March till further notice. Full detail via their Instagram.

Cancelled: Byron Writers Festival 2020
2021 dates are 6-8 August. Full details at

Closed: Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
They look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible, full announcement via

Closed: Stone & Wood Brewing
Tasting Rooms are closed until further notice, our Byron Tasting Room TAKEAWAY WINDOW is now open and they're offering FREE online shipping to your door Australia-wide. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Paused: The Byron Flea Market
The Byron Youth Activities Centre (YAC) team,  is sad to announce that the Byron Flea is on hold until further notice. For updates on the Flea & other YAC offerings visit

Closed: The Farm
It's with heavy hearts that we must temporarily close The Farm gate to the public tonight until further notice. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Suspended: Byron Solar Train
Services suspended from 24 March, they will resume service as soon as possible. Full details at

Rescheduled: Splendour in the Grass Festival 2020
Splendour in the Grass 2020 is being rescheduled to Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2020 at North Byron Parklands. Full details at

Cancelled: The 2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest, Easter long weekend
Event organiser Peter Noble posted to Facebook on 16 March. "It is obvious we will not be on this Easter. We are heartbroken as we believe we were presenting one of the best ever bills of talent for you." Full detail at

Paused: Byron Markets
It is with heavy hearts that the Byron Community Centre announce the pausing of all Byron Bay Markets until further notice – this includes Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market. Full details via

Postponed: Byron Bay Triathlon
The event is on hold while the organisers work with their partners on a suitable rescheduled date. Full detail via

Closed: Byron Theatre
It is with a heavy heart that the Byron Community Centre wish to inform you that the Byron Theatre will be closed for all events until further notice. Full details via

Closed: Palace Cinema Byron Bay
Will temporarily close all Palace Cinema locations from Thursday the 19th of March for an indefinite period and intend to re-open as soon as circumstances allow. Full detail via

Closed: Brunswick Picture House
Has taken the decision to postpone all our upcoming shows and events and are effectively closed until after renovations are completed later this year. Full detail via

Cancelled: The Bangalow Market 
The March 22 market has been cancelled, the status of future Bangalow Markets will be actively monitored and updates posted on their website. Full detail via

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and Maritime Museum 
The grounds and precinct are open, but the Lighthouse itself is closed, the museum is closed and tours have been suspended. Full detail at

Postponed: Stone & Wood Murbah Open Day 2020
This event brings our Northern Rivers community together, Stone & Wood are disappointed to postpone Murbah Open Day 2020 until further notice. Full detail via

Postponed: Renew Fest 2020 
Renew Fest 2020 has been postponed to 20th-22nd of Nov. and is exploring other ways they can assist our local and national communities. Full detail via

Cancelled: Harvest Festival 1-9 May
Northern Rivers Food has reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Harvest Festival. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Cancelled: The Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic 
The organisers are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the event and that they are unable to donate to their selected charities and local organisations. Full detail at

Closed: Byron Bay Brewery
Because the venue is connected with the brewery, they are closed as a precaution to the brewery site allowing them to keep on brewing. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Closed: Lone Goat Gallery
Lone Goat Gallery will temporarily close, initially for two weeks (from 17 March 2020). The forthcoming exhibition by Hannah Cutt -Buoys will be Buoys- is postponed. Full announcement via

Postponed: CARNABYRON 2020
Organisers are working on the best outcome for their community event, a new date will be announced as soon as possible. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Date Change: Curious
The April CURIOUS is now re-scheduled for May 2 and will be the first Groove Terminator show for over 12 years in Byron Shire. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Bangalow Billycart Derby 
In consultation with the Bangalow Public School P&C and Byron Shire Council our new date for the derby is set for Sunday 20th September 2020. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival 
Organisers looking for a date later in the year. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Northern Rivers EV Forum 2020
At this stage, Zero Emissions Byron aim to reschedule to 26 September 2020, unless this date needs to be updated due to changing circumstances. Full announcement via their Facebook Event.

Cancelled: Circus Arts Byron Bay
The circus show "80's Circus Jam" on the 3rd of April 2020 in their Byron Bay venue has now been cancelled. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Closed: Woody's Surf Shack
Have made the decision to close their doors and cease operations until this public health crisis is resolved. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Byron Council's public community consultation events
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Byron Shire Council has postponed plans for a range of public community consultation events in the coming months. Full details via

Postponed: Lismore Lantern Parade
Organisers are disappointed to announce that the 2020 Lismore Lantern Parade must be postponed to November. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron

Celebrate taco Tuesday Byron style, or eat great Mexican food everyday in and around Byron Bay. Plus, enjoy cocktails and Mexican beer at the licensed restaurants. Here are the top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron as voted for by our Facebook fans (listed in alphabtical order).

Chihuahua Taqueria

Brings food groups and flavours found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Ol' Byron town. The menu includes all the good gear and more!


Coastal Mexican taqueria in Byron Bay. CHUPACABRA brings the true taste of coastal Mexico through vibrant, light and wholesome dishes, harnessing the exceptional produce available (with support of a similar climate).

El Camino Cantina

NOW CLOSED - Kick-back post surf with a giant margarita in hand, sombrero on head and unlimited corn chips and salsa! El Camino Cantina offers an authentic Tex-Mex experience you’ll never forget!

La Casita Brunswick Heads

An authentic, regional style of Mexican cuisine in a casual, mostly outdoor setting. Fully licensed with a mix of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits - no BYO or takeaway option.

Miss Margarita Byron Bay

A friendly place which blends the energy and flavours of Mexico with the beachy vibe of Byron. Daily HAPPY HOUR from 5pm to 6pm. Limited reservations in winter, a ‘walk-in’ only restaurant the rest of the year. 

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with

Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride 8 March 2020

Byron Bay participates in the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) on Sunday 8 March 2020. Participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport, to "deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world". The dress code motto is "bare as you dare". 

Participants meet at 1.30pm for paint up at Gilmore crescent near the YAC. Ride commences at 3pm. The easy ride will take about 30-minutes, and is suitable for all fitness levels. No walkers permitted, you must be on a bike, skates or blades. 

Come Join the biggest and best World Naked Bike ride Byron Bay has seen, a sunny Sunday afternoon is forecast for 8 March, which will again ensure the naked bike rid through Byron Bay attracts plenty of participants and spectators.

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

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

This year the Byron riders will be asking for donations as they ride to help support The ongoing running costs of the World Naked Bike Ride.

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

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Splendour’s ‘bout to hit you with that 20/20, 20/20 vision...
It was 2001. Aussie music fans were sifting through CD’s at their local record store, wearing low rise cargo pants and sporting blonde tips; and an inaugural lineup of nineteen acts, headlined by Powderfinger, played to a sold-out crowd of 12,500 people at Belongil Fields on one glorious winter’s day at the very first Splendour in the Grass festival. The punters loved it and the seed was sown for what would become an iconic annual pop culture moment and Australia’s biggest celebration of music. It’s been one helluva ride and we’re only just getting started!

Music lovers! The 20th annual Splendour in the Grass Music and Arts Festival returns to its home at North Byron Parklands from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July with a #yuge crew of artists, and a celebration that’s set to make your earfquake!
Kaleidoscopic and controversial Grammy award winning rappers, the world’s seminal indie greats, pioneering producers and Australian rock royalty will take off into the Splendour stratosphere alongside a hand-picked selection the freshest international and homegrown talent across the The Amphitheatre, GW McLennan and Mix Up stages. Plus, this year Splendour’s new PARK(lands) Stage will feature handpicked lineups bought to you by the Secret Sounds, Astral People and Love Police brains trusts. 
Flume made his Splendour debut back in 2012 and has since achieved worldwide domination! With 11 x ARIA Awards and a Grammy on the shelf, the Hottest 100’s current #2 place holder has played every major music festival on the planet and this year will stop in at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball before we welcome him back to Splendour for his only Australian show this year.
Perenially on point, The Strokes are bona fide rock n roll royalty! With a new single just out and their first album in seven years ‘The New Abnormal’ set to drop in April, The Strokes will hit the stage at Splendour after headline spots at Primavera Sound, Way Out West, Lollapalooza, The Governor’s Ball and Shaky Knees to name a few.

Exclusive to Splendour and after a stunning performance and win at the 2020 Grammy Awards, Tyler, The Creator will play his first ever all ages Australian show. From Odd Future to Igor, he is inarguably one of the most innovative artists on the planet and will touch down at Splendour via headline spots at Primavera Sound, Roskilda and Parklife.
And there’s so much more! Get ready to spend your Splendour 2020 weekend with:


Yup, Splendour is ready to dole you up some double decade goodness! The Splendour spaces you know and love will return in 2020 alongside some fresh new faces...
Dance your way into a new dimension at the TIPI FOREST! This party portal will send you into a bush doof universe of underground sounds and subversive sub-genres, spun by some of the best selectors and producers from Byron and surrounds. Connect with the beat and the people around you as epic lightscapes and psychedelic art guide the way.
Doofed so hard you strained a chakra? Set things right at THE GLOBAL VILLAGE! Get grounded with a yoga class, sip on kombucha or a warm chai, oggle over your future with an oracle, indulge in a massage or get involved in some circus play. When it’s time to adventure, transport yourself to the far reaches of the musical spectrum at THE WORLD STAGE where you’ll be immersed in sounds from all corners of the globe.
Keep your brain cells in check at THE FORUM! Back with an impressive bunch of insightful, remarkable and damn intelligent individuals, take a seat and listen up to a variety of thought-provoking talks and panels across the weekend. Round it all off with a cheeky chuckle sesh at THE COMEDY CLUB, where the the funniest people in the comedy biz will be dishing up shits ‘n gigs each evening. 
Perfecting your gin to juice ratio about as technical as you get? You need to check in at THE SCIENCE TENT! If you found 2019’s presentation on pill testing by Dr David Caldicott informative, then get ready for another brain-broadening stint in 2020. Prepare to launch yourself into a world of mind-blowing talks, explosive experiments, hands-on workshops and fact-checking realness from Friday through to Sunday.

Feeling parched? Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or bubbly buff, Splendour’s got myriad watering holes that’ll whet a variety of appetites including a few new spots to explore…
Picture your ultimate OTT disco ball and glitter fantasy and you’ll be getting close to the utter fabulousness of Splendour’s new RAINBOW BAR. Long overdue, this new stop on your Splendour itinerary will feature programming by some of the LGBTQI community’s favourite party markers.
Prefer a mocktail or a kombucha? Whether you’re in the midst of Dry July, One Year No Beer or just managing your overall wellness, Splendour has you covered. Our all new, alcohol free TEMPERANCE BAR will be serving up an enviable array of non-alcoholic beverages by a renowned mixologist. Stay tuned for more details in the months to come!
And if you’re up for living the high life then Splendour’s VIP VILLAGE is your festival home away from home, with access to your very own private retreat plus VIP access to the Golden View in the Amphitheatre. With Sydney’s famous Dolphin Hotel on cocktail duty and Mary’s Pizzeria serving up the best slice in town, there’s also a concierge, express event entry lanes, coat check, fancy toilets and more. Supercharge your Splendour experience and do 2020 in style!
The munchies got you good? Travel through your taste buds and explore tons of delicious offerings at the three food halls dotted around the site, or pull up at The Truck Stop, where punters can re-fuel on a tasty array of street-style eats.
No Splendour 2019 experience was complete without going ham on the ‘gram to the epic art installations dotted around the site, including the legendary Hiromi Hotel by Hiromi Tango or Cool Shit’s inflatable The Rock. Prepare your eyeballs (and your feed) for more legendary SPLENDOUR ARTS in 2020!
Bali is sooo 2018! Ditch the braids and the bintangs and bring the fam to Splendour! From young thugs to teenage dirtbags, Splendour has the whole tribe sorted when it comes to living your best festival family life. Unleash those little terrors at LITTLE SPLENDOUR, the ultimate family playground. Discover DJ Skool, burn some energy rock climbing, get involved in some workshops or dive into dress ups. Hanging to make a run for it? Little Splendour’s babysitting service is on hand so you can sneak in a bevvy or five. And when they’re all tuckered out, tuck yourselves in at The Meadow, Splendour’s designated family campground that is out of earshot from the main campground so you’ll be catching ZZZs in no time at all.
When it’s time to recharge the battery, camping onsite is your ticket to the full Splendour 2020 experience and we have a variety of options available. The camping area closest to the event site is vehicle free but you can camp with your wheels in other areas. For the time being you only need to purchase your event and camping ticket. You’ll be able to choose where you want to park your rig when vehicle passes go on sale.
Onsite camping is available for up to 5 nights, with early entry into the campgrounds available from Wednesday 22 July, so bunk in for an easy and affordable way to experience Splendour. Travelling from afar and not keen to lug your tent? Pack light and book yourself into Flash Camp, Tent City or Byron Bay Camping Hire. Bringing the kids? The Meadow, our family friendly campground is the place for you!

Like last year, Splendour will again be offering ticket buyers the option to purchase on a payment plan. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions before you purchase.
The 2020 Splendour app is now available to download or update. Head here for iPhone and Android.
Australia’s native fauna has been under enormous pressure in recent times with unprecedented bush fires followed by flooding in many areas of the east coast. To help with their recovery, Splendour will be announcing a suite of fundraising initiatives to roll out across the coming months. Stay tuned for info about how you can bid on some amazing money can’t buy experiences like your own backstage dressing room and special VIP access tickets. In the first instance, patrons will have the option to donate when purchasing their Splendour 2020 ticket. All funds raised will be donated to WIRES. 

9am sharp AEDT on Thursday 27 February through MOSHTIX or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

3 Day Event Ticket - $399 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
VIP Village 3 Day Event Ticket - $599 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Single Day Tickets - $189 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
VIP Village Single Day Ticket - $299 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Camping Ticket - $145 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Camping Ticket – Family Campground - $145 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Green Offset - $3 per ticket

Valentine's Day 2020 Byron style

Enjoy a Valentine's Day meal Byron style and experience the great food and exceptional hospitality the region is known for... maybe even stay out overnight.

Seafood for Valentine's at Fishheads

Freshest seafood available, served in a relaxed contemporary environment by the beach, join Fishheads and indulge in a complementary glass of sparkling wine, as well as a rose and a chocolate for the ladies!

Bookings essential - 02 6680 7632

A week of love at El Camino Cantina!

Celebrate Valentine’s Week at El Camino Cantina from Monday 10th – Friday 14th February.
Come in with your better half, galentine or group of friends and enjoy the perfect share-style menu!

The Valentines Day package ($49pp) is available all week and includes:

- Wings to share
- 2 tacos of your choice each
- Sizzling steak and chicken fajita to share
- February rita of the month – The Sweet Heart each
- Churros and chocolate-dipped strawberries to share

Naturally in love at the Byron at Byron Crystalbrook

Cheers to you with French sparkling flair and an exquisite four-course degustation featuring produce sourced from the best in Byron Bay.  

Then, spoil yourselves with a night away from home in our rainforest-enclosed Suite where you'll find local chocolates (our favourites) and breakfast for two the morning after.

Packages from $635 and dinner seatings available from 6:00pm, Friday 14 February. Dinner only packages available from $95 per person. 

Eat, drink, love at the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Enjoy some of Sean Connolly’s signature dishes, made with love. We’ve put together a menu to have you indulging with out any of the hassles, not just for couples, available to groups also. V’days not just for two’s right?

Enjoy a meal with a view with us here on our Balcony in the heart of Byron Bay with our 3 course set menu for $69.

Azure Bar and Grill is at Elements of Byron Resort & Spa

In addition to their brand new lunch and dinner menus - the Valentine's Day special is available lunch and dinner on Friday 14th February. Bookings essential - 02 6639 1550

- Fig salad, cashew curd, focaccia croutons, balsamic, local greens (vegan)
- Oven roast scallops (3), XO sauce, soft herbs

- 550g grass-fed fillet of beef, butter roasted eschalot, mushroom jus (to be shared between 2)
- Roasted market fish, brown butter, vadouvan, lime
- Sweet miso eggplant, smoked ponzu, golden sesame, green onions, soft herbs (vegan)

Rhubarb & blood plum, crumble, vanilla ice cream



Australian music royalty Richard Clapton and Kasey Chambers have joined the NRMA for its Bright Futures Centenary road trip tour kick off on the Northern Rivers at the end of this month.

Richard Clapton and Kasey Chambers will headline entertainment at the event on the Northern Rivers on the weekend of 29 February and again on 6 June in Parramatta.

In a move designed to encourage Australians to road trip to regional communities, the NRMA Centenary celebrations will feature five free family events across regional NSW and a final event in Sydney. The call to action has been further highlighted by recent bushfires and the ongoing drought.

The events will feature new ‘big things’ art, kids activities, food trucks, music, entertainment, local talks and much more including interactive installations, activities and games, with a focus on celebrating local flora and fauna and promoting local entertainment and art.

As well as Richard Clapton and Kasey Chambers, the Northern Rivers event will showcase local acts including Pink Zinc and The Palm Wine Ambassadors while kids will love Bunny Racket, and Spaghetti Circus Inc. Food trucks will also be on site all weekend showcasing local businesses and producers.

For those wanting to get further involved in their local area, community groups will have pop-ups and talks scheduled throughout the weekend. Groups attending include Rainforest Rescue, Byron Bird Buddies, North Coast Regional Landcare Network, WIRES Northern Rivers, Zero Emissions Byron, Surfing NSW, Friends of the Koalas and COREM.

Families, Members and individuals can register to attend the free weekend-long festival at Details for the six festivals are:

  1. Northern Rivers North Byron Parklands 29 February - 1 March
  2. Tamworth Bicentennial Park 14-15 March
  3. Kiama Black Beach Reserve 4-5 April
  4. Wagga Wagga Apex Park 18-19 April
  5. Queanbeyan Showgrounds 2-3 May
  6. Parramatta Parramatta Park 6-7 June

NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund said the company’s Centenary road trip celebration was about showcasing the best the state had to offer and to encourage a boost in regional tourism.

“When the NRMA conceived its Bright Futures tour 12 months ago the idea was to use our Centenary as a platform to support regional areas affected by drought – nobody foresaw the devastating bushfire season that lay ahead,” Mr Lund said.

“The motivation behind these events is now more critical than ever. We want people to get in the car and join the NRMA for our road trips celebrations. Bring the family and while you’re there spend some money in the local communities.

“Crucially, we hope our Bright Futures tour will be the motivation for Australians to book a domestic holiday or go on a road trip this year and visit some of these remarkable destinations. These communities are fighting to rebuild. They need our help and the best way to support them is by booking a local holiday.” 

$50 off your booking on these Holiday Rentals in Byron Bay

Local agents can help you find the holiday rental that best meets your needs. Dalene at Byron Bay Holidayz is offering $50 off your booking if you mention when enquiring about the following properties.

Gidget's Surf Shack

Gidgets Surfshack has four spacious bedrooms with ceiling fans in 3 and reverse cycle air in 2. There are 3 bathrooms (2 with ensuites) and a fabulous outdoor bath & shower,  just a one minute walk to town and a 5 minute walk to main beach.

Frankie 58

5 Bedroom (sleeps 10) beach house with quirky charm and modern comforts in the heart of Byron Bay, 1min walk to town, 5min walk to Main Beach. Property includes a plunge pool, separate dining room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and ducted air-conditioning.

Cavvanbah Seaside Cottage

3 Bedroom, walk to town and the beach access track is directly opposite. The property’s reconstruction has sympathetically blended the old world charm with a spacious modern interior. 2 min walk to beach, 8 min walk to town.

Byron Break

Budget two bedroom accommodation in prime location, just 400m from Main Beach and 200m from the town centre. Plus, outdoor area with BBQ and off-street parking is provided for up to 2 cars.

Byron by the Beach

Large 5 bedroom (sleeps 10), air-conditioned, family home, just a short walk to town and just a few minutes walk from the bush track to Belongil Beach.

V-Day Dance Main Beach 2020

Be part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against all women & children! 

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 AM – 9 AM

Main Beach Byron Bay, meet at 6.30 to dance at 7am.

Wear red. Wheelchair accessible & AUSLAN interpreted. 

Learn the dance (free workshops available), watch the videos, or just dance wild. 

This is our 8th annual protest, in global solidarity with millions of other humans who want a better world. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, learn more at

Also part of V Day, two shows Friday 14th & Saturday 15th February, 7.30-10pm at the Byron Theatre.

Vagina ConVersations #5 presented by Zenith Virago & Byron Community Centre

After sell out performances four years running, this informal, diverse collective of some of Byron Shire’s powerful, creative women and non-binary people with vaginas, are presenting their pieces – some are personal or professional or political stories, which inspire and educate, empower and support.

It’s funny, sad, courageous, challenging and celebratory.



As much of the country battles the devastating bushfires and extreme conditions that have wreaked havoc across the New Year’s period, the indomitable spirit of the Australian people has never been in clearer focus.

Photo Kurt Petersen Photography

From the tireless work of the CFA, the RFS and our volunteer firefighters, to the hundreds of spare beds on offer, through to the millions of dollars raised in fire relief so far - it’s obvious that the best of us are doing all we can in a time of great need. All our thoughts here at Secret Sounds and Falls Festival are with those affected locally and nationally in the current conditions.

This unflappable character was writ large during the Lorne leg of Falls Festival this year, as the unavoidable weather conditions forced an early closure of our stunning festival site after only one day of festivities.

Far from dropping their bundles, the loyal Falls crowd were absolutely amazing in their response to this body blow, patiently packing up their tents and waiting in line to leave, keeping spirits high and cobbling together alternate New Year’s plans as they went. Some of these plans weren’t too far removed from what they would’ve been served up amongst the ancient trees of the Otway Forest either way, as several generous artists put together huge fundraisers in lieu of their headline sets.

“A huge thanks to you, our Falls audience. While it was disappointing, your overwhelming support around the mid show Lorne cancellation was nothing short of inspiring. A lot of people, wildlife and firies are doing it damn tough at the moment and your safety was our priority. Thankfully the rest of Falls ran beautifully with some of our best festivals yet, including standout performances from Halsey, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, the legendary John Farnham & Baker Boy with too many others to mention. And of course, a mega shout out to our awesome Falls team who put in huge amounts of care, good old-fashioned hard work and heart which make Falls Festival what it is. Thanks to all, here’s to a safe 2020!!”
Jessica Ducrou & Paul Piticco xo

Melbourne’s inner city was flooded over the last weekend on 2019, with huge shows by the likes of ​Halsey​, ​Peking Duk​, ​Yungblud​, Holy Holy​, ​Baker Boy​, ​G Flip​ and many more all raising nearly $100,000 for the CFA and related authorities. Overall, the response to this difficult situation was a credit to both the artists and their devoted fans.

This joins the $18,000 raised for the Salvation Army relief efforts during Falls Black Friday sales, over $23,000 donated from Byron ticket sales to the RFS. Further news on the festival’s involvement in Sound Relief fundraising coming soon.

Elsewhere in the country, Falls Festival further cemented its reputation as Australia’s premiere New Year’s festival.

Perfect weather and a pristine site greeted revellers in Byron Bay as the likes of ​ Halsey, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure​ and ​PNAU ​strutted their stuff. The masterful​ Peking Duk​ were given the opportunity to ring in the new decade, setting their controls for the heart of the sun and levelling the main arena with a banger-laden set.

Falls’ Tasmanian leg in Marion Bay allowed direct access to the stunning white shores of nearby beaches and patrons took full advantage. Towels in hand, they hit the water and spliced some serious sun with an unforgettable set from the legendary ​John Farnham​, among many others. Therapy dogs also roamed the grounds, proving a huge hit with literally everybody and the Smalls Festival family arts precinct was also buzzing from go to woah.

Out West, our friends in Fremantle continued to build on what is fast becoming a signature event of the Port City’s calendar: Falls Downtown. Across the weekend, the breezy, tree-filled oasis of Fremantle Oval played host to our trusty headliners, as well as an exclusive set by recent J Award winner ​Matt Corby​.

Corby’s set bookended another banner year for Falls Festival, which showcased yet again that the convergence of fabulous music and art, dazzling surrounds and unbeatable crowds will always provide the perfect start to a New Year.

If you missed out on a memento from the shows, the online merch store is now up and running.

The team at Falls want to thank their staff, artists, local authorities, emergency services and of course their ever-loyal patrons who continue to make Falls Festival the most amazing experience as they head into their 28th year. Exciting updates and festival announcements coming in 2020!

Brenda Miley the Business Women in boardshorts - Lets Go Surfing

Surfing has been part of Australian culture for decades. Australian surf resonates on our pristine beaches and Australian waves. Today surf schools are lining up the coast from North to South, but 25 years ago this wasn't the case.

Brenda Miley started Let's Go Surfing out of the back of a Kombi van in 1995 at the iconic Bondi Beach as an idea to encourage more women into surfing.

One of a few women in Sydney’s 1980’s surf scene, Brenda was also a competitive surfer. She was always disappointed at the lack of women not just in competitions, but in surfing in general. Then, in 1995, a lightbulb moment hit.

“I was one of the only female surfers,” she says. “With the surfing bug fully entrenched in my life, I competed in all levels of competition from club level through to Australian titles, and discovered the absolute joy of travelling the world to surf. It was often daunting, being the only woman in the surf. I wanted to change the way girls experienced surfing and wanted to encourage them. And I thought to myself, I’m a PE teacher. I’ve got these skills, why don’t I start teaching women how to surf?” And that was the little piece of a life puzzle Brenda’s heart desired: ”Armed with a passion for teaching, surfing and making a difference to women’s lives, I discovered running a surf school was exactly what I was meant to be doing.”

Brenda’s Kombi van surf school is now a multi award-winning surf school head-quartered in Australia’s Sydney’s home of surfing, Bondi Beach, with operations in Maroubra, La Perouse, Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head. Today the LGS Team includes local and international Male and Female surfing & Stand Up Paddle Board Coaches and Instructors, who love sharing their expertise and knowledge with their guests from all over the world. LGS has recently launched a new Stand Up Paddle Board Tours Lets Go SUP in the Beautiful New South Wales Northern Rivers regions of Byron Bay and Ballina.

Lets Go Surfing and Lets Go SUP run a daily surf and SUP lesson for kids, women, groups, and corporations, for all people of all levels. To find out more about our surf and SUP lessons give a call our friendly staff at 02 (02) 6680-9443 or visit our


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