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Easter / Autumn school holiday activities for kids in Byron Bay

The Easter long weekend and autumn school holidays are a popular time for families to visit. On top of all the usual things to do in Byron Bay, there's a whole host of school age activities to enjoy. We've put together a list to help make these Easter school holidays in Byron fun for the whole family.

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children's entertainment.

Tickets and further information at www.bluesfest.com.au

Palace Byron Bay (opening 4 April)

Palace Byron Bay offers the full entertainment experience, showcasing a mix of quality blockbusters, international and Australian art-house films as well as its renowned film festivals. Nine cinemas, luxurious handcrafted seats, combined with state of the art digital projection and sound technology, enhance the pleasure and excitement of the movie-going experience like never before.

Session times and further information at www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/palace-byron-bay/

Circus Arts Byron Bay

Circus Arts Byron Bay offers a comprehensive timetable of activities during both the QLD and NSW school holidays including full and half day circus programs, flying trapeze, free balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and a kids play space.

Plus, these school holidays Circus Arts and Ninja Play Byron Bay bring you the regions only Ninja Warrior classes for kids, available for 1/2 day and full day students.

Full detail and bookings at circusarts.com.au/activities/byron-bay-school-holiday-programs/

Byron Bay Skateboard School

Did you know that your child could go to Skate Camp? How awesome. The Byron Bay Skateboard School offers Warehouse Day Camps and Skate park Tours during the school holidays as well as private and afterschool lessons during the school year. Founder and instructor Flavio Biehl is passionate about passing on the positive, creative and unique skateboarding lifestyle to his students.

Full details and bookings available at www.skateboardschool.com.au

Farm Kids

Cows, flowers, bees, chickens, pigs and more... Farm Kids inspires and educates children through programs about where food comes from and introduces them to concepts like paddock rotation for the animals, the importance of pollination, organic farming, crops, healthy soil, composting and other ethical farming practices. 

There are a range of kids workshops being run throughout these school holidays. Full details and bookings available at thefarm.com.au/kids-workshops

5 best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns

From almond croissants and sausage rolls to a good loaf of crusty sourdough, everybody has a favourite bakery treat.

The Byron Shire is home to a whole host of incredible bakeries serving up classic Australian baked goods right the way through to French pastries. So, we asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite in the region as part of our ongoing Best of Byron series, and the results are in.

Here are the five best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns (in alphabetical order).

Bruns Bakery

Situated in Brunswick Heads, a small holiday village about 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, Bruns Bakery is a much-loved local favourite. Serving up a range of cakes, pies, pastries, and sandwiches – as well as excellent coffee – Bruns Bakery combines old-world charm (the building has housed a bakery since 1950!) with seriously delicious baked goods crafted daily on-site. You can even watch the magic happen by peering into the theatre kitchen.

Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen

A family owned and operated business since 1982, Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen is a true staple. Offering a whole range of classic bakery treats – think scones, old-school slices, and traditional pies – the team behind Hot Bread Kitchen continue to use their own, tried-and-true, original recipes.

L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie

If you’ve ever been to Byron Bay, chances are you’ve walked past the L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie window display, stopping to stare at the colourful, too-pretty-to-eat collection of traditional pastries and cakes. With a delicious range of fruit flans, lemon tarts, strawberry mousse cakes, almond croissants, and more, L'ultime is a slice of France in the heart of Byron Bay.

Scratch Patisserie

In Mullumbimby, a short, scenic 25-minute drive from Byron Bay, you’ll find Scratch Patisserie. Established in 2010, Scratch began by selling specialty cakes, tarts, and fresh pastries at the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby Farmers Markets. Now with a shopfront of their own and a team of traditional bakers and pastry chefs, Scratch continues creating delectable bakery treats all made from scratch.

Suffolk Bakery

The perfect place to grab your morning coffee and a tasty breakfast treat, Suffolk Bakery is a locally owned and operated business serving up fresh, made-on-site baked goods loved by locals and visitors alike. With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating, this gem of a bakery truly has it all. Pop in on a Saturday and enjoy live music performed by local talents.

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Byron Bay Craft Beer Festival 4 May 2019

Grab your ticket to the 2019 Byron Bay Beer Festival, where you can sample a line-up of 20 plus of the finest breweries, showcasing 80 plus craft beers, ciders and thirst-quenchers. And don’t forget the local food trucks that will be serving up the goods along with kids entertainers and live entertainment from local talent.

Hot on the heels of the success of the 2018 festival, they have once more teamed up with the incredible team at The Sun Bistro to bring their beer-friendly and family-friendly festival to Byron Bay!

This year they have more space to play with - which means more breweries, food trucks and entertainment to create an even better festival for 2019!

They are also partnering with ticketing platform Humanitix and the charity Ozharvest to ensure that their festival can make a positive difference in the community. To help achieve this, Humanitix will be donating 100 percent of the profits from their booking fees to help the charity partners at Ozharvest.

So, grab your ticket and join them to celebrate the wonderful world of craft beer!

Saturday 4 May, 11am - 5pm at The Sun Bistro 

For more information and tickets: www.byronbeerfestival.com.au

The Byron Bay Triathlon

The Byron Bay Triathlon is back, and this year’s event is gearing up to be better than ever. 

Triathlon in Byron Bay is steeped in history and 2019 is its 24th year. The event runs a variety of distances from Olympic to Sprint and attracts around 1,200 competitors from many different countries. 

The Byron Bay Tri is regarded by many as one of the friendliest triathlons on the coast. Competitors in the Olympic distance enjoy a 1.5km ocean swim in the crystal clear, tranquil waters of Byron Bay; a 40km cycle through the CBD and out through the gently rolling hills to Suffolk Park; then top it all off with a run along the foreshore, under the picturesque Byron Bay Lighthouse.

It also signals as one of the last events on the QLD/NSW Triathlon calendar. As a result, it is often seen as an end of season party for many competitors with a big party on the Saturday night. Due to its fantastic location, many competitors also bring their family, stay for a long weekend and relax in the beautiful Byron Shire.

More information can be found on the Byron Bay Triathlon website - www.byronbaytri.com.au.
 

2019 Byron and Beyond guides

The 2019 Byron and Beyond guides will help you discover Byron Bay and the surrounding towns. Presented in two magazines, both the 'What's On' and the 'Accommodation Guide' are full of great content as well as local business and event information.

The What’s On – the Visitor Guide is Byron Bay’s official printed guide. The magazine is full of Byron activities, tours and attractions in and around Byron Bay, including some handy maps.

The What’s On Visitor Guide is distributed to over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. 

Alongside the What’s On Visitor Guide, Byron and Beyond publish an Accommodation Guide, which includes information about Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Ballina, Lennox Head, Lismore, Nimbin and beyond.

On top of the editorial, the Accommodation Guide is full or practical information on transport and food.

The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia. And like the What’s On Guide.

Both the What's On and the Accommodation Guide are available to read online.

Learn more and read these guides at byronandbeyond.com

5 best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay

Celebrate an occasion or kick back and relax with your special someone. Byron Bay is home to countless restaurants and eateries, but which are best for a romantic dinner?

We asked our Facebook fans to share where they wine and dine their loved one in the Byron region, and the results are in.

Here are the top five restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay (in alphabetical order).

The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co.

Perched above the bustling streets of Byron Bay, The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. is a must-visit on any trip to the area. Committed to serving simple, honest food and drink, The Balcony is a perfect place to unwind or celebrate.

Cosy couches, tables for two, and tasty shared treats – not to mention their extensive cocktail menu – make The Balcony one of the best spots for a romantic meal.

Beach Byron Bay

What’s more romantic than panoramic beach views? Beach Byron Bay offers spectacular al fresco dining with a near unbeatable beachside backdrop. Forget eye contact – gaze out on Byron’s Julian Rocks, Clarkes Beach, and The Pass.

The fine-dining menu reflects the coastal landscape. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible. Ideal for breakfast, long lunches, or dinner under the stars, Beach Byron Bay is perfect for a special occasion.

Fig Tree Restaurant

Situated just off the beaten track, about an 11-minute drive from Byron’s township, is the striking Fig Tree Restaurant.

Long famed for its expert use of seasonal local produce – much of which is sourced from the restaurant’s garden – this unique eatery is located in an original farmhouse framed by an old fig tree.

Jonsons Restaurant Bar

Quality, farmers market-sourced ingredients is what allows the chefs at Jonsons Restaurant Bar to produce a delightful array of Italian-inspired dishes and one-of-a-kind drinks.

Choose from one of many charming spaces throughout the restaurant: the side street, plush indoor hub, cosy deck, garden, and bar window.

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar serves up contemporary Spanish tapas dishes perfect to share with that special someone. The innovative, ever-changing menu is inspired by the region’s fresh and flavoursome produce.

Plus, with more than 100, carefully curated bottles of wine, St. Elmo offers one of the finest culinary experiences in their relaxed yet intimate dining room.  

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Byron Bay Supermoon image by Dale Sharpe

DK Photography is Dale Sharpe and Karlie Russell, two Gold Coast-based photographers with a passion for landscapes and astrophotography. On Wednesday, 20 February 2019, Dale captured a spectacular super moon and Cape Byron Lighthouse image. We, like many thousands of other people, shared it on social media. 

Reading through some of the thousands of comments, it’s clear most people thought the image was absolutely fantastic. Others had a particularly keen sense of humour:

A few sceptics were certain the image was a fake or 'photoshopped’ – it's NOT! Here's Dale’s story behind the image:

This Supermoon image has been a bucket list shot for us for almost 6 years now & every single year the conditions haven't lined up for us, but not today!  

Many years ago our Nikon Rep once asked us "What bucket list image can we help you achieve?". Without hesitation, this was it. When we woke up feeling a lot better this morning after a nasty virus had us both sick in bed all week & we saw the clouds were clear & the moon rose right on blue hour, we gave them a call & we were given a 600mm (a $10k lens), the perfect focal range to capture this shot with our D850.

But when we arrived in Byron we realised we had very few places to shoot from. We used PhotoPills (an app) to calculate the correct alignment & elevation & realised there was only one place & it was on a farm approximately 5km from the lighthouse. What we weren't expecting is the property owner to be a famous Australian musician. 

Much to our surprise we were given permission to shoot from their property (thank you again) & after some hairy moments at sunset when the moon didn't align centre with the lighthouse & we had to run 50-100m to quickly capture the frame, we finally got it! The moment lasted seconds & while it's not perfect, we were so happy to finally capture it.

A big thanks to Nikon & Chris Dalton as well as help from legend photographers Ted Grambeau Photography & Scott Belzner Photography-sb4photos.com for helping make this dream become a reality for us.

And, here’s a short behind-the-scenes video:

We might be biased, but Byron Bay is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. We love seeing how different artists capture the region. Thanks again to DK Photography for sharing this spectacular photo – it’s one we won’t forget in a hurry. 

You can learn more and get in touch with Dale via www.dk-photography.com.au.
 

Stone & Wood opens new Byron Bay brewery to summer crowds

Since opening in mid-December, Stone & Wood’s brewery has served over 12,000 beer paddles to thirsty Northern Rivers locals and Byron Bay visitors alike.

Visitors can now enjoy beer tastings, brewery tours and a bite to eat at the brewery’s recently opened, new brewery in the Arts & Industrial estate. 

After 12 months of construction, the local independent brewery has opened its brewery doors to welcome patrons to the 1,160-metre-squared brewery complete with 31 brewing tanks, a canteen, tasting room and plenty of space to hang out, catch up and enjoy a tasting paddle. 

Tasting room manager Cale Watts said the new space is for people to experience Stone & Wood’s spiritual home. 

“The purpose-built brewery brings everything back under one roof – the brewery, tasting room and office space for our team”, Mr Watts said. “We want people to feel like they can drop in, slow down and relax over a beer, and be a part of it all. Whether it’s for a tour, a tasting or a bite to eat, it is an inclusive, family friendly space dedicated to beer education.”

Besides hopping on one of the three daily tours, visitors can taste Stone & Wood’s core range of ‘year-round’ beers, a rotating range of experimental Pilot Batch beers and limited one-off beers from Stone & Wood’s Counter Culture range, launching mid-March. 

Over the past five years, Stone & Wood has raised over $750,000 through its Community Program. With a dollar from each paddle now additionally going to their not-for-profit inGrained Foundation, they’re excited by the potential of what these funds can do for their community. 

The new brewery’s opening lined up with Stone & Wood’s 10-year anniversary, for which they launched their flagship beer, Pacific Ale, in cans for the first time. Additionally, once the office spaces are complete in March, the building will bring together employees from all different departments – from brewing and tours, to finance and marketing – under the one roof.  

The Stone & Wood Tasting Room team welcome locals and visitors to the Byron Bay brewery at 100 Centennial Circuit between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 12.00pm to 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information or to book a brewery tour, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au
 

Most popular social media posts of 2018

We're pretty active across social media, we like posting and sharing a wide variety of images in order to best showcase the Byron region. Looking back over 2018, here are some of our most popular posts. Be sure an follow byronbay.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest

The World Naked Bike Ride day in Byron Bay

The World Naked Bike Ride is both popular AND popular to share on social, our 2018 post was huge, the 2019 details are available now.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls are located a little outside of Byron, but a popular waterfall to visit and always popular on our social media.

Jared Hues Lunar Eclipse over Cape Byron Lighthouse

This was very popular when we re-posted it in July.

Sunset Surf video by ali_byron2481

Alison posts sunrise photos of Byron Bay most days, this sunset clip was v.popular when we shared it in November.

Bluesfest Sunset

All the great Byron festivals generate plenty of popular social posts, but the rays in this sunset image made it a little more popular than most.

Sean O'Shea encountered Migaloo the white whale off the coast of Byron Bay

Sean captures so many great images of Byron's coastal wildlife and landscapes, but his photos of Migaloo truely went viral in July and August.

Welcome to Byron Bay

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out... always popular across social media.

Photography Byron Bay - Sera J. Wright

Sera is a local photographer that's immensely popular on social media, our followers lover it every time we share one of her images. 

Crystal clear lagoon at Wategos Beach

Saxon Kent is a young, local creative, aerial photographer who has a knack of capturing another view of Byron with his drone. Everything he posts is popular.

 

Byron Bay World Naked Bike Ride 2019

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".

The Byron Bay event is on at 3pm Sunday 10 March. (The Nimbin event is Saturday 9 March and the Lismore event is on Sunday morning.)

Participants meet at 1.30pm for paint up at Butler Street Reserve Byron Bay. Ride commences at 3pm.

The easy ride will take about 30-minutes, and is suitable for all fitness levels. If you’re not keen on revealing all, you can still join in the fun. The dress code encourages you to come along ‘as bare as you dare'. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.

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

The event promotes a number of worthy causes. First, it advocates for bike-friendly towns and cities that protect the safety of riders, walkers, and drivers. The nude cyclists draw attention to the unique dangers riders face on the roads and footpaths on a day-to-day basis.

Second, the World Naked Bike Ride protests against the use of harmful, unsustainable fossil fuels that damage the wellbeing of our people and our environment.

And third, the spectacle ignites discussions on body image and body acceptance. The clothing-optional dress code calls for both riders and on-lookers to celebrate imperfections, practice body positivity, and embrace our natural state of being.

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

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