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Spectacular image of Brunswick Heads by Sol & Sea

We recently shared a fantastic aerial image of Brunswick Heads that really resonated with our fans. So, we thought we'd introduce you to Sol & Sea - the people behind this and may other great images.

Sol & Sea is a small local business started by Graphic Design student Evie Hudson and Environmental Science student Duncan Miller. Their love for photography and the environment sparked the beginning of Sol & Sea in 2018. 

Sol & Sea aim to capture nature’s raw beauty and it's their mission to showcase these breathtaking coastlines which they believe should be valued and respected.

Sol & Sea offer unique and breathtaking aerial drone prints and framed print options, as well as drone and photography services. And when you make a purchase, know that you’ll be helping two university students continue to capture and create what they enjoy doing most.

Be sure to check out their website and follow their socials.


The Byron Bay International Film Festival is bringing you 52 films from 19 countries, 8 feature length films and a very special talk all over 30+ screenings at Palace Byron Bay and the Byron Theatre.

Opening Night sold out quickly, and cinema capacities are limited so we advise you to book early if you don't have a flexible schedule.

6 of the 8 feature length films will have a screening this weekend. Whether you love music, dance, the environment, amazing cinematography or just watching world-class cinema there's something for you to catch.

Learn more about BBFF2020 feature documentaries here

learn more about BBFF2020 dramatic features here

Actor Jack Thompson (The Sum of Us, Breaker Morant, Australia, Merry Xmas Mr lawrence) joins Actor/Director Wayne Blair (Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra, The Sapphires, Mystery Road) for an intimate conversation exploring their careers, inspirations and the evolution of Indigenous culture on Australian screens. 

The conversation will led by Associate Professor and Producer Pauline Clague and is a hightlight of the festival.

Tickets are limited to this very special event

Eight Key Feature Length films make up the core of Byron Bay Film Festival's 2020 programming. 

There is a fantastic selection of home-grown films screening on Saturday October 24th, and a night of outstanding surf films on Friday October 30th.

Dramatic Features, Music and Environmental Documentaries, Short Films, Experimental Films and Animation - we'll have them all.

Screening at Byron Bay Palace Cinemas and the Byron Theatre, the festival will run from October 23rd to November 1st and offer a stimulating array of world cinema that in other times would have been sweeping the festival circuit.

Film lovers are encouraged to leave the isolation of home and join in the communal experience of watching great stories unfold as they were meant to be seen… on the big screen.

You are encouraged to book with your friends so you can create your own BBFF bubble and share your experience.

Byron Bay International Film Festival
23 October - 1 November 2020
Byron Bay Palace Cinemas and the Byron Theatre
Full details and tickets via

Byron Bay Film Festival 2020 Red Carpet Opening Night Tickets Are On Sale Now

Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni.

“As the 20th century turns into the 21st, you can’t tell the story of Aboriginal Australia without featuring Bangarra – indeed they tell the story. And at the core of it there are these three beautiful boys. The holy trinity.” – Hetti Perkins, Art Curator, author.

Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.

Byron Bay Film Festival Opening Night
Friday October 23rd
Palace Byron Bay $30 + BF
Due to Social Distancing Regulations tickets to this special night are limited. 

We have prizes for the Best Dressed on the night.

Whilst canapes and mingling in crowds are temporary casualties of Covid-19 there are no laws against dressing up and planning a special night out with a few close friends.
Book with your friends to create your very own Byron Bay Film Festival bubble.

Screening at Palace Byron Bay and the Byron Theatre, the festival will run from October 23rd to November 1st and offer a stimulating array of world cinema that in other times would have been sweeping the festival circuit.

Film lovers are encouraged to leave the isolation of home and join in the communal experience of watching great stories unfold as they were meant to be seen… on the big screen.

There's never been a more important time to support the arts, events and venues. We're excited to build something very unique, safe and special for you and our filmmakers.

See you in the cinema!

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021 - This Is What A Great Australian Line Up Looks Like!

The 2021 BLUESFEST ALL AUSTRALIAN “merged artists” announcement includes the additional eight artists revealed last week thus taking the tally to 49 Australian artists that are confirmed to perform next Easter long weekend at Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, Byron Shire. With more names to come this already unbeatable line-up will make for an unforgettable Bluesfest experience. A veritable dream-team of artists from around the country, all pumped to perform again at 2021 Bluesfest.

Bluesfest has worked hard with artist managers and agents to create this historical line-up. With the support of the industry the return of Bluesfest plays a significant role in heralding in the return of major live music events in this country.

Commenting on the announcement Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM says “I am deeply grateful for the support we have been shown by the industry in order to create this spectacular showcase of Australian talent. As I stated back in July; Change is the only constant and we are ready for it. If we find that the internationals can’t come, we will add more Aussies. And that is what we have done. In the meantime, we remain poised to move with the ebb and flow of this situation. Until we feel there is certainty about the borders, we will continue to list the international artists, but in the meantime, we are delighted to deliver on our promise of delivering an exceptional festival with an extraordinary All Aussie line up.”

Bluesfest is proud to join in 2021 with other festivals that are committed to the return of the Australian Live Music Industry.

The incredible merged ALL AUSTRALIAN Bluesfest 2021 line up looks like this:

All ticket types and Add-Ons are on-sale now.

For further information on the line-up or artists please see here.

Bluesfest 2021 is being held from 1 – 5 April 2021 at Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, NSW

Full moon over Cape Byron Lighthouse by Kelvin Hennessy

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" is a time-lapse video of the full moon of 3rd August 2020 rising behind the Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland Australia, 15 minutes before sunset. 



The atmospheric conditions were perfect allowing for incredible capture detail even though Kelvin Hennessy of Phase Four Photo & Film was 5 kilometres away from the lighthouse. If you look closely on a large screen you can even see small birds flying around it.

Kelvin describes the process.

"For this video shoot I used a 952mm focal length refractor telescope and a ZWO ASI183MC-Pro astronomical video camera, capable of capturing 19 RAW format 5496x3672 images per second directly into a notebook computer. About 4500 of those photos were later processed in Adobe Lightroom to correct the colour & contrast, remove camera sensor dust specks and crop the image to widescreen format. The images were then converted into a video using Adobe Premiere which also stabilised the wind-induced movement of the telescope.

'Photopills' is the excellent iPhone app I use to help me chose the perfect shooting location for these long distance photos. For perfect alignment like this I have to be accurate to within about 5 metres to the left left or right. I use an aircraft-grade bluetooth GPS linked to my iPhone to match my actual location to Photopill's suggested location."

Kelvin was awarded the world-wide "Photopiller of the Day" award for this photo.

The music on the video is "Toccata in G" and was composed by award-winning pianist Jessica Roemischer. Jessica enjoys creating soundtracks for celestial events, and other inspirational videos.

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School holiday activities in Byron Bay this spring

With warmer weather, Byron offers plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy over the September / October school holidays. Plus - there are a few structured school holiday options (COVID Safe).

Byron Bay Skateboard School Skate Camp

Offering a full day of skateboard instruction in a fun day camp environment, at our coaching facility in Byron industrial estate. It is an unique and fun experience for kids aged 6 to 12 years old, from beginners to advanced.

Circus Arts Byron Bay

Leave kids at the circus and let their qualified coaches teach them trapeze, silks, tightwire, trampolining, pyramids, juggling, hoops, the famous flying trapeze and more in ½ and full day kids and teen circus programs.

Farm Kids at The Farm

Farm Kids school holiday programs are back. Offering a range of hands on and educational activities for kids covering; pigs, flowers, chickens, herbs, bees and more. Each workshop starts with a tour of The Farm.


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 

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.

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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 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 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.


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