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Byron Bay's best coffee in town

Byron Bay takes its coffee seriously.

When in town, we like to drop into a whole range of coffee shops for our caffeine fix. So, we asked our Facebook fans which cafe they believe serves up the best coffee in Byron Bay.

We tallied the votes, and here are the top five picks (in alphabetical order).

Bayleaf

Bayleaf has been a favourite spot for coffee in Byron for years. With a bustling atmosphere and hip interior, it’s the perfect spot to escape the heat in summer or cosy up with friends in winter.

Passionate about serving locally-sourced, seasonal produce, the team at Bayleaf offer an inventive, ever-changing lunch and breakfast menu alongside their top-notch coffee.

Combi

Dedicated to delivering the very finest brew, Combi was another favourite among our Facebook fans.

The baristas use a fair-trade blend of beans with a medium to strong flavour complimented by a pinch of sweetness. Plus, all coffees are made double shot, so if it’s a morning kick you’re after, Combi is a great option.

Dip

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, Dip serves up some of the best coffees in town. Using local, organic coffee beans, the skilled baristas at Dip help locals and visitors alike take on the day – even if that means lying on the beach!

The outdoor seats are the ideal place to people-watch as you enjoy your cuppa – you’ll want to sit there for hours.

Safya Byron Bay

Speciality coffee, Egyptian-inspired food, and one of the homeliest café settings in Byron Bay serviced by a friendly, tight-knit team of locals: that’s Safya

Bringing in a new single-origin brew every week, Safya is a coffee-lovers paradise.

Sparrow Coffee Co.

Need coffee fast? Drop into Sparrow for coffee on the fly. At Sparrow’s Byron location (you’ll find Sparrow Coffee Co. in several spots throughout NSW and QLD), expect quality, hand-crafted Allpress coffee without the wait.

If you’re feeling peckish, indulge in organic sourdough bread and pastries from The Bread Social.

New matcha elixa from Byron Bay

Made in Byron Bay Australia and founded in 2017, Skinny Green Co is a 100% natural, premium cold blend tea, specifically formulated to boost energy, burn calories and detox the body. Natropathically blended, Skinny Green is free from artificial colours and flavours, delicious in taste and a powerful superfood drink that everyone will enjoy.

Available in two delicious flavours, Kiwi Fruit and Wild Berry, Skinny Green Co was created to achieve greater harmony within the body and a healthier society worldwide. Formulated and tested by nutritionists and naturopaths, this cold tea drink is specifically designed to bring you sustainable weight loss, increased energy and body detoxification. Priced at $34.95, Skinny Green is available Australia wide from leading retailers, cafés and lifestyle stockists, and online at skinnygreenco.com.

Every Skinny Green pack contains 20 x 3g sachets of organic matcha powder blended with Australian Bush Herbs, Grape Seed Extract and L-Carnitine. Australian made, recyclable packaging, sugar free and all-natural ingredients, simply mix with 350ml of cold water, shake and enjoy! For best results drink twice daily with food.

Matcha is made from the nutrient rich, young leaves that are hand-picked from shade grown Camellia Sinensis plants. Matcha is now recognised as the world’s strongest green tea and one of nature’s most powerful super foods. One cup of matcha elixir contains the nutritional content of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea! And with more antioxidants, Skinny Green offers a natural caffeine alternative without the bitter green tea taste.

“When I drink Skinny Green, I feel energised for the whole day. I absolutely love matcha, but the bitter taste can be hard to enjoy. This is the perfect alternative. It’s natural, taste’s nice and helps me burn calories. I can honestly say I love this product.”

Elle Borenstein, Skinny Green Co customer, Byron Bay, NSW.

Boost energy, burn calories and detox the body. Skinny Green Co is a natural detox alternative, that taste’s great, is good for you, and will help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

STONE & WOOD PREPARES FOR PRE-SALE TICKET RELEASE FOR UPCOMING FESTIVAL OF THE STONE

Join Stone & Wood for a night that celebrates community, live music, good food and the release of their 2018 Stone Beer, all while raising money for Big Scrub Landcare. 

Sign up on the festival website: www.festivalofthestone.com to be notified when pre-sale tickets come online for Festival of the Stone happening Saturday 9th June, 3 – 10pm (Queen’s Birthday long weekend, NSW) at Stone & Wood’s brewery in Byron Bay.

Come along and kick back as the sun sets and the beer flows. Enjoy live music and food truck cuisine with your friends and family at the annual event that celebrates the release of their dark winter seasonal ‘Stone Beer’. 

Stone & Wood will be pouring their beers from their iconic beer truck Clyde and the newest addition to the brewery’s fleet Trevor the Troopie . The first kegs of 2018 Stone Beer will be tapped and available until the tap runs dry. Brewed eight weeks earlier, the beer honours the ancient techniques of brewing. By adding wood fired stones to the kettle to rouse the boil, the malt characters are intensified, which contributes to the beer’s roasted caramel aroma that’s balanced with a warming, full bodied cocoa flavour… perfect for a cold winter’s night!

All profits from the beer sales and tickets will go directly to national not-for-profit Ingrained Foundation, a separate entity of Stone & Wood that was set up to extend upon the brewery’s community program, which to date has donated $630,000 to a long list of not for profit partners. Stone & Wood will donate $1 per h/l sold to the Ingrained Foundation which along with proceeds raised from events such as Festival of the Stone will be used to partner and support local charities to create progress in their communities.

This year the Ingrained Foundation will donate proceeds from Festival of the Stone to Big Scrub Landcare. The brewery works closely with this local charity who focuses on restoration and growth of the Northern Rivers Big Scrub Rainforest.

Shannon Greenfields from Big Scrub Landcare says of hearing the news “It is simply fantastic that we are able to partner with Stone & Wood for their Festival of Stone. We are so proud of the work the team do to help our charity and continue to show in the community”

Family friendly, the festival is about bringing the community together. There will be a kid’s area ‘Malt Disney’ with tunes for the kids to dance along to, as well as crafts and entertainment from Spaghetti Circus.

Tickets are $30 via Eventbrite (going off last year, there won’t be any on the door!) and transport to and from the brewery will be available. To guarantee your alert for ticket pre-sale, makes sure you sign up at www.festivalofthestone.com.

Mother’s Day Byron Bay 2018

Celebrate Mother’s Day (Sunday, 13 May 2018) Byron style. Many of the region’s eateries host specialty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, with a treat for mum thrown in for good measure.

Here are a few Mother’s Day 2018 events in Byron Bay.

Three Blue Ducks

For relaxed vibes, farm-fresh produce, and a seriously impressive menu, pop into the Three Blue Ducks in Byron Bay. Drop in on the day, or phone 02 9389 0010 to book a table for dinner. Visit www.threeblueducks.com to learn more.

The Byron at Byron

This year, the Byron at Byron restaurant is hosting an indulgent three-course menu handcrafted by renowned Executive Chef Matthew Kemp, accompanied by live music and drinks on arrival. Treat your mum to rainforest luxury this Mother’s Day for $85 per person. Phone 02 6639 2111 to book your table.

Go the extra mile and send your mum to the stunning Spa at the Byron at Byron. Enjoy 20% off all Gift Voucher purchases before 13 May. Drop in, call 02 6639 2110, or visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au to purchase.

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Take your mum for a meal at the iconic Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. on Mother’s Day, and she’ll receive a glass of bubbles on arrival, one of Chef Sean Connolly’s chocolate tortes, and a gift to take home. This extra special offer is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spoil mum – book your table at balcony.com.au.

The Byron Bay Golf Club

Enjoy the views from the deck of the Byron Bay Golf Club this Mother’s Day. Greg Lyon and the Hip Operation will be performing from 2pm, so drop in for a late lunch. Book now at byronbaygolfclub.com.au to secure a table.

Beach Byron Bay

Join Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs at Beach Byron Bay as they launch their brand-new book Women Like Us. With prizes for the best-dressed and a delightful three-course menu, treat your mum to picture-perfect views, incredible food, and a good laugh. Book now at beachbyronbay.com.au

Get Set for the 2018 Byron Bay Triathlon

The 23rd edition of the Byron Bay Triathlon is returning to town on Saturday,12 May. An expected field exceeding 1000 athletes competing in Tempta, Sprint and Olympic distances will be joined by 100 juniors, many of whom are competing in their very first triathlon.

The course, which includes a revised cycle leg and a run under the famous Byron Lighthouse, provides a unique setting for athletes of all abilities to compete.

Organisers are expecting a competitive field comprised of athletes from around the region and nationally. The Men's podium is shaping up to be a battle of the Northern Rivers, with 2017 Mens Open runner up Matt Slee from Suffolk Park back with the gold in his sights, as well as local favourites Harry Jones and Jack Orr. Holly Grice is also back to defend her 2017 title, facing strong competition from Courtney Gilfillan.

"We are pleased to once again organise the Byron Bay Tri," says Race Director Mike Crawley.

"The triathlon in Byron Bay is a celebration of the local area, athletes are able to relax in the morning, have a midday kick off, and celebrate into the night along the beautiful Byron beachside. It is the perfect end to the triathlon season."

"We are also excited to see so much enthusiasm from local businesses, offering promotions and incentives to athletes to welcome them to the community and increase economic benefits throughout town."

Local Byron accommodation houses are already seeing bookings increase, and event organisers are predicting an increase in registration with athletes still feeling the buzz of the Commonwealth Games.

Water safety is once again being managed by the Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, with funds also being raised for the local Byron Bay Scouts and Byron Bay Cycle Club.

The event organisers thank local residents and businesses for working with the event despite any inconvenience caused by road closures from 11.00am to 3.30pm towards Suffolk Park; and until 4.30pm in the CBD.

More information can be found at www.byronbaytri.com.au.

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival 2018

On 29 April, 2018, the five-star Elements of Byron Resort will play host to the 4th annual Byron Bay International Fashion Festival, an event that celebrates the thriving Byron fashion scene. Attendees will be treated to an afternoon and evening of forward-thinking fashion, music, and performance.  

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival will bring together talented designers from around the world. Showcasing both local talent, emerging brands, and global successes, the festival’s runway shows will cover swimwear, activewear, resort and casual wear, eveningwear, and lingerie.

In 2018, more than 20 designers will present collections at this boutique event, including Lahana Swim, Vale, Love Revolution, Helan Grant, Jenny Jazz, Niki Teljega, Styelle Bikinis, SASHED, Wild Barra, Miau Swimwear, and more.

Clothing will be brought to life by some of the country’s leading runway models. With a backdrop of edgy techno tracks and choreographed lighting, the catwalk shows become an artistic fashion spectacle.

Between runway shows, attendees can catch over 30 of latest award-winning fashion short films created by acclaimed directors and producers. The extensive film program adds depth to the festival, giving guests an insight into the fashion world.

A series of cutting-edge dance performances will complement the runway features and film program. Combining body art, fashion, design, and dance, these unique performances were commissioned by the Fashion Festival, giving designers the opportunity to collaborate with traditional dance companies.

Finally, an exciting all-female lineup of model DJs will set the scene and kick-start the party. Enjoy a fresh mix of contemporary tunes in the courtyard area and Festival bar from the early afternoon until the “Rock the Runway cocktail party finishes at midnight. 

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is an opportunity for industry leaders, emerging designers, established brands, influencers, bloggers, buyers, and fashion enthusiasts to network, discover new trends, and make their mark on the booming Byron fashion scene.

Learn more and buy tickets at bbiff.com.au

Looking back at the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival

Despite some less-than-perfect weather, the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival (February 22 – 25, 2018) was a huge success. Over the four days, Byron Bay played host to a number of inspiring surf, art, film, and music events, each celebrating the inclusive spirit of surf culture.

Image by Elliot Kirkwood

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is unique among other surf events across the country. “BBSF has a non-competitive approach to surf events,” said the festival’s Creative Director, James McMillan. “We have a focus on culture, art and environment.”

Without the pressure of competition, surfers are free to express themselves in the water. This year, the beloved Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions and the new FreeRadical Surf Experiments invited surfers of all levels to have a bit of fun.

Image by Kane Skennar

“I was high as a kite after the Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions on Sunday,” said McMillan. “It was a really amazing day with so many stoked and smiling people, both surfers, non-surfers, families, kids and the oldest surfer in Byron Dr Bob even dropped by. The surf sessions on Sunday are about fun [which] creates a totally different and inclusive vibe to all who participate.”

Image by Alex T Roberts

The celebration of surf culture continued out of the water. The always-popular Surf Art Market drew a crowd on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. A curated collection of ethical and environmental vendors put their unique wares on display, drawing attention to the importance of sustainability in surfing. “Giving these companies an opportunity to show and sell their products educates and brings focused awareness to the public,” said McMillan.

In addition, festival-goers were treated to an incredible surf art exhibition at the Lone Goat Gallery, live music at the iconic Beach Hotel, and the crowd-favourite Sunset Cinema, which began with a traditional Welcome to Country by the local Arakwal People.

Image by Raffaella Creative

“Many surfers are creative, surfing is a very creative expression,” said McMillan, commenting on the many imaginative manifestations of surf culture on display at the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival.

“Every time a wave comes in you never know exactly how it is going to play out. You paddle, jump to your feet and start co-creating with Mother Nature as you weave your way along the swell... It all feels amazing. The feelings and emotions from surfing stir a certain thing inside many surfers and this sparks creativity in many different ways.”

With its beautiful beaches, creative spirit, and laid-back attitude, Byron Bay was – once again – the perfect backdrop to one of the most progressive surf events in the country. “[The area] is open and accepting of alternate thinking, arts, and activities,” commented McMillan. “The Byron Bay Surf Festival easily fits in and sends people home smiling.”

We look forward to seeing what the Byron Bay Surf Festival serves up next year.

Learn more at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

Star Stuff II: Festival of Space, Science & Astronomy

After the success of Start Stuff: Festival of the Cosmos, festival organiser Dylan O’Donnell has confirmed that space-themed event will return - under moonless skies - to Byron Bay on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of July, 2018.

Star Stuff II will feature three internationally renowned speakers: Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today; Amy Shira Teitel, space historian and host of the Vintage Space YouTube channel; and Geoff Notkin, star expert as seen on the popular TV show, Meterorite Men.

Held at the Elements of Byron Resort, Start Stuff II will boast a range of space and science related talks and activities. Weather permitting, festival-goers can engage in solar and night-time astronomy.

In addition, they will be treated to several back-to-back keynote talks from industry experts. Speakers include Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne/ABC), Dr David Malin (AAO), Dr Cathal O’Connell (Cosmos Magazine), comet discover Terry Lovejoy, John Sarkissian (CSIRO), Greg Quicke aka “Space Gandalf,” and Gilmour Space Technologies and local astronomer Dylan O’Donnell.

What’s more, high-tech astronomy equipment will be exhibited by suppliers. While this exhibition is open to the general public, ticket-holders will get the VIP treatment: giveaways, a movie screening, a luxurious dinner, the Fraser Cain speech, and entry to win a Celestron Evolution 6 complete telescope package.

Designed to encourage interest in astronomy, space, and STEM industries, Star Stuff is a privately funded festival. Last year, proceeds funded a small observatory for Wiley Park Girls School in western Sydney.

Not to be confused with astrology, Star Stuff II: Festival of Space, Science & Astronomy is set to be an inspiring, educational, and out-of-this-world event.

Learn more at www.starstuff.com.au

Valentine's Day 2018 in Byron Bay

This year, celebrate Valentine's Day Byron style. Treat yourself and your loved one to a specialty Valentine's meal at one of Byron Bay's best restaurants, and experience the fine food and stellar hospitality the region is known for.

Here are our top picks for Valentine's Day 2018 in beautiful Byron Bay.

Valentine's Day Lunch at Beach Byron Bay

Make this year's Valentine's day one to remember at the Beach Byron Bay restaurant. With panoramic views overlooking Julian Rocks, Clarkes Beach, and The Pass, a meal at Beach Byron Bay is the perfect way to soak up Byron's natural beauty. 

Offering a fine-dining menu, this year's specialty Valentine's day lunch is sure to impress. Enjoy grilled king prawns, spanner crab caserecce pasta, peach with white chocolate crostata, and Prosecco with fresh peach puree cocktails. Delicious. 

Learn more and book now at beachbyronbay.com.au

Valentine's Day Dinner at The Byron at Byron

Indulge in an elegant evening meal at the secluded Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. The newly re-designed restaurant, surrounded by luscious rainforest, is renowned for its fine food and fresh, local produce. 

The three-course 2018 Valentine's Day menu has been expertly curated by the restaurant's Head Chef. Taste the ocean with a seafood entree, and indulge in a fillet of Cape Byron beef for main. Or, keep things vegetarian with a fresh salad of grilled peaches and heirloom tomatoes, and a caramelised radicchio and eggplant risotto.  

Read the full menu and book now at www.thebyronatbyron.com.au

Valentine's Day Special Offer at the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Perched in the heart of Byron's CBD, the iconic Balcony Bar & Oyster Co is one of Byron Bay's most beloved eateries. 

This Valentine's Day, share a fresh Raw Plate and Seafood Platter with your loved one, and enjoy a free glass of Piper-Heidsieck Australia champagne each. 

Learn more and book now at balcony.com.au

Byron Bay's Most Popular Social Posts of 2017

Social media gives us more ways to highlight the region to all the people who love Byron.

Here are byronbay.com's most popular Facebook posts from each month in 2017 - a great snap shot / re-cap of the year. Please enjoy.

 

January, Circus Arts Byron Bay posted a video of their flying trapeze near the Beach in Byron Bay.

 

February, The Australian newspaper posted a nice little clip of dolphins surfing the local beaches.

 

March, our Byron Insider blog post on the World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay was hugely popular.

 

April, visiting photographer Remi Bedora captured this perfect shot of The Pass.

 

May, traveler with the Instagram name my_endless_summer posted this classic sunset over Belongil clip.

 

June, there are always plenty of buskers in Byron. Tom Banks took this short video.

 

July, whale season with Migaloo the white whale story featured in the regional newspaper The Norther Star.

 

August, a clear winters day at the beach captured by local riephiniji.

 

September, time-lapse moon-rise over the lighthouse by local photographer Rod Evens. This was our most popular post of 2017!

 

October, local shop Barefoot Blvd was quick to capture some heavy rain on Lawson Street.

 

November, Buzfeed Mates highlighted the popular Crystal Castle in this fun video clip.

 

December, drone footage of some summer fun in the surf by visiting interior designer derlot.

 

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