As the sun rises on Main Beach on Wednesday 14th February, local women, children and men will gather again, rising up and dancing for a global revolution to end the epidemic of male violence against women and children.
Wednesday 14 Feb, 6.30am for a 7.30am dance, Main Beach Byron Bay.
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.
Byron Bay has its own high incidence of sexual assault and V Day is a great opportunity for us to find our voices in protest, by being a part of this pivotal moment, instead of thinking the problem is elsewhere.
One Billion Rising provides an important opportunity for women and men to step up, speak up and be part of the solution, taking a stand against any male violence against women. Previous years saw hundreds of women and children dance together in Byron, reminding everyone of the importance of equal rights, and freedom.
Come along, and be a part of this global movement saying ‘END all violence against women and children’. The world is stirring and enough is enough.
Here's great video of the 2013 event on Main Beach Byron Bay
From December 31, 2017 until January 2, 2018, North Byron Parklands was transformed into a colourful, glitter-filled celebration of all things music. Despite a few showers, the 5th Falls Music and Arts Festival was a huge success.
Image by Paul Smith
This year, Falls welcomed a capacity crowd of 25,000 festival-goers, 20,000 of which camped on-site.
With a killer mix of local, national, and international artists, punters were spoilt for choice. This year’s highlights included Flume (who bought in the New Year), Dune Rats (who, as always, put on a hilarious show), Darryl Braithwaite, Run the Jewels, Liam Gallagher, Glass Animals, and more.
Image by Joseph Mayers
After the hot weather on Sunday (with a brief afternoon shower) and Monday, the serious downpour on Tuesday didn't dampen spirits. Festival goers embraced the wet weather; some covered their carefully curated outfits with ponchos, while others happily dived into the mud.
Thankfully, the weather was warm and sunny on Wednesday, January 3, as campers packed up and left the festival site. All campers were able to successfully depart before 12pm.
In addition to the incredible line-up, Falls offered comedy, silent discos, DJs, art installations, swimming pools, beach volley ball, makeovers, unique market stands, delicious food, and much more.
Drop into the local independent brewery... Stone & Wood Brewery Byron Bay
Born and raised in Byron Bay, Stone & Wood is proudly independent, brewing and bottling handcrafted beer in the Northern Rivers of NSW, one of the greatest places on Earth.
The three founders Brad, Ross and Jamie chose to set up the brewery on Australia’s most easterly tip in 2008, inspired by the idea of a creating a village brewery and with the vision of building a conscious business that reflects the best of what the industry is all about.
The Byron Bay brewery is the birthplace and the heartbeat of Stone & Wood. It is in hippy terms, their spiritual home. A place to come for a tour, try their beers in the tasting room and where some of their limited releases and untried, experimental Pilot Batch brews are produced.
Nothing makes them more stoked to have people rock up for some beer, a carton or a tour and tell their unique story about how they first tried a Stone & Wood Beer... and for them to be able to show punters around the brewery and tell their story. If you’re around town, drop in for a tasting paddle or book a tour in advance!
Stone & Wood Brewery Byron is open seven days.
Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm
Weekends 12 – 6pm
Tours run every day except Tuesdays.
To book a tour or enquire about the Tasting Room, visit their website www.stoneandwood.com.au or give them a call on 02 6685 9220.
Some restaurants in Byron are putting on special New Year's Eve dinner and celebrations. Here's a rundown to inspire you if you're in Byron this New Years Eve, bookings are essential, so - if you are interested, get busy.
Beach Byron Bay has you covered. With two dinner sittings, you can choose to dine from 5pm and get an intimate look at the sun setting for the very last time in 2017, as you enjoy a three-course menu and time with family and friends. Or take-in the later sitting at 8pm for an evening of food, drinks and music; expressly designed to usher you from this year to the next including a complimentary glass of midnight bubbles. Talk about finishing strong.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. New Year's Eve and celebrate in style in our beautiful new Restaurant featuring a stunning menu by new Executive Chef Matt Kemp. Bookings essential. See in the 2018 New Year with a decadent 5 course tasting menu, and a glass of celebratory sparkling on arrival. Live music from Soul'd.
Groove into the New Year in Byron Bay at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co with bubbles on arrival, a premium seafood platter, fish tacos, sliders and a charcuterie and cheese platter. There will be a live DJ and plenty of people watching along the streets of Byron Bay.
We are offering two sittings for New Years Eve. The first will be for groups wanting an early dinner from 5 pm-7 pm. We will then be offering a set menu for guests wanting to celebrate with us for the whole night. We will be offering reservations for the set menu from 7:30 and will be open until 2 am. Click for NYE at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
Positioned directly opposite Main Beach, Byron Bay. The Italian Byron Bay is a contemporary Italian restaurant, offering a relaxed atmosphere serving great food, wine and cocktails.
The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. From Thursday, February 22 to Sunday, February 25, 2018, experience the best surf culture has to offer. From art, music, and film, to board shaping, fashion, and of course, surfing, get ready to celebrate the many facets of the surf lifestyle.
2018’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole host of brand-new events and Surf Fest favourites.
First up, the Surf Festival has been extended by one whole day. That means more opportunities to immerse yourself in surf culture, and get involved in the many free and paid-for events the festival has to offer.
Secondly, Friday will now host its own surf event. More details to come, so stay tuned.
Finally, the crowd-favourite ‘Surf Lit Lounge’ is getting an exciting makeover. Now titled the ‘Surf Legend Lounge,’ this event will kick off the festival in style. Taking place in the Byron Community Centre, the Surf Legend Lounge will give you the opportunity to mingle with some of the surfing world’s greatest icons, and soak up their inspirational insights on adventure, surfboards, arts, culture, and sustainability.
Early-birds will enjoy food and drink, plus live music. This event is a fantastic way to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, and feel inspired about the days to come.
Plus, all FEELGOOD and FREE events from the last Surf Festival will be back in action in 2018. That includes the iconic Sunset Cinema, the Art Show, the popular Surf Art Markets, Live Music, and much more.
Don’t forget to head to the beautiful Wategos beach, and get involved in the Freestyle & Stoke sessions.
In early September, we shared an incredible time-lapse of the full moon rising behind Byron’s iconic lighthouse to the Byron Bay Facebook page. It was one of our most popular posts ever, with over 75,000 minutes of video watched by more than 350,000 people.
The time-lapse shows a huge, yellow-orange moon rise from the horizon, up past the lighthouse, and into the darkening sky. The footage is spectacular – you can watch it below.
The time-lapse was created by local photographer and teacher-in-training Rod Evans. Evans lives in the lush Byron Hinterland, and captures the natural beauty of the region’s beaches, landscapes, sunsets, markets, moon rises, and more in his stunning photography and time-lapses.
Recently, Evans has explored the possibilities of light painting.
Light painting is a photographic technique where images are made by moving a light source while taking a long exposure photo. The results are otherworldly, as streams of colour ribbon through the night sky seemingly independent.
Evans’s light painting images have had great success: they’ve been featured in The Weekend Australian Magazine, placed at the Lismore Show, and even reached the number one spot on the front page of Reddit.
Alongside fellow Byron Bay photographer Caroline Fisher, Evans has assisted with light painting workshops. These give photography enthusiasts the chance to learn light painting techniques – including the correct camera settings – and experiment with light-producing materials.
The 2017 Byron Bay International Film Festival, which ran between October 6 – 15, has come to an end. The festival saw a spectacular program of Australian and international short and feature length film screenings at a number of venues across the region.
The Closing Gala included a short but sweet awards ceremony, where the coveted ‘Best Film’ accolade was awarded to festival favourite ‘One Less God.’ This moving feature held audiences spellbound during the two festival screenings, as it revealed the intense experiences of Taj Mahal Palace guests and staff as they faced two terrorist attackers in 2008.
Co-producer Maren Smith had this to say about the film’s Byron debut: “The packed houses and the audience buzz at Byron really bodes well for our upcoming theatrical release, so we can’t wait to share it with a wide audience.”
‘One Less God’ will be screened in Mumbai this year.
Other notable winners included ‘Jungle’ directed by Greg McLean, which took out Best Dramatic Feature, and ‘Church of the Open Sky’ directed by Nathan Oldfield, which won Best Byron Film.
The Best Short award was given to ‘Uncanny Valley’ directed by Federico Heller, which offered a harrowing look at the impact VR technology and advanced video gaming could have on our society.
The full list of winners, which you can check out below, is a true representation of the diversity and incredibly high calibre of filmmaking the Byron Bay International Film Festival offers.
We look forward to seeing what BBFF brings to the region in 2018.
The 11th Annual Byron Bay International Film Festival Winners
Winter is officially over – it’s time to celebrate.
Beat the summer rush and take a spring break in beautiful Byron Bay. Visit the region from September through November and experience warm and sunny weather, relatively quiet beaches, and the tail end of the whale season.
Spring Getaway in Byron Bay: 5 Places to Stay
Not sure where to stay? Here’s some springtime inspiration.
1. Byron by the Beach
Relax and unwind in the sunshine with the sweet sound of crashing waves at this stunning, open-plan holiday house. Situated a short walk from the centre of town, this 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom home features large French doors, air-conditioning, a BBQ, laundry facilities, an outdoor shower, and an idyllic verandah.
5 bedrooms: 3 queen rooms, one bunk room, one twin room
Experience the best Byron has to offer this spring – enjoy A Byron Experience. This self-contained holiday apartment is tucked away in the centre of Byron’s bustling town. Private and tasteful, this two-storey home-away-from-home is encompassed by a luscious tropical garden, and features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
2 bedrooms: 1 king room, 1 twin room (can be pushed together to form a king)
Soak up the springtime sunshine at A Seventh Heaven, a boutique, two-storey holiday apartment ideally situated in the centre of Byron Bay. This newly-furnished 3-bedroom home features a light, open-plan design, and a north-facing, sun-filled terrace overlooking lush gardens. Experience Byron’s gourmet eateries, or head to the beach – the choice is yours.
3 bedrooms: 2 queen rooms with ensuites, 1 double room
Escape to Beach Haven 7 this spring, and experience penthouse living at its finest. Situated on the top floor of a small complex, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom holiday apartment is directly across the road from Clarkes Beach. Flooded with light, this comfortable holiday home features high-ceilings, an airy, open-plan living area, and a north-facing balcony.
Celebrate spring Byron style at Three by the Sea. This recently renovated, island-luxe holiday apartment offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The generous master bedroom features an ensuite bathroom and large, private deck. Enjoy a home-cooked meal al fresco, or head into town for a unique culinary experience. Take a dip in the complex’s heated pool, or take the short walk to picturesque Belongil Beach.
2 bedrooms: 1 queen room with ensuite, 1 twin room
Discover the people that make Byron Shire’s communities so special with Street Removed. Lead by Bangalow resident Terry Brown of Byron Video, the videos provide an authentic look at beautiful Byron Bay and surrounds.
Street Removed goes behind the scenes of the town. The method is simple: Terry picks up a camera and microphone, walks through the town, and chats with locals. Everything is entirely unscripted and 100 percent real. These conversations help fellow residents, as well as visitors, get to know the warm and welcoming community and culture of the region.
Incredibly, Street Removed's walk around Bangalow was chosen as one of nine Australian finalists in QANTAS's #mytownspirit promotion. Voting has now closed, and we eargerly await the result.
Check out this episode of Street Removed. You’ll meet Mon, an employee at Woods Bangalow with a passion for hats.
For even more Street Removed, head over the Street Removed Facebook Page for live walks through town, where Terry stops and connects with the locals for more insightful conversations.
Or, learn about the dedicated people who make local events – such as the Sample Food Festival – possible.
Terry believes that it’s the people – not the landmarks – that make a town unique. Through his Street Removed project, he hopes to encourage others to connect with one another. It’s as easy as saying hello!
It was a perfect spring day for the annual Sample Food Festival. Flocks of hungry foodies headed to the scenic Bangalow Showground between 8am and 4pm on Saturday, September 2nd to sample the very best dishes from the Byron region.
Attendees were spoilt for choice, with top restaurants offering $5 and $10 tasting plates, plus over 150 producers and lifestyle exhibitors.
Among the celebrity chefs was Matt Golinski, pictured here adding crunch to his dish with roughly chopped macadamina nuts on stage with Samantha Gowing.
The Sample Food Festival handed out their Golden Fork Awards to the best small and large tasting plate at the festival. The $5 plate winner was Katrina Kanetani of TOWN Restaurant and Cafe with her Pina Colada Pannacotta. And, the $10 plat winner was Sarah Swann of DUK by 100 Mile Table for Char Siu with her Steam Asian Greens & Rice. Delicious!
Instagrammer Lauran Bath lead the Australian Macadamina Instameet. Donzens of photographers creatively captured (…and ate) macadamia nuts and a range of macadamia nut products.
2017 was another successful year for the always popular Sample Food Festival. See you next year.