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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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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 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

BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL 20-24 FEBRUARY 2019

Save the date. The 2019 Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. Kicking off Wednesday 20th February 2019 in Australia’s much-loved beach town, it’s time for some super surfing fun, chock full of sustainability, music, art, surf and culture. Wow. Say hello to annual favourites including the Surf Art Markets – now at twilight, Surf Legends Lounge, live music at the Beach Hotel and Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos Beach. Meet this year’s epic line up of special guests including surfing World Champions, female leaders, inspiring musicians, photographers and artists. Get ready. It’s going to be fun.

We were stoked with last year’s turnout, and this year we have planned for something even better! Kicking off this year, McTavish presents a short film and photo exhibition by surfing World Champion and special guest Tom Carroll. Thursday the creative vibes continue with a National Photography Competition at McTavish Outpost. Grab a bevvy and enjoy live beats, with entrant work showcased and winners selected by Byron Bay photographers Craig Parry and Ming Nomchong.

Thursday’s line up continues with Surf Legends Lounge at Byron Bay Community Centre, hosted by Vaughan Blakey, former Editor of Surfing World Magazine. Special guests include Rasta and Mark Occhilupo, sharing their views on hot surf topics including sustainability, boards, fins, surf culture and the future of our industry.

Friday injects a little bit of female power into this year’s line up with The Women’s Panel at the Beach Hotel. Special guests include 7 x World Champion Steph Gilmore, 2 x World Champion Lisa Anderson and 2 x Longboard World Champion Kelia Moniz. Saturday, we welcome back the morning Beach Clean-Up hosted by Clean Coast Collective, Surf Art Markets and live music at the Beach Hotel. Sunday, we sign off another year with Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos beach including the inaugural festival party wave, and a big Festival Wrap Up Party at the Beachy.

BBSF presents four days of the latest in alternative and creative surf culture, with a clear path towards reducing environmental impact and connecting our community through fun, educational and allinclusive surf events. The festival continues to work towards becoming a zero-waste event, with the exclusion of single-use plastics and every event monitored by Waste Free Byron. 

Founded in 2010, the annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is a non-competitive event with a focus on surf culture, highlighting creativity, innovation, environment and sustainability.

The 4-day event is a fusion of 'Surf Culture Now'. With over 8 free and ticketed events, become immersed in surf sessions, surf shaping, design, art, music, film, fashion and yoga, while having fun and caring for the environment.

 

 

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is proudly an “Ocean Friendly” event aiming to set a clear path towards reducing environmental and community impacts of surfing contests. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. For more information please visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au, Follow Byron Bay Surf Festival on socials or sign up to the newsletter for all updates and info. 

Looking back at Falls Festival 2018/19

The sixth annual Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron has come to an end, and what a colourful festival it was. 17,000 revellers – including 15,000 campers – enjoyed clear, sunny weather at the North Byron Parklands over the three days (a welcome change from last festival’s downpours). Dressed to impress, crowds experienced a dynamic range of musical acts, art installations and performances, clubs and DJs, food, and more.

The spectacular amphitheatre, known as the Valley Stage, came to life with highlight acts including Hilltop Hoods, DMAs, and US hip-hop sensation Anderson.Paak. As anticipated, festival favourite King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard had punters dancing, jumping, and crowd surfing, while Toto had everyone singing along to their hit ‘Africa’.

The smaller Howl & Moan tent showcased the heavier sounds of local rock bands, and the Jack Daniel’s Barrel House gave revellers a chance to get a closer look at the musicians at work. The Vaccines's performance in the Barrel House was a highlight for us.  

It was more than music that made this year’s festival. The ‘La Henge’ arts area showcased a life-size replica of Stone Henge made from cardboard. And, a jovial battle between cavepeople, sabretooth tigers, and a giant woolly mammoth went down on early New Year’s Eve, which was a hilarious spectacle to witness. The coloured cows were swarmed by festival-goers looking to get the perfect Falls photo.

After three full days and 40,000 steps, we were exhausted. But, we already can’t wait to do it all again next New Years.

New Years Eve in Byron Bay

Celebrations for New Years Eve 2018 in and around Byron Bay, include a family friendly street party in the centre of town, a variety of live music and themed party's in the larger venues, or a full blown music festival featuring artists such as Juice World, Interpol, Toto and more.

Plus - being Australia's most esterly point, Byron Bay will be the first to see the sun in 2019. You can join the First Sun celebrations at 5.15am on 1 January 2019 up at Cape Byron Lighthouse. 

Byron Shire Council's 'Soul Street 2018' New Year's Eve, 4pm - midnight

Soul Street is Byron Bay’s New Years Eve family-friendly street party. With Jonson St closed off, it becomes the colourful hub of this interactive town gathering. From 4pm – midnight, together we will see out the old year and bring in the new one as we celebrate the magic of our wonderful Byron community. There will be cabaret, music, dance, kids play zones, comedy, food stalls, DJs, henna, tarot, circus and the list goes on. Learn more at www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

Falls Festival, 31 Dec - 2 Jan at North Byron Parklands

Falls Music & Arts Festival is a multi-day music festival held annually over the New Year's Eve and January period. The festival hosts contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms. The 2018/19 event features ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · VANCE JOY · CHVRCHES · HILLTOP HOODS · JUICE WRLD · INTERPOL · TOTO and more. Full details and tickets available at their website fallsfestival.com/byron-bay.

NYE | Byron Bay Brewery, 12pm - 2am

See multiple Band and DJ headliners supported by our best local talent all under one roof, across two stages during the day and into the night. Food. Beverages. Visual Arts. Music and heaps more... 

Full details + tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.au

Beach Hotel Byron Bay presents PARADISE FOUND NYE PARTY!  7.30pm til late 

Food stalls, cocktail bars, DJ's and live acts. Dress code: Paradise

La bOum live + DJ's Longtime, My Happy Place & Fonzaius

Full details + tickets available at oztix.com.au

NYE Beachside Pool Party, 6pm - 1 am hosted by Fishheads

Bring in the New Year at Byron's only premier BEACHSIDE POOL PARTY with live music by Northern Rivers BIGGEST LIVE BAND - SOULD!

Full details + tickets available at www.trybooking.com
 

Summer market schedule: Byron, Bangalow, Bruns & more

Summer’s here, school’s nearly out, the weather is hot, and the water is warm. The festive season in the Byron Shire brings with it a whole host of specialty markets and events.

Here’s an overview of the region’s summer market schedule.

Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Markets are held on both the first and third Sunday of the month in December and January at the Butler Street reserve. So, this summer, the markets will be held on:

  • 2 December 2018
  • 16 December 2018
  • 6 January 2019
  • 20 January 2019

The Byron Twilight Markets

The weekly Byron Twilight Market is held in the centre of town and showcases local artisans and musical talent.

When: Saturdays, 4pm – 9pm (until April 2019)

Where: Railway Park, Byron Bay

The Byron Beachside Markets

Held annually in January, Easter, July, and the September/October long weekend, the Byron Beachside Markets stretch along the picturesque Main Beach Foreshore.

When: Wednesday, 2 January 2019, 8am – 4pm

Where: Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay

The Byron Flea Market

The Byron Flea Market is Australia’s only youth-focused market and takes place year-round.

When: Every second Saturday of the month, 8am - 2pm

Where: The Youth Activity Centre, Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay

A Day in the Bay

A Day in the Bay is Byron’s newest market. The event represents a collaboration between local brands to bring a family-friendly, Byron-focused market to the region.

The market will feature a collective of food trucks, beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, children’s entertainment, live music, and more.

Entry is $5 with all proceeds to be donated to a local not-for-profit and charity.

When: Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12pm – 10pm

Where: Red Devils Park

Bangalow

The Bangalow Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month at the Bangalow Showgrounds. This summer, the markets will take place on:

  • 23 December 2018
  • 27 January 2019

The Bangalow Designers' Market

The Bangalow Designers’ Market is committed to promoting design in the Byron Shire and showcases local fashion labels, artisans, arts and crafts, food, and music.

When: Saturday, 8 December 2018, 8am – 3pm

Where: Bangalow Public School, Bangalow

Brunswick Heads

The Brunswick Heads Markets are held on the first Saturday of the month. This summer, the Bruns Markets will take place on:

  • 1 December 2018
  • 5 January 2019

The Brunswick Christmas Twilight Markets

The annual Brunswick Twilight Markets bring together local creators to showcase their very best during the Christmas season.

When: Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 3pm – 9pm

Where: Banner Park, Brunswick Heads

Mullumbimby

The Mullumbimby Markets are held on the third Saturday on the month. This summer, the Mullum Markets will take place on:

  • 15 December 2018
  • 19 January 2018

The Mullum Twilight Market

The Mullum Twilight Market is a family-friendly picnic meets market event featuring delicious food, artisan stalls, vintage wares, and live music.

When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, 3pm – 9pm

Where: The Mullum Leagues Club, Mullumbimby

Surrounding towns and villages

Outside of the Byron Shire, regional towns and villages host community markets year-round. Here’s a reminder of their schedules:

Cheers for ten years of beers

Stone & Wood celebrates a milestone with a roll out of releases, events and a brewery opening!

It's been 10 years of beers since the first kegs rolled out of Byron's local brewery Stone & Wood back in 2008.

For the Northern Rivers independent brewery, they're excited but the milestone feels like a drop in the ocean.

"Compared to breweries in other parts of the world that have been around for hundreds of years, we’re 10 years young!" said co-owner Brad Rogers.

Looking back, Head Brewer Caolan Vaughn said that the brewery has released experimental brews since the early days, including Beers of the Earth, The Mash Collective series, Stone Beer, The Gatherer and Forefathers but has always been limited by capacity.

"We've released some memorable beers but until now, our focus has also been on getting enough of it to our thirsty drinkers.'

Stone & Wood is looking forward to ramping up their releases, promising some exciting changes, additions and limited brews in the coming months. But that’s not all... In the coming months, the brewery will put on their inaugural Backyard Invitational event on 24 November, at what will become their Brisbane Brewery in the new year, and the new Byron Bay Brewery will open its doors by the end of the year.

Stone & Wood Brewery Byron Bay project manager Jamie Revell has said "We are excited to be at the pointy end of our brewery build. All of the finer details such as landscaping and timber finishes are now coming to life. The bar and kitchen are both currently being fitted and the last of our brewhouse equipment will move in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to open the doors of our new spiritual home and invite locals and visitors to see how we brew and learn more about Stone & Wood. Early next year we will move our offices to the new space, so the whole Byron team can finally work under one roof."

When asked about the 10 year milestone and everything that’s coming down the line Head Brewer Caolan Vaughn said "We’re proud of the journey so far and having an incredible, passionate team that’s been along for the ride but all of us at Stone & Wood are even more excited for what’s to come!".

Fields of Healing Byron Bay 2018

A PIVOTAL conversation began last week, on the topic of Ecological Healing and what the term means both locally and globally.

The conversation was sparked ahead of next month’s inaugural Fields of Healing event and was facilitated by the event’s Community Director, Adam Collett who has been working closely with the team at Unity Earth - the organisation responsible for co-ordinating the gathering.

The event which will attract indigenous leaders from across the globe will be held at the North Byron Parklands over the weekend of November 24 and 25 and aims to highlight three key pillars, explained Mr Collett; the concepts of intercultural, ecological and personal healing.

Last week’s conversation invited a diverse group of innovative leaders with varying backgrounds from across the region to share their wisdom, experience and unique skillsets. The group collectively explored moving forward with a number of creative real-world solutions that can serve to heal our relationship with the planet.

The Northern Rivers is home to an incredible amount of innovation in the field of regenerative agriculture and building a circular economy. Fields of Healing is an opportunity to showcase the solutions emerging within our community to a global audience; while also creating a space for us to learn from each other and the incredible wisdom held by this collective of Indigenous Elders from around the world.

"We have a chance to leave a legacy within this, a collective vision with tangible outcomes that help us build new pathways towards ecological healing on the earth," Mr Collett said.

If you're interested in being a part of the solution and evolving the concept of ecological healing, you can contribute by sharing your knowledge and learning about ways in which we can reduce our impact on the earth by attending Fields Of Healing 2018.

Two day convergence of global Indigenous leaders, live music, workshops, panels, art, healing, ecology & more! Visit the website for more information, or to book your tickets fieldsofhealing.com.au.
 

5 best pizza restaurants in Byron Bay

The Best of Byron series continues – this time, it’s pizza! Pizza is one of the world’s favourite foods, and here in Byron Bay, the pizza-lover is spoilt for choice.

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite pizza restaurant in the region, and the results are in. So, next time you're craving a slice, check out one of the five best pizza restaurants in Byron Bay below (in alphabetical order).

Earth ‘n’ Sea

Earth ‘n’ Sea Pizza has been a part of Byron’s vibrant dining scene since way back in 1976. The iconic restaurant serves up a delectable selection of 22 individual pizzas – including gluten-free and vegan options – all piled high with fresh ingredients.

One of Earth ‘n’ Sea’s signature concoctions is the Beethoven: prawns, fresh banana slices, and pineapple.

Il Buco Cafe & Pizzeria

Simple, honest, and authentic. That’s what you can expect from Il Buco Cafe & Pizzeria’s Italian artisan pizza.

Committed to using local, seasonal ingredients, the incredible pizzas feature fresh produce picked, grown, and raised in the region: ham from Bangalow Sweet Pork, salumi from the boys at Salumi, tomatoes from Coopers Shoot Tomatoes, and more.

Legend Pizza

Pizza doesn’t get much better than the classics served up at Legend Pizza. Open from 8 am till late for eat-in and takeaway orders, indulge in both gourmet and traditional styles pizzas (plus gluten-free and vegan options) or create your own perfect slice.

Legend has a relaxed vibe and is a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Trattoria Basiloco

Trattoria Basiloco offers up delicious, authentic Italian cuisine with a Sardinian flair. Their pizzas are cooked the traditional way for maximum flavour: in a burning hot woodfire oven.

Alongside their artisan pizza, Trattoria Basiloco serves antipasti, famous fresh seafood, handmade pasta, meats, and classic Italian desserts.

Treehouse on Belongil

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Treehouse on Belongil is an all-day, fully licensed restaurant, bar, and live music venue. In the evening, pick from an irresistible list of woodfired pizzas, share platters, and daily specials.

Treehouse on Belongil also serves up an exciting cocktail menu and extensive wine list – the perfect accompaniment to fresh pizza and local musical talent.

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