Discover the best of beautiful Byron Bay and surrounding towns and villages with the 2018 Byron and Beyond guides. Both the annual What’s On and Accommodation Guides are packed full of inspiring editorial content and informative business and event details, all alongside striking visuals.
What’s On – the Visitor Guide is Byron Bay’s official printed guide. Discover uniquely Byron activities, tours, and attractions in Byron Bay’s township and surrounding areas. Learn more about Byron’s beaches, check out the ever-growing list of Byron’s gourmet eateries, and find out more about watching whales during migration season.
Plus, this year’s magazine offers seven maps, which you can use to navigate the Byron Shire and beyond.
The What’s On Visitor Guide is distributed to over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Or, read online.
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.
In addition to the curated editorial content, you’ll find a range of practical information about transport, food, and an accommodation directory that covers the Byron Shire and surrounding regions.
The Accommodation Guide is distributed to more than 800 outlets across Australia. And like the What’s On Guide, it’s available to read online.
For anyone visiting the Byron Bay region, a flick through these popular guides is a must.
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.
Join a group of like-minded individuals for a scenic bike ride around beautiful Byron Bay on Sunday March 11, 2018 at 3pm. The catch? The ride is clothing-optional.
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.
Have a bit of fun and promote a number of great causes this year at the 2018 World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay on Sunday, March 11. Meet at 2.30pm at the Railway Station in Byron Bay, before setting off on a liberating ride around stunning Byron Bay at 3pm. Be prepared for onlookers – this one-of-a-kind event draws quite a crowd.
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.’
Learn more about the fantastic World Naked Bike Ride on their Wiki.
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.
The Byron Bay Starlight Festival is on in Bangalow from January 3rd to 6th 2019 for four days of bliss, growth, community, and expanding consciousness.
Have a Byron experience and reconnect with your true essence at the Starlight Festival. The perfect opportunity to ignite your spirit, nourish your soul and celebrate conscious living among like-minded individuals. The Starlight Festival encourages growth, oneness and awakening over four days.
Bringing together exhibitors, presenters and workshops focused on health, wellbeing, sustainability, healing, lifestyle and enlightenment. With renowned practitioners and specialists across a variety of fields including massage, yoga, natural products, soulful food, healing, music and much more, take this opportunity to be inspired and enlightened.
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