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Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great success with organisers declaring it one of the best they’ve had at the venue.

With perfect weather, a festival site that is easy to get around and a couple new features including the Palm Springs water park and the air-conditioned Foxtel movie venue - it was no surprise everyone was having fun.

My favourite act was Courtney Barnett and my pick of the food was the Cuban Street Food (near the main entrance). Enjoy a selection of images captured walking around and watching the bands at Falls Festival Byron.









































































Byron Bay 2015 in Pictures

Look back at Byron Bay throughout 2015 via the most engaging posts on byronbay.com's Facebook page each month. Seems there is always something happening in Byron, looking forward to 2016 - join us www.facebook.com/byron.bay.nsw.

January:


Summer's in full swing - keep cool with coconuts on Main Beach Byron Bay.

February:


Celebrating V Day at Main Beach Byron Bay, so much fun! V-Day, February 14, is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls inspired by Eve Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues.

March:


Local photographer, David Young, captures Byron's participation in the World Naked Bike Ride.

April:


Well spotted australia.com. Looking out over the magnificent Tallow Beach in Byron Bay with @backpackerbanter - what a view! This shot was captured on the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk, a 5km round trip from Wategos Beach that allows you to take in the sights of the breathtaking coastline and tranquil rainforest.

May:


Byron Bay flash flooding captured by @dougallp.

June:


Super-Cool image of Main Beach Byron Bay, captured by @mattdraperphotography.

"It's pretty amazing what you can create with a camera. I took this image about an hour ago. Perfect miniature waves at Main Beach, Byron Bay."

July:


Mighty Blue Moon captured by Surflife Australia Photography.

"I was very happy to capture this moon rising tonight, with perfect clear skies & enough daylight to show Byron Bay's lighthouse in detail & also all the people that were there to watch the moon rise from Australia's most easterly point."

August:


Plenty of bait fish in the water lately Byron Bay. Aerial image by @uniqueimages_australia.

September:


Whales in Byron Bay... WOW! This was the years most engaging image. photo Glenn Sanders: www.facebook.com/glegmo - or follow on insta www.instagram.com/glegmo/.

October:


Springtime afternoon in Byron Bay.

November:


Dolphins hanging out in Byron Bay. Captured by Sean O'Shea.

December:


Summertime Byron Bay - Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out.

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit

Byron Bay the History, Beauty and Spirit features over 150 stunning images, narratives, artwork and poetry that chronicles the dynamic human history of the most eastern point of Australia’s mainland. The book includes the work of some of Australia’s most renowned story tellers and photographers, including Di Morrisey, Bob McTavish and a host of local identities. learn more, visit www.byronbaybook.com.

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"And herein lays the crux of this book and its brilliance; the individual stories and anecdotes that chronicle the growth of this area and bring to life the sea, rivers, mountains and people that make up Byron Bay"

Siboney Duff, Northern Rivers Writers' Centre, 2011.

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Byron Bay Wedding Inspiration

It could have been the twinkle in Noah’s eye or the sparkle from Nina’s dress, or maybe it was the fairy lights that adorned the Beach Byron Bay’s ocean view deck... whatever it was, there was no denying the pure happiness and glamour of Nina and Noah’s Byron Bay wedding day.

Captured beautifully by Olivia Texier photography, the couple’s garden wedding ceremony was the perfect balance of rustic and romance with bench seats and a draped floral wood arch. With the ‘I dos’ exchanged, guests strolled to their beachfront wedding reception at the Byron Beach Cafe for champagne and canapés, while Nina & Noah joined their bridal party for photos on the sand. With the Byron Beach Cafe’s impressive sea views taking centre stage, the only decoration necessary was chic white flowers in elegant vases, scattered tea light candles and glowing fairy lights.

Guests were seated as the sun set over the Byron hinterland and dined under the stars on a selection of squid ink linguine, red curry baked chicken, Hervey Bay shell scallops, braised duck, roasted barramundi fillet and slow-cooked Bangalow pork belly. Following dinner, everyone joined in the dancing until it was time to wave the couple goodbye.

Nina and Noah’s Byron Bay Wedding:

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

With family-friendly events, a music festival, and great parties at local pubs and bars, there’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than Byron Bay.

Soul Street

Every year, the Byron Bay Community Centre hosts Soul Street, a New Year’s Eve event suitable for the whole family. Jonson Street will be transformed into a celebratory market, with tons of stalls, food options, and amusement rides. There will also be a range of circus performers, including fire twirlers and drummers. The event runs from 4pm to 10pm on December 31, and is alcohol free.

Note that Jonson Street will be closed as of 12 noon on the day, and will reopen at 7am on January 1. There will also be no parking available at the Lawson Street South car park or on Bay Street from 6am on December 31 until 7am January 1.

First Sun New Year’s Day 2016

New Year’s celebrations don’t end on the 31st in Byron Bay. Catch the first sun of the New Year at beautiful Main Beach with the silent sunrise meditation beginning at 5.30am. The meditation will conclude with the sounding of gongs as the sun breaks over the ocean. There will also be free yoga and Qi gong classes on the grass, and intricate sculptures and mandalas in the sand.

Falls Festival

Bring in the New Year with your favourite musicians at the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Byron Bay, held at North Byron Parklands. Running from December 31 to January 3, Falls Festival will see some incredible music acts from around Australia and across the globe. Tickets are still available, and all festival goers can camp onsite for free.

The Byron at Byron

Ring in 2016 with the roaring 20’s. Join the Byron at Byron family for a welcome drink and canapés on arrival followed by a decadent dégustation dinner. The Well Swung Daddies will be kicking off the party from 8pm with their ‘Big Band’ swing tunes. Prizes for best dressed! Call or email to make your reservation reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au or 02 6639 2105.

The Beach Hotel

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay has yet another NYE party planned. This year’s Paradise Found party will see food stalls, DJs, break-dancers, cocktail bars, and more. Tickets are available now at Oxtix. The Beach Hotel is also offering a locals discount when tickets are purchased at the Beach Hotel’s bottle shop.

The Byron Bay Brewery

The Byron Bay Brewery is joining forces with the Sunday Safari promoters to bring you a New Year’s Eve party to be remembered. The full program has yet to be announced, but a limited number of early bird tickets are available now at the Brewery’s bar.

Woody’s Surf Shack

Supaaafresh SolMix Byron Bay cocktails // live DJs // good vibes // and best of all... FREE ENTRY before 10pm.

Treehouse on Belongil

Backup to the Future NYE. We will all be dressed in our interpretation of R’n’B vs time travel. The drinks will be cold and the complimentary margarita pizzas fresh outta the woodfired oven. Live music from Bobby Alu, and Vinnie LaDuce and a carefully curated DJ set selected by Chris Bradley.

St Elmo

New Years Eve Fiesta Cocktail Party. Live music till 1am. There will be three separate food stations serving Oysters & Champagne, Cheese, Cured Meats & Paella; as well as tapas & pintxos being served from the kitchen.

New Years Eve Accommodation

New Years is a popular time durring peak season in Byron, most visitors secure their accommodation months in advance. Browse our New Years Eve Accommodation Guide if you haven't secured a booking yet.

A Day in Bangalow

Located a scenic 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is a historic town with a range of specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. Bangalow’s eclectic spirit and lush-green backdrop make it unlike anywhere else in the Byron Shire.

See in Bangalow

There’s nothing quite like a walk down Byron Street in Bangalow. You could spend hours exploring the one-of-a-kind shops, which boast a range of artisan gifts, clothing, beauty products, toys, and art.

Be sure to make time for a visit to the Zakay Glass Creations Gallery. The gallery showcases striking glass sculptures and light fixtures made from geometric shards of glass. When hit with natural or artificial light, the glass sparkles and shimmers, projecting an array of colour. These stunning three-dimensional sculptures make for unique souvenirs or gifts.

Eat in Bangalow

Evoking the old world charm of a traditional trattoria, The Italian Diner offers flavours from the diverse regions of Italy, with friendly, relaxed service. The menu focuses on fresh seafood and finest local produce, and is complemented by carefully selected Australian & Italian wines and beers.

Located at the Bangalow Bowlo you'll find the Stockpot Kitchen. Their southern inspired menu including an onsite BBQ smokehouse and  award wining southern fried chicken is in line with this down south hospitality that is warm, fun, generous and full of love.

Markets in Bangalow

On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Bangalow Showgrounds play host to a vibrant Bangalow Markets. Set among the shady camphor laurel and fig trees, the markets features over 300 stalls selling handmade, local, and imported goods, plus live entertainment. You’ll also find a variety of regional produce, fresh bread, exotic food, and great coffee.

As well as the monthly market, Bangalow is home to a popular farmers market held Saturday mornings from 8am to 11am. Located in the centre of town in the Banaglow Hotel car park, the smallish market has every thing you’ll need to fill your pantry. If you’re just visiting for the day, it’s the perfect spot to pick up a freshly baked pastry or a few pieces of fruit.

Stay near Bangalow

Escape to the sanctuary of Coco's Country Cottage, where you can unwind & nurture your mind, body & soul in stylish tranquil surroundings. Feel as though you are a world away but know you are only a short drive from the boutique shops & cafes of historic Bangalow.

Just East of Bangalow, Byron Hills Hinterland Retreat offers an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area 3 good sized guest bedrooms, a main bathroom and an expansive master suite with kitchenette, ensuite and outdoor bath with stunning views!

Byron's Agricultural Shows

Each year in November, there are two shows in the Byron Shire: the Bangalow Show, and the Mullumbimby Show. Each offers traditional agricultural events, as well as competitions, rides, and family entertainment.

The Bangalow Show

The Bangalow Show has been a community tradition in the historic town since 1897. More than a century on, the two-day show held annually in November attracts families from the local region and beyond.

Set in the scenic Bangalow Showground, about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, the Bangalow Show plays host to a variety of agricultural activities. These include the buying and selling of cattle, the showing of animals, and the showcasing of local produce fresh from the farm.

Alongside the traditional agricultural displays, you’ll find plenty of arts, crafts, and homemade wares that show off the talent of the region.

There’s no shortage of kids entertainment at the Bangalow Show. Each year there’s a charming children’s pet parade, which includes a range of amusing categories: pet with the biggest smile, and pet who looks most like its owner, to name a few.

Plus, there are plenty of rides, games, and competitions. Try out for ‘Bangalow Idol,’ or have a go at the ‘Camel Cup.’ And don’t forget to stick around for the grand finale – a spectacular firework display.

The Bangalow Show is an endearing event that celebrates community spirit. And, with plenty of activities for the whole family, it’s worth the trip. Visit www.bangalowshow.com.au for more information.

The Mullumbimby Show

The Mullumbimby Show, a two-day annual event held in mid-November, takes place at the lush Mullumbimby Showground, located a short 25 minute drive from Byron Bay.

As well as traditional farm animal showcases, the Mullum Show is home to an exciting array of entertainment – from show jumping competitions, cooking competitions, pet parades, and talent shows, to a demolition derby!

Between the events, competitions, and shows, there are tons of market stalls to get lost in. Browse fresh produce, local and imported clothing, jewelry, crafts, linens, toys, soaps, and more. The markets provide an opportunity to chat to stall-owners, and learn more about the local agriculture industry.

After all that shopping, you’re bound to be hungry. At the Mullumbimby Show, there’s no shortage of traditional show food: churros, pizza, waffles, and Byron Bay gelato. There’s also coffee, a fully licensed bar, and a BBQ.

The Mullum Show is a great chance to have some good old-fashioned family fun. Visit www.mullumbimbyshow.org.au for more information.

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available in easy walking distance from the centre of the friendly town where the sparkling turquoise river meets the sea.

Just 20 mins north of Byron Bay, this friendly, chilled-out town is a popular choice for couples and families looking for fun and easy holiday fun. Start your day with breakfast at one of the cafes serving great coffee and fresh local food made with love. Cross Simpson’s Creek on the foot bridge where you can see fish and stingrays in the crystal clear water as you pass. Then take a stroll along the beach with views towards the Byron Lighthouse. Yours can be the first footprints on the long stretch of clean white sands. Watch out for whales breaching beyond the breakers, and dolphins gliding through the waves.

Shady nooks make swimming in the gentle and protected waters of Torakina Beach inside the river mouth feel like a tropical heaven as you laze beneath the Pandanus palms and enjoy the vibrant colours of the river as it changes throughout the day.

Caffeine addicts, fear not! Brunswick Heads has a vibrant cafe culture with 26 eateries to choose from offering contemporary Australian cuisine, a range of ethnic options and some of the best takeaway and fish and chips that you will ever eat. After lunch browse the boutique shops, many of which stock an eclectic mix of treasures you will not find anywhere else. Stroll down Mullumbimbi Lane and visit Wheel of Life ceramics studio, or drop in to Mina Mina Gallery and see their contemporary Aboriginal art.

Exhausted by all that fun? You can relax with a massage, beauty therapy or pampering experience. Take a yoga session. Check the surf? Or why not experience the Brunswick River in all its glory with a guided kayak tour, hire a kayak, stand up board or canoe, or go on a cruise to explore the many facets of the natural world of the river and its tributaries.

The new Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail is proving to be a delight for children and adults alike. Take your family on a mission following clues to find the fairy houses hidden around the town.

Walk out along the rock wall to the sea at sunset and you won’t know where to look, to the west the sunset glows behind Mount Chincogan and the caldera rim, and out to sea dove grey and pink skies farewell another beautiful day at Brunswick heads.

And when it’s time to put up your feet, what better spot than the iconic Hotel Brunswick, with its famous beer garden overlooking the beautiful Brunswick River? Magic! When it comes to dinner there are so many delicious food options, you can dine at the Pub or sample a wide range of dining options around town.

For further "Bruns" information and a wealth of local knowledge be sure to visit the Brunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre. Open seven days a week at 7 Park St, Brunswick Heads and / or visit their website www.brunswickheads.org.au.

Backpacking in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a unique location loved by backpackers from around the world. There are plenty of hostels in Byron for backpackers, all with necessary facilities, great locations, and diverse room options.

Arts Factory Lodge

Love to surf? The Arts Factory hostel is located just 1.5km from The Wreck, a renowned surf break in Byron Bay.

Stay in mixed or single-sex dorm rooms, which include free Wi-Fi and access to shared bathrooms. Some dorms are situated in eclectic teepees or charming cottages, and others include kitchenettes. Private rooms with en suite bathrooms, and campsites are also available.

Hostel guests can use the free shuttle bus to get to town and other Byron sites. But there’s no need to head out to experience Byron’s nightlife. There’s a bar, restaurant, cafe, and brewery on-site. There’s also shared kitchen facilities, a swimming pool, a games room, laundry facilities, and bikes and surfboards for rent.

Learn more, check availability & book online.

Byron Beach Resort

Nestled among 5,500 square metres of lush native gardens is the Byron Beach Resort. This colourful resort is located just 6 minutes from Belongil Beach, and offers a free, regular shuttle to town.

Rooms include 4, 6, and 8 person dorms, female-only dorms, budget twin shares, spa rooms, and cottages, each with an en suite bathroom. Spa rooms and cottages come with outdoor spaces, TVs, and fridges. All guests are able to purchase Wi-Fi.

The Byron Beach Resort has all the necessary amenities, as well as ample room for socialising. There’s a communal kitchen, BBQ area, and hammocks dotted throughout the property. Have a game of volleyball on the onsite volleyball court, or rent a few bikes and ride into town. And don’t miss the daily yoga sessions!

Learn more, check availability & book online.

Nomads Byron Bay

Nomads is a well-kept, modern hostel situated right in town - 1.4km from Belongil Beach and 1.6km from Arakwal National Park.

Accommodation options include mixed and female-only dorms, and private rooms, some including en suite bathrooms. Private rooms also feature TVs, mini-fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and parking is available to purchase.

The hostel features an expansive patio/BBQ area, with hammocks, sun lounges, tables, and two in-ground hot tubs. You’ll also find a cinema lounge, and communal kitchen. Don’t forget to challenge friends to a game of pool or Ping-Pong.

Learn more, check availability & book online.

Byron Open Mic Nights

Check out some local talent or show off your skills at one of the many open mic nights Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays around Byron. Be sure to check full details with the venue.

Beach Hotel – Tuesdays at 7.30pm

With stunning views over Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is an iconic pub, restaurant, and music venue in Byron Bay. The Beach Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed in the sunlit beer garden or cosy interior.

The pub plays host to live entertainment every night of the week, with Tuesday dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming talent at the open mic night. The Beach Hotel’s open mic night starts every Tuesday at 7.30pm, and goes until late. Visit www.beachhotel.com.au.

Byron Bay Brewery – Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Since opening in the 1980’s as the Piggery, the Byron Bay Brewery has remained one of the most unique venues in Byron Bay. The recently refurbished bar and restaurant is a fantastic place for no-frills pub food and boutique beers.

Every Wednesday night at 7.30pm, the Byron Bay Brewery hosts an open mic night offering free entry, cash prizes, and future gig opportunities. Visit www.byronbaybrewery.com.au.

The Ginger Pig – Wednesdays at 8.00pm

Opened by two childhood friends from the UK, the Ginger Pig restaurant and bar offers quality tapas, delicious cakes, and an excellent wine and cocktail menu. Located on the corner of Marvell St and Jonson St, the Ginger Pig is a great place to sample the best locally grown produce.

The Ginger Pigs hosts live entertainment almost every night of the week. Open mic nights are held every Wednesday beginning at 8.00pm. The mic is open to all creatives – from musicians to poets! Visit www.gingerpig.com.au.

The Middle Pub – 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7.30pm

The Middle Pub is located in Mullumbimby, which is about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay. Full of character, Mullum’s Middle Pub offers a relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, and quality entertainment.

Jam nights are held on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, and are known to be some of the best in the Shire. Visit www.themiddlepub.com.au.

The Bangalow Hotel – Tuesdays at 7.30pm

The historic Bangalow Hotel (about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay) is home to an impressive a la carte restaurant, a great drink selection, and top-quality entertainment. With an intimate indoor dining area and a large outdoor deck, this pub is the perfect place to experience Bangalow’s hospitality.

The Bangalow Hotel’s well-established open mic night is frequented by many talented local singer/songwriters, and is held every Tuesday night at 7.30pm. Visit www.bangalowhotel.com.au.

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