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UPDATED: Best coffee in Byron Bay

Looking for the best coffee in Byron Bay? 

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite cafes in Byron’s township, and the results are in. Check out our updated (1 October 2019 - International Coffee Day) list below (in alphabetical order).

Barefoot Roasters

If you take your coffee seriously, head to Barefoot Roasters. Barefoot Roasters specialise in artisan coffee roasting, offering a dynamic range of fresh coffee blends and single-origin coffee for both retail and wholesale customers.

Tucked away in a small laneway in central Byron is the Barefoot Brew Room, where you can sample the best Barefoot’s roasters have to offer.

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.

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.

Espressohead

For more than 15 years, Espressohead has been a local favourite.

Situated across from the courthouse, this tried-and-true cafe and eatery serves up impeccable coffee alongside creative meals. Locally sourced ingredients are always used where possible.

Folk Byron Bay

Soak up the lush garden atmosphere with a fantastic cup of coffee in hand at Folk Byron Bay.

The passionate team behind Folk are committed to quality and community. They serve a delectable range of made-in-house treats, as well as a variety of vegetarian and plant-based meals.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best brunch, burgers, breakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners in Byron Bay and surrounds – according to you.

Byron Bay Film Festival Announces Official Programme, Oct 18-27 2019

13th Byron Bay International Film Festival announces its final selection of 150+ dream-inspiring films from home and abroad.

The 13th Byron Bay International Film Festival, October 18-27, Australia’s independent showcase for cutting-edge films, documentaries and VR experiences, today announced its official programme selection for 2019 to screen across 10 days in a diverse set of venues in Byron Shire and the Tweed.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Cave, a dramatised account of the rescue of the football team trapped underground in Thailand last year, with the factual force of a documentary. Chosen as our Closing Night film, with a special appearance from director Tom Waller at the Festival.  

Around The World, a documentary following Freestyle Footballers from all corners of the world. A window into one of the newest sports in the world, its participants and rapidly growing fanbase. It captures freestyle football as a means to connect people with those around them, finding common joy across cultures without a need for shared language, only a shared love of sport.

Gloomy Eyes is a VR film narrated by Collin Farrell, set at a time when the sun, tired of the humans, decides to never rise again. Australian premiere.

In My Blood It Runs is a quietly powerful Australian film, an up-close study of a gifted, questioning10 year old Aboriginal boy, Dujuan Hoosan, who struggles to fit into the white system and keeps getting into trouble.

A Son of Man. Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film, featuring the real life characters, unscripted and shot purely by drone in the Amazon jungle. Stunning and surreal reality cinema.

Honeyland, the most awarded film in Sundance. Two worlds collide in this dramatic documentary, focusing on the last female beekeeper, whose way of life is disrupted by a new family who adopt beekeeping and yield to market forces. An intimate story highlight our era’s attitude towards the environment.

Out Deh – The Youth of Jamaica portrays the daily struggles of three young Jamaicans searching for a way to create bright futures for themselves. Featuring Shama, a Jamaican pro surfer and Bakersteez, a big name in Jamaican rap.

Live Baby Live sees iconic band INXS’s legendary 1991 Wembley Stadium tour restored. A special screening on the last Saturday of the festival will take the audience back in time to relive rock n roll at its finest.

Click here to see full program

The 22 documentaries, 17 dramatic features, 20 music videos, 78 shorts, 10 films by young Australian filmmakers and a mind-blowing range of over 15 Virtual Reality experiences were chosen from more than 1000 films submitted from all over the world.  

BBFF2019 aims to reflect the ethos and interests of the people of Byron and the Northern Rivers – the environment, surfing, music, art, alternative lifestyles and social and spiritual awareness.

Several works by local filmmakers combine these subjects and ideas – Pacifico, Nordurland, relate the experiences of Australians seeking to shake up their workaday lives by venturing into far-flung regions. Their experiences expand their views of the world.

Films from Tibet, Syria, Jamaica and Ukraine also broaden horizons and sometimes ask uncomfortable questions.

The wild coastal landscapes of Mexico and South America, from the mountains of Chile to the teeming Ecuadorian provide the stunning backdrops to a number of films and one mind-blowing VR experience, while Cuba is a background “performer” in the account of one of its most well-loved sons, Eliades Ochoa formerly the guitarist with the Buena Vista Social Club (Eliades Ochoa, From Cuba to the World) and of another, the dance genius Carlos Acosta in Yuli – a “vibrantly executed and performed piece bound to garner international prestige” (Screen Daily). 
 
Macedonia’s harsh mountain regions, the Kenyan savannah, and the Indian rainforests enhance the stories of a traditional beekeeper (Honeyland), the last male northern white rhino (Kifaru) and fungi in all their infinite variety (Planet Fungi). Byron artist Jack Bailey’s Continuum 01 – South in Self Exile is a mesmerising wordless time-lapse study of elemental nature; another – Poppy Walker – uses drone technology to show us Death Valley, and how a Broadway ballerina realised her dream there (Dust Devil).  
 
Other remarkable individuals intimately portrayed range from the much-loved cartoonist, artist, poet and philosopher Michael Leunig in The Leunig Fragments to newly literate and endearing Korean grannies finding poetry all around them in Granny Poetry Club which “unearths a very unique struggle, a never-before-seen spectacle” (Make the switchAU). 
 
The dramas provide opportunities for even closer examination of the human condition, including two made by Australian women telling stylish, entertaining stories of their oppressed sisters seizing back social and sexual autonomy (Alice – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW – and what Variety described as the bracingly original Judy and Punch).

Elsewhere a girl takes action to improve her family members’ lives (H is for Happiness) and women pursue their passion for the ocean (She Is the Ocean), or skewer zombies with cool courage (Little Monsters). 

Opening Night’s Measure for Measure, owned by a masterful Hugo Weaving as a Melbourne crime boss, is also full of drama, and will provide a high-energy start to the Festival’s 10 days. 

Energy – stimulation – is guaranteed by BBFF’s offering of Australia’s most comprehensive virtual and augmented reality experiences, and a programme of workshops, panels, parties and networking opportunities unparalleled in regional Australia. 

The Festival is a 10-day extravaganza of entertainment, learning and fun. It’s Byron Bay’s most far-reaching, diverse and glamorous cultural event – and everyone is invited.  
 
The 13th Byron Bay Film Festival runs from October 18-27 at the Palace Cinema, the Byron Community Centre, Pighouse Flicks and venues in Brunswick Heads and Murwillumbah.  Further details about films are available at bbff.com.au or on facebook.

Tickets for BBFF2019 – including 6, 10 or 20-ticket flexi-passes, as well as Gift Vouchers for between one and five films – can be booked online at bbff.com.au       
 

Espresso Cocktail Festival at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Espresso Festival is back and we are losing our beans with excitement! Come and get edgy at The Balcony, celebrating all things espresso for the first two weeks of October. 

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co will be shaking $12 Espresso Martini’s all day everyday and have a specialty espresso inspired cocktail menu available for all those keen to Espresso Yo’self!

Do you prefer your coffee in a martini glass? Well then get down here and brew it up with us on our Balcony.

1 - 15 October
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
Cnr Jonson & Lawson Street Byron Bay

 

MORNING MOONSHINE
coffee infused bulleit bourbon, orange infused raw sugar syrup, cold brew coffee ice cube

IRISH AIRHEAD
jameson, demerara syrup, orange bitters, coffee, baileys foam

CAPTAIN MARSHMALLOW
marshmallow infused bam bam rum, butterscotch liqueur, coffee & cinnamon syrup

HONEYPOT FIZZ
vanilla infused vodka, carters coffee liqueur, honey syrup, cold brew coffee, honeycomb gelato

COCONUT CAPPUCCINO
coconut fat-washes vodka, licor 43, coconut sorbet, vanilla syrup, cold brew coffee, aquafaba

BLACK SWAN
grey goose vodka cold drip infused with rwandan single origin coffee, served as a martini with a lemon foam

NEW, one-day immersive Stone & Wood Brew Experience

There those who enjoy a good beer – and then there are those who want to dive head-first into beer education, history and brewing. It’s no surprise that many Stone & Wood drinkers sit within this second category!

Great news for you guys: you now have the opportunity to get your hands dirty behind the scenes at the Stone & Wood brewery in Byron Bay!

The Stone & Wood Brew Experience is an all-day immersion that invites those seeking a deeper understanding of beer and the brewing industry to an all-inclusive day of brewing a Stone & Wood all-year or one of our Pilot Batch beers.

With groups limited to four pax and guided by two Stone & Wood crew members, participants also enjoy a brewery tour, Cicerone-guided sensory training, tastings poured straight from the tank and casual information sessions on our story and approach to conscious business.

Besides the hands-on brewing activities, packages include transfer from Byron Bay CBD, breakfast, lunch at the brewery’s canteen, beers throughout the day and a pub crawl through Byron town, plus an exclusive merch pack when you finish up.

Priced at $350 per person, the Stone & Wood Brew Experience runs every fortnight.

Further detail + bookings via the website www.stoneandwood.com.au/spend-the-day-as-a-stone-wood-brewer/

2019 Sample Food Festival re-cap

Perfect spring weather for a full day sampling all the food, produce, markets, demos and entertainment at the annual Sample Food Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds early September.

Attendees were spoilt for choice, with top restaurants offering $5 and $10 tasting plates. The 2019 Golden Fork awards went to Koobideh who took out the best $5 tasting plate for their Persian Meatballs and to Federal Doma Cafe who were awarded best $10 tasting plate for their Wood fire grilled lamb spareribs.

"The biggest thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Sample Food Festival such a wonderful day, our chefs creativity and skill, our passionate producers and stallholders, our phenomenal restaurants, our eager and curious guests, our talented artists, our knowledge sharing workshop facilitators, our talented & tireless entertainers, our friendly and diverse visitors, our kind and patient neighbours, our exceptional designers, our hardworking and supportive suppliers, our tireless team, our generous family and our beautiful friends. Thank you for spending your Saturday with us."

Rose Taylor, Sample Food Events

Next year Sample Food Festival is on Saturday September 5th, 2020.

Byron's top reviewed accommodation on Booking.com

Byron is host to a wide variety of accommodation options, booking.com collects reviews from people that have actually stayed at each property, here's a snapshot of Byron's best reviewed accommodation.

Brunswick Heads Treetop Studio 

10 out of 10 (as of September 2019). The apartment features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a balcony with garden views.

Lily Pad at Byron Bay

10 out of 10 (as of September 2019). This light-filled accommodation features high ceilings and contemporary furnishings. The lounge area offers plush sofas and a flat-screen TV. The kitchen is well-equipped and includes a dishwasher and an oven.

Blackbird Luxury Accommodation

9.9 out of 10 (as of September 2019). Blackbird Luxury Accommodation in Mullumbimby provides adults-only accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, barbecue and a garden. Featuring room service and a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and luggage storage for guests.

Barefoot Lane - beach house

9.8 out of 10 (as of September 2019). This holiday home has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 4 bathrooms with a shower. The property has a sun terrace and garden with a barbecue.

Sundays at Byron

9.8 out of 10 (as of September 2019). A family run bed and breakfast. Take in green pastures, endless sky and blue ocean. The full 180º panorama includes Byron's iconic lighthouse, the beautiful coastline looking north to the Gold Coast and finally Mt Warning. 

KoKo's Beach Houses 1 and 2

9.8 out of 10 (as of September 2019). Stunning four bedroom, three bathroom, two level 'Beach Houses' featuring high quality furnishings and luxury appliances. Conveniently located a short walk to Belongil Beach and Byron Bay town centre.

Spring School Holidays in Byron

Making plans for the October School Holidays in Byron Bay (QLD 20 Sept - 8 Oct 2019 / NSW 30 Sept - 11 Oct 2019)? Spring is a beautiful time to come to Byron Bay and enjoy some bonding time outdoors as a family. And there is no shortage of exciting options to keep everyone happy and healthy these school holidays. Here’s a few suggestions.

Explore Nature

Get out on The Farm with the kids and learn some new skills by participating in one of the many workshops available during the school holidays. Get the kids moving and enjoying the sunshine by walking the Cape Byron Walking Trail. Don’t forget to look out for whales or even better get the kids up close and personal with the whales on a whale watching tour. Get back to nature at one of the many stunning bush walks and waterfalls around Byron. Another great option that kids will love is a workshop with Brunswick Bush School, held in Brunswick Heads. While in Brunswick, check out the very popular, Fairy Trail.

Get Active

Take advantage of the perfect Spring weather and get active outdoors. How about a surf lesson for the whole family or just a paddle in the water at any one of Byron Bay’s gorgeous beaches.  Another way to enjoy the Byron coastline is to go horse riding on the beach. If you prefer not to get wet, why not get the kids into a skateboarding workshop with Byron Bay Skate School or a Circus Arts class.

Enjoy the Show

The Byron Theatre and The Brunswick Picture House both host some entertaining shows especially for kids over the school holidays. No holiday is complete without seeing the latest kids movie on the big screen. Byron Bay is fortunate to have a beautiful new cinema right in town, head over to Palace Cinema to see what’s on these school holidays.

Family Friendly Accommodation

With all these amazing activities to experience, you need more than just one day to fit everything in. Plan to come for a few days or even a couple of weeks. There is plenty of family-friendly accommodation in and around Byron Bay.

Byron Bay Fly Over by photographer Luke Taylor

Recently I took a Helicopter ride over Byron Bay as part of a Canon Collective workshop that was held at Elements of Byron. The workshop was great & certainly gave us some pointers in the right direction for furthering our photography career's. Canon Australia provided me with the Helicopter flight as part of their promotion of the event & wasn't it epic. 

I have always wanted to see Byron from above & to photograph it at the same time was amazing.

The flight I took was with AIR T&G Helicopter Services located in Ballina, just near the Airport there. I carried two camera's with me, both Canon camera's, a 7D & a 5D Mark iii with a 17-40mm f/4 lens & a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens so that I could capture as much as possible. 

What a ride it was.

A shout out to my partner in photography for the day - David Hall Photography, we had a good time & we even won the last brief of the day, which was "Show Byron Bay as you've never seen it before". Thanks Dave for the good memories of the event & the good times + Beers ;-)

Some of these images are singles frames & some are Panorama's stitched together in Lightroom.

I'd like to express a big thanks to Canon Australia & Air T&G Helicopter Services for this opportunity.

See more of Luke Taylor's aka Surflife Australia Photography images via
Facebook; www.facebook.com/SurflifeAustraliaPhotography
Vimeo; vimeo.com/surflifeaustraliaphotog
Instagram; @slap_byronbay
Twitter; @slap_byronbay
 

FALLS FESTIVAL 2019/20 LINE-UP IS HERE!

As the clock explodes on #NYE2019 wrapping up this tumultuous, nameless decade and slingshotting us all into a brand new set of Roaring Twenties, there could be no better place to be than arm-in-arm with your best friends, surrounded by Australia’s vast natural beauty and tuned in to some of the world’s greatest music!

Falls Festival: ever changing, forever reliable and bringing you the best upcoming talent from around the globe, will once again provide exclusive access to this Antipodean Utopia, pulling together four of the year’s biggest outdoor parties in the stunning surrounds of Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle.

FALLS FESTIVAL 2019/20 
 
HALSEY (ONLY AUS SHOWS) • VAMPIRE WEEKEND • DISCLOSURE • PEKING DUK • OF MONSTERS AND MEN • PNAU • LEWIS CAPALDI • MILKY CHANCE • JOHN FARNHAM • BANKS (ONLY AUS SHOWS) • DOPE LEMON • VERA BLUE • YUNGBLUD • G FLIP • CROOKED COLOURS • PARCELS • THELMA PLUM • #1 DADS • WAAX • BAKER BOY • PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS • AMYL & THE SNIFFERS • THE JAPANESE HOUSE • PINK SWEAT$ • GOOD DOOGS • CXLOE • TOTTY
 
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS APPEARING AT
 
BYRON BAY: TASH SULTANA
LORNE: WHAT SO NOT
MARION BAY: WOLFMOTHER
FREMANTLE: MATT CORBY
 
+ LOADS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Leading the charge in 2019/20 will be newly minted pop royalty and recent Rolling Stone cover megastar Halsey (for her only Australian shows!), NYC’s hugely important hit making heroes hot off the back of new album Father Of The Bride Vampire Weekend, English house icons Disclosure with their massive hits ‘Latch’, ‘Omen’ and latest banger ‘Talk’, plus super fun pop legends come stage slaying stars Peking Duk!

Add these huge names to a tectonic first announce which includes plenty more irresistible fruit, including those joyous Icelandic architects of anthem Of Monsters And Men, future hall of famers and festival masters Pnau with their slew of #1 dance-floor starters ‘Chameleon’, ‘Go Bang’ and ‘Changes’, multi-platinum British lung buster / heartbreaker fresh from his famous Glastonbury set Lewis Capaldi, smooth German hook guru’s Milky Chance and downright dazzling LA alt-pop Queen BANKS.

There’ll even be a special appearance from Whispering Jack himself as the one and only John Farnham shows us all a thing or two in his first appearance on Falls’ hallowed stages. Look for his rendition of ‘You’re The Voice’ to sit right next to Daryl Braithwaite’s 2017 performance of ‘Horses’ in the pantheon of magical Falls moments.

Also dropping in for single shows are Falls’ signature guests! Tash Sultana (appearing as our special guest in Byron Bay) will be showcasing the multi instrumental talents that have made her an international star; What So Not taking his humungous live show to Lorne; Matt Corby arriving on-stage fresh from the release of last year’s breathtaking Rainbow Valley and appearing on the Fremantle leg; popping up in Marion Bay – the crater creating riffs of the untouchable Wolfmother.

After introducing a beefed-up arts program last year which included all manner of performances, activations, installations and curiosities strewn throughout the sites of each stop, Falls will again level up in 2019/20. This year, as every year, organisers will expand in scope as they simultaneously narrow their focus to provide each punter with the best possible festival experience. From humble beginnings in Lorne 27 years ago, Falls has grown to become the absolute gold standard of Australian festivals. Thousands flock to famous coastal locations to enjoy a New Year’s filled with camping, nature, music and unforgettable memories.

Tickets on Sale 9am, Wednesday 14 August (VISA pre-sale Monday 12 August)
Full details via the website www.fallsfestival.com

2019 Splendour in the Grass one of the biggest and best yet!

It was all blue skies, big tunes and huge vibes at Splendour in the Grass 2019 as North Byron Parklands played host to a gigantic bill of music, art, craft, food, discussion and debate over three epic days.

Childish Gambino, image Claudia Ciapocha

“What a huge weekend! We want to say thanks to our Splendour Community for their ongoing enthusiasm and love for the event. We also want to say a massive thanks to Hilltop Hoods and their whole team for heading to Byron at such short notice and turning the Amphitheatre into a huge sing-a-long on Sunday night. It’s the crowd that makes Splendour so special so big love to you all! We’ll see you in 2020 for our 20th anniversary!”

- Splendour co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco

The festival site is always fun to explore, interact with, watch and listen... with plenty of tasty food and drinks to try. My pick for the performance of the 2019 Splendour goes to Childish Gambino - a full amphitheatre loving every minute of it.

I'm already looking forward to what will be in store for us next year when Splendour celebrates it's 20th anniversary in 2020! 

Wolfmother, image Charly Hardy

 

Foals, image Ian Laidlaw

 

Courtney Barnett, image Charlie Hardy

 

Sunday sunset, image Claudia Ciapocha

 

What So Not, image Mitchell Lowe

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