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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

2019 BYRON BAY GUITAR FESTIVAL LINE UP

FRENZAL RHOMB + HARTS + THE DELTA RIGGS + NATHAN CAVALERI + CHRIS TAMWOY and more!!!

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on​ Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2019​ at the Byron Bay Brewery​ for its third year.

Headlining is Aussie punk-rock royalty Frenzal Rhomb, guitar hero protege ​Harts, and The Delta Riggs who will have their much anticipated third album​ released in September.

Byron Bay Brewery will be turned into a guitarists heaven with performances and seminars by Torres Strait’s ‘Magic Fingers,’ Chris Tamwoy,​ industry legend​ Peter Northcote, bluesman​ Claude Hay​and Australian guitar icon Nathan Cavaleri​ who makes his return to the stage on the back of his​ Demons album tour.

There is something for all music lovers from soul and funk band​ The Soul Movers, international supergroup -​ The Sidemen,​ as well as local favorites​ Marshall O’Kell & The Fro, Minnie Marks​ and many more! Sunday will kick off with​ Bunny Racket for the little rockers and scheduled is a long list of family activities, hosted by Murray Cook (The Soul Movers/The Wiggles).

Produced by​ Byron Music, the event features 25+ live performances on two stages, as well as a ​Guitar Market showcasing some amazing instruments and craftsmanship from the world’s favourite manufacturers and Australia’s finest luthiers. There will be ​workshops and seminars presented by artists and manufacturers on both days.

Festival Director​ Nick Sergi says “The guitar is alive and well! We are celebrating an instrument that has truly revolutionsed music for over a century! In the digital age of music, we are still seeing the guitar as the principle songwriting tool for a new generation of artists. This year we are returning bigger and better again, with a diverse lineup that recognises both the legends and the new wave of guitar heroes.”

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival has been successful in bringing to the local community an accessible event embraced by artist and audience alike. In the past the festival has presented acts including the late great Phil Emmanuel, Ash Grunwald, British India, Kevin Borich, Dallas Frasca, Hussy Hicks ​and has had a strong emphasis in recognising and showcasing emerging talent as Tash Wolf and Taj Farrant.
 
Byron Bay Guitar Festival is an all ages event, and supports the charity Be Happy ​Music Club​. 

Full 2019 line up:
Frenzal Rhomb | Harts | The Delta Riggs | Nathan Cavaleri | Chris Tamwoy | The Soul Movers | The Sidemen | Marshall O’Kell & The Fro | Claude Hay | Creek | Stoker | Minnie Marks | The Fergies | Peter Northcote | Majelen | Nicole Brophy | Brave Gulf | Fergo & The Burden | Sarah Koppen | Bart Stenhouse | Soren Carlbergg Blues Band | Ben Jansz | ​Bunny Racket |​ special guest Murray Cook

General festival and Ticketing info:

The 3rd​ Annual Byron Bay Guitar Festival
Dates: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019 
Venue: Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay
Tickets at: ​https://www.byronbayguitarfestival.com/ On sale: Tuesday 3 July 2018 (10am)
Early bird tickets are $50 for one day or $90 for two days + BF - limited allocation. Children under 12 - $5 on (Sunday only with adult).
Saturday all ticket holders at full admission prices.
Tickets ON SALE NOW and available at www.byronbayguitarfestival.com
 

Sample Food Festival 2019 restaurant line-up

Today we reveal the list of restaurants ready to tantalise your tastebuds at the Ninth Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 7th September at the Bangalow Showground. 

The 2019 line-up of restaurants include a hand-picked selection of 27 of our region's best, varying from award-winning and fine-dining establishments who focus on seasonal produce and menus inspired by the Northern Rivers, to inventive restaurants, chefs and caterers influenced by global flavours. 

There will also be a great selection of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we will also have a dedicated vegan market, full of plant-based delights!

With 27 of our region's best restaurants, chefs and caterers attending the festival this year, who will win the best $10 and $5 tasting plate?! 

  • Harvest Newrybar
  • Raes on Wategos
  • La Casita
  • Bang Bang Byron Bay
  • Shelter
  • Barrio
  • Scratch Patisserie
  • Macadamia Castle
  • Quattro / Olive & Luca Catering
  • Eltham Valley Pantry & Barefoot Farm Byron
  • Safya Byron Bay
  • Ilias The Greek
  • Paella Time
  • Shoza Gyoza
  • Butcher Baker
  • No Bones
  • Yulli's Byron Bay
  • Dirty Little Herbivore
  • Koobideh
  • The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
  • Luscious Foods
  • Salumi
  • Nimbin Valley Cheese
  • A Chef’s Pocket
  • The Northern
  • Fish Mongers
  • Federal Doma Cafe and Bellingen Qudo Cafe & Sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Sample Food Festival 
Saturday, September 7, 8 AM – 4 PM
Bangalow Showgrounds, $5 entry

Byron on sale - Winter deals for you.

Winter temperatures typically reach a high of about 20°C and a low of about 12°C.

Whales migrate north May through August and Byron Bay is an excellent spot for whale watching. Either from land on the beach or up at the lighthouse, or on a whale watching tour.

There are a range of markets in the Byron region each weekend + farmers markets during the week.

Here are a few of the Byron Bay winter specials available.

Outrigger Bay Apartments

A choice of one, two and three bedroom self contained apartments, each are open plan and spacious offering a comfortable and relaxed feel. Located 150m from town and a mere 50 metres walk to the beach. Stay 5 nights or more before 31 Aug, and get 1 night free.

Arts Factory - Backpackers Lodge

An enchanted 5-acre subtropical haven only 5 minutes walk from town and Byron Bay's beautiful surfing beaches. Huge range of accommodation options, including Teepees, book direct online for the best rates.

Absolute Beachfront Access - Katz

5 bed plus studio, backs on to Main Beach. Up to 60% discount off peak season rates (conditions apply). Generous, sumptuous welcome pack of local produce. Late check out / in house yoga, remedial massage available. Stay 7 nights get the 8th free.

Where to Spot Whales in Byron Bay

Whales that make their way along the east coast of Australia during their annual migration and Byron offers some excellent opportunities to see them.

Buddha Gardens Balinese Day Spa

2.5 HOURS OF HEAVENLY BLISS! ONLY $189 (VALUE $270). Rose Body Foot soak. Rose & Tangerine Relaxation Foot or Hand Massage. Swedish back, neck & shoulder massage. Rehydrating Mini Glow Facial. Incl. 1 hr Garden area with heated plunge pool and sauna.
 

OVER 20 INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN BREWERIES COME TOGETHER IN BURLEIGH TO RAISE THE INDUSTRY BAR

Stone & Wood, Balter, Black Hops and Burleigh Brewing will be joined by 19 independent Australian breweries and distillers for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast on Saturday 17 August, an all-inclusive beer festival and charity fundraiser open to the community. 

Held at the Surfstitch Warehouse in Burleigh Waters, Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational Gold Coast invites over 20 independent breweries, two distilleries and a local kombucha to share their products and connect with drinkers, with intimate tasting stands, industry talks and masterclasses. 

Alongside the breweries, including local farmhouse brewers Currumbin Valley Brewing, Kaiju! Beer from Victoria and Capital Brewing Co. from Canberra, there’ll be food trucks and live music throughout the day.  

Spread across two sessions (12–3.30pm; 4.30–8pm), tickets to the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast include entry to the festival, all beer, access to talks and masterclasses, a take-home beer cup and a $5 food truck voucher.

Profits from the Backyard Invitational will be directed to a Gold Coast charity via Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit, the inGrained Foundation. 

The inaugural Backyard Invitational held at Stone & Wood’s Brisbane brewery site, opening later this year, helped raise $3,800 for Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ last November.

Tickets for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast are $60 each plus booking fee, available from Thursday 11 July for purchase at www.stoneandwood.com.au.  

Byron Bay’s markets to be temporarily relocated

Byron Bay’s popular monthly community market and the weekly farmers market are to be temporarily relocated for six months while the Byron bypass is being constructed.

Byron Community markets move to the beachfront from 4 August 2019.

Byron Farmers markets move to the Cavanbah Centre starting 11 July 2019.

Locals and visitors who love the markets are urged to continue the great tradition of their monthly poke around artisan stalls or doing their weekly shop and buying amazing produce.

“Our markets are great cultural icons of our community and amazing economic incubators and all Councillors are strong supporters of the markets and the fabulous  businesses that trade there,” Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said.

The operators of both markets have been working closely with Council for months, trying to find alternative sites for the markets.

“Staff and market operators have gone through an exhaustive process to find temporary sites, on either Council-managed or private land, that will accommodate stall holders and visitors and the beachfront and Cavanbah Centre are seen to be the most viable venues available,” Mayor Richardson said.

“Certainly there are constraints with the beachfront location for the community market with traffic a key consideration and this is one thing we will be monitoring closely.

“Similarly there are aspects of the Cavanbah Centre that aren’t perfect for the farmers market including the move away from the town centre.

“But when you balance the constraints with cancellation of the markets for six months this is the best option.

“Market stalls are businesses providing regular incomes for people and families, many of them locals, and to cancel the markets would have a huge impact on their livelihoods.

“Change is difficult for people but this is only short-term so I am hoping that local residents and regular market goers will make a conscious decision to continue to support the markets, and the stall holders, as they have done for years,” Mayor Richardson said.

”Keep supporting, keep loving our markets and keep the tradition of a great experience alive,” he said.

The markets will move back to the Butler Street Reserve in February 2020.

July School Holidays in Byron Bay

If you’re looking for some school holiday fun in Byron Bay, read on. We’ve compiled a list of attractions and activities to satisfy all ages that will make the July school holidays memorable for the whole family!

The Farm


The Farm is the perfect place to get the kids outdoors and into the fresh winter air these school holidays. Take a look at the fun and educational workshops on offer, including Mini Farmers Program, Farm Kids Bee Workshop and the Farm Kids Beneficial Bugs Workshop.

There is a range of kids workshops on at The Farm from 3 - 19 July.

Circus Arts Byron Bay


The best way to warm up is to get your body moving. Circus Arts in Byron Bay offers an exciting school holiday program that kids will absolutely love.

Circus Arts Byron Bay has school holiday programs running 1 - 20 July.

Whale Watching


The Winter school holidays is the perfect opportunity to go whale spotting with the kids. Come and watch the whales make their way up the east coast as they head for warmer waters up north. The season runs from May through July and September through November. 

There are many ways  to spot whales in Byron Bay, May through November.

Byron Bay Skateboard School


The Byron Bay Skateboard School has been in Byron since 2013, offering professional skateboard lessons for all ages, levels and styles. They have plenty going on over the holidays including day camps and skatepark tours. They also do very cool birthday parties.

The skateboard school offers a skate camp in their warehouse or a skatepark tour.

Brunswick Bush School


A fantastic source of endless fun activities for kids of all ages. From canoeing to the dying the Brunswick Bush School has a wonderful variety of outdoor activities at a very affordable price. Check them out these school holidays.

Brunswick Bush School has a July 2019 Holiday Program (for 6-12 years).

The Crystal Castle


A visit to the Crystal Castle is a relaxing and nourishing experience for the whole family. Slow down in nature as you walk around the magnificent natural surroundings. You can even sit inside a crystal cave! The stunning new “Dragon Egg” cave is available for all visitors to experience, free with your entry fee. 

The Crystal Castle is open 10am - 5pm daily and offer a family ticket option.

Sandology


Learn to carve sand like a pro with sandman Steve. In an unforgettable 1.5 hours you will learn how to make towers, archways, stairs, animals and balls out of just sand and water. Held in front of the Clarkes Beach carpark (cnr Massinger and Lawson streets).

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 4 - 21 July. $25 per person, booking essential.

THREE WORLD-CLASS CHEFS ANNOUNCED FOR SAMPLE FOOD FESTIVAL 2019!

Sample a taste of Northern New South Wales with the Sample Food Festival, the premier food event for Northern NSW. It takes place on the 1st Saturday in September at the Bangalow Showgrounds, in the Byron Bay hinterland. The 9th Annual Sample Food Festival will be held on Saturday 7th September 2019.

Since the debut festival in 2011, farmers, producers, chefs and a whole range of creative individuals from all corners of the region, have come together to share their wares, their passion and their knowledge.

Each year foodies from far and wide have the opportunity to “sample” the best food and beverage, Northern New South Wales has to offer. The region’s top restaurants compete for the coveted “Gold Fork” awards and collaborate on a special luncheon.

Food lovers rejoice! Sample Food Festival is thrilled to announce that some of Australia’s best chefs will be at the ninth annual Sample Food Festival to be held at the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 7th September 2019!

It is an absolute honour to be welcoming celebrity chef Matt Moran, an Australian food icon and a pioneer of the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, to this year’s Sample Food Festival. 

This year’s guest chef is Federico Zanellato of LuMi Dining Sydney, who was nominated Citi Chef of The Year 2017 by SMH Good Food Guide. Federico will be wowing Sample lunch patrons with his signature style of modern Italian with a Japanese twist and will also be a guest chef at the Sample Food Festival. 

We are also very pleased to announce that festival favourite Luca Ciano will be back at this year’s event. With less than three months to go, this year’s festival is already shaping up to be one of our best yet...

Tickets for the Sample lunch along with other ticketed events and workshops will be going on sale soon! 
 

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