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6 Best Byron Bay Ocean Views

Byron Bay is well known for its relaxed beach lifestyle and stunning scenery. If you’re wondering how to see the best of the region during your stay, here are six ways to score a great ocean view.

1. Ride in a Gyrocopter

It’s hard to beat the view from 1,500 feet. Many who’ve done it swear that a gyrocopter flight is the best way to see Byron Bay. The helicopter’s slightly goofy­looking cousin, gyrocopters are among the world’s safest aircrafts. Fly to heights between 150 and 500 metres, taking in the region’s countryside, mountains and beaches; you might even spot dolphins, rays and turtles swimming below. Other aerial activities to consider during a visit to Byron Bay include hang gliding and – for the truly adventurous – skydiving.

2. Hike the Cape Byron Walking Track (“The Lighthouse Trail”)

The Cape Byron Walking Track winds 3.7km through lush rainforest and along clifftops and beaches, stopping by at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. This coastal trail offers spectacular views of some of Australia’s best beaches and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. For a truly memorable experience, start your walk an hour or two before sunset. This way, you can add a splash of vibrant, autumnal colour to the already breathtaking views.

3. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse

If the weather is less than ideal, or if you’re just not feeling up to the walk, you can just as easily park your car at the lighthouse and skip to the highlight of the trail. Built in 1901, Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of Byron Bay’s biggest attractions, drawing over half a million visitors every year. Thanks to its status as Australia’s most easterly point, the lighthouse offers uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Byron Bay hinterland, ocean, and unending coastline.

4. Start Your Morning at Beach Byron Bay

Perched high on the dunes overlooking Main Beach and the ocean beyond, Beach Byron Bay (formerly ‘Byron Beach Cafe’) is one of the most scenic places to dine in Byron Bay. Enjoy a coffee as you watch the sun rise from furthest corners of the horizon, or treat yourself to a meal on the outdoor deck accompanied by the sound of crashing waves below. Beach Byron Bay is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

5. Splash Around in a Sea Kayak

Consider soaking up Byron Bay from an entirely different perspective: from the seat of a kayak. There are few better ways to get up close and personal with the ocean and its inhabitants than by gliding through the crystal clear waters of Cape Byron Marine Park in a sea kayak. Book a tour to get the most from your time on the water and get the chance to encounter turtles, dolphins, whales, and other marine life. With many tour companies providing snacks and drinks, plus wetsuits in the cooler months, it’s easier than ever to get out on the waters of Byron Bay.

6. Grab a Pint at the Beach Hotel

For over 25 years, the Beach Hotel has been one of Byron Bay’s busiest food, drink and entertainment venues. On sunny days, the hotel’s beer garden is a great spot to enjoy a frosty beverage with the locals along with the stellar view. Evenings at the Beach Hotel often feature live music from established bands, as well as up­ and­ coming artists. Consider stopping at Main Beach’s only beachfront pub for a drink, a meal, and a priceless view.

World’s Largest Crystals Move To Byron

This week Byron will become the permanent home of the two largest crystals in the world, a towering 5.5 metre smoky quartz geode and a 5.5 metre wide amethyst geode cave. The Crystal Castle in the Byron hinterland has purchased the natural giants in a monumental deal with a Uruguayan farmer and long term friend of the Castle. The acquisition marks the Crystal Castle’s 30 th Anniversary and they will join what is already the largest outdoor display of crystals in the world.


Naren King inside the enchanted crystal cave

“Thirty years ago we were seen as offbeat hippies out the back of Byron Bay” said Naren King, the Crystal Castle’s “Managing Dreamer”. From humble beginnings on their twelve acre property Naren and his family have guided the Crystal Castle, which encompasses the world renowned Shambhala Gardens, to their current status as a State Significant Tourist Attraction. In 2012 the Castle added the only Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace in the Southern Hemisphere, a project blessed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Thousands of visitors of all ages and faiths make the pilgrimage along the scenic escarpment to visit annually. Princess Mary of Denmark, Chris Hemsworth and his family, Katy Perry and Natalie Imbruglia were all enchanted. Kerry O’Brien is a regular.


Naren King and daughter Manya King with the world's biggest crystal

Both crystals, estimated to be 120 million years old, will be on display for visitors to experience. The amethyst cave, becoming known as the “enchanted cave” will also be available for group and private meditations, where visitors can sit inside the crystal for intensive inspiration. “Amethyst has many qualities, perhaps the most powerful being higher inspiration” said Naren King. “So we are creating a range of guided meditations that people can listen to whilst inside the crystal, if they choose. It’s an extraordinary experience to sit inside this cave surrounded by millions of sparkling crystals”.

The science behind crystals has long been accepted with clear quartz used in high precision surgery, computer chips, watches and electric guitars. “Amethyst and smoky quartz are clear quartz with certain minerals present” explained King, “So whilst clear quartz is programmable these crystals come with their own program, or specific healing energies. It’s no coincidence that the Pope’s ring is amethyst and the Queen’s crown is set with crystals”.

Naren King hails from globally renowned esoteric stock. To survive three years in Changi as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War his father, Sydney Piddington (King changed his surname) developed an ESP show for the other prisoners of war to help maintain morale. Following the war Sydney and his young wife Lesley were signed to present a series of live radio broadcasts for the BBC “The Piddingtons”, which garnered 20 million listeners.

The broadcasts, which demonstrated the Piddingtons’ telepathic abilities, was the first BBC broadcast from the stratosphere and saw Naren’s mother as the only woman to be locked up in the Tower of London and get out alive. To this day the Piddingtons are considered to be one of the greatest two-person telepathy acts of all time.

Watch The Piddingtons Keep Millions Guessing (1950) on youtube.

“People have travelled to Byron for inspiration and dreaming for thousands of years” said Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson. “So it is only fitting that these beacons of hope should make their way here. I can’t wait to see them”.

For further information, visit www.crystalcastle.com.au.

Byron Yoga Day Festival

NEW DATE - Saturday 25th June Join the world wide celebrations for the United Nations International Day of Yoga at the first Byron Yoga Day Festival, a FREE community event featuring inspiring teachers, artists, food, stalls and musical performers. A day of fun and festivity for all the family.

Saturday 25th June at 11 AM - 3 PM at Denning Park, Main Beach, Byron Bay

  • Yoga Asanas! Flow through a fun, creative sequence culminating in a free form yoga dance and rock your asana with two live bands.
  • Meditation! Learn to breathe deeply and completely, filling your lungs with fresh, ocean air then find your inner peace with wonderful meditation that is simply relaxing.
  • Relaxation! Lie back under the trees, listen to the waves rolling in and find an oasis of deep relaxation and calm.
  • Music! The ancient chants of India to the melodies, beats and rhythms of the modern world. Get your mantra on with The Aloha's sweet captivating medlodies, Yadudes with their heart felt soulful songs and then dance the afternoon away with DJM's Mantra Trance Experince!!! to move like you've never before.
  • Stalls by the locals packed with heaps of healthy, delicious food.
  • Inspirational and thought provoking talks on topics such as ‘How to Lead a Balanced Life’, Benefits of Mantra Meditation and the question of 'Who am I?’

A day of fun and festivity for everyone! Join the festival via their Facebook Event Page or visit www.yogadayfestival.com.au NOW & share the LOVE by inviting all your friends too.

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

BBIFF 2016 is on 30 April 10am - 11pm at The Elements of Byron Resort

Byron Bay has long been a fashionable holiday destination for the young and glamorous, now it is so much more! The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival is in its second year and earmarked to become an important date on the fashion calendar for emerging labels and international brands.  Last year's event showcased "15" local, national and international brands in a series of shows with the spectacular backdrop of Byron Bay's Main Beach.

This year the brand new five-star beach resort "Elements" will host the festival amidst its lush gardens, breath-taking pools and private beach. The day into night programme of indoor and outdoor runway shows will present everything from swimwear to lingerie, sport-lux, casual and evening wear modelled by a diverse group of beautiful models.

Patrons of the festival are encouraged to truly savour the location by staying at the resort and enjoying a "festival only" reduced rate in the beautiful villas and bungalows.

The festival will utilize all aspects of this beautiful location. The  state of the art pavilions equipped with the latest wi-fi technology will set the stage for the ticket only runway shows.  Enjoy international fashion films poolside on the "drive-in" style cinema screen, media and designer interviews in the main restaurant, group shows on the private beachfront and pool, and an exclusive wrap party that will bring to an end a day full of innovation, fashion and potential new collaborations between business and designers.

In the grounds surrounding the main festival buildings there will be an all day "shop the runway" fashion expo where the public and ticketholders can shop the many stalls of fashion, beauty and accessories and enjoy live music. Also open to the public are two sample shows, one on the beach and a swimwear showing poolside to showcase a selection of garments that will appear in the runway shows.

For further information and tickets, visit www.bbiff.com.au.

2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest Review

Fun music, enthusiastic fans, a variety of food and an all-round great festival vibe - another Byron Bay Blues Festival to remember. My headliner highlight was The National my blues highlight was Blind Boy Paxton, my rock-n-roll highlight was the Eagles of Death Metal, my weirdo highlight was The Residents and my food highlight was the Tempura Vege Bowl from (Federals) Doma Cafe.





Bluesfest hosted 82 bands, a total of 633 artists and their tour party members and recorded a tad over 100,000 attendances over the Easter long weekend. You can always tell the artists really enjoy playing Bluesfest, here's what some of them had to say:

“This is a much heralded festival and it’s our first day here and we understand why..” VINTAGE TROUBLE

“The overwhelming feeling I get at Bluesfest is that people love music..” GRAHAM NASH

“Probably one of my favourite shows we have played in a really long time” ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

“Bluesfest is one of the best line-ups that I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of” ALLEN STONE

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be here” THE WAILERS

“I think Bluesfest manages to outdo itself every year" DUSTIN THOMAS

Please browse more of byronbay.com's 2016 Bluesfest images on our facebook page: Thursday images, Friday images, Saturday images, Sunday images and Monday images.

Lismore Lantern Parade

The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. It is recognised as the iconic event for the City of Lismore along with the North Coast National.

The Lismore Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people each year and provides a safe and enjoyable experience for all those involved. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more.

Lanterns, fire and outdoor celebration are deeply embedded in many cultures from China, Japan, Burma and Vietnam to Europe and Africa. The lantern represents a positive metaphor for community optimism and hope throughout the world and it was from this tradition that the Lismore Lantern Parade was born. The universal and multicultural theme makes the Lantern Parade appealing to people from all walks of life and nationalities.

The 2016 Lismore Lantern Parade will be held on Saturday, June 25.

For further information visit www.lanternparade.com.

Images by www.natsky.com.au.

The Byron Arts Classic

The Byron Arts Classic is an exciting community event held annually around Easter time that celebrates the talent and diversity of artists from the Northern Rivers and beyond.

The Byron Arts Classic was established in 1982 as the Easter Arts Classic, which ran until 2003. In 2010, after a seven-year break, the event was renamed, restored, and hosted at the Byron Bay Community Centre. It has been there held annually ever since.

During the weeklong celebration, the Byron Theatre is transformed into a multi-tiered, floor-to-ceiling exhibition space titled the ‘Dawkins Gallery’. The ground floor is home to an inspiring sculpture garden, and photographs, paintings, and works on paper line the walls. These continue on the second and third levels, where smaller artworks are arranged more intimately. What makes this exhibition unique is that up-and-coming, and even amateur artists are hung side-by-side with established, well-known local talent. The exhibition gives everyone the opportunity to share their art with a large audience.

Each year, the exhibition starts off with the coveted Gala Awards Night, where acclaimed judges determine the very best artists of that year’s Arts Classic. Awards are handed to the young, the beginner, and the established working in all mediums, from sculpture to photography, from print making to oil painting. Guests enjoy the colourful array of artwork amid live music. All works are for sale.

The Byron Arts Classic attracts artists from Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Tweed Heads, and more. The exhibition aims to showcase the varied ideas, values and talents of the region to both members of the Byron community and visitors from near and far.

The 2016 event opens Thursday 24 March – Wednesday 30 March 10am-4pm with a Gala Awards Night Wednesday 23 March 6pm til late. For further information, visit The Byron Arts Classic website.

Registrations are open from the Monday 1st February until 4pm Monday 29th February. Full details available online.

Byron Music Society

Byron Music Society provides not just concerts but wonderful and unique experiences of beautiful classical music (often combined with fantastic food), in intimate venues.

You don’t necessarily need to know your glockenspiel from your xylophone to dress up and enjoy an afternoon with Byron Music Society.

By staging these experiences we hope to promote the study, performance, listening and enjoyment of group, solo, vocal and instrumental fine music.

Byron Music Society concerts are usually held either in the Byron Community Centre auditorium, Byron at Byron Resort, or in St Martin’s Anglican Church in Mullumbimby. All venues are pleasing, intimate performance spaces. Every seat is a good seat and the audience has the unique opportunity to enjoy the concerts in close proximity to the artists.

Byron Music Society is not for profit and without significant funding. Our concerts are financed by memberships and admissions, which we strive to keep affordable. The concerts are staged by a voluntary committee.

Recent events include performances by: ACO2, Daniel de Borah, Simon Tedeschi, Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov, Sally Whitwell, I Dolci Venti, Gerard Willems, Ensemble ARIOSA, Ambre Hammond and Marcello Maio, Bridget Crouch and Friends, Strelitzia Trio, Attilla Sautov and the Mueller Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016 we are fortunate to have as our President the highly esteemed and extremely talented Nicholas Routley.

For further information and upcoming events, visit www.byronmusicsociety.com.

The Byron Spirit Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival brings together leading teachers of yoga, dance, nutrition, health, indigenous culture and conscious music from around Australia and abroad. Participants attend workshops of their choice in these modalities, and celebrate through music, dance, chanting, story-telling, and ceremony , to create greater harmony, awareness and healing for individuals and the community.

The festival format encompasses workshops for both children and adults. The festival has been designed to incorporate local; interstate and international professionals to capitalize on the branding of the region as Australia's premier destination for healthy lifestyle practices and holistic living.

The event is located throughout the entire town of Mullumbimby utilizing existing venues such as the Civic Hall, churches and schools. This enlivens the entire community and showcases the special charm of the town. The Festival incorporates a Free Community Village with concerts, talks, meditations, food and vendors. This allows the entire community to participate in the event without needing to purchase a ticket.

Attendees, artists and personnel are bought together by this unique event to experience abundance and support in community. The support of Festivals Australia would enable the project to expand to include more presenters and to develop different aspects of the festival further. A deepening of the focus on health and well being; indigeneous culture & sustainable lifestyles.

The 4th BYRON SPIRIT FESTIVAL returns to Mullum April 15 - 17, 2016

Learn more, visit www.spiritfestival.com.au.

Byron Beachside Markets

Next Beachside Market: 30 March 2018, 8am - 4pm, Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay.

Held four times a year in early January, Easter, July and late September, the Beachside Markets are a make it, bake it, grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. The perfect location to experience some of the most original products by one of the worlds’ most famous beaches.

Open from 8 – 4pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, toys, clothing and music created by local artists and designers as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners.

The focus and emphasis of the Beachside Market is on authenticity and fosters both originality and sustainability. Echoing worldwide popularity and the growing demand for direct-from-the-artist-to-you handmade, high quality product. This Artisan Market provides an unparalleled opportunity for local artists, creators and healers to showcase their talents. With over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometer of beachfront at Byron Bay Main beach, this market is the perfect location, right on the doorstep of one of the worlds’ most famous beaches and destinations to experience some of the best and most original products and services.

Come with family and friends to experience the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, brunch or lunch while you listen to some fabulous live music and browse the stalls.

For further information, visit www.byroncentre.com.au/markets/beachside-market/.

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