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Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens - a Faraway Magical Place in Byron’s Hinterland

Ranked Mullumbimby’s #1 tourist attraction on TripAdvisor, Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens offers a cornucopia of delightful, feelgood experiences. Owners and founders, Naren and Sono King are committed to providing an ethical, sustainable tourism attraction and that commitment is evident in every detail of this unique attraction including their staff.

Set 7km, out of Mullumbimby, these private botanical gardens are filled with extraordinary crystals, sub-tropical plant life and wait for it…. Australia’s first Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra World Peace Stupa!



What’s New? – An intriguing new daily program offering

Shambhala Gardens Tour (45mins) - a fascinating guided tour of the gardens detailing the incredible journey of the owners. Like everyone who works here, our guide was passionate, informative and entertaining. She lead us on a few guided meditations at different sacred statues. Other highlights include the beautiful koi pond and the Peace Fountain.

Crystal Experience (45 mins) – a brief history of Crystal Castle and of the healing powers of crystals. We learnt how to choose crystals for ourselves and others and why and how to use them for healing.

Music of the Plants (30 mins) – another guided meditation in this beautiful setting that put us in the moment and in the perfect mind frame to enhance the experience. Referencing The Secret Life of Plants and research cnducted by the Damanhur Federation in Italy, our guide used a device that converts a plant’s individual vibration into music. The audience was captivated and the music entrancing. Just prior to this I had the privilege of listening to Squalo Canapa from Damanhur, I am curious and inspired to learn more.

Peace Experience (50 mins) – one of only seven World Peace Stupas and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a visualisation meditation and sacred walk around The Peace Stupa and another unique bliss-inducing experience.



All these experiences are free with the entry charge. There is a range of price structures for entry; family, locals, annual passes.

Plan ahead to get the most from your visit.

  • Check website for times of daily experiences as they may change depending on the season www.crystalcastle.com.au
  • Take sunscreen, hat and water
  • Allow at least three hours for your visit
  • You won’t be disappointed by this unique experience and it is obvious why it has such wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. As my Buddhist cousin would conclude.
    Peace.

2014 Sample Food Festival

2014 Sample Food Festival will take place from 8:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 13 September 2014, at the Bangalow Showground. Featuring food from local restaurants, local produce and farmers market stalls, plus entertainment, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Entry is free.

The fourth annual Sample Food Festival is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. The one-day event, held at Bangalow Showground, attracts over 10,000 visitors from all over the country. It is the premier food event in Northern with are over 200 exhibitors to browse and taste as well as all day family entertainment.

More information: www.samplensw.com

Byron Bay Writers Festival launches 2014 Program

"If there’s a story to be told and if the story has some validity, some resonance, then you don’t keep it to yourself."
From Stories We Tell by Canadian Film Director Sarah Polley

The Byron Bay Writers Festival proudly opens the pages of the 18th edition of this major literary event showcasing a cavalcade of more than 130 writers, thinkers and creative spirits and a world of ideas over three action-packed days.

Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the 2014 Program is designed to challenge, provoke, connect and inspire.

'We've created a stimulating program featuring a strong core of powerful Australian writers together with acclaimed international talents. Securing celebrated UK author, Jeanette Winterson, is an enormous coup for the Festival. She’s considered one of the world’s Top 10 writers to see live and will deliver the Festival’s Keynote Address. US author Poe Ballantine will discuss his lauded memoir and will be joined by esteemed international writers including Geoff Dyer and Susie Orbach.'

'Cognisant of David Suzuki's belief that 'mounting climate evidence underscores the need to act' we have again afforded the environment a strong focus this year, Johnson says. 'We're looking forward to Bob Brown's session with Tim Flannery exploring an environmental vision for Australia.'

Johnson says the Festival team has continued with its tradition of not shying away from the complicated issues. 'Julian Burnside, Antony Loewenstein, Joanne McCarthy, and Kate McClymont are all attending. We expect robust debate about how our country treats some of the world’s most vulnerable people.'

Don't miss Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel, author of the brilliant and harrowing Thank You for Your Service and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser as they explore Australia’s relationship with the US, prompted by influential commentator, David Marr.

The Festival will also probe into our past with authors of fiction and non-fiction including the 2014 Stella Prize winner, Clare Wright, M.L. Stedman, James Brown, Ashley Hay and Mike Carlton.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without food events. Travel the Indian spice route with fêted chef Christine Manfield at her Literary Lunch at the Byron at Byron resort. Saturday's supper with substance will be dished up by national treasures Julian Burnside and Frank Moorhouse in conversation with Sian Prior.

See John Safran's acclaimed live show Murder in Mississippi at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Then dust off your Ziggy Stardust outfits as one of Melbourne's best-loved spoken word events Liner Notes literary cabaret comes to Byron for the first time. A literary cabaret, this year's performers include, among others, Andrew Denton, Missy Higgins and Benjamin Law.

Relish another musical treat with Richard Clapton in conversation with David Leser. And let the music keep playing with Missy Higgins at the launch of her new album.

Kids Big Day Out adds an extra Festival dimension on Sunday featuring some of Australia's favourite authors led by Andy Griffiths, with Sally Rippin, Martin Chatterton, Nick Earls and two Byron Shire locals, Jesse Blackadder and Tristan Bancks. Enjoy another Festival first as Asphyxia unfolds her magical world of marionettes, and if you're one of the millions of kids who own a copy of Possum Magic, bring it along for Mem Fox to sign.

If that’s not enough literary action, delve into memoir, screenwriting, travel, poetry, romance and more at festival panels and at hands-on skills development Workshops. Enjoy over 105 sessions commencing with a John Weiley Retrospective Film Screening and conversation with Kerry O’Brien on Wednesday night and closing with the sweet voices of the Byron Bay Public School Choir.

Festival founder Chris Hanley believes the 2014 Program offers enormous depth. 'Curating any landmark international literary festival requires knowledge, dexterity and passion. Certainly, this year’s Festival signposts Byron Bay as a destination literary event.'

The Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July. For more Festival information or to purchase tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.

Burlesque Festival in Byron Bay

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2014 is coming to Byron Bay June 12!

The ‘ABF Tour Showcase’ will be held at the Byron Community Centre, offering a night of glamorous Bump n’ Grind tease and vintage cabaret. Local and international burlesque performers will take the stage at the Byron Theatre, tantalizing the senses with their unique mixture of traditional entertainment and neo-burlesque.

The Australian Burlesque Festival has become internationally renowned for its incredibly talented performers, and eclectic burlesque shows since it began in 2010. The festival brings together a unique blend of the best Australian performers and burlesque icons from around the world.

Doors open 7pm, show begins 8pm
Tickets : click to purchase online

Splendour in the Grass 2014

2014 Splendour In The Grass Lineup: Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, ChVrches, Darkside and Parquet Courts, Lily Allen, Vance Joy, Angus & Julia Stone, Rufus, Foster the People, London Grammar, Kelis, City and Colour, Spiderbait, the 1975, Hoodoo Gurus, 360, Metronomy, Ball Park Music, the Jezabels and loads more.

See Splendour in the Grass 2014 lineup for the complete line-up as at 23rd April 2014.

Splendour In The Grass 2014

Visit http://splendourinthegrass.com/ for more info.

Splendour in the Grass 2014 Lineup Announced

The 2014 Splendour In The Grass Festival will feature performances from Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, ChVrches, Darkside and Parquet Courts. The lineup also includes Lily Allen, Vance Joy, Angus & Julia Stone, Rufus, Foster the People, London Grammar, Kelis, City and Colour, Spiderbait, the 1975, Hoodoo Gurus, 360, Metronomy, Ball Park Music, the Jezabels and loads more.

Full Lineup for the 2014 Splendour In The Grass:

  • Outkast (Only Aus Show)
  • Two Door Cinema Club (Only Aus Show)
  • Lily Allen
  • Interpol (Only Aus Show)
  • Foster The People
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • City And Colour
  • London Grammar
  • Vance Joy
  • Darkside (Only Aus Show)
  • RÜFÜS
  • Ben Howard
  • Kelis
  • Metronomy
  • Hoodoo Gurus
  • Chvrches (Only Aus Show)
  • Grouplove
  • The Jezabels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Violent Soho
  • Ásgeir
  • Spiderbait
  • The 1975
  • Tune-Yards
  • 360
  • Wild Beasts
  • Danny Brown (Only Aus Show)
  • Illy
  • Ball Park Music
  • Art Vs Science
  • Buraka Som Sistema (Only Aus Show)
  • The Preatures
  • Parquet Courts (Only Aus Show)
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Peking Duk
  • Sky Ferreira
  • Future Islands
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Phantogram
  • DZ Deathrays
  • Skaters
  • Gossling
  • Jungle
  • The Strypes
  • Hot Dub Time Machine
  • The Kite String Tangle
  • Ry-X
  • Mikhael Paskalev
  • Wave Racer
  • The Acid
  • Saskwatch
  • Kingswood
  • Circa Waves
  • Broods
  • Dustin Tebbutt
  • The Head And The Heart
  • DMA’S
  • Darren Middleton
  • Little May
  • Darlia
  • D.D Dumbo
  • Tkay Maidza
  • The Creases
  • The Wild Feathers
  • Chrome Sparks
  • Fractures
  • Mas Ysa
  • Nick Mulvey
  • Triple J Unearthed Winners

DJs & Producers:

  • Nina Las Vegas
  • Indian Summer
  • Yacht Club DJs
  • Sable
  • Motez
  • Touch Sensitive
  • Wordlife
  • Cosmos Midnight
  • L D R U & Yahtzel DJs
  • Kilter
  • Fishing DJs
  • Paces
  • Basenji
  • KLP
  • Charles Murdoch

Dates & Tickets

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July
at North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay

General Public Tickets for Splendour In the Grass 2014 go on sale at 9am AEST on Friday 2 May through moshtix.com.au and 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

3-DAY (Friday to Sunday [also includes Thursday access]) = $355 + booking fees
SINGLE DAY (Friday or Saturday or Sunday) = $149 + booking fees
(Event tickets also have an optional Carbon Offset add-on – $3 per ticket.)
CAMPING TICKET = 5 NIGHTS (Wednesday to Monday) = $99 + booking fees

More details at http://splendourinthegrass.com/

Byron Bay Bluesfest

17 - 21 April 2014
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 9kms North of Byron Bay

25th annual blues & roots music festival, with over 200 performances across 7 stages, is less than two weeks away! Hope to see you there.

If you are still looking for a place to stay, visit our Bluesfest Accommodation Guide.

For the latest news, including the playing schedule, visit www.bluesfest.com.au

Byron Bay Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke rolls out the red carpet for the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival, 28 February – 9 March 2014.

Festival on 28 February – 9 March 2014
Free Full Moon beachside screening 14 February 2014
Learn More at www.bbff.com.au

After 12 months scouring the globe for eye-opening, invigorating and cutting-edge films, the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF 2014) is once again preparing for thousands of film lovers, directors, producers, actors and other creative spirits from around the world to descend upon the breathtaking shores of sub-tropical Byron Bay and expand their worldview through a massive independent 10-day celebration of film.

So what can audiences expect in 2014? “This year we are looking forward to fabulous red carpet Opening and Closing Night gala parties, unique events that explore Byron’s way of life and an inspirational selection of panels and workshops”, says Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke.

"However, as a prelude we are also very excited to be hosting Byron Bay’s most romantic night of the year, as our iconic Full Moon beachside screening will be held on Valentine's Day - Friday 14 February 2014. We will be screening a selection of the best romantic short films from our past seven seasons. Thousands of people will join with picnics in tow for a free night of heart-warming cinema under the stars to the backdrop of the Byron lighthouse."

Famous for its surfing and laid-back, bohemian lifestyle, Byron Bay’s buzz during the film festival is infectious. A fun, friendly and inclusive vibe sees audiences and industry heavyweights mingling side by side at the BBFF’s sunset bar or the many great cafes and restaurants nearby.

Soul Street, Byron Bay NYE

A family friendly new years eve community event with entertainment in Railway Park & Jonson St between 2pm & 10pm.

New Years Eve in Byron Bay this year will be a family friendly event! Bring the kids out from 2pm til 10pm and venture through Jonson St which will be full of artisan stalls, food stalls, craft activities, face painter’s, numerous local bands and acts in Railway Park, buskers, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, amusement rides and children’s activities galore.

Come down to the heart of Byron and celebrate with us the talent we have in this region as it fills Jonson St between 2pm -10pm on New Years Eve. This will be an alcohol free event to help keep our streets safe, family oriented and in support of Byron’s vision of reclaiming the streets on New Years Eve.

Kirra Kite Festival

THE SKIES THE LIMIT FOR MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Kirra Kite Festival 14–17 November 2013

This years festival includes a showcase of nationally acclaimed eateries, musicians, street performers, film and kite flyers.

Soaring to even greater heights for 2013—Kirra Kite Festival 14-17 November.

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