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Take part in the annual Whale Census

Cape Byron Lighthouse Sunday, 24th June, 7am to 4pm 

The census is organised by ORRCA and relies on volunteers to get outdoors and record how many whales are spotted. This data is used to help understand more about whale populations and their migration along the NSW coast.

There will be ORRCA and National Parks volunteers at the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, the perfect spot to join in the annual Whale Census. Spot whales from the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse or take in the sights along the Cape Byron walking track.

Learn more at www.wildaboutwhales.com.au
 

BIG SCRUB IS BACK! - LIMITED RELEASE -

New Age Lager reminds us to preserve the beauty of our backyard... 

Set to quench thirsts as the weather heats up, Big Scrub - Stone & Wood's refreshing new age lager is back. Only brewed from time to time, Big Scrub will be going on tap and hitting shelves across the country mid October.

Protect your local rainforest! With only 1% left of the largest sub-tropical rainforest on the East coast, the remnants of Big Scrub serve as a reminder to preserve the natural beauty of our backyard, and are the inspiration for our Beers from our Backyard limited release.

Our Big Scrub is a new age lager. It’s different to traditional lagers by being dry hopped, using new world hops and it’s left unfiltered. It pours golden with a slight haze from extended cold maturation (5 weeks), with a luscious, creamy head. Big Scrub balances floral aromatics, spicy herbal notes and hints of citrus from the dry hopping. It has a dry, firm bitterness that makes for a moreish finish.

We are lucky to live in one of the greatest places on Earth, with an incredible hinterland that needs to be protected and appreciated. Big Scrub is our local rainforest, that once covered 75,000ha prior to European settlement. It was the largest area of subtropical rainforest on the East Coast of Australia, and is an important part of Australia’s rich biodiversity heritage.

For us, we are conscious of treading lightly on earth and are inspired by the incredible regeneration and restoration work of our local community, work that has helped save our local rainforest. Leading the charge is Big Scrub Landcare, a not-for-profit we continue to support, working together to raise awareness and actively preserve our hinterland.

Learn more about Stone & Wood + purchase online, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au.

Footprints Gear: All Profits to Charity

Footprints Gear opened in early 2017 by Greg and Brigid Kramer who wanted to combine their passion for outdoor adventure with a lifelong dedication to philanthropy and social change.​ Now, Footprint Gear sells the top outdoor adventure gear with 100% of proceeds going to charity. 

Available brands include Deuter packs, Marmot, Rab, Black Diamond, Camelbak, Petzl, Keen, Teva, MSR and Smart Wool amongst many others. If it's not on their website, let Greg and Brigid know, and they can get it for you.

Here's how Footprints Gear works.

Footprints Gear is a registered charity. To start, several people donated to leave the store debt free and liquid. They do pay one wage (the majority of people involved with the charity are volunteers), rent, and electricity. After that, ALL profits go to charity. 

Footprints Gear currently supports three charities, and customers are able to choose which charity the profits from their purchase goes to. The charities currently supported are Bowel Cancer Australia (research), World Youth International (overseas education) and Project Didi (supporting girls who have been rescued after being sex trafficked from Nepal). In the future, Footprints Gear hopes to suport 10, 20, even 30 different charities.

Bishal, photographed below, is currently being sponsored by Footprints Gear at World Youth International School in Nepal. He lost all of his family in the 2015 earthquake. 

Footprints Gear supporters are well-versed in adventure, and include Geoff Bartram, who has an OAM for mountaineering having established a new route up Mt Everest. Other supporters have paddled a dugout canoe 500km down the Congo River, tracked wild gorillas, and led numerous trips to Nepal, West Papua, Tasmania, New Zealand and the Ruwenzories in Uganda, as well as trips to Europe such as the Camino.

Footprint Gear's outdoor expertise is unrivaled, so you can rest assured knowing that their advice and gear is of the highest quality, and that all profits go directly to charity! 

You can find Footprints Gear at www.footprintsgear.org, or on Facebook. Or drop into the store at 71 Main Street, Alstonville, NSW, 2477 - just a short drive from Byron Bay!

For your personal travel or for organising group travel of business travel ventures get in touch.

See the Sea Like No One Else

Pangea Maps release 3D wooden contour map of Byron Bay and partner with local nonprofit Clean Coast Collective.

Not your typical maps... Pangea creates an experience with the water by showcasing the ocean floor in stunning detail. 10% from sales of the unique artworks will fund local Byron Shire clean­ups and initiatives for a cleaner coast.

Pangea Maps have released a new map to add to their collection of iconic Australian coastlines. Byron Bay was the obvious choice for designer and creator Tom Percy, who has already crafted and sold maps of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for the past 2 years. The new map will feature the most easterly point of Australia, Cape Byron, as the centerpiece, with the surrounding ocean floor revealed. Partnering with local nonprofit, Clean Coast Collective, 10% of all sales will go towards preserving the beauty of this region by supporting initiatives such as local clean­ups and a campaign for Plastic Free Byron.

The maps are handmade from laser cut plywood. They depict accurate bathymetric data (“topography for the water”). Made from 13 layers of 1.5mm plywood, each layer represents 4­5m of water depth. The maps come framed and ready to hang. To celebrate the Byron Bay Launch, a number of limited edition maps will be made using a higher grade wood with a darker finish, and these will be available in a larger size.

Tom Percy is an Industrial Designer who began Pangea Maps as a side project in 2014 and is now working full time mapping the whole Australian coast. He enjoys anything related to the water and wanted to create a 3D representation of the world that lies below the surface. Tom sees the maps as a way of combining modern surveying techniques and CAD technology with the art of cartography.

Pangea Maps accept requests for custom maps from all around the world.

For further information and sales, visit the Pangea Maps website www.pangeamaps.com.

Evan Malcolm's environmental film 'Lapse of Reason'

Byron Bay based photographer and filmmaker receives International recognition at The Timelapse Film Festival for short environmental documentary film 'Lapse Of Reason’.

Lapse of Reason from Evan Malcolm on Vimeo.

Byron Bay based photographer and documentary filmmaker Evan Malcolm’s short environmental documentary film ‘Lapse of Reason’ has received official selection and has gone on to become a Finalist in the ‘Documentary / Social Commentary’ category at The International Timelapse Festival to be held on August 13, 2016 at The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, California. His unreleased film ‘Outlapsed’ also received official selection.

The captivating short environmental documentary, which was shown at the Byron Bay Film Festival in 2015, was selected by a world-class panel of judges renowned for their passion, creativity and leadership in the time-lapse art-form. The judges included Godfrey Reggio, Director of the 'Qatsi Trilogy': 'Koyaanisqatsi', ‘Powaqqatsi' and ‘Naqoyqatsi'.

'Lapse of Reason' will be screened at The Timelapse Festival Award Ceremony on August 13 to both industry peers and the general public. It's a significant career milestone for the Byron Bay-based documentary filmmaker to be acknowledged for his creative work at an international level.

“It is such a privilege to be recognised by some of my peers in time-lapse and documentary film-making, including Godfrey Reggio who directed ‘Koyaanisqatsi', probably the most important film in the evolution of time-lapse film-making” said Evan. “To be screened alongside the leading time-lapse film-makers in the world on an international stage is quite frankly, mind blowing”.

The audience for time-lapse films has grown worldwide and continues to be a passion for Evan’s current and planned projects.

FILM LOCATIONS

Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Byron Bay

Border Ranges (QLD/NSW Border)

Bald Rock (NSW)

Tibuburra & Sturt NP (North West NSW)

Gibraltar Range NP & Ellenborough Falls (Mid North Coast)

ORIGINAL MUSIC by Trent Crawford

FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Byron Bay Film Festival 2015

The Timelapse Film Festival 2016

'Lapse of Reason' has been released independently. View more of Evan Malcolm's work at www.evanmalcolm.com.

Byron Bay Whale Watching

Byron Bay is one of Australia’s best destinations to spot the majestic humpback whale on its annual migration from cold Antarctic waters to warmer breeding grounds off the coast of Queensland.

Every year between May and November, an estimated average of 17,000 whales migrate north past the east coast of Australia. Humpback whales are believed to use landmarks to navigate their migration route, causing them to swim close to the coastline. As the country’s most easterly point, Byron Bay is spoilt with up-close views of these incredible creatures.

The International Whale Census Day, held on the last Sunday of June, sees dedicated volunteer whale enthusiasts and visitors count the humpbacks as they pass Cape Byron. In 2016, the count was expected to reach 25,000. However, humpbacks remain listed as vulnerable in New South Wales.

The best vantage point for whale watching on land is the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which stands over the Cape Byron Marine Park. Built over 200 years ago, the lighthouse is accessible by car or by foot, and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Whale Watching Byron Bay can get you even closer to the humpbacks with a number of ocean tours available in Byron Bay. Witness the whales breaching off the coast with a 2.5-hour Whale Watching Cruise. The tour, which departs everyday June through November, accommodates a maximum of 12 people. In addition to whales, customers often see turtles, dolphins, and ocean birds.

Cape Byron Kayaks tours taken during whale season are an exciting way to glimpse the humpbacks from the water. There’s nothing quite like seeing such a huge animal so close up!

Explore 2 Nearby Waterfalls

Adventure to the stunning Killen Falls, take a drive through the hinterland’s rolling hills, indulge in lunch at Doma Cafe, and take in the breathtaking beauty of Minyon Falls. This day trip showcases some of the best the Byron Shire has to offer.

Killen Falls

Located a short 30-minute drive from Byron Bay, Killen Falls is an incredible waterfall and swimming hole surrounded by dense, green rainforest, and eroded rocks. The 10m waterfall, a part of Emigrant Creek, can be accessed by a short walking track. Be aware, this track is pretty rocky and slippery with a steep decline, so may not be suitable for young children. The track will lead you right to the base of the roaring falls – it’s spectacular.

What makes Killen Falls so special is the cave-like rocks that surround the water; you can even walk and sit behind the waterfall without getting wet!

Drive Through Byron’s Hinterland

After Killen Falls, drive north into Federal. The scenic half-hour drive winds through back roads, under towering trees, and past picture-perfect views. Byron is well-known for it’s world-class beaches, and the countryside is just as beautiful.

Lunch at Doma Cafe

Situated in the quiet village of Federal, Doma Cafe is a well-known lunch-spot loved by locals and visitors alike. A unique blend of cafe classics and Japanese specialties makes for some of the most unique (and delicious) dishes in the area. Think halloumi burgers topped with Japanese hash brown, and huge sushi cones too pretty to eat. In addition, there’s a variety of cakes and great coffee.

All of this is served in a laidback ‘back yard’ environment, complete with dogs and chickens!

Minyon Falls

After lunch, head to Minyon Falls. Situated a 30-minute drive from Doma Cafe, Minyon Falls is a showcase of nature’s beauty in the Nightcap National Park. The waterfall cascades over 100m of rhyolite cliffs, which once were a part of the huge Tweed Volcano. The tops of these cliffs are dotted with towering Australian eucalyptus trees, including blackbutt and scribbly gum. The waterfall rains into a natural pool, ideal for swimming in in the warmer months.

Minyon Falls can be viewed from the Minyon Falls Lookout, or on the 7.5km Minyon Falls loop walking track, which is quite difficult and takes about 4 hours to complete.

After the second waterfall of the day, head home to Byron Bay, which is about an hours drive east.

Visit Byron on Instagram

Here at byronbay.com we love being able to showcase and highlight everything that makes Byron special and instagram is perfect for timely and stylish images. Here's a sample of some of our most popular recent images. Be sure to follow and tag us @byron.bay.nsw #visitbyron - comments too: www.instagram.com/byron.bay.nsw.

Boardshop Australia captured a Naked Bike Ride traffic jam in Byron Bay.

Matt Chesher captured this aerial view of Wategos Beach from a'chopper'.

byron.bay.nsw, byronbay.com's instagram account posted this very popular image of the Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out sign.

Leana Mckenzie took an excellent shot of the sand art that often 'appears' on Byron's beaches.

Nikos Giannakaros titled this photo 'Magical Place' - enough said.

Beaches of the North Coast

The North Coast glistens with a majestic coastline and several beaches that are perfect for lazing, spending time with the kids or enjoying a relaxing swim. Here are a handful of beaches that you should visit.


Byron Bay Main Beach

The beaches of Byron Bay are in a league of their own boasting gorgeous views, white sand and perfect surfing conditions. The aptly named Main Beach of Byron Bay is the closest beach to the town centre and home to the over 100 year old Byron Bay Surf Club. This traditionally Australian beach attracts many visitors year round and is patrolled throughout the summer months from October to Easter.


Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads Beach is a popular spot for swimmers and anglers both. Being just a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, Brunswick heads is enjoying growing popularity, while staying authentic to its traditional beach culture. The white sandy beach at Brunswick Heads is the perfect place to bring the family, including the dog, for it’s child-friendly swimming conditions and low tides revealing plentiful sandy playgrounds.


Lennox head

Popular with surfers for its internationally famous right hand break, Lennox Head is a beach in the Byron Bay region where travelers and locals can both enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Between May and October, Lennox head is a great location to observe the passing migrating humpback whales or go kitesurfing.


Ballina

Ballina is home to Australia’s ‘Big Prawn’ but it is also a gorgeous beach, close to Byron Bay. There are many activities you can do while visiting Ballina including kayaking, bushwalking and camping or you can simply enjoy a glorious evening having a waterfront barbeque or picnic in the fantastic subtropical climate.


Wategos Beach

Wategos Beach is one of Byron Bay’s most exclusive locations, with luxury accommodations and tranquil atmosphere of the northern side of Cape Byron. Wategos Beach is a small beach, spanning 600m of pure white sand bliss, which is situated just a short trip to Byron Bay town centre. Wategos beach manages to avoid the crowds of Byron being just the next beach out from the main beach, and therefore offers a more relaxed and exclusive atmosphere.


Clarks Beach

Clarks Beach is a warm protected beach, which is ideal for all year round swimming and beach activities. It is popular with families and surfing schools for it’s small swell and patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months.

Belongil Beach

Belongil Beach is a dog friendly beach, just north of Byron. Beach goers can bring along their best friend to their day at the beach, or head up to the most northern end of the beach for a ‘clothing optional’ allocated area to get the perfect all over tan.


Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach is part of Seven Mile Beach which is actually only 8.3km long. This is a popular beach with the locals for its great surfing conditions and a great destination to visit for its stunning scenery, being situated with the Byron Bay lighthouse at one end and Broken Head at the other.

Five to Follow on Instagram

We spend a lot of time on social media, often sharing beautiful images from many of the regions great photographers with our fans and followers. Here's a range of local photographers, who primarily shoot Byron, that you should be following on Instagram.

davidyoungbyron

David is a professional advertising, editorial and fine art photographer living in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/davidyoungbyron.

photography_byron_bay

Sera is a photographer, traveller & adventurer based in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/photography_byron_bay.

seanosheaart

Sean O'Shea Art - Byron Bay - Dolphins - Surfing - Beach Life - Waves - Sunsets - Sunrises - Lighthouse - Wildlife - Art - Australia www.seanoshea.com.au. Follow at instagram.com/seanosheaart.

surfnturf.images.byronbay

Cruising Byron Bay & Beyond Sony A7R, A6000 & iPhone5. Follow at instagram.com/surfnturf.images.byronbay.

slap_byronbay

Surflife Australia Photography based in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/slap_byronbay.

If you capture any Byron images you'd like to share on our Instagram feed at instagram.com/byron.bay.nsw, be sure to include #visitbyron.

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