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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/.

Elements of Byron on Track for February Opening

With a $7 million a month construction spend, Elements of Byron Resort is on track for a February 1st 2016 opening.

The “slow architecture” venture celebrates four unique ecologies present on the site – dunal, eucalypt, rainforest and wetland.

All 94 villas have now been constructed and 65,000 new plants will go in between the villas and existing mature trees over the next three months to re-establish the natural ecosystems. The infinity lagoon pool is ready for pebble effect and the first native rainforest trees in this precinct have been installed.

The housekeeping building is completed and ready for the installation of a 500 square metre array of solar panels.

The main bar shell now sits in the lobby, a centrepiece of the main pavilion, awaiting a custom mosaic finish. The other two bars are under construction. An oversized elliptical skylight sits over the main bar and a series of custom glass pendants will hang from the four metre high ceiling above. Renowned Byron artist Noel Hart is creating a major series of hand made blown-glass works reflecting the local birdlife to adorn the reception area.

The wood fired oven has arrived and is ready to install. This will become a showpiece in the more casual terrace dining area. Final touches are being made to the custom brass fire bowl for the sunken fire pit area, which lies below the water line of the pool and is bounded by a mosaic tiled wet edge and garden. The $1.5 million kitchen fit-out is well underway.

The Elements of Byron Energy Management System, which will enable guests to monitor their energy consumption in real time via the TV or personal iPad in each villa, has been installed. When guests depart they can choose to offset their carbon footprint, knowing exactly what their energy consumption has been. The concept of monitoring and quantifying exact energy consumption in real time is new. “So if you turn on a light, for example, you can watch the monitor rise” outlined General Manager Leon Pink. Other aspects of the Energy Management System utilise the latest available international technology, such as motion detectors which activate power, lighting and air conditioning when a guest is in their villa.

"We are conscious of energy consumption" said Leon Pink. “This has been considered from the ground up by using principles of passive solar design and orientation so that the villas naturally require less energy to heat and cool. And in addition to this our Energy Management System will further reduce power consumption by around 40%".

 

Book Now to stay from 1st February 2016.

A Day in Bangalow

Located a scenic 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is a historic town with a range of specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. Bangalow’s eclectic spirit and lush-green backdrop make it unlike anywhere else in the Byron Shire.

See in Bangalow

There’s nothing quite like a walk down Byron Street in Bangalow. You could spend hours exploring the one-of-a-kind shops, which boast a range of artisan gifts, clothing, beauty products, toys, and art.

Be sure to make time for a visit to the Zakay Glass Creations Gallery. The gallery showcases striking glass sculptures and light fixtures made from geometric shards of glass. When hit with natural or artificial light, the glass sparkles and shimmers, projecting an array of colour. These stunning three-dimensional sculptures make for unique souvenirs or gifts.

Eat in Bangalow

Evoking the old world charm of a traditional trattoria, The Italian Diner offers flavours from the diverse regions of Italy, with friendly, relaxed service. The menu focuses on fresh seafood and finest local produce, and is complemented by carefully selected Australian & Italian wines and beers.

Located at the Bangalow Bowlo you'll find the Stockpot Kitchen. Their southern inspired menu including an onsite BBQ smokehouse and  award wining southern fried chicken is in line with this down south hospitality that is warm, fun, generous and full of love.

Markets in Bangalow

On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Bangalow Showgrounds play host to a vibrant Bangalow Markets. Set among the shady camphor laurel and fig trees, the markets features over 300 stalls selling handmade, local, and imported goods, plus live entertainment. You’ll also find a variety of regional produce, fresh bread, exotic food, and great coffee.

As well as the monthly market, Bangalow is home to a popular farmers market held Saturday mornings from 8am to 11am. Located in the centre of town in the Banaglow Hotel car park, the smallish market has every thing you’ll need to fill your pantry. If you’re just visiting for the day, it’s the perfect spot to pick up a freshly baked pastry or a few pieces of fruit.

Stay near Bangalow

Escape to the sanctuary of Coco's Country Cottage, where you can unwind & nurture your mind, body & soul in stylish tranquil surroundings. Feel as though you are a world away but know you are only a short drive from the boutique shops & cafes of historic Bangalow.

Just East of Bangalow, Byron Hills Hinterland Retreat offers an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area 3 good sized guest bedrooms, a main bathroom and an expansive master suite with kitchenette, ensuite and outdoor bath with stunning views!

5 ways to relax in luxury in Byron Bay and surrounds

Spend a day (or two) in a lap of luxury on the NSW north coast. Immerse yourself in spectacular natural scenery, recharge with a spa treatment, join a yoga or meditation group or just laze by the beach or pool. A premier luxury destination, Byron Bay and the nearby laid-back coastal towns of the northern rivers make the perfect spot for an indulgent stay. You’re bound to leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Get away from it all in a luxury villa or suite

Wake up rested and refreshed in your own little piece of paradise. There are so many superb accommodation options in Byron; from stunning resorts to impeccable luxury villas to gorgeous boutique hotels. Choose from a plethora of exclusive north coast stays and you can spend the day by the pool, at the spa, or in bed, with everything you could want and need at your fingertips.

Explore the stunning beaches of Byron Bay and surrounds

Start your day in Byron with a leisurely walk along one of the area’s gorgeous beaches. Go for a quick dip or just sit on the sand and survey the vast beachscape spread out before you and really take it all in; this will be your home away from home for the next little while. Take a stroll along the headland on the Cape Byron walking track, which weaves its way through ancient rainforests and has stunning views of the surrounding area.

Recharge at a meditation or yoga retreat

Relaxing by the sapphire shores of Byron Bay and it’s surrounding beaches is only the beginning of a truly revitalising break. While in Byron sign up for a class at the Byron Yoga Centre, which has been offering daily yoga classes in a range of styles since it opened in 1988. It also also hosts annual health, wellness and yoga retreats.

Dine in style

As far as dining goes, you’re spoiled for choice in this part of the world. Stop off for brunch at the Byron Beach Cafe, where you can linger over your coffee and eggs and the panoramic beach views to your heart’s content. Or try sustainable, farm-to-table Three Blue Ducks in Ewingsdale (just outside of Byron) for inspired breakfasts and lunches in their rustic renovated barn. For dinner book in at Byron at Byron; the restaurant is in a stunning rainforest setting and serves fresh, local produce.

Indulge in spa treatments

A day at the spa is a truly restorative experience, and Byron Bay offers a wide selection. Gaia Retreat and Spa near Ballina is known for its holistic approach to wellness, promoting health and wellbeing through tailor-made spa experiences within the gorgeous Byron hinterland. For an incredible relaxation or remedial massage, it’s hard to go past Ripples Byron Bay, who also offer day spa extras and beauty treatments.

Splendour in the Grass 2015

15th annual Splendour was the biggest yet with 30,000 in attendance... the music was great and diverse, the food choice was fantastic, the markets, bars and art rounded out the total festival experience.

The super headliners always put on a show worth watching, but I tend to have the most fun towards the front with a late afternoon act. My STIG 2015 festival favourite was The Districts.

The food and people watching round out my time at Splendour. My pick for best festival food is a toss-up between Mary's Burgers (only available in the Gold Bar) and the calamari at Tanker (and the pizza in the truck stop, and the organic doughnuts, etc.).

And, it was a little muddy all weekend! See you next year Splendour!

Enjoy the Hinterland with Coco's Cottage

Coco's Cottage is ideally located in the Byron hinterland triangle between Bangalow, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay, Coco's is an 1890's cottage stylishly restored to its former glory. Surrounded by a lush tropical garden with a stunning vista. Surrounding decks enables guests to relax in the hammock, or lounge out on the miners couch. In the cooler months there is a cosy fire going in the cottage 24/7.

The owners, Kevin & Janice Pickles have 30 years experience in hospitality, including having owned three successful restaurants. They are able to offer guests dining in the privacy of the cottage, where the produce is sourced from local farmers, is in season, and where possible is organic.

Coco's is a place of future minded hope and vision as well as a great base to explore the Byron Hinterland region where visitors are pleasantly surprised by the amount of activities and beauty available to them just a short distance from the beaches of Byron Bay.

There are two popular Sunday markets. The Channon Markets on the second Sunday of each month are very laid back and picturesque. The Bangalow markets on the fourth Sunday of each month can be busy, so get in early to avoid the crowds.

There are also farmers markets in Mullumbimby every Friday and Bangalow every Saturday.

Another popular hinterland attraction is the Crystal Castle in Mullumbimby which has stunning gardens and the best rural views in the hinterland.

Minyon Falls and Rocky Creek Dam are great spots for guests looking to enjoy a bush walk.

The Byron Hinterland also boasts a few of the regions favourite events with the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby each May, the Bangalow Classical Music Festival in August and the Mullumbimby Music Festival in November.

Coco's Cottage aims for its guests to be rejuvenated in the beautiful environment and feel nourished by the delicious food from the region. Learn more, visit Coco's Cottage online, connect on facebook &/or follow on Instagram.

Farmers Markets in Byron Bay

Enjoy the freshest produce in the region at the incredible farmers markets in the Byron Shire.

Byron Bay Farmers Market

Since 2002, the Byron Bay Farmers Market has been a must for locals every Thursday morning. The market commences at 8am, and runs until 11am at the Butler Street Reserve.

Here, you’ll find the very best fresh produce, farmed in local areas, and transported straight to the market for you to buy. As well as organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, you’ll find a range of Byron Shire specialties, such as freshly squeezed cane juice, macadamia nuts, honey, artisan bread, and Ballina prawns.

The Byron Bay Farmers Market is hosted by the Byron Farmers’ Market Association (they also run the Bangalow Farmers’ Market), who work with local farmers to ensure the produce is priced correctly.

The Byron Bay Farmers Market is a well-loved weekly event in Byron Bay, so come along for food, coffee, fresh produce, and a lively atmosphere. For further information visit www.byronfarmersmarket.com.au

Bangalow Farmers Market

With the success of the Byron Farmers Market, the Byron Farmers Market Association decided to host a second farmers market in the historic town of Bangalow. Located just 15 minutes southwest of Byron Bay, the Bangalow Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday between 8am and 11am in the Bangalow Hotel carpark in the centre of town.

The Bangalow Farmers Market is smaller than others in the area, but you’ll have no problem purchasing everything you’ll need for the week, from organic fruits and farm fresh veggies, to homemade preserves and rustic bread.

You can also grab a cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry, or take a walk through town. For further information visit www.byronfarmersmarket.com.au

New Brighton Farmers Market

The New Brighton Farmers Market is held each Tuesday, whatever the weather, from 8am until 11am. Located at the New Brighton Oval, the market is a short 20-minute drive north from Byron Bay.

The New Brighton Farmers Market is organised by a team of volunteers who encourage residents to support local farmers by purchasing local produce. The produce is fresh straight from the farm, so does not travel nearly as far as conventional supermarket fruits and veggies.

As well as organic fresh produce, you can pick up locally and ethically farmed meat, fresh nuts, home baked goods, olives, free-range eggs, and dairy products. Come early for a hot breakfast, delicious coffee, and live music. Plus, on the first market of the month, a market hamper is raffled to one lucky winner – just make sure you’re there to claim your prize! For further information visit www.newbrightonfarmersmarket.org.au

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

Rain or shine, the Mullumbimby Farmers Market is held at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds on Main Arm Road every Friday between 7am and 11am. The market features an exotic range of fresh produce, and well as a tantalizing variety of breakfast options, and live music entertainment.

The Mullum Farmers Market is a vital part of the unique Mullum community. The 50 plus stalls, 13 of which are certified organic, are all owned and run by local farmers, bakers, and foodies. Don’t miss the wood fired artisan break, sweet local honey, and sustainable local meats.

The Mullumbimby Farmers Market is an excellent way to experience the spirit of Mullumbimby, and is positioned about a 20 minute drive from Byron Bay. For further information visit www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au

A Weekend in Mullumbimby

Located just 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is scenic town with a personality of its own. With plenty to do and eat, spending a weekend in Mullum is a must.

Markets

Experience the community spirit of Mullumbimby at the Mullumbimby Farmers’ market. The market is held every Friday from 7 am until 11am at the Showgrounds on Main Arm Road between Chinbible Street and Coral Avenue.

The market features over 50 stalls, including 13 that are certified organic, which showcase the very best seasonal produce of the region: local nuts and honey, Bangalow pork, seafood farmed in Ballina and more!

Along with fresh fruit and veggies, artisan bread, and local, sustainable meat, there is coffee, music and plenty of space for the kids to run around. The Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market is a fantastic way to begin your weekend. For more information visit www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au

Now that you’ve got your local groceries, it’s time to check out the local arts and crafts at the Mullumbimby Museum Market, held on the third Saturday of each month.

Set among the huge trees in Summers Park, the Mullum Markets are one of the best in the region. With an exciting range of hot food and coffee, come early in the morning and stay for lunch. The markets are open at 9am, and wrap up around 2pm. For more information visit www.mullummarkets.com.au

Activities

There’s plenty to do in Mullum for both kids and adults.

On a hot summer’s day, head to the Mullumbimby Petria Thomas Swimming Pool. The pool is Olympic size, and there are two smaller pools for little kids. The pool is surrounded by luscious trees, and has a great kiosk selling ice creams, coffee, hot chips and more.

The pool is open between September 1 and April 30.

Alternatively, check out the fantastic Mullum skate park, which is one of the largest in the area. The skate park is located at the sports fields beside the cricket field and netball courts. It features a series of interconnecting bowls, a half pipe and a small box grind block.

Just want to relax? No worries. Stroll through town, browse the shops, and then head over to the incredible Kiva Spa.

Located in the centre of town, but hidden among a bamboo grove, this secluded tropical spa is world-class. The spa uses ancient healing and bathing techniques to give you a relaxing yet effective treatment.

Go for a massage or skin treatment, or treat yourself to a truly unique bathhouse experience. For more information visit www.thekivaspa.com

Food and Coffee

No weekend out is complete without delicious food and coffee.

Enjoy the small-town atmosphere at the historic Middle Pub. With a large range of beers and classic menu, this country pub exceeds expectations. Sit on the large dining veranda and look over the main square of Mullumbimby. Visit www.themiddlepub.com.au

Hungry for pizza? Head to Milk and Honey restaurant, located on Station St in town. The menu changes frequently in order to make the most of local, seasonal produce, and their artisan wood-fired cooking technique creates pizzas that are rumoured to be the best in the region. Visit www.milkandhoneymullumbimby.com.au

If you’re looking for a great breakfast, head to the funky Poinciana cafe. With a gorgeous garden courtyard and eclectic decor, this cafe is truly one-of-a-kind. You can even enjoy a cocktail or two in the afternoon, sit back, and enjoy some live music!

For excellent coffee, try out the Rock & Roll Coffee Company. Located on Burringbar St, the cafe serves up some of the best coffee around, along side fresh Asian breakfasts and lunches. The Rock & Roll cafe has an authentically urban atmosphere, great music and super friendly staff. Visit www.rockandrollcoffee.com.au

Fine Dining Byron Style

Just like the beaches, fine dining in Byron Bay is world-class.

The Balcony

The Balcony Bar and Restaurant is an iconic Byron eatery, located on the corner of Lawson and Johnson Street. The balcony overlooks the bustling streets – you could sit for hours watching the colourful Byron characters walk by!

The Balcony serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu features a variety of tapas, oysters, mains and decadent desserts. The wild mushroom, goat’s cheese and thyme arancini balls served with truffle aioli are a must from the tapas menu, and the fillet steak never disappoints. The churros accompanied by hot chocolate sauce are the perfect dessert to share.

As well as an excellent fine dining menu, The Balcony is well known for its extensive award-winning wine list and exciting cocktail menu.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6680 9666 or visit www.balcony.com.au

Beach Byron Bay

Talk about a view! Beach Byron Bay is located right on the dunes, with panoramic views of Clarks Beach and Julian Rocks. This award-winning restaurant offers an all-day casual cafe, a park kiosk, a cocktail bar and a fine dining dinner experience.

The dinner menu showcases the finest in-season local produce, such as Byron Bay seafood and Bangalow pork. The dishes are inspired by the beachside setting – relaxed, unique, beautiful. From the humble fish of the day, to more exotic mains, such as squid ink linguini with squid, chilli, garlic, lime zest and poached egg beignet, the Byron Beach Café captures the best of the region.

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Byron Bay – there really is no better way to enjoy a meal.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6685 8400 or visit beachbyronbay.com.au

The Restaurant at The Byron at Byron

Savour your dining experience at The Restaurant at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. The large open plan dining area, alfresco atmosphere and rainforest backdrop make for magnificent dining.

To ensure the food is as fresh and delicious as possible, the menu changes with the season. Dishes reflect the varied produce available in the local area, and ingredients are sourced from local farms where possible by our Head Chef Gavin Hughes, who is Ambassador for the Byron Bay Farmers Market.

Soak up the subtropical surroundings on the verandah with an exquisite meal, or relax on the large lounges with tapas and cocktails.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6639 2111 or visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au/the-byron-bay-restaurant

Italian at the Pacific

Fine dining just metres from Main Beach – the Italian at the Pacific is a contemporary Italian restaurant in the centre of town. The fresh, generous meals and modern yet cosy setting are perfect for both groups and couples.

The a la Carte menu, designed by a world-class head chef, features a range of Italian classics: antipasti, risotto, pasta, meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Traditional lasagne with a whole slow-roasted lamb shank in rich tomato sauce is a favourite. And for dessert, you can’t go past the Sardinian tiramisu. The cocktail menu is extensive and exciting, too.

Everyone adores Italian food, and the vibrant Italian at the Pacific does not disappoint.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6680 7055 or visit www.italianatthepacific.com.au

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

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