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Valentines Day Byron Style

For all the romantics who are looking to celebrate Valentine's Day in Byron Bay on Tuesday the 14th of February, here's a few suggestions if your looking for a nice meal and a place to stay in town.

Azur Luxury Villas - a luxurious, adults only 4.5 star guesthouse offering private and relaxing stay. Located just a short stroll to the beautiful beaches of Byron and vast array of local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Beach Suites - Offers a range of stylish boutique studios and large airy apartments. Beach Suites combines discreet personal service, beachfront access and a central location, creating Byron Bay’s most refined accommodation.

The Lord Byron - Located in the heart of Byron Bay, offering quality hotel suites to fully self-contained apartments, guests can relax and enjoy this modern, air-conditioned hotel with its central location offering a quiet tropical atmosphere.

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co - evokes the hippy come surf culture that Byron Bay is famous for. Headed up by award winning Executive Chef & Owner Sean Connolly, the menu boasts simple, honest, seasonal focused food from locally sourced and sustainable produce.

Italian At The Pacific - contemporary Italian byron bay restaurant – offers fresh, generous and distinctive meals in a warm and inviting setting. Our blackboard menu is changed regularly to reflect the produce available to our chef.

Osushi Byron Bay - with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, unique preparation techniques and colourful presentation Japanese cuisine is about much more than just a meal. It is about indulging all the senses, creating food which nourishes the soul and lifts the heart.

Byron Markets over the New Year period

The New Year period is a busy time for markets in Byron Bay, with the Artisan Markets on Saturday, the Community Market on MONDAY (usually on a Sunday) and the special Beachside Markets on Wednesday.

Byron Artisan Market

When: Saturday, December 31, 2016, 4pm – 9pm

Where: Railway Park, Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Held every Saturday evening October through to Easter, the popular Byron Artisan Market provides local creatives with the opportunity to showcase their talent. This year, the evening market falls on New Years Eve.

The stalls feature a range of artisan goods, including clothing, jewellery, and leather accessories. Plus, food and beverage stalls offer market-goers an afternoon snack or exotic dinner to be enjoyed alongside entertainment from local musicians. It’s the perfect way to kick off your NYE celebrations.

Byron Bay Markets

When: Monday, January 2, 2017, 8am – 3pm

Where: Butler St Reserve, Byron Bay

The beloved Byron Bay Markets, usually held on the first Sunday of each month, will instead take place on Monday, January 2, 2017.

You could spend hours exploring the many stalls at the renowned Byron Bay Markets. With everything ranging from handmade jewellery and kids toys, to antiques, fashion, fresh produce, and more, there’s something for absolutely everyone.

Come early, stay for lunch, relax in the shade, and soak up the laid-back Byron atmosphere.

Byron Beachside Markets

When: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Where: Main Beach Foreshore (east of the Surf Club), Byron Bay

The Byron Beachside Markets are held four times each year, and the next market is just around the corner.

This market is a diverse showcase of some of the best quality handmade arts, sculptures, and home goods, as well as unique fashion, crafts, toys and more. Taking a stroll along the foreshore of stunning Main Beach, while exploring one-of-a-kind market stalls makes for the perfect morning in Byron Bay.

Byron Bay Cookies Gift Shops

The Byron Bay Cookie Company now has two store locations, making it easy to sink your teeth into their famous cookies when visiting Byron Bay. The first shop is conveniently located in the centre of town, on Jonson St, in the arcade located across the road from the iconic Beach Hotel.


The second shop is on the way into town on Ewingsdale Road, at the entrance of the Arts & Industry Estate. Recently opened and newly refurbished, the store has received rave reviews from locals and tourists alike. In addition to stocking Byron Bay Cookies’ full variety of flavour profiles, both gift shops also carry Luken & May Biscuits and Falwasser Crispbreads, both of which are also baked by the Byron Bay Cookie Company in the same Bakehouse located in the heart of the industrial estate.


Whilst the company’s café cookie range is a fan favourite – including the ever sought-after factory “seconds” – both shops also carry beautifully designed gift boxes and limited edition gift tins, making it the ultimate shopping destination for all cookie lovers.

Byron Bay Cookies Gift Shops – Locations and Contact Details

Byron Bay Industrial Estate

  • Address: Unit 1, Ozigo Complex, Corner Ewingsdale Rd & Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay
  • Phone: 02 6685 6925

Byron Bay Town Centre

  • Address: Shop 3, 4 Jonson St, Byron Bay
  • Phone: 02 6685 5143


Learn more at the Byron Bay Cookie Company website cookie.com.au.

Melbourne Cup 2016

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup 2016 here in Byron Bay and surrounds on Tuesday November 1st. Local restaurants & venues are putting on a range of special events this year.


Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and this year we have something for every pony. With multiple screens, sweepstakes and best dressed prizes you'd be silly not to get involved. $49 - $65 per person


Beach Byron Bay

Mingle on the deck and soak up the sunshine this Melbourne Cup at Beach.

Sip on a cocktail or champagne upon arrival and enjoy canapes on the exclusive beachfront deck, with entertainment from Haz and Matty Bone Trio. Race day sponsor Frank and Joy will be styling the space with their must-have designer pieces. Cheer on the race with prizes for best dressed and charity sweeps for 'Our Kids'. Tickets $95 per person.


The Byron Bay Bowling Club

Club Byron is putting a day-long celebration for the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Showcase your raceday fashion on the green, with prizes for the best-dressed, and the best fascinator. Rob Rhodes & Reloader will be performing live.


The Byron Bay Services Club

Enjoy the Melbourne Cup at the Pandanus Room Raceday Luncheon. Full tab facilities will run from 8am, with all the action up on the big screen. Book now, as tickets always sell out.


Elements of Byron

Elements will host a Melbourne Cup Luncheon, running from 12pm – 4pm. Tickets are $90, and include a 3-course meal, and bubbles on arrival. The races and sweepstakes will be shown on big screens throughout the venue. Drinks will be served all afternoon.


Harvest Newrybar

Sparkling wine upon arrival & 4 course lunch. Whisky by Dan Woolley, fashion parade & live music, give aways for best dressed, live music by Luke & Sebastian, fashion parade by Driftlab. Place your bets before you arrive & enjoy the race on our large projector screen. 12.30pm start, $85 per person.


Hotel Brunswick

Relax in the beer garden at Hotel Brunswick, with the races live on the beer garden big screens. Entertainment will start at 12pm, and will include trivia, and prizes for ‘fashion on the field’. The kitchen will be putting on food and beverage specials, too. Entry is free.

Accolades for Byron design

Byron’s new Elements of Byron resort has just been named by Forbes Magazine as among the 25 Coolest Hotels in the World. They share this accolade with only one other Australian property, the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.

It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the Hotel Design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards. Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The Awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry.

Further, Elements of Byron received a Highly Commended Award in the Hotel Interior Design category at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 2nd September.

Elements of Byron owner Peggy Flannery worked closely with Interior Designer Rowena Cornwell and local artists to bring her vision for the resort to life. “Byron Bay is such an exciting place” said Rowena Cornwell. “There is a strong entrepreneurial youth culture. The intention was to create environments that were sexy, with a sophisticated edge but still very accessible”.

Mullumbimby Artist Noel Hart spent months studying species found on the property to produce four layered oil paint, pigment and charcoal on jute paintings to adorn the private dining room for sixteen. Celebrating the four unique ecologies on the site – eucalypt, wetland, rainforest and dunal – the paintings are reinterpreted in works throughout the 94 villas.

Moving from sandy whites to tonal ocean blues, the resort’s soft colour palette lets nature do the talking. Soft copper reflects the underside of a banksia leaf while deep bronzes reference Belongil Creek. Surprise pops of vibrancy – hot orange, fiery corals and rich reds pay homage to the native birds which visit or call the property home. The black cockatoo, a strong totem for Elements of Byron, is acknowledged through five blown glass works by Noel Hart in the lobby.

Byron hinterland Artist Suvira McDonald’s majestic in/outdoor hanging metal sculpture Khorus blends the lobby lounge with the dining spaces. His training in classical ballet is evident in the grace of this work which stands five metres tall and ten wide. McDonald also contributed a five metre ceramic landscape mural for the Banksia Pavilion Bar as well as hanging ceramic works for the Central Pavilion guest bathrooms.

Winners of the SBID International Design Awards will be announced at The Dorchester hotel London on 25 November. View the finalists at www.sbidawards.com.

The Byron Bay Brewery reopens its doors

As a sought-after destination, Byron Bay has a lot to offer both residents and tourists alike. From the beaches to Bluesfest, Byron is renown for it’s idyllic elements, both natural and man-made. Being such a popular spot, most of us already feel quite well acquainted with Byron.

However, one of its best-kept secrets has just been uncovered.

Following a full refurbishment the Byron Bay Brewery has reopened its doors welcoming Byron locals and visitors to enjoy a range of local craft beer brewed on-site, an extensive new menu, brilliant service and chilled live music.

Only minutes from the town centre, the Byron Bay Brewery features sun lit wide-open spaces, intimate booth seating and an impressive beer garden shaded by a Morton Bay Fig, perfect for families, groups or just a friendly catch up over one of the brewery’s distinctive beers.

Byron Bay Brewery’s craft beer offering is a major attraction of the venue, with the unique craft beer range brewed on-site, meaning visitors can get closer to the brewing experience than ever before. The range will include distinctive beers including some old favourites and new recipes.

Head Brewer, Alastair Gillespie, who has been with Byron Bay Brewery since June 2015, is looking forward to the next chapter of the venue. “I’ve seen the work that’s gone into the renovations and I can’t wait for people to come in and see how great it looks. I am really looking forward to brewing some of the popular ales made at the brewery over the years as well as sharing some new lagers with the community.”

Incorporating locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, the new menu has been designed to share and compliment the craft beer offering. Families in particular will be well looked after with an extensive kids menu, and multiple budget friendly options.

Gordon Treanor, Craft Director at Lion, comments, “We wanted to develop a quality yet accessible food and beverage experience that builds on the great food and drink culture of the region and are excited to open the doors to locals and visitors.

“We also know how important the brewery is to the community and we are looking forward to becoming an integral member of the community over the coming years.”

Following launch, the new and improved Byron Bay Brewery will celebrate the unique and creative spirit of the Byron area via a series of events and experiences.

Byron Bay Brewery is located at 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay and is open to the public from Friday 16th September 2016. For further information visit www.byronbaybrewery.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/.

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.

Woods in Bangalow offers great coffee plus they focus on sensitive, seasonal and sustainable eating.

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.

Accommodation near Bangalow

Bangalow Guesthouse. Charming and private, this early 1900s heritage property is located in the hinterland town of Bangalow. The property sleeps 14, four double bedrooms in the main house + three private contemporary cottages.

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.

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