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MACADAMIA CASTLE STARTS NEW ERA IN SALE TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONISTS

A group of veterinarians, threatened species specialists, philanthropists and environmental entrepreneurs have teamed up to purchase The Macadamia Castle, an iconic tourism attraction in the Byron Bay region hinterland.

The sale will provide a permanent home for ‘Matilda’, Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital, a 22-wheel, fully-equipped veterinary hospital staffed by a team of expert wildlife vets and nurses.

The new owner is Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA), chaired by economist and passionate wildlife conservationist Dr Ken Henry AC. WRA is a joint venture of two not-for-profit companies, Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital and Odonata Foundation. It combines resources to run mobile wildlife hospitals and build predator-proof sanctuaries.

“We aim to fill gaps in the way Australia protects wildlife and acts to recover endangered species,” said Dr Henry. “This is vital work at a critical time for Australian native animals. We’re excited and honoured to build on the animal welfare, conservation and education work done by the previous owners.”

Easily accessed and situated in the heart of a biodiversity hotspot, the Macadamia Castle is an ideal location for a wildlife hospital and WRA’s national headquarters.

The popular family tourist attraction located on 2.7 hectares in Nyangbul Country, Ballina Shire features an animal park, retail and hospitality services. Retiring to focus on health and family, owner-operator since 2007 Mr Tony Gilding said he was delighted to see WRA as the new owners.

“Their expertise in wildlife conservation is unparalleled. Our much-loved community-focused business will be in amazing hands as they lead the Macadamia Castle into a new era of wildlife education and conservation for local, interstate and overseas visitors.”

Odonata Founder and WRA Director Mr Nigel Sharp said that WRA’s collective strengths and new management structure will build on the foundations of current activities operating at the Macadamia Castle.

“This is a unique model for wildlife conservation in Australia. We’re demonstrating the power of business to sustainably fund solutions to treat, rehabilitate and recover wildlife,” said Mr Sharp.

“The site provides natural environments suitable to rehabilitate and care for wildlife patients on-site. There is also scope to become a potential hub for threatened species breeding programs and environmental science research programs.”

Founder and CEO of Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital and WRA Director Dr Stephen Van Mil said the purchase will create new opportunities for public education about Australian native animals.

“From our new home, we will continue to provide expert veterinary services for wildlife free of charge. Offering educational visitor experiences alongside our veterinary and conservation work will help to inform people about the skills, facilities and resources required to give wildlife the quality care they deserve,” said Dr. Van Mil.

“It costs a lot of money to provide expert veterinary treatment and rehabilitation facilities for wildlife. WRA continues to seek philanthropic donations, private sector capital and public funding to carry out this important work to save wildlife.”

“We will continue to operate retail and hospitality services and to welcome the 200,000+ annual visitors to the Macadamia Castle. By continuing to support and visit, current and new customers can contribute to positive welfare outcomes for Australian wildlife.”

The Macadamia Castle’s solar energy system and electric vehicle charging station will provide immediate, clean, renewable energy sources for WRA’s operations. There will be dedicated parking and access for wildlife rescue organisations and carers to present patients for triage, treatment and care by the veterinary team led by Dr Bree Talbot.

The Macadamia Castle will also be the departure point for deployment of the Mobile Wildlife Hospital to respond to injured, diseased, traumatised or stranded native animals during a crisis, such as a bushfire flood or mass stranding event, anywhere in Australia.

“WRA also acknowledges the Nynagbul people of the Bundjalung nation, the traditional owners of the land we’re going to work from,’ said Dr Henry.

“We are looking forward to learning from the Nyangbul’s ancient knowledge of caring for Country and the wildlife that inhabits it.”

Wildlife Recovery Australia’s founding Directors are Mr Nigel Sharp, Dr Stephen Van Mil, Dr Evan Kosack and Mr Sam Marwood. Its founding Chairman is Dr. Ken Henry AC.
 

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS Rescheduled to July 2022

Splendour in the Grass will reschedule to Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July 2022.
 
In good news, GORILLAZ, THE STROKES and TYLER, THE CREATOR are all in for the new dates!


 
“With vaccine rollout progressing more slowly than anticipated, we have made the decision to move the 20th Anniversary edition of the festival to July 2022.” said Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
 
“We are confident that moving the festival to July 2022 will finally see us enjoying Splendour In The Grass in all its glory. More of the population will be vaccinated, international talent will have the ability to enter the country more freely and we’ll be able to deliver the Splendour in the Grass that you know and love.”
 
“Our hearts go out to everyone effected by the recent outbreak and lockdowns. We encourage you to get vaccinated if, or as soon as, you are eligible both for your safety and those around you. Please stay safe.”
 
“Australia’s live music industry was already on its knees and the current outbreak, this time with a lack of JobKeeper or wage subsidy, is having a major impact on the livelihoods of everyone within the sector. From the many sole traders and small businesses, to the larger tour and event promoters, our industry is in desperate need of government help.”
 
“We send a heartfelt thanks to all of our Splendour community for sticking with us during this time, your support means the world to us. Please retain your tickets and support live music if you wish to attend Splendour in July. We can’t wait to be back at North Byron Parklands with you in 2022 for what is going to be one hell of a celebration!”

All previously purchased tickets are valid for the 2022 edition.
 
Want to come to Splendour? Pre-loved tickets are available from Moshtix now.

Ticket holders who are not able to attend the new dates will be able to apply for a refund from 12pm AEST today until 5pm Friday 17 September. Moshtix will be in touch with all account holders directly with more information. Please note that refunds need to be requested by the purchaser i.e. if a mate purchased your ticket for you, they will also need to request your refund for you.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
22, 23 & 24 July 2022

North Byron Parklands

Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung
splendourinthegrass.com
#SITG2022

BLUESFEST RESCHEDULED TO EASTER 2022 FRIDAY 15 TH APRIL – MONDAY 18 TH APRIL 2022

“WE ARE IMMENSELY PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND THE BLUESFEST BRAND WE REPRESENT”
 – PETER NOBLE ON BLUESFEST’S RE-SCHEDULING

“It is obvious that we cannot present Bluesfest in a safe manner in October, so we have re-scheduled back to our usual timing with dates over the Easter Long Weekend next year; a time we expect things to be returning to normal,” Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM said this morning. 

“We are a resilient bunch. We have worked so hard since May 2019 to make Bluesfest happen and, guess what, we are not giving up. We are immensely proud of who we are: we are proud of the Bluesfest name and what that represents, immensely proud, and we are already looking forward to Easter. I thought this decision would be hard to make, but it was the reverse. The safety and protection of our loyal Bluesfesters, our festival staff, our performers, our volunteers, stallholders and suppliers is paramount, and I will not put anyone at risk right now. So the decision to re-schedule was a ‘no-brainer’.”

“Now we concentrate on the future, and it’s a bright future - and the return of Bluesfest over four days next Easter: FRIDAY 15TH APRIL – MONDAY 18TH APRIL 2022. PLUS … we are working on something special for Thursday 14th April. I am confident that, by the end of this year, Australia will have achieved at least a 70-80% vaccination rate and will have achieved at least ‘Stage Three’ in the plan to open up the whole country. Lockdowns will be consigned to history. Perhaps we may even see international artists returning. IF THEY CAN COME WE WILL BE PRESENTING THEM! ”

“Almost all the October 2021 artists will return for Easter: MIDNIGHT OIL, PAUL KELLY, JIMMY BARNES, PETE MURRAY, KASEY CHAMBERS, JOHN BUTLER, XAVIER RUDD and all of your Bluesfest favourites will be back to play over the Easter Long Weekend. Only two or three can’t make it. It’s great to be adding FAT FREDDY’S DROP, JOSH TESKEY & ASH GRUNWALD, JOHN WILLIAMSON, C.W. STONEKING, and the return of ROCKWIZ LIVE next Easter: the first of dozens of artists we are adding to celebrate, including more of the biggest and best artists this part of the world has to offer, with many Blues & Roots artists added too.”

And … guess what … I have been working hard to fill these gaps.
And … guess what … I HAVE !!
And … guess what … YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THE NEW NAMES – and I’ll let you know who they are soon.”

“In the meantime, I do ask and urge every ticket holder to hold on to their October ticket – and roll it over to Easter. I promise you will not be disappointed. As soon as this outbreak is over and we are out of lockdown safely, then I will be announcing the incredible new names joining our lineup, and then you can make an informed decision. Rest assured, we will continue to offer refunds until after the new artist announcement.”

“We will return and when we do it will be the greatest Bluesfest atmosphere you have been part of, with easily THE STRONGEST BILL OF AUSSIE AND KIWI TALENT EVER SEEN IN THIS COUNTRY.”
“DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T TELL YA!!”

“After all – its only 35 weeks to Easter - LET’S GO TEAM !!”
PETER NOBLE OAM
CHAIRMAN, BLUESFEST GROUP OF COMPANIES

Bluesfest will take place over 4 days from Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

All ticket options plus camping, parking and VIP are on sale now via the Bluesfest website.
 

Lismore Regional Gallery Announces the KOORI MAIL INDIGENOUS ART AWARD 2021

Lismore Regional Gallery and The Koori Mail are calling out for entries to the inaugural Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021, a new art prize open to artists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. The Award aims to encourage entries from established, mid-career, and emerging Indigenous artists from across the country working in any medium. It is a non-acquisitive award that is free to enter. Entries are submitted online and close at midnight AEST on Friday 24 September, 2021. The winner will be announced at Lismore Regional Gallery on Saturday 4 December, 2021. The winning work and finalist works will be on exhibition at the gallery from 4 December 2021 to 30 January 2022.


 
The Koori Mail Art Indigenous Award ($10, 000) will be awarded on 4 December along with the Bundjalung Art Award ($2 500), open to Bundjalung artists and/or Indigenous artists working on Bundjalung country, the Innovation Art Award ($2,500) open to Indigenous artists living in Bundjalung, Yaegl and Githabul country and the Youth Art Award ($500) open to Indigenous artists nationally from 12 to 24 years of age.
 
Naomi Moran, General Manager of The Koori Mail says "The Koori Mail is proud to be supporting this art award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. As an Aboriginal owned and run business, profits go back into our communities through sponsorship and initiatives that support Indigenous people and communities, including the arts. We strongly encourage artists to engage with this art prize and share their stories with us.” The prizes have been generously supported by The Koori MailHealthy Aspirations and an anonymous donor.

The judge of the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021 is Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. Mundine is a Bundjalung man and a foundational figure in Australian art. He is a strong supporter of creative practice in Bundjalung Country and a friend and advisor to Lismore Regional Gallery. He is a fierce advocate, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia and internationally.
 
Mundine says “Aboriginal people are everywhere and Aboriginal people do everything. Australia wide we need to heal our country by painting, performing, by making art. We are regaining our connection and healing. The Koori Mail is edited here in the Northern Rivers, but it is engaged in conversations for all Aboriginal people across the continent. Our conversations inside this publication are a form of healing. And it’s so appropriate that The Koori Mail are supporting this other form of conversation.”
 
Ashleigh Ralph, who recently took up the role of Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, says “We are thrilled to present the first Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award at the Gallery this December. With thanks to generous contributions from The Koori Mail and valuable private sponsors, we look forward to awarding innovative contemporary indigenous artistic practice both from the Northern Rivers region and nationally.”
 
Kylie Caldwell is a Bundjalung artist and Indigenous Arts Officer with Arts Northern Rivers. She thinks the prize is an opportunity to give local and national Indigenous artists recognition, exposure and confidence. “I encourage young and old artists to enter, there is an amazing amount of hidden and known creative and cultural talent in our region. Be bold, be courageous, give it a go, the Koori Mail Art Award has been developed for you!”.
 
Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award
Entries are open now at www.lismoregallery.org
Please contact the Lismore Regional Gallery if assistance is needed with submissions 
Telephone: (02) 6627 4600 Email: [email protected]
 
Entries close:                        Midnight AEST Friday 24 September 2021
Winner announcements:      4 December, 2021
Exhibition:                             4 December 2021 - 30 January 2022
 
PRIZES
The Koori Mail Art Award $10,000
Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists nationally
 
Bundjalung Art Award $2,500
Open to Bundjalung artists and/or artists working on Bundjalung country
 
Innovation Art Award $2,500
Open to Indigenous artists living in Bundjalung, Yaegl and Githabul country
 
Youth Art Award $500
Open to Indigenous artists nationally from 12 to 24 years of age

 

Lismore Regional Gallery and The Koori Mail announce the inaugural
KOORI MAIL INDIGENOUS ART AWARD 2021
A national art award open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists.
 
Call out for entries. Entries close Friday 24 September, 2021.

 

Lismore Regional Gallery acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung nation, traditional custodians of the land on which Lismore Regional Gallery is situated.

Enjoy the ultimate staycay at Blackbird Byron Bay with 40% off*

If you’re feeling anything like us, given everything that 2021 has thrown at us, you’ll be hanging out for a (much-deserved) mini-break!

For our local Byron friends and beyond, who are lucky enough not be affected by border closures and lockdowns, Blackbird Byron is offering 40% off* from 27 July–31 August for you to enjoy the ultimate staycay.

Up in the Byron Hinterland, Blackbird Byron is a special place where time slows down. On a private road, with just a few pavilions, their adults-only site is quiet and secluded enough for you to fully relax and recharge.

The Pavilions 

Each of Blackbird's detached pavilions are positioned to take full advantage of the sunrise views over the Pacific Ocean. The feast for the senses continues with King-sized beds with Egyptian cotton linen, burnished concrete floors, reclaimed timber joinery and Moroccan tiled bathrooms with rainwater showerheads.

In your pavilion, you’ll also find a ‘Star Gazing’ manual to decode the night sky, binoculars to get a better glimpse of the native black cockatoos, and a ‘Byron Trails’ guide to help you discover the rolling hinterlands, nearby national parks and mountains right on your doorstep.

Features:

  • King sized beds
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Magnesium pool
  • Infra-red sauna
  • In-house chef
  • In-house masseuse 
  • Adults only

Location: Mullumbimby

12min drive to Mullumbimby 
35min drive to Byron Bay
20–40 minutes drive from local villages, waterfalls and hiking trails

Think: champagne on arrival, massage, a detoxing session in the infra-red sauna, lazing by the magnesium mineral pool, chef-prepared meals and sunset cocktails, panoramic rainforest and ocean views — and king-sized beds with Egyptian cotton linen … if you prefer the view inside.

Book your escape today and take 40% off using promotion code: BYRONESCAPE 

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Direct contact details
Phone: 0412 910 004
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.blackbirdbyron.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BLACKBIRDBYRON/ 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/blackbirdbyron/

SAMPLE FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS IN 2021 FOR A SPECIAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Northern NSW’s premier food event, Sample Food Festival is returning to the Bangalow Showground on Saturday 4th September 2021. The 10th Anniversary edition of Sample Food Festival will feature a line-up of special guests along with a selection of the region’s best restaurants, breweries, distilleries, local market stalls, and a series of workshops and pop-up events to be announced. The festival has also introduced a number of initiatives this year to allow visitors to plan ahead and enjoy a safe and comfortable festival experience.

For the first time, Sample Food Festival will be offering three ticketed time slots to the event with pre-purchased tickets available along with pre-order menus and QR menu ordering options. Limited capacity picnic experiences will also be on offer for groups of up to six and include festival entry, a reserved picnic spot in the main food precinct with Wandering Folk picnic rug, and umbrella hire. There will be extra room around the festival site for attendees to bring their own picnic rug too.

This year’s headliner is Australia’s number one vegan chef Shannon Martinez, owner of prolific plant-based businesses; Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli, and more to be announced. Byron Bay’s own Magdalena Roze will also be joining the line-up of special guests.

Sample Food Festival was established in 2011 to showcase the incredible produce, chefs, restaurants and creative talent that makes Northern NSW so unique. Ten years on, it’s become even more essential than ever to invest in quality, local produce and support local farmers, restaurateurs, makers, artists and communities. This year Sample Food Festival has received support from the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund to help make this year’s event more exciting than ever.

Event Director Rose Taylor is thrilled that the festival is returning to the Northern Rivers in 2021: “There are so many incredible new restaurants and businesses who have opened since Sample 2019 and we couldn’t be prouder to showcase them amongst so many of our long-standing favourites. We understand planning can be tricky in COVID-19 times and we have been busy making Sample 2021 as safe and fun as ever. The event may look a little different this year, but we have made sure there will be so many more opportunities to connect with your friends and family at the event; sample our regions finest and get your hands dirty with some incredible workshops. We can’t wait to welcome the community to the Bangalow Showground to celebrate Spring and our local chefs, restaurants, distilleries, producers, brewers and creatives; who have continued to work so hard to be there for us throughout these challenging times.”

Sample Food Festival 2021 attendees can look forward to $5 and $10 tasting plates showcasing the menus from some of the region’s finest restaurants including; Harvest Newrybar, Shelter Lennox Head, Beach Byron Bay, No Bones, Forest Byron Bay, Karkalla Byron Bay and Mercado Juarez. In a new initiative for the festival, the Hunter Valley restaurant Muse Kitchen and head chef Josh Gregory will also be attending as a special guest restaurant this year. Palate cleansers from Stone and Wood Brewery, Treehouse Cider, our beautiful Cellar wine bar & local boutique distilleries.

Over 100 lifestyle stalls will be featured at this year’s festival, celebrating the region’s creative makers and producers. Live music and children’s activities will be announced closer to the event, alongside workshops and pop-up events.

Sample Food Festival 2021

Date: Saturday 4 September, 2021
Time: Session times - 8am -10.15am // 10.45am -1.15pm // 1.45pm- 4pm
Location: Bangalow Showground, 1 Market Street, Bangalow 2479
Cost: Pre-purchased tickets are $5 per Adult + BF (child - 16 years and under free)
Picnic Package $80 + BF includes entry for up to six people, a reserved picnic spot in the main food precinct and Wandering Folk picnic rug hire (for session time only)
Refund Policy: In the event of a cancellation, refunds will be issued.

For information on tickets, further announcements, festival workshops and updates visit www.samplefoodevents.com and @samplefoodevents

Stay in the Byron Hinterland

The Byron hinterland offers views, wilderness and a rich-farming history. Explore the countryside and small villages... and still be able to spend some time in Byron Bay.

To help you start dreaming of your next holiday to the Byron hinterland, here are some of the top reviewed accommodation options available on booking.com.

Sanctuary in The Pocket - review score 9.5

Set in the Byron Bay Hinterland, Sanctuary in The Pocket is a retreat-style property offering three separate and self-contained cottages. It is situated on 5 acres of tropical and exotic botanical gardens with a tranquil creek.

Located at The Pocket, about 25 mins from Byron Bay.

Wollumbin Palms Rainforest Retreat - review score 9.5

Surrounded by lush forests and lakes, Wollumbin Palms Rainforest Retreat boasts self-contained cottages, each with a fireplace, patio, balcony and a private hot tub.

Located near, about an hour from Byron Bay.

 

La Rochér Eco Retreat - review score 9.4

La Rocher Eco Retreat offers spectacular, unhindered views from each of its 4 villas. Enjoy vistas of the world heritage Mount Warning / Wollumbin and the distant Border Ranges, along with the serenity, peace and tranquillity that allows you to truly unwind and nourish your soul.

Located near Stokers Siding, about 40 mins from Byron Bay.

Sundays at Byron - review score 9.6

Take in green pastures, endless sky and blue ocean. The full 180º panorama includes Byron's iconic lighthouse, the beautiful coastline looking north to the Gold Coast and finally Mt Warning. This breathtaking vista really does calm the mind and soothe the soul. 

Located at Hayters Hill, about 10 mins from Byron Bay.

Forget Me Not Farm Cottages - review score 9.4

The cottages are inspired by late 19th century workers cottages which look directly onto a peaceful dam replete with rowboat, pontoon and surrounded by horses and cattle in pasture. Forget Me Not Farm Cottages is located on a working cattle farm.

Located at Coopers Shoot, about 16 mins from Byron Bay.

 

2021 National NAIDOC Poster

The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.

Using the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country!, as inspiration, ‘Care for Country’ is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.

The artwork includes communities, people, animals and bush medicines spread over different landscapes of red dirt, green grass, bush land and coastal areas to tell the story of the many ways Country can and has healed us throughout our lives and journeys.

Find out more about the story behind the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster and download your copy of the poster today.

MULLUM CIRCUS FESTIVAL TO REBRAND AS ‘NATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL’

2021 FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED

NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
Monday 26 – Thursday 29 September 2022

FESTIVAL WEEKEND
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October 2022

 

The Mullum Circus Festival announced that it will henceforth be known as National Circus Festival, with its new name and branding officially unveiled alongside its early bird 2021 program announcement.

To be held at the Mullumbimby Showground from September 20 – 26 September, the National Circus Festival hosts a dual program with two distinct streams, including a four-day National Training Program from September 20 – 23, assembling the nation’s best performers in one location to collaborate, trial new shows and develop existing works.

Following the training program, the weekend of September 24 - September 26 will see the festival go into full swing, with a program of more than fifty events set to take the stages over the three-day event, with the first ten acts announced today.

Leading today’s early bird program announcement, ‘Collision’ is the B-boy, Hip hop and Hula Hooper, Pop and lock cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, that sees two Brisbane powerhouse companies in Casus Circus and Mad Dance House combine in this movement epic.

Joining Casus Circus and Mad Dance House is one of Australia’s most celebrated proponents of acrobatics and performance, Alex Mizzen. A trained gymnast and a graduate from the National Theatre Ballet, Alex Mizznen will present her award-winning solo show, which will astound and exemplify why she is known as one of Australia’s finest performers.

Also included in today’s announcement is international Hula Hooper artist Anna Fisher, and the powerful cross point of visual art and circus with Jack Silvestro’s new work ‘December’ - A captivating solo physical theatre performance marking Australia's history and honouring those affected by 2020’s Black Summer.

‘Werk It’ from Victoria’s Circus Trick Tease, is the celebration of spandex, high-vis, vitality and vigour! A riot of colour and movement - big tricks delivered by an all-star cast with more sass and swagger than a TLC video clip.  Kamilaroi man from Mungindi, Dale Woodbridge-Brown, a renowned acrobat from all-male cabaret Briefs: Close Encounters, will be the National Circus Festival MC. While making the trip up the will be Canberra’s Warehouse Youth Circus.

The festival will also host some of Byron Shire’s brightest stars from the world-famous bubble man, circus and sideshow artist, Dr Hubble, Spaghetti graduate success story Hannah Richards, and Spaghetti Circus’ new troupe show: ‘Bails of Hey!’

National Circus Festival Director Alice Cadwell said she was excited to release its new branding along with the first preview of the 2021 festival program.

After our hiatus with the festival, it feels great to come back in such a strong fashion with new branding and an amazing program - this early release is just a tip of the iceberg of what we’re offering in 2021”, Alice said.

“This year’s festival will truly be a celebration of circus for everyone with world-class shows, broad training program featuring highly-skilled teaching artists, fun for the whole family, unexpected delights, a giant Globe, great food and coffee and so much more.” 

To celebrate festival rebranding and to celebrate the announcement of the events first 10 artists for the 2021 festival, organisers have announced a limited run of early bird tickets available via the National Circus Festival website - www.nationalcircusfestival.com

 

2021 NATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL

 

National Training Program

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 September

 

Festival Weekend

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September

 

Mullumbimby Showground, NSW

 

For further information and tickets: www.nationalcircusfestival.com

Winter school holiday activities in Byron Bay

It's always good to have a few school holiday activities planned, with the cooler winter weather - most water activities aren't suited to kids. 

Winter in Byron is also whale watching season - and a great time for beach or bush walks.

Here's a few ideas of the sort of activities suited to kids in and around Byron Bay this July school holidays.

Follow the magical Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail

There are a number of lovely little fairy houses tucked into interesting locations around Brunswick Heads. They are not placed in obvious places so that the surprise and joy in discovering them is maximised. 

The fairy houses are beautiful sculptures made of recycled and found objects and each fairy house is occupied by a fairy that carries a positive message about living simply, being kind, being loving, and protecting nature.

A clue sheet is available at the Brunswick Heads Visitors Centre or can be downloaded from their website.

Kids school holiday circus and activities

Circus Arts Byron Bay is the place to be during school holidays, offering a comprehensive timetable of activities during both the QLD and NSW school holidays including full and half day circus programs, flying trapeze, indoor climbing and a kids play space.

These school holidays Circus Arts brings you the regions only Ninja/Parkour classes for kids, available for 1/2 day and full day students.

Ages: 5 – 15
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
NSW and QLD School Holiday Dates: 28 June – 10 July 2021

Wildlife Guardians at the Macadamia Castle

The Macadamia Castle has been the Byron Bay regions’ most popular tourist destination since 1975. The Animal Park, Café, Bar Macca, Nut Bar, Fine Food section and Retail store provide a full days entertainment and education.

During the school holidays your kids can become Wildlife Guardians and spend the day with the keepers behind-the-scenes in the Animal Park. Learn about conservation and caring for our wildlife, design and build a reptile enclosure and create enrichment for the wombats and native birds.

Three types of Guardian activities available to suit ages 5 - 18.
 

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