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Byron Bay and the surrounding region has long been a favourite place for newlyweds. The many unspoilt beaches along the spectacular coastline and the peaceful, green pastures of the hinterland provide the perfect surrounds for wedding ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons.

Extra Summer Markets in and around Byron Bay

The Byron region plays host to a variety of established and emerging community markets. 

Through summer, to satisfy both the Christmas shoppers looking that special gift and the the extra holiday makers - there are a few extra market days scheduled.

The regular community markets are also taking place to their schedule

Byron Beachside Market 6 January 2021

Byron Beachside Market
Wednesday 6 January 2021 - 8am to 3pm
Main Beach foreshore

The Byron Bay Beachside Markets are held four times each year (early January, Easter, mid-July and in late September)and are located on the foreshore of Main Beach, east of the Surf Club in Byron Bay.

Two extra Byron Bay Community Markets 13 dec & 10 Jan

Byron Bay Community Markets
Sunday 13 Dec & Sunday 10 Jan - 8am to 3pm
Main Beach foreshore

Come and enjoy the holiday season with extra Sunday markets in December and January! Whether you're looking for clothing, jewellery or homewares, there's a gift for everyone at Byron Markets. Browse the stalls and support local this Christmas.

The Bangalow Flea Market date change in Dec and an extra market 23 Jan

Bangalow Flea Market
Saturday 5 Dec & Saturday 23 January
Bangalow Primary School

The Bangalow Flea Markets are the newest markets to arrive in the region offering a collection of stalls from established businesses, regular market vendors and locals wanting to sell their pre-loved items - garage sale style. Regularly on the 2nd Saturday each month.

Habitat Fashion Flea Market 28 November 

Habitat Fashion Flea Market
Saturday 28 November 8am-1pm
Habitat Courtyard

This is a one off market in the courtyard at Habitat in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. You're sure to find a bargin plus all the profit is supporting Bruns Brekkie. Parking is limited, please car share where possible. 

The Bangalow Designers’ Christmas Market 12 December

Bangalow Designers’ Market
Saturday 12 December 8am - 3pm
Bangalow Public School

Bangalow Designers’ Market, showcasing the best of local design on Saturday 12th December at the Bangalow public school 45 Byron St, Bangalow from 8am – 3pm. Parking is available in the Bangalow showgrounds entry via market street.

New Years Eve 2020 accommodation in Byron Bay

With international and state border restrictions in place, Byron Bay is shaping up to be as busy as ever over New Years and into the summer school holidays.

For New Years week (27 Dec - 3 Jan), booking.com says 98% of places to stay are unavailable and Airbnb says 86% of places in Byron Bay are already booked on Airbnb.

If you're looking to stay over New Years - I've compiled this list based on my own search Saturday afternoon 21 November, things may change with last minute cancellations &/or additional inventory being added to the online travel agents.

If you plan to stay sometime in the school holidays - be sure to browse our Byron Bay Accommodation guide

Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments


This property is just 150 m from Byron Bay’s Main Beach, located right in the town centre. Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments offers hotel style rooms and 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. A delightful lap pool with sun lounges awaits your arrival.

Gosamara Apartments


Gosamara Apartments offer one bedroom self-contained accommodation just a 5-minute walk from the Byron Bay's Belongil Beach, Main Beach and town centre. The property features a heated saltwater swimming pool, tropical gardens and free parking.

The Great Byron Getaway


The Great Byron Getaway offers accommodation in Byron Bay, three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, and swimming pool - 1.7kms from the centre of Byron Bay.

Your Luxury Escape - The Loft


The apartment has 3 bedrooms, a TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.

Airbnb Byron Bay for the week 27 December - 3 January


Airbnb lists 33 places to stay in Byron Bay for New Years Eve 2020.

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2020 for Foodies

Things will be COVID different on New Years Eve in Byron Bay this year. Falls Festival has been cancelled, the Byron Community Centre is NOT hosting their Soul Street - street party, there haven't been any announcements from the pubs, and we haven't had any official news from Byron Council.

If you are a foodie, you are in luck as there are a number of New Years Eve dinner events in and around Byron Bay. 

Beach Byron Bay

Welcome in the New Year with a beautiful beachfront dinner party at Beach Byron Bay. Come together with friends and family for a very special New Year’s Eve celebration to toast to the new year ahead! Enjoy Champagne and caviar on arrival and a delicious eight-course menu by Head Chef Simon Palmer.

$300 per person, bookings essential. Call - 02 6685 8445, email [email protected] or visit www.beachbyronbay.com.au.

Fishheads

Why not spend New Years Eve in Byron Bay with an exclusive beachfront table until 1am and enjoy an amazing multi course meal and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Tickets are $110, bookings essential. Call - 02 6685 6011, email [email protected] or visit www.restaurantbyronbay.com.au.

The Italian Byron Bay

NEW restaurant location at 108 Jonson Street. Serving delicious food, wine and cocktails in a relaxed fine-dining atmosphere in the heart of Byron Bay. This New years Eve enjoy a 5 course Degustation & Champagne on arrival.

$155 per person, bookings essential. Call - 02 5633 1216, email [email protected] or visit www.theitalianbyronbay.com.

Harvest Newrybar

This years’ NYE, Harvest will be hosting dinner with a focus on the best in Australian wine and produce. Guests will be greeted with a glass of bubbles on arrival, followed by an exquisite meal designed by chief of food David Moyle and head chef Santiago Socrate.

Pricing starts at $195 per person *Complimentary bubbles on arrival, for booking phone 02 6687 2644.

Loft Byron Bay

Loft's highly anticipated NYE ticketed event is now available to book! Celebrate the new year Byron-style at Loft. 4 course set menu + spritz cocktail on arrival. Two seating options: Sitting 1 - 4:30pm-7:30pm or Sitting 2 - 8:00pm-close, for bookings phone 02 6680 9183.

Three Blue Ducks

See 2020 off on a high with a delicious three course NYE dinner - Ducks style! From 6:30pm on the farm for free flowing bevvys, flavoursome food and cracking tunes. Tickets are limited and selling fast - please contact (02) 9389 0010 to secure your spot.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020 in the Byron Shire

NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from 8 November to 15 November this year under the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

Residents of the Byron Shire are asked to use the week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to acknowledge their connection to country.

 Rob Appo, Council’s Project Officer Social and Cultural Planning, said the theme ‘Always Was,  Always Will Be’ is due recognition that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were managing the landscape, caring for country and maintaining cultural practices long before European settlement and NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for everyone in our community, and across Australia, to recognise this,” Mr Appo said.

NAIDOC Week is traditionally held in July but celebrations were postponed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the public health orders, activities next week will be on a smaller scale. 

A flag-raising ceremony will be held on Monday 9 November with representatives from the Arakwal people and the Tweed Byron Aboriginal Land Council, along with Byron Shire Councillors and the Executive Team.

“Byron Shire Council has also extended an invitation to surrounding Local Government Areas to host similar events as a symbolic acknowledgment of NAIDOC Week in the Northern Rivers,” Mr Appo said.

“While it is unfortunate we will not be able to have community representatives at the flag-raising event, as we normally do, I hope people take the time to mark NAIDOC Week in their own way,” he said.

Spectacular image of Brunswick Heads by Sol & Sea

We recently shared a fantastic aerial image of Brunswick Heads that really resonated with our fans. So, we thought we'd introduce you to Sol & Sea - the people behind this and may other great images.

Sol & Sea is a small local business started by Graphic Design student Evie Hudson and Environmental Science student Duncan Miller. Their love for photography and the environment sparked the beginning of Sol & Sea in 2018. 

Sol & Sea aim to capture nature’s raw beauty and it's their mission to showcase these breathtaking coastlines which they believe should be valued and respected.

Sol & Sea offer unique and breathtaking aerial drone prints and framed print options, as well as drone and photography services. And when you make a purchase, know that you’ll be helping two university students continue to capture and create what they enjoy doing most.

Be sure to check out their website and follow their socials.
www.solandsea.com.au
www.facebook.com/solandsea.co/
www.instagram.com/solandsea.co/

Byron Bay Airbnb's for less than $100 per night

The budget end of AirBnB accommodation options in Byron Bay are often individual rooms - the true essence of home sharing.

At the time of publication (Oct 2020) AirBnB lists 292 accommodation options in and around Byron Bay for less than $100 per night.

Here's a sample of of what you can expect.

Byron Bay central private ensuite $81.86 per night

Private room in house hosted by Valentina
Do you want to enjoy your holiday right in the center of Byron Bay? Rest on a new latex mattress cuddled between fresh 100% cotton sheets and have access to your own private en suite? Try this freshly renovated home where you'll feel like in a hotel. The house is 500 m from the center of Byron Bay.

Best Location In Byron Bay!! $77.14 per night

Private room in apartment hosted by Mark
We can accommodate one person or a couple. The room is large with a queen bed. Our place has two bedrooms, both listed separately on AirBnB. We often host two separate set of AirBnB guests at the same time. Leave your car behind! Your just steps away from the main beach, bars, restaurants and cafes. 

Hobo Homestead - Barefoot Retreat (Courtyard Room) $92.14 per night

Private room in cottage hosted by Tatianna
Back to the good 'ol days of beautiful Byron Bay - a little bit slower n' a whole lot sweeter! You're only a short stroll to the local grocer, national parks, beaches, cafes and the charming Byron town. Our beloved barefoot retreat, set on the gorgeous "Historic Kinglsey Cottage" property dates back to 1905.

Amazing Central Location $69.00 per night

Private room in apartment hosted by Georgia
The room is spacious with a flexible comfortable bed which can be 2 singles or king. Lovely linen. No extra guests. It’s a great central bed for independent travellers but no frills. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and stylish but is an old character filled unit so if you're after something shiny and new then this isn't for you :). 2 minutes from the beach and all the best cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs that Byron has to offer. 

Lilac Room in Beautiful Byron Bay $77.86 per night

Private room in house hosted by Jeanine
Possible for 2 twin single or King size bed !(we can have an addition mattress , the room can accommodate 3 people if needed). It's a spacious room with Lots of light and a slider door on to a lovely deck overlooking the terraced garden. On Shelley drive; a quiet street, great neighbourhood,15 mins walk to Tallows beach and 20 min walk to Byron hustle bustle.

BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL - 23 Oct - 1 NOV - 10 DAYS OF OUTSTANDING FILMS STARTS TODAY!

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is bringing you 52 films from 19 countries, 8 feature length films and a very special talk all over 30+ screenings at Palace Byron Bay and the Byron Theatre.

Opening Night sold out quickly, and cinema capacities are limited so we advise you to book early if you don't have a flexible schedule.

6 of the 8 feature length films will have a screening this weekend. Whether you love music, dance, the environment, amazing cinematography or just watching world-class cinema there's something for you to catch.

Learn more about BBFF2020 feature documentaries here

learn more about BBFF2020 dramatic features here

Actor Jack Thompson (The Sum of Us, Breaker Morant, Australia, Merry Xmas Mr lawrence) joins Actor/Director Wayne Blair (Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra, The Sapphires, Mystery Road) for an intimate conversation exploring their careers, inspirations and the evolution of Indigenous culture on Australian screens. 

The conversation will led by Associate Professor and Producer Pauline Clague and is a hightlight of the festival.

Tickets are limited to this very special event

Eight Key Feature Length films make up the core of Byron Bay Film Festival's 2020 programming. 

There is a fantastic selection of home-grown films screening on Saturday October 24th, and a night of outstanding surf films on Friday October 30th.

Dramatic Features, Music and Environmental Documentaries, Short Films, Experimental Films and Animation - we'll have them all.

Screening at Byron Bay Palace Cinemas and the Byron Theatre, the festival will run from October 23rd to November 1st and offer a stimulating array of world cinema that in other times would have been sweeping the festival circuit.

Film lovers are encouraged to leave the isolation of home and join in the communal experience of watching great stories unfold as they were meant to be seen… on the big screen.

You are encouraged to book with your friends so you can create your own BBFF bubble and share your experience.

Byron Bay International Film Festival
23 October - 1 November 2020
Byron Bay Palace Cinemas and the Byron Theatre
Full details and tickets via www.bbff.com.au

Byron Bay Film Festival 2020 Red Carpet Opening Night Tickets Are On Sale Now

Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni.

“As the 20th century turns into the 21st, you can’t tell the story of Aboriginal Australia without featuring Bangarra – indeed they tell the story. And at the core of it there are these three beautiful boys. The holy trinity.” – Hetti Perkins, Art Curator, author.

Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.

Byron Bay Film Festival Opening Night
Friday October 23rd
Palace Byron Bay $30 + BF
Due to Social Distancing Regulations tickets to this special night are limited. 
BUY YOURS NOW

We have prizes for the Best Dressed on the night.

Whilst canapes and mingling in crowds are temporary casualties of Covid-19 there are no laws against dressing up and planning a special night out with a few close friends.
 
Book with your friends to create your very own Byron Bay Film Festival bubble.

Screening at Palace Byron Bay and the Byron Theatre, the festival will run from October 23rd to November 1st and offer a stimulating array of world cinema that in other times would have been sweeping the festival circuit.

Film lovers are encouraged to leave the isolation of home and join in the communal experience of watching great stories unfold as they were meant to be seen… on the big screen.

There's never been a more important time to support the arts, events and venues. We're excited to build something very unique, safe and special for you and our filmmakers.

See you in the cinema!

Learn more at www.bbff.com.au

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021 - This Is What A Great Australian Line Up Looks Like!

The 2021 BLUESFEST ALL AUSTRALIAN “merged artists” announcement includes the additional eight artists revealed last week thus taking the tally to 49 Australian artists that are confirmed to perform next Easter long weekend at Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, Byron Shire. With more names to come this already unbeatable line-up will make for an unforgettable Bluesfest experience. A veritable dream-team of artists from around the country, all pumped to perform again at 2021 Bluesfest.

Bluesfest has worked hard with artist managers and agents to create this historical line-up. With the support of the industry the return of Bluesfest plays a significant role in heralding in the return of major live music events in this country.

Commenting on the announcement Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM says “I am deeply grateful for the support we have been shown by the industry in order to create this spectacular showcase of Australian talent. As I stated back in July; Change is the only constant and we are ready for it. If we find that the internationals can’t come, we will add more Aussies. And that is what we have done. In the meantime, we remain poised to move with the ebb and flow of this situation. Until we feel there is certainty about the borders, we will continue to list the international artists, but in the meantime, we are delighted to deliver on our promise of delivering an exceptional festival with an extraordinary All Aussie line up.”

Bluesfest is proud to join in 2021 with other festivals that are committed to the return of the Australian Live Music Industry.

The incredible merged ALL AUSTRALIAN Bluesfest 2021 line up looks like this:
 
JIMMY BARNES | TASH SULTANA
ZIGGY ALBERTS | THE TESKEY BROTHERS
JOHN BUTLER | XAIVER RUDD |THE CAT EMPIRE
KASEY CHAMBERS | THE CHURCH | THE WAIFS
IAN MOSS | THE LIVING END | THE ANGELS
ROSS WILSON AND THE PEACENIKS | RUSSELL MORRIS
KEV CARMODY | TROY CASSAR-DALEY | BRIGGS
HIATUS KAIYOTE | KATE MILLER-HEIDKE
WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING
THE BLACK SORROWS | THE BAMBOOS
CHAIN | BACKSLIDERS | ASH GRUNWALD
BLUE KING BROWN | MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX | JEFF LANG | NATHAN CAVALERI
MICH THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION
KIM CHURCHILL | HENRY WAGONS
MAMA KIN SPENDER | DAMI IM
PIERCE BROTHERS | EMILY WURRAMARA
RAY BEADLE | PACEY, KING & DOLEY
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS | KARA GRAINGER
HUSSY HICKS | ROSHANI
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE | LITTLE GEORGIA
BYRON BAY BUSKING COMPETITION 
THE AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS

All ticket types and Add-Ons are on-sale now.

For further information on the line-up or artists please see here.

Bluesfest 2021 is being held from 1 – 5 April 2021 at Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, NSW

Full moon over Cape Byron Lighthouse by Kelvin Hennessy

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" is a time-lapse video of the full moon of 3rd August 2020 rising behind the Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland Australia, 15 minutes before sunset. 

 

 

The atmospheric conditions were perfect allowing for incredible capture detail even though Kelvin Hennessy of Phase Four Photo & Film was 5 kilometres away from the lighthouse. If you look closely on a large screen you can even see small birds flying around it.

Kelvin describes the process.

"For this video shoot I used a 952mm focal length refractor telescope and a ZWO ASI183MC-Pro astronomical video camera, capable of capturing 19 RAW format 5496x3672 images per second directly into a notebook computer. About 4500 of those photos were later processed in Adobe Lightroom to correct the colour & contrast, remove camera sensor dust specks and crop the image to widescreen format. The images were then converted into a video using Adobe Premiere which also stabilised the wind-induced movement of the telescope.

'Photopills' is the excellent iPhone app I use to help me chose the perfect shooting location for these long distance photos. For perfect alignment like this I have to be accurate to within about 5 metres to the left left or right. I use an aircraft-grade bluetooth GPS linked to my iPhone to match my actual location to Photopill's suggested location."

Kelvin was awarded the world-wide "Photopiller of the Day" award for this photo.

The music on the video is "Toccata in G" and was composed by award-winning pianist Jessica Roemischer. Jessica enjoys creating soundtracks for celestial events, and other inspirational videos.

Contact Kelvin Hennessy
Facebook : facebook.com/phasefourphoto
Instagram : @phasefourphoto
Web : photo.phasefour.com.au

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