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V-Day Dance Main Beach 2020

Be part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against all women & children! 

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 AM – 9 AM

Main Beach Byron Bay, meet at 6.30 to dance at 7am.

Wear red. Wheelchair accessible & AUSLAN interpreted. 

Learn the dance (free workshops available), watch the videos, or just dance wild. 

This is our 8th annual protest, in global solidarity with millions of other humans who want a better world. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, learn more at www.onebillionrising.org.

Also part of V Day, two shows Friday 14th & Saturday 15th February, 7.30-10pm at the Byron Theatre.

Vagina ConVersations #5 presented by Zenith Virago & Byron Community Centre

After sell out performances four years running, this informal, diverse collective of some of Byron Shire’s powerful, creative women and non-binary people with vaginas, are presenting their pieces – some are personal or professional or political stories, which inspire and educate, empower and support.

It’s funny, sad, courageous, challenging and celebratory.


 

FALLS FESTIVAL 2019/20, THAT'S A WRAP!

As much of the country battles the devastating bushfires and extreme conditions that have wreaked havoc across the New Year’s period, the indomitable spirit of the Australian people has never been in clearer focus.

Photo Kurt Petersen Photography

From the tireless work of the CFA, the RFS and our volunteer firefighters, to the hundreds of spare beds on offer, through to the millions of dollars raised in fire relief so far - it’s obvious that the best of us are doing all we can in a time of great need. All our thoughts here at Secret Sounds and Falls Festival are with those affected locally and nationally in the current conditions.

This unflappable character was writ large during the Lorne leg of Falls Festival this year, as the unavoidable weather conditions forced an early closure of our stunning festival site after only one day of festivities.

Far from dropping their bundles, the loyal Falls crowd were absolutely amazing in their response to this body blow, patiently packing up their tents and waiting in line to leave, keeping spirits high and cobbling together alternate New Year’s plans as they went. Some of these plans weren’t too far removed from what they would’ve been served up amongst the ancient trees of the Otway Forest either way, as several generous artists put together huge fundraisers in lieu of their headline sets.


 
“A huge thanks to you, our Falls audience. While it was disappointing, your overwhelming support around the mid show Lorne cancellation was nothing short of inspiring. A lot of people, wildlife and firies are doing it damn tough at the moment and your safety was our priority. Thankfully the rest of Falls ran beautifully with some of our best festivals yet, including standout performances from Halsey, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, the legendary John Farnham & Baker Boy with too many others to mention. And of course, a mega shout out to our awesome Falls team who put in huge amounts of care, good old-fashioned hard work and heart which make Falls Festival what it is. Thanks to all, here’s to a safe 2020!!”
Jessica Ducrou & Paul Piticco xo
Co-CEOs

Melbourne’s inner city was flooded over the last weekend on 2019, with huge shows by the likes of ​Halsey​, ​Peking Duk​, ​Yungblud​, Holy Holy​, ​Baker Boy​, ​G Flip​ and many more all raising nearly $100,000 for the CFA and related authorities. Overall, the response to this difficult situation was a credit to both the artists and their devoted fans.

This joins the $18,000 raised for the Salvation Army relief efforts during Falls Black Friday sales, over $23,000 donated from Byron ticket sales to the RFS. Further news on the festival’s involvement in Sound Relief fundraising coming soon.

Elsewhere in the country, Falls Festival further cemented its reputation as Australia’s premiere New Year’s festival.

Perfect weather and a pristine site greeted revellers in Byron Bay as the likes of ​ Halsey, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure​ and ​PNAU ​strutted their stuff. The masterful​ Peking Duk​ were given the opportunity to ring in the new decade, setting their controls for the heart of the sun and levelling the main arena with a banger-laden set.

Falls’ Tasmanian leg in Marion Bay allowed direct access to the stunning white shores of nearby beaches and patrons took full advantage. Towels in hand, they hit the water and spliced some serious sun with an unforgettable set from the legendary ​John Farnham​, among many others. Therapy dogs also roamed the grounds, proving a huge hit with literally everybody and the Smalls Festival family arts precinct was also buzzing from go to woah.

Out West, our friends in Fremantle continued to build on what is fast becoming a signature event of the Port City’s calendar: Falls Downtown. Across the weekend, the breezy, tree-filled oasis of Fremantle Oval played host to our trusty headliners, as well as an exclusive set by recent J Award winner ​Matt Corby​.

Corby’s set bookended another banner year for Falls Festival, which showcased yet again that the convergence of fabulous music and art, dazzling surrounds and unbeatable crowds will always provide the perfect start to a New Year.

If you missed out on a memento from the shows, the online merch store is now up and running.

The team at Falls want to thank their staff, artists, local authorities, emergency services and of course their ever-loyal patrons who continue to make Falls Festival the most amazing experience as they head into their 28th year. Exciting updates and festival announcements coming in 2020!
 

Brenda Miley the Business Women in boardshorts - Lets Go Surfing

Surfing has been part of Australian culture for decades. Australian surf resonates on our pristine beaches and Australian waves. Today surf schools are lining up the coast from North to South, but 25 years ago this wasn't the case.

Brenda Miley started Let's Go Surfing out of the back of a Kombi van in 1995 at the iconic Bondi Beach as an idea to encourage more women into surfing.

One of a few women in Sydney’s 1980’s surf scene, Brenda was also a competitive surfer. She was always disappointed at the lack of women not just in competitions, but in surfing in general. Then, in 1995, a lightbulb moment hit.

“I was one of the only female surfers,” she says. “With the surfing bug fully entrenched in my life, I competed in all levels of competition from club level through to Australian titles, and discovered the absolute joy of travelling the world to surf. It was often daunting, being the only woman in the surf. I wanted to change the way girls experienced surfing and wanted to encourage them. And I thought to myself, I’m a PE teacher. I’ve got these skills, why don’t I start teaching women how to surf?” And that was the little piece of a life puzzle Brenda’s heart desired: ”Armed with a passion for teaching, surfing and making a difference to women’s lives, I discovered running a surf school was exactly what I was meant to be doing.”

Brenda’s Kombi van surf school is now a multi award-winning surf school head-quartered in Australia’s Sydney’s home of surfing, Bondi Beach, with operations in Maroubra, La Perouse, Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head. Today the LGS Team includes local and international Male and Female surfing & Stand Up Paddle Board Coaches and Instructors, who love sharing their expertise and knowledge with their guests from all over the world. LGS has recently launched a new Stand Up Paddle Board Tours Lets Go SUP in the Beautiful New South Wales Northern Rivers regions of Byron Bay and Ballina.

Lets Go Surfing and Lets Go SUP run a daily surf and SUP lesson for kids, women, groups, and corporations, for all people of all levels. To find out more about our surf and SUP lessons give a call our friendly staff at 02 (02) 6680-9443 or visit our www.letsgosurfing.com.au

MAKE IT RAIN - FUND THE FIRIES

A Bushfire Fundraiser, Featuring Across Two Huge Nights 
Bernard Fanning & Ian Haug, Wolfmother, T’N’T,  Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins & The Loose Rubber Band, ARC (members of Spiderbait/You Am I/Jet/Even), Jackson Carroll, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups (feat. The Buffalo Gals), Monica Frances

The Beach Hotel Byron Bay Wednesday Jan 8 & Thursday Jan 9 
ALL TICKET SALES DONATED TO NSW RFS NORTHERN RIVERS AND FAR NORTH COAST BRIGADES.
Online Auction (open Dec 17 until Jan 17) with goods donated from Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky, Ben Quilty, Stephanie Gilmore, Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning, Powderfinger, Pat Rafter, Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Stone and Wood and more Via MAKEITRAIN2020.COM.AU

Tickets on sale now via www.makeitrain2020.com.au

A handful of your favourite Australian artists are inviting you to join them for two nights of entertainment in the heart of picturesque Byron Bay, this January, to raise money for the NSW RFS Northern Rivers and Far North Coast Brigades. 

We are asking for your help, we might not have influence over the heavens but we sure can do our bit to Make It Rain in dollar bills! 

Bernard Fanning & Ian Haug, Wolfmother, T’N’T, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins & The Loose Rubber Band, ARC (members of Spiderbait/You Am I/Jet/Even), Jackson Carroll, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups feat. The Buffalo Gals, Monica Frances will take up at The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay.  To join them, head to MAKEITRAIN2020.COM.AU and donate $49 for a single night or $89 for two nights to secure your tickets. 

Local independent brewery Stone & Wood is donating several fundraising Karma Kegs for the evening, plus a prize of lunch and drinks at the brewery and four cases of fresh beer.

Can’t make it to Byron? We also have an online Auction featuring some money CAN’T buy items and experiences, that you CAN buy! Including an original etching from award winning artist Ben Quilty, a personal training session with Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, a tennis lesson or game for three with Pat Rafter, a song writing session with ARIA Award winner Bernard Fanning, and more to be added! Head over to www.makeitrain2020.com.au bidding starts Dec 17th and closes Jan 17th. 

“A few months ago I was asked to play at a fire relief benefit called Ewingar Rising” explains Tex Perkins. “I was aware that the area had been devastated by fire storms. It’s always an honour to be asked to help people in hard times and to use my music for good, not only for fundraising, but for healing.

Then the rest of NSW started to burn. Suddenly fires were everywhere. Places that had never burned, and should never burn, and it hit really close to home, literally. A small bushfire in the national park near where I live quickly became a 2000 hectare blaze, it’s now over 6000 hectares and growing.

We evacuated our animals, children and prepared as best we could. The fire still burns but we’ve been lucky…so far.  

My local fire brigade announced an outpouring of thanks to the local people for their $1000 donation, as a result of that generosity, they could buy short wave radios to use out there whilst fighting fires!
 
I was shocked! Fucking hell! These guys are out here and deserve the best equipment!”

If they want equipment let’s get them what they want, let’s fund the firies!

Let’s MAKE IT RAIN
 

2020 Byron Bay Surf Festival - 10 years of Surf Culture!

The 2020 Byron Bay Surf Festival celebrates 10 years of bringing surfers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, activists and water-people together to celebrate surfing and all that it culturally encompasses!


 "We didn't aim for ten years and there was definitely no master plan to make anything huge or whatever. It was just like, 'our culture and the art of surfing deserves to be nurtured and celebrated...let's do this'...and we've pretty much just surfed that wave through each year". JMc


 
We dreamed up events, we invited friends, the biggest legends of surfing, artists, filmmakers, activists, and musicians and we prayed for waves. And because the Byron community and the larger surf community loved it and supported it, it's been a huge success!


 
Thank you for joining us to celebrate surfing and all that goes along with it!! It's been nothing but, as Bob McTavish describes BBSF, "F-U-N...FUN!!"

This year, like every year, we have a packed weekend...(see 3-day weekend!) New events, film premieres, live music, art shows, surf sessions, surf comp, surf markets, workshops, special guests and more…

Byron Bay Surf Festival
14-16 February 2020
Full details and tickets at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

Byron Bay summer school holiday fun for kids

The summer school holidays are a great time to visit Byron Bay. On top of all the normal summer fun for families to enjoy, here's a list of kid friendly activities to satisfy all ages that will make these school holidays even more memorable for the whole family!

The Brunswick Picture House

After laying dormant for over 30 years, the theatre was lovingly restored in 2016. This summer, the Brunswick Picture House is presenting four family friendly shows in January.

TALKING DOGS Starring Erik the Dog, Allen the Dog and Joel Salom
Four shows, 3-5 January
Allen the Dog is shy and soft, Erik the Dog (a Grand Finalist on Australia’s Got Talent) is metal and magnificent, and Joel the Human is the International Man of Circus.

The Space Cowboy: Metamorphous
Three shows, 10-12 January
Performing to sell-out crowds and making headlines around the globe, The Space Cowboy’s truly unforgettable “Mind Bending” show promises to do just that.

Imaginitis starring Shorty Brown
One show only, 16 January
Imaginitis is a colourful, extremely silly, funny, and highly interactive show, including magic, bubbles, comedy and extreme slapstick. It’s a colourful adventure created to entertain our youngest audience of 3–8 year olds.

The Picture House Circus Bonanza!
One show only, 19 January
Tailored for the young and the young at heart, expect things you’ve never seen before from a crazy talented, hugely entertaining and eclectic crew of performers from around the corner and throughout Australia.

Circus Arts Byron Bay

Leave kids at the circus and let their qualified coaches teach them trapeze, silks, tightwire, trampolining, pyramids, juggling, hoops, the famous flying trapeze and more in half and full day kids and teen circus programs. Afternoon programs have Parkour or JUMP focus depending on the day of the week.

The special add-on continues - regions only Ninja Warrior classes for kids, lead and instructed by Byron’s pocket rocket Lisa Parkes and her team at Ninja Play Byron Bay!

Kinder classes (under 5’s) are on daily and there’s a play space featuring mini aerial rig, caravan and climbing wall.

Full school holiday program and online tickets at www.circusarts.com.au/activities/byron-bay-school-holiday-programs/

Horse riding with Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre

Submerge yourself in nature, as you explore Byron Bay’s picturesque’s Hinterland and Beaches. Established 1994, Pegasus Park specialises in horse riding for people of all ages and all levels of ability. 

Full detail of tour and ride options, plus bookings at www.pegasuspark.com.au

The best fish and chips in Byron Bay

Fish and chips is a holiday classic best enjoyed beachside. Byron Bay is home to several dedicated fish and chips outlets, as well as restaurants and eateries that serve up their take on this fried favourite.

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for the best fish and chips in Byron Bay – now, the results are in. Here are the top five in alphabetical order.

Beach Byron Bay


Beach Byron Bay is a relaxed fine dining restaurant that showcases the best of the region. With a stunning beachfront location and breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean, Beach serves up an in-season menu of old favourites and innovative creations. You can grab classic fish and chips from their kiosk’s takeaway menu or experience a gourmet take on the dish from their sit-down menu.

Beach Hotel


Located across the road from Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is truly iconic. For more than 25 years, this casual pub has welcomed locals and visitors to enjoy a drink or two in the beer garden, a fantastic meal, and live entertainment. Their menu offers all the pub classics, including fresh fish and chips.

Fishheads


Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fishheads serves up some of the freshest seafood in town. Take a seat on their laid-back, beachfront deck or grab your fish and chips to-go and enjoy on the sand. Either way, you’re in for a real treat. Plus - during the month of December for every fish and chips sold at our restaurant and our takeaway, we will be donating $2 to The Liberation Larder and The Homeless Breakfast Hub (the two organisations in charge of Byron’s Community Centre’s breakfast).

Fishmongers


Fishmongers delivers so much more than your basic fried fish and chips. This gourmet eatery offers chunky homemade chips, delicious salt 'n' pepper calamari, and famous tempura vegetables. If you’re feeling adventurous, sample their barbecued baby octopus.

Hunky Dory


Hunky Dory is a Greek-inspired seafood restaurant with locations across the country. The family-owned business began with a vision to offer healthy, fresh seafood in a comfortable, casual setting. Incorporating unique, house-made marinades and sauces, their menu serves up a delectable selection of fried classics, grilled fish, nourishing salads, and more.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, breakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners in Byron Bay and surrounds – according to you.

(note - we link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with us)

Byron Bay summer markets

Visiting one of the regions colourful markets is a great way to spend some time while on holiday in Byron Bay. As well as the crafts, clothes, arts, and homewares, you can enjoy an exciting array of exotic foods and coffee, baked goods, and local live music. 

Between mid December 2019 and end of January 2020, you have a choice of markets in Byron.

Byron Flea Market: Saturday 14 December & Saturday 11 January
8am-2pm, in the parklands behind the Byron Bay Library
Described as having that unassuming ‘Old Byron’ feel and people return month after month for its quaint charm.

Byron Bay Community Market: Sunday 15 December, Sunday 5 January & Sunday 19 January
8am-3pm Denning Park (Main Beach Foreshore)
These are the main Byron Bay markets, enjoy the combination of a welcoming atmosphere, artistic talent, fantastic food, local musicians, buskers and authentic products.

The Mullumbimby Market: Saturday 21 December & Saturday 18 January
8am-2pm, Cnr Stuart & Myocum Sts Mullumbimby
A buzzing little family festival. A vibrant yet chilled-out local craft market with live music, kids activities, and great food.

Bangalow Market: Sunday 22 December & Sunday 26 January
9am to 3pm, Bangalow Showgrounds (parking available for $2)
Held in beautiful grounds which are dominated by eleven huge camphor laurel trees which provide welcome shade and rustling leaves and a magic forest atmosphere.

Brunswick Heads Market: Saturday 4 January
7am-2pm, Memorial Park by the Brunswick River
Memorial Park comes alive with the many artisan stalls, which provide clothing, plants, food, candles, soaps, coffee, and more. Many locals also hold garage sales on market day too, so there are many bargains to be found. 

Byron Beachside Market: Wednesday 8 January
8am-4pm, Denning Park (Main Beach Foreshore)
Held four times each year in early January, Easter, mid-July and late September. This market has a ‘make it, bake it, grow it’ ethos, focusing on authenticity and sustainability.

Byron Twilight Markets: 4-9pm every Saturday at Railway Park.
Features boutique stalls of local artisans with a focus on authenticity, originality and sustainability. 

Looking for a Byron Bay haven?

Here's a range of quaint accommodation options for couples looking for a one bedroom Byron Bay haven, to enjoy some together time. These options are conveniently located an easy walk or short drive from the hustle and bustle of the centre of town. 

To further enjoy your time in Byron Dinner is Served Can supply everything you need, from breakfast packs, delicious dinners, sides and desserts, and more. Browse their extensive menu - they can deliver right to your holiday accommodation.

The Cactus Rose Villa

Located above Byron Bay’s iconic Spell Store. The one bedroom, one bathroom holiday villa located in central Byron Bay boasts a full kitchen, solar heated pool, TV, AC, Wi-Fi and a beautiful open outdoor deck.

The Shed Byron Bay

Spacious, meticulously renovated & light-filled Byron Bay studio, walk to Tallow Beach, a short (1.6km) drive / bike ride into town. Sleeps 2.

Treetops Rainforest Villa

Set in a lush rainforest, our stylish and spacious (One or two bedroom) villa is situated in a quiet, residential part of Byron.

A SWEET ESCAPE - Studio 9

Fresh, sunlit and private, Studio 9 is perfect for couples to enjoy the beaches, cafes and nightlife, all just a short stroll away. Compact and well appointed, this property is beautifully styled and very comfortable for a quiet couples getaway. 
 

 

 

Take 3 for the Sea Byron

Every year Byron’s stunning natural beauty draws over 2 million visitors.

We love to share our beautiful region with friends and fans from all over the world, but paradoxically, this annual influx of nature lovers has the potential to create a devastating impact on the very environment they’ve travelled so far to enjoy.

Want to get involved and do something good for Byron Shire and the planet?

Here’s how you do it, It’s seriously simple...

Just Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave a Byron beach, waterway or nature spot and you’ve done it.

Who knew making a difference was that simple!

Be sure to:

take a picture of your haul and post it to Instagram;

tag @take3forthesea_byron;

include the hashtag #Take3forByron

so we can all see the impact we’re having.

From time to time they’ll be prize promotions to make saving the planet even sweeter.

Check the details of current and upcoming promotions.

Take 3 for Byron is a joint initiative between Byron Shire Council and Take 3 for the Sea.

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