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11th Annual Byron Bay Film Festival October 6-15

#CINEMAFORTHESENSES It’s time to answer the siren call of Byron Bay – to its beautiful beaches and... read more

Swim, Cycle and Run in Byron

The tranquil waters, rolling hinterland hills and eclectic township make Byron Bay a fantastic... read more
Byron Bay Local Media

Byron Bay Local Media

Byron Bay's traditional media reflects the unique character and positive spirit of the Byron Shire... read more

BIG SCRUB IS BACK! - LIMITED RELEASE -

New Age Lager reminds us to preserve the beauty of our backyard...  Set to quench thirsts as the... read more

Markets in the Byron region this August

The Byron region is known for its community markets, and although it’s winter in Byron Bay, the... read more
Byron Bay Ballooning

Byron Bay Ballooning

Pre-flight Ballooning requires cool stable winds an early morning pickup is arranged for 5:25am... read more
Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

Falls Festival Byron Re-Cap

The third Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron (Dec 31- Jan 2) at North Byron Parklands was a great... read more
School Holidays in Byron Bay

Spring School Holidays in Byron Bay

The September school holidays (19 September to 7 October in VIC, NSW & QLD) are a great time to... read more

Byron Bay Whale Watching

Byron Bay is one of Australia’s best destinations to spot the majestic humpback whale on its annual... read more
Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay Film Festival

The 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival 6-15 March The largest film festival in Australia,... read more

Byron Bay NYE Special Dinners

Some restaurants in Byron are putting on special New Year's Eve dinner and celebrations. Here's a... read more
5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

5 Things to do in Byron over Summer

Byron Bay is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush hinterland and relaxed culture. Whenever people... read more
Byron Bay Family (3 bed) Apartments

Byron Bay Family (3 bed) Apartments

Larger three bedroom apartments offer families visiting Byron a less expensive option to enjoy the... read more

11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta

The 11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta (4-6 November 2016) is set to ignite Byron Bay with the passion... read more
Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens - a Faraway Magical Place in Byron’s Hinterland Ranked... read more

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An archive of all of The Byron Insider Stories ever published. Covering a range of topics from Festivals and Events, Environment, Spirituality to News, Surfing and Byron Bay Culture.

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... Read More

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2015

With family-friendly events, a music festival, and great parties at local pubs and bars, there’s no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than Byron Bay.

Soul Street

Every year, the Byron Bay Community Centre hosts Soul Street, a New Year’s Eve event suitable for the whole family. Jonson Street will be transformed into a celebratory market, with tons of stalls, food options, and amusement rides. There will also be a range of circus performers, including fire twirlers and drummers. The event runs from 4pm to 10pm on December 31, and is alcohol free.

Note that Jonson Street will be closed as of 12 noon on the day, and... Read More

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... Read More

Byron's Agricultural Shows

Each year in November, there are two shows in the Byron Shire: the Bangalow Show, and the Mullumbimby Show. Each offers traditional agricultural events, as well as competitions, rides, and family entertainment.

The Bangalow Show

The Bangalow Show has been a community tradition in the historic town since 1897. More than a century on, the two-day show held annually in November attracts families from the local region and beyond.

Set in the scenic Bangalow Showground, about a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, the Bangalow Show plays host to a variety of agricultural activities. These include the buying and selling of... Read More

Brunswick Heads, You'll Want to Stay Forever

Brunswick Heads offers a stunning natural environment where simple pleasures abound, all available in easy walking distance from the centre of the friendly town where the sparkling turquoise river meets the sea.

Just 20 mins north of Byron Bay, this friendly, chilled-out town is a popular choice for couples and families looking for fun and easy holiday fun. Start your day with breakfast at one of the cafes serving great coffee and fresh local food made with love. Cross Simpson’s Creek on the foot bridge where you can see fish and stingrays in the crystal clear water as you pass. Then take a stroll along the beach with views towards the Byron Lighthouse. Yours can be the first footprints on the long stretch of clean white sands. Watch out... Read More

Backpacking in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a unique location loved by backpackers from around the world. There are plenty of hostels in Byron for backpackers, all with necessary facilities, great locations, and diverse room options.

Arts Factory Lodge

Love to surf? The Arts Factory hostel is located just 1.5km from The Wreck, a renowned surf break in Byron Bay.

Stay in mixed or single-sex dorm rooms, which include free Wi-Fi and access to shared bathrooms. Some dorms are situated in eclectic teepees or charming cottages, and others include kitchenettes. Private rooms with en suite bathrooms, and campsites are also available.

Hostel guests can use the free shuttle bus to get to town and other Byron sites. But there’s no need to head out to... Read More

Flights Have Never Been Easier

Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta is growing at rapid speed. Now the 5th busiest international airport in the country, it offers over 350 direct flights each week to destinations across the country and around the globe.

From the airport, it’s a quick 45-minute drive south on the Pacific Motorway to Byron Bay, and just 30-minutes to North Byron Parklands. This ideal location, along with fantastic facilities and services, make Gold Coast Airport the perfect place to start your visit to Byron.

Gold Coat Airport, has been operating since 1936, when it was an emergency landing strip. Since then, it has transformed into a bustling international airport, with up to 6 million... Read More

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... Read More

Byron Bay Family (3 bed) Apartments

Larger three bedroom apartments offer families visiting Byron a less expensive option to enjoy the location, space and facilities they want. Here's a quick introduction to five Byron Bay apartments offering three bedroom options.

Byron Lakeside Apartments

You'll pay about $1600 for a weeks stay in a 3 bedroom apartment in summer (Jan '15). Check Availability / Book Now

Situated just a 10-minute walk from Tallow Beach, Byron Lakeside features a heated freshwater outdoor pool and self... Read More

Five to Follow on Instagram

We spend a lot of time on social media, often sharing beautiful images from many of the regions great photographers with our fans and followers. Here's a range of local photographers, who primarily shoot Byron, that you should be following on Instagram.

davidyoungbyron

David is a professional advertising, editorial and fine art photographer living in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/davidyoungbyron.

photography_byron_bay

Sera is a photographer, traveller & adventurer based in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/... Read More

Spring School Holidays in Byron Bay

The September school holidays (19 September to 7 October in VIC, NSW & QLD) are a great time to visit Byron with the family. Spring has settled in, and the warm weather is perfect for outdoor activities. Plus, we’re right in the middle of whale season, so you’re bound to spot a few humpbacks on your trip.

Our Byron Bay school holiday accommodation guide is a great way to find somewhere to stay.

Patrolled Beaches

With temperatures reaching 25 degrees most days, the water is warm and perfect for swimming. Keep in mind that the only beach in Byron Bay that is patrolled through the entire school holidays is Main Beach. The Pass, Clarks, Wategos, Tallows, and Broken Head are... Read More

6 Must-Dos for Your Byron Bay Camping Trip

The coast of northern NSW is known for its pristine beaches, temperate climate, lush sub-tropical rainforests and chilled out vibe. There’s plenty to do here, from beach activities to walks, to checking out the local markets and restaurants. There’s also plenty of campgrounds and holiday parks in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Lennox Head, Ballina and Brunswick Heads, many of them located right on the beach or very close to it. Set up camp in this part of the world and you’ll become part of the laid back northern NSW beach lifestyle, with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.

Here are six essential stops to make on your Byron Bay area camping trip, with fantastic homes-away-from-home to match.

1. Walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Get Pampered in Byron Bay

Whether you're after an indulgent, daylong spa experience, or a quick, rejuvenating treatment, unwind at one of Byron Bay's stunning spas.

Buddha Gardens Byron Bay Day Spa

For over 10 years, locals and tourists alike have escaped to the tropical gardens of the Buddha Gardens Day Spa. With its luxurious natural surroundings and quiet, thoughtful atmosphere, this day spa is dedicated to all things health and beauty.

Restore and revitalise with a range of exotic and traditional spa treatments. From the signature bamboo massage, to the natural rock bath and open air shower, all treatments are carried out within the Balinese-inspired setting.

All treatments include use of the tropical garden area, the heated plunge pool... Read More

Byron Open Mic Nights

Check out some local talent or show off your skills at one of the many open mic nights Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays around Byron. Be sure to check full details with the venue.

Beach Hotel – Tuesdays at 7.30pm

With stunning views over Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is an iconic pub, restaurant, and music venue in Byron Bay. The Beach Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed in the sunlit beer garden or cosy interior.

The pub plays host to live entertainment every night of the week, with Tuesday dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming talent at the open mic night. The Beach Hotel’s open mic night starts every Tuesday at 7.30pm, and goes until late. Visit... Read More

Splendour in the Grass 2015

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

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

The food and people watching round out my time at Splendour. My pick for best festival food is a toss-up between... Read More

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