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Welcome to the The Byron Insider Blog - your inside track to Byron’s best and coolest! Here you will find stories, reviews, things to do and suggested itineraries that feature many of Byron's businesses. You will find links to more information about the businesses and places discussed as well as an archive of previous Byron Insider stories.

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The Mullum Uke Club

Held upstairs at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, the Mullum Uke Club sees enthusiasts from around... read more

The Byron Writers Festival 2017 Re-Cap

This year, the Byron Writers Festival enjoyed perfect weather, an inspiring line-up, and a chilled-... read more

Harvest Food Festival 2017

Taste the very best of the Byron region with Northern Rivers Food at the 2017 Harvest Food Festival... read more

Visit Byron on Instagram

Here at byronbay.com we love being able to showcase and highlight everything that makes Byron... read more

5 Places for a Byron Christmas Holiday

Byron Bay, with its laid back beach vibe, shines in summer - making it popular for people wanting... read more
Brunswick Heads a gem for weddings

Brunswick Heads a gem for weddings

Another amazing option for weddings and events in the Byron Shire is the town of Brunswick Heads.... read more

The Byron Bay Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival marked its 20th year with its strongest and best received program yet,... read more

10th Byron Bay International Film Festival

Spring is synonymous with festivity and with a 10th anniversary to celebrate as well as new dates... read more
Elements of Byron

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... read more

The Byron Bay Stingrays

Every morning, whatever the weather, a group of dedicated individuals make their way to the deck of... 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

5 Budget-Friendly Places to Stay

Byron Bay is proof that the best things in life are often free. From pristine beaches and lush... read more

Byron Bay New Years Eve 2016

Celebrate New Years Eve 2016 in Byron Bay at the annual, family-friendly Soul Street event.... read more

2016/17 Byron and Beyond Accommodation Guide

Byron and Beyond are excited to announce that the new Byron and Northern Rivers NSW Accommodation... read more

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,... read more

The Byron Insider Archive

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.

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

Enjoy the Hinterland with Coco's Cottage

Coco's Cottage is ideally located in the Byron hinterland triangle between Bangalow, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay, Coco's is an 1890's cottage stylishly restored to its former glory. Surrounded by a lush tropical garden with a stunning vista. Surrounding decks enables guests to relax in the hammock, or lounge out on the miners couch. In the cooler months there is a cosy fire going in the cottage 24/7.

The owners, Kevin & Janice Pickles have 30 years experience in hospitality, including having owned three successful restaurants. They are able to offer guests dining in the privacy of the cottage, where the produce is sourced from... Read More

7 Things to do in Winter in Byron Bay

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay has plenty on offer to keep you entertained throughout the cooler months. Whether you’re keen to check out local markets, enjoy the region’s festivals, get closer to nature, or experience the local arts and music scene, there’s something for everyone year-round.

Explore the Cape Byron Walking Track (Year Round)

Follow the 3.7km loop as it winds through lush rainforest and across the dramatic clifftops of Cape Byron. You’ll need about 2 hours to complete the walk, but the scenery is so stunning, before you know it you’ll have arrived at Cape Byron Lighthouse, a striking feature of this coastal reserve.

Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse (Year Round)

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Day Trip to the Worlds

Located just over an hours drive north from Byron Bay, the Gold Coast 'Worlds' are some of the biggest and best theme parks in Australia. Whether you’re after heart-stopping thrill rides, or entertainment suited to the whole family, a trip to one of the 'Worlds' is an easy day trip from Byron.

Wet'n'Wild

Escape the heat at the Wet'n'Wild water park, positioned just off the Pacific Motorway. Wet'n'Wild is home to some of the most exciting waterslides in the country in the Extreme H2O Zone. From the terrifying AquaLoop, to the iconic Tornado, you won’t find a better a range of adrenaline-pumping waterslides anywhere.

Not after a thrill? There are plenty of waterslides that aren’t scary at all, including the Wet’n’Wild Junior Park... Read More

Brunswick Heads a gem for weddings

Another amazing option for weddings and events in the Byron Shire is the town of Brunswick Heads. This gem of a village, situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River and by the shores of the Pacific Ocean only, 15 mins drive from Byron Bay, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for weddings and celebrations of all shapes and sizes.

Torakina Beach and parklands is an obvious drawcard for ceremonies, with its riverside enclaves of pandanas palms, gorgeous river beach and abundant natural beauty. And the town boasts an impressive offering and range of accommodation, restaurants and cafes, the expansive Hotel Brunswick, Memorial Hall and the Bowlo, which means... Read More

Farmers Markets in Byron Bay

Enjoy the freshest produce in the region at the incredible farmers markets in the Byron Shire.

Byron Bay Farmers Market

Since 2002, the Byron Bay Farmers Market has been a must for locals every Thursday morning. The market commences at 8am, and runs until 11am at the Butler Street Reserve.

Here, you’ll find the very best fresh produce, farmed in local areas, and transported straight to the market for you to buy. As well as organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, you’ll find a range of Byron Shire specialties, such as freshly squeezed cane juice, macadamia nuts, honey, artisan bread, and Ballina prawns.

The Byron Bay Farmers Market is hosted by the Byron Farmers’ Market Association (they also run the... Read More

Golfing in Byron Bay and Surrounds

Byron Bay Golf Club

Located just 5km from the centre of town, the Byron Bay Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course. Stretching over 120 acres of lush coastal land, the course features a number of spectacular ocean views.

The difficulty of this course depends largely on wind strength and direction. It’s a par 72 course, with immaculately maintained landscaping, and holes running in all directions.

Situated opposite the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa on Broken Head Road, the Byron Bay Golf Club boasts not only a world-class golf course, but also a delightful restaurant with views of the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse.

For further information, visit www.... Read More

A Weekend in Mullumbimby

Located just 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is scenic town with a personality of its own. With plenty to do and eat, spending a weekend in Mullum is a must.

Markets

Experience the community spirit of Mullumbimby at the Mullumbimby Farmers’ market. The market is held every Friday from 7 am until 11am at the Showgrounds on Main Arm Road between Chinbible Street and Coral Avenue.

The market features over 50 stalls, including 13 that are certified organic, which showcase the very best seasonal produce of the region: local nuts and honey, Bangalow pork, seafood farmed in Ballina and more!

Along with fresh fruit and veggies, artisan bread, and local, sustainable meat, there is coffee, music and plenty of space... Read More

Byron Bay Local Media

Byron Bay's traditional media reflects the unique character and positive spirit of the Byron Shire. Have a read, or tune in for news coverage, discussion of community issues, and celebration of local arts and culture.

Byron Shire News

The Byron Shire News began in the early 1970s, and quickly became well-loved by local residents. Today, over 40 years later, the newspaper continues to be a respected source of local news, up-to-date sport information, and upcoming events.

The Byron Shire News covers major current news events from Byron Bay and surrounding areas. The paper often sponsors local events, charities and sporting teams, and prides itself on supporting the Byron community.

As well as news coverage, the paper... Read More

Where to Spot Whales in Byron Bay

If you happen to find yourself holidaying at Byron Bay between the months of May and November, you might just spot some of the whales that make their way along the east coast of Australia during their annual migration. The stretch of coastline found between Byron Bay and Ballina is not only home to spectacular golden beaches and sparkling waters, but also many great places from which to spot whales, so be sure to pack your best binoculars!

Spend some time at the Cape Byron Lighthouse within the Cape Byron Conservation Area and see if you can spot a pod of whales frolicking out at sea. The expansive panoramic views offered from Australia’s most easterly point, on which the lighthouse sits, make the vantage point a safe bet for... Read More

Byron Regional Art Galleries

Byron Bay and surrounding regional areas are home to a host of fantastic art galleries and exhibition spaces.

Lone Goat Gallery

The Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Bay Library, is an innovative exhibition space that showcases contemporary artists from the Byron region and beyond.

Since opening in 2013, the independent art gallery has hosted a diverse range of programs for locals, artists and visitors of Byron. With new exhibitions from local and international artists every few months, the gallery has become and integral part of the region’s visual arts scene.

The Lone Goat Gallery was aptly names after a well-known female goat. After escaping the rangers, the clever goat lived alone on the Byron Headland for over... Read More

Printed Guides to Byron

Printed, magazine style guides, are always a great source of information while on holiday - not surprising, Byron has a few great guides you can pick up around town or on your travels.

The Byron and Beyond What’s On – the Visitor Guide to Byron Bay

What’s On – the Visitor Guide is the official printed guide to activities and attractions in the Byron Shire and surrounding areas. The annual magazine includes a host of informative articles about transport, markets, food, and weddings. It also features a set of detailed maps and a fantastic yearlong calendar of events.

The magazine is distributed in over 400 outlets in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, including visit information centres, airports and... Read More

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