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Hidden Gems In Byron Bay To Escape The Summer Crowds
December 11, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Lake Ainsworth Lennox Head

Summer is here and the high season is in full swing with visitors flocking to the region from near and far. Looking to explore some places off the beaten track?

Escape the hustle and bustle with these hidden gems in Byron Bay and surrounds.

Bexhill Quarry

Bexhill Quarry
Bexhill Quarry, Image by Katherine Cairns

This hidden treasure is located at the site of the old Bexhill Brick Works . When the sun is shining, the lake water dazzles a bright, electric blue. A breathtaking swimming hole to stop off at and take some holiday snaps.

Marom Falls

Marom Creek Falls
Marom Falls. Photo by Chloe Doyle (@chloeoliviad)

Marom Creek Falls is located near Dalwood and close to the town of Altonsville. A short stroll through the paddock and you’ll be greeted by a true hinterland oasis. Cool off at the falls and swimming hole and pack a picnic to laze about in nature for the afternoon.

Lake Ainsworth

Lake Ainsworth Lennox Head
Lake Ainsworth, Image via www.arrivalguides.com

Adjacent to Seven Mile Beach in Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth aka the Tea Tree Lake is the perfect spot to rejuvenate yourself from the summer heat. Known for its natural healing properties, tea tree plants grow right next to the lake dropping oil into the water to create a magical fresh water bath. Have a picnic or a barbecue and take off on water adventures like kayaking or paddle boarding in between swims.

Boulder Beach

Boulder Beach
Boulder Beach, Image by Ian Smith

In peak summer, the Cape Byron coastline can get a little overpopulated so why not venture south towards the rocky shoreline of Boulder Beach. With stunning views from the headland and great surf, it’s well worth spending a few hours soaking up the sunshine and getting salty.

Whites Beach

Whites Beach Byron Bay
Whites Beach, Byron Bay, NSW – Image by Peter Scholer

Another one of our favourite hidden gems in Byron Bay is Whites Beach. Not the easiest beach to get to in Byron but that’s all part of the charm plus it weeds out a lot of travellers. An off-road drive in the Broken Head Nature Reserve followed by a steep climb down brings you to a secluded cove. The whitest sand and crystal-clear water, all surrounded by bush makes it well worth the trek. Just make sure to come prepared with sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water!

Our beachside on Belongil resort is the perfect base to experience beautiful Byron Bay and beyond in Summer 2020.

The best time to book your stay is now!

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Top 5 Summer Beer Gardens in Byron Bay
December 11, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Kingscliff Beach Hotel

From beach to beer garden! That’s what holidaying in Byron Bay is all about. We’ve put together our top 5 beer gardens in Byron and beyond for you to enjoy a cold one during your stay.

The Beach Hotel

The “Beachy” is the pick of the beer gardens in Byron Bay to go to round off a day in the surf with a few sunset drinks and live tunes overlooking Main Beach. It’s the only pub in the centre of town with a views of the ocean and it’s attracts a mix of bag of punters, from locals to holidaymakers to backpackers. It’s Sunday afternoon session gathers crowds from all over, especially when soul sister Lisa Hunt and her band are playing. If you’re in town on Boxing Day, make sure you don’t miss her electric live show!

Hotel Brunswick

brunswick-hotel Brunswick Heads

The iconic Bruns pub is the epicentre of nearby Brunswick Heads. Situated right in front of the stunning Brunswick river, the venue is famous for its live music and epic Sunday Sessions. It’s the quintessential Aussie family pub with a spacious beer garden, kids play area and extensive food menu spanning pizzas, burgers and seafood dishes.

Kingscliff Beach Hotel

Kingscliff Beach Hotel

With its beachfront location and alfresco dining area, the Kingscliff Beach Hotel, affectionately known as “The Kingy” has a relaxed, family atmosphere with great live entertainment every weekend. Built in 1932, the hotel has undergone extensive renovations that retain its character. The menu is equally appealing, offering classic pub fare and delicious bistro meals.

Eltham Pub

eltham pub northern rivers

A classic, country pub in the Northern Rivers hinterland. The Eltham Pub oozes old world charm, a historic gem tucked away in the lush, tropical hills of the Byron Shire. The drive out there is just as special as this quaint pub’s friendly atmosphere. Take a step back in time, escape the crowds and enjoy a cold one on the deck.

The Rails

When sun goes down, go join the locals at The Railway Friendly Bar on Jonson Street or ‘The Rails‘ as its most commonly known. This open air bar has live music every night from a wealth of talented musicians from the region along with serving up delicious pub grub. The Rails is the after-dark venue to visit to experience Byron nightlife through a locals eyes.

Join in the fun and book a stay at East On Byron. Our beachside resort awaits you!

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Welcome to the Neighbourhood Tuned Space Yoga
November 28, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Tuned Space Yoga Byron Bay

We’re over the moon to welcome Tuned Space Yoga as our new neighbours at East On Byron. Byron Bay has long been a mecca for yogis from all around the world and is notably a spiritual place in nature. Tuned Space Yoga invites guests and holiday makers at East On Byron the blissful opportunity to practice right next door to our resort. Their magical beach yoga tent is the perfect space to drop into stillness in a lush, tropical space in the heart of Belongil.

savasana byron bay yoga east on byron
Image by Tuned Space Yoga

There’s a variety of yoga styles and mindfulness practices to suit your needs and ability. Join one of their many yoga or meditation classes that are being offered or set up a private class tailored just for you.

Shikma and Maxim are the bright, shiny faces running the studio and between them have over ten years of combined teaching experience. The pair live and breath yoga and will guide you through your practice with care. 

Image by Tuned Space Yoga

Tuned Space Yoga Classes

Hatha Yoga: A balanced practice in which the Asanas are held longer to deepen breath and focus.
Qi-Yoga Flow: Gentle fusion of a vinyasa based Asana practice with elements of Qi-Gong.
Dynamic Vinyasa: An uplifting Asana practice based on a rapid flow through sun salutations.
Slow-Flow: Slow-paced vinyasa class for everyone Lo deepen breath and movement. Philosophy reading is part of this class.
Pranayama + Meditation: One hour of exploring different breathing techniques and guided meditation.
Yang to Yin: A journey of dynamic and uplifting flows (Yang) followed by restorative and deep stretches (Yin).

Check out their class timetable here

Belongil beach yoga byron bay
Image by Tuned Space Yoga

Guests of East On Byron who are interested in private classes (1-10 students) can book a private session with Shikma or me (Maxim) for a discounted rate. Get in touch to find out more.

Book a spiritual retreat to Byron Bay and stay at our peaceful, beachside apartments.

Namasté.

Image by Tuned Space Yoga

Feature image by Tuned Space Yoga

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Byron Bay Brewery & Distillery Tours
November 7, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Ink Gin Northern Rivers

The Byron Shire and surrounding hinterlands have become a hub for boutique distilleries producing artisanal rums and gins along with breweries creating tasty batches of premium, local craft beers.

Take a journey through the cellar doors and discover the process of how these spirits and beers are made while enjoying a taste for yourself. Here’s our guide to the local distilleries and breweries that we recommend pulling up a stump at during your stay.

Cheers!

Cape Byron Distillery

Brookies Gin Cocktail
Image via Cape Byron Distillery

There is no better way to spend an afternoon than strolling around the subtropical rainforest of the Cape Byron Distillery and discovering how the abundance of wild, native botanicals infuse the gin. Start off with a refreshing Brookie’s & Tonic, garnished with their signature native finger lime and aniseed myrtle. Guided by your “Spiritual Advisor”, learn about the art of the distillation process while pinpointing the unique flavours.

Round off the tour relaxing on the deck overlooking the hinterland sipping on a tasty ‘Rainforest Martini’ and of course it would be rude not to take a bottle home with you for later!

The cellar door is open for tours and gin tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 3:30pm and bookings are essential. Reservations can be made via the Cape Byron Distillery website.

Lord Byron Distillery

Image via Lord Byron Distillery

The Spirit of Byron – all natural, handcrafted, zero waste, carbon neutral Rum, Vodka, Silver Rhum and Limoncello.

The Lord Byron Distillery distils artisanal spirits from ingredients sourced from their family farm and other local growers. Produced with the dedication, care and passion of a bygone era, combining sustainability with provenance.

Complimentary tours with a tasting flight, or expertly made cocktails and mixer drinks at our Cellar Door. Open Tuesday to Saturday from midday to 5pm. View their experiences here.

Husk Gin & Rum Distillery

Ink Gin Northern Rivers
Image via Husk Gin & Rum Distillery

Husk Distillery, the home of Ink Gin and Husk Rum, is nestled amongst the lush, Northern Rivers hinterland in Tumbulgum. The farmland distillery offers a unique and picturesque experience and is Australia’s very first paddock to bottle Agricole Rum Distillery.

Visit for a walk-through tour or simply rock up and basque in the beauty of the rural location while sipping an original Husk Rum or Ink Gin cocktail. Sit inside at the cellar door or enjoy the sunshine on the picnic blankets outside.

Guided Distillery tours include a gin and tonic on arrival, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery before finishing with a rum tasting flight in the barrel house.

Stone & Wood Brewery

Stone-and-Wood-Brewery-Byron-Bay
Image via Stone & Wood Brewery

Head out on Ewingsdale Road to the Byron Arts and Industry park where you’ll be greeted by the newly opened, Stone & Wood Brewery.  Grab a tasting paddle and enjoy some delicious food by the amazing local chefs at 100 Mile Table. Choose from the brand’s five signature beers – Green Coast, Pacific Ale, Garden Ale, Jasper Ale, and Cloud Catcher along with 4 pilot batches, brewed on-site, varying weekly. Book a brewery tour and enjoy a couple of coldies!

Seven Mile Brewing Co.

Image via Seven Mile Brewing Co.

Seven Mile Brewing Co. is a family owned and operated brewery based in Ballina, in NSW’s Northern Rivers region. The brewery launched with three core range beers along with seasonal releases every six to eight weeks.

Beers are available by the glass, or as a tasting flight. If you are feeling peckish, food trucks are on site Friday through Sunday.

Tasting hours are Thursday to Sunday 12pm-6pm. Free group brewery tours are available by emailing the brewery directly to book.

Byron Bay Brewery

Image via Byron Bay Brewery

Byron Bay Brewery creates a range of beers that are inspired by the eclectic, creative spirit of the Byron Bay region. From Dragonfruit Sours and Coffee Porters, to easy drinking lagers that are perfect for good times with friends.

Keen to visit a few of these breweries and distilleries in one day? Need a designated driver? Book a tour with behind the barrel and head off on a tasting-paddle day trip for what will be the most picturesque pub crawl of your life.

Stay with us at our beachside on Belongil apartments and discover the ‘brewtiful’ Northern Rivers region.

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5 Reasons To Visit Byron Bay In November
October 23, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
East On Byron Poolside November

Relaxed resort vibes, uncrowded tropical beaches, pleasant Spring temperatures and waves for days. November truly is the perfect time to book a beachside stay at East On Byron for the pre-Christmas early summer season.

Here’s our top 5 reasons to visit Byron Bay in November:

1. The Weather

There’s no doubt that Spring is the best season to visit Byron Bay. Little rainfall and dry weather ensure everyday’s a perfect day during the shoulder season. Not to mention the summer humidity hasn’t hit.

2. Sea Temperatures On The Rise

The sea temperatures have warmed up making it time to ditch the wettie. Plus the water isn’t as busy so more waves for you!

3. Daylight Savings

The days are long, bright and sunny thanks to NSW daylight savings so you can happily hang at the beach from sunrise to sunset. Belongil beach is a stones throw from our coastal apartments. A BBQ on your private outdoor decking area followed by sundowners on the beach is the perfect way to spend golden hour in Byron Bay.

4. Fewer Crowds

Schoolies kicks off late-November, and the Christmas vacationers and summer backpackers follow in their droves. Visit Byron Bay in November, enjoy the calm before the storm and experience our little slice of paradise to yourselves.

5. Lower Prices

During the shoulder season, you can expect lower prices around the region when it comes to tours and tourist attractions. You’ll also come across better drinks and dining specials around the bay. The quieter months have the locals in mind.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for a spontaneous adventure to the far north coast of NSW. Pack a bag, escape to the Northern Rivers and visit Byron Bay in November.

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