What’s Up Byron?
The free-spirited, bohemian vibes of the Northern Rivers have long attracted artists and creatives from all over Australia and the world. Byron Bay is now home to a plethora of contemporary and aboriginal art galleries. This comes as no surprise as the far north coast region is a mecca for culture, music, and the freedom of self-expression. Discover the lively visual arts scene during your stay at East On Byron.
Here are our top 5 art galleries to visit in the Byron Shire:
Byron School Of Art
The Byron School of Art is home to a contemporary exhibition space located inside a repurposed industrial workshop in the nearby town of Mullumbimby.
See their Exhibition Calendar for upcoming and past exhibitions and events.
Lone Goat Gallery
Lone Goat Gallery is Byron Shire’s premiere contemporary community art space. Located in the Byron Bay Library building, the gallery exhibits the work of artists from the Byron region and beyond.
Yeah, Nice Gallery
A sweet little gallery in Mullumbimby Mill Street. Yeah, Nice will be holding art shows regularly in 2019/2020. The space is also available for hire for photoshoots, workshops, showings and what not.
Ninbella hosts a range of award-winning, contemporary art. The gallery specialises in fair trade Authentic Australian Aboriginal Art, and is also home to a collection of alternative local artists.
Thomgallery is an art and sculpture gallery and the brainchild of Alex Thom, a painter and art dealer from Byron Bay. His career exposed him some of Australia’s best contemporary artists and he quickly began a love affair with the unique work they produce. Thomgallery hosts regular events throughout the year and offers private showings for collectors.
Come experience the unique and creative Northern Rivers region for yourself. The best time to book your stay is now!
Featured image: Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay via Weekend NotesRead more
With Spring just around the corner, things are beginning to heat up in Byron Bay. The air and water temperatures are on the rise and the beach days are getting little longer with each day. The summer crowds haven’t hit just yet making the shoulder season the opportune time to visit the bay and experience all there is to offer.
Here are our top picks for September:
Sample Food Festival
With spring is in the air, one of our favourite ways to celebrate is to sample a taste of Byron Bay! And by this we mean, tasting the fresh, seasonal produce at the annual Sample Food Festival. This year, the eagerly anticipated event takes place on Saturday 7th of September in the stunning Bangalow show grounds so make sure to pencil it in!
Whale Watching Picnic
Pack a picnic and witness the amazing whale migration from the most easterly point of mainland Australia. Be amazed by the breathtaking panoramas of the entire Bay. With 360 views, you’ll have a hard time missing the whales breach as they make their journey past.
Go For A Wave
With the sea temperatures gradually getting warmer and warmer, it’s time to ditch the wettie and hit the surf. Out the front of East On Byron is the stunning Belongil Beach which gets consistent swell all year around. You might even be lucky enough to be greeted by some friendly, local dolphins!
Browse the Byron Markets
The Community Markets take place all around the Byron Shire every Saturday and Sunday. Expect hundreds of stalls showcasing unique, artisanal products such as ceramics, art, and woodwork – the perfect souvenir. Stock up on fresh produce from local farmers and grab a coffee and a pastry while you browse.
1st Saturday Brunswick Heads/Lismore Makers/Murwillumbah
1st Sunday Byron Bay Community/Lismore Car Boot
2nd Saturday Byron Flea/Kingscliff
2nd Sunday The Channon Craft/Alstonville Plateau/Lennox
3rd Saturday Mullumbimby/Murwillumbah
3rd Sunday Uki Bazaar/Lismore Car Boot/Bangalow
4th Sunday Bangalow/Nimbin
5th Sunday Nimbin/Lennox Head
Sunrise at Mt. Warning
Nestled deep in the Byron Shire hinterlands, the Nightcap National Park is home to the iconic Wollumbin/Mt. Warning. The World Heritage-listed rainforests of Nightcap National Park near Lismore has heaps of nature trails and waterfalls to explore such as Minyon Falls and Protestors Falls. The lush rainforest is the ideal getaway for a day trip with lots of picnic areas, bushwalks and stunning views.
Come experience the beautiful Northern Rivers region for yourself. The best time to book your stay is now!Read more
Spring is in the air and one of our favourite ways to celebrate is to sample a taste of Byron Bay! And by this we mean, tasting the fresh, seasonal produce at the annual Sample Food Festival. This year, the eagerly anticipated event takes place on Saturday 7th of September in the stunning Bangalow show grounds so make sure to pencil it in!
Foodies, chefs, artisans, locals and travellers all congregate each year under the shade of the lush, camphor laurel trees that adorn the area. It’s a fantastic chance to sample a slice of Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers region which is home to a plethora of unique flavours and botanicals offering up a smorgasbord for food lovers.
A premier event on the foodie calendar, Sample highlights local farmers and growers, artisan producers, chefs, restauranteurs and brewers to create an unforgettable fusion for all the senses. The festival showcases the top restaurants in the area who compete for the coveted “Gold Fork” awards and collaborate on a special luncheon. Pop up stalls will be serving up yummy $5 and $10 tasting plates. Quench your thirst with local brewers and distillers such as Stone & Wood, Brookie’s Gin, and Husk Distillers.
It’s not all food trucks either! There’ll also be market stalls selling local handcrafted products such as the wonderfully unique Eco Food Boards, masterclasses from guest chefs including Matt Moran and Federico Zanellato, not to mention live music and kids’ activities happening throughout the day.
Entry to the festival is $5 per person and kids are free. Free Parking all day onsite. Visit www.samplefoodevents.com for more information and to purchase tickets for the Sample workshops leading up to the festival.
In need of accommodation? We’d love to welcome you beachside at Belongil. Say farewell to Winter and stay at East On Byron.Read more
Salty Stays in Byron Bay
East On Byron is all about location, location, location!
“Being able to stumble across the road onto Belongil Beach made our stay. Clean and tidy apartment with a private entrance made it relaxing and secluded. Cafes so close for great coffee, breakfast and dinner.”Carmen, Bangalow NSW
We love receiving Tripadvisor reviews from our guests about their stay. Their amazing feedback helps us to make sure things are running smoothly around the resort and that guests are happy and content on their holiday.
Our prime location is always a major talking point and it truely is world class. The pristine waters of Belongil Beach can be heard lapping across the white sands just metres away from our property. Drift off to the waves crashing and arise to a surround sound of tropical calm.
“The proximity to beach was perfect, just walk back barefoot to your apartment when you get hungry, then head back over! We could also still walk into town if you wanted but it was out of the hustle and bustle of the town, it had great cafe out front so you could grab a morning coffee and sit by the pool while the children swam; great spacious living area so the whole family could chill in the air conditioning after a long day at the beach without crowding each other. This is the second time we have been and plan to go back again for sure!”Jen, Hobart, TAS
If it’s a laid back, cruisy vibe you’re after then look no further than Belongil Beach. Salty solitude right on your doorstep, a hop and a skip across the road to the beach all while being within easy walking distance to the hustle and bustle of vibrant, Byron Bay.
East On Byron welcomes you on your romantic escape, trip away with friends or family getaway with the kids in tow. There’s heaps of accommodation options to suit your needs – from relaxed beach houses, to poolside villas and luxe penthouses. Each have their own unique style, all effortlessly cool and calm, reflecting the coastal oasis that encompass them.
A day in the life at our beachside sanctuary would go something like this…wake up slow to the sound of the ocean, stroll down to The Belongil café for your caffeine fix, have a spot of brekky. Meander across the road and check the surf at Belongil Beach. Go for a dip in the sea or in our billabong pool. Fire up the grill on your private decking area for lunch, relax and read a book on one of our sun loungers for a lazy afternoon or get involved in the many activities the region has to offer. Catch the stunning Byron sunset before grabbing a bite to eat at the Treehouse on Belongil for dinner or wander into town for cocktails and cuisine.
Wake up the next morning and do it all over again! Sound tempting? We bet you’re hooked! The best time to book your stay is now so what are you waiting for? We’re here ready to welcome you to our slice of paradise in the breathtaking Northern Rivers of NSW.Read more
East On Byron is the perfect base for your family holiday to Byron Bay. Our beachside apartments and amenities are all kid friendly and there’s plenty to do to keep the little ones entertained.
On site we have a beautiful billabong pool (heated in the winter months) with pool toys and pool noodles available from reception. We even have boogie boards and buckets and spades for hire to bring with you to the beach! And speaking of the beach, the stunning Belongil beach is only a hop and a skip away from the front of our resort, simply cross the road and in 20 short and sandy metres, your toes will be dipping in the pristine, pacific ocean.
We’ve rounded up the top 5 things to do in Byron Bay for all the family.
Hit The Surf
Take the kids to the beach and take to the waves. Belongil beach is suitable for all surfing levels!
The Lighthouse Walk
Paddle around the Cape Byron Marine Playground with Cape Byron Kayaks. Be greeted by bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and green sea turtles while you take in amazing panoramic views of the bay.
The Macadamia Castle
The Macadamia Castle is just a 20 minute drive from town into the Byron Shire Hinterland. Let your kids indulge in crunchy macadamia nuts, ice cream and the best pancakes around. The grommets will adore meeting native Australian wildlife, pat and feed the farm animals, a round of mini-golf, and a miniature train ride.
The Farm is one of the most kid friendly restaurants in town. The whole family can experience the operations of a working farm, pet adorable farm animals and hit the playground. Meanwhile the adults can sip on fresh delicious coffee available and tuck into some fresh pastries from The Bread Social and eats from “Three Blue Ducks” restaurant.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your family vacay to East On Byron now!Read more