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Rainy Day Activities In Byron Bay
March 20, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Byron Bay Rainbow

Rainy days in Byron Bay – Summer or Winter – can be a magical spectacle. The region becomes a fertile basin with the surrounding hinterlands and subtropical rainforests getting a good drink. The Northern Rivers landscape is a lush vibrant shade of green and the nearby waterfalls cascade.

So don’t let the wet weather dampen your holiday spirits! There are plenty of things to do when it’s raining in the bay.

Stone & Wood Brewery

Stone and Wood Brewery, Byron Bay
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!

Go For A Surf

Byron Bay Surfer
Byron Bay Surfer, Image By Saxon Kent

Get salty and catch a wave rain, hail or shine! Byron Bay enjoys a mild year-round climate, the sea temperature never dips too low and the Winter swells have the surf pumping. Less traffic in the water and smiles all around. Plus, you’re already wet!

Circus Arts

Circus Arts, Byron Bay
Circus Arts, Byron Bay

Ever felt like running away with the circus? Well now you can! A trip to Circus Arts Byron Bay is a fun rainy day activity for all the family. The vibrant cirque-style venue at the Byron Entertainment Centre is home to a full-size, high-flying trapeze and has a weekly timetable of circus classes and trapeze sessions for all ages and abilities.

Kiva Spa

Recharge your batteries at the Kiva Spa, nestled in the heart of Mullumbimby. The is the place to drop into stillness, reconnect and nurture yourself. The bathhouse is home to lush Balinese style gardens dotted with spas and pools. Treat yourself to a massage or facial from some of the best therapists in the area. Feeling peckish afterwards? Then make your way across the road to, Milk and Honey where they serve up delicious, wood-fired pizzas with changing menu showcasing seasonal, locally sourced produce.

Palace Cinema, Byron Bay

This new addition to the bay is located at the stunning Mercato Centre on Jonson Street. According to Palace CEO Benjamin Zeccola, “Cinema goers will enjoy state of the art digital sound and projection technology, exceptional programming and luxurious seats, made all the more enjoyable with an Aperol Spritz, your favourite local beer or delicious grape variety from our carefully curated wine list, and the renowned Palace emphasis on first class customer service.”

Curl Up In Our Apartments

East On Byron Poolside Villa Interior
East On Byron, Poolside Villa

Enjoy a cosy night in our resort apartments. Cook up a storm with our top of the range kitchen facilities and curl up on the cosy lounge with a cup of tea or a glass of red. Play a board game or put on a movie. Watch the tropical rains pour over our leafy outdoor areas and snuggle up with your loved ones.

So there you have it, heaps of inspiration to keep you busy on a rainy day in Byron! The Winter season is a great time to visit with less crowds and a calmness in the air. Book a winter warmer with us and experience the serenity.

Feature Image – Byron Bay Rainbow by Meri Hindes

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5 Reasons to visit Byron Bay in May
March 13, 2019 by Gemma Dennison

The beginning of Winter in the Northern Rivers is a special time for locals and visitors alike. The peak season crowds are winding down, winter swells have the surf pumping and the summer humidity is easing off. We are so blessed to enjoy a mild climate all year round and the cooler months are a magical time to take in the best of what the region has to offer.

Here are five reasons to plan your escape to Byron Bay in May!

The Wreck Byron Bay
A classic Winter scene at The Wreck Byron Bay

1. Winter Warmer

With daytime temperatures reaching the low 20’s throughout the Winter months, May is one of the most pleasant times of the year to visit Northern New South Wales and explore the great outdoors.

2. Waterfalls are flowing

Minyon Falls
Image: Larissa Dening Photography

The Byron Bay Waterfalls are spectacular sights to behold all within a short hinterland drive from our Belongil Beach Resort. These secluded spots are tucked away in the nearby lush national parks and are the perfect out-of-town places to explore during your stay. Our top three falls to check out are Killen Falls, Minyon Falls and Protestors Falls.

3. Beat The Crowds

Dolphin Surfer Tallow Beach
Image: Sean O’Shea

Let’s face it; the whole idea of a “getaway” is to escape the crowds. So with less tourists in the May offseason and the locals at work midweek, there is ample space to enjoy the ocean with minimum disturbance. Less traffic in the water = more waves to be scored!

4. Whale Migration Season

Humpback Whale Byron Bay
Image: Craig Parry

Byron Bay, being the most easterly point in Australia makes it the perfect vantage place to spot the magnificent humpback whales making a splash as they migrate north to calve their young. Book a dolphin kayaking tour with Cape Byron Kayaks for an an incredible experience to witness these animals in their native habitat.

5. The Byron Comedy Fest

Laughter is the best medicine! The Byron Comedy Fest takes places from the 17th – 19th of May at the iconic Byron Bay Surf Club. The vibrant and light-hearted program includes belly-aching stand-up performances, slapstick workshops and even laughter yoga. Fun for all the family.

East On Byron Billabong Pool

With all this in mind, take advantage of cheaper rates around town!

Book a Winter Warmer escape with us and you can enjoy our midweek special rates without all the crowds. That means more money to spend on all the amazing activities around town. Our friendly local staff at reception will happily suggest things to do so you can make the most of your getaway!

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5 New Places To Eat in Byron Bay
February 24, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Light Years Byron Bay

Byron Bay is fast becoming one of the trendiest foodie destinations in Australia. The Northern Rivers region is home to some of the best produce and world-class chefs making the perfect recipe for restaurants “to dine for”.

Here are our top five new restaurants that have opened up in town over the past few months. We highly recommend you check them out during your stay.

Light Years

Light Years Byron Bay
Light Years Byron Bay

Light Years serves up delicious Asian-fusion street food designed to be shared and refreshing cocktails all with a retro, 1950’s Hanoi vibe. Tuck into fresh vermicelli salads, fragrant phở or a tasty bánh mì on the sun-filled patio of Byron’s hottest new Vietnamese eatery.

Di Vino

Di Vino Byron
Di Vino Byron

Di Vino is a traditional, rustic Italian restaurant and wine bar. The menu focuses on regional Italian cuisine such as antipasti, delicious ragu pastas and formaggi platters. There is also an extensive cocktails and wine list on offer.


Temakiya Byron Bay
Temakiya Byron Bay

Fast, light and flavourful! Temakiya combine the best flavours the world has to offer with Japanese flair to create the tastiest fusion hand rolls. Favourites from their signature roll menu include the Popcorn Shrimp, Citrus Salmon and Spicy Chicken.

Bang Bang

Bang Bang Byron Bay
Bang Bang Byron Bay

This new Southeast Asian eatery has taken off with a “bang”. Bang Bang is the hippest Thai joint in town serving up fresh som tum, curries with a twist and mouthwatering cocktails. Fitted out in old worldly charm with an in-house DJ; enjoy a bang-quet with friends in this epic setting!


Kouzina Byron Bay
Kouzina Byron Bay

Transport yourself to Santorini at this gorgeous, grecian gem tucked away in Byron Arts & Industrial Park. This charming restaurant takes away all the indecision with no menu, dishing out courses of authentic “Kouzina” made with the freshest in-season ingredients. Enjoy home-style Greek meals, mezzes, share platters in the Mediterranean style courtyard. BYO.

Don’t feel like eating out? Not to worry! All of our apartments are fully-equipped with modern cooking and bbq facilities. Book now and taste the unique flavours of Northern New South Wales.

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5 Secluded Beaches To Explore in Byron Bay
February 13, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Whites Beach

Did you know that Australia has a staggering 10,865 stunning beaches and if you were to discover a new one every day, it would take over 29 years?

What if we told you to look no further than the Northern Rivers! Byron Bay and beyond is home to some of the most idyllic beaches in the country so set up base at East On Byron and prepare to have your breath taken away.

Brays Beach

Turquoise waters, empty waves and zero phone reception…your holiday on island time! 

Once you’ve checked-in, it’s time to get off the beaten path and discover your very own tropical oasis. Our top five secluded beaches are all within a 20 minute drive from our Belongil resort.

1. Brays Beach

One for the adventurous souls. The hike down to Bray’s Beach from the dusty carpark will produce Indiana Jones feels and a wild connection with nature. To get there, make the turn off for Broken Head and look out for signs for a right turn onto Seven Mile Road.

2. Whites Beach

Located just past Brays Beach and also part of the Broken Head Nature Reserve. Follow the winding dirt track through the rainforest jungle to end of the track. Soak up the sun on the white sandy beach or bask under the shade of the pandanus trees.

3. Seven Mile Beach

A long stretch of rugged coastline connecting Broken Head to Lennox Head. The ideal the place for a solo surf mission, a horseback trek or a spot of sea fishing. The area is also home to local attraction Chris Hemsworth who you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of enjoying his backyard.

4. Little Wategos

Australia’s most easterly beach, nestled between Wategos Beach and Cape Byron Lighthouse. This little nugget is the perfect sheltered hideaway spot from the crowds; ideal for sun baking and on calmer days, makes a mesmerising underwater playground for snorkelers.

5. Boulders Beach

As the name suggests this beach is covered in boulders, rather than sand. The top of Boulders Beach has a lush grassy hill made for sunset picnics and watching the waves roll in. Find this hidden gem just past Lennox Head along the scenic coastal road from Byron to Ballina.

Make these dreamy beachside escapades a reality and book your tropical escape now.

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Make Waves for Byron Bay Surf Festival 2019
February 8, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Byron Bay Surf Festival


The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is a celebration of Australia’s long, rich surfing culture and showcases the vibrant lifestyle that goes with it. This year the festival kicks off on Wednesday February 20th with a packed line-up of pop up events from surf sessions, art shows, shaping demos, yoga, markets, sunset cinemas and live music every night at The Beach Hotel.

Byron Bay Surf Fest

Image via http://www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

The Byron Bay Surf festival purpose is to “Create a platform that brings together both surfers and those interested in surfing in a celebration of local, national and international surf culture. To showcase and support the surf culture that we love and live, to grow and evolve, and ultimately, to move towards a more sustainable industry and lifestyle.”

We are so proud to know that the festival has been declared a Deep Blue Event, (waste free), a 1% For The Planet member, and has a clear path towards reducing environmental and community impacts through education.

Our top picks from the jam-packed program are:

WED FEB 20 6-9PM


Tom Carroll 1980-1985 Photo Collection. See the 2 x World Champ and Pipeline Masters live narration of his personal collection of images from the mid 80’s when Tom was dominating Professional Surfing. Also screening will be the National Geographic documentary Salt in the Blood featuring Tom, followed by a Q&A session.



Fluro Friday

Image via http://www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

Set your alarms! Fluro Friday brought to you by One Wave Is All It Takes gets Friday off to a ripping start! Dig out your best retro 90’s surf attire or simply dress in funky fluro all while supporting mental health.


Womens Surf Panel

Image via http://www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

Come and meet World Champion Surfers and all-round inspiring women Stephanie Gilmore, Lisa Andersen (USA) & Kelia Moniz (HAW) for a live Q&A format about life, surfing, winning, success with it’s ups and downs, and making their mark in what was once a hugely male dominated sport. Get your tix here.


Sunset Cinema

Image via http://www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

The Twilight Surf Art Markets will showcase a range of unique local and international artisans and craftsmen along with delicious food and beverage trucks followed by some live music leading in to the Sunset Cinema.

You’ll also catch us checking out the legendary ‘McTavish Trim’ at the beautiful Wategos Beach on Sunday Feb 24th. Froth on the highlights from last year’s cruisey longboard session here.

Round off your surf-filled days with a few sunset drinks accompanied by live tunes at the famous Beach Hotel overlooking Main Beach.

Friday: Local shredders Drop Legs with Tones & I

Saturday: PLTS with Sunrose

Sunday Arvo Wrap Party: Waax with The Vanns & Seaside

We’re stoked to be able to accommodate you and your group in Byron Bay. See you in the line-up!

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