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5 Best Kid Friendly Pubs In Byron Bay
May 21, 2019 by Gemma Dennison

Looking for a family friendly place to grab a pub lunch while in town? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our top picks to enjoy a feed in a relaxed atmosphere with the little ones in tow.

The Park Hotel, Suffolk Park

The Park Hotel, Suffolk Park
The Park Hotel, Suffolk Park

Located right on the outskirts of Byron on the way south towards Lennox Head/Ballina, the Suffolk Park Hotel is the perfect spot to avoid the crowds in town. Dine inside or outside and keep the kids busy at the secured kids playground on site.

Sun Bistro

The Sun Bistro
The Sun Bistro

The Sun Bistro is a family-friendly bistro and bar set amongst a spectacular natural bush setting on Bayshore Drive in Byron Bay. There are two kids play areas, a large TAB and sports bar, a full bistro menu as well as a drive thru bottleshop and heaps of car parking.

Hotel Brunswick

The Kids' Back Yard, Hotel Brunswick
The Kids’ Back Yard, Hotel Brunswick

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. Our Kids Back Yard is a safe, fun place for kids to play, with a climbing frame and slippery slide. The Kids Backyard is covered by large shade sails for sun protection, along with a misting system creating comfortable temperature control.

Bangalow Bowlo

The Bangalow Bowlo
The Bangalow Bowlo

The Bangalow Bowlo is the ideal place for a day trip with all of the family. With a 2,000m2 grass enclosed space to play in and an enclosed toddler play area, there’s ample space for the kiddos to run around while the parents relax.

The Italian

The Italian, Byron Bay
The Italian

Located directly across from Main Beach in Byron Bay, The Italian is a contemporary Italian restaurant offering delicious meals in a warm and inviting setting. They offer a ‘Kids Eat Free’ special from 6pm – 7pm, Monday – Thursday.

Why not make it a family day out and start off with one of our top Byron Bay walks before heading out to lunch!

We’re offering midweek stays at a discounted rate for the Winter months. Book your Winter Warmer escape to East On Byron now.

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Best Lookouts For Whale Watching in Byron Bay
May 13, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Whale Watching Byron Bay

It’s that time of year again! Whale watching season has just kicked off in Byron Bay. From the month of May through to November, we get the pleasure of witnessing these fascinating marine mammals migrate. Thousands of humpback whales are beginning to make their annual journey north to the tropics to calve. They then make their return south with their young, with the last spotted going past in November.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Migaloo, the stunningly rare albino whale who swims past like clockwork around the same time each season. Local photographer Craig Parry captured this breathtaking shot of Migaloo in 2016.

Migaloo albino whale craig parry photo
Migaloo
Image by Craig Parry Photography

Lucky for us, with Byron Bay being the most easterly point in Australia makes it one of the best vantage points for whale watching.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Byron Bay Lighthouse Sunset
Byron Bay Lighthouse
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The beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse is located at the most easterly headland point in 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. Take a kayak tour with Cape Byron Kayaks and see these majestic creatures up close.

Broken Head Nature Reserve

Three Sisters Track Lookout, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Three Sisters Track Lookout, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Image via NSW National Parks

The Three Sisters walking track is an easy 1.6km return walk through lush rainforest overlooking Broken Head and the secluded Kings Beach. With incredible panoramic coastal views, this is a fantastic vantage point to spot the migrating whales, and great for birdwatching too.

Lennox Point

Lennox Point Visit NSW
Lennox Point Headland
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Located on the top of Lennox Point – known locally as ‘The Point’ – the Pat Morton Lookout offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. The stunning sea views span north across Lennox Head and Seven Mile Beach and south to Rocky Point, Boulders Beach and Skennars Head. It’s the ideal spot to take a picnic and spot the whales cruising past.

Cabarita Headland

Cabarita Headland Andrew McInnes
Cabarita Headland
Image by Andrew McInnes

A day trip from our resort to Cabarita is the perfect spot to explore the Tweed Coast. The headland makes an idyllic vantage point to see the whales making a splash. While in the area, make sure to check out nearby Casuarina and Kingsliff. One of our favourite pitstops is Farm & Co. for a sunflower field photo op and some fresh fruit for the car ride back to Byron.

Hastings Point Headland

Hastings Point Visit NSW
Hastings Point
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Just past Pottsville, Hastings Point Headland offers up perfect sea views to see whales breaching and dolphins swimming by. Make sure to pack a picnic rug, binoculars and a camera to capture the marine magic. While there, take a dip in Cudgera Creek and soak up the Winter sunshine.

There are even more reasons why you should visit Byron Bay in May and during the low season. We’re offering midweek stays at a discounted rate for the Winter months. Book your Winter Warmer escape to East On Byron now.

Feature image by Craig Parry Photography

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A Wellness Retreat In Byron Bay
April 30, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Creature Yoga Byron Lighthouse

The Byron Bay region is well known as a mecca for wellbeing and spirituality. Wellness retreats are common here and locals and visitors alike seek to relax, unwind and develop their own connection with mind and body.

There are heaps of ways in the Northern Rivers to recharge and boost both your mental and physical health. Here are our pick of the bunch.

Creature Yoga

Creature Yoga, Byron Bay
Creature Yoga

Byron Bay is home to a plethora of amazing yoga studios which offer classes covering all styles of movement from vinyasa to yin to ashtanga. Creature Yoga offers the ultimate retreat for mind, body and soul. Bring your positive intentions to the mat and leave your worries at the door!

Nimbus & Co.

Nimbus & Co. Byron Bay
Nimbus & Co.

In need of some R & R? Nourish your body and mind at Byron’s very own infrared sauna and wellness studio, Nimbus & Co. located in the nearby Arts and Industry Park.

Bende

Bende, Byron Bay
Bende

Move your body and still your mind at the beautiful Bende studio at Habitat Byron Bay. This light and airy space offers dynamic classes in Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Reformer and Sound Bath Healing.

Sound Healing at Crystal Castle

Crystal Castle, Byron Bay. 📷 @rach_england
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

A short scenic journey into Byron’s hinterland lies a faraway magical place, the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens. Home to the largest amethyst cave in the world, this enchanted retreat offers daily ritual experiences to deepen your sense of wellness. The Peace Experience includes a nurturing sound healing meditation and is run every afternoon.

Kiva Spa

Kiva Spa, Mullumbimby
Kiva Spa

The Kiva Spa, is nestled in the heart of Mullumbimby. An idyllic place to drop into stillness and nurture yourself. The bathhouse is surrounded by lush Balinese style gardens dotted with spas and hydrotherapy pools. There’s also the option to treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment from some of the best therapists in the area.

Book a retreat to Byron Bay and begin your journey to optimal wellness now.

Feature image via Creature Yoga, Byron Bay

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Top 5 Byron Bay Walks
April 18, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Palm Valley walk, Cape Byron

Take a walk on the wild side and explore the many scenic walking tracks in the Byron shire and beyond!

Here are our favourite spots to get off the beaten track and reconnect with nature. A wonderful family activity for the Easter long weekend. Pack a picnic, switch off from wifi and get outdoors!

Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk

Cape Byron Lighthouse,
Byron Bay Lighthouse via www.visitnsw.com

The Cape Byron Walking Track is a 3.7 kilometre loop which leads you on a hike through rainforest and across clifftops with stunning views of the ocean and hinterland. It’s arguably one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the country running from Clarkes beach to the beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse, the most easterly headland point in Australia. Take in the surfers at iconic right-hand break ‘The Pass’ and spot dolphins, turtles and even humpback whales (May-November) from Wategos Beach. Once at the top, be amazed by the breathtaking panoramas of the entire Bay. On your way back down the path, take a dip to cool off in the stunning, turquoise waters at Wategos Beach and fire up one of the public barbecues for a spot of lunch or come prepared with a picnic.

Broken Head Nature Reserve

Broken Head Nature Reserve
Three Sisters Track Lookout, Broken Head Nature Reserve
via NSW National Parks

The Three Sisters walking track at is an easy 1.6km return walk through lush rainforest overlooking Broken Head and the secluded Kings Beach. With incredible panoramic coastal views, this is another fantastic vantage point to spot migrating whales, and great for birdwatching too. Take a moment to learn about the Aboriginal story behind Three Sisters, which tells the tale of three sisters who were turned into the rocky outcrops near the headland.

Lennox Head Boardwalk

Lennox Point, Lennox Head
Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head
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Located on the top of Lennox Point – known locally as ‘The Point – the Pat Morton Lookout offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. The stunning, sea views span north across Lennox Head and Seven Mile Beach and south to Rocky Point, Boulders Beach and Skennars Head. It’s the ideal spot to take your morning tea and watch the local surfers and resident dolphins carve up the right hand point break. The pleasant walking track has easy boardwalks for all of the family to enjoy. The gentle walk runs from town, along the oceanfront and climbs the headland.

Nightcap National Park

Nightcap National Park
Historic Nightcap walking track, Nightcap National Park
via NSW National Parks

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.

Victoria Park Nature Reserve

Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Boardwalk, Victoria Park Nature Reserve
via NSW National Park

Located 45 minutes drive from Byron Bay in the Lismore region, the Victoria Park Boardwalk is an easy 0.4km loop that is accessible for all. Meander through the sub-tropical rainforest and seek shade under the canopy of wild bushland. Spot the local wildlife and birdwatch as you picnic in this idyllic spot. With a series series of informative displays in place, learn how the indigenous people of the Bundjalung nation, used the plants of the rainforest. While in the area, stop off at the nearby Dalwood Falls and Marom Falls and cool off with a fresh water dip.

Even without visiting one of these natural landmarks, a country drive through the Byron Bay hinterland reveals heaps of hidden treasures and magical landscapes to take in.

Featured image of Palm Valley, Cape Byron Walking Track courtesy of NSW National Parks

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5 Best Out Of Town Pubs Near Byron Bay
April 4, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Hotel Brunswick Beer Garden

Get out of town! There’s more to the shire, than the Byron bubble. There are heaps of charming, country pubs and beachside beer gardens to explore during your stay. Here are our top out of town pubs to catch a live band, grab a beer and have a bite to eat.

Hotel Brunswick

Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads
Hotel Brunswick

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. Big names like The Rubens, Parcels and Grinspoon have all rocked the stage in recent months. 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.

Middle Pub

Middle Pub, Mullumbimby
Middle Pub, Mullumbimby

The Middle Pub is a century old, traditional pub in the heart of the free-spirited little town of Mullumbimby. Offering a reasonably priced pub food menu with regular nightly entertainment, the Middle pub attracts day trippers, holiday makers and locals alike. This hidden treasure is not to be missed, especially on a Friday night where they host the only Karaoke night in the region!

Eltham Pub

Eltham Pub
Eltham Pub

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.

Kingscliff Hotel

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.

Billinudgel Pub

Billinudgel Pub - Cunning Stunts
Billinudgel Hotel

The unique Billinudgel Hotel is thee place to visit for a cold beer, a good feed, live entertainment and a comfortable place to stay the night. Its infamous, best sounding shed in the Southern Hemisphere plays host to the shire’s biggest Sunday session, “Nudge Nudge Wink Wink” Each month, this party with a conscience donates all its proceeds to a chosen Northern Rivers charity with the best local DJ’s providing the tunes. Don’t forget your dancing shoes for this one. Nudge On!

If reading this has made you thirsty for a visit to Byron Bay, book a stay at our resort and pull up a barstool in one of these charming, local pubs.

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