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5 Things To Do in Byron Bay for Australia Day Weekend
January 11, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Byron Bay Wategos Beach Paddle

Visiting beautiful Byron Bay for the Australia Day long weekend? We’ve put together the top 5 activities to do in the area to make your trip a memorable one!

1) Byron Board Paddle – Saturday January 26

Byron Board Paddle Wategos Beach

Photo via www.byronboardpaddle.com.au

Each January, over 1,000 surfers paddle from Wategos Beach to the Byron Bay Surf Lifesavers Club on Main Beach for charity. Join them for a full-filled day on the water while you take in the breathtaking sights of the Cape Byron marine playground.

Register here

2) BBQ at Wategos Beach

The iconic Wategos Beach is the most stunning setting for a beach BBQ with the family. Fire up one of the public barbecues and tuck in at a picnic table overlooking the bay. Settle in for the afternoon; enjoy an ocean dip, go for a surf…you may even be lucky enough to be greeted by the beach’s pod of resident dolphins.

Byron Bay Dolphins

Photo by Sean O’Shea

3) Daryl Braithwaite at The Beach Hotel – Friday, January 25

Hold your horses! Aussie music legend, Daryl Braithwaite is set to take to the stage at The Beach Hotel providing the soundtrack to the Australia Day long weekend. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets available here

4) Ballina Food Truck Festival – Saturday, January 26

The Ballina Food Truck Festival  is a family friendly event running from 3pm-9pm at Cherry Street Sports Ballina, serving up some of the best cuisine the Northern Rivers has to offer. Come prepared with camping chairs or picnic blankets and relax on the green while listening to live music, or dine inside and grab a beer from one of the bars stocked up with the tastiest, local craft beers. Free entry!

5) Bangalow Markets – Sunday, January 27

Bangalow Markets

Photo via www.byron-bay.com

Venture into the hinterland and take a day trip to the charming nearby town of Bangalow. Boasting over 300 stalls showcasing a huge variety of artisan products such as ceramics and woodwork, fresh produce and baked goods, and delicious food and coffee, the Bangalow Markets are the perfect, lazy Sunday retreat. Peruse the market stalls with a coffee in hand while enjoying live entertainment performed by talented local musicians.

Here are some more great ideas on how to spend a weekend in Byron Bay and if you haven’t already book your stay now!

 

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How to Spend Two Days in Byron Bay
January 9, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Belongil Beach, Byron Bay

Here’s how to make the most of two days in Byron Bay and enjoy every last sun-drenched minute of your stay at East On Byron resort.

Luckily for you, our beachside at Belongil resort is located in the heart of the Byron shire with the best that the region has to offer at your fingertips.

So, what to do?

Day-One

After you’ve checked into your oceanside oasis, it’s time to get out and experience the best the region has to offer.

Breakfast

Fuel your day with a scrumptious brekky from our friendly neighbours at the Belongil Cafe.

Lighthouse Walk & Picnic at Wategos Beach

Explore one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the country running from Clarkes beach to Cape Byron Lighthousethe 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.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Image via www.byronbaylighthouse.com

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.

Wander around town

Spend the afternoon browsing the many beautiful boutiques and quirky stores around town showcasing products from the many designers and artisans local to the area. Worth checking out are Marr-Kett, The Book Room, Sea Bones, Byron Music and Hope & May.

After you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, wash off the day with a swim at Belongil Beach, a stones throw from our beachside resort before freshening up for a night out on the town.

After Dark

Enjoy a sunset drink with sea views at The Beach Hotel or sip on a cocktail and tuck into some freshly shucked oysters while you people watch at The Balcony Bar (Happy Hour 4-6pm). Meander onto Bay Lane for some delicious dinner options, we recommend il Buco for authentic Italian pizza, Thai Lucy and Byron Fresh. If you want to continue on to the small hours, our top late night venues include The Rails, The Northern (great for live music, see gig listings here) and The Bolt Hole.

Day-Two

 

East On Byron Billabong Pool

Wake up with a splash in our stunning billabong pool. Then head north to The Farm Byron Bay and start your day in the great outdoors. Stroll around with a coffee and meet the farm animals, dine alfresco at Three Blue Ducks or grab a freshly baked pastry from local favourites The Bread Social to enjoy on the grass.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls Byron Bay

Image by Scout Hinchliffe // We Are Explorers

Just a short drive from Byron Bay, Killen Falls is the most accessible waterfall to our Belongil resort. This hidden gem is located on Killen Falls Drive, Tintenbar amongst the rolling hinterland of the Ballina Shire. The beautiful falls cascade down into a stunning rainforest waterhole. This is the perfect spot to cool down and take a dip on a hot day especially if you only have an hour or so to spare.

Lunch at Harvest Cafe

Harvest Newrybar

The delightful little village of Newrybar is one of our favourite out of town spots to escape the hustle and bustle. Treat yourself to a leisurely brunch at Harvest Cafe and browse through the beautiful goods and wares crafted by local artisans at Newyrbar Merchants. Hinterland bliss!

After Dark

Catch the sunset with a barefoot beach stroll before heading to the Treehouse on Belongil for dinner. Located right next door to our accommodation; The Treehouse has a funky, lively atmosphere with a full menu offering wood fired pizzas, share platters and daily specials along with a licensed bar. Experience the incredible sounds of local songwriters and musicians from Thursday to Sunday.

Turn in and rest easy in our airy beachside apartments. Complimentary sea breeze and soothing ocean sounds included.

Byron Bay Penthouse Apartment Master Bedroom

What are you waiting for? Escape to paradise and book now.

 

 

 

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Chasing Waterfalls in Byron Bay
October 22, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Minyon Falls

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 national parks and are the perfect out-of-town places to explore during your stay.

Here are our top 3 scenic spots to wander where the wifi is weak…

1. Killen Falls

Killen Falls Byron Bay

Image: Scout Hinchliffe // We Are Explorers

Just a short drive from Byron Bay, Killen Falls is the most accessible waterfall to our Belongil resort. This hidden gem is located on Killen Falls Drive, Tintenbar amongst the rolling hinterland of the Ballina Shire. The beautiful falls cascade down into a stunning rainforest waterhole. This is the perfect spot to cool down and take a dip on a hot day especially if you only have an hour or so to spare.

2. Minyon Falls

Minyon Falls Byron Bay

Image: Linda Dillenbeck // We Are Explorers

Minyon Falls is one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls to be found in the Northern Rivers region. It is nestled in the picturesque Nightcap National Park, not far from Mt. Wollumbin (Commonly referred to locally as Mount Warning).

Take in the breathtaking panorama of the falls and surrounding rainforest from the viewing platform close to the carpark. Feeling energetic? Challenge yourself to a rewarding 13km return to the bottom.  Meander through the forest past the lush creeks that lead down to the plunging waters below.

3. Protesters Falls

Protesters Falls Byron Bay

Image: Francis Belina // We Are Explorers

Also found in the rugged ranges of the Nightcap National Park is the World Heritage-listed Protesters Falls and is another must-see spot on your hinterland road trip. Follow the woodland trail through the peaceful subtropical rainforest. The pleasant 1.4km round trip to view the magnificent falls is well worth getting off the beaten track for.

As with all of the waterfalls in the area, they are most spectacular after the rains so come prepared – take a camera, pack a picnic and most importantly bring a good sense of adventure!

We are more than happy to assist you with directions and guidance before you take off exploring. Book now and escape in nature.

Terania Creek Protesters Falls

Image: Larissa Dening Photography – Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures!

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Foodie Heaven at Sample Food Festival 2018
August 21, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Sample Food Festival Northern Rivers

Calling all food lovers! Sample a slice of the unique flavours of the Northern Rivers region at this year’s Sample Food Festival on Saturday September 1st.

This premier foodie event connects local farmers, artisan producers, chefs, restaurants and brewers to create an indulgent experience for all your senses. The festival is set to showcase 26 of the finest local restaurants who will be serving up delicious $5 and $10 tasting plates with beverages supplied by the region’s best craft brewers and distillers. Expect to see pop-up bars from local favourites such as Stone & Wood, Brookie’s Gin, and Husk Distillers. In addition to the culinary delights, there will also be market stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and kids’ activities happening throughout the day.

Sample Food Festival is a fantastic way to get your taste buds tingling while supporting local producers and creatives, not to mention it’s a great day of entertainment for all the family. The event will run from 8am until 4pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds giving ample time to soak up the sunshine and have a picnic on the grass. Entry to the festival is $5 per person and children are free.

Visit www.samplefoodevents.com for more information and to purchase tickets for the Sample workshops leading up to the festival. This year’s festival is in association with Gold Coast Airport and highlights include an impressive lunch by renowned chef Shannon Bennett from Vue de Monde.

Travelling to the festival and in need of accommodation? Stay at our resort and welcome Spring beachside for a weekend of delicious cuisine and creative local culture.

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Cape Byron Distillery and Rainforest Tour
August 8, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Cape Byron Distillery Cellar Door

 

This amazing rainforest in the Byron Bay Hinterland is the ultimate tonic 

Cape Byron Distillery

Cape Byron Distillery

Looking out over the lush backdrop from the tasting deck of the Cape Byron Distillery, you would never imagine that only 30 years ago this was the setting of a rundown dairy farm.

The Cape Byron Distillery is nestled amongst the Byron Bay hinterland on the Brook family farm where they have planted over 35,000 trees, completely regenerating the land.

There is no better way to spend an afternoon than strolling around the subtropical rainforest and discovering how the abundance of wild, native botanicals infuse the gin with such a deliciously unique flavour. A truly magical experience from the source to the still.

Cape Byron Distillery, Byron Bay

The custom-made copper pot still (named George)!

The dream was brought to life by co-founders Eddie Brook and master distiller Jim McEwan whose thirst for knowledge and passion for their product has produced an award-winning gin with a true sense of place.

Start off on your merry way with a refreshing Brookie’s & Tonic, garnished with their signature native finger lime and aniseed myrtle. Guided by the best “Spiritual Advisors”, learn all about the art of the distillation process and how this distinctive flavour unique to the region is brought to life all while enjoying the liquid and pinpointing the taste points for yourself.

Luckily for the Brooks, the inspiration for this distillery came right from their doorstep. The stunning Northern Rivers region is a natural pantry for creating a world-class craft spirit. Each season brings a new landscape of flavour ready to be foraged from the heart of the rainforest. In Spring, native raspberries and fruits come to life, Summertime sees the harvest of the Davidson Plum which is the backbone of Brookie’s Slow Gin and then with Autumn/Winter comes a plethora of key botanicals namely Ginger, Cinnamon, Aniseed and Lemon Myrtle all used to create their seasonally crafted cocktails.

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!

Brookies Gin Rainforest Sour

The delicious ‘Rainforest Martini’

Brookies Gin and Tonic

Brookies & Tonic

The cellar door is open for tours and gin tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am and 3:30pm and bookings are essential. Reservations can be made via the Cape Byron Distillery website.

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