What’s Up Byron?
The biggest little show in Australia returns to the beautiful Mullumbimby Showgrounds at the base of Mount Chincogan on the 9th and 10th of November 2019. Only a 25 minute drive north of our resort, the free-spirited little town of Mullum is must-see when in the area. We’re delighted to be involved with the show again this year and are proudly providing the major prize for the raffle. The Mullum Show won the Byron Shire Australia Day award for the Best Community Event in 2018 – a testament to its long standing tradition in the Northern Rivers region.
This year celebrates the 112th Anniversary of the rural affair. Highlights include a talent quest, pavilion displays, trots, pet show, poultry show and a demolition derby. In between shows and events, there’ll be heaps of stalls to browse selling local artisanal produce. A fully licensed bar, food trucks and BBQ will keep you fed and watered as you enjoy live music in the covered outdoor entertainment area.
Be sure to check out the official Mullumbimby Show website for more details.
While in Mullum, why not take a trip to Kiva Spa. This balinese style spa is nestled right in the heart of Mullumbimby on McGougans Lane. An idyllic place to drop into stillness and nurture yourself. The bathhouse is surrounded by lush 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.
Before you make your way back to town, stop off for a pub feed at the Middle Pub. This hidden gem is a century old, traditional pub in the heart of the town Offering a reasonably priced food menu with regular nightly entertainment, the Middle pub attracts day trippers, holiday makers and locals alike.Read more
Husk Distillery, the home of Ink Gin and Husk Rum has recently opened its cellar doors to the public. Nestled amongst the lush, Northern Rivers hinterland in Tumbulgum, NSW the farmland distillery offers a unique and picturesque experience. It is Australia’s very first paddock to bottle Agricole Rum Distillery.
Visit for a walk-through tour of the production facility or simply rock up and basque in the beauty of the rural location while while sipping an original Husk Rum or Ink Gin cocktail. There’s the option of sitting inside at the cellar door of enjoying the sunshine outside on the picnic blankets laid out on the grass.
Guided Distillery tours last for around 45 minutes and 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.
The cellar bar at offers tastings, a collection of refreshing cocktails, local beer, kombucha and PS Sodas, as well as take-home bottles of Husk’s signature creations. Feeling peckish? The on-site eatery Planter’s cafe, serves fresh-baked baguette sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese boards – perfect for grazing on the lawns.
Only 45 minutes from East On Byron resort, Husk Distillery Tumbulgum makes the perfect day trip from Byron Bay. Stay with us and discover the beautiful Northern Rivers region. Spring is the perfect time to visit; the days are pleasantly warm, the sea temperatures are rising and the summer crowds have yet to hit!
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The Spring shoulder season is a fantastic time for both families and couples to experience the coastal charm of the Northern Rivers. The weather is warming up, the water temp is rising and the Summer crowds have yet to hit.
Discover our top 5 things to do in Byron Bay for the October long weekend!
Brunch at The Farm
The Farm is one of the best family brunch spots in town. Kids can experience the operations of a working farm, pet adorable farm animals and hit the playground while 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.
Byron Beachside Markets
The Byron Community Markets will be back beachside at Main Beach, Byron Bay on Sunday, the 6th of October. The most stunning backdrop with heaps of unique stalls showcasing local artisanal products such as ceramics, art, and woodwork – the perfect souvenir.
Sunday Session at 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. Ruben Reeves takes to the stage for the long weekend. Ruben’s style is pure Tasmanian Roots Music. A little of every genre, played acoustic and groovy. 4:30pm – 7pm. Followed by the NRL Grand Final.
Beach picnic and surf at Belongil Beach
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! Pack a picnic and spend the day soaking up the beautiful spring sunshine.
The last month of the Whale Migration
It’s the last few weeks to watch the magnificent humpback whales make their return south with their you. Our top lookouts include Cape Byron Lighthouse, Broken Head Nature Reserve and Lennox Point.
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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!
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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.
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