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Byron Writers Festival 2019: The Adventure Of Storytelling
June 28, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Byron Bay Writers Festival Beach

Join us on a literary journey when the 23rd annual Byron Writers Festival returns to the bay from the 2nd-4th August 2019. The inspiring festival aims to connect people and communities through the power of storytelling. This year’s explosive line-up features over 140 incredible writers and compelling thinkers from around Australia and the world. Head along to readings, workshops and writing sessions and hear from a host of scholars, creatives and literary masterminds. The Byron Writers Festival Program features 121 panels and conversations taking place across six stages over three days beachside in beautiful Byron Bay. The eclectic program has something for everybody spanning fiction, memoir, crime, environment, society, politics, poetry, art, comedy and music.

Byron Writers Festival 2018
Byron Writers Festival

Check out the full festival program and if you haven’t already, you can book your 3-Day or 1-Day pass at byronwritersfestival.com/tickets.

Accommodation
East On Byron

If you’re visiting Byron Bay we would love to welcome you, host your stay and ensure you have a fantastic Writers Festival experience! Book now to avoid disappointment.

Featured image via Byron Writers Festival

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Cheap Tuesday In Byron Bay
June 19, 2019 by Gemma Dennison

When it comes to dining out, every Tuesday is Cheap Tuesday in Byron Bay. Holidaying in Byron doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg with these fantastic meal deals!

Here’s the lowdown on where to eat out on a Tuesday.

The Northern

The Northern Chicken Schnitzel
The Northern

Get shnitty with it! Grab a bite from The Northern from 12pm til 3.15pm. Their lunch deal will get you a Chicken Schnitzel, Chips, Salad and Gravy, all for $15.

Main Street Burger Bar

Burgers Main Street Burger Bar
Main Street Burger Bar

Make your way to Mates Rates night at Byron’s burger joint, Main Street Burger Bar. Sink your teeth into $10 burgers from 5pm – 7pm. Full bar available with delicious shakes and cocktails to choose from.

Di Vino

Di Vino Pasta Carbonara
Di Vino

Di Vino Byron Bay is a traditional Italian restaurant and wine bar. Serving up an authentic Roman Carbonara every Tuesday for only $15. Bookings essential.

Legend Pizza

Legend Pizza Byron

Get a slice of the action with the Legend Pizza lunch special. Any medium pizza will cost you $10 until 2pm.

El Camino Cantina – Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday El Camino Cantina
Taco Tuesday at El Camino Cantina

Tex Mex restaurant, El Camino Cantina is located upstairs in Byron’s newest shopping precinct, Mercato On Byron. Get into the spirit of things and don a sombrero while sipping on a margarita. Expect a fun, vibrant atmosphere all while tucking into $2 tacos!

Suffolk Park Specials

If you feel like venturing out of town there’s heaps of Cheap Tuesday specials in the suburb of Suffolk Park. You can grab a $12 Steak at The Suffolk Park Pub, a large $10 curry at the locals favourite Indian Yellow Flower, authentic $5 tacos at Chupacabra Mexican restaurant and Pizza Paradiso are also offering up pizza and pasta specials.

Have the kids in tow? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide on the best kid friendly pubs in the area to enjoy a feed in a relaxed atmosphere.

Staying at East On Byron for a few nights and feel like staying in and cooking? Not a problem! Our apartments are fully equipped with kitchenettes, utensils…the lot. We have all you need to cook up a storm! There’s also BBQ’s on the outdoor decks if firing up the grill is more your thing.

Take advantage of our Winter Warmer special rates and book your Byron hideaway now.

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Lismore Lantern Parade 2019
June 12, 2019 by Gemma Dennison
Lismore Lantern Parade Puppets

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the winter months are truly a fantastic time to visit Byron Bay. There are heaps of special events and festivals happening every weekend for the locals to enjoy. Not to mention it’s the best time to spot the whale migration, go on bush walks, chase waterfalls and get crafty. The low season has a calmer vibe and the community relishes in the chance to epitomise the region’s motto “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out“.

Byron Bay Cheer Up Slow Down Chill Out
Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out ✌️

One of our favourite winter festivals is the annual Lismore Lantern Parade. This year, the parade is set to take place on Saturday, 22nd of June 2019. The vibrant event is put together to celebrate the longest day of the year; the Winter Solstice.

The festival kicks off at noon with a unique art and craft market, street food vans, children’s activities, workshops, lantern decorating and a festival stage featuring local musicians and dancers. Around sunset, beautiful illuminated puppets in the Lismore Library tell the story for the year and the Lantern Parade dances through the streets of Lismore culminating with a fiery finale and fireworks display. The event continues on into the late hours with music, dance and performance.

Lismore Lantern Parade
https://www.lismorelanternparade.com.au/

A festival that’s sure to light up the darkness on these long, chilly nights. Come along with all the family and be prepared to fill your belly and warm your heart!

For more information, visit the website here. The town of Lismore is a just short hinterland drive away from our beachside on Belongil resort. Take advantage of our special winter warmer rates and book your escape to Byron Bay now.

Feature image of Lismore Lantern Parade via www.echo.net.au

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June Long Weekend In Byron Bay
May 31, 2019 by Gemma Dennison

The June long weekend in Byron Bay brings a hive of activity to the Northern Rivers. With crisp, sunny days and fewer crowds, the region is regarded as the perfect Winter destination and it truly is the best time to experience the magic in harmony with the locals.

Here are our top 5 things to do for the long weekend.

Festival Of The Stone

Festival Of The Stone 2019
Festival Of The Stone
Image: Stone & Wood Brewing

As the first-ever event inside the new and improved brewery, Festival of the Stone 2019 will take over new space in the Arts & Industrial estate, Byron Bay on Saturday 8th June from 3.00pm – 10.00pm, with live bands, food trucks and freshly brewed beer. The annual community gathering celebrates the release of their limited seasonal Stone Beer – a wood-fired stout brewed with hot stones. This year sees a stellar line-up of female headliners including pop-punk star Alex Lahey, alongside funky artist-producer Alice Ivy and local soul queen Lisa Hunt.

Bay FM Winter Discotheque

Bay Fm Disco Party
Bay FM Discotheque
Image: www.bayfm.org

Join Bay FM at the Bangalow Bowlo on Saturday, 8th of June for their annual winter discotheque. This year, the 5 hour dance party is celebrating the iconic Aussie music TV show “Countdown”. Come dressed as your favourite Countdown artist/band or as a 70’s/80’s audience member. And don’t forgot your dancing shoes! Delicious eats from One Green Acre. Get your tickets here.

Gold Digging At The Old & Gold Festival in Bruns

Old & Gold Festival. Brunswick Heads
Old & Gold Festival
Image: www.visitnsw.com

If you’re into collectables, antiques or just on the lookout for a great secondhand bargain, the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads on Saturday the 8th June is for you!  This is an all weather, all ages event with fun and entertainment, live music, free face painting, crafting, raffles, and a barrel of good old fashioned fun.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching Byron Bay
Image: Craig Parry Photography

It’s that time of year again! Whale watching season has just kicked off in Byron Bay. Throughout June, 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. Our top lookouts include Cape Byron Lighthouse, Broken Head Nature Reserve and Lennox Point.

Lennox Head Community Markets

Lennox Head Community Markets
Lennox Head Community Markets
Image: www.byron4kids.com.au

The Lennox Head Community Markets take place on the 2nd and 5th Sunday of the month from 8am to 2pm. A visit to these vibrant markets are great day out for all the family. There’s heaps of kids activities as well as the nearby skate park and a beautiful reserve to kick back and relax in. Enjoy tunes from local musicians while you peruse the many stalls brimmed with yummy local food and regionally-grown produce. Why not get there early and catch a wave before grabbing a coffee and a bite to eat?

Treat yourself to a winter warmer in Byron Bay. Book now and take advantage of our low season special rates.

Feature image via Lonely Planet

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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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