What’s Up Byron?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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Byron Bay may be known for its salty, laid-back beach vibe but it’s not all surf, sun and sand that’s on offer. There is a plethora of indoor activities and creative outlets to get stuck into on your weekend getaway, great news for those winter escapes when it can get a little chilly for the beach.
Here are our favourite workshops in Byron Bay to get your creative juices flowing.
Byron School Of Clay
Book a pottery course and learn how to make beautiful ceramics with the talented experts at Byron School Of Clay. They offer a fantastic selection of wheel throwing or hand building workshops for total beginners and experienced potters. Keep your favourite pots and collect them 4 weeks later after they’ve been glazed! A little piece of Byron to cherish always.
Byron Bay Cooking School
Achieve your health and wellness goals with Byron Bay’s very own Le Cordon Bleu Master, Chef and Holistic Nutritionist Samantha Gowing. Book a private or group Masterclass at Sam’s Byron Bay Cooking School and discover how to heal your digestion, create healthy recipes and understand the healing properties of food. With her unique blend of nutrition and fine dining, Sam is an expert in using ‘food as medicine’. Not only will her workshops have your taste buds tingling, they will leave you feeling inspired on your path to optimum health.
Byron Bay is a mecca for yogis and is home to a number of amazing yoga studios which offer classes covering all styles from vinyasa to yin to ashtanga. They also boast amazing yoga workshop programs such as masterclasses in bhakti yoga (yoga of love and devotion), stress reduction techniques and purna yoga. The ultimate retreat for mind, body and soul. Check out Creature Yoga and Byron Yoga Centre for more information on upcoming workshops. Bring your intentions to the mat and leave your worries at the door!
Pinot & Picasso
Reveal your inner Picasso at Byron Bay’s only paint and sip experience. Enjoy a night of BYO wine while honing your brush skills as your Pinot & Picasso host delivers each session with step-by-step instructions to help you create your very own masterpiece. A social, night out with something to show for it! This newly opened space is perfect for Hen’s Nights, Girls Nights Out, Private Functions, Parties, Team Building and Group Bookings.
Byron Bay Photography Course
Discover the underwater world of ocean photography with multi award winning oceanic and nature photographer Craig Parry. Tune into how to read the ocean, what’s going on beneath the surface and how to nail that perfect shot. Craig’s intensive workshops cover all the fundamentals to take your photography to the next level with tips in the studio to practical sessions in the breaks of Byron Bay.
With all of these wholesome experiences to choose from, you’ll have no shortage of things to keep you busy in the bay in the cooler months! P.S. Did you know our billabong pool is solar heated and is a cosy 25 degrees during winter? And our spa is heated to 25 degrees! It’s an endless Summer at East On Byron.
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