Byron Bay and Beyond - Edition 5 August 19

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Inspired by the majestic, timeless nature that has dominated the region’s landscape and sustained its Aboriginal people (the Bundjalung nation) for millennia, this historic campaign stopped the destruction of living, Gondwanan rainforests formed in an ancient, volcanic caldera. It was a seminal act; the landscape is now a tapestry of interconnected National Parks, protected Marine Parks and a UNESCO World-Heritage site for future generations to treasure. From this, emerged the unique blend of old school traditions, new age philosophies, activism and spirituality that is now indelibly part of Byron’s DNA.


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SPECTACULAR NATURE, VIBRANT VILLAGES Byron Bay and its surrounding villages and towns have a human scale. Located forty-five minutes drive south of the metropolis of the Gold Coast, high-rises and motorways give way to an entirely different vista, as majestic Wollumbin (Mt Warning) looms dramatically into silhouetted view. Wollumbin signals that you are in a place where nature really thrives, its jagged peak catching clouds and standing sentinel over a cornucopia of biodiversity shaped over millennia. 4

Fertile farms, ancient rainforests, verdant pastures and spectacularly beautiful coastline are the canvas for an eclectic group of towns and villages that the region’s communities call home.

HARMONIOUS THRIVING COMMUNITY It’s a place which attracts and nurtures creativity; where farmers, conservationists, tradesmen and women, artists, academics, surfers, students, counter- culturalists, developers and entrepreneurs co-exist in relative harmony, united in their good fortune to live, learn, work and play in such an extraordinary place.

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A BLISSFULLY LAID BACK WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA Byron Bay and Beyond is a destination collective of quality, independent tourism suppliers in Byron Bay. From getting there and around to unique midrange and luxury accommodation, hinterland attractions, aquatic and coastal activities, here are all the components of an authentic Australian itinerary. Byron’s accessibility, distinctive character and natural beauty make it a compelling part of any Australian itinerary. Indeed, three days to relax, rejuvenate and explore Byron is a perfect introduction to Australia.

QUALITY SUPPLIERS, SUPERIOR SERVICE Distributed and contracted by leading travel distributors in Australia and around the world, these are the tourism businesses you can rely on to deliver superior customer service for your clients and give them an authentic Australian holiday or vacation experience they’ll cherish.


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Splendour in The Grass Music and Arts Festival, image by Charlie Hardy

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to include Byron in your clients’ Australian itineraries


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As Australia’s eastern-most town, Byron Bay is easy to find! Two hours south of Brisbane, forty-five minutes from the Gold Coast and with its very own airport (Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, BNK), there are ample options to get to Byron Bay any day of the week. A transfer with Go Byron from any of these ports will have your clients slipping into Byron time by midday! 9

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Byron’s beaches are up there with Bondi and Whitehaven as some of Australia’s most iconic, beautiful and pristine beaches. From wave-rich surf beaches to secluded coves and protected bays like Cape Byron Marine Park, visitors are blessed with a choice of ultramarine, subtropical waters and squeaky white sand from which to enjoy a classic Australian beach holiday. Situated on prime coastal land with absolute beach frontage, Byron Bay Cottages combine seclusion and spectacular views from beautifully restored beach houses and charming heritage Lighthouse Keepers Cottages.


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Byron Bay and its surrounds enjoy a temperate to subtropical climate all year round. It really is the “Goldilocks zone”; not too hot, not too cold, just about right. Experience this from the prime waterfront locations of Reflections Holiday Parks in Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads or Lennox Head. Spacious villas, cabins and motorhome and campervan sites paired with Byron’s idyllic climate make this an inspired accommodation choice.

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Blessed with natural beauty, Byron Bay is an evergreen destination with high net worth individuals and celebrities wanting to go incognito. Billionaires, movie stars and style mavens are more likely to be seen on a Malibu surfboard than in a Maserati in Byron Bay, preferring to blend in with the locals. The five star Elements of Byron is the absolute beach front resort of choice in Byron Bay if you’re seeking understated luxury with high attention to detail.


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Byron’s enduring appeal lies in the natural landscape from which it takes a lead. Australia’s most eastern point, the Cape Byron headland, arcs out into a protected marine park, as significant today as it was to the traditional Arakwal people of the Bundjalung nation. Either side of Cape Byron. there are secluded beaches, rocky cliffs and a kaleidoscope of marine life such as whales, turtles and dolphins. An eco-cruise with Out Of The Blue Adventures provides a unique ocean-side perspective from which to experience this dramatic coastline, enhanced with in-depth knowledge from a Marine Biologist.

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Cape Byron Marine Park is blissfully free of commercial fishing, jet skis and powerboats, making it a sanctuary for marine life large and small. The visceral thrill of getting close-up and personal with dolphins, turtles and whales (in season from May to November) is priceless. Cape Byron Kayaks ocean kayaking tours offer an immersive experience of Byron’s natural beauty that you’ll remember for a lifetime.


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Byron Bay is a dream destination for many, but locals like to keep it real with a focus on living and eating well, a daily dose of exercise and a really strong pride in the communities that make it such a unique destination. Housing the biggest and most beautiful crystal collection in the world amid subtropical landscaped gardens, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens is a place that truly embodies this healthy mind, body and spirit ethos.

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The visceral thrill of catching a wave is high on the aspirations of hundreds of thousands of visitors to Australia. Surfing is a significant part of Australian beach culture and an activity enjoyed by people of all ages. Lets Go Surfing Australia (LGS) is the name to remember for Byron Bay surfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) lessons focused on safety, fun, connecting with nature and personal challenge. Learn to surf with your professional instructor right on Byron Bay’s idyllic Main Beach, either in a small group or a private lesson, or try walking on water on a SUP. The Lets Go Surfing team are specialists in changing lives, one wave at a time.


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Byron is one of Australia’s most accessible regional destinations with unrivalled access from three airports, none closer than the official gateway to the region Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport. With no traffic getting in and out of the airport and up to 58 direct flights a week connecting with Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, it’s the most hassle-free way to get to and from Byron as part of an Australian itinerary.

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The Byron region’s subtropical climate and volcanic soil support an astonishing biodiversity, and sustain lots of things to eat and drink. Restaurateurs, brewers, baristas, producers and entrepreneurs have tree-changed to live and work in Byron. Their talents, energies and passions have been invested in refining their techniques and collaborating with farmers and primary producers who share their passion for authentic, honest food and beverages with provenance in the region. A tour and tasting room session at Stone and Wood Brewery will give you an appetite to savour more from Byron’s passionate purveyors of food and drinks.

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The Quintessential Byron itinerary Welcome, you’re now on Byron time Byron Bay shines when it comes to unique accommodation. From the heritage Lighthouse Keepers Byron Bay Cottages at the peak of Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point, to absolute beachfront luxury at the stunning Elements of Byron, your accommodation is steps away from the beach. Reflections Holiday Parks prime waterfront locations offer a home away from home vibe and an authentic beach holiday experience.

Morning Transfer to Byron Bay with Go Byron. Book a door to door service in private style, on demand, or share a ride in a comfy shuttle, Go Byron will see you riding better in style from Ballina-Byron, Gold Coast, or Brisbane Airports. Ballina Byron Airport is the most conveniently located gateway to the region, under 30 minutes to Byron’s town centre and our accommodation partners.



As the sign into town says, “Cheer Up, Slow down, Chill Out, you’re in Byron Bay.” You’ve got a couple of days to relax, rejuvenate and explore, so we recommend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Quality local produce, talented passionate chefs, good vibes and great people watching are on the menu tonight. Indulge in-house at Graze at Elements, or head over to Three Blue Ducks for authentic, honest food made from lots of local produce. It’s like the best family meal you’ve had with great service and no cleaning up to do!

If you’re too excited to sit still: Hire a bicycle (pedal-powered or electric) Grab a towel and head for the beach. Start your new book by the pool. Try one of Australia’s most awarded and loved beers - the Original Pacific Ale – with a bite to eat and a brewery tour at Stone and Wood’s brand new Byron Brewery and Tasting Room. • Treat your body like a temple with a spa treatment. • Take a ride in Byron’s very own solar powered train. • Prepare your retail therapy plan with a stroll around town and a spot of window-shopping. • • • •

Day 1 - Relax


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Day 2 - Rejuvenate





Kickstart your day with an early walk along the beach or greet the first rays of the sun from Australia’s most eastern point, Cape Byron Lighthouse. This is a great way to work up an appetite for breakfast or brunch at Byron’s abundant choice of cafes with menus focused on locally sourced ingredients and coastal flavours, many with views to mesmerise.

Surf culture is a big part of Byron Bay, so if you want to experience the feeling that only a surfer knows, join a surf lesson. Founded 25 years ago on famous Bondi Beach, Let’s Go Surfing operate group, family and private lessons right on Main Beach. LGS also operate Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) lessons making it easy for anyone to enjoy the unique experience of walking on water.

Go with the flow for eats and drinks tonight. Fish and chips by the beach, room service, some self-catering or simply a cheese platter and dessert. You could also get acquainted with the locals over a Stone and Wood beer and a hearty pub dinner, or tapas and cocktails in one of Byron’s intimate lounge bars to the sounds of local DJs Your rejuvenation process is underway.

Cape Byron Kayaks are Byron’s original kayak with dolphin experience, a highly memorable way to rejuvenate and commune with nature! You’ll thrill to a guided ocean kayaking tour on the protected waters of Cape Byron Marine Park with dolphins, turtles, seabirds and in season, whales. After an active morning, treat yourself to a hearty lunch in Byron, Bangalow or Brunswick Heads. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, a meatlover or fresh seafood only, Byron fuses global food influences with a passion for growing and buying local.

If you’ve had enough action for today, now’s the time for a bit of shopping. Byron’s fashion, food, arts, surf and wellness industries make for a unique mix of retail therapy options.

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Day 3 - Explore Full Day or Half Day Today’s the day to explore, and here’s a few options:

Join a guided tour to the summit of Cape Byron Lighthouse to learn about its amazing engineering or soak in breath-taking views.

Take a scenic journey into Byron’s hinterland to visit Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, home to the most beautiful crystal collection in the world. Sit inside the rare Dragon Egg crystal cave, sense the enchanting beauty of crystal, from gigantic formations to exquisite jewellery or walk among gods through stunning botanical gardens and rainforest.

Gain an ocean-side perspective of Cape Byron Marine Park, the region’s waterways and its secluded back beaches on river and ocean and cruises between Ballina and Cape Byron with Out of the Blue Adventures. Enjoy encounters with whales, dolphins, turtles and other marine life with a qualified marine biologist onboard every cruise.

If it’s a weekend, there’s no better way to feel like a local than a visit to the markets in Byron and the surrounding villages and towns of Bangalow, Mullumbimby, The Channon and Lismore There’s live music from local performers, local farmers selling fresh produce and artisans displaying unique creations. Self-drive or take a guided tour to the Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park.

Evening Treat yourselves to a special night out tonight in Byron Bay, with a show at the Byron Theatre, a live band at the Great Northern Hotel or some of your favourite takeaway by the beach watching the sunset.


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Day 4 - Depart

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Your friendly driver from Go Byron will meet and greet you on time with a smile for your Airport Shuttle or private transfer. With up to 58 direct flights per week to Australian domestic airports, Ballina-Byron Airport is the closest to town and both hassle and traffic free. Trade Inquiries: For priced Byron Bay itineraries or packages like this one, contact Russell Mills

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Take 3 for the sea

From sunrise at Australia’s most easterly point Cape Byron Lighthouse to the golden glow of sunset over Cape Byron Marine Park, dolphins, turtles, whales and seabirds join surfers, swimmers and beach lovers to rejoice in Byron Bay’s breathtaking natural beauty. Conservation and enhancement of the rich natural environment, marine life and coastline is a core value that unites the communities who live here and enchants hundreds and thousands of international visitors each year.

TAKE 3’S MESSAGE IS SIMPLE: “Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or... anywhere and you’ve made a difference.” #TAKE3FORTHESEA



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Go Byron

Elements of Byron

Absolute beach front resort with 202 private villas dotted throughout 50 acres overlooking ocean, forest, lake or pond. The central pavilion is home to the restaurant and bar with views across the sunken fire pit and lagoon pool. Other features include adults exclusive pool, spa, poolside cafe, beach club, rainforest walks, and horse stables.

@elementsofbyron @elementsbyronbay

Go Byron is an independently owned and operated transport provider based in Byron Shire. With a large fleet of limousines, sedans, minibuses and coaches, Go Byron provides a one stop solution for private, charter and scheduled transport services connecting international visitors with iconic Byron Bay via the gateways of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ballina-Byron Airports.


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Reflections Holiday Parks

Cape Byron Kayaks Reflections Holiday Parks are located on prime coastal “Crown” land , professionally managed for the use and enjoyment of visitors from around the world. You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy iconic beaches on your doorstep, wake up to breathtaking views or to relish the conveniences of inner-city living. Our holiday parks in Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Brunswick Heads come with beautiful ocean or riverfront vistas, white sandy beaches practically on your doorstep, set against a backdrop of rolling hills and World Heritage wilderness. Superb facilities include self-contained villas, cabins and powered sites for motorhomes and campers, park reception, kitchens, BBQ areas and friendly staff with lots of local knowledge. @reflectionsholidayparks @reflectionsholidayparks

Byron Bay Cottages north-coast-accommodation

Located in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area (SCA) at mainland Australia’s most easterly point, the Byron Bay Cottages are a unique accommodation portfolio including two Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages and four lovingly restored beach cottages from the 1920-50s; Mildenhall, Imeson, Partridge and Thomson. Truly unique, and with prime beach frontage, these cottages are an opportunity for visitors to experience the iconic destination of Byron Bay while staying in heritagelisted accommodation.

@NSWNationalParks @WildAboutWhales

Experience all the fun and adventure of a Cape Byron Kayaks guided tour. Feel the exhilaration as you paddle with the dolphins, the turtles and the whales that frequent the enticing waters of Byron Bay. Whether you are a novice or experienced kayaker, your adventure will include paddling our gorgeous Marine Park, the waves, the wilderness and morning or afternoon tea with Tim Tams on a beautiful beach. Cape Byron Kayaks is the original and the best kayaking tour in Byron Bay. Our professional guides share a wealth of local knowledge, taking care of all your needs and making your experience a safe and memorable one.



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Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Ballina Byron Airport Discover the jewel of Byron. A short scenic journey into Byron’s hinterland lies a faraway magical place. Sit inside the exquisite, rare Dragon Egg crystal cave and soar on the Wings of Eternity. Be immersed in the magic of the Enchanted Cave, the largest amethyst cave in the world, or stand between the world’s tallest geode pair, The Crystal Guardians.


Experience the enchanting beauty of crystal, from gigantic formations to exquisite jewellery. Walk among gods through stunning botanical gardens and rainforest. Find yourself in an ancient labyrinth. Touch the World Peace Stupa. Indulge in delicious views, local coffee and fresh food. Open 7 days 10am—5pm. Located only 20 mins drive from Byron Bay or 40 mins from Gold Coast airport. @crystalcastlebyronbay @TheCrystalCastleByronBay

Ballina Byron Gateway airport (BNK) is New South Wales’s third-busiest and offers up to 58 direct flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, providing connectivity with these city hubs and their international flight connections. Located just under 30 mins to Byron town centre, getting from the airport to Byron and surrounds is easy, with no traffic and lots of ground service options available. The aiport has just completed a $7 million terminal expansion and features:

Let’s Go Surfing

Established in 1995 from the back of a Kombi van in Bondi Beach, Lets Go Surfing excel at teaching adults, families, kids and groups how to have fun, connect with nature and challenge themselves through the adventure of learning to surf and stand up paddleboarding. LGS operate accredited and award winning surf and SUP schools in Bondi, Maroubra, La Perouse and Byron Bay. Byron Bay’s subtropical climate and multiple surf breaks make it the perfect place to find your inner balance on the waves, and there’s no better company to do this with than Lets Go Surfing! Running daily SUP or surf lessons for all levels, enjoy a quintessential Australian experience with the professionals.

@letsgosurfingaustralia @letsgosurfingaustralia

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New retail and terminal facilities Double the amount of departure lounge seating New café & bar serving local produce including Byron’s local beer Stone & Wood


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Stone & Wood

@stoneandwood @stoneandwoodbrewing

Out Of The Blue Adventures

Out Of The Blue Adventures specialise in Whale Watching (June to November), Ocean Adventures and Scenic River Cruises (November- June). Enjoy encounters with whales, dolphins and other marine life. Explore secluded beaches and sheer cliffs along the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. View Byron Lighthouse from a whole new perspective as you navigate Australia’s most easterly point. Bask in a glorious sunset on the tranquil Richmond River as you enjoy a cool beverage and learn about the region and wildlife from a Marine Biologist. Available for private charters. 20 guests max. Complimentary return transfers, homemade snacks & beverages. Bookings & Live Availability are available online. @outoftheblueadventures @outoftheblueadventures

Byro n Bay a n d Beyo n d . . .

Born and raised in Byron Bay, Stone & Wood is proudly local and independent, brewing approachable, sessionable beer in the Northern Rivers of NSW. Inspired by the idea of creating a village brewery and with the vision of building a conscious business, we’re striving to do good in our community with beer that is simply good to drink. Drop into our tasting room and brewery in Byron Bay for a tour, beer tasting or a bite to eat in a space dedicated to beer education.


our best visitors return every year

They come to play, frolic, and entertain as they pass by, leaving behind the lightest of footprints. We are proud of The Save the Whales Campaign which we started in the 70’s and today you can see the results. Come and be spoilt with our beaches, rolling green hills, local markets, colourful villages, vibrant people and music.