Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Overlooked by the cape’s iconic lighthouse, and enjoying a stunning view of Julian Rocks, Wategos Beach is one of Australia’s most picturesque beaches. Secluded by a beautiful forest bay, the water at Wategos is protected and calm, offering long, leisurely waves for surfers and shallow areas for families. On any given summer afternoon, the area is filled with picnickers, indulging in one of Australia’s favourite pastimes, a beach barbecue. Linked to lighthouse and back to town (via The Pass and Clarkes Beach) by a scenic walking path, Wategos is one of Byron Bay’s biggest drawcards.
The Backroom (at the Northern Hotel)
Located in the heart of Byron Bay’s vibrant town centre, the Northern Hotel is an old-style hotel with a twist… Adding to the traditional pub services on offer the hotel is also home to one of Australia’s best gig venues, The Backroom. Hidden from sight at the back of the hotel (as the name implies), The Backroom is a world-renowned live music hall. If its wall could talk, they would be able to share secrets from names like Bloc Party, Wolfmother and Two Door Cinema Club, just to name a few. Summer sees the best of the best call into the Northern Hotel. Discover what’s on this summer in The Backroom.
The Arts Factory Village (aka The Piggery)
In a move that can only be described as ‘so-byron’, what was once a pig slaughter house, was transformed in the 70s by hippies into an inspiring artistic community. Today, The Arts Factory Village is home to a diverse range of businesses, including accommodation, food, entertainment, arts, and health and well-being services. Catch an arthouse movie in a one-of-a-kind cinema setting at the Pighouse Flicks. Grab a bite and enjoy a brewed-onsite beer at the birthplace of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Byron Bay Brewery. Or bunk down and share stories with travellers from all over the world at the Arts Factory Lodge.
The Byron Bay Arts and Industry Park
A haven for activists, scholars, freethinkers, adventurers and serenity seekers, Byron Bay has attracted gifted artists and creatives from around the globe. So much so, that the town has a dedicate Arts and Industry Park. Located off Ewingsdale Road, just outside the downtown area, the park offers a magnificent hotchpotch of retail outlets, workshops, studios and exhibition spaces; where artisans, craftspeople and manufacturers sell everything from clothing to crafts, surfboards to bicycles, art works to antiques and garden furniture to interior designs. The park is most notably home to the world famous Byron Bay Cookie Company.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
Set within 45 acres of stunning subtropical rainforest, just behind Tallows Beach, the multi-award winning Byron at Byron Resort and Spa provides for an idyllic escape. Ranked as Byron Bay’s No.1 hotel by Trip Advisor, the resort offers 92 one bedroom suites, exceptional service, stylish design and architecture, an acclaimed Spa and Wellness Centre, and a restaurant that showcases a seasonal menu of Northern River’s local produce. Indulge yourself this summer, our partner HotelClub offers great The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa deals.
Plan Your Byron Bay Holiday
Flights to Byron Bay: Virgin Australia operates flights to Ballina/Byron daily, direct from Sydney.
Byron Bay Holiday Packages: Take the hassle out of planning your holiday, our partner Blue Holidays offers exceptional Byron Bay holiday packages, from $444 per person.
Byron Bay Hotels: Establish a great base from which to fall in love with Byron Bay. Select from a wide choice of hotels and resorts with our hotel partner HotelClub.
Byron Bay Car Hire: Take to the road and discover Byron Bay, and nearby regions with a hire car from one of our partners.
Byron Bay Tours and Activities: Discover Byron Bay though a number of fantastic tours and activities. Our partner GoDo has a number of great Byron Bay offers.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Iconic and patriotic, Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country tugs on the heart strings. The lyrical poem highlights Australia beyond the reaches of popular tourist cities; instead favouring off-kilter terrains and untold landscapes.
Big, bountiful and utterly beautiful Australia teems with awe-inspiring settings. Discover the true essence of this bronzed, wide-sweeping land with a trip off the beaten track.
New South Wales, Northern Rivers
“God’s Country”, “the Rainbow Region” and “Summerland”, are just a few of the monikers assigned to New South Wales’ Northern Rivers. Brimming with lush rainforests, quaint villages, imposing headlands and a pristine coastline, the Northern Rivers district is emblematic of utopia.
Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay is the region’s most distinguished township, fostering New Age philosophy, raw creative energy and ideals of escapism. A short drive south, the small surfing town of Lennox Head hosts one of the world’s best right-hand point breaks and a unique tea tree-stained freshwater lake. A few minutes into the hinterland, the Alstonville-Dunoon plateau is home to patches of ancient rainforests like Victoria Park and Booyong Reserve, and the cascading waterfalls of Dalwood Falls and Minyon Falls. While on the fringes of the Tweed Shire, imposing former volcano, Mount Warning witnesses mainland Australia’s first rays of sun each morning.
Long days, almost-perfect weather, never-ending beaches, first-rate accommodation and delicious food, the Northern Rivers has elements to impress even the most discerning city slicker. But beware… many who come for a weekend, often stay for a lifetime.
For more information about what to do and see, and where to shop and eat, in the Northern Rivers, view our Byron Bay destination guide.
Uncover the beauty of the Northern Rivers…
Virgin Australia operates flights to Ballina/Byron Bay daily, direct from Sydney.
Take the hassle out of planning your trip away, our partner, Blue Holidays offers exceptional Ballina/Byron Bay holiday packages from $454, per person.
Go off the beaten track and discover the Northern Rivers by car. Our car hire partners have cars to suit all terrains and adventures.
Victoria, Hepburn Shire
From the ocean to the country, rural Victoria is loaded with natural splendours. Hugging the bight of Bass Straight, The Great Ocean Road is heralded as one of the world’s most scenic drives. Rich red earth is met underneath bright blue skies in the Sunraysia district – one of Australia’s most prominent wine regions. While Australia’s longest river, the Murray snakes along the state’s boarder, supporting a variety of unique river life unseen anywhere on earth.
Just an hour and a half’s drive north west of Melbourne, the shire of Hepburn particularly provides for sensorial holiday experiences. Home to Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs, famous for their relaxing properties, Hepburn Shire – specifically the villages of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs – promotes holistic health and traditions of healing. Explore the areas mystical appeal… Bath in or drink from the waters of one of the region’s mineral springs. Picnic under the period rotunda at Kyneton Mineral Springs Reserve. Hike through bushland at Mount Macedon. Or get caught up in the mystery of the infamous Hanging Rock.
Unconventional, but full of unique and natural wonder – alongside acclaimed restaurants and cafes, farmers markets, roadside stalls and cellar doors – Hepburn Shire is an inspiring region, well worth venturing off the beaten track to visit.
Hepburn Shire is located 90 minutes from Tullamarine airport…
Virgin Australia operates flights to Melbourne daily, direct from all Australian capital cities and most major regional ports.
Take the hassle out of planning your trip away, our partner, Blue Holidays offers exceptional Daylesford holiday packages from $419, per person.
Go off the beaten track and discover the Hepburn Shire by car. Our car hire partners have cars to suit all terrains and adventures.
Western Australia, The Kimberley
There are few regions more quintessentially Australian than The Kimberley. Located in in the northern throes of Western Australia, the area is one of the remotest, wildest and most beautiful expanses on earth.
The desert meets the sea – in the form of famous 22 kilometre white-sand Cable Beach – at The Kimberley’s southern gateway, Broome. To the south of Cable Beach, Gantheaume Point’s red cliffs preserve dinosaur footprints. Spanning from Broome to Kununurra, Gibb River Road dissects some of the earth’s most rugged terrain, with access to spectacular wildlife and stunning gorges. While World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park boasts The Kimberley’s most renowned star, the Bungle Bungle range – the ultimate Outback playground.
Home to ancient rock formations, gushing waterfalls, expansive lakes and stunning beaches, The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, and hosts ample opportunity to indulge in a truly off-the-beaten-track adventure.
For more information about what to do and see, and where to shop and eat, in The Kimberley, view our Broome and Kununurra destination guides.
Discover the majesty of The Kimberly…
Virgin Australia operates flights to Broome and Kununurra daily, direct from Perth.
Take the hassle out of planning your trip away, our partner, Blue Holidays offers exceptional Broome holiday packages from $855, per person.
Go off the beaten track and discover The Kimberley by car. Our car hire partners have cars to suit all terrains and adventures.
Monday, June 4th, 2012
Our world is full of exciting and remarkable cultures, traditions and events; many of which need to be seen to be believed. To inspire you and help you discover life’s full potential we have scoured the globe to fashion a series of World’s Top lists.
To kick things off, we have sourced our top five Northern Hemisphere’s summer music festivals.
Must-attend Music Festivals…
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Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Introducing Byron Bay Australia – the Ultimate Beach Vacation Destination
Northern Rivers Tourism and V Australia want a lucky person (and a friend) to win and fly to the surfing mecca of the Australian East Coast and experience all that Byron Bay has to offer!
Up for grabs:
- Two return Premium Economy Class tickets from Los Angeles to Brisbane Australia with V Australia
- Five Nights deluxe accommodation at the Award winning Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
- Return Airport transfers with Byron Easybus
- Learn to Surf Lesson with Mojo Surf
- Kayaking Tour with Dolphins with Cape Byron Kayaks
Enter Here – it will only take you 2 minutes!
NOTE: This competition is only open to residents of the United States – for full terms and conditions click here
For those surfers out there – Who REALLY is responsible for the shortboard revolution?
“Going Vertical” is the movie that hopes to answer that very question – Was it Australian Bob McTavish or American Dick Brewer that made the first shortboard back in the 1960′s?
Watch the Going Vertical Movie Trailer here