BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL PROGRAMME FEB 14-16 2020
Venues: Byron Bay Brewery, RVCA Gallery Byron Bay, Wategos Beach
FRIDAY 14: ARTSHOW, SUNSET CINEMA, OPENING PARTY
5-7pm The 2019 BBSF Artshow – Venue RVCA store Byron Bay
7-9pm Official opening ceremony, Sunset Cinema, legends & music – Venue BBB
9-12pm Opening party Live Music – Venue BBB
SATURDAY 15: SURF MARKETS, SURF COMP, LIVE MUSIC
7-8am Beach clean-up Clean it all up! – Venue Wategos Beach
9-4pm Surf Markets Markets, Food, Music – Venue BBB
8-5pm Surf Competition – Wategos Wizards – Venue Wategos
12-6pm Shaka Events Special guests, Q&A’s, presentations – Venue BBB
1-8pm Surf Culture Big Screen Movies – Venue BBB cinema
8-12pm Surf Party Live Music – Venue BBB
SUNDAY 16: FREESTYLE & STOKE, WRAP PARTY & AWARDS
7-8am Fluro Sunday Surfing, grouping. Supporting mental health – Venue The Pass
8-4pm Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions – Venue Wategos
We now have our winter specials available. Call us direct to book your Byron Bay Whale Watching adventures, or simply enjoy the clear blue ocean. Our pool is heated to 27 degrees from April to October (dates vary according to weather)
There are some great bushwalks and waterfalls to visit, and some gorgeous little towns set into the surrounding hills and Hinterland.
Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival
Bangalow is picturesque by definition and never more so than on Christmas Eve. The town well and truly puts its stunning best foot forward with the Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival. Think carnival rides, eclectic street performers, glistening Christmas lights and Santa himself enjoying the festivities. The region is known for its beautiful produce and incredible food culture and both are at the forefront of the Carnival with an abundance of local food stalls.
Located an easy 20 minute drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival makes the perfect festive addition to Christmas in Byron Bay. Bayview Beachfront Apartments still have some availability for the Christmas period. Enquire now and book an unforgettable Christmas Holiday.
For more information on the carnival, visit the Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival Facebook page.
Image from: byronhinterland.com.au
Falls Festival- 31st December-2nd Jan 2020
Falls Festival is now in its 27th year and, from all reports, gets better every time! With a primary focus on the beauty and benefits of the festival’s lush locations, it’s no wonder Byron Bay is on top of the exclusive list.
Falls boasts multiple stages with unbelievable local and international acts like Halsey, Tash Sultana and John Farnham. But there is more to this festival than great music- think Smirnoff Yoga sessions, a Palm Springs inspired water park, and comedy acts to name a few. What more does one need to ring in the new year?
Falls Festival Byron Bay is held at North Byron Parklands at Yelgun, about 20 minutes from Byron with a range of transport options available.
Visit fallsfestival.com for tickets, line-ups and information.
Blues Festival April 2020
Its little wonder that Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival. Taking place over the Easter Long Weekend since 1990, this is a Byron experience not to be missed. It features over 200 performances, across multiple stages over five unforgettable days with more than 100 food and market stalls.
Visit www.bluesfest.com.au for announcements, tickets and more information.
Bayview apartments is perfect Bluesfest accommodation and we still have availability! Call us today.
Whale Watching season:
May to November
Winter in Byron Bay is truly magical with the clear sunny days made ever more brilliant by the ongoing spectacle out to sea. As the saying goes “our favourite visitors return every year” and they seem to enjoy the winter sunshine as much as we do!
Byron, and its surrounding areas offer many amazing vantage points to see the whales in all their glory. Cape Byron Lighthouse is obviously a great place to start. Its furthermost easterly aspect creates near panoramic views, amplifying your chances of spotting a pod.
If you feel like venturing further from town, the coastline between Ballina and Lennox Head has multiple lookouts offering uninterrupted views out to sea. Try Angel’s Beach or Flat Rock.
And of course, if you prefer to meet our aquatic friends in their own territory, there are many local boating companies offering whale watching experiences from the water. You can book your Whale Watching tour here.
Byron Writers Festival
Byron Writers Festival Friday 2 August to Sunday, 4 August 2019
After 23 years, Byron Writer’s Festival have well and truly perfected an event full of storytelling, conversation and debate. As Australia’s largest regional literary celebration, it’s no wonder that it is one of the highlights of Byron Bay’s calendar- with an annual audience of over 12,000 people. This year, The Writer’s Festival will take place at Elements of Byron and will showcase 140 writers across all genres. The extensive festival program boasts 121 panels across 6 stages plus a diverse range of workshops. With several travel options from town to the festival- including shuttle bus services, the Byron Bay Solar Train or even a bike ride- Bayview Apartments offer a great option for festival accommodation.
Visit for festival information and tickets.
Entertainment: The Atmospherics & Sam Buckingham
This market takes place four times a year in early January, Easter, July and late September. The Beachside Markets are a ‘make it, bake it and grow it’ market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. This is the perfect location to experience some of the most original products alongside one of the worlds’ most famous beaches.
This market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high-quality art, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, glass, homewares, fashion, craft, clothing and music which is created by local artisans. The market also offers an array of services from our health and well-being practitioners.
The focus of the Beachside Market is to incorporate authenticity, community and sustainability. This Beachside Market provides an unparalleled opportunity for local artists, creators and healers to showcase their talents to all attendees. With over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometre of beachfront at Byron Bay’s Main Beach, this market is the perfect location to experience some of the best and most original products and services found in the Byron Bay area.
Come with your family and friends to experience the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, brunch or lunch while you listen to some fabulous live music and browse the stalls.
Thursday morning Farmers Markets Note, the weekly Farmers Markets are moving from the Butler St Reserve to Cavanbah Centre, Ewingsdale Road (the Cav) from 11 July 2019 for about 6 months while the new Byron bypass is built. There is plenty of free parking at the Cav and a free shuttle bus from Byron centre and Butler Street.
Byron Community Market
First Sunday of every Month the Market is to be held at the beachfront rather than Butler Street reserve Sunday, August 4th
The construction of the Bus Depot at Butler Street reserve has meant a drastic move for the longstanding Byron Markets. Over the years, The Byron Market has developed a loyal following and a fierce reputation as an icon of Byron Bay Culture. The open spaces and gravel aisles of Butler Street Reserve have long been home to the huge array of stalls- featuring art, fashion, homewares, produce, food and live music. But as of Sunday, August 4th, the Byron Community Markets will shift from its well-worn home to its new location (for 6 months anyway) at the Beachfront. Community organisers are assuring us that all our favourites will be present and accounted for at the beachfront and urging everyone to keep the monthly tradition going. Now located directly across the road from Bayview Beachfront Apartments, there’s really no excuse not to enjoy it.
Live Music @ Apex Park
Picture this: Sky alight with a slowly setting sun, waves rolling in with ever-eager surfers grasping at the diminishing light, the mountain range darkening across The Bay and live local music at the forefront of it all. Not a bad scene- particularly when you think its free and available every weekend!
Right on sunset, the grassy expanse of Apex park will start to fill with a gathering crowd as a local performer takes to the natural stage (with potentially the world’s best backdrop!). When you think world class artists like Ziggy Alberts and Kyle Lionhart started out busking in Byron, you can pretty much guarantee its going to be a great show.
Grab yourself a picnic from one of the multitudes of amazing takeaway options near the park (Think Ozy Mex tacos, Fish Monger’s fresh fish and hand cut chips or Middle Eastern delights from Orgasmic Falafel) and enjoy Byron Bay at its best.
Friday 23rd August: Beach Hotel. Bluesfest Busking Showcase
Image sourced from: www.weekendnotes.com/ultimate-free-guide-to-byron-bay
Sample Food Festival Bangalow Saturday, 7 September 2019
‘Sample- A taste of the Northern Rivers’ is a growing food festival located in beautiful Bangalow, just 20 minutes from Byron Bay. This annual event highlights local restaurants, growers and producers and welcomes world class chefs to the region. In 2019 it will be headlined by Matt Moran. For the hardcore foodies there are workshops, masterclasses and tours while ‘The sample Lunch’ offers a unique fine dining opportunity. If you’re not into the fancy stuff, there is still a fantastic day to be had with tasting plates, live music, market stalls and kids’ entertainment. Who doesn’t love a food festival? It is just a short drive through the magnificent hinterland, so why not make a weekend out of it and stay with us at Bayview Beachfront Apartments.
For more information on the festival, go to samplefoodevents.com
Nature Sculpture walk
– Brunswick 28th Sept- 2nd Oct
Brunswick Heads is a few beaches north of Byron Bay and a picture-perfect representation of an Australian Beach Town. In fact, it’s been portrayed as exactly that on Channel Nine’s remake of Aussie Drama ‘Sea Change’. Brunswick has natural beauty, coastal charm and artistic flair and its never more on display than during the annual Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk.
The priority for the event is to provide opportunities for artists and community to connect and engage with the environment. More than 50 artists will install works throughout the Brunswick landscape. There are also guided tours, workshops, discussions and presentations.
Visit their website For more information on the event and the incredible artists.
image from www.brunswicknaturesculpturewalk.com
October 2019: Byron Bay International Film Festival 18-27 Oct 2019.
Dream With Your Eyes Open’ at the Byron International Film Festival. Whether you’re a film maker, a film lover or someone who simply appreciates an amazing event- Byron International Film Festival won’t disappoint.
Each year, World class film makers and industry professionals join thousands of film fans at Australia’s largest regional film festival. The 10 day event is known for its focus on artistry, innovation and entertainment combined with the dynamic, accepting and laid back atmosphere of Byron Bay. Films from over 40 countries strive to enhance our worldview and expand social dialogue through the power of storytelling.
With red carpet gala events, sunset bars, and multiple masterclasses, BBFF provides the ultimate opportunity for networking, collaboration and creativity.
The line-up for the festival is set to be announced in September.
For more information on the festival, go to https://www.bbff.com.au/
Mullumbimby music festival
Mullum Music Festival 14-17 Nov 2019
Double J has labelled Mullum Music Festival “one of the cutest, most unique festivals on the national calendar.” And that’s exactly what it is!
Mullumbimby is a quaint, ‘hippy’ town 25 minutes North of Byron Bay with a small yet dynamic local population. It’s what you might consider ‘sleepy’. But for one weekend a year the town comes alive with visitors and musical acts descending from all over the world. Practically every local space is transformed into a festival venue- The Civic Hall, The Bowls Club, even the Highschool Gym!
Despite the influx of people, Mullum Music Festival manages to successfully establish a true festival atmosphere whilst maintaining its small town charms. The all-ages event has market stalls, kids’ activities, and a multi-colour magic bus ferrying people around town, making it the ultimate “family day out”.
The first round of artists have been announced and it includes a formidable batch of local and international acts. With more announcements still to come MMF 2019 is sure to be another amazing festival. To keep an eye on further announcements and for more information, go to their website.
M-Arts Precinct- Murwillumbah
Located 40 minutes from Bayview Apartments.
Put simply, Murwillumbah is an Aussie town. It ticks all the boxes of the quintessential small town- beautiful scenery, amazing small businesses, a dynamic local population. Located on the Tweed River and surrounded by World Heritage National Parks, Murwillumbah is often described as the heart of the Northern Rivers. But with the opening of the incredible M-Arts Precinct, this small town has also cemented its status as the Artistic Hub of the area.
M-Arts Precinct is set in an industrial warehouse and brings together a multitude of creative outlets, establishing a unique experience for both artists and enthusiasts.
– Dedicated galleries from Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
– 13 individual studios occupied by regional artists, jewellers & Makers
– Yellow Brick Studio: A supply space designed by artists for artists.
– Gallery Downtown: an annex of the Tweed Regional Gallery and an economic and creative force in Murwillumbah CBD.
– Bacaro: A Venetian-style dining experience driven by local produce and inspired by their Italian heritage.
– Fitz + Potts: A brand new bar coming soon to M-Arts
M-Arts Precinct has an exciting calendar of events with a constantly revolving array of exhibitions, performances, Classes/Demonstrations and Children’s Art Sessions. Be sure to visit their website for all the exciting details. https://m-arts.com.au/
The Farm Byron Bay
Located 10 minutes from Bayview Apartments
The Farm was first established in 2013 and quickly became one of Byron’s favourite attractions. Sprawling across 80 acres of Ewingsdales’ beautiful farmland, The Farm is a manifestation of the organisations moto “Grow. Feed. Educate. Give back”.
The Farm offers a truly special day out in Byron Bay. From Farm tours through the paddocks meeting the residents (think huge pigs lazing in the mud, too relaxed to pay you any attention) to workshops and classes in the picturesque Gardenshed, The Farm offers something to learn around every corner.
Finish the day off (or start it!) at the world famous Three Blue Ducks Restaurant. It incorporates a restaurant, bakery, produce store and an extensive bar. Have an incredible meal, buy beautiful supplies for a picnic in the paddocks or simply browse.
With so many things to fit into your farm adventure, take advantage of the ‘Plan your Visit’ feature on the website. thefarm.com.au
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margret Orlley Art Centre- Murwillumbah
Located 40 minutes from Bayview Apartments.
Margaret Olley was an artistic icon of the Northern Rivers and the Art Centre that bears her name is no different! Originally opened in 1988, the Gallery moved to its current home in 2004, set in a beautiful new building with panoramic views from every window.
The Gallery has 6 exhibition spaces with a vibrant program of both touring and regional artists with a focus on national significance and Australian life. The Final Stage of the Tweed Regional gallery is the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC). The intricate display celebrates the life and legacy of, arguably, one of Australia’s most celebrated painters. The recreation of her famous home studio is not to be missed.
Visitors to The Gallery can also enjoy a huge array of workshops, artist talks, and demonstrations as well as the Gallery Shop and Research Library. The Gallery Café provides the perfect setting to take a break from your artistic exploration with indoor/outdoor seating options all taking advantage of the stunning Tweed valley scenery.
For opening hours, exhibition information and more, visit the website
Winter Activities ( or at least some of them)
overlooking the beach directly across the road from Bayview at the Surf Club