Whats On in Byron Bay

The Byron Writers Festival 2017

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 4-6?  The Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional writers’ festival, held in August every year at its iconic beachside location at Elements Resort. Renowned for its sense of community and thought-provoking programming, the festival explores the importance of literature and debate in shaping our lives.

Byron Bay whats on

This year, yet another riveting line-up of writers and thinkers will converge on beautiful Byron Bay to inspire and entertain all those interested in art of writing and anyone who just loves to read a good book. The Byron Writers Festival is the central hub to the Northern Rivers’ active, vibrant literary culture. The purpose of this annual event is to create and delivers programs that involve and enrich professional, amateur and aspiring writers (and readers) of all ages.

The promotion of literature (particularly Australian), enhancing the skills of writers, and fostering a culture of reading and writing among all age groups in the Northern Rivers and beyond forms the foundation of this very special festival.  This year, the festival will see more than 130 writers join panels on 120-plus sessions over the 3-day event, welcoming artists, environmentalists, philosophers, journalists and musicians as well as our more traditional storytellers.

‘The 21st Byron Writers Festival program aims to soar high across many different dominions. We seek to inspire, engage and cultivate accessible conversations between our writer guests and avid audiences,’ says Festival Director, Edwina Johnson. ‘We are especially proud of this year’s Program – for its cultural diversity, scope and probing amalgamation of important topics and different writing genres.’

Acclaimed Australian novelists include Kate Grenville, Ashley Hay, Anita Heiss, Hannah Kent, A.S. Patric, Nicolas Rothwell, Kim Scott and Byron Bay based Rob Drewe who will launch his new novel Whipbird at the Festival. They join a best-selling line-up of Australian crime writers, including David Free, Mirandi Riwoe (M.J. Tjia), Michael Robotham and Jock Serong.

ABIA Award winner and rock icon Jimmy Barnes will discuss his bestselling, critically acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. Legendary singer and songwriter Tex Perkins will reveal his newly released autobiography. The two will come together for a special ABC Radio National session with presenter Sarah Kanowski. Sarah Blasko will feature in a one-on-one conversation with The Saturday Paper’s Erik Jensen as well as a Music Makers session with musician and novelist Holly Throsby.

This year’s festival reveals an exciting and compelling program across six stages and will be complemented by diverse writers’ workshops, satellite events and literary dinners throughout Byron Bay and the wider Northern Rivers region. For more information and tickets go to www.byronwritersfestival.com or call (02) 6685 5115

 “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
 – William Faulkner  –


Whale Watching

Byron Bay whats on

From headlands and beaches to cruise boats and kayaks, the Byron Bay region is wonderful for watching whales on their annual migration along the spectacular NSW coast. Enjoy watching these magnificent creatures at Australia’s most easterly point between May and November, when whales migrate in their thousands.

The Byron Bay region, offers excellent opportunities to spot whales frolicking around Brunswick HeadsByron BayLennox Head and Ballina. Land-based vantage points include. In Ballina, head for Lighthouse Hill and the viewing platforms at Angels Beach, Flat Rock and Skennars Head. Rocky Point and the Pat Morton Lookout in Lennox Head are popular too.

For the chance to get even closer to the whales, Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and Cape Byron Kayaks offer kayaking tours to observe these majestic mammals up close and Sundive Byron Bay offer the opportunity to  view whales while snorkelling at Julian Rocks.

A whale-watching cruise with Blue Bay Whale WatchingByron Bay Eco Charter or Whale Watching Byron Bay is another exciting way to experience these amazing animals up close, with some of the cruise boats having hydrophones that enable you to listen to the whales singing.

To see where the whales are right now check out the Wild About Whales app. Enjoy!


Belongil Beach & The Wreck

When you think about what to do on a sunny day in Byron Bay, it doesn’t get much better than lazing on one of the many stunning beaches that grace these shores. Surrounded by natural beauty, you’ll find it easy to unwind and relax on soft sand, enjoy invigorating swims in crystal-clear water and glorious sunrises and sunsets over the deep blue ocean.

Byron Bay whats on

Whether it’s swimming, surfing, kayaking fishing, or just rolling out your towel and relaxing on the soft sand Byron Bay’s gorgeous beaches have something that will suit everyone.

Belongil is great place to walk anytime of the day, but if you’re looking for something to do in the early morning this beach is pure magic! Wake before sunrise, grab a coffee and take in the views that stretch north towards Brunswick Heads where you can witness Mount Warning in all it’s glory in the distance.

In the evening, head down to the main beach car park at sunset to enjoy the famous drumming circle that happens Friday to Sunday. Dance with diverse characters, musicians and vagabond travellers as they celebrate the end of another beautiful day in Byron Bay.

A short walk from the Main Beach and centre of town The Wreck named after the remains of the Wollongbar ship lodged just 30m offshore. The ship lost its tie to the old Byron Bay Pier during a cyclone in 1922 and sank. It now provides great snorkelling options and surf in the right conditions. Dogs are allowed here, providing the opportunity to socialise with other dog lovers or just enjoy a swim or surf when the swell is up.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our latest Byron Bay whats on guide. Click here and here to read our previous blogs about things to do in and around Byron Bay.

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What to do in Byron Bay

People from all over the country and the world flock to Byron for good reason. This magic place and it’s surrounding areas offer a huge variety of things to do. The toughest part is choosing what to do in Byron Bay!

The team at Byron Bay Luxe Limousines know the Byron Bay region better than anyone because we drive it every day! Here you’ll discover the best picks across a range of areas as we recommend things to do, places to see, local businesses and accommodation that make Byron Bay what it is.

So what do people do here? They come to surf epic breaks at dawn, paddle through hazy beach afternoons and marvel at enchanting sunsets. They come to do reiki, refine their yoga practice, do a raw fast and hang with the fire-twirlers by the beach at sunset. They come to enjoy the regions’ excellent restaurants, then kick on, with backpackers, musicians, models, young entrepreneurs, ageing hippies and property developers at one of its character filled pubs. Or, because it’s Byron, do all of the above, then come back for more.

Whatever you do, you’ll feel the positive vibe of this very special place and leave feeling refreshed and inspired thanks to Mother Nature in all her glory and the warmth of the locals who take pride in offering their services in one of the most popular holiday destinations on the planet.

One place that gives Byron Bay such a great reputation is the incredible Pavilion 2 at Broken Head – a luxurious modern Balinese styled house set amongst the nature reserve just footsteps from the magnificent sandy beach at Broken Head, seven kilometres south of Byron Bay.

If you are looking for the perfect location to escape, unwind and indulge, this is the place! Nestled into the beachfront nature reserve, this secure four-bedroom pavilion style home offers lush gardens, gorgeous pool and spacious decks with massive stackable bi-fold doors that give you the option of indoor or outdoor living. The ideal getaway for an unforgettable holiday, honeymoon, corporate retreat or private spa experience, the property is also available for small, intimate weddings on request.

What to do in Byron Bay

Due to the private location, you won’t find a better couples’ retreat or romantic getaway with secluded gardens, a private pool and outdoor bath. Pavilion 2 at Broken Head is also perfect for extended families or groups of friends, with the master bedroom complete with its own en-suite, private decks, day bed and courtyard and a second en-suited bedroom also boasting a private deck. A third pavilion has a master bedroom and en-suite with a linked sunroom which serves as the fourth bedroom – perfect for singles or children!

The luxury and versatility of this unique property with the extent of open, covered and private decks make it the perfect place to sit back and relax or have a luxurious in-house massage arranged. Also perfect for entertaining, the chef’s kitchen, BBQ, and indoor/outdoor setting make a wonderful place to share memories with friends and family. Why not indulge in a private chef so you can enjoy the freedom of being on holiday?

You’re in the best of hands with Byron Bay Holiday Rentals as the local managers. The team will work closely with you to ensure you have everything you need for your perfect escape including 24/7 support during your stay.

For more information and to book the holiday of a lifetime go to https://www.byronbayholidayrentals.com/suffolk-park-broken-head/pavilion-2-at-broken-head


If you’re in Byron Bay for a while and have an interest in Eastern healing therapies, check out the Byron Thai Massage School. The generations of experience and knowledge learned and passed down through feeling and intuition has evolved Thai Massage into one of the four principal components of traditional Thai medicine, along with nutrition, herbal medicine and spiritual practice.

Byron Thai Massage School was born in 2003 from the passion Valentina Gombi has for this amazing style of massage. Valentina works together with one of Byron’s best yoga teachers, who designs a class every morning based on the sequence students will learn on the day.

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Valentina has purposely created the full course as a 15 day training for 8 hours per day, rather than 10 days, so students have the time to have extra practice and integrate the new knowledge under supervision, with small classes to resulting in more feed-back, personal attention and knowledge transfer delivered in a more personalised way.

Training is offered from a beautiful studio in an ideal setting, specifically built for the course, supported by the comforts of a full kitchen, covered outdoor area and a quiet, serene atmosphere.

Offering small group courses or two-on-one tuition to suit varying needs and levels, for a taster, the basic 5 day course is a good option. If you’re looking for a full qualification, then the professional 3 week intensive practitioner training is the way to go, with two-on-one basic or advanced tuition also able to be tailored to your needs and experience.

For more information go to www.byronthaimassage.com


When deciding what to do in Byron Bay, you can’t go past the world class events on offer here. Splendour in the Grass is now one of Australia’s premier music festivals, held annually since 2001 and is on this year from Friday 21 July 017 to Sunday 23 July.

With plenty of on-site camping, Splendour creates its own community for a weekend involving a heady mix of contemporary performing artists from around the globe. Past headline acts have included Coldplay, The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Devo, Mumford and Sons, and Bloc Party.

Coolangatta to Byron Bay

(C) Tom Sue Yek

Loved by music fans as much as by musicians, the festival offers plenty of other attractions beyond the main stages. For more information go to www.splendourinthegrass.com


We hope this month’s blog has provided some suggestions of what to do in Byron Bay. Contact Byron Bay Luxe Limousines today to find out about our luxury limousine transfers.

Sydney to Byron Bay

How to get from Sydney to Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. Every year, almost 2 million visitors are welcomed to Byron Bay, with three quarters of those visitors arriving domestically.

Almost 500,000 visitors come to Byron Bay each year from Sydney. Visitors from Sydney have several options to get to Byron Bay. In this article, we’ll break down the options for you:

Sydney to Byron Bay flights

Flying to Byron Bay from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is the fastest way to get to Byron Bay. Although there is no airport in Byron Bay itself, there are several airports close by.

Ballina Byron Gateway airport is the closest airport to Byron Bay. There are around three flights per day from Sydney to Byron Bay, taking 1: 20 in duration. There’s a further 30 minute drive to get from Ballina Byron Airport to Byron Bay.

Flying from Sydney to Lismore Airport is convenient, however there’s only on average 1 flight a day from Sydney that lands at Lismore Airport. The flight duration from Sydney to Lismore is 1:40, with a 45 minute airport transfer to Byron Bay.

Gold coast Coolangatta Airport has over 20 flights a day from Sydney to Byron Bay. Due to the number of flights, this is often one of the more economical routes to get from Sydney to Byron Bay. The flight takes around 1h 20m. The airport transfer from Coolangatta Airport to Byron Bay is around 1:15 drive.

The final option, and the furthest from Byron Bay, is to fly from Sydney to Brisbane. There are over 30 flights a day from Sydney to Brisbane, making Brisbane Airport the most accessible for Sydney-siders. Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay via Brisbane consists of a 1:30 flight and approximately 2 hour airport transfer to Byron Bay.

Sydney to Byron Bay by Car

Few people take the 9 hour drive (775km) from Sydney to Byron Bay. It’s convenient, as you have your car with you for your duration in Byron Bay. The downside is the lost time and expense of petrol for the long drive from Sydney.

Sydney to Byron Bay via Train or Bus

Although travelling from Sydney to Byron Bay by bus or train is the cheapest, it’s also the longest. Either trip takes around 13 hours. Greyhound offers an overnight service which may be more convenient for your needs.

In summary, there are several ways to get from Sydney to Byron Bay. We recommend flying to Ballina Airport, or Coolangatta Airport to reduce unnecessary wasted time and expenses.

For airport transfers to your Byron Bay accommodation, contact Byron Bay Luxe Limousines. We’ll ensure you have a pleasant journey!



Activities and Accommodation in Byron Bay

Byron Bay Accommodation


The friendly and helpful team at Byron Bay Luxury Homes can assist you with finding that outstanding accommodation you have been looking for. It is their excellence of service and prestige properties that offer the best in the bay.

Byron Bay’s premier holiday accommodation agency, providing an exclusive variety of high-end and luxury Byron Bay accommodation options to cater for every type of getaway whether it’s a romantic retreat, a luxury apartment or an idyllic beach house.

Byron Bay Accommodation

Winter specials

While we are talking about amazing stays in Byron, Byron Bay Luxury Homes have some great winter specials going. You can check out some stunning locations for your winter escape to Byron here: https://www.byronbayluxuryhomes.com/specials/

Head over to Byron Bay Luxury Homes blog page and take a look at some of the fantastic activities available around Byron. The team have put together a great line-up of the best of the region and their personal favourites with some wonderful images to get you excited about your adventure.

If getting out further into the hinterland is your thing, Byron Bay Luxe Limousines can drive you in style. If it’s a day of shopping around in the region, or a special lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants situated out of Byron, BBLL can make sure you can relax and have a personalised service to take you there and bring you back. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view.

Byron Bay Accommodation

Byron Bay’s Treasure

There are so many ways to experience Byron Bay just as there are many things to do once you are here. We thought we would share some Byron Bay things to do in the areas of importance – like where to stay, great things to do and how to truly unwind Byron style.

Byron Bay Detox retreats



Imagine giving yourself a total detox from your life of stresses and pollutants. To recharge and cleanse in a serene relaxed environment. Byron Bay Detox Retreats allows you to rejuvenate and renew your body while enjoying the quiet luxury of the retreat. Located just metres from Tallow Beach, just south of Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron, in 30 hectares of native bushland, this fully immersive retreat removes toxins from your system and empowers you with restored health and vitality.

The all inclusive package takes care of everything from accommodation, juices, raw food classes and eating, yoga and treatments for detox.


Luxury Accommodation – 28 Degrees Byron Bay


Byron Bay things to do

Located in the heart of Byron Bay, 28 Degrees Byron Bay offers boutique accommodation for travellers looking for a luxurious haven within walking distance to all the town’s delights and a 5-minute stroll to the beach. 28 Degrees Byron Bay provides total privacy and heavenly comfort for guests. Inspired by the term ‘barefoot luxury’ this elegantly relaxed boutique hotel has all the trimmings including king size beds with organic linen, Biology skin care products and Byron Bay treats and coffee.

So centrally located you wont need a car and can walk or cycle everywhere, with ambling distance to the best bars, cafes, shops and beaches. So near to all the Byron Bay things to do.


Mez Club


On the topic of bars and restaurants, we so love The Mez Club

Situated on Marvel street, this stylish cantina is the place to socialise and listen to cool tunes while sipping great cocktails such as the chilli & cucumber margarita. Its our go to place in Byron that has the atmosphere sorted…

Byron Bay things to do

Byron Bay things to do

Doma café – Federal


Byron Bay things to do

Take a drive into the hinterland and find rare gems such as Doma Café at federal.

This beautiful café serving traditional Japanese fare in relaxed surrounds in Federal is truly a unique experience. Sit out in the garden under towering trees and enjoy the freshest in Japanese dishes. We are so blessed to have such quality and tradition to enjoy in this region.


The Beet – Byron’s vegan restaurant


Byron Bay things to do

When you are tired of the same old, same old. Blow your mind and your preconceptions of vegetarian/vegan food. Let this fantastic new restaurant romance you with their outstandingly friendly service, unbelievable food art and walk away truly satisfied. The Beet restaurant is exceptional. The highly trained chefs are passionate about providing a culinary adventure for lovers of great food.

The Villas of Byron


Byron Bay things to do

Imagine relaxing in your own private villa with its own pool and spa. The Villas of Byron are a quiet hideaway near the heart of Byron yet a world away, where you don’t even have to step outside your villa if you so desire. These tropical luxe inspired villas have every luxury you could hope for in a personal paradise.

That’s a start to our weekly round up of Byron Bay things to do, what’s hot in Byron and the best of the regions offerings. Next week join us to hear about some unique activities to get involved in here in Byron Bay. Please join us for more and we would love to hear about any of your favourite places or activities, so drop us a line or two in the comments.

Click this link for more information on things to do and feel free to check out some of our other blog posts, or contact us for more information about our Byron Bay Luxury Limousine services.

Byron Road Trip

Road Trip Playlist

Everyone loves an adventure and let’s face it a Byron road trip without the right tunes is just a commute. At Byron Bay Luxe we spend a lot of time driving and not only do our luxe European cars make road-tripping a joy, having awesome playlists that complement your drive and the scenery definitely elevate it to the next level. So we’ve compiled a playlist to make your journey memorable.


Add your favourites and we hope you enjoy hearing some fresh tunes that are guaranteed to lift your spirits. Drive – Time!


  1. Moonrise                                                            Zimmer
  2. Runaway – Biff ‘n’ Memphis Edit                   Evoke
  3. The Road Is Lonesome                                     Club des Belugas
  4. Ten Headed Beast                                             Hundreds
  5. Innerbloom                                                        RUfUS
  6. In This World                                                     Moby
  7. Triscuits-Original Mix                                       Monitor 66
  8. Thieves- Klaves Remix                                      The Beach, Klaves
  9. Top of the World- Original Mix                       Ruederich, Meggy.
  10. What is Love (feat. Tears & Marble)              Pretty Pink, Tears & Marble
  11. Time Of The Season                                          The Zombies
  12. Sister Golden Hair (2006 Remastered)          America
  13. Learning to Fly                                                   Pink Floyd
Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018

Bluesfest Byron Bay


Next up for events in Byron Bay is the world-class Byron Bay Blues Festival.

Each year over the Easter long weekend Byron Bay plays host to an incredible line-up of entertainers from all over the world to an audience diverse in ages and music tastes- there truly is something for everyone at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018!

Over 5 days and nights, fans are transported on a magical musical tour spanning years and genres. The vibe at this contemporary music festival is truly electric and joyous. Visitors return year after year, knowing they will always see original performers and favourites.

Set on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm with up to 7 stages and over 100 food and market stalls, Bluesfest presents the biggest names in music to the audience each year. It is a safe and relaxed festival also providing children’s entertainment. We provide a quick and comfortable way to get to and from the festival.

Byron Bay Luxe Limousines offer a reliable and easy transfer service, avoiding lengthy waits for buses and taxies. Your personal driver will be waiting to whisk you away when you are ready and deliver you at your required time allowing you to make the most of your time at the festival.

Book soon to ensure your transport for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018.

Byron Bay corporate transfers 

Byron Bay Corporate Transfers

Many businesses are enjoying the fantastic open spaces Byron Bay and surrounds have to offer. Byron Bay Luxe Limousines is now available for off-site Byron Bay corporate transfers and team building events.

It makes sense to hold a conference where you can unplug from the everyday busy environment and accommodate all guests together to make the most of the time. Byron Bay is the perfect place to hold a celebration event or a product launch. Guests will be inspired by spectacular backdrops and beautiful conferencing spaces.

With the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa offering beautiful suites set amongst 45 acres of rainforest and 5 star facilities and conferencing rooms to cater for important business visitors, guests can enjoy time out as well as integrate new ideas. The stunning stretch of Tallows Beach is a short walk and the boardwalk through the resort’s rainforest is an incredibly calming way to start or finish the day.

Elements resort is located on the north side of Byron Bay on 50 acres of beachfront. Large conferencing rooms with state of the art facilities have been set up to accommodate events of any size in an inspired, relaxed atmosphere. Not to mention superb locations to guarantee the big reveal on a product launch is unforgettable.

Our Airport Transfers service covers the several airports that service the area. Your guests and business visitors will be greeted warmly by our professional drivers, exceling in customer service, assisted with luggage and made to feel welcome. Byron Bay Luxe Limousines will give the best first impression and transfer your guests to their destination in comfort and style. We have the only European luxury vehicles in the area assuring quality and true luxury Byron Bay Corporate Transfers. Our luxurious Mercedes MPV has extra room, reclining leather seats and 3 zone climate control. We have a matching fully enclosed luggage trailer for extra luggage.

Contact Byron Bay Luxe Limousines today, to find out how we can assist with your corporate transfers or limousine service in Byron Bay.


Byron Bay Waterfalls

Just Go Chasing Waterfalls

Get out and about, go adventuring and discover the charms of the Northern Rivers with Byron Bay Luxe Limousines. The hinterland is a tropical paradise full of fresh rivers and swimming holes, waterfalls surrounded by lush green forest. READ MORE