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Locals Guide to Byron Bay

What to do in Byron? There is just so much to do and explore. To help you plan your next Byron Bay getaway we have created the ‘insiders’ guide to Byron Bay, local style! We’ve asked each of our team to provide their favourite local places to swim, eat, shop and play.

Favourite Breakfast and Coffee – Maree, Park Manager

The best locals hang out for a fantastic coffee and relaxed, carefree atmosphere has to be The Top Shop. Sit on the grass and enjoy a locally blended coffee with a delicious home-made muffin or their famous ‘breakfast burger’. This is a great place to stop after a lighthouse walk, early morning surf or to just soak up the sunshine. Located outside the town centre and slightly back from the beach, this cafe is a little harder to find but I promise you won’t regret it!

In the Byron hinterland, I also love a weekend breakfast at Harvest Cafe in Newrybar. This beautifully renovated old farm house bakes their own breads and pastries on-site in a 100 year old wood-fire oven. Magic with a morning coffee, some locally made jam and the weekend paper.

Favourite Beach Experience – John, Park Caretaker

If unpopulated and secluded beaches with pristine white sand, palms and astonishing natural beauty are your thing, then the little known ‘Whites Beach’ near Broken Head is for you! It is off the beaten track and there are no life guards, so this needs to be considered. However if you want to get away from the crowds, this is the perfect beach.

To get there, drive towards Broken Head beach and take the dirt road on the right before the Broken Head Beach car park and head into the national park. Follow the road past ‘Kings Beach’ car park, which is a nudist beach, until you get to a small dirt car park. Once parked, follow the well-worn path through the rainforest down to the beach. This path is fairly steep, but enjoys some magnificent ocean views and is well worth the effort. Don’t be surprised if you’re the only people on the beach!

Favourite Local Shopping – Hannah, Receptionist

I love to go shopping in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. It’s located just outside the town centre and has a wonderful mix of local fashion designers, home wares and hand-made jewellery boutiques. For the girls, check out Spell Designs, Goddess of Babylon and Byron Designworks and for the boys drop by Maddog Surfboards, McTavish Surfboards and Bear Surfboards.

If you’re in town for a few days, then head to the picturesque hinterland town of Bangalow for a cool collection of vintage shops, quirky home wares and for some serious fashion fabulousness the gorgeous Island Luxe! Shopping is thirsty business, so be sure to also pop into the Bangalow pub for a drink on their back veranda. It never fails to delight!

Favourite Cheap Eats – Paul, Park Manager

Eating out in Byron Bay can quickly become very expensive and hunting down a great meal at a reasonable price can be a bit of a challenge. My favourite cheap eats for a great meal is Pizza Paradiso in Suffolk Park. A favourite with the locals, Pizza Paradiso offers ‘giant size’ pizza’s on Tuesday nights for only $20! Choose to eat in, takeaway or they deliver and there’s a great little bottle shop located next door for BYO wine or beer.

Favourite Family Place to Eat – Sue, Receptionist

We love to take the family to the Suffolk Park Pub. ‘The Park’, as it’s affectionately called by the locals, has a fantastic large outdoor deck overlooking tropical gardens and an all-weather kid’s playground. They offer a traditional pub menu with lots of variety including vegetarian dishes and fresh local seafood. On Monday nights, KIDS EAT FREE, so for anyone on a budget this is a great way to enjoy a meal out with the entire family.

Favourite Hinterland Pub – Sarah, Marketing Manager

It has to be the Eltham Pub. Located in the Byron hinterland in the small historic village of Eltham, the Eltham pub is a great way to meet some local north coast characters! Grab a stool at the front bar and you’ll be chatting with the resident farmers in no time. The pub has a fantastic award-winning bistro with some of the best slow-cooked Bangalow pork in the district! The pub is well over 100 years old and is a favourite meeting place for visitors and locals alike.

Favourite Romantic Dinner Spot – Pauline, Receptionist

It is hard to go past the Byron Beach Cafe for their summer dinners. They have a large outdoor dining deck that looks out to the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy watching the sun sink slowly away over the mountains while sipping on a chilled glass of wine or cold beer. The cafe has won multiple awards and the food is always incredible. The dining deck has a retractable roof and at night, the atmosphere is very romantic with twinkling tea lights on the tables and the stars above. Bliss.

Favourite Local Drive – Jack, Park Maintenance

There are so many choices! Some of my favourite weekend drives include Coolamon Scenic Drive, which offers incredible views of Byron Bay, the lighthouse and the mountains. Another one of my all-time favourite drives is to Minyon Falls. This drive takes you through some of the prettiest countryside in the entire region. Once you arrive at the Minyon Falls car park, it’s just a short stroll through ancient palm trees to the waterfall’s viewing platform. What a view!

Beat the Christmas New Year Rush in Byron Bay

Summer is here. The days are getting longer, the nights balmy and the weather tropical. As our minds turn to holidays, relaxing in the sun and days spent with the family, now is a great time to visit Byron Bay. This is a magnificent time of the year to enjoy everything Byron Bay has to offer and beat the post-Christmas and New Year holiday rush. Enjoy uncrowded beaches, long leisurely lunches, alfresco BBQ dining and loads of local events and activities.

Get away with family and friends this December for a camping holiday at the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park. To help make your trip even more enjoyable, please find below a list of what’s on in the local area up until to Christmas:

“The Heart & The Sea” A Surfing Movie Premiere by Nathan Oldfield

The Heart & The Sea is the third release from independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, the creator of the highly regarded left-of-centre surf films ‘Lines From a Poem’ and ‘Seaworthy’. Over three years in the making, The Heart & The Sea explores the joy that lies at the very centre of a surfing life: family, friends and a shared intimacy with the sea. Filmed in Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain, this is a gently refreshing & quietly enchanting contribution to the surf film genre.

19th December 2012


Byron Community Centre


UPLIFT 2012 Festival

Join global evolutionary leaders, scientists, visionary activists, indigenous elders, musicians, artists and poets for a 4 day celebration of conscious evolution in Byron Bay from 20th to 23rd December 2012. Presenters will include Barbara Marx Hubbard, Bruce H. Lipton, Dr. Hunter Adams, Jonathan Goldman plus many more. Artists and musicians include Deva Premal & Miten, Shye Ben-Tzur, The Future Sound of Yoga plus 12 other talented performers.

20th to 23rd December 2012


Byron Bay Community Christmas Carols

Carols by the sea in Byron Bay. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring all the family to sing along with the Christmas carols. Enjoy 2 hours of sitting on your picnic blanket with some nibbles while you watch the kids sing silent night! This is a free public event. Pick up your free Carols booklet from Byron Shire News and other local businesses.

14th December 2012 6.30pm – 8.30pm Apex Park, Bay Street Byron Bay (across the road from the Beach Hotel close to the beach)

Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival

Join in the festivities of this delightful community event held every Christmas Eve in the main street of Bangalow. This carnival has a real family feel to it, bringing everyone together to celebrate. With an abundance of flavorsome foods, quirky and fun street performances, many musicians, bands, face-painting and puppet shows, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. The streets shops will be open; there will be a carnival of rides and a special guest appearance by Santa Clause!

24th December 2012

Main Street of Bangalow



The Northern Rivers is famous for its spectacular markets, held every week throughout the region.

Local Markets

1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park

2nd December, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve

2nd December, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)

9th December, The Channon, Coronation Park

9th December, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth foreshore

15th December, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets

16th December, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve

16th December, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre

19th December, Brunswick Heads Christmas Twilight Market, Banner Park, 3pm

23rd December, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Every Saturday, Byron Artisan Market, Railway Park, 4pm – 9pm

Farmers Markets:

Every Tuesday, New Brighton Farmers Market, New Brighton Oval

Every Thursday, Byron Bay Farmers Market, Butler Street Reserve 8-11am

Every Saturday, Bangalow Farmers Market, Bangalow Hotel Carpark 8-11am

Every Saturday, Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground

Great Northern Gig Guide

Coming up at the Great Northern:

THE FUMES – 1st of December

TIN CAN RADIO – 7th of December

HTRK w/ Guerre/ Colourwaves – 8th of December

THE OWLS – 21st of December

To make a booking or find out more click here: http://thenorthern.com.au/gigs.aspx

Pig House Flicks

Coming to the Pig House Flicks in December are the following films:

The Angel’s Share

Damsels In Distress

Valtari Film Experiment

You Will Be My Son

Seven Psychopaths

For session times click here: http://www.pighouseflicks.com.au

We look forward to welcoming you to Byron Bay this December.


Thank you,

Cycling in Byron Bay

Spring has arrived! The weather is perfection. Clear skies and 25 degree sun filled days. This brilliant springtime weather is expected to continue and now is a great time to visit Byron Bay. In addition to being the ideal conditions for learning to surf, walking to the famous Byron lighthouse or strolling along the beach, it’s also the perfect weather to ride your bike more (and work less!). Please find below our guide to cycling in Byron Bay.

Family Friendly Bike Paths

Looking for a two-wheeled adventure for your entire family to enjoy? Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is the perfect destination. Running right past our front door is the start of a 15km network of coastline bike paths that take in some of the best local scenery. The family-friendly paths are flat, purpose built and great for all ages. The paths will take you into the center of town for a coffee and a swim or you can venture further afield to explore the many shops and studios located in the Arts and Industry Estate. At low tide, you can also ride your bike out of the holiday park and along Tallows Beach into the Byron CBD.

Mountain Bike Tours

The soaring popularity of cycling is testament to its clean, green appeal. Nothing could be truer of mountain biking in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland or along our world famous beaches. Mountain Bike Tours Byron Bay offers a number of different packages including a full day rainforest tour or a half day scenic coastal tour.

The full day guided rainforest tour is designed for all levels and takes you through the lush, tropical rainforests of the world heritage listed Nightcap National Park. The coastal tour is a half day guided tour that explores remote beaches, nature reserves and some secluded trials. Enjoy the amazing Byron Bay scenery and them finish off with a splash in the ocean. For more information visit their website at http://www.mountainbiketours.com.au

Byron Bay Surf and Bike Hire

Get out there with Byron Bay Surf and Bike Hire. Bikes can be hired from $10 a day, including road bikes, ladies bikes, girls and boys bikes, tandem bikes, kiddy karts and baby bike seats. Pick up a free cycle map while you’re there. To find out more visit their website at http://www.byronbaysurfandbikehire.com.au

The Rainbow Ride Cycle Charity Challenge

Sunday 11th November 2012 is the Rainbow Ride cycle charity challenge supporting Byron Emergency Accommodation Project. This road ride weaves through the beautiful Northern Hinterland known as the Rainbow region and is considered one of the more challenging rides in Australia. There are 160km and 100km events, each designed for different bikes and age groups. To view more details visit their website at http://www.summerofcycling.com/rainbow_ride.htm

Family Camping Holiday Guide

The family camping or caravanning holiday has long been an Aussie institution, loved by millions! This is why our safari style camping tents are very popular with families. With no need to pack up the car or unload masses of camping gear, busy working parents can still take their family on a traditional camping holiday without any of the hassle. All of our safari tents are fully furnished in a relaxed, coastal style. Power, lighting and kitchen facilities are included, and some also have their own bathroom. Crisp, clean linen and soft pillows are available. To learn more about our unique safari tents click here.

Check out this great video on family caravan and camping!

Family Guide to Byron Bay

To help make your family holiday as enjoyable as possible, we have compiled the following list of local family activities.

Macadamia Castle

Macadamia Castle has been one of the area’s most popular activity destinations for over 35 years. Attractions include an animal fun park, mini golf course, train rides, baby animal feeding, rabbit petting, large tree house playground, cafe and retail store. An ideal outing for the entire family.

Pacific Highway

Knockrow NSW 2479 (between Byron Bay and Ballina)

Tel 02 6687 8432

Crystal Castle

Crystal Castle is an enchanting tourist attraction, located 20 minutes from Byron Bay in the spectacular hinterland. Enjoy mystical statues, amazing crystals, jewellery, fresh food and great local coffee. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, including the ‘Buddha Walk’ where you will discover a breathtaking 4 metre high statue of the blessing Buddha. There is also a large kids’ playground featuring ‘Fireheart the Dragon’.

81 Monet Drive

Mullumbimby NSW 2481

Tel 02 6684 3111

Kayaking on Brunswick River

Explore the beautiful Brunswick River by kayak. The pace is guaranteed to be effortless and the views stunning. The kids will love seeing dolphins feeding at the mouth of the river, an abundance of bird life, bush wallabies on the river bank and the teeming marine life. After your trip enjoy a light snack or grab a snorkel and explore the underwater action.

Brunswick River Kayaks

Shop1, 2 The Terrace

Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Tel 0416 222 344

Learning to Surf

Can’t surf? No problem. The team at Style Surfing Byron Bay can show you and your family the ropes. Style Surfing Byron Bay have been surfing the area since the 70′s and are one of only 4 surf schools in Byron Bay licensed to teach surfing on Byron Bay beaches, including The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Wategos Beach, The Wreck & Belongil Beach. They will have you and the kids surfing with style in no time.

Style Surfing Byron Bay

2 Sandpiper Court

Byron Bay NSW 2481

0416 162 969

Byron Lighthouse Walk and Whale Watching

The Byron Lighthouse walk is a beautiful walking track that takes in coastal cliffs, raiment rainforest and beautiful beaches. The iconic Byron Lighthouse is perched on top of the most easterly point in Australia and offers 360 degree panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding hinterland. There are also numerous vantage points to view the dolphins and humpback whales on their annual migration.

Bike Riding

Byron Bay is a great place to bring your bike. From Suffolk Park Holiday Park there is a 15 km network of mostly flat coastline bike paths taking in the national park and local scenery. The bike paths are suitable for young children and are a great way to explore the local area as a family.

Local Markets

The Northern Rivers is famous for its spectacular markets, held every week throughout the region. 

      • 1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park
      • 1st Sunday, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve
      • 1st and 3rd Sundays, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)
      • 2nd Sunday, The Channon, Coronation Park
      • 2nd and 5th Sundays, Lennox Head,Lake Ainsworth foreshore
      • 3rd Saturday, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets
      • 3rd and 5th Sundays, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre
      • 3rd Sunday, Ballina Market, Circus Ground,Canal Road
      • 4th Sunday, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Lismore Show

The Lismore Show is one of the largest regional shows in NSW and has been in our region for well over 120 years. This year, as part of the ‘Year of the Framer’, there are lots of free activities planned for children to learn more about what farmers do. The show will also include lots of animals, rides and, of course, show bags. This year the Lismore Show will also include a dedicated children’s ‘chill out’ area offering healthy and wholesome budget priced snacks prepared by the Country Women’s Association.

18th to 20th October

Lismore Showgrounds NSW 2480

Dining On A Budget

Eating out can quickly become very expensive and hunting down a great meal at a reasonable price can be a challenge. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite local haunts and their meal deals. Everything from $10 schnitzel, $15 roast dinners and cheap Indian. Enjoy!

Yellow Flower Indian Diner

The Yellow Flower Indian Diner is a beautiful, locally owned Indian restaurant nestled in Suffolk Park offering delicious Indian food, fantastic coffee and exquisite desserts.

    • ‘Cheap Tuesday’ – All curries on rice are $10 for large and $7 for small
    • Lunch Special – $8 dine in or take away lentil dahl, rice, salad and 2 pappadams
    • Family Take Away Deal – 3 large curries, 2 large rice, pappadams, tandoori chicken wings, chutney or raitha

Suffolk Park Shopping Centre

Suffolk Park NSW 2481

Open 10 am until 9pm

7 Days

02 6685 9669

Pizza Paradiso

Another favourite with locals is Pizza Paradiso. They are a family friendly, low cost pizza and pasta restaurant offering eat in, take away or delivered. Tip – order your pizza and whilst it’s cooking pop over to the Park Hotel next door and have a beer…Heaven!

    • ‘Cheap Tuesdays’
    • Small pizzas only $10
    • Large pizzas only $15
    • Giant pizzas only $20
    • All pastas only $10

Suffolk Park Shopping Centre

Suffolk Park NSW 2481

Open 5pm to late

7 Days

02 6685 3101

The Park Hotel

The Park restaurant and bistro has a fantastic large outdoor dining deck overlooking tropical gardens and an all-weather kids playground. They offer a traditional pub menu with lots of variety including vegetarian dishes and fresh local seafood.

    • Thursday $10 chicken schnitzel
    • Sunday $15 dinner roast with a glass of beer or wine
    • Wednesday $10 lunchtime roast

223 Broken Head Road

Suffolk Park NSW 2481

Open 7.30pm to 9pm

7 days a week for lunch and dinner

Open for breakfast Wednesday to Sunday

02 6685 3222

Byron Bay Services Club

The Byron Bay Services Club is located in town and includes a bistro, cafe, bar and outdoor garden terrace. They offer some great specials, including their infamous $10 all day breaky.

    • All Day Breaky – $10
    • Thursday Steak Night – $14.50
    • Saturday Steak Night – $17
    • ‘Cheap Tuesday’ – $6.50 lunch specials

South End of Jonson Street

Byron Bay NSW 2481

Café on Jonson open from 10am to 8.30pm

Bistro on Jonson opens for lunch from 12noon to 2pm and for dinner from 6pm to 8.30pm

(02) 6685 6878

Byron Bay Winter Surfing Safari

With no summer crowds, off-season accommodation rates and mild ocean temperatures of 22 degrees, Winter is the perfect time to grab your mates and head to Byron Bay on a surfing safari.

Byron Bay’s surf breaks are amongst the best in the world and Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is located right behind the sand dunes of one of Byron Bay’s best – beautiful Tallow Beach. The section of Tallow Beach adjoining us is between two of the best point breaks in Australia – Broken Head and The Pass – and offers fantastic left and right breaks, with mostly ‘rights’ due to the south swell. During winter the waves are rarely crowded and are perfect for all types of boards.

Byron Bay is just one of the many loved surf breaks in the region. In fact the Northern Rivers offers more than 300km’s of coastline to explore. It’s a great destination for surfers, but also for people who love to fish, enjoy exploring rugged headlands or take pleasure in watching the magnificent winter migrating whales and dolphins!

Byron Bay also boosts some of Australia’s best board designers and manufacturers. While you’re in Byron Bay, why not check out some of these legendary board makers:

McTavish Surfboards

Founded by surf industry pioneer Bob McTavish, McTavish Surfboards have been in production non-stop since 1962. The McTavish range is broad, from affordable boards to start out on, up to high end collectables made from balsa, and other exotic materials. With over 45 years of experience, the McTavish team is working hard on innovation and design, to lead the next decade of surfboard development.

Address: 91 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay

Emery Surfboards

Alan Emery grew up surfing the famed right handers of the Lennox Point and the surrounding epic waves of the northern NSW area. Any spare time that Al had out of the water was spent learning all aspects of shaping, design and the production process within the surfboard industry. This, along with the dedication and drive that is put into the quality surfboard shapes and design, has made Emery Surfboards a significant force within the surfboard industry not only in Australia but also overseas.

Address:5/19 Tasman Way, Byron Bay


From its beginnings as a surf board shaping business in the 1970′s, under the watchful eye or John Morgan, Maddog has evolved into one of Australia’s leading surfboard brands. Maddog gained recognition as surfers all along the east coast of Australia started riding the boards made in the Byron Bay factory. Determination, hard work and inspiration from the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bayare the components that have allowed the continuing evolution and success of Maddog.

Address: Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

Bear Surfboards Australia

Bear Surfboards has been established for over 20 years, producing quality handmade surfboards. Every step is taken to ensure that your surfboard is made with the best quality materials and the highest quality of workmanship. Every single board is handmade from start to finish, and the quality of the finished product speaks for itself.

Address:1/29 Acacia Street, Byron Bay

Can’t surf? No problem. There are some great surf schools in Byron Bay to show you the ropes with professional instructors, board hire and of course winter wetsuits.

Style Surfing Byron Bay

The team at Style Surfing Byron Bay have been surfing the area since the 70′s and instructing since the early 80′s. They are one of only 4 surf schools in Byron Bay licensed to teach surfing on Byron Bay beaches, including The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Watego Beach, The Wreck & Belongil Beach. They will have you surfing with style in no time. www.stylesurfingbyronbay.com. Click here to read their Byron Surfing Guide.

BlackDog Surfing

BlackDog Surf School offer a highly personalised service with an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 5 to ensure a lot of individual attention! They guarantee you will stand up on your 1st lesson or come again free! www.blackdogsurfing.com

Byron Bay Surf School

Byron Bay Surf School has only the finest instructors working on the beaches each day, who are qualified in all aspects of surf teaching, surf rescue and first aid. Each coach is carefully selected for their love of surfing and the energy and enthusiasm with which they provide the team and their students. www.byronbaysurfschool.com

You won’t find better Byron Bay surf accommodation than Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park. Much loved by surfers for our absolute beachfront location, affordable prices, clean, modern facilities, and relaxed coastal vibe many of our regulars return several times a year as they follow the breaks up and down the coast. Our Byron Bay surf accommodation options include:

Beat the summer crowds and book your Byron Bay surf accommodation now.

Call us on +61 2 6685 3353.

Finally – big congratulations to Betty Moinet who won a free weekend stay at Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park by putting her name in the box at reception. Betty and her family will be celebrating her daughters 12th Birthday with a weekend stay in one of our safari style tents.

Winter in Byron Bay: What’s On

Byron Bay is the perfect winter short break destination. With an average mid-year temperature of just 22 degrees and no summer crowds, winter is the ideal season to indulge in whale watching, walks along the beach, bike riding, exploring our many historical hinterland towns or taking in one of the numerous winter festivals. Not to mention the pleasures of winter camping, including warm mugs of hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows!!!

Whale Of A Time

From the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse enjoy breathtaking views of the migrating Humpback whales right through the winter months. With Cape Byron being the most easterly point in Australia, the whales come very close to the coastline, making it one of Australia’s best whale watching destinations. If you want to get up close, then there are many boat tours operating daily and we can help you organise everything.

Local Markets

The Northern Rivers is famous for its spectacular markets, held every week throughout the region.

    • 1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park
    • 1st Sunday,ByronBay Community Market,Butler Street Reserve
    • 1st and 3rd Sundays, Lismore Car Boot,Lismore Shopping Square(undercover)
    • 2nd Sunday, The Channon, Coronation Park
    • 2nd and 5th Sundays, Lennox Head,LakeAinsworthforeshore
    • 3rd Saturday, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets
    • 3rd and 5th Sundays, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre
    • 3rd Sunday, Ballina Market, Circus Ground,Canal Road
    • 4th Sunday, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Farmers Markets:

    • Every Tuesday,New Brighton Farmers Market,New Brighton Oval
    • Every Thursday,ByronBayFarmers Market,Butler StreetReserve 8-11am
    • Every Saturday, Bangalow Farmers Market, Bangalow Hotel Carpark 8-11am
    • Every Saturday, Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground

Historical Pubs

There is simply no better time of the year to enjoy long lunches at one of the many historical local pubs, including the iconic Eltham Pub, Brunswick Heads Pub or the famous Billinudgel Hotel which has been operating since 1906.

Byron Bay Writers Festival

Be inspired while enjoying a diverse line-up of international and local guests hosting a range of events from lectures, lunches, panels, launches, readings and workshops. The festival is being held from Friday 3rd August to Sunday 5th August 2012. Confirmed international guests include Katherine Boo a writer for The New Yorker and journalist Mohammed Hanif who was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his first novel. Australian guests include comedian Fiona O’Loughlin, along with Miles Franklin Literary award-winner Alex Miller and Gail Jones, author of two collections of short stories and five novels.

Lismore Lantern Festival

On Saturday 23rd June, Lismore becomes the backdrop to the stunning annual Lismore Lantern Parade. The first Lismore Lantern Parade was produced in 1994 by local artists and performers as a way for the community to showcase its creativity. Since then the event has grown to be Lismore’s most iconic festival, lighting the heart of the city and being enjoyed by over 25,000 people.

Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Collectibles Festival

The Old & Gold Festival is back in Brunswick Heads and celebrating its 11th year. If you’re into collectables, antiques or anything second-hand, the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads on Saturday the 9th June is for you! Find a bargain in the much loved ‘All Town Garage Sale’, where over 60 households will part with their pre-loved treasures. In addition the festival also includes a collectables fair at the Memorial Hall, Ye Olde Church garden fair with clothes and bric-a-brac plus a second-hand book fair.

Sound good? Grab your family and friends and take advantage of one of our great winter accommodation specials.

Family & Friends Stay for FREE!*

Escape the cold and enjoy FREE accommodation for your family and friends! For a limited time only, family and friends can stay FREE when two adults book a minimum three nights in any of our beachfront accommodation including safari tents, cabins and powered sites. All visitors enjoy free BBQ facilities, fully equipped kitchen, absolute beachfront location, showers, toilet, laundry, free wireless broadband and, if available, late check out. Click here for more information. *Conditions apply.

Stay Beachfront for $8.50!*

Bring your own tent or van and set-up camp on one of Byron Bay’s most stunning beaches from $8.50 per person per night! All visitors enjoy free BBQ facilities, fully equipped kitchen, absolute beachfront location, showers, toilet, laundry and free wireless broadband. Click here for more information. *Conditions apply.

Or call us on (02) 6685 3353 to make a booking.

Thank you,

Paul and Maree Brooks

Byron Bay Camping Holiday Essentials!

Thinking about a camping holiday in beautiful Byron Bay? The rain has cleared and the sun is shining, making it the ideal time to pitch a tent and set-up camp on one of Byron Bay’s most stunning beaches.

To make the most of your camping holiday, we have prepared a complete list of camping essentials to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. These have been collected over our years of experience and from our friendly customers. If you feel we’re missing anything, please join in the fun and post a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t own a tent? Then our legendary safari tents are for you! They’re a wonderful, trouble-free way to have a traditional camping holiday, without spending hours packing the car and setting up. Simply arrive and start camping. For more information click here.

Top 10 Essential Camping Tips

1.) Before you leave home check your gear!

Don’t ruin your camping holiday with a leaky air mattress, empty gas bottle or no tent pegs. Before you leave home check that you have all your equipment, especially your tent ropes, poles and pegs. Another tip – don’t forget to pack a hammer. 

2.) Bring enough bedding for the season

Make sure you have the right kind of sleeping bag or bedding for the season and don’t forget your pillow! Need to check the weather forecast? Than click here for our Byron Bay weather page.

3.) Tarps, tarps and more tarps

Bring tarps. A leaking tent does not make for a great camping holiday! We also have tarps available at reception.

4.) Pack a first aid kit

You just never know when you’ll need a band-aid and always remember the insect repellent and sun screen.

5.) For a good night’s sleep bring an air mattress

Although a sleeping bag on the floor might sound more rustic, an air mattress makes all the difference. For comfort, we wouldn’t leave home without one.

6.) A can opener, scissors and power leads

They’re small…but big on our list of things to bring. Also remember to bring 15 amp power leads that are at least 20m long!

7.) Time to relax…

Don’t forget to pack a great book, frisbee or kite for the beach and a pack of cards for those long summer nights.

8.) Extra rope and pegs

For wet bikini bottoms, board shorts and towels.

9.) Esky and ice

You can grab some ice from our kiosk to fill up the esky and enjoy a sunset drink.

10.) Walking shoes

Surrounded by natural bushland and sandwiched between the Cape Byron headland and Broken Head headland, this is a great spot to explore by foot.

(I know we said our top 10, but we couldn’t stop… so here are a few more…)

11.) Book the right size site

Ensure your camp site matches your needs including tent size, number of cars, available outdoor space etc.

12.) LED lighting

We are seeing less and less gas lanterns and more LED lanterns, which we love! LED is more efficient, safer and can be recharged using solar power.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Paul and Maree Brooks

Happy New Year Everyone!

Christmas is over and now is the time to slow down, enjoy some relaxed long summer days and to hit the beach! No where could be more perfect right now than Byron Bay. We are experiencing some of the best summer weather in years (click here to view our Byron Bay weather page). Think clear blue skies, calm ocean waves and balmy nights. The park is filled with the sound of good friends, relaxed afternoon BBQ’s and happy family holidays.

If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Byron Bay there is so much to explore! Miles of unspoilt and uncrowded coastline, hinterland rainforests, diving in our marine park, learning to surf, kayaking with dolphins, cycling, yoga, massages and headland bush walks.

Of course all this holidaying is hungry work, so don’t forget to check out some of Byron Bay’s great coffee and food. From Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park you can walk 5 minutes down the road for breakfast at Suffolk Park Bakery, fish and chips or sushi at Little Red Chilli cafe, an Indian feast at Yellowflower or pub fare at Suffolk Park Tavern. Looking for more choice? Byron Bay is only a 5 minute drive down the road. To get your mouth watering we’ve compiled a handy guide of our favourite regional cafes, restaurants and pubs for you:

Suffolk Park

Suffolk Park Bakery – Perfect spot after a morning surf for a great coffee and bacon and egg roll. Not to mention delicious pastries, salads and gluten free breads. Mmmmm…

Little Red Chilli Cafe – What says summer more than fish & chips! Bite Cafe has a great range of quick and easy summer eating options including sushi, hamburgers and fresh salads.

Suffolk Park Tavern – Great family pub with a large outdoor dining deck, kids playground and fantastic menu.

Yellowflower – Authentic home made Indian curries cooked daily. A real favourite with the locals and a great spot for a late afternoon coffee.

Byron Bay

Byron Beach Cafe – No visit to Byron Bay is complete without a meal at the iconic Byron Beach Cafe. Located on the beach, enjoy spectacular ocean and hinterland views from their large outdoor dining deck. This is a must.

The Balcony –  A buzzing cafe located upstairs in the heart of town with an eclectic bohemian décor. Great selection of share plates and dare we say the best coffee in town.

The Rails – Favourite drinking hole for locals and visitors with its large outdoor beer garden and great entertainment.

The Beach Hotel – Situated on main beach, The Beach Hotel has it all. Amazing views, great food, outdoor beer garden and entertainment. To avoid the crowds do as the locals do and come here for breakfast after an early morning swim.

Fishheads – Go for the breathtaking view and fresh local seafood. Unbeatable.

The Pass Cafe – Located right on the beach, so there’s a great relaxed vibe. Feel welcomed in sandy bikinis and wet board shorts. Also great for takeaway coffee on the beach.

Earth n Sea Pizza – This is a Byron tradition. Don’t forget to tip as the staff will ring a bell in your honour and give you a shout out! Well worth the couple of bucks.


Utopia – Laid-back ambiance in the heart of beautiful Bangalow. Perfect coffee and cake pit stop after a morning of shopping.

Choux Choux Patisserie – Arguably the regions best French patisserie. Taste sensation (almost worth a trip to Bangalow alone).

Bangers Burgers – A top burger!


Harvest Cafe – Award-winning cafe in Newrybar blends country charm with a dash of contemporary style and an abundance of fresh produce.

Brunswick Heads

Hotel Brunswick – Our favourite pub. Offers excellent food, cold beers, and a friendly family atmosphere all set in a leafy, riverfront beer garden.

So if you’re feeling in a let’s-get-away-from-it-all frame of mind, then Byron Bay is the perfect spot to rejuvenate soother the soul and get recharged for 2012. Happy New Year!

Paul and Maree Brooks