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