"The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame." Salmon Rushdie 

 

The creative hub and natural wonderland of Australia’s east coast. It’s not hard to find inspiration here. The Byron and hinterland areas offer many local arts, cultural, natural and exclusive experiences for a memorable luxury holiday in Byron Bay.

 

Artists, designers, creators, and experts, openly sharing their unique approach to life and adding a depth of understanding to all they encounter. Open your mind and free your spirit. Have a unique Byron experience today.

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A guide to the best Byron Bay experiences, unique local culture and art galleries:
 

CAPE BYRON STATE CONSERVATION AREA 

 

Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay

 

Spectacular views along the 3.7km Cape Byron coastal walking track. Self-guided hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and cliff tops to the lighthouse on Australia’s most easterly point. Walgun, as Cape Byron is known by its traditional custodians, maintains spiritual, cultural and historical importance for the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Aboriginal People. The walk’s starting point, The Pass, was an important campsite for the Arakwal People and has one of the largest and oldest pipi middens (shell mound) in far north NSW. The Cape is a migratory corridor for native animals and birds travelling from the north to the south.

 

Once at the top of the track, climb to the top of the Cape Byron Lighthouse on a guided tour. Take a step back in time and discover the daily duties of the lighthouse keepers and their families who lived in Cape Byron from 1901 to 1989. Bird's eye view of the surrounding hinterland and marine park from the top. The 22 metre high lighthouse still illuminates the bay of an evening. The coastal walk is one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours on the state’s entire coast. Look out for turtles, dolphins, stingrays and, in season, whales. Can be accessed at numerous points and walked in shorter sections. NPWS offers a free self-guided tour app that brings to life the sights, sounds and stories of our national parks.

 

Phone: 02 6620 9300

 

Self-guided walks on the Byron coast and hinterland:

Broken Head Nature Reserve

Minyon Falls

Protesters Falls

Whian Whian State Conservation Area

Wollumbin National Park – Lyrebird Track Wollumbin (Mt Warning) is a place of great spiritual significance to the Bundjalung People. Visitors are asked to respect their wishes and choose not to climb the Summit Track.

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VISION WALKS 

 

Connect to nature on this unique guided eco tour. Explore the Australian rainforest at night using military grade night vision goggles to observe animals. Search for nocturnal wildlife without disturbing them on the only tour like it in the world. Typically sighted are possums, pademelons, bandicoots, tawny frogmouth, leaf tailed gecko, fusipes, melomys, micro bats and frogs. The less moonlight, the more animals. Enjoy a hot chocolate gazing up at the starry night among the local wildlife in the beautiful hinterland of Byron Bay. Vision Walks offer eco-tours in the Byron hinterland and beyond. All local guides are qualified Park Rangers and provide unique insights to local natural and human history. A unique platypus walk is also available. Book online.

 

Phone: 0405 275 743

 

 

CRYSTAL CASTLE 

 

81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby

 

Home of the biggest and most beautiful crystals in the world. Wander through the stunning Shambhala Gardens and rainforest. Find yourself in an ancient labyrinth. Touch the World Peace Stupa, a project blessed by the Dalai Lama. Indulge in delicious views, local coffee and food. Be in awe of the Enchanted Cave, the largest amethyst cave in the world, and also the world’s tallest geode pair, The Crystal Guardians. Be at peace with the largest stone Blessing Buddha in Australia. Inspiring views of the Byron Bay hinterland. Daily guided experiences and nurturing sound healing meditation every afternoon. On your peaceful Shambhala Gardens walk you will encounter enormous stone statues, and extraordinary crystals, some as old as 500 million years. The sacred gardens are filled with unusual flowering plants. This healing sanctuary has many beautiful spots for contemplation and the ambience will leave you feeling recharged and serene.

 

Phone: 02 6684 3111

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BHAVANA ORGANIC FARM AND COOKING SCHOOL 

 

Fernleigh Road, Brooklet NSW 2479

 

A beautiful organic farm and cooking school on 125 acres in the Byron Bay hinterland. Bhavana, meaning ‘spiritual cultivation’, is more than just a cooking school. Bhavana is a catalyst for health and wellbeing. Bhavana believe there is a natural pharmacy in every nurtured garden, and a little knowledge and willingness to learn, are the ingredients for creating physical health, emotional wellbeing and longevity of life. Walk in the countryside, breathe the fresh air, take in the spectacular mountain views and immerse yourself in the entire food and wellbeing experience. Harvest from the organic garden, prepare, cook and enjoy a delicious lunch, and sample some of Australia’s finest organic wines. Cooking courses to help address food allergies and intolerances with clear direction on simple and delicious alternatives. Book ahead for the Superfoods and Superherbs cooking class. Learn the healing powers of medicinal mushrooms like Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane and how you can integrate these and many other superfoods and superherbs into your daily diet to support your overall health and wellbeing. Book online.

 

Phone: 0413 120 409

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TASTE BYRON BAY 

 

Chef, Terase Davidson, celebrates the exceptional food bowl of Byron Bay with fun and informative food tours and cooking classes. Discover the unique taste of Byron Bay. Embark on a food and flavour discovery with a food tour around Byron and the surrounding hinterland in a restored vintage Kombi. Visit local farmer’s markets, producers, farmers and eateries, and uncover hidden foodie gems along the way. Sample and enjoy some of the regions finest produce. Taste Byron Bay’s cooking classes at the iconic Figtree Restaurant in Ewingsdale, overlook stunning views down to the coast. The classes are a celebration of local produce. Taste Byron Bay can also design a private food tour just for you and your friends. A fun foodie way to explore the area or brush up on your cooking skills under the eye of a seasoned chef. Book online.

 

Phone: 0450 532 276


 

THE RANCH BYRON BAY 

 

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and connect with the spirit of the Horse. The Enchanted Forest Ride is a magical journey through native Australian melaleuca paperbarks, staghorns and fairy rings on horseback. The Ranch Byron Bay, on 108 acres of protected habitat, is a horse riding and trekking company only minutes from the heart of Byron Bay. Gentle rides, suitable for beginners. Plenty of opportunities to trot and canter for more experienced riders. The Ranch Byron Bay caters for those who love the thrill of adventure and don’t mind stepping out of their comfort zone. Horseback trail rides through forest or on the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay. Andalusian and other breeds of horses available. An adventure filled horse trekking experience, that will leave you feeling fulfilled and connected to this beautiful country and the spirit of the horse. Book online.

 

Phone: 0408 752 181

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CAPE BYRON DISTILLERY 

 

80 St Helena Road, McLeods Shoot

 

A unique cellar door experience in the Byron Bay hinterland, sampling one of the most natural gins in the world. Brookies is a traditional, dry style of gin that captures the unique botanical flavours of the subtropical rainforest of Northern Rivers. Journey through the Brook family owned and run farm and distillery deep within a macadamia orchard. Arrive to a Brookie’s gin and tonic, garnished with native finger lime and aniseed myrtle, followed by a guided tour through the regenerated subtropical rainforest. See, smell and touch the native rainforest botanicals used in the award winning Brookie’s Byron Dry gin, learn the history of the Big Scrub Rainforest and fall in love with this special place. Once back in the distillery you’ll experience in-depth tastings of Brookie’s wares. A fun, sensory experience. If you’re short on time, drop by the Distillery to relax with a Brookies on the deck overlooking the farm and Byron’s beautiful hinterland. Tour bookings are essential. Book online.  

 

Phone: 02 6684 7961

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STONE & WOOD 

 

4 Boronia Place, Byron Bay

 

A local craft beer tasting room and brewery experience in Byron Bay. Stone & Wood offer a fresh approach to brewing handcrafted beer in the Northern Rivers of NSW. The tour, in their Byron Bay pilot brewery, covers the history of the business, the Stone & Wood philosophy, and a detailed explanation of the brewing process itself. Their craft beers are inspired by the Byron area - the slow pace, keeping it simple, natural beauty and the laid back vibe. Daily tours and tastings. Cellar door purchases. If you're in full holiday mode and prefer to just sample a range of their beers, you can drop in and try a tasting paddle. Tours are bookings are essential. Book online.

 

Phone: 02 6685 9220


 

MIMI'S CLOSET 

 

A fantasy hinterland experience with burlesque-inspired dress up photography. Gather your closest girlfriends and head into the hills of Byron Bay for an enchanting opportunity to experience the wonder of costume and character based photography. Mimi’s Closet is a world of fun and make believe with a stunning collection of fine quality costumes and accessories. Champagne and chocolates on arrival before you’re transformed into a burlesque beauty for a professional photo shoot. A playful celebration of your beauty and a unique Byron experience.

 

Phone: 0413 491 842

 

 


ART GALLERIES AND CERAMIC STUDIOS

 

LONE GOAT GALLERY 

 

28 Lawson Street, Byron Bay

 

Byron Shire's premiere contemporary community art space, exhibiting the work of artists from the Byron region and beyond. Located in the Byron Bay Library, across the road from Main Beach. The gallery’s name was inspired by the last remaining goat from a small herd that roamed the Cape Byron headland, representing the creative and free-spirited individuals that make up the Byron community.


THOMGALLERY 

 

6 Fern Place, Byron Bay

 

Thomgallery is a privately owned art gallery in Byron Bay connecting serious collectors with Australia's most important artists, and those from beyond our shores. Striking works that offer exceptional aesthetics and a rare opportunity for investors. Thomgallery hosts regular events throughout the year and offers private showings for collectors.

 

By private appointment: 0411 813 999


 

BYRON SCHOOL OF CLAY 

 

3/17 Tasman Way, Byron Arts and Industry Estate

 

Learn how to make beautiful, sustainable pottery in Byron School of Clay’s studio by the sea. The school runs a vibrant and mindful community space offering private and group pottery workshops, as well as studio sessions for makers to throw or build their own ceramic creations. Creativity and good teaching are at the core of the school's philosophy, where students leave the studio feeling inspired with the confidence to make their own pottery. Beginners welcome. Book online.

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ZAKAY GLASS CREATIONS 

 

Level 1, 42 Byron Street, Bangalow

 

Asaf Zakay is a geometric glass art visionary. His sculptures and luminaries adorn spaces around the world. His pieces are most known for their unique and mesmerising reflections. Asaf is world recognised for his art and creates each piece with perfection and grace. From his gallery studio in Bangalow in the Byron Bay hinterland, Asaf creates stunning interlocking glass sculptures that, when illuminated, fill a room with interplaying patterns of shadow and light. 

 

Phone: 1300 859 291

 


PACK GALLERY 

Shop 4, 10 Station Street, Bangalow

 

A friendly, creative space to view and invest in affordable Australian art and ceramics. Pack Gallery, in Bangalow, is owned by three local artists: Paula Bannan, Christian Morrow and Karen Preston. Pack exhibits a diverse group of works by other established and emerging artists and ceramicists and collaborates with architects, designers and collectors in the acquisition of quality artworks for specific projects or for investment.

 

THE CLAY BARN 

 

1035A Hinterland Way, Bangalow

 

Learn the beautiful art of wheel thrown ceramics. Local artist and ceramicist, Zani McEnnally owns and runs The Clay Barn, a space that provides the community and visitors an opportunity to explore their creativity with clay. Casual ceramic classes for private groups or one-on-one in wheel throwing, hand building, slip casting and moulding. Special guest potters monthly. Book online.

 

Phone: 0417 867 801

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NINBELLA 

 

19a Byron Street, Bangalow

 

Ninbella is a modern gallery and store located in the beautiful Byron hinterland village of Bangalow. Showcasing powerful contemporary artworks and sculptures from Australian Aboriginal artists from the Central Desert regions and local artists from the Bundjalung Nation in Northern New South Wales and beyond. Highly collectable established artists, and emerging, younger artists. Extraordinary contemporary art style, which is so rivetingly modern, yet transpires from many thousands of years of incredible ancient history. 

 

Phone: 02 6687 1936


 

ART PIECE GALLERY

 

70 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby 

 

A fine art gallery featuring established and emerging Northern Rivers artists. Art Piece Gallery occupies an elegant building in Mullumbimby, a short drive into the hinterland from Byron Bay. A focal point for artists and lovers of art, as well as national and international collectors, and a treasure trove of accessible art works.


 

NORTH COAST MUD TRAIL 

 

The Byron region is a vibrant creative community, and a major centre for traditional and contemporary ceramic artists and potters. Once a year, as part of The Australian Ceramics Association’s Open Studios, these artists open their spaces to the public for one weekend only. Visitors have the opportunity to see demonstrations, hear artists’ talks, participate in workshops, learn about their processes, and purchase ceramics directly from the artists themselves. Keep an eye out for the latest North Coast Mud Trail, or view previous years for a list of participating studios and their opening hours outside of the event.

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"The purpose of art

is washing the dust of daily life

off our souls."

 

- Pablo Picasso

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